GRB light curve decay indices in the afterglow phase

Speaker and affiliation: 
Roberta Del Vecchio, Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University in Cracoww
Tue, 2017-05-23 12:30
Room 118, NCBJ pavilion at 69 Hoża str. in Warsaw

I will start with presentation of basic information about cosmic Gamma-ray Burst (GRB) phenomenon. Then our study of the distribution of temporal power-law decay indices, α, in the GRB afterglow phase  will be described, based on a sample of 176 GRBs with known redshifts. In this analysis we discovered a convincing regular trend between α and the afterglow luminosity at the end time of the plateau phase, Lα. Even stronger systematic trend is visible between α and the luminosity ratio computed by dividing Lα by the respective luminosity at the fitted Luminosity-Time correlation line (Dainotti et al. 2008). This systematic effect provides a new constraint on the GRB physical models. Finally, a proposed  toy model accounting for this systematics applied to the luminosity of the analyzed GRB distribution results in a slight decrease of the scatter within the LT correlation, possibly a small step towards turning GRBs into cosmological standard candles.

All interested persons are invited
Agnieszka Majczyna