Consequences of the gamma-gamma attenuation in GRBs: a detailed study

Дата и время публикации : 2011-10-28T12:33:00Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
R. Hascoët (UPMC – CNRS, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris)
F. Daigne (UPMC – CNRS, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris)
R. Mochkovitch (UPMC – CNRS, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris)
V. Vennin (UPMC – CNRS, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris)

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Коментарии к cтатье: 6 pages, 3 figures, 2011 Fermi Symposium proceedings – eConf C110509
Первичная категория: astro-ph.HE

Все категории : astro-ph.HE

Краткий обзор статьи: Recent detections of GeV photons in a few GRBs by Fermi-LAT have led to strong constraints on the bulk Lorentz factor in GRB outflows. To avoid a large gamma-gamma optical depth, minimum values of the Lorentz factor have been estimated to be as high as 800-1200 in some bursts. Here we present a detailed calculation of the gamma-gamma optical depth taking into account both the geometry and the dynamics of the jet. In the framework of the internal shock model, we compute lightcurves in different energy bands and the corresponding spectrum and we show how the limits on the Lorentz factor can be significantly lowered compared to previous estimates. Our detailed model of the propagation of high energy photons in GRB outflows is also appropriate to study many other consequences of gamma-gamma annihilation in GRBs: (i) the gamma-gamma cutoff transition in a time-integrated spectrum is expected to be closer to a power-law steepening of the spectrum than to a sharp exponential decay; (ii) the temporal evolution of the gamma-gamma opacity during a burst favors a delay between the MeV and GeV light curves; (iii) for complex GRBs, the gamma-gamma opacity suppresses the shortest time-scale features in high energy light curves (above 100 MeV). Finally we also consider GRB scenarii where MeV and GeV photons are not produced at the same location, showing that the gamma-gamma opacity could be further lowered, reducing even more the constraint on the minimum Lorentz factor.

Category: Physics