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Gamma Ray Bursts in the Swift and GLAST Era

By Truong Le and Charles D. Dermer


Abstract. We summarize our model for long-duration gamma ray bursts (GRBs) that fits the redshift (z) distributions measured with Swift and missions before Swift, and the pre-Swift GRB jet opening-angle distribution inferred from achromatic breaks in the optical light curves. We find that the comoving rate density of GRB sources exhibits positive evolution to z> ∼ 3 – 5, whereas the star formation rate inferred from measurements of the blue and UV luminosity density peaks at z ∼ 1 – 3. The mean intrinsic beaming factor of GRBs is found to be ≈ 34 – 42, and we predict that the mean GRB optical jet opening half-angle measured with Swift is ≈ 10 ◦. We estimate the number of GRBs per year that GLAST is expected to observe based on ratios of BATSE and EGRET GRB fluences

Topics: gamma-rays, bursts — cosmology PACS, 98.62.Nx, 98.70.Rz
Year: 2007
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