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Short burst GRB's

  1. Mar 30, 2012 #1
    Is there any actaul observational evidence that short burst GRB's are casued by neutron star mergers?
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 30, 2012 #2
    There are numerous hints, and indirect pieces of evidence, but nothing conclusive. Binary neutron star mergers seem to perfectly match the properties of sGRBs, while no other models are able to---which is an indication in itself. Some of the relevant observations:

    sGRBs come from old stellar populations without star formation (e.g. red ellipticals)
    They have much larger separations from their host galaxies
    The time duration and energy content matches expectations for binary neutron star systems
    The observed and expected event rates are consistent (but the expectations have huge error bars)

    The conclusive piece of evidence would be coincident detection of gravitationals waves from a sGRB source.
  4. Mar 30, 2012 #3
    Thanks a lot for that , i was trying to find what thhe evidence was but couldnt really find anything cocnrete, much appreciated.
  5. Mar 30, 2012 #4
    Happy to help
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