Highlight: Physics of gamma-ray burst afterglow: implications of H.E.S.S. observations


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Discussion timeslot (ZOOM-Meeting): 13. July 2021 - 17:00
ZOOM-Meeting URL: https://desy.zoom.us/j/92846730262
ZOOM-Meeting ID: 92846730262
ZOOM-Meeting Passcode: ICRC2021
Corresponding Session: https://icrc2021-venue.desy.de/channel/Plenary-Highlight-02/66
Live-Stream URL: https://icrc2021-venue.desy.de/livestream/Plenary-01/1

'Recently, the observational study of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) in the very-high-energy (VHE) regime has quickly advanced with three successful detections. Currently, the list of published VHE GRBs contains GRB 180720B, GRB 190114C, and GRB 190829A. The fortunate proximity of the last event observed with H.E.S.S. (GRB 190829A occurred at z~0.08) allowed an unexpectedly long signal detection, up to 56 hours after the trigger, and accurate spectral determination in a broad energy interval, spanning between 0.18 and 3.3TeV. The obtained temporal and spectral properties of the VHE emission appeared to be remarkably similar to those seen in the X-ray band with Swift-XRT. However, in frameworks of the standard synchrotron-self-Compton (SSC) scenario such a coherent behavior is expected only during the early period of the afterglow phase, when the forward shock propagates with large bulk Lorentz factor, (Gamma larger 100). SSC models are able to render VHE spectra compatible with the H.E.S.S. measurements only under extreme assumptions on the properties of the circumburst medium. We discuss the implications of the GRB 190829A detection for afterglow modeling and GRB physics.'

Authors: Felix Aharonian | Dmitry Khangulyan | Carlo Romoli | Edna Loredana Ruiz Velasco | Fabian Schussler | Andrew Taylor | Sylvia Jiechen Zhu | for the H.E.S.S. collaboration
Collaboration: H.E.S.S.

Indico-ID: 90
Proceeding URL: https://pos.sissa.it/395/007

Presenter: Dmitry Khangulyan

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