23-28 June 2014
Europe/Zurich timezone

Time Stretching of the GeV Emission of GRBs: Fermi LAT data vs geometrical model

23 Jun 2014, 17:55
Room 2 (Tuschinski Theatre)

Room 2

Tuschinski Theatre

Presentation Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Gamma-Ray Astrophysics


Maxim Piskunov (Institute for Nuclear Research RAS)


Numerous observations confirm that the high energy (> 100 MeV) emission of gamma ray bursts is delayed with respect to the low energy emission. However, the difference of light curves in various high energy bands has not been studied properly. In this paper we consider all the bursts observed by Fermi-LAT since 2008 August 4 to 2011 August 1, for which at least 10 events with energies 1 GeV or higher were observed. There are 3 of them: GRB080916C, GRB090902B, and GRB090926A. We study their light curves in two bands, (100 MeV, 1 GeV) and (1 GeV, 300 GeV). The Kolmogorov-Smirnov test is used to check whether the light curves for these two bands are the same. No significant difference was found for GRB080916C and GRB090902B. However, we observed with statistical significance of 3.4 sigma, that the higher energy light curve of GRB090926A is stretched with respect to the lower-energy one. We suggest a simple geometrical model to explain this result. The main assumption is the jet opening angle dependence on radiation energy --- the most energetic photons are emitted near the axis of the jet. To test this model, we compute the total energy of the burst, and confirm that it is below the constraint. We also compute the fraction of observable bursts in (100 MeV, 1 GeV) band, which can also be observed in higher energies. This fraction matches the observations. Finally, we predict the distribution of observable stretching factors, which may be tested in the future when more observational data will be available.

Primary authors

Maxim Piskunov (Institute for Nuclear Research RAS) Rubtsov Grigory (Institute for Nuclear Research RAS)

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