Gamma-ray bursts: Progress, problems & prospects

Bing Zhang, Peter Mészáros

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The cosmological gamma-ray burst (GRB) phenomenon is reviewed. The broad observational facts and empirical phenomenological relations of the GRB prompt emission and afterglow are outlined. A well-tested, successful fireball shock model is introduced in a, pedagogical manner. Several important uncertainties in the current understanding of the phenomenon are reviewed, and prospects of how future experiments and extensive observational and theoretical efforts may address these problems are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2385-2472
Number of pages88
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics A
Issue number15
StatePublished - Jun 20 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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