High Lorentz-factor e ± jets in gamma-ray burst sources

P. Mészáros, M. J. Rees

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We discuss the conditions under which a high-entropy pair jet or fireball can result from the violent merger of compact binaries consisting of a neutron star and another neutron star or a black hole. We estimate the wind mass-loss, and consider scenarios in which the pair-photon plasma produced by vv¯ annihilation can attain highly relativistic expansion velocities, resulting in gamma-ray emission of sufficient energy to be observable at cosmological distances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCompton Gamma-Ray Observatory
EditorsNeil Gehrels, Michael W. Friedlander, Daryl J. Macomb
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)1563961040
StatePublished - 1993
EventCompton Symposium - St. Louis, United States
Duration: Oct 15 1992Oct 17 1992

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


ConferenceCompton Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Louis

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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