Possible physical explanation of the intrinsic E p, i-"intensity" correlation commonly used to "standardize" GRBs

Filippo Frontera, Lorenzo Amati, Ruben Farinelli, Simone Dichiara, Cristiano Guidorzi, Raffaella Landi, Lev Titarchuk

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It is recognized that very likely the correlation between peak energy Ep and bolometric intensity is intrinsic to GRBs. However, its physical origin is still debated. In this paper, we will discuss a possible interpretation of the correlation in the light of a GRB prompt emission spectral model, grbcomp, proposed in [L. Titarchuk, R. Farinelli, F. Frontera and L. Amati, Astrophys. J. 752 (2012) 116]. grbcomp is essentially a photospheric model for the prompt emission of GRBs. Its main ingredients are a thermal bath of soft seed photons and a subrelativistically expanding outflow plasma, consequence of the star explosion. The emerging spectrum is the result of two phases: first, up to the photospheric radius, Comptonization of a subrelativistic electron outflow with thermal bath of soft photons, then, convolution of the Comptonized photons in the first phase with a Green function. The result of this convolution is consistent with different physical processes, in particular Inverse Compton. grbcomp has been successfully tested using a significant sample of GRB time resolved spectra in the broad energy band from 2keV to 2MeV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1630014
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics D
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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