Swift observations of GRBs

David N. Burrows

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The prompt localizations of GRBs provided by the Swift satellite have enabled major advances in our understandings of GRB prompt and afterglow emission. The Swift BAT detects about 100 GRBs per year and provides positions accurate to better than 3 arcminutes within tens of seconds, while the XRT detects about 95 afterglows per year and provides positions accurate to a few arcseconds within a minute or two of the GRB onset. Here I review highlights of the Swift mission, including X-ray light curves, localization of short GRBs, and ambiguities in the classification of GRBs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 Nanjing Gamma-Ray Burst Conference
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 Nanjing Gamma-Ray Burst Conference - Nanjing, China
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 27 2008

Publication series

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


Other2008 Nanjing Gamma-Ray Burst Conference

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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