The short GRB 170817A: Modeling the off-axis emission and implications on the ejecta magnetization

N. Fraija, F. De Colle, P. Veres, S. Dichiara, R. Barniol Duran, A. Galvan-Gamez, A. C.Caligula Pedreira

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The short GRB 170817A, detected by the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor, orbiting satellites and ground-based telescopes, was the electromagnetic counterpart of a gravitational-wave transient (GW170817) from a binary neutron star merger. After this merger, the γ-ray light curve exhibited a faint peak at ∼1.7 s and the X-ray, optical, and radio light curves displayed extended emission that increased in brightness up to ∼160 days. In this paper, we show that the X-ray, optical and radio fluxes are consistent with the synchrotron forward-shock model viewed off-axis when the matter in the outflow is parameterized through a power-law velocity distribution. We discuss the origin of the γ-ray peak in terms of internal and external shocks. We show that the γ-ray flux might be consistent with a synchrotron self-Compton reverse-shock model observed at high latitudes. Comparing the best-fit values obtained after describing the γ-ray, X-ray, optical, and radio fluxes with our model, we find that the afterglow and γ-ray emission occurred in different regions and also find evidence to propose that the progenitor environment was entrained with magnetic fields; therefore we argue for the presence of magnetic field amplification in the binary neutron star merger.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number123
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 20 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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