The Swift satellite and redshifts of long gamma-ray bursts

Z. Bagoly, A. Mészáros, L. G. Balázs, I. Horváth, S. Klose, S. Larsson, P. Mészáros, F. Ryde, G. Tusnády

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Until 6 October 2005 sixteen redshifts had been measured of long gamma-ray bursts discovered by the Swift satellite. Further 45 red-shifts have been measured of the long gamma-ray bursts discovered by other satellites. Here we perform five statistical tests comparing the redshift distributions of these two samples assuming as the null hypothesis an identical distribution for the two samples. Three tests (Student's t-test, Mann-Whitney test, Kolmogorov-Smimov test) reject the null hypothesis at significance levels between 97.19 and 98.55%. Two different comparisons of the medians show extreme (99.78 - 99.99994)% significance levels of rejection. This means that the redshifts of the Swift sample and the redshifts of the non-Swift sample are distributed differently - in the Swift sample the redshifts are on average larger. This statistical result suggests that the long GRBs should on average be at the higher redshifts of the Swift sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)797-800
Number of pages4
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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