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What Are Gamma-Ray Bursts? by Joshua S. Bloom

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GAMMA-RAY BURSTS AS PROBES OF THE UNIVERSE

The cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths; of exquisite interrelationships; of the awesome machinery of nature.

—Carl Sagan, “The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean"

episode of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1990)

 

Until now we have concentrated on the observations and theory of GRBs. The events have shown themselves as a complex, panchromatic phenomenon that can arise from a variety of different progenitors in both the nearby and distant Universe. The GRB community has succeeded in measuring the diversity of basic parameters of the explosions and clearly learned a great deal about the physics of the emission mechanisms. But despite a raft of certainties, we could fill a book with what we do not know. ...

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