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Constraining properties of GRB magnetar central engines using the observed plateau luminosity and duration correlation

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Constraining properties of GRB magnetar central engines using the observed plateau luminosity and duration correlation

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dc.contributor.author Rowlinson, Antonia pl
dc.contributor.author Gompertz, Ben P. pl
dc.contributor.author Dainotti, Maria [SAP11020073] pl
dc.contributor.author O'Brien, Paul T. pl
dc.contributor.author Wijers, Ralph A. M. J. pl
dc.contributor.author van der Horst, Alexander J. pl
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-11T10:20:16Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-11T10:20:16Z
dc.date.issued 2014 pl
dc.identifier.issn 0035-8711 pl
dc.identifier.uri http://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/3697
dc.language eng pl
dc.title Constraining properties of GRB magnetar central engines using the observed plateau luminosity and duration correlation pl
dc.type JournalArticle pl
dc.description.physical 1779-1787 pl
dc.abstract.en An intrinsic correlation has been identified between the luminosity and duration of plateaus in the X-ray afterglows of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs; Dainotti et al. 2008), suggesting a central engine origin. The magnetar central engine model predicts an observable plateau phase, with plateau durations and luminosities being determined by the magnetic fields and spin periods of the newly formed magnetar. This paper analytically shows that the magnetar central engine model can explain, within the 1σ uncertainties, the correlation between plateau luminosity and duration. The observed scatter in the correlation most likely originates in the spread of initial spin periods of the newly formed magnetar and provides an estimate of the maximum spin period of ∼35 ms (assuming a constant mass, efficiency and beaming across the GRB sample). Additionally, by combining the observed data and simulations, we show that the magnetar emission is most likely narrowly beamed and has ≲20 per cent efficiency in conversion of rotational energy from the magnetar into the observed plateau luminosity. The beaming angles and efficiencies obtained by this method are fully consistent with both predicted and observed values. We find that short GRBs and short GRBs with extended emission lie on the same correlation but are statistically inconsistent with being drawn from the same distribution as long GRBs, this is consistent with them having a wider beaming angle than long GRBs. pl
dc.subject.en gamma-ray bursts: general pl
dc.subject.en stars: magnetars pl
dc.description.volume 443 pl
dc.description.number 2 pl
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/mnras/stu1277 pl
dc.identifier.eissn 1365-2966 pl
dc.title.journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society pl
dc.language.container eng pl
dc.affiliation Wydział Fizyki, Astronomii i Informatyki Stosowanej : Instytut – Obserwatorium Astronomiczne pl
dc.subtype Article pl
dc.rights.original OTHER; inne; ostateczna wersja wydawcy; po opublikowaniu; 36; pl
.pointsMNiSW [2014 A]: 35


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