Gamma-Ray Bursts as Sources of Strong Magnetic Fields

Jonathan Granot, Tsvi Piran, Omer Bromberg, Judith L. Racusin, Frédéric Daigne

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Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) are the strongest explosions in the Universe, which due to their extreme character likely involve some of the strongest magnetic fields in nature. This review discusses the possible roles of magnetic fields in GRBs, from their central engines, through the launching, acceleration and collimation of their ultra-relativistic jets, to the dissipation and particle acceleration that power their γ-ray emission, and the powerful blast wave they drive into the surrounding medium that generates their long-lived afterglow emission. An emphasis is put on particular areas in which there have been interesting developments in recent years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-518
Number of pages48
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2015

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  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Jets
  • MHD
  • Magnetic fields
  • Neutron stars
  • Radiation mechanisms: non-thermal


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