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An ordinary short gamma-ray burst with extraordinary implications: Fermi-GBM detection of GRB 170817A


Goldstein, A and Veres, P and Burns, E and Briggs, MS and Hamburg, R and Kocevski, D and Wilson-Hodge, CA and Preece, RD and Poolakkil, S and Roberts, OJ and Hui, CM and Connaughton, V and Racusin, J and von Kienlin, A and Dal Canton, T and Christensen, N and Littenberg, T and Siellez, K and Blackburn, L and Broida, J and Bissaldi, E and Cleveland, WH and Gibby, MH and Giles, MM and Kippen, RM and McBreen, S and McEnery, J and Meegan, CA and Paciesas, WS and Stanbro, M, An ordinary short gamma-ray burst with extraordinary implications: Fermi-GBM detection of GRB 170817A, The Astrophysical Journal. Letters, 848, (2) Article L14. ISSN 2041-8205 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3847/2041-8213/aa8f41


On 2017 August 17 at 12:41:06 UTC the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) detected and triggered on the short gamma-ray burst (GRB) 170817A. Approximately 1.7 s prior to this GRB, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory triggered on a binary compact merger candidate associated with the GRB. This is the first unambiguous coincident observation of gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation from a single astrophysical source and marks the start of gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy. We report the GBM observations and analysis of this ordinary short GRB, which extraordinarily confirms that at least some short GRBs are produced by binary compact mergers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:short gamma-ray burst, Fermi gamma-ray burst monitor, GRB, gravitational waves, electromagnetic radiation
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:General relativity and gravitational waves
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Siellez, K (Dr Karelle Siellez)
ID Code:151988
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:624
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2022-08-09
Last Modified:2022-08-09

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