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2014MNRAS.438..240G - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 438, 240-250 (2014/February-2)

Magnetar powered GRBs: explaining the extended emission and X-ray plateau of short GRB light curves.


Abstract (from CDS):

Extended emission (EE) is a high-energy, early time rebrightening sometimes seen in the light curves of short gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). We present the first contiguous fits to the EE tail and the later X-ray plateau seen by the Swift mission, unified within a single model. Our central engine is a magnetar surrounded by a fall-back accretion disc, formed by either the merger of two compact objects or the accretion-induced collapse of a white dwarf. During the EE phase, material is accelerated to super-Keplarian velocities and ejected from the system by the rapidly rotating (P ~ 1-10 ms) and very strong (1015G) magnetic field in a process known as magnetic propellering. The X-ray plateau is modelled as magnetic dipole spin-down emission. We first explore the range of GRB phenomena that the propeller could potentially reproduce, using a series of template light curves to devise a classification scheme based on phenomology. We then obtain fits to the light curves of nine GRBs with EE, simultaneously fitting both the propeller and the magnetic dipole spin-down and finding typical disc masses of a few 10–3M to a few 10–2M. This is done for ballistic, viscous disc and exponential accretion rates. We find that the conversion efficiency from kinetic energy to EM emission for propellered material needs to be ≳ 10 percent and that the best-fitting results come from an exponential accretion profile.

Abstract Copyright: © 2013 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013)

Journal keyword(s): gamma-ray burst: general - stars: magnetars - stars: neutron

Simbad objects: 12

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