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Searching for the Long-Duration Gamma-Ray Burst Progenitor

byRobert Allan Mesler III

Hardcover | July 16, 2014

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Nominated as an outstanding thesis by the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of New Mexico, this thesis seeks to identify the gamma-ray burst (GRB) progenitor. GRBs are extragalactic explosions that briefly outshine entire galaxies, but the mechanism that can release that much energy over a

In this book, the author uses the Zeus-MP astrophysical hydrodynamics code to model the environment around a stellar progenitor prior to the burst. He then develops a new semi-analytic MHD and emission model to produce light curves for GRBs encountering these realistic density profiles. The work ultimately shows that the circumburst medium surrounding a GRB at the time of the explosion is much more complex than a pure wind, and that observed afterglows are entirely consistent with a large subset of proposed stellar progenitors.

Robert Mesler obtained his BS in physics, with minors in math and astronomy, from James Madison University in Virginia. While at JMU, he co-founded the JMU Astronomy Club. He also participated in a summer REU program at East Tennessee State University, where he performed differential photometry on Post-AGB stars and did a little work w...
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Title:Searching for the Long-Duration Gamma-Ray Burst ProgenitorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:111 pagesPublished:July 16, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319066250

ISBN - 13:9783319066257

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Gamma-ray Bursts in Circumstellar Shells.- Population III Gamma-ray Bursts.- VLBI and Archival VLA and WSRT Observations of GRB 030329.- Calorimetry of GRB 030329.- Conclusions.- Appendices.