A new definition of the intermediate group of gamma-ray bursts

I. Horváth, L. Balázs, Z. Bagoly, F. Ryde, A. Mészáros

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Abstract

Gamma-ray bursts can be divided into three groups ("short", "intermediate", "long") with respect to their durations. This classification is somewhat imprecise, since the subgroup of intermediate duration has an admixture of both short and long bursts. In this paper a physically more reasonable definition of the intermediate group is presented, using also the hardnesses of the bursts. It is shown again that the existence of the three groups is real, no further groups are needed. The intermediate group is the softest one. From this new definition it follows that 11% of all bursts belong to this group. An anticorrelation between the hardness and the duration is found for this subclass in contrast to the short and long groups. Despite this difference it is not clear yet whether this group represents a physically different phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume447
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

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  • Gamma-rays: bursts

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A new definition of the intermediate group of gamma-ray bursts. / Horváth, I.; Balázs, L.; Bagoly, Z.; Ryde, F.; Mészáros, A.

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