A remarkable angular distribution of the intermediate subclass of gamma-ray bursts

Attila Mészáros, Zsolt Bagoly, István Horváth, Lajos G. Balázs, Roland Vavrek

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We develop a method of testing the null hypothesis of intrinsic randomness in the angular distribution of gamma-ray bursts collected in the Current BATSE Catalog. The method is a modified version of the well-known counts-in-cells test and fully eliminates the nonuniform sky-exposure function of the BATSE instrument. Applying this method to the case of all gamma-ray bursts, we found no intrinsic nonrandomness. The test also did not find intrinsic nonrandomness for the short and long gamma-ray bursts. However, using the method on the new, intermediate subclass of gamma-ray bursts, the null hypothesis of intrinsic randomness for 181 intermediate gamma-ray bursts is rejected on the 96.4% confidence level. Taking 92 dimmer bursts from this subclass, we obtain a surprising result: this "dim" subclass of the intermediate subclass has an intrinsic nonrandomness on the 99.3% confidence level. On the other hand, the 89 "bright" gamma-ray bursts show no intrinsic nonrandomness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-101
Number of pages4
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 10 2000



  • Cosmology: observations
  • Gamma rays: bursts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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