Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 109, Issue 2, pp 293–307 | Cite as

One-photon and two-photon annihilation lines in gamma-bursts, I

  • V. V. Zheleznyakov
  • A. A. Litvinchuk


This paper and subsequent Paper II are an investigation of the annihilation line formation in gamma-ray bursts based on the assumption of positron production in a strong magnetic field (because of one-photon absorption of hard gamma-quanta radiated in the neutron star hot polar spot). We discuss a two-photon annihilation line in this paper. It is shown that if the star magnetic field is greater than 3×1012 G, the relative flux in the line depends solely on the hardness of the continuum and is, as a rule, less than or about 10–20% of the total flux. This is consistent with the spectral data recorded by ‘Venera-11’ and ‘Venera-12’ space probes. The annihilation region formation above the hot polar spot is discussed, and positron density and annihilation region dimensions are estimated.


Magnetic Field Spectral Data Neutron Star Space Probe Strong Magnetic Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. V. Zheleznyakov
    • 1
  • A. A. Litvinchuk
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Applied PhysicsAcademy of Sciences of the USSRGorkyU.S.S.R.

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