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General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 28, Issue 12, pp 1421–1426 | Cite as

Relativity at action or gamma-ray Bursts

  • Tsvi Piran
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Abstract

Gamma ray Bursts (grbs) — short bursts of few hundred keV γ-rays — have fascinated astronomers since their accidental discovery in the Sixties.Grbs were ignored by most relativists who did not expect them to be associated with any relativistic phenomenon. The recent observations of thebatse detector on the Compton-GRO satellite have revolutionized our ideas on these bursts and the picture that emerges shows thatgrbs are the most relativistic objects discovered so far.

Key words

Binary neutron star mergers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tsvi Piran
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  1. 1.The Racah Institute for PhysicsThe Hebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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