And the Remaining 22 Photons

The Development of Gamma Ray and Gamma Ray Burst Astronomy
  • Virginia Trimble
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 334)


Unlike all other electromagnetic apertures, the gamma-ray window was forced open by theorists at least a decade before the first photons passed through. Sources remain few by the standards of X-ray or radio astronomy, and the class with no unambiguous optical counterpart remains large. The twenty-four years over which the gamma ray bursters were poorly understood or misunderstood seemed very long to those of us who lived through them, though short compared to the eras of incomprehensibility for coronal lines and stellar pulsations.

Key words

gamma rays gamma ray astronomy gamma ray bursts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia Trimble
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  1. 1.Department of Physics & AstronomyUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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