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    The Physics of Gamma-Ray Bursts
    • Online ISBN: 9781139226530
    • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781139226530
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Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the most luminous explosions in the universe, which within seconds release energy comparable to what the Sun releases in its entire lifetime. The field of GRBs has developed rapidly and matured over the past decades. Written by a leading researcher, this text presents a thorough treatment of every aspect of the physics of GRBs. It starts with an overview of the field and an introduction to GRB phenomenology. After laying out the basics of relativity, relativistic shocks, and leptonic and hadronic radiation processes, the volume covers all topics related to GRBs, including a general theoretical framework, afterglow and prompt emission models, progenitor, central engine, multi-messenger aspects (cosmic rays, neutrinos, and gravitational waves), cosmological connections, and broader impacts on fundamental physics and astrobiology. It is suitable for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and experienced researchers in the field of GRBs and high-energy astrophysics in general.

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From the Foreword: ‘The material in this book has been painstakingly researched and developed by Professor Zhang … Starting with a comprehensive historical perspective, it goes on to delve extensively with all of the major aspects of the field up to the present date, with insightful discussions of the relevant physics involved in the various phenomenological aspects, including perspectives on the possible developments expected from future observations. It then goes on to place GRBs in the broader astrophysical context of stars, galaxies and the universe, and the possible implications for fundamental physics. This is the most complete, comprehensive, and up-to-date monograph on the physics of gamma-ray bursts, by one of the leading experts in the field, which will be an invaluable resource both for the advanced researchers and for those wishing to gain an overview of one of the most exciting topics in contemporary astrophysics.'

Peter Mészáros - Pennsylvania State University

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