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First spectroscopy of a short-hard GRB: the environment of a compact object merger

  • Antonio de Ugarte Postigo (a1) (a2), Christina C. Thöne (a2), Antonia Rowllinson (a3), Rubén García Benito (a1), Andrew J. Levan (a4), Javier Gorosabel (a1) (a5), Paolo Goldoni (a6) and Steve Schulze (a7) (a8)...

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Short gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are an extremely elusive family of cosmic explosions. They are thought to be related to the violent merger of compact objects (such as a neutron stars or black holes). Their optical counterparts were not discovered until 2005, and since then, there had been no successful spectroscopic observations. Here we present the first spectra of a short GRB, which we use to study the environment and derive implications on the progenitors of these cosmic explosions. This poster is based on the work by de Ugarte Postigo et al. (2014).

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Berger, E., et al. 2013, ApJL, 774, 23
de Ugarte Postigo, A., et al. 2013, GCN, 14743
de Ugarte Postigo, A., et al. 2014, A&A, 563, 62
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First spectroscopy of a short-hard GRB: the environment of a compact object merger

  • Antonio de Ugarte Postigo (a1) (a2), Christina C. Thöne (a2), Antonia Rowllinson (a3), Rubén García Benito (a1), Andrew J. Levan (a4), Javier Gorosabel (a1) (a5), Paolo Goldoni (a6) and Steve Schulze (a7) (a8)...

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