The high energy budget allocations in shocks and gamma ray bursts Academic Article uri icon


  • The statistical distribution of energies among particles responsible for long gamma-ray burst (GRB) emission is analyzed in light of recent results of the Fermi Observatory. The all-sky flux, F{sub {gamma}}, recorded by the Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GBM) is shown, despite its larger energy range, to be not significantly larger than that reported by the Burst and Transient Explorer, suggesting a relatively small flux in the 3-30 MeV energy range. The present-day energy input rate in {gamma}-rays recorded by the GBM from long GRBs is found, assuming star formation rates in the literature, to be W-dot(0)=0.5 F{sub {gamma}H}/c=5x10{sup 42}erg Mpc{sup -3} yr{sup -1}. The Large Area Telescope fluence, when observed, is about 5%-10% per decade of the total, in good agreement with the predictions of saturated, nonlinear shock acceleration. The high-energy component of long GRBs, as measured by Fermi, is found to contain only {approx}10{sup -2.5} of the energy needed to produce ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) above 4 EeV, assuming the latter to be extragalactic, when various numerical factors are carefully included, if the cosmic-ray source spectrum has a spectral index of -2. The observed {gamma}-ray fraction of the required UHECR energy is even smaller if the source spectrum is softermore » than E {sup -2}. The AMANDA II limits rule out such a GRB origin for UHECRs if much more than 10{sup -2} of the cosmic-ray energy goes into neutrinos that are within, and simultaneous with, the {gamma}-ray beam. It is suggested that 'orphan' neutrinos out of the {gamma}-ray beam might be identifiable via orphan afterglow or other wide angle signatures of GRBs in lieu of coincidence with prompt {gamma}-rays, and it is recommended that feasible single neutrino trigger criteria be established to search for such coincidences.« less

publication date

  • January 1, 2010