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Introduction

  • Robert Allan MeslerIII
Chapter
Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Abstract

Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) are the most energetic explosions ever detected. Originally discovered entirely by accident by US satellites monitoring for Soviet violations of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1967, GRBs have proven to be an enigma that science has been unable to entirely crack, even after more than 45 years. In this chapter, the history of GRBs is outlined. The standard physical model that is used to describe GRBs, and the uncertainty as to the nature of their progenitor, is also discussed.

Keywords

Black Hole Neutron Star Accretion Disk Massive Star Stellar Wind 
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  • Robert Allan MeslerIII
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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