A detailed radio study of the energetic, nearby, and puzzling GRB 171010A

J. S. Bright*, A. Horesh, A. J. Van Der Horst, R. Fender, G. E. Anderson, S. E. Motta, S. B. Cenko, D. A. Green, Y. Perrott, D. Titterington

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We present the results of an intensive multi-epoch radio frequency campaign on the energetic and nearby GRB 171010A with the Karl G. Janksy Very Large Array and Arcminute Microkelvin Imager Large Array. We began observing GRB 171010A a day after its initial detection, and were able to monitor the temporal and spectral evolution of the source over the following weeks. The spectra and their evolution are compared to the canonical theories for broad-band GRB afterglows, with which we find a general agreement. There are, however, a number of features that are challenging to explain with a simple forward shock model, and we discuss possible reasons for these discrepancies. This includes the consideration of the existence of a reverse shock component, potential microphysical parameter evolution, and the effect of scintillation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2721-2729
Number of pages9
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the anonymous referee for their helpful comments which helped to improve this work. JSB would like to acknowledge the support given by the Science and Technology Facilities Council through an STFC studentship. AH acknowledges support by the I-Core Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and the Israel Science Foundation. GEA is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (project number DE180100346) funded by the Australian Government. We thank the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory staff for scheduling and carrying out the AMI-LA observations. The AMI telescope is supported by the European Research Council under grant ERC-2012-StG-307215 LODESTONE, the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, and the University of Cambridge. This work made use of data supplied by the UK Swift Science Data Centre at the University of Leicester. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

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  • gamma-ray burst: individual: GRB 171010A.


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