Striking similarities exist between high-energy gamma-ray emission from active galactic nuclei (AGNs) and gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). They suggest that GRBs are generated by inverse Compton scattering from highly relativistic electrons in transient jets. Such jets may be produced along the axis of an accretion disk formed around stellar black holes (BHs) or neutron stars (NSs) in BH-NS and NS-NS mergers and in accretion induced collapse of magnetized white dwarfs (WDs) or neutron stars in close binary systems. Such events may produce the cosmological GRBs. Transient jets formed by single old magnetized neutron stars in an extended Galactic halo may produce a local population of GRBs. Here we show that jet production of GRBs by inverse Compton scattering can explain quite simply the striking correlations that exist between various temporal features of GRBs, their duration histogram, the power spectrum of their complex multipeak light curves, their power-law high energy spectra and other features of GRBs. Some additional predictions are made including the expected polarization of gamma rays in the bursts.
- Gamma rays: bursts
- Radiation mechanisms: nonthermal
- Stars: neutron