Revealing the Jet Structure of Grb 030329 With High Resolution Multicolor Photometry

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We present multicolor optical observations of the nearby (z = 0.1685) GRB030329 obtained with the same instrumentation over a time period of 6 hours for a total of an unprecedented 475 quasi-simultaneous B V R observations. The achromatic steepening in the optical, which occurs at t {approx} 0.7 days, provides evidence for a dynamic transition of the source, and can be most readily explained by models in which the GRB ejecta are collimated into a jet. Since the current state-of-the-art modeling of GRB jets is still flawed with uncertainties, we use these data to critically assess some classes of models ... continued below

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Gorosabel, Javier; Castro-Tirado, A. J.; Ramirez-Ruiz, E.; Granot, J.; Caon, N.; Cairos, L. M. et al. March 15, 2006.

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We present multicolor optical observations of the nearby (z = 0.1685) GRB030329 obtained with the same instrumentation over a time period of 6 hours for a total of an unprecedented 475 quasi-simultaneous B V R observations. The achromatic steepening in the optical, which occurs at t {approx} 0.7 days, provides evidence for a dynamic transition of the source, and can be most readily explained by models in which the GRB ejecta are collimated into a jet. Since the current state-of-the-art modeling of GRB jets is still flawed with uncertainties, we use these data to critically assess some classes of models that have been proposed in the literature. The data, especially the smooth decline rate seen in the optical afterglow, are consistent with a model in which GRB030329 was a homogeneous, sharp-edged jet, viewed near its edge interacting with a uniform external medium, or viewed near its symmetry axis with a stratified wind-like external environment. The lack of short timescale fluctuations in the optical afterglow flux down to the 0.5 per cent level puts stringent constraints on possible small scale angular inhomogeneities within the jet or fluctuations in the external density.

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  • Report No.: SLAC-PUB-11762
  • Grant Number: AC02-76SF00515
  • DOI: 10.2172/877428 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 877428
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc878624

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Gorosabel, Javier; Castro-Tirado, A. J.; Ramirez-Ruiz, E.; Granot, J.; Caon, N.; Cairos, L. M. et al. Revealing the Jet Structure of Grb 030329 With High Resolution Multicolor Photometry, report, March 15, 2006; [Menlo Park, California]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc878624/: accessed May 28, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.