A leptonic-hadronic model for the afterglow of gamma-ray burst 090510

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We model multiwavelength afterglow data from the short gamma-ray burst (GRB) 090510 using a combined leptonic-hadronic model of synchrotron radiation from an adiabatic blast wave. High-energy, ≳100 MeV, emission in our model is dominated by proton-synchrotron radiation, while electron-synchrotron radiation dominates in the X-ray and ultraviolet wavelengths. The collimation-corrected GRB energy, depending on the jet-break time, in this model could be as low as 3×1051 erg but two orders of magnitude larger than the absolute γ -ray energy. We also calculated the opacities for electron-positron pair production by γ -rays and found that TeV γ -rays from proton-synchrotron radiation can escape the blast wave at early time, and their detection can provide evidence of a hadronic emission component dominating at high energies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L109-L112
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number1 PART 2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Gamma-ray burst:individual (GRB 090510)
  • Relativistic processes
  • Shock waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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