On the multiwavelength emission from gamma ray burst afterglows
Department of Physics, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, GR 15783 Zografou, Greece e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 21 August 2009
Aims. Drawing an analogy with active galactic nuclei, we investigate the one-zone synchrotron self-compton (SSC) model of gamma ray bursts (GRB) afterglows in the presence of electron injection and cooling both by synchrotron and SSC losses.
Methods. We solve the spatially averaged kinetic equations which describe the simultaneous evolution of particles and photons, obtaining the multi-wavelength spectrum as a function of time. We back up our numerical calculations with analytical solutions of the equations using various profiles of the magnetic field evolution under certain simplifying assumptions.
Results. We apply the model to the afterglow evolution of GRBs in a uniform density environment and examine the impact various parameters have on the multiwavelength spectra. We find that in cases where the electron injection and/or the ambient density is high, the losses are dominated by SSC and the solutions depart significantly from the ones derived in the synchrotron standard cases.
Key words: gamma rays: bursts / acceleration of particles / radiation mechanisms: non-thermal
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