Effects of a low electron distribution cutoff on multiwavelength spectra and light curves of GRB afterglows
Department of Physics, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, 15783 Zografos, Greece
2 The Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Received: 6 November 2010
Accepted: 29 April 2011
Aims. We investigate the behavior of the frequency-centered light curves expected within the standard model of gamma ray bursts, allowing the maximum electron energy (γmax) to be a free parameter that may take low values.
Methods. We solve the spatially averaged kinetic equations that describe the simultaneous evolution of particles and photons, obtaining the multi-wavelength spectra as a function of time. From these we construct the frequency-centered light curves with an emphasis on the X-ray and optical bands.
Results. We show that in cases where γmax takes low values, the produced X-ray light curves show a plateau as the synchrotron component gives its place to the synchrotron self-Compton one in the X-ray band.
Key words: gamma-rays: general / acceleration of particles / radiation mechanisms: non-thermal
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