Are Gamma Ray Bursts Nearby?

D. Eichler

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The possibility is considered that the intrinsic luminosity function of gamma ray bursters has sufficient scatter that the ln N‐ln S relation of observed bursts not be dominated by geometric effects favoring large volumes, but rather be dominated by nearby, intrinsically faint bursts. It is shown that the distribution of bursts on the sky would be very granular, with a significant fraction of them coming from the two or three nearest sources. Possible solutions and alternatives are briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish GB
StatePublished - 2008


  • gamma-ray sources
  • gamma-ray bursts
  • Mathematical procedures and computer techniques
  • Local group
  • Magellanic Clouds


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