Several lines of evidence point to a relationship between γ-ray bursts (GRBs) and the high mass stars that explode as supernovae. Arguments that GRB sources accelerate cosmic rays (CRs) are summarized. High-energy neutrino detection from individual GRBs would mean that they are hadronically dominated, that is, that the amount of energy deposited in the form of nonthermal hadrons in GRB blast waves greatly exceeds the radiated energy inferred from their photon emission spectra. Such a detection would make GRBs the favored candidate sources of ultra-high energy and super-GZK CRs. Cascade radiation induced by high-energy hadrons could be detected from GRBs with γ-ray telescopes.
New Astronomy Reviews
- Pub Date:
- April 2004
- 8 pages, 1 figure, in 2nd VERITAS Symposium on TeV Astrophysics, ed. L. Fortson and S. Swordy, in press, New Astronomy Reviews