Context. Data from cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB), baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO), and supernovae Ia (SNe-Ia) support a constant dark energy equation of state with w0 ~ -1. Measuring the evolution of w along the redshift is one of the most demanding challenges for observational cosmology.
Aims: We discuss the existence of a close relation for gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), named Combo-relation, based on characteristic parameters of GRB phenomenology such as the prompt intrinsic peak energy Ep,i, the X-ray afterglow initial luminosity L0 and the rest-frame duration τ of the shallow phase, and the index of the late power-law decay αX. We use it to measure Ωm and the evolution of the dark energy equation of state. We also propose a new calibration method for the same relation, which reduces the dependence on SNe Ia systematics.
Methods: We have selected a sample of GRBs with 1) a measured redshift z; 2) a determined intrinsic prompt peak energy Ep,i; and 3) a good coverage of the observed (0.3-10) keV afterglow light curves. The fitting technique of the rest-frame (0.3-10) keV luminosity light curves represents the core of the Combo-relation. We separate the early steep decay, considered a part of the prompt emission, from the X-ray afterglow additional component. Data with the largest positive residual, identified as flares, are automatically eliminated until the p-value of the fit becomes greater than 0.3.
Results: We strongly minimize the dependency of the Combo-GRB calibration on SNe Ia. We also measure a small extra-Poissonian scatter of the Combo-relation, which allows us to infer from GRBs alone ΩM = 0.29+0.23-0.15 (1σ) for the ΛCDM cosmological model, and ΩM = 0.40+0.22-0.16, w0 = -1.43+0.78-0.66 for the flat-Universe variable equation of state case.
Conclusions: In view of the increasing size of the GRB database, thanks to future missions, the Combo-relation is a promising tool for measuring Ωm with an accuracy comparable to that exhibited by SNe Ia, and to investigate the dark energy contribution and evolution up to z ~ 10.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- October 2015
- cosmological parameters;
- gamma-ray burst: general;
- dark energy;
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics;
- Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
- 10 pages, 9 figures, 3 tables. Accepted for publication in A&