Interpretation of the unprecedentedly long-lived high-energy emission of GRB 130427A

Research paper by Ruo-Yu Liu, Xiang-Yu Wang, Xue-Feng Wu

Indexed on: 29 Jul '13Published on: 29 Jul '13Published in: arXiv - Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena


High energy photons (>100 MeV) are detected by the Fermi/LAT from GRB 130427A up to almost one day after the burst, with an extra hard spectral component being discovered in the high-energy afterglow. We show that this hard spectral component arises from afterglow synchrotron-self Compton emission. This scenario can explain the origin of >10 GeV photons detected up to ~30000s after the burst, which would be difficult to be explained by synchrotron radiation due to the limited maximum synchrotron photon energy. The lower energy multi-wavelength afterglow data can be fitted simultaneously by the afterglow synchrotron emission. The implication of detecting the SSC emission for the circumburst environment is discussed.