Theories of gamma-ray burst sources

Research paper by J. -L. Puget

Indexed on: 01 Mar '81Published on: 01 Mar '81Published in: Astrophysics and Space Science


A review of recent theoretical work on gamma-ray bursts is given. The emphasis is put on the localization of sources. It is concluded that sources of gamma-ray bursts must be either old Population I or Population II objects with a mechanism implying that the sources are not too far from the galactic plane. According to this conclusion the more relevant models are probably flare stars or accretion on old neutron stars, radiation of the gravitational energy of the accretion, or thermonuclear explosions.