Synchrotron Radiation from Ultra-High Energy Protons and the Fermi Observations of GRB 080916C
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC SPACE SCIENCE DIV
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Fermi Gamma-ray telescope data of GRB 080916C with 1055 erg in apparent isotropic Gamma-ray energy, show a several second delay between the rise of 100 MeV-GeV radiation compared with keV-MeV radiation. Here we show that synchrotron radiation from cosmic ray protons accelerated in GRBs, delayed by the proton synchrotron cooling timescale in a jet of magnetically-dominated shocked plasma moving at highly relativistic speeds with bulk Lorentz factor could explain this result. A second generation electron synchrotron component from attenuated proton synchrotron radiation makes enhanced soft X-ray to MeV Gamma-ray emission. Long GRBs with narrow, energetic jets accelerating particles to ultra-high energies could explain the Auger observations of UHE cosmic rays from sources within 100 Mpc for nano-Gauss intergalactic magnetic fields. The total energy requirements in a proton synchrotron model are Gamma-163.
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Particle Accelerators