Testing for synchrotron self-absorption in GRB 970111
Department of Space Physics and Astronomy, 6100 S. Main, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005-1892, U.S.A.
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Accepted: 28 January 1999
The time-resolved spectra of several gamma-ray bursts have shown that near the beginning of the burst, some absorption mechanism makes the spectra inconsistent with the simple optically-thin synchrotron shock model. We fit GRB 970111, which shows strong evidence for such absorption, with a synchrotron shock spectra suffering self-absorption. The synchrotron self-absorption shape does fit the BATSE time-evolving spectra, although it may be inconsistent with BeppoSAX WFC data. If the turnover just below the spectral break is due to synchrotron self-absorption, a magnetic field strength of is required.
Key words: gamma-rays: bursts / gamma-rays: observations / radiation mechanisms: non-thermal / techniques: spectroscopic
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