Gamma-Ray Bursts and Population III Stars

Kenji Toma, Sung Chul Yoon, Volker Bromm

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

11 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are ideal probes of the epoch of the first stars and galaxies. We review the recent theoretical understanding of the formation and evolution of the first (so-called Population III) stars, in light of their viability of providing GRB progenitors. We proceed to discuss possible unique observational signatures of such bursts, based on the current formation scenario of long GRBs. These include signatures related to the prompt emission mechanism, as well as to the afterglow radiation, where the surrounding intergalactic medium might imprint a telltale absorption spectrum. We emphasize important remaining uncertainties in our emerging theoretical framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-180
Number of pages22
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Volume202
Issue number1-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1

Keywords

  • Cosmology
  • Dark ages
  • First stars
  • Gamma-ray bursts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Gamma-Ray Bursts and Population III Stars'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this