A kilonova as the electromagnetic counterpart to a gravitational-wave source

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Smartt, SJ; Chen, T-W; Jerkstrand, A; Coughlin, M; Kankare, E; Sim, SA; Fraser, M; Inserra, C; Maguire, K; Chambers, KC; Huber, ME; Kruhler, T; Leloudas, G; Magee, M; Shingles, LJ; Smith, KW; Young, DR; Tonry, J; Kotak, R; Gal-Yam, A; Lyman, JD; Homan, DS; Agliozzo, C; Anderson, JP; Angus, CR; Ashall, C; Barbarino, C; Bauer, FE; Berton, M; Botticella, MT; ... view all 122 authors
  • Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
  • Identifiers: doi: 10.1038/nature24303
  • Subject: QB | QC
    arxiv: Astrophysics::Galaxy Astrophysics | Astrophysics::Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics | Astrophysics::High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena | Astrophysics::Solar and Stellar Astrophysics

Gravitational waves were discovered with the detection of binary black-hole mergers1 and they should also be detectable from lower-mass neutron-star mergers. These are predicted to eject material rich in heavy radioactive isotopes that can power an electromagnetic signa... View more