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

Ruiter, Ashley; Seitenzahl, Ivo; Smartt, Stephen J.; Kankare, E; Sim, Stuart; Kruhler, T; Greiner, J; Schady, P; Jerkstrand, A; Taubenberger, Stefano; Chambers, K C; Flewelling, H A

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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 signal. This signal is luminous at optical and infrared wavelengths and is called a kilonova2,3,4,5. The gravitational-wave source GW170817 arose from a binary neutron-star merger in the nearby Universe with a relatively well confined...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/217791
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature24303

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