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Title: Investigating gamma-ray burst progenitors and central engines
Author: Lyons, Nicola Anne
ISNI:       0000 0004 2738 3195
Awarding Body: University of Leicester
Current Institution: University of Leicester
Date of Award: 2013
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The aim of this thesis is to study Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) progenitors and central engines, I begin by examining unexpected plateaus in GRB light curves and place constraints on the central engine, that are consistent with a proto-magnetar. Next I compare these to the normal plateaus seen in the light curve and expand my investigation to include flares. Finally I investigate whether some giant flares could actually be a GRB if the GRB in those light curves could be a progenitor.
Supervisor: O'Brien, Paul; Tanvir, Nial Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Gamma-Ray Burst