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Redshift distribution and luminosity function of long gamma-ray bursts from cosmological simulations

M. A. Campisi, L.-X. Li and P. Jakobsson

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 407, issue 3, pages 1972-1980
Published in print September 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online September 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17044.x
Redshift distribution and luminosity function of long gamma-ray bursts from cosmological simulations

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We study the luminosity function (LF), the comoving rate and the detection rate of long gamma-ray bursts (LGRBs) to high redshift, using galaxy catalogues constructed by combining high-resolution N-body simulations with semi-analytic models of galaxy formation. We assume the collapsar model and different metallicity thresholds and conclude that LGRBs are not good tracers of the star formation history in the Universe. By using the log N–log P diagram for Burst And Transient Source Experiment (BATSE) bursts, we then determine the LF (with and without evolution with redshift) and the formation rate of LGRBs, obtaining constraints on the slope of the power law. We check the resulting redshift distribution with Swift data updated to 2009 August, finding that models where LGRBs have as progenitors stars with Z < 0.3 Z and without evolution of the LF are in agreement with the data. We also predict that there are about ∼1 per cent of GRBs at redshift z > 6.

Keywords: gamma-ray burst: general; galaxies: high redshift

Journal Article.  6260 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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