The softening of a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) afterglow bears remarkable similarities to the frequency evolution in a sonic boom. Atthe front end of the sonic boom cone, the frequency is infinite, much like a GRB. Inside the cone, the frequencyrapidly decreases to infrasonic ranges and the sound source appears at two places at the same time,mimicking the double-lobed radio sources. Although a “luminal” boom violates the Lorentz invarianceand is therefore forbidden, it is tempting to work out the details and compare them with existing data. This temptation is further enhanced by the observed superluminality in the celestial objects associated with radio sources and some GRBs. In this article, we calculate thetemporal and spatial variation of observed frequencies from a hypothetical luminal boom and showremarkable similarity between our calculations and current observations.
special relativity, light travel time effect, gamma rays bursts, radio sources
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International Journal of Modern Physics D
World Scientific Publishing
Are Radio Sources and Gamma Ray Bursts Luminal Booms?. (2007). International Journal of Modern Physics D. 16, (6), 983-1000. Research Collection School Of Information Systems.
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