Gamma-ray bursts: cosmic rulers for the high-redshift universe?

Speirits, F. C. , Hendry, M. A. and Gonzalez, A. (2007) Gamma-ray bursts: cosmic rulers for the high-redshift universe? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 365(1854), pp. 1395-1397. (doi: 10.1098/rsta.2006.1991)

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Abstract

The desire to extend the Hubble Diagram to higher redshifts than the range of current Type 1a Supernovae observations has prompted investigation into spectral correlations in gamma-ray bursts (GBRs), in the hope that standard candle-like properties can be identified. In this paper, we discuss the potential of these new ‘cosmic rulers’ and highlight their limitations by investigating the constraints that current data can place on an alternative Cosmological model in the form of Conformal Gravity. By fitting current Type 1a Supernovae and GRB data to the predicted luminosity distance redshift relation of both the standard Concordance Model and the Conformal Gravity, we show that currently neither model is strongly favoured at high redshift. The scatter in the current GRB data testifies to the further work required if GRBs are to cement their place as effective probes of the cosmological distance scale.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Speirits, Dr Fiona and Hendry, Professor Martin
Authors: Speirits, F. C., Hendry, M. A., and Gonzalez, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Publisher:Royal Society
ISSN:1364-503X
ISSN (Online):1471-2962
Published Online:09 February 2007

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