From gamma-ray bursts to fast radio bursts

The field of gamma-ray burst astronomy arguably went through three decades of growing pains before reaching maturity. What development lessons can be learned for the adolescent field of fast radio burst astronomy?

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Fig. 1: The annual flux of refereed papers (P) and earned citations (C, divided by 25) of papers on or about GRBs since their discovery in 1973.
Fig. 2: A selection of GRB and FRB localization regions.
Fig. 3: The annual flux of refereed papers (P) and citations (C, divided by 10) of FRB papers, compared to those of GRB papers.


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I thank E. Henneken, ADS/Harvard Center for Astrophysics, for help with ADS programming and V. Ravi for providing Fig. 2. I gratefully acknowledge useful and enlightening discussions with M. Bailes, S. B. Cenko, D. A. Frail, D. A. Perley, E. S. Phinney and V. Ravi. I thank K. Plant for careful reading and Caltech librarian J. Painter for help with finding old references.

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Kulkarni, S.R. From gamma-ray bursts to fast radio bursts. Nat Astron 2, 832–835 (2018).

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