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Finding high-redshift gamma-ray bursts in tandem near-infrared and optical surveys

Gamma-ray bursts are linked to the most distant objects in the Universe, but detecting them is a rare event. With a dedicated near-infrared telescope to observe in tandem with the optical Vera Rubin Observatory, ten or so high-redshift (z 6) gamma-ray bursts could potentially be detected every year.

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Fig. 1: Rates of high-redshift GRBs depending on the nIR limiting magnitude and redshift.
Fig. 2: Prompt emission isotropic equivalent energy versus redshift of the simulated population of events with H <21.


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Campana, S., Ghirlanda, G., Salvaterra, R. et al. Finding high-redshift gamma-ray bursts in tandem near-infrared and optical surveys. Nat Astron 6, 1101–1104 (2022).

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