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Illuminating gravitational waves: A concordant picture of photons from a neutron star merger

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Merging neutron stars offer an excellent laboratory for simultaneously studying strong-field gravity and matter in extreme environments. We establish the physical association of an electromagnetic counterpart (EM170817) with gravitational waves (GW170817) detected from merging neutron stars. By synthesizing a panchromatic data set, we demonstrate that merging neutron stars are a long-sought production site forging heavy elements by r-process nucleosynthesis. The weak gamma rays seen in EM1708...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1126/science.aap9455

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0000-0002-5619-4938
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0000-0002-4534-7089
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0000-0001-9898-5597
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0000-0001-6295-2881
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0000-0002-6877-7655
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1579029
ST/F007159/1
ST/J001465/1
ST/M000966/1
ST/N000811/1
ST/L00061X/1
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Grant:
ST/P002323/1
ST/P002196/1
Publisher:
American Association for the Advancement of Science Publisher's website
Journal:
Science Journal website
Volume:
358
Issue:
6370
Pages:
1559-1565
Publication date:
2017-12-22
Acceptance date:
2017-10-05
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EISSN:
1095-9203
ISSN:
0036-8075
Pubs id:
pubs:737125
URN:
uri:fce6e105-6a55-4b81-a05e-981f5f20a062
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uuid:fce6e105-6a55-4b81-a05e-981f5f20a062
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English

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