2008 Supplement: Frascati Workshop 2007 / Hurley

Soft Gamma Repeaters: New Results and Surprises from Swift, INTEGRAL, and the Interplanetary Network

K. Hurley

Abstract

The history and observational properties of the soft gamma repeaters are
reviewed. Over the past decades, we have gone from viewing these
objects as a special class of cosmic gamma-ray burst, to seeing them as
one manifestation of magnetars. There is now a solid body of
multi-wavelength observations, as well as some more controversial
properties. There are indications that extragalactic giant magnetar
flares have been detected. There are still a number of fundamental
unanswered questions, which will require better theory, more sensitive
observations, and many years to answer.

Keywords


neutron stars magnetars

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