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Forming a constant density medium close to long gamma-ray bursts
Astronomy and Astrophysics
The progenitor stars of long Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) are thought to be Wolf-Rayet stars, which generate a massive and energetic wind. Nevertheless, about 25 percent of all GRB afterglows light curves indicate a constant density medium close to the exploding star. We explore various ways to produce this, by creating situations where the wind termination shock arrives very close to the star, as the shocked wind material has a nearly constant density. Typically, the distance between a Wolf-Rayetdoi:10.1051/0004-6361:20065709 fatcat:pxcuvteblrhl3fovjw2hgsu4oi