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We revisit the Internal-Collision-induced MAgnetic Reconnection and Turbulence model of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) in view of the advances made in understanding of both relativistic magnetic turbulence and relativistic turbulent magnetic reconnection. We identify the kink instability as the most natural way of changing the magnetic configuration to release the magnetic free energy through magnetic reconnection, as well as driving turbulence that enables fast turbulent reconnection. We show that this double role of the kink instability is important for explaining the prompt emission of GRBs. Our study confirms the critical role that turbulence plays in boosting reconnection efficiency in GRBs and suggests that the GRB phenomena can be modeled in the magnetohydrodynamics approximation. That is, the modeling is not constrained by reproducing the detailed microphysical properties of relativistic magnetized plasmas.
Gamma-ray burst: general; Magnetic reconnection; Turbulence
Astrophysics and Astronomy | Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics | Nuclear
Gamma-Ray Bursts Induced by Turbulent Reconnection.
Astrophysical Journal, 882(2),
American Astronomical Society.