Lestrade, John Patrick

Committee Member

Dunne, James A.

Committee Member

Clay, R. Torsten

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


A quantitative analysis was performed on a sample of Fast-Rise Exponential-Decay gamma-ray bursts using a continuous fitting function. The data were obtained from the Large Area detector catalogue of the Burst and Transient Source Experiment, which flew from 1991-2000 onboard the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory. The purpose here is to tabulate from the fits quantities associated with gamma-ray bursts, emphasising peak intensity, duration, and characteristic rates of rising and falling. V/Vmax and duration analyses show that the sample of bursts is representative of the larger population of gamma-ray bursts. A modified asymmetric double sigmoidal was found to fit the background subtracted peaks for the majority of bursts. From the regressions the amplitude, duration and rising and falling characteristic times are defined for each burst, as well as a value describing the asymmetry of the peak. These values are compared with each other and with catalogued values of duration and V/Vmax.

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