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dc.contributor.authorKasliwal, M. M-
dc.contributor.authorNakar, E-
dc.contributor.authorSinger, L. P-
dc.contributor.authorKaplan, D. L-
dc.contributor.authorCook, D. O-
dc.contributor.authorVan Sistine, A-
dc.contributor.authorLau, R. M-
dc.contributor.authorFremling, C-
dc.contributor.authorGottlieb, O-
dc.contributor.authorJencson, J. E-
dc.contributor.authorAdams, S. M-
dc.contributor.authorFeindt, U-
dc.contributor.authorHotokezaka, K-
dc.contributor.authorGhosh, S-
dc.contributor.authorPerley, D. A-
dc.contributor.authorYu, P. -C-
dc.contributor.authorPiran, T-
dc.contributor.authorAllison, J. R-
dc.contributor.authorAnupama, G. C-
dc.contributor.authorand 62 co-authors-
dc.identifier.citationScience, Vol. 358, No. 6370, pp. 1559-1565en_US
dc.descriptionRestricted Accessen_US
dc.description.abstractMerging neutron stars offer an exquisite laboratory for simultaneously studying strong-field gravity and matter in extreme environments. We establish the physical association of an electromagnetic counterpart (EM170817) to gravitational waves (GW170817) detected from merging neutron stars. By synthesizing a panchromatic dataset, 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 EM170817 are dissimilar to classical short gamma-ray bursts with ultra-relativistic jets. Instead, we suggest that breakout of a wide-angle, mildly-relativistic cocoon engulfing the jet elegantly explains the low-luminosity gamma-rays, the high-luminosity ultraviolet-optical-infrared and the delayed radio/x-ray emission. We posit that all merging neutron stars may lead to a wide-angle cocoon breakout; sometimes accompanied by a successful jet and sometimes a choked jet.en_US
dc.publisherAmerican Association for the Advancement of Scienceen_US
dc.rights© American Association for the Advancement of Science-
dc.titleIlluminating gravitational waves: A concordant picture of photons from a neutron star mergeren_US
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