The galaxies hosting the most energetic explosions in the universe, the gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), are generally found to be low-mass, metal poor, blue and star forming galaxies. However, the majority of the targets investigated so far (less than 100) are at relatively low redshift, z<2. We know that at low redshift, the cosmic star formation is predominantly in small galaxies. Therefore, at low redshift, long-duration GRBs, which are associated with massive stars, are expected to be in small galaxies. Preliminary investigations of the stellar mass function of z<1.5 GRB hosts does not indicate that these galaxies are different from the general population of nearby star-forming galaxies. At high-z, it is still unclear whether GRB hosts are different. Recent results indicate that a fraction of them might be associated with dusty regions in massive galaxies. Remarkable is the a super-solar metallicity measured in the interstellar medium of a z=3.57 GRB host.
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|Titolo:||Gamma-ray burst host galaxies at low and high redshift|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|