Letter to the Editor
Are bright gamma-ray bursts a fair sample?
Received 19 October 1999 / Accepted 29 November 1999
We conjecture that bright gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are bright because they come from sources which are intrinsically over luminous and not because they come from nearby sources. We show that this hypothesis is supported by theoretical and observational arguments and that it explains some well-known properties of GRBs such as their Hardness-Intensity Correlation or the No-Host problem. We discuss the consequences of this hypothesis on our understanding of the properties of the GRB population.
Key words: gamma rays: bursts
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Online publication: December 17, 1999