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Constraints on Lorentz Invariance Violation using integral/IBIS observations of GRB041219A

Phys. Rev. D 83, 121301(R) – Published 28 June 2011
P. Laurent, D. Götz, P. Binétruy, S. Covino, and A. Fernandez-Soto


One of the experimental tests of Lorentz invariance violation is to measure the helicity dependence of the propagation velocity of photons originating in distant cosmological obejcts. Using a recent determination of the distance of the gamma-ray burst GRB 041219A, for which a high degree of polarization is observed in the prompt emission, we are able to improve by four orders of magnitude the existing constraint on Lorentz invariance violation, arising from the phenomenon of vacuum birefringence.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.83.121301

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  • Received 28 March 2011
  • Published 28 June 2011

© 2011 American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

P. Laurent1,*

  • 1APC Laboratory, CEA/IRFU, Université Paris-Diderot, CNRS/IN2P3, Observatoire de Paris, 10, rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet, 75205 Paris Cedex 13, France

D. Götz2

  • 2AIM (UMR 7158 CEA/DSM-CNRS-Université Paris-Diderot) Irfu/Service dAstrophysique, Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France

P. Binétruy3

  • 3APC Laboratory, Université Paris-Diderot, CNRS/IN2P3, CEA/IRFU, Observatoire de Paris, 10, rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet, 75205 Paris Cedex 13, France

S. Covino4

  • 4INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Via E. Bianchi 46, 23807 Merate (LC), Italy

A. Fernandez-Soto5

  • 5Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria, CSIC-Universidad Cantabria, Avenida de los Castros s/n, 39005 Santander, Spain

  • *plaurent@cea.fr

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