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Could GRB170817A be really correlated to an NS–NS merging?

The exciting development of gravitational wave (GW) astronomy in the correlation of LIGO and VIRGO detection of GW signals makes possible to expect registration of effects of not only binary black hole (BH) coalescence but also binary neutron star (NS) merging accompanied by electromagnetic (gamma ray burst; GRB) signal. Here we consider the possibility that an NS, merging in an NS–NS or NS–BH system might be (soon) observed in correlation with any LIGO–VIRGO GWs detection. We analyze as an example the recent case of the short GRB170817A observed by Fermi and integral. The associated optical transient (OT) source in NGC4993 implies a rare near source, a consequent averaged large rate of such events (almost) compatible with expected NS–NS merging rate. However the expected beamed GRB (or short GRB) may be mostly aligned to a different direction than ours. Therefore, even soft GRB photons, spread more than hard ones, might be hardly able to shower to us. Nevertheless, a prompt spiraling electron turbine jet in largest magnetic fields, at the base of the NS–NS collapse, might shine by its tangential synchrotron radiation in spread way with its skimming photons shining in large open disk. The consequent solid angle for such soft disk gamma radiation may be large enough to be nevertheless often observed.