Nanjing Univ, Dept Astron, Nanjing 210093, Peoples R China
; Chinese Acad Sci, LCRHEA, IHEP, Beijing 100039, Peoples R China
; Univ Hong Kong, Dept Phys, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
The idea that gamma-ray bursts might be a phenomenon associated with neutron star kicks was first proposed by Dar & Plaga. Here we study this mechanism in more detail and point out that the neutron star should be a high-speed one (with proper motion larger than similar to1000 km s(-1)). It is shown that the model agrees well with observations in many aspects, such as the energetics, the event rate, the collimation, the bimodal distribution of durations, the narrowly clustered intrinsic energy, and the association of gamma-ray bursts with supernovae and star-forming regions. We also discuss the implications of this model on the neutron star kick mechanism and suggest that the high kick speed was probably acquired as the result of the electromagnetic rocket effect of a millisecond magnetar with an off-centered magnetic dipole.