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Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Swift Era
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Author and Affiliation:
Gehrels, Neil(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States);
Ramirez-Ruiz, E.(California Univ., Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Santa Cruz, CA, United States);
Fox, D. B.(Pennsylvania State Univ., Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University Park, PA, United States)
Abstract: With its rapid-response capability and multiwavelength complement of instruments, the Swift satellite has transformed our physical understanding of gamma-ray bursts. Providing high-quality observations of hundreds of bursts, and facilitating a wide range of follow-up observations within seconds of each event, Swift has revealed an unforeseen richness in observed burst properties, shed light on the nature of short-duration bursts, and helped realize the promise of gamma-ray bursts as probes of the processes and environments of star formation out to the earliest cosmic epochs. These advances have opened new perspectives on the nature and properties of burst central engines, interactions with the burst environment from microparsec to gigaparsec scales, and the possibilities for non-photonic signatures. Our understanding of these extreme cosmic sources has thus advanced substantially; yet more than forty years after their discovery, gamma-ray bursts continue to present major challenges on both observational and theoretical fronts.
Publication Date: Jan 11, 2010
Document ID:
20100002980
(Acquired Jan 21, 2010)
Subject Category: ASTRONOMY
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: Gev to Tev Connection/Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear; 11-16 Jan. 2010; Ringberg; Germany
COSPAR Workshop; 11th; 8-19 Feb. 2010; Bangalore; India
High Density Laboratory Astrophysics 2010; 15-19 Mar. 2010; Pasadena, CA; United States
Meeting Sponsor: Committee on Space Research; Paris, France
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NSF PHY-0503584; DE-FC02-01ER41176
Financial Sponsor: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD, United States
National Science Foundation; Arlington, VA, United States
Department of Energy; Washington, DC, United States
Organization Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD, United States
Description: 112p; In English; Original contains color and black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: GAMMA RAY BURSTS; SIGNATURES; STAR FORMATION; TIME MEASUREMENT
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