Huntsville Gamma Ray Burst Symposium
14-18 April 2013 – Nashville, Tennessee
Gamma ray bursts are the most luminous explosions in the universe, and are thought to be the birth signatures of black holes, arising from both the collapse of massive stars and the merger of compact objects in a binary system. With X-ray and gamma-ray observations from active space missions such as Fermi, Swift, AGILE, MAXI, INTEGRAL, Konus, Suzaku, NuStar, and ongoing GRB localization by the InterPlanetary Network, this is an exciting time for GRB physics.
Afterglow observations at optical and radio energies continue to provide clues as to the nature and cosmological evolution of the GRB hosts. We have also entered a vibrant era for multi-messenger GRB astronomy, and prospects for detecting gravitational wave, neutrino, and very-high energy emissions from GRBs are improving greatly with the next-generation instrumentation such as CTA and Advanced LIGO/VIRGO.
The 7th in the Huntsville series of GRB meetings will host talks and posters on current observations and analyses, in addition to the theories that bring them together. We will also discuss in a panel session the missions and opportunities that are planned or needed to ensure the future of the field is well-matched to the questions that remain to be answered.
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Hendrik van Eerten