Special Issue "Gamma-Ray Burst Science in 2030"
A special issue of Galaxies (ISSN 2075-4434).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).
Interests: gamma-ray bursts; transients; high energy and very high energy astrophysics
The study of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) has been a very active field since their discovery by the Vela satellites about fifty years ago.
Recent years have witnessed exciting breakthroughs that further stimulated the interest of the scientific community in the GRB field. The recent identification of a spectral component beyond synchrotron emission in the afterglow phase increased the debate about particle acceleration and emission processes at place in a GRB. The ubiquity of the extra spectral component and the environmental conditions under which it is produced are still under debate. Moreover whether this component is also present in the earlier prompt phase or not is another open question.
The recent advancements in the GRB field were achieved thanks to the multi-wavelength and multi-messenger approach. Being able to simultaneously collect data on a burst with different instruments is the key for a deep and complete understanding of the phenomena under study. Indeed, the multi-messenger and multi-wavelength observation of just one neutron-star-neutron-star merging event (detected both electromagnetically and via gravitational waves) yields a step forward in the comprehension of GRB jet dynamics and morphology—an aspect of the GRB phenomena that has been poorly probed by the observations so far.
These observations on the environment, emission processes, and jet dynamics are key tools to unveil the nature of the progenitors of GRB of short and long duration and the connection of GRB to other astrophysical questions, such as the origin of the heavy elements or the high redshift universe stellar population.
If from one side the discoveries increased the curiosity of the community, on the other side the next generation of instruments will be ready in the coming years to provide the tools for continuing the exploration. Future missions will provide a more complete picture of the phenomena by measuring the polarization of the bulk of prompt emission and by providing detection of high redshift GRBs.
The purpose of this Special Issue of Galaxies is to give an overview of the main challenges and problems that the GRB field is currently confronted with, to propose some possible solutions, and to explore the tools that the community will have in their hands in the near future. We are convinced that this Special Issue will become a reference that pictures the current state-of-the- art findings in the GRB field and envisions it in the future.
Dr. Elena Moretti
Dr. Francesco Longo
|Galaxies 2020 Best Paper Award for Special Issue “Gamma-Ray Burst Science in 2030” (500 CHF)|
|Winner announcement date: 30 June 2022|
To award the excellence of the papers in Special Issue: Gamma-Ray Burst Science in 2030, we are pleased to launch our new Best Paper Award. One review or research article will receive this award. The paper will be selected after thorough evaluation by the journal Award Committee, led by the EiC, Prof. Dr. Emilio Elizalde.
Eligibility for the award:
– Open to all career levels;
– ONLY submissions in “Gamma-Ray Burst Science in 2030”, excluding feature papers invited by the Guest Editor.
The paper will be selected by the journal Award Committee according to the following criteria (data source: Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics)):
– Scientific merit and broadness of impact;
– Relevance to the journal’s field;
– Originality of research objectives and/or presented ideas;
– Creativity of the study design or uniqueness of approaches and concepts;
– Clarity of presentation;
– Citation and download rates by 28 April 2022;
– Authorship (first author, teamwork, and collaboration with other institutions).
The winner will receive the following:
– A certificate;
– 500 CHF;
– A waiver to publish a feature paper in Galaxies (following the standard peer review procedure, within one year after the award is announced).
The winner will be announced on the journal website in June 2022.
Please submit your paper here (https://susy.mdpi.com/user/manuscripts/upload?form[journal_id]=53&form[special_issue_id]=50561), the sooner the better.
Galaxies Editorial Office
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- gamma-ray bursts
- instruments for astrophysics
- emission processes
- jet dynamics
- high redshift