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Special Issue "Gamma-Ray Bursts: Recent Theoretical Models and Observations"
A special issue of Galaxies (ISSN 2075-4434).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2016).
Dr. Ioannis Contopoulos E-Mail
Research Center for Astronomy, Academy of Athens, Athens, Greece
Dr. Samantha Oates E-Mail
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), Granada, Spain
Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are cosmic flashes of gamma-rays, and consist some of the most energetic events ever detected. They are powerful beacons of the early Universe, and extreme physical laboratories. They are intrinsically linked to the lifecycle of stars and galaxies and can, therefore, provide complementary insights into their evolution. Multi-wavelength observations of these enigmatic events allow us to go deeper into their underlying physics, but 40 years after their discovery their origin remains enigmatic. A great amount of theoretical work has been invested in order to understand what are their central engine and their emission mechanism. Obviously, any discussion of potential GRB models leads us to search for their signatures in GRB observations. In the modern era of multi messenger astronomy from various space missions and ground observatories, the study of these events and their afterglows is likely to intensify as we try to piece together information from the full electromagnetic spectrum, gravitational waves, and neutrinos.
This Special Issue of Galaxies is mainly based on the contributions presented during Symposium 11 at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (4–5 July, 2016, Athens, Greece) that has been organized with the aim to discuss the physics and observations of GRBs, bringing together a number of theorists and observers from the already sizeable GRB community in Europe and worldwide.
Dr. Ioannis Contopoulos
Dr. Samantha Oates
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