The Early History of Gamma-ray Bursts

The discovery of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs), and the subsequent realization that they are the result of the largest and most distant explosions in the Universe, represents one of the most surprising and fundamental discoveries in astronomy in the past century.  Several space-borne and ground-based breakthrough observations in GRBs that led to this realization occurred during the 1990’s.  This discovery resulted in the award of the 2011 Shaw Prize in Astronomy.
This talk will describe some of the fundamental observations and the intense debate on the true origin and nature of GRBs that occurred during the thirty-year time period following their discovery in 1967. 
Active observational and theoretical research on GRBs continues, including research that is being performed here in Granada.

11/05/2017 - 12:30
Prof. Gerald J. Fishman
NASA – Marshall Space Flight Center (Ret.) Huntsville AL, USA