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GRB Conference

The Second Harvard-Smithsonian Conference on Theoretical Astrophysics:
"Gamma-Ray Bursts: The Brightest Explosions in the Universe"

Sponsored by Raymond and Beverly Sackler

Dates: Monday, May 20 through Thursday, May 23, 2002
Place: Harvard University, Gutman Library, 6 Appian Way,
Cambridge, MA

Monday, 9AM-12:40PM

(9:00 - 9:15)
Irwin Shapiro, Josh Grindlay: opening remarks
Session chair: Josh Grindlay

Chryssa Kouveliotou: review of gamma-ray observations
Luigi Piro: X-ray afterglows
coffee break (10:30-11AM)
John Heise: X-ray flashes
Hye-Sook Park: optical flashes
George Ricker: HETE II
Neil Gehrels: SWIFT
lunch break (12:40-2PM)

Monday, 2PM-5:45PM

Josh Bloom: optical/IR afterglows
Dale Frail: radio afterglows
coffee break (3:30-4PM)
Jeremy Goodman: radio scintillations
Fiona Harrison: GRB observations in the future
Trevor Weekes: GeV-TeV emission from GRBs

Tuesday, 9AM-12:30PM

Session chair: Ramesh Narayan

Martin Rees: GRB central engine: open problems
Peter Hoeflich: overview of supernova theory
coffee break (10:30-11AM)
Stan Woosley: collapsars
Roger Chevalier: SN - GRB connection
lunch break (12:30-2PM)

Tuesday, 2-5:30PM

Tsvi Piran: GRB light curves and GRBs inner engines
Vicky Kalogera: GRBs and gravitational waves
coffee break (3:15-3:45PM)
Maurice van Putten: GRBs from rotating black holes
Rosalba Perna: GRB remnants
Brad Schaefer: GRBs as distance indicators

Wednesday, 9AM-12:30PM

Session chair: John Raymond

Re'em Sari: overview of afterglow theory
James Rhoads: jets and their observational consequences
Jonathan Granot: GRB jets and orphan afterglows
coffee break (10:45-11:15AM)
Pawan Kumar: parameter estimation and GRB energetics
Dipankar Bhattacharya: non-standard afterglows
lunch break (12:30-2PM)

Wednesday, 2-5:15PM

Laura Maraschi: blazars and GRBs
John Kirk: shock acceleration
coffee break (3:30-4PM)
Mikhail Medvedev: collisionless shocks
Peter Meszaros: X-ray lines

Wednesday, 7-10pm

Banquet Dinner at the Sheraton Commander Hotel
After-dinner talk by Bob Kirshner

Thursday, 9AM-12:45PM

Session chair: Shri Kulkarni

Avi Loeb: cosmological studies with GRBs
George Djorgovski: GRB hosts and star formation
coffee break (10:30-11AM)

Bruce Draine: dust and ISM within host galaxies
Kris Stanek: microlensing and short timescale variability
Eli Waxman: high energy particles and photons from GRBs

lunch break (12:45-2PM)

Thursday, 2-5:45PM

Kevin Hurley: soft gamma repeaters
Vicky Kaspi: anomalous X-ray pulsars
Bryan Gaensler: SGRs, AXPs and supernova remnants
coffee break (3:30-4PM)
Feryal Ozel: thermal emission from magnetars
Jeremy Heyl: QED effects in strong magnetic fields

Roger Blandford: conference summary and closing remarks