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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 1: OBSERVATIONS
Session chair: Josh Grindlay

(9:15-10:30AM)
Chryssa Kouveliotou: review of gamma-ray observations
Luigi Piro: X-ray afterglows
coffee break (10:30-11AM)
(11AM-12:40PM)
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


(2-3:30PM)
Josh Bloom: optical/IR afterglows
Dale Frail: radio afterglows
coffee break (3:30-4PM)
(4:00-5:45PM)
Jeremy Goodman: radio scintillations
Fiona Harrison: GRB observations in the future
Trevor Weekes: GeV-TeV emission from GRBs

Tuesday, 9AM-12:30PM


Session 2: CENTRAL ENGINE
Session chair: Ramesh Narayan

(9-10:30AM)
Martin Rees: GRB central engine: open problems
Peter Hoeflich: overview of supernova theory
coffee break (10:30-11AM)
(11AM-12:30PM)
Stan Woosley: collapsars
Roger Chevalier: SN - GRB connection
lunch break (12:30-2PM)

Tuesday, 2-5:30PM


(2-3:45PM)
Tsvi Piran: GRB light curves and GRBs inner engines
Vicky Kalogera: GRBs and gravitational waves
coffee break (3:15-3:45PM)
(3:45-5:30PM)
Maurice van Putten: GRBs from rotating black holes
Rosalba Perna: GRB remnants
Brad Schaefer: GRBs as distance indicators

Wednesday, 9AM-12:30PM


Session 3: AFTERGLOW MODELS
Session chair: John Raymond

(9-10:45AM)
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)
(11:15AM-12:30PM)
Pawan Kumar: parameter estimation and GRB energetics
Dipankar Bhattacharya: non-standard afterglows
lunch break (12:30-2PM)

Wednesday, 2-5:15PM


(2-3:30PM)
Laura Maraschi: blazars and GRBs
John Kirk: shock acceleration
coffee break (3:30-4PM)
(4-5:15PM)
Mikhail Medvedev: collisionless shocks
Peter Meszaros: X-ray lines

Wednesday, 7-10pm

(7:00pm)
Banquet Dinner at the Sheraton Commander Hotel
(8:30pm)
After-dinner talk by Bob Kirshner

Thursday, 9AM-12:45PM


Session 4: GRBS AND COSMOLOGY
Session chair: Shri Kulkarni

(9-10:30AM)
Avi Loeb: cosmological studies with GRBs
George Djorgovski: GRB hosts and star formation
coffee break (10:30-11AM)

(11-12:45PM)
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


(2-3:30PM)
Kevin Hurley: soft gamma repeaters
Vicky Kaspi: anomalous X-ray pulsars
Bryan Gaensler: SGRs, AXPs and supernova remnants
coffee break (3:30-4PM)
(4-5:45PM)
Feryal Ozel: thermal emission from magnetars
Jeremy Heyl: QED effects in strong magnetic fields

Roger Blandford: conference summary and closing remarks