5 October 2000 CfA Colloquium

Title: Gamma Ray Bursts and their Host Galaxies

Speaker: Andrew S. Fruchter

Abstract: Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are for their brief existence the brightest objects in the universe. Yet only recently have multiwavelength observations of these bursts proven possible. I will discuss how these observations, and in particular ground-based and HST optical observations of the bursts and their hosts, allow one to probe the physics of the bursts and the astrophysics of their progenitors. I will show that GRBs may soon become one of our most valuable probes for studying the history of star-formation in the universe.

Reference for students: A recommended reading list of GRB papers can be found here.

Lunch with the students will be on Friday, October 6 at 12:00 in A-101.