CfA Colloquium Schedule Fall 2011
 13 October 2011

13 October 2011

Speaker: Edo Berger (CfA)

Title:Shake, Rattle and Explode: Short GRBs and the Electromagnetic Counterparts of Gravitational Wave Sources

Abstract: The bimodality of gamma-ray burst (GRB) durations points to distinct progenitor classes. While the progenitors of long-duration GRBs are now known to be massive stars, the progenitors of short-duration GRBs remain unidentified. In this talk I will discuss the discovery of short GRB afterglow and their host galaxies, detailed studies of short GRB environments from parsec to galactic scales, and initial studies of their afterglows. Taken together, these observations point to the coalescence of NS-NS/NS-BH binaries as the most likely progenitors. With the upcoming Advanced LIGO/VIRGO gravitational wave detectors it is therefore possible that short GRBs will be the first detected sources, and I will discuss various approaches to making this connection.

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