CfA Colloquium Schedule Spring 2007
 1 February 2007

1 February 2007

Speaker: Shri Kulkarni (Caltech)

Title: An explosion of cosmic explosions

Abstract: Only about a hundered years ago astronomers came to recognize cosmic explosive events. What was once termed as Stella Nova are now divided into two major families, novae and supernovae (with real distinct classes in each). The speaker will first summarize new developments in the field of cosmic explosions (namely gamma-ray bursts) and proceed to speculate on (and announce) new classes of cosmic explosions. Such a discussion is timely given the imminent commisioning of wide angle optical surveys for transient sources (e.g. SkyMapper, PS1, LSST).

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