Gamma Ray Bursts in the Era of Rapid Follow-up

Gamma Ray Bursts in the Era of Rapid Follow-up Gamma Ray Bursts in the Era of Rapid Follow-up
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    Shiho Kobayashi
    Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University
    Twelve Quays House, Egerton Wharf, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1LD
    phone: +44 (0)151 231 2919
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This Symposium aims to bring together leading scientists to discuss the frontiers of high-energy astrophysics at the interface between three wide-reaching disciplines - the physics of relativistic jets, astrophysical probes of theories of fundamental physics and the nature of the high-redshift Universe. These topics could each command a dedicated symposium therefore we will catalyse discussions through the phenomenon of Gamma Ray Bursts to address outstanding questions at the forefront of research in these three areas. The symposium will be underpinned by a strong theoretical framework throughout and will highlight new technological innovations being developed to address some of the most challenging questions in modern astrophysics.

Programme Outline

  •     The Nature of GRB Central Engines
  1.         Theoretical Frameworks, numerical and computational innovation
  2.         Observational Signatures, including new observational facilities, instruments and techniques
  •     The High-Energy Physics of Prompt Emission
  1.         Nature of the Relativistic outflow and role of magnetic fields
  2.         Particle acceleration, jet collimation and radiation mechanisms
  •     Afterglow Physics
  1.         Forward and reverse shock physics
  2.         Chromatic behaviour, multiple emission components and long-lived central engines
  •     GRB progenitors
  1.         Long and short GRBs, similarities and differences
  2.         GRBs and star formation - supernovae, host galaxies
  •     The Interstellar Environment of GRBs
  1.         Properties and real-time evolution of the GRB circumburst medium
  2.         Properties of the GRB host galaxy interstellar medium
  •     Probing the High Redshift Universe with GRBs
  1.         GRBs as probes of the dark age - revealing the reionization history of the Universe
  2.         GRBs as background beacons - the nature of intervening systems along GRBs sight lines
  •     High-energy and non-electromagnetic emission from GRBs
  1.         Emission in the high-energy regimes: high-energy gamma-rays, cosmic-rays and neutrinos
  2.         Theoretical predictions and observational signatures, including future facilities
  •     Tests of Fundamental Theories of Physics and Cosmological Models
  1.         Constraints on quantum gravity, signatures of exotic particles, gravitational waves
  2.         Testing cosmological expansion models through GRB correlations