Gamma-ray burst astronomy in the Swift era and beyond

  • Galloway, Duncan (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Akerlof, Carl (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Ashley, M (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Vestrand, W (Chief Investigator (CI))

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Project Description

    Gamma-ray bursts are the most violent explosions known in the universe and are a testing ground for our understanding of physics in extreme environments. From 2008, two earth-orbiting satellites, Swift and GLAST, will provide an observational capability that will not be repeated for at least another 20 years. Our ROTSE-III telescope is uniquely able to obtain well-sampled optical data on gamma-ray bursts during the first 60 seconds - a crucial period in understanding interactions between the central engine of the burst, the fireball, and the interstellar medium.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date2/01/0831/12/10

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD24,284.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD24,283.00