Résumé / Abstract Seminaire_IAP
« The Origin of Cosmic Fireworks »

Tsvi Piran
Racah Inst. Physics, Hebrew Univ. (Jerusalem, Israël)

Among the most interesting fireworks observed on the sky are the brightest - gamma ray bursts, GRBs, the least known - neutron star mergers, and the recently puzzling tidal disruption events. I present new results on GRBs progenitors, demonstrating on one hand the existence of a new group of objects: low-luminosity GRBs and providing on the other hand the first direct observational evidence for the Collapsar mechanism. I predict the existence of long lasting flares from merger events. These could help identify gravitational radiation emission from mergers events, increasing the effective sensitivity of gravitational radiation detectors by a large factors. I argue that we might have already observed one, RT 19870422. I examine the puzzling Swift events: J1644 and J2058 and explain why they were observed in non-thermal X-ray and not in the expected thermal UV. I also demonstrate surprising (theoretical) links between these three unrelated objects.
vendredi 18 novembre 2011 - 11:00
Salle des séminaires Évry Schatzman, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
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