The Brightest Explosions in the Universe

Gilbert Vedrenne and Jean-Luc Atteia

GAMMA-RAY BURSTS The most luminous events known in the Universe are gamma-ray bursts, which last from less than a second to tens of seconds. First recorded in 1973, they number among of the most exciting new phenomena of recent years, as they are linked to some of the fundamental topics of modern astronomy. Their origins are still only just being understood, but it is now believed that gamma-ray bursts are emitted in gigantic stellar explosions visible across the entire universe.

Gamma-Ray Bursts
This book is a state-of-the-art summary of our knowledge of gamma-ray bursts, and will be welcomed by all those working in the fields of astrophysics, cosmology or applied physics.

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables

  1. The early times
  2. The BATSE decade
  3. BeppoSAX and the afterglow era
  4. HETE-2 and Swift
  5. Gamma-ray bursts .reballs and blastwaves
  6. Gamma-ray burst afterglows
  7. Early afterglows:the Swift revolution
  8. Progenitors
  9. Perspectives in gamma-ray burst science

Extent: 608 pages, 8-page colour section
Binding: Hardback
Publication Date: January 2009
ISBN: 978-3-540-39085-5

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