STRW local: Lunch Talks

Lunch Talks

Detecting gamma-ray bursts and their afterglows

The Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor and the INTEGRAL SPI-ACS instruments recently detected the short gamma-ray burst (GRB) associated with the merging of two neutron stars in the gravitational wave event GW170817, thereby opening the new era of multi-messenger astrophysics. In the UCD Space Science group, we have been developing scalable, planar, gamma-ray detectors that can be used for missions from Cubesat scale, such as EIRSAT-1 (Irelandís first satellite), to major observatory-class missions, such as e-ASTROGAM. A small robotic telescope at Boyden Observatory, South Africa, has been built by the group to autonomously observe the optical prompt and afterglow emission from newly detected GRBs. The telescope is also available for selected target monitoring and for outreach/educational projects. Since I am in Leiden on sabbatical for 7 months, I will give a broad overview of these research activities, in the hope of stimulating further conversations.


Unless announced otherwise, the lunch talks start at 12:50 sharp. The approximate duration of the lunch talk is given above, and additional time will be given for questions and discussion following the presentation. Please make sure that you take ample time to pick up your lunch beforehand.

Information for Speakers and Hosts: Talks are limited to 25 minutes, with 5 additional minutes for questions. Hosts are responsible for bringing the speaker to the correct room in ample time to set up laptops etc., and for ensuring the speaker also has time for lunch.

For questions and/or suggestions concerning the lunch talks, please contact Themiya Nanayakkara () or Alvaro Hacar ()).