Recent Progress on New Type of Gamma-Ray Bursts

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 Time:  Thursday, December 03, 2020, 04:00pm
 Title:  Recent Progress on New Type of Gamma-Ray Bursts
 Speaker:  Prof. Binbin Zhang (NJU)

Online via Zoom (Meeting ID: 972 2185 4702 PW: 202012)


The study of GRBs has been an active field in astrophysics over the years, which has undergone a significant boost in interest with the joint detection of GW170817/GRB 170817A and several new types of observations very recently. In this talk, the speaker will briefly introduce a few of those new events, including the new GRBs originating from giant flares of soft gamma-ray repeaters, precursors of short GRBs, a new EM counterpart that is likely associated with a NS-BH merger event detected by LIGO, and a genuinely short GRB that not originating from compact star merger. Finally, he will overview the new prospects in the era of GECAM, a soon-to-launch Chinese mission that is dedicated to observing GRBs with unprecedented temporal and spectral capacities.

Prof. B.-B. Zhang got his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After serving three Postdocs at Penn State, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalucia in Spain, he moved back to Nanjing University as a professor. With many frontline working experiences in the NASA Swift and Fermi team, Binbin's research interest mainly focuses on data-oriented research on Gamma-ray Bursts and related high-energy astrophysics. He has published more than 100 journal papers, included several in Nature and Science, with a total citation of more than 6800 and an H-index of 39.

Host: Hua Feng

Slides: 20201203-Zhang.pdf