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Gamma Ray Bursts: Exploring Radiative Explosions – A Comprehensive Analysis of GRB 061121 and Beyond

Semester: Summer 2023

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Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs) are short but highly energetic bursts of gamma-ray radiation that can stem from many astrophysical phenomena, such as stellar collapse and dense-body mergers. By studying GRBs we gain a greater insight into various extreme events, such as black hole formation and supernovae, to achieve a more robust understanding of the cosmos. These GRBs are often studied and written about individually; however, having a catalogue of many analysed GRBs would prove a useful tool for comparing them to other transients as well as identifying systematic tendencies for GRBs themselves. To create this comprehensive sample for analytical study, our group seeks to investigate numerous GRBs to track their physical parameters to compare against the literature. One such GRB is GRB 061121, from November 21st 2006***. By examining the brightness of GRB 061121 as a function of time and wavelength, we can conclude information about its features, including any observed non-standard effects. This information, alongside many other GRBs, will be used in our collective sample to construct a more panoptic view of GRBs and their general characteristics.

Presenter Name: Shamita Hanumasagar

Presentation Type: Poster
Presentation Format: In Person
Presentation #74
College: Science
School / Department: Physics & Astronomy
Research Mentor: Tanmoy Laskar
Date | Time: Thursday, Aug 3rd | 10:30 AM