Monday, July 29, 2013 - 11:00 to 11:55
Weniger 304
Event Speaker: 
Prof. Davide Lazzati
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<table><tr><td width=600> Gamma-ray bursts are incredible machines capable of accelerating an Earth's mass of plasma to relativistic speed in a blink of an eye and to release in just a few seconds more electromagnetic radiation than the Sun can in 10 billion years. Understanding how they work would give us insight into the physics of Black Holes, ultra-high magnetic fields, and extreme densities and pressures. Recent advancement has been possible thanks to the development of sophisticated numerical tools and to the use of massively parallel supercomputers. After introducing the history of the discovery of such extreme phenomena and the basis of our current understanding, I will discuss the outstanding open questions and the tools that are under development to address them. <td width=200> <img src="http://physics.oregonstate.edu/files/physics/grb_picture.png" alt="GammaRayBurst" width="200">