Study of Gamma-Ray Bursts afterglow surprises scientists

Posted by ap507 at May 01, 2014 10:20 AM |
Department of Physics and Astronomy study published in Nature
Study of Gamma-Ray Bursts afterglow surprises scientists

© NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/S. Wiessinger

An international team of scientists, including a number from our Department of Physics and Astronomy, has discovered for the first time that one of the most powerful events in our universe –Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRB) – behave differently than previously thought.

Dr Klaas Wiersema
Dr Klaas Wiersema
The study, published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, uses evidence from observation of a GRB to rule out most of the existing theoretical predictions concerning the afterglow of the explosions.

For Dr Klaas Wiersema said the findings will change theoretical understandings of the afterglows of GRBs.  The team from Leicester also included Dr Rhaana Starling, Professor Nial Tanvir, Professor Paul O’Brien and Professor Richard Willingale from the Department of Physics and Astronomy.