The aim of the astrophysics seminar is discuss recent developments in a
forefront area of astronomy. For this semester, in part with an eye to the
upcoming launch of SWIFT,
the topic is Gamma-Ray bursts. Each week one or two people will pick papers from
the list below, read them, and lead a discussion in class. Animated discussion
rather than a first-class colloquium is the goal, so although a
video projector and overhead projector will be provided for the presenters we'll
ruthlessly cut-off presentations that threaten to consume the entire class!
Gamma ray bursts
Astrophysics seminar Fall 2004
Phil Armitage and
Note: a university IP address is needed to download most of these papers.
In addition to the discussion leaders, everyone else is expected to expected
to read the papers too, and come up with a handful of questions which the
discussion leaders and everyone else will try to resolve. Since it's almost
impossible to answer a really intelligent question intelligently `cold', questions
emailed to me the day before each meeting will be posted here so that we
can all think about them in advance.
A formal course syllabus explains the rules of the
game in a bit more detail.