Exploring the Dawn of the Universe with Gamma-Ray Bursts

The Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs), the most powerful explosions since the formation of our Universe, are unique cosmic events. Lasting from a few milliseconds to several minutes, they shine hundreds of times brighter than a typical supernova, the ultimate end of a massive star, and about a million trillion times as bright as the Sun. They are detected roughly once per day from wholly random directions of the sky.

It is now generally accepted that the GRBs are induced by the core collapse of massive stars or the merging of two compact objects (neutron star, black hole, ...). Due to the extreme luminosity of their multi-wavelength emissions, they are now considered as one of the best ways to probe the dawn of the Universe. The network aims at improving our knowledge of the phenomena and at unveiling the nature of the early universe.

By sharing the knowledge acquired by several European teams, it is possible to have a significant contribution in this very attractive and highly competitive field of research by addressing several fundamental questions. The network activities are devoted to the organization of regular general meetings, thematic workshops, support of exchanges between the teams, in order to promote scientific activities and to initiate collaborations. To form young students and scientists, schools are organized in order to give basic and research lectures. Studentship and fellowship exchanges between the different partners are also highly promoted.

The network aims at fostering collaborations by putting in common the knowledge acquired by the different partners. It funds scientific collaborations and initiates new ones by helping people to be involved in the field. Regular meetings will be organized.

A dedicated school was also organized in May 2010, in Corsica.

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