International School Exploring the Dawn of the Universe with Gamma-Ray Bursts

Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs), the most powerful explosions since the formation of the 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. There is roughly a GRB detection once a day from wholly random sky directions. It is now widely accepted that GRBs are produced when a massive star undergoes core collapse or when two compact objects merge (e.g. neutron star - neutron star, black hole - neutron star). Due to the extreme luminosity of the multi-wavelength emission, they are now considered as one of the best ways to probe the dawn of the Universe.

An international school aimed at improving our knowledge of the GRB phenomena took place in Cargèse in May 2010. Other topics to be covered were the unveiling of the nature of the early Universe and the preparation of the next generation of dedicated instruments. The school was opened to the entire scientific community. The school was based primarily on in-depth lectures, with the remaining time available for shorter contributions from participants.

The school was hosted byInstitut d'Etudes Scientifiques, Cargèse, Corsica, between the 17th and 22nd of May 2010 and organized in the framework of the European network Exploring the Dawn of the Universe with Gamma-Ray Bursts.

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