Gamma-Ray Bursts and multi-messenger science in the Fermi era
Tuesday 05 May 2015
to 15:00 at
Valerie Connaughton (USRA, Huntsville, Al)
Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) are excellent tools for multi-messenger science. They provide a clear and impulsive temporal signature that facilitates searches of multiple data sets. Long GRBs are one possible source of the highest energy cosmic rays, making them likely sources of detectable neutrinos and also of very high energy gamma rays. Short GRBs are favored as the most likely electromagnetic counterpart to the gravitational waves pursued by the next-generation ground-based gravitational wave interferometers. With a >50% duty cycle for any point on the sky, and good sensitivity to a wide variety of transient phenomena, the Fermi Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor is an ideal partner for multi-messenger time-domain astronomy. I will review progress and prospects for breakthroughs during the Fermi era and beyond.