Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Swift Era: Sixteenth Maryland Astrophysics Conference

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This is the sixteenth conference of the current series of annual October Astrophysics Conferences in Maryland. It was devoted to the discussion of gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful explosions since the Big Bang. Results from the newly launched Swift mission and other observatories are solving the mysteries of the origin of the bursts. Over 250 scientists from the international astronomical community gathered to debate the meaning of the recent discoveries.
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This is the sixteenth conference of the current series of annual October Astrophysics Conferences in Maryland. It was devoted to the discussion of gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful explosions since the Big Bang. Results from the newly launched Swift mission and other observatories are solving the mysteries of the origin of the bursts. Over 250 scientists from the international astronomical community gathered to debate the meaning of the recent discoveries.
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A history of gamma ray bursts and other astronomical conundrums 3
The Swift gamma-ray burst mission : first results 14
Observations of the short-duration gamma-ray bursts : prompt emission 25
The afterglows and host galaxies of short GRBs : an overview 33
Are short GRBs really hard?
Late flares from GRBs-clues about the central engine 48
The short/hard GRB 050709 and its star-forming host galaxy
The rate and luminosity function of short GRBs 58
A magnetar flare in the BATSE catalog? 64
Short GRB progenitors : population synthesis predictions vs. observations 68
External shock model for the radio afterglows of giant flares from soft [gamma]-ray repeaters 72
The latest two GRB detected by hete-2 : GRB 051022 and GRB 051028
The Swift prompt sample 85
Stochastic wakefield acceleration in gamma-ray bursts 91
External shock interactions of GRB blast waves and the Swift observations 97
GRB 050315 : a step in the proof of the uniqueness of the overall GRB structure 103
Prompt [gamma]-ray emission spectroscopy with RHESSI 109
Constraints on TeV emission from GRBs from the GeV extragalactic diffuse gamma-ray flux 113
Gamma-ray burst jet profiles and their signatures 117
Are long-lag GRBs different than other long GRBs? 121
Properties of the intermediate type of gamma-ray bursts 125
Statistical analyses of RHESSSI GRB database 129
The complete spectral catalog of bright BATSE gamma-ray bursts 133
The "supercritical pile" model of GRB : spectra and their time development 137
GRB 050717 : a long, short-lag burst observed by Swift and Konus
Correlative analysis of GRBs detected by Swift, Konus and HETE
An improved redshift indicator for gamma-ray bursts, based on the prompt emission 149
Numerical simulation of 2-D relativistic hydrodynamics using adaptive mesh refinement technique 153
PIC simulations of prompt GRB emissions 157
Gamma-ray bursts and giant lighting discharges in protoplanetary systems 161
Observations of gamma-ray bursts with INTEGRAL 165
A key to the spectral variability of prompt GRBs 169
Temporal and spectral analyses of SGRs observed by HETE-2
Properties of multi pulsed GRBs seen by HETE-2
The observable effect of a photospheric component on GRB's prompt emission spectrum : peak energy clustering and flat spectra above the thermal peak 181
INTEGRAL observations of the nearby, under-luminous gamma-ray burst GRB 031203 185
Mechanical model for relativistic blast waves and stratified fireballs 189
Neutrino-cooled accretion disks around spinning black holes 193
Compton spectrum from Poynting flux accelerated e+e- plasma 197
Suzaku wide-band all-sky monitor observations of GRB prompt emissions
Tail emission of prompt gamma-ray burst jets 205
The GRB luminosity function in the internal shock model 209
The Swift XRT : observations of early x-ray afterglows
Observations of early optical afterglow 224
Theories of early afterglow 234
The prompt and early afterglow x-ray spectra of Swift GRBs 244
Are XRFs really off-jet GRBs? 253
X-ray line emission in Swift XRT spectra? 259
Simulation studies of early afterglows observed with SWIFT 265
Observation of the prompt and early afterglow of GRB 050904 by TAROT 271
Rapidly detecting extincted bursts with KAIT and PAIRITEL 277
GRB 050421 : a possible naked burst with x-ray flares 281
Swift and XMM observations of the dark GRB 050326
GRB 050117 : simultaneous gamma-ray and x-ray observations with the Swift satellite
Rapid GRB afterglow response with SARA 293
Rapid centroids and the refined position accuracy of the Swift gamma-ray burst catalogue
Early afterglow and variability 301
Searching for early optical transients of gamma-ray bursts with TAROT - technical status 305
Rapid identification of GRB afterglows with Swift/UVOT 309
Can GRB early x-ray afterglows be explained by a contribution from the reverse shock? 313
The Swift x-ray flaring afterglow of GRB 050607
A tale of two faint bursts : GRB 050223 and GRB 050911
GRB follow-up observations with the Whipple telescope and VERITAS 325
Colors and absolute magnitude of the optical afterglow of the short GRB050709 329
Near infrared monitoring of the afterglow of the very bright Swift burst GRB 050525 333
Shallow decay of early x-ray afterglows from inhomogeneous gamma-ray burst jets 337
Slow and fast components in x-ray light curves of GRBs from BeppoSAX WFC archive 341
Automated detection of optical counterparts to GRBs with RAPTOR 345
ROTSE-III performance in the Swift era
Bumps in the optical afterglow of GRB 030329 : refreshed shocks and evidence for internal shocks in GRBs? 353
The broadband afterglow of GRB 030328
Colors of optical afterglows of GRBs in analysis of the dust in their environemnt 361
Supernova and GRB connection : observations and questions 367
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