Gamma-Ray bursts are brief, energetic flashes of gamma-rays. Discovered by satellites originally designed to detect nuclear weapon tests on Earth, these events remained mysterious for decades. We now know gamma-ray bursts are extragalactic, and fall into two categories: long and short, each with their own underlying engine. In this talk, will discuss the history of gamma-ray bursts, the mechanisms behind them, and what future observations will tell us.
Prof. Zingale is an Associate Professor of Astronomy in Stony Brook's department of Physics and Astronomy. He joined the Department in 2006, coming most recently from a postdoctoral position at the University of California at Santa Cruz. His research is in modeling stellar explosions and the basic physics therein, and developing the simulation codes for these models.