Seminar – Cosmic explosions

Lecturer: Dr. Fabian Schneider

Term: Summer Semester 2020

About: Over the last years and decades, large surveys and new observatories have enabled an exquisite view onto the time-variable night sky. A plethora of transients has been discovered, for example supernovae, hypernovae, gamma-ray bursts, merging compact objects and the enigmatic fast radio bursts. Multi-messenger astronomy allows us to observe transients in the ‘usual’ electromagnetic light (e.g. optical, X-ray and radio), but also in neutrinos and gravitational waves. All transients are related to fascinating physics and, in this seminar, we will try to get an overview of the large zoo of explosive phenomena and what they can tell us about the Universe we live in.

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