Scientific Program and Organizing Committee

Over the last two years, the field of GRB astronomy has expanded to include observations at all wavelengths. New GRB missions include HETE-2 to be launched within the next year, and SWIFT, which is currently in a preliminary design stage. Earlier this year, the first prompt optical counterpart to a GRB was seen when the ROTSE instrument was deployed during GRB990123. The next generation of automatic optical telescopes, probing to farther distances, promises more prompt counterparts to GRBs. Meanwhile, BeppoSAX and the IPN continue to provide accurate GRB locations, and BATSE has detected over 2000 GRBs allowing rigorous population studies.

The scientific program of the Fifth Huntsville Gamma-Ray Burst Symposium will reflect the current state of GRB research in its emphasis on new observations at all wavelengths, theoretical interpretations and predictions based on these observations, and analyses of the most recent BATSE burst catalog. New instrumentation for GRB observations will also be discussed.

Contributions are also invited on Magnetars, to be discussed in a special workshop on the Monday (18 October) before the Symposium. Please indicate your preference to attend this workshop when you electronically register.

Abstracts now available.

List of Invited Talks

Gerald J. Fishman
Observations of GRBs: Current and Future
Robert Preece
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Gamma-Ray Burst Spectroscopy
Enrico Costa
X-Ray Afterglow Sources from Gamma-Ray Bursts
Shri Kulkarni
Connections of GRBs with Other Astrophysical Objects
Dale Frail
Radio Centimeter/Millimeter Observations of GRBs: The View from the Other End of the Spectrum
Andrew Fruchter
GRB Host Galaxies
Ralph Wijers
SUNY-Stony Brook
The Transition Between GRB and Afterglow
Titus Galama
Univ. of Amsterdam
Optical/Multiwavelength Observations of GRB Afterglows
Stan Woolsey
UC Santa Cruz
Collapsars, Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Supernovae
Roger Chevalier
Univ. of Virginia
The Connection Between SN and GRBs: On the Distribution of the Circumstellar Matter
Chuck Dermer
The External Shock Model for the Gamma-Ray Phase and Related Transients at keV and GeV Energies
Re'em Sari
Beaming of GRBs

The Scientific Organizing Committee of the Fifth Huntsville Gamma-Ray Burst Symposium consists of scientists who are currently studying gamma-ray bursts. The Local Organizing Committee consists of Huntsville residents who are responsible for planning and coordinating the Symposium. The lists below show the members of these committees.


Scientific Organizing Committee

Dr. Jan Van Paradijs (Chair) Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville; Univ. of Amsterdam
Dr. Stanford E. Woosley Univ. of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Gerald J. Fishman NASA / Marshall Space Flight Center
Dr. Luigi Piro Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale, CNR
Dr. Neil Gehrels NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Chryssa Kouveliotou Univerisities Space Research Association
Dr. Shrivinas R. Kulkarni California Institute of Technology
Dr. Peter Meszaros Pennsylvania State University
Dr. R. Marc Kippen Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville
Dr. Ralph A. M. J. Wijers State University of New York, Stony Brook


Local Organizing Committee

Dr. R. Marc Kippen (Chair) Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville
Dr. Robert S. Mallozzi Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville
Dr. Gerald J. Fishman NASA / Marshall Space Flight Center
Dr. Valerie Connaughton NRC, NASA / Marshall Space Flight Center
Ms. Paula Cushman Universities Space Research Association
Ms. Sue Zarger Universities Space Research Association


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