Michael S. Briggs


My research focuses on gamma-ray bursts, which are probably the most energetic explosions in the Universe. I have been involved with NASA's Burst and Transient Source Experiment (BATSE) since early in my graduate student days, when I helped develop the BATSE Spectroscopy Detectors. Since moving to Alabama shortly after the launch of BATSE and the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory (CGRO), I have focused on data analysis, particularly of the spectra of GRBs. Now that the mission of CGRO has ended, I have resumed working on hardware development as a Co-Investigator for the Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GBM) for NASA's GLAST mission. My other research interests include Soft-Gamma Repeaters, gamma-ray instrumentation, and classical statistics and Bayesian inference.


I have worked for the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) since 1991, first as a NASA Compton GRO Fellow, and currently as a Research Scientist. I am a member of the Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Team of the new National Space Science and Technology Center. The team includes scientists from UAH, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Universities Space Research Association. My graduate work was done at the University of California, San Diego and my undergraduate degree is from Princeton University.

Selected Publications

"Observations of GRB 990123 by the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory", M. S. Briggs, D. L. Band, R. M. Kippen, R. D. Preece, C. Kouveliotou, J. van Paradijs, G. H. Share, R. J. Murphy, S. M. Matz, A. Connors, C. Winkler, M. L. McConnell, J. M. Ryan, O. R. Williams, C. A. Young, B. Dingus, J. R. Catelli, & R. A. M. J. Wijers, The Astrophysical Journal, 524, 82--91, 1999 [astro-ph/9903247].

"The Error Distribution of BATSE GRB Locations", M. S. Briggs, G. N. Pendleton, R. M. Kippen, J. J. Brainerd, K. Hurley, V. Connaughton & C. A. Meegan, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 122, 503--518, 1999 [astro-ph/9901111].

"The Fourth BATSE Gamma-Ray Burst Catalog (Revised)", W. S. Paciesas, C. A. Meegan, G. N. Pendleton, M. S. Briggs, C. Kouveliotou, T. M. Koshut, J. P. Lestrade, M. L. McCollough, J. J. Brainerd, J. Hakkila, W. Henze, R. D. Preece, V. Connaughton, R. Marc Kippen, R. S. Mallozzi & G. J. Fishman, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 122, 465--495, 1999 [astro-ph/9903205].

"Wide-Band Spectroscopy of GRB 990510", Michael S. Briggs, Robert D. Preece, Jan van Paradijs, Jean in 't Zand, John Heise, Erik Kuulkers & C. Kouveliotou, in AIP Conf. Proc. 526, "5th Huntsville Gamma-Ray Burst Conference", ed. R. M. Kippen, R. S. Mallozzi & G. Fishman, 125--129, 2000.

"GRB 920229:Evidence for a Sharp Spectral Break?", Michael S. Briggs & Robert D. Preece, in AIP Conf. Proc. 526, "5th Huntsville Gamma-Ray Burst Conference", ed. R. M. Kippen, R. S. Mallozzi & G. Fishman, 165--169, 2000.

"Gamma-Ray Burst Lines", M. S. Briggs, in Gamma-Ray Bursts: The First Three Minutes, ASP Conference Series 190, ed. Juri Poutanen & Roland Svensson, 133--149, 1999 [astro-ph/9910362].

Contact Information

Email: Michael.Briggs@msfc.nasa.gov.
Telephone: (256) 961-7667.
Fax: (256) 961-7215.

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