Gamma-ray bursts are short-lived bursts of gamma-ray photons observed in distant galaxies and thought to be triggered by supernovae or exploding stars. Gamma-ray bursts have been an observational and theoretical challenge since they were first observed in the 60s. Department of Energy physicists are participating in international collaborations of scientists to gain a better understanding of how gamma-ray bursts are formed and how they affect our universe. Learn about the science behind gamma-ray bursts In the OSTI Collections: Gamma Ray Bursts by Dr. William Watson, physicist, of OSTI’s staff. This latest white paper includes a compilation of recent history and challenges of gamma-ray bursts research, the gradual development of astronomical instruments and how they have led to further research.
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