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Title: The Violent Universe: A Glimpse of the Cosmic Battlefield

Abstract

In this talk, Eduardo do Couto e Silva will explain that while the night sky appears calm, it is in fact populated by colossal explosions and cosmic conflagrations. In 1967, a US satellite monitoring nuclear explosions suddenly recorded a huge burst of energy coming from space. No one had any idea of what this could be, nothing like this had ever been seen before. The extraordinary power of this event, since named a gamma-ray burst, signaled that there were vast explosions taking place out in the universe and the hunt was on to find an explanation. Equally amazing in their power and their influence are supernova explosions. The collapse of massive stars make for some of the most dramatic of all events in our universe and Dr. do Couto e Silva will explain that not only are they dramatic but they have been essential to the creation of life on earth.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Kavli Inst. for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1014041
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-76SF00515
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Resource Relation:
Conference: SLAC Public Lecture Series, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California, presented on October 24, 2006
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; COSMIC GAMMA BURSTS; EXPLOSIONS; GAMMA RADIATION; NIGHT SKY; STARS; SUPERNOVAE; UNIVERSE; SLAC; GAMMA-RAY BURSTS; SUPERNOVAS; BLACK HOLES; COLLAPSING STAR

Citation Formats

do Couto e Silva, Eduardo. The Violent Universe: A Glimpse of the Cosmic Battlefield. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
do Couto e Silva, Eduardo. The Violent Universe: A Glimpse of the Cosmic Battlefield. United States.
do Couto e Silva, Eduardo. Tue . "The Violent Universe: A Glimpse of the Cosmic Battlefield". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1014041.
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