Short Gamma-Ray Bursts: from observation to numerical simulations, Trento, Italy

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Date:  2016-09-08  -  2016-09-09

Location:  Trento, Italy

The merger of binary systems composed of compact objects such as neutron stars (NSs) and black holes (BHs) is at the same time (i) the most promising source of gravitational waves for ground-based detectors like advanced LIGO and Virgo and (ii) the leading scenario to explain the phenomenology of Short Gamma-ray Bursts (SGRBs), which are among the most energetic explosions observed in the universe.
This year, with the very first detection of gravitational waves from a binary BH system, the topic of compact binary mergers represents more than ever a cutting-edge research frontier. Theoretical effort to understand the dynamics of such systems via large-scale numerical simulations in general relativity has brought major advancements in the last decade, revolutionizing the predictive power of the models. In addition to the study of the emitted gravitational wave signals, a key goal of these simulations is to explain the origin of SGRBs and also in this respect 2016 has been a very important year: for the first time, binary neutron star merger simulations have shown the generation of an incipient jet compatible with the necessary conditions to power a SGRB.
Thanks to missions like Swift and Fermi, an unprecedented quantity of high-quality observational data on SGRBs has been collected, raising new questions that challenge the standard theoretical picture. A common discussion among observers and theorists of SGRBs is very urgent and the points of contact between the two communities are in most cases insufficient or absent.

The main aim of this Workshop is to create a forum for a common discussion that includes some of the world leading experts in the field of gamma-ray bursts phenomenology on the one hand, and in compact binary merger modelling and simulations on the other hand.
Multimessenger astronomy and astrophysics based on gravitational waves, SGRBs and other electromagnetic signals emitted by merging compact binary systems is an emerging field of research that will certainly attract an increasing number of young scientists. This event represents also an occasion of formation for students and postdocs that are attracted to the field.


Maria Grazia Bernardini (U. Montpellier)
Marica Branchesi (U. Urbino)
Pablo Cerda-Duran (U.Valencia)
Paolo D’avanzo (INAF Brera)
Bruno Giacomazzo (U.Trento)
Wolfgang Kastaun (U.Trento)
Kenta Kiuchi (U. Kyoto)
Paul O’Brien (U. Leicester)
Vasileios Paschalidis (Princeton) *
Tsvi Piran (Hebrew U. Jerusalem)
Stephan Rosswog (U. Stockholm)
Ruben Salvaterra (INAF IASF)
Daniel Siegel (Columbia)
Giulia Stratta (U. Urbino)



You can register by sending an email to the Chairman (riccardo.ciolfi[at], including your name and institution. In case you want to propose a contribution (short talk), you can also provide title and abstract.

Please consider that for practical reasons the number of participants is limited to 30-35. A selection will be made among the proposed contributions.

There is no registration fee to attend the meeting.

Registration and abstract submission deadline: August 20, 2016.