Astrophysics

Astrophysical research at SwRI focuses on observational, experimental, and computational projects that are tied to the study of the death of massive stars, specifically core-collapse supernovae (SNe) and gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). Current research topics include: bolometric properties of core-collapse SNe; X-ray, UV, and optical flaring in GRBs; numerical simulations of the transition region between Type IIb and Ib SNe; UV behavior of Type IIn SNe and its implications for the ejected shell; and utilization of SNe and GRBs as cosmological probes, particularly at high redshift. Wavebands of study span from the near-IR to the X-ray, with a core competency in the UV. Data from the Swift satellite is primarily used for this research, but spectral and photometric data from ground-based telescopes are also used.


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