Exploring the transient Universe into the 2030s

Artist’s illustration of the black hole resulting from the merger of two neutron stars.
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The field of transient astrophysics has been revolutionized by the advent of the multi-messenger era. In the last few years the first “kilo-nova” has been discovered in conjunction with a gravitational wave event, a population of mysterious fast radio bursts have been uncovered, and our capability to find GRBs is improving. Currently the rate of discovery is astonishing, but much more is to come as existing facilities, such as LIGO/VIRGO, are upgraded and new facilities come on-line. These include GOTO, being commissioned now; LSST, due to begin survey operations in 2022; SVOM, due for launch in early 2022; and Einstein Probe, due for launch in late 2022. The European Space Agency is also studying a large, multi-wavelength space-based transient facility called THESEUS, which would find transients at a greater rate than the previous space-based facilities.  The UK is leading the Soft X-ray Imager on THESEUS, which will find transients and monitor the high-energy sky.

This meeting brings together a combination of electromagnetic and non-photonic experiments to discuss their latest results and ideas for the future.


Paul O'Brien

Nial Tanvir

Julian Osborne

(all at Leicester)



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