Professor Brian Metzger contributes to NASA’s First Detection of Heavy Element From Star Merger!
October 26, 2023
Columbia University Professor of Physics, Brian Metzger, was a recent co-author on a paper that contributed theoretical interpretation to the James Webb Space Telescope's first observation of a kilonova after a gamma-ray burst! A research group has used space and ground-based telescopes, including NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, and NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, to observe an exceptionally bright gamma-ray burst, GRB 230307A, and identify the neutron star merger that generated an explosion that created the burst.
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