The Supernova Gamma-Ray Burst Connection
Coordinators: Christopher L. Fryer, Shrinivas R. Kulkarni, Ken'ichi Nomoto, Philip Pinto
This program will bring together scientists in both Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts to merge the current progress of both disciplines. We will use this combined knowledge to address a range of SN/GRB questions such as: Do all long duration GRBs have an underlying SN?, What is special about SNe associated with GRBs?, Where do XRFs, which share several attributes with GRBs, fit with long duration GRBs?, What is the nature of short-duration GRBs (Are they associated with massive stars)?, What is the connection Between nearby Ibc SNe and GRBs?, What are the different mechanisms for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Supernovae?, Do they predict differences in location or redshift distributions? What can we learn from their compact remnants? What constraints can we make on the explosion mechanisms from the supernova light curves and spectra. What are the constraints placed by other observations (e.g. gravitational waves and neutrinos)?