Hi, I'm Brendan. I'm an observational astronomer studying cosmic explosions. My research is in the field of time domain and transient astrophysics. In particular, I am interested in the formation and evolution of high energy transients and their progenitors. I use a variety of optical, infrared, and X-ray observatories to study transient phenomena across the electromagnetic spectrum.
This is a "Behind-the-paper" post on Troja, Fryer, O'Connor et al. 2022 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-05327-3): "A long gamma-ray burst from a merger of compact objects" which presents the discovery of a kilonova associated to the long gamma-ray burst GRB 211211A.
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