A Review of Gamma-Ray Burst Prompt Emission Studies in the Swift-Fermi Era (invited)

Author: Adam Goldstein

Abstract: Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) are the most energetic explosions in the universe and yet they retain much of their mystery four decades after their discovery. The prompt emission of GRBs appears as impulsive, predominantly high-energy, events that have been studied using a wide range of instruments over the years. From the quick and precise localizations and follow-up observations of Swift, to the detection of ∼ 240 GRBs/year with the high time and spectral resolution of Fermi/GBM, and the high-energy prompt observations of the Fermi/LAT in the GeV regime, the Swift and Fermi eras have been rich in observations. In this talk, I will review recent discoveries in prompt GRB science from the joint Swift-Fermi era.