News From the Field
Gigantic explosion buried in dust: ALMA probes environment around gamma ray bursts
June 11, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.For the first time, researchers have detected radio emission from molecular gas in galaxies hosting gamma ray bursts (GRB), the brightest explosive phenomenon in the universe, with NSF-funded Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. Also, this observation revealed that the observed GRBs occurred in a remarkably dust-rich environment with little molecular gas.Full Story
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.