Scientific Organizing Committee:
Joshua S. Bloom, Harvard/CfA
Alex Filippenko, UCB
Jens Hjorth, NBI
Chryssa Kouveliotou, NASA/MSFC.
Ken Nomoto, U. Tokyo
Stan Woosley, UCSC
July 12 - 14, 2004
Recent discoveries have confirmed an underlying connection between supernovae and gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) - at least of the long-soft variety. Not only are both the deaths of massive stars, but, in some instances, they happen nearly simultaneously. At the same time, the lack of a generally agreed upon model for how a massive star explodes as a common supernova has rekindled interest in the role played by rotation and magnetic fields. This workshop will discuss the current observational and theoretical evidence that links unusual supernovae and GRBs. How often do they occur together? How do they both work? What are the special conditions that give rise to relativistic mass ejection in the GRBs? Can GRBs contribute in a measureable way to nucleosynthesis? Can ordinary supernovae and GRBs be distinguished by looking at their remnants? Do models make new predictions that might be tested? Are supernovae and GRBs a continuum of events or distinct separate classes? These and other issues relevant to the supernova-GRB connection will be explored.