Objects and methods of research

 1. Gamma-ray bursts: the brightest events in the Universe.

• Development and construction of detectors of cosmic gamma-radiation and orbital processing units.
• Conducting gamma observations on space observatories, monitoring the international network IPN.
• Creation of the cosmic gamma-event database and analysis of cumulative data. Classification of gamma-ray bursts and soft gamma-repeaters.


2. Supernova remnants: sources of all chemical elements heavier than helium and accelerators of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays.


• Multi-wavelength observations of galactic supernova remnants with modern ground-based and orbital observatories from radio band to gamma-rays.
• Analysis of multi-wavelength archival data.
• Quantitative modeling of physical processes in the shells of supernova remnants. Numerical simulations of magnetic field generation and particle acceleration processes at collisionless shock waves.


3. Compact stars: unique physical laboratories, which enable one to study the states of matter, unattainable on Earth, such as matter at super-nuclear density or in the presence of ultra-strong magnetic fields (up to 1015 Gauss).


• Multi-wavelength observations of neutron stars and pulsar wind nebulae with modern terrestrial and orbital observatories from radio- to gamma spectral ranges.
• Quantitative modeling of atmospheres, structure, and evolution of neutron stars.


4. Observatories used by members of the Laboratory:

Energy range

Observatory or telescope

Radio waves

Australia Telescope Compact Array

Radio waves

Very Large Array



Mid- and far-infrared



Hubble Space Telescope


Very Large Telescope





Hard X-ray and gamma-ray


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