Short-duration Gamma Ray Bursts

Abstract : Abstract:Gamma Ray Bursts are bright intense flashes of gamma-rays occurring at cosmological distances. GRBs are mainly divided into two classes based on typical duration of the initial gamma-ray emission. One of the most discussed formation channels of short GRBs is the coalescence of binary compact objects under energy and angular momentum loss to gravitational waves. In this talk I overview the current status of short GRB research, especially the progress made towards understanding their progenitors.