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We analyze the eigenvalue gap for the adjacency matrices of sparse random graphs. Let λ 1 ≥. .. ≥ λ n be the eigenvalues of an n-vertex graph, and let λ = max[λ 2 , |λ n |]. Let c be a large enough constant. For graphs of average degree d = c log n it is well known that λ 1 ≥ d, and we show that λ = O(√ d). For d = c it is no longer true that λ = O(√ d),(More)
We consider random 3CNF formulas with n variables and m clauses. It is well known that when m &gt; cn (for a sufficiently large constant c), most formulas are not satisfiable. However, it is not known whether such formulas are likely to have polynomial size witnesses that certify that they are not satisfiable. A value of m sime n<sup>3/2</sup> was the(More)
Massive stars end their short lives in spectacular explosions--supernovae--that synthesize new elements and drive galaxy evolution. Historically, supernovae were discovered mainly through their 'delayed' optical light (some days after the burst of neutrinos that marks the actual event), preventing observations in the first moments following the explosion.(More)
We compare the statistical properties of giant gravitationally lensed arcs produced in matched simulated and observed cluster samples. The observed sample consists of 10 X-ray selected clusters at redshifts z c ∼ 0.2 imaged with HST by Smith et al.. The simulated dataset is produced by lensing the Hubble Deep Field, which serves as a background source(More)
Variable x-ray and γ-ray emission is characteristic of the most extreme physical processes in the universe. We present multiwavelength observations of a unique γ-ray-selected transient detected by the Swift satellite, accompanied by bright emission across the electromagnetic spectrum, and whose properties are unlike any previously observed source. We(More)
Over the past decade, long-duration gamma-ray bursts (GRBs)--including the subclass of X-ray flashes (XRFs)--have been revealed to be a rare variety of type Ibc supernova. Although all these events result from the death of massive stars, the electromagnetic luminosities of GRBs and XRFs exceed those of ordinary type Ibc supernovae by many orders of(More)