Fermi-LAT Observing the Universe with high-energy gamma-ray eyes


Wednesday, October 14 2009 - 12:00 pm, PDT
Dr. Stefan Funk
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Stanford University

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly called GLAST, is a satellite mission designed to measure gamma-rays in the energy range 20 MeV to >300 GeV, with supporting measurements for gamma-ray bursts from 8 keV to 30 MeV. In addition to breakthrough capabilities in energy coverage and localization, the very large field of view enables observations of 20% of the sky at any instant, and the entire sky on a timescale of a few hours. With its recent launch on 11 June 2008, Fermi now opens a new and important window on a wide variety of phenomena, including pulsars, black holes and active galactic nuclei, gamma-ray bursts, the origin of cosmic rays and supernova remnants, and searches for hypothetical new phenomena such as supersymmetric dark matter annihilations. Dr. Funk will discuss early results and science opportunities of investigations of the Universe with high-energy eyes.

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