Particle Physics Seminar

"Observing the High-Energy Universe with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope"

Presented by Peter Michelson, Stanford University

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 3:00 pm — Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope was launched by on June 11, 2008. The Large Area Telescope (LAT) instrument measures cosmic gamma-ray radiation in the energy range 20 MeV to >300 GeV, with supporting measurements by the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) for gamma-ray bursts from 8 keV to 30 MeV. The LAT, with a large improvement in sensitivity, large field-of-view, and much finer angular resolution compared to previous high-energy telescopes, observes 20% of the sky at any instant and covers the entire sky every 3 hours. Fermi is providing an important window on a wide variety of high-energy 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 and exotic relics from the Big Bang. This talk will summarize results obtained to date with the Fermi observatory.

Hosted by: Anze Slosar

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