Fermi Large Area Telescope's Greatest Hits (So Far)
INFN Pisa, on behalf of the Fermi Large Area Telescope collaboration
After one year since its launch (June 2008), the Fermi telescope mission has recorded a remarkable variety of novel observations, relating to astronomy to particle astrophysics with exciting implications for fundamental physics. The most energetic and mysterious objects in the cosmos, such as black holes, rapidly-spinning neutron stars, supernova remnants, gamma-ray bursts as well as the interstellar glow of our own galaxy, have been observed in gamma-rays from 20 MeV to more than 300 GeV by the Large Area Telescope. The LAT was integrated at SLAC and SLAC is the center for LAT science operations, including data processing.
In this talk, astrophysicist Nicola Omodei will review some of the most interesting results obtained by the Fermi LAT, highlighting the contribution of the mission to gamma-ray astrophysics. Omodei, a researcher at the Italian physics lab INFN in Pisa, is visiting SLAC this year as the Fermi LAT analysis coordinator.