Astronomy and Astrophysics – Astrophysics
Following its launch in June 2008, high-energy gamma-ray observations by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have unveiled over 1000 new
sources and opened an important and previously unexplored window on a wide variety of phenomena. These have included the discovery of an
population of pulsars pulsing only in gamma rays; the detection of photons up to 10s of GeV from gamma-ray bursts, enhancing our
understanding of the astrophysics of these powerful explosions; the detection of hundreds of active galaxies; a measurement of the high
energy cosmic-ray electron spectrum which may imply the presence of nearby astrophysical particle accelerators; the determination of the
diffuse gamma-ray emission with unprecedented accuracy and the constraints on phenomena such as supersymmetric dark-matter
annihilations and exotic relics from the Big Bang. Continuous monitoring of the high-energy gamma-ray sky has uncovered numerous
outbursts from active galaxies and the discovery of transient sources in our galaxy. In this talk I will describe the current status of the
Fermi observatory and review the science highlights from Fermi.
McEnery Julie E.
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