Exploring the Gamma Ray Universe: Fermi-LAT then, now, and the future
Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2017
Speaker: Bill Atwood, UC Santa Cruz
The Gamma ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) project began in 1992, a year after the launch of EGRET onboard the CGRO spacecraft. Capitalizing on advances in particle detector technology, the GLAST project developed an observatory that extends the discovery space of EGRET by over an order of magnitude. After its launch in 2008, GLAST was renamed Fermi-LAT and has performed an all-sky survey of the gamma ray universe ever since. This talk will present details of how the instrument was designed and how the design choices contributed to the success of the mission. The presentation will include highlights from the first 8+ years of the Fermi-LAT as well as its science potential going forward.
Host: Jim Brau
Location: 100 Willamette Hall