January 11, 2010
The Fermi launch in 2008 has ushered in a new era of high-energy gamma-ray astrophysics by providing observations with over an order of magnitude greater sensitivity relative to previous missions in this energy range. Studies of previously established gamma-ray emitters are being carried out with unprecedented detail. The expected emergence of new classes of gamma-ray sources means that gamma-ray astronomy will now encompass an expanded range of contemporary astrophysics and thus engage a broad portion of the astrophysics community. For information on the Fermi mission refer to http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/ssc.
The next Fermi Guest Investigator Cycle is rapidly approaching: proposals are due February 5, 2010.
In order to facilitate greater community wide participation in Fermi science, the Fermi Science Support Center and the Fermi Project are hosting a series of regional data analysis workshops. The workshops are open to all members of the scientific community, but registration is required (there is no cost). Note: This is one of four regional workshops planned for the coming months. The four workshops are:
Prerequisites for participation are 1) a laptop computer with a valid installation of the Fermi Science Tools OR a capability to connect via internet to a computer at your home institution with a validated Fermi Science Tools installation (refer to the FSSC web site for information on supported platforms and installation instructions), 2) test data sets, which will be identified on the workshop web site, ALREADY DOWNLOADED onto the computer on which your analysis will be performed,. In addition, it desirable that you 1) have an installation of the HEADAS software tools on your computer and 2) that you've read our basic introductory documentation prior to the workshop, and ideally, you've already tried a few analysis examples beforehand.
A portion of the workshop will consist of viewgraph presentations and group discussion, but the main emphasis will be on hands on use of the analysis tools. In order to facilitate as much one-to-one interaction as possible with the workshop staff, we anticipate accommodating no more than about 25 for the main workshop. In addition, we will present an overview of the Fermi GI program, as well as recent Fermi results. For this presentation, the attendance cap will be lifted.
Registration is free of charge, but approval will be on a first-come first serve basis.