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Eleventh International Fermi Symposium
Eleventh International Fermi Symposium

What is Fermi?

General Dynamics C4 Systems - Artist Concept of Fermi The Universe is home to numerous exotic and beautiful phenomena, some of which can generate almost inconceivable amounts of energy. Supermassive black holes, merging neutron stars, streams of hot gas moving close to the speed of light ... these are but a few of the marvels that generate gamma-ray radiation, the most energetic form of radiation, billions of times more energetic than the type of light visible to our eyes. What is happening to produce this much energy? What happens to the surrounding environment near these phenomena? How will studying these energetic objects add to our understanding of the very nature of the Universe and how it behaves?

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly GLAST, is opening this high-energy world to exploration and helping us answer these questions. With Fermi, astronomers at long last have a superior tool to study how black holes, notorious for pulling matter in, can accelerate jets of gas outward at fantastic speeds. Physicists are able to study subatomic particles at energies far greater than those seen in ground-based particle accelerators. And cosmologists are gaining valuable information about the birth and early evolution of the Universe.

For this unique endeavor, one that brings together the astrophysics and particle physics communities, NASA has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Energy and institutions in France, Germany, Japan, Italy and Sweden. General Dynamics was chosen to build the spacecraft. Fermi was launched June 11, 2008 at 12:05 pm EDT.

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Jun 6, 2024

Announcement of the Gamma-ray Data Tools (GDT)

The Gamma-ray Data Tools (GDT) is an open-source Python-based centralized toolkit for analyzing data from space-based hard X-ray and gamma-ray instruments. The GDT borrows its heritage from, and supersedes, the Fermi GBM Data Tools. The GDT is designed with a "core" package that contains generalized functionality and base classes that are utilized by a variety of mission packages. For more information see the GBM Software Page.

Jun 5, 2024

Fermi Cycle-17 GI Program Selections Announced

The stage-I selection process for the Fermi Cycle-17 Guest Investigator program has been completed. There were a total of 37 new programs selected out of 113 proposals submitted. A list of the selected programs, including the PIs, titles and abstracts is available on the FSSC web site.

Apr 23, 2024

Explore the Universe with the First E-Book from NASA's Fermi

To commemorate a milestone anniversary for NASA's Fermi spacecraft, the mission team has published an e-book called "Our High-Energy Universe: 15 Years with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope."
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