Fermi Summer School 2012

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has initiated an era of very broad energy coverage in the gamma-ray band. The combination of Fermi GBM and LAT provide observations of gamma-ray bursts and transients from 8 keV to >300 GeV. The combination of Fermi-LAT and ground-based gamma-ray observatories currently allows us to probe the high-energy emission from astrophysical sources over at least five orders of magnitude, including the previously unexplored territory from 10 to 100 GeV. These combinations of telescopes allow the measurement of broad-band spectra, the study of energy-dependent source morphologies, and correlated observations of time-variable sources, both within the gamma-ray energy range and with observations at longer wavelengths. These measurements provide critical diagnostics with which to identify source characteristics, particle acceleration and photon emission mechanisms. The 2012 Fermi Summer School will focus on the overlap between ground-based and space-based gamma-ray astronomy, both technically and scientifically, and will include hands-on workshops and science talks by experts in both fields. The school will be held at the University of Delaware Conference Center in Lewes, Delaware, from May 29 - June 8, 2012.

Find information about last year's school at: http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/mtgs/summerschool/2011/

Material will be aimed at graduate students and recent PhDs. Topics will include space-based and ground-based instrumentation; spectral, spatial, and time-based analysis of gamma-ray data; particle acceleration and gamma-ray production mechanisms; and astrophysical source classes such as AGN, GRBs, pulsars, binary systems, supernova remnants, and pulsar wind nebulae.

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The 2012 instructors will be Luca Baldini (INFN/University of Pisa), Pasquale Blasi (Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri), Michael Briggs (UAH), Seth Digel (SLAC/Stanford), Markos Georganopoulos (UMBC), Nepomuk Otte (Georgia Tech), and Andy Smith (UMCP). Lecturers will include Alan Marscher (BU), Trevor Weekes (FLWO/CfA), and Martin Weisskopf (MFSC).

See last year's program here: http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/mtgs/summerschool/2011/schedule.html.

Application Information

To apply, complete one of the provided templates and send to fermischool@bigbang.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Attendance Fee:

The attendance fee covers lodging for the nights of Monday, May 28 through Friday, June 8 and includes breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks for May 29 - June 8, excluding Sunday, June 3. Details on payment will be provided to accepted applicants.