Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

Data Analysis Documentation

The data analysis documentation is written to be comprehensive and self-contained, and we will update it based on the comments from the user community.

So how should you begin? This depends on your learning style. If you have a basic understanding of analyzing gamma-ray spectra, know something about the LAT and/or the GBM, and like to learn by example, then you might want to start by installing the Fermitools, and then work through the analysis threads. On the other hand, if you are new to gamma-ray burst spectroscopy, or you would like a more systematic approach, then you might want to start by reading the Cicerone, which provides a detailed description of the analysis environment and its methodology..

Installing the Software

If you do not have the software, then start by installing it.

How to Analyze Fermi Data

The documentation consists of several sections that will be useful to you at different stages of your mastery of the Fermitools. If you have some questions, you should first check the FSSC Frequently Asked Questions. Your question may already have been answered. Finally, you can request assistance through the FSSC helpdesk.

  • LAT Analysis Start Page — A single source for all the information you should need to get started analyzing LAT data
  • Cicerone — a detailed description of the analysis environment and its methodology
  • Analysis Threads — step by step description of a standard Fermitools analysis
  • Video tutorials — recordings that walk through several types of analysis
  • GBM Data Tools tutorials — how to use various aspects of the data tools

Other Useful Pages

These pages may be useful for reference.