The Fermi Mission will hold a virtual summer workshop series of interactive activities to learn about Fermi data analysis and lectures on gamma-ray astrophysics. The virtual school will consist of weekly online workshops and lecture presentations. These will be held on Mondays from June 7th to July 26th with the exception of July 5th. Lectures will be held on Mondays from 11 am to 12 pm (Eastern US, GMT-4) and analysis tutorial live sessions will be held on Mondays from 2-3:30 pm.
The material is designed for graduate students and early postdocs starting analysis projects in gamma-ray astrophysics that involve Fermi data and science. In addition to standard analysis using the Fermitools, we will include sessions covering pulsar analysis with the Large Area Telescope and gamma-ray burst analysis with the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor. We are seeking attendees that are interested in engaging in analysis activities and interacting with instructors and the other students in group activities. There will be no registration fee, but if demand is high, we may need to limit attendance and prioritize students who are developing near-term research projects using Fermi data.
Schedule for Summer 2021
Times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00).
Technical Help Sessions
We will have two sessions via Teams the week before the start of the workshops to help people get setup with the tools. Please try to install the FermiBottle Docker Container, which contains all the software needed for the workshops and go through the Summer School Checklist to make sure the container is functioning correctly.
|Thursday, June 3||Friday, June 4|
|10am-11am||Tech Help Session||Tech Help Session|
|Mon, June 7||Mon, June 14||Mon, June 21||Mon, June 28|
11 am - 12 pm EDT
Intro to Fermi and the Fermi Sky
Liz Hays & Judy Racusin
Reading and questions for before the lecture
Statistics for Astrophysics
Bayesian Statistics and Modeling
Introduction to the the Concept of Likelihood and Its Applications
Excerpt from High Energy Astrophysics by Longair
2 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Getting started with Fermi Analysis
Data Exploration Tutorial Video
First steps with fermipy
Welcome Notes and Group Exercise
Setup instructions for fermipy tutorial notebook
Notes on LAT likelihood and a statistical exercise
Fermi Summer School 2021 Tutorial 3 Instructions
Google Form (Sign up for a source/topic project)
Light Curve examples for group exercise
|Mon, July 12||Mon, July 19||Mon, July 26|
11 am - 12 pm EDT
The Galactic Center
Mattia Di Mauro
Ground-based Gamma-ray Observations
Ground-based gamma-ray astronomy (introductory review) - G. Di Sciascio (2019)
A couple recent highlight results and references:
- PeV gamma rays from the Crab Nebula. https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2021/07/13/science.abg5137
- GRB detections in the VHE range: https://arxiv.org/abs/2006.07249, https://arxiv.org/abs/2106.02510
- CTA Science Book: https://arxiv.org/abs/1709.07997
Wrap up and Next Steps + Group Photo
Student Spotlight Presentations
“Fermi-LAT Analysis of TeV PWN” – Jooyun Woo
“Spectral and Temporal Analysis of GRB210410A detected by Fermi-LAT/GBM” – DJ Maheso
"Searching for High-Energy Neutrinos from Magnetars with IceCube" – Ava Ghadimi
2 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Using the GBM Tools video tutorial
GBM Data Tools Documentation and Notebooks
Diagnostics and refining models
Sign up for follow-up office hours
Please fill out the Survey so that we have some feedback for future events.
Office hours will be held on Gather with various team members throughout the summer.
|Office Hours||Date/Time (EDT)||Host||Topics|
|Week 1||Thurs. Jun 10 10-11 am||SSC Members, Liz, Judy||Tech Support, Fermitools, Fermi Mission|
|Week 2||Wed. Jun 16 2-3 pm||Jeremy Perkins||Fermipy, python scripting|
|Week 2||Thurs. Jun 17 10-11 am||SSC Members||Help desk|
|Week 3||Wed. Jun 23 2-3 pm||Jeremy Perkins||Fermipy, python scripting|
|Week 3||Thurs. Jun 24 10-11 am||SSC Members||Help desk|
|Week 4||Thurs. Jul 1 10-11 am||SSC Members||Help desk|
|Week 5||Thurs. Jul 15 10-11 am||SSC Members||Help desk|
|Week 6||Thurs. Jul 22 10-11 am||SSC Members||Help desk|
|Week 7||Thurs. Jul 29 10-11 am||SSC Members||Help desk|
- The meeting platform is Microsoft Teams. Non-NASA guests can join meetings. You will need to wait in the lobby until you are admitted by the meeting moderators.
- The software necessary for the tutorials (such as the Fermitools) are distributed in the FermiBottle Docker Container, a fully-functional, self-contained analysis environment. Please go through the Summer School Checklist to make sure the container is functioning correctly.
- Slido will be used for polling and questions. There will be a code for each lecture and tutorial session.
- Primary announcements will be sent out via an e-mail list.
- Secondary announcements, interaction between sessions. instructor-student, and student-student communication will be handled via Slack. Instructions on joining the Summer School Slack will be sent to attendees by e-mail.
- This confluence page will be the home for the schedule as well as the presentation and supporting materials.
- There are a number of video tutorials for Fermi data analysis already available. You can also find tutorials posted on the SSC web page Data Analysis area.