Happy 15th Launch Anniversary!
The Fermi Summer School emphasizes the analysis of data from the Fermi instruments through lectures and hands-on workshops. Students spend time working directly with experts in instrumentation, analysis, theory and modeling to develop and extend their own research projects. Topics cover much of the gamma-ray band ranging from keV-MeV transients seen with Fermi's GBM to the highest energies observed by the LAT and the very high energies observed by ground-based gamma-ray telescopes. This year's school will be held at the University of Delaware Conference Center in Lewes, Delaware, from May 30 to June 9, 2023.
Material will be aimed at graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Topics will include particle acceleration and gamma-ray production mechanisms; space-based and ground-based gamma-ray instrumentation; spectral, spatial, and time-based analysis of gamma-ray data; modeling and interpretation of gamma-ray data; and astrophysical source classes such as AGN, GRBs, Galactic pulsars and binary systems, supernova remnants, and pulsar wind nebulae as well as searches for dark matter and new physics.
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.
On this page
|Tues, May 30||Wed, May 31||Thurs, June 1||Fri, June 2||Sat, June 3|
|9:00||Intro to Fermi GBM - Cori Fletcher|
GBM Science - Cori
|Dark Matter - Tim|
|10:00||Active Galactic Nuclei - Manel Errando|
Resources for Impostor Syndrome (with much gratitude to Amy Furniss)
|Diffuse Gamma Rays - Tim Linden||Polarization - Manel|
|11:30||Intro to Maximum Likelihood - Matthew Kerr||PeVatrons - Henrike Fleischhack|
Getting started with Fermi: Tools and Resources - Joe Eggen, Joe Asercion, Alex Reustle, Nestor Mirabal (remote), Don Horner (remote)
Getting Started with Likelihood Analysis - Liz, Joe, Matthew
fermi-summer-school Github repository - See README file for instructions to download files for the analysis
Next Steps with Likelihood - Liz
Advanced Likelihood/Student Projects
Working with a software repository: git basics - Henrike
FindSource notebook: Example of adding a source to the LAT catalog model. Test for a detection and locate a new source.
Time domain surveys - Special guests
Advanced Tutorials: Light Curves and the LAT Light Curve Repository / Student Projects
Curvature Test Example - compares 2 spectral fits of the 3C279 example from Wednesday.
|4:45||End of the Day Tag-up||End of the Day Tag-up||End of the Day Tag-up||End of the Day Tag-up||End of the Day Tag-up|
|Bike rental pick-up - leave by 4:30|
|Mon, June 5||Tues, June 6||Wed, June 7||Thurs, June 8||Fri, June 9|
|9:00||The Sun - Melissa|
Gamma-ray Bursts II - Peter
|Advanced LAT - Melissa|
GBM Analysis Tutorial - Peter
The Crab - Liz
|Gamma-ray Binaries Jamie||Future science with gamma rays - Judy/Liz|
|11:30||Complete packing up and return bikes.|
Reminders about profile likelihood and errors
Advanced topics (Systematics and Checks?)
GCN - Judy
|4:45||End of the Day Tag-up|
End of the Day Tag-up
|End of the Day Tag-up|
Student Talks and 1 Slide Summary Schedule
Friday, June 2
Claire Hinrichs - Multi-wavelength Observations of a Long-duration Flare from BL Lacertae
Stephen Kerby - The Pulsars and Blazars of the Fermi Unassociated Sources
Saturday, June 3
Tej Chand - Inverse Compton emission from relativistic particles accelerated at shear layers in relativistic jets
Cristina Fernandez - Search of DM annihilation in Galactic Stellar Streams with the Fermi LAT
Takeba Olbemo - Fermi-LAT and Swift XRT observations of Nova Her 2021
Monday, June 5
DJ Maheso - Pulse fitting of short gamma-ray bursts and the magnetar giant flare, GRB200415A with the Norris function
Paarmita Pandey - Evaluating stellar winds from Young Massive Star Clusters as Cosmic-Ray acceleration sites using Fermi gamma-ray observations
Tuesday, June 6
Tamador Khalil - Using machine learning to estimate Fermi GRB redshifts
Lucia Tian - BurstCube: A 6U Cubesat for detecting gravitational wave counterparts
Hend Hamed - Phase-resolved Spectroscopy of Gamma-ray Pulsars
Wednesday, June 7
Thursday, June 8
Kara Whitaker - Searching for Extragalactic TeV sources
- 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.
- Presentation and material for Josh Wood's presentation on GRB analysis
Interesting repositories for Fermi analysis
- FermiBottle - a fully-functional, self-contained analysis environment used in the Summer School
- Summer School Github Repository containing Jupyter notebooks used during the Summer School
- fermiPy and documentation
Stay up-to-date with the gamma-ray sky
- List of the currently available data products at the FSSC - Catalogs and lightcurve products in addition to links to data archives
- Public List of LAT-Detected Gamma-Ray Pulsars - continuously updated list of confirmed gamma-ray pulsars
- Find Fermi publications
- Fermi-LAT publications page
- List of rapid communications from the LAT team
- Table of Fermi GBM gamma-ray bursts
- Fermi Gamma-ray Coordinates Network (GCN) notices
Additional Resources for gamma-ray astronomy and astrostatistics
Source naming schemes and catalogs:
Things to Do in Lewes
- Take the ferry to Cape May.
- Hire kayaks (Don't forget sun screen!).
- If the weather's good, go to the beach! Lewes Beach is fine, or there's a beach on the ocean-side in Cape Henlopen State Park. (Don't forget sun screen!)
- Visit Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge (Don't forget bug repellent)
- Visit the Zwaanendael Museum
- Visit the US Lightship Overfalls (located just off of Pilottown Rd):
- Biking and hiking trails