Highlights of GeV gamma-ray astronomy
20 Dec 2010
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD USA
On Behalf of the Fermi Large Area Telescope Collaboration
Abstract. Because high-energy gamma rays are primarily produced by high-energy particle interactions, the gamma-ray survey of the sky by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope offers a view of sites of cosmic ray production and interactions. Gamma-ray bursts, pulsars, pulsar wind nebulae, binary sources, and Active Galactic Nuclei are all phenomena that reveal particle acceleration through their gamma-ray emission. Diffuse Galactic gamma radiation, Solar System gamma-ray sources, and energetic radiation from supernova remnants are likely tracers of high-energy particle interactions with matter and photon fields. This paper will present a broad overview of the constantly changing sky seen with the Large Area Telescope (LAT) on the Fermi spacecraft.
Citation: Thompson, D. J.: Highlights of GeV gamma-ray astronomy, Astrophys. Space Sci. Trans., 6, 59-64, doi:10.5194/astra-6-59-2010, 2010.