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Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
Harding, Alice K. Astrophysics Science Division, Goddard Space Flight Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Greenbelt, Maryland.
Omodei, Nicola Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Pisa, Italy.
- Fermi mission and the Large-Area Telescope
- Galactic sources
- Active galaxies
- Gamma-ray bursts and the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor
- Dark matter and exotic physics
- Related Primary Literature
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Cosmic high-energy gamma rays are produced by a diverse array of sources in the universe that signal the presence of natural particle accelerators. Among these are distant cores of active galaxies and the mysterious gamma-ray bursts, pulsars and cosmic-ray interactions in our Galaxy, and the Sun and Moon in our solar system. The recently launched Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, with unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution, is discovering hundreds of new sources of cosmic gamma rays with the hope of probing the inner workings of the high-energy accelerators and possibly uncovering the nature of dark matter.
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