Data Centre for Astrophysics
Astronomy Department of the University of Geneva
ISDC Seminar

Thursday, 25 June 2009 at 11:00

Matteo Balbo
INFN, Padova

Pulsar observations and Fermi/LAT instrumental application

Abstract. The Large Area Telescope (LAT) aboard of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope started regular sky survey operations on August 13, 2008. Its efficiency, resolution and low dead time make it an ideal tool for the study of gamma-ray emission from pulsars. Exploiting radio and gamma-ray ephemerides it is possible to get data samples of gamma-ray events practically free of contaminations. Pulsars are further excellent candidates for the calibration of some features of the response of the LAT. Moreover recent developments in the trigger mechanism of Cherenkov telescopes allow those the detection of pulsation in the very-high-energy gamma-ray range and LAT observations of the same objects promise to be helpful in the calibration of Cherenkov Telescopes, in an approach that does not depend exclusively on Monte Carlo simulations.

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