Data Analysis with the Fermi Space Telescope

Monash University, Clayton Campus
November 23-24, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Attendee list

Richard Dubois (SLAC) —
Gavin Rowell (U.Adelaide; 23/11 only) —
Christopher Hudson (U.Adelaide) —
Sarah Traine (U.Melbourne) —
Sharon Rapoport (ANU) — sharon_rMIT.EDU
Gemma Anderson (U.Sydney) —
Stephen Chi-Yung Ng (U.Sydney) —
Duncan Galloway —
Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway —
Alina Donea —
Zdenka Misanovic —
Csaba Balazs —

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


The program for the workshop has been finalised, and is shown below. The location will be the astro-lab (room 211) on the third (top) floor in building 27, Clayton campus (circled in red in the attached map, PDF format). Access is through the glass doors & up the stairs on the south side of building 27, between buildings 24 and 19; then go along the corridor almost to the end, 211 is on the left hand side. From the carparks, you can get to the entrance either down the footpath between buildings 28 and 72, and then through the walkway cutting building 19; or through the walkway between buildings 27 and 53, and the doorway will be on your left.

Presenters: RD = Richard Dubois, DG = Duncan Galloway, AD = Alina Donea

Monday 23/11

0900 Welcome, and introductions [DG/RD]
0915 Introduction to high-energy astrophysics [DG]
0945 Introduction to the LAT instrument & issues for high-energy data (see also PPT version) [RD]
1030 break
1100 High-energy emission mechanisms [AD]
1200 Standard data cuts and exposure (PPT) [RD]
1230 lunch
1330 Analysis issues in a nutshell (PPT) [RD]
1430 Practical session 1: analysis of 3C454.3 (see the data exploration and source analysis notes
1500 break
1530 practical session 1 continued
1730 close

Tuesday 24/11

0900 Fermi observations of LS I +61 303 & results (PPT) [RD]
1000 LS I +61 303 & LS 5039 results (as presented at the 2009 Fermi Symposium [RD]
1030 break
1100 Advanced analysis continued: spectral fitting vs. orbital phase [RD]
1230 lunch
1330 practical session 2: analysis of data from LSI +61 303 (Abdo et al. 2009)
1500 break
1530 practical session 2 continued
1730 close

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Parking at Monash

If you plan to drive your own car to Monash, you may park for free in the blue permit areas for the duration of the workshop. Look for the signs or the blue painted stripes delineating the individual parking spots. The most convenient carpark to the workshop venue (building 27) is the North multi-level car park N1 (numbered 80 on the Clayton campus map; PDF). Click here for general information about travel and parking, and here for information specific to Clayton campus

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Accommodation near Monash

There are a number of hotel options within a short drive of Clayton campus. Click on the map below for details. The organisers will arrange transport from hotels to campus and back, each morning and evening (respectively) of the workshop.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

First announcement

Data Analysis with the Fermi Space Telescope

Monash University, Clayton Campus

November 23-24, 2009

This workshop will introduce participants to specific details of reduction and analysis of data obtained by the Fermi space telescope (formerly GLAST), as well as some general aspects of high-energy astronomy. Launched June 11, 2008, Fermi's mission is to explore the most extreme environments in the universe, via it's primary instrument, the Large Area Telescope (LAT). Sensitive to photons in the 20 MeV-300 GeV range, the LAT offers sensitivity and angular resolution superior to any previous instrument covering these energies. As of August 25, 2009, the Fermi Science Support Center has released the first year of observational data, and new observations are being continually added to the archive.

Topics covered will include:

  • general aspects of high-energy data analysis
  • introduction to the LAT instrument
  • high-energy emission mechanisms
  • the analysis tools; standard analysis selections & calculating exposure
  • walkthroughs of analysis of 3C 454.3 and LS I +61 303, including
    • light curves
    • model creation
    • spectral fitting

The chief presenter will be Richard Dubois, Science Computing Coordinator for the LAT and co-leader of the LAT binaries science working group (see e.g. Additional material will be presented by Alina Donea, Duncan Galloway & Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway (Monash). A substantial part of the workshop will be set aside for "hands-on" analysis by participants, and workstations will be made available for this purpose. As a result, places are strictly limited, so please indicate your wish to attend by emailing

stating your name, affiliation, and status (student/other). The cost for the workshop will be $50 for students, and $100 otherwise, payable by credit card; details will be sent once registrations are confirmed.

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23rd November 2009