Lecture: 15 March “Violent Universe Observed with the Fermi Telescope” by Amy Furniss

15 March 2016, Tuesday, 7:45 PM, Presidio Observation Post, Building 211

“The Violent Universe Observed with the Fermi Telescope”


Amy Furniss, PhD, CSUS East Bay


The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope was launched into space in June 2008. The main instrument is the Large Area Telescope (LAT). Dr. Furniss will present the Fermi- LAT instrument and highlight its most interesting results after more than seven years of operation.

Gamma-ray observations open a new window into the universe, allowing us the study of exotic and violent processes. These photons are also an important tool in the search for the dark matter that pervades the universe. One expected signal is gamma rays from annihilations of massive dark matter particles, and the LAT has made by far the most sensitive searches for this process. The high-energy sky seen by the Fermi-LAT is quite dynamic, including explosions of massive stars and their remnants and supermassive black holes in the centers of distant galaxies. The Fermi-LAT also enabled the identification of many cosmic particle accelerators, including supernova remnants and active galactic nuclei, which are far more powerful than the largest particle accelerator on Earth, the Large Hadron Collider in Europe.

Brief Bio

After completion of her PhD in Physics at UC Santa Cruz in 2013, Dr. Furniss moved into a post doctoral position at Stanford University for 2 years. She is now an Assistant Professor at Cal State University East Bay in Hayward California and continues to collaborate closely with her connections at both UC Santa Cruz and Stanford.

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  1. Scott Miller says:

    Section of Lincoln Boulevard Closed for Preventive Maintenance Tree Work
    February 22 through March 24, 2016

    the section of Lincoln Boulevard between the cemetery entrance and the intersection with Park Boulevard/McDowell Avenue will be closed to vehicles for the duration of the project: Monday, February 22 through Thursday, March 24. The closure will be in effect seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

    Detour Information
    The eastbound detour route will be on McDowell Avenue, Mason Street, and Girard Road. The westbound detour route will be via Arguello, Washington, and Park Boulevards. Pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured to the Presidio Promenade trail adjacent to Lincoln Boulevard and may be stopped for a few minutes by personnel at the work zone while tree limbs are dropped.

    The PresidiGo Around the Park Shuttle Crissy Field route will also use the westbound detour route, and PresidiGo stops at Montgomery/Sheridan, National Cemetery, and Building 682 (Schofield) will be closed. The PresidiGo South Hills route will not be affected.

    During the closure period, the best way to access Crissy Field will be via the Marina Gate.

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