First results from
Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope

Saturday March 7, 2009, Tokyo Tech, Ookayama, Tokyo, Japan


We are pleased to have an opportunity to report the early results from the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope to the Japanese physics and astronomy community by Fermi collaboration members who will visit Japan for a team meeting. In this symposium the following topics including new observational results will be presented: an overview of the Fermi satellite and onboard detectors, discovery of gamma-ray only pulsars, gamma-ray burst observations in the GeV energy domain, short time-scale flares of active galactic nuclei, etc. We welcome everyone with interests in high energy astrophysics and the application of particle physics detectors to space science.

The Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope was built by an international collaboration from United States, Japan, Italy, France, Sweden and Germany. The spacecraft was successfully launched on 11 June 2008. The Large Area Telescope (LAT) is an electron-positron pair conversion telescope with precision silicon strip trackers (for which Japanese institutes have made a large contribution to the development) and CsI calorimeters. With much improved sensitivity and angular resolution, Fermi has been performing the planned all-sky survey successfully.

The Fermi Japanese Team has been supported by KEK, MEXT, ISAS/JAXA, RIKEN, and Hiroshima University. This symposium is held under the auspices of the Global COE Program "Nanoscience and Quantum Physics" at the Physics Department of Tokyo Tech sponsored by the JSPS.

Scientific Organizing Committee

Peter Michelson (Stanford), Tsuneyoshi Kamae (Stanford), Takashi Ohsugi (Hiroshima), Bill Atwood (UCSC), Steve Ritz (NASA/GSFC), Julie McEnery (NASA/GSFC), Tadayuki Takahashi (JAXA/ISAS), Nicola Omodei (INFN/Pisa), Yasushi Fukazawa (Hiroshima), Nobuyuki Kawai (Tokyo Tech, chair)


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