FERMI/GLAST

NASA gamma astronomy mission with important Italian contribution

The mission FERMI / GLAST is part of the NASA program on the study of the Structure and Evolution of the Universe and of the research program of fundamental physics without accelerators DOE (USA). The mission launchen in 2008 is supported by programs of physics and astrophysics in many partner countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Sweden.
The GLAST observatory consists of two instruments, the Large Area Telescope (LAT) and the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) that will map the cosmos by an energy of about 10 keV to hundreds of GeV; such high energy values have never been achieved so far. The LAT is a tool of accountability USA (PI Peter Michelson, of Stanford U.), with the participation of Italy, France, Sweden and Japan.



Italy's role is a prominent one and refers to the supply of the 18 LAT towers (each one of them made of 19 stages of sylicon and tungstenum), as well as the ASDC support in the archiving, anlaysis and distribution of the scientific data.