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Seminar: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. Coffee 3:15 p.m.

"Hunting for Gamma-ray Binaries"
Dr. Robin Corbet
UMBC/CRESST
The X-ray sky (beyond the Sun) is dominated by emission from luminous binary star systems containing neutron stars and black holes. However, at higher gamma-ray energies (GeV to TeV) very few of these binaries are so far known to be sources.

The Fermi satellite, launched two years ago, carries the LAT, a much more sensitive detector than any previous gamma-ray astronomy spacecraft. I will present the results of LAT observations of the exotic binary systems that do produce gamma-ray emission, and discuss what we can learn from these sources. I will also describe our hunt for new members of this class, including the techniques we are developing to maximize our signal-to-noise in this search.

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