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AGN Multiwavelength Research Strategies: the Fermi Large Area Telescope Experience

April 29 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC

Active galactic nuclei (AGN) with strong variability and emission seen across much of the electromagnetic spectrum are prime candidates for multiwavelength studies. Well before the 2008 launch of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) scientists started to develop plans for multiwavelength AGN studies. Approaches have included dedicated campaigns for specific AGN, public sharing of monitoring information for selected objects, outreach efforts to solicit cooperation by interested research groups, and rapid release by a variety of methods of gamma-ray information about AGN activity. An ongoing challenge remains the need to obtain simultaneous or contemporaneous broadband data in order to maximize the scientific return. This talk will summarize some of the strategies the Fermi-LAT team has employed, including those that proved successful and some that were not so fruitful.

 

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