The Fermi Bubbles: Theory and Observations

May 30, 2024 - 4:30 am

April 11 - 12, 2013

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California

The Fermi bubbles are two large structures in gamma-rays above and below the Galactic center.  They are associated with the microwave haze around the Galactic center discovered in the WMAP data and recently confirmed in the Planck data.  At the moment, there are several theoretical models and simulations developed to explain the shape and the energy spectrum of the bubbles.  In order to distinguish among the different models, a detailed comparison between the theory and the observations is necessary.  The main purpose of the meeting is to foster a collaboration between the scientists working on the theoretical and observational sides of the problem in order to deepen our understanding of the origin and the emission mechanisms associated with the bubbles.  The topics include: observational results related to the Galactic halo region, models and simulations designed to explain the bubbles, and related systems in other galaxies.

Scientific Organizing Committee:  Roger Blandford, Douglas Finkbeiner, Vahe Petrosian, Lukasz Stawarz.

Local Organizing Committee: Anna Franckowiak, Dmitry Malyshev.

Agenda and slides from some of the talks will be available on our Indico web page.