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Physics Colloquium: "Physics from Two Cosmic Surveys: the Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope"
Although seemingly very different, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, launched in 2008, and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a ground-based optical telescope currently under construction, are both designed to both cover the full available sky with frequent visits. Both facilities see more deeply over time and have breakthrough sensitivity for a variety of phenomena. Fermi science includes pulsars, black holes and active galactic nuclei, gamma-ray bursts, supernova remnants and the origins of cosmic rays, and searches for hypothetical new phenomena such as particle dark matter annihilations; LSST will map the structure of the universe and enable detailed studies of dark energy, as well as survey the sky for transient phenomena and moving objects. This talk will describe the science opportunities, status, and plans for the two facilities.