Bridging the gap - Fermi-LAT sources at 20-200 MeV
L. Marcotulli*, C. Karwin, M. Ajello, Y. Sheng on behalf of the Fermi-LAT Collaboration
July 09, 2021
March 18, 2022
The under-explored MeV band has an extremely rich scientific potential. Awaiting an all-sky MeV mission, it is now the prime time to take full advantage of the capabilities of the Fermi Large Area Telescope to explore this regime. With more than 12 years of the best available dataset (Pass8), we have developed an all-sky analysis to build a sensitive catalog of sources from 20 to 200 MeV. This work will allow us to cover the SED peak of the most luminous gamma-ray blazars, fundamental to understand their nature, and possibly discover a whole new population of MeV sources. Importantly, this program will start bridging the gap between the MeV and GeV energy bands, strongly supporting the scientific case for a future all-sky MeV mission and enhancing the legacy of the Fermi mission. In this talk I will highlight the scientific potential of this project. I will also discuss the difference with respect to the first catalog of low-energy sources (1FLE, Principe et al. 2018).
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