Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG)

NOTE: The PhysPAG is an analysis arm of the Astrophysics Subcommittee of the NAC Science Committee. The PCOS Program Office maintains the web page as a service to the community.

Objective

The Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) serves as a forum for soliciting and coordinating input and analysis from the scientific community in support of the PCOS program objectives. The PhysPAG enables direct and regular communication through public meetings that give the community opportunities to provide its scientific and programmatic input. All interested scientists can contribute to the PhysPAG by participating in the PhysPAG meetings and by providing their input. The Executive Committee (EC) is the steering body of the PhysPAG. Its members are appointed by NASA with the concurrence of the Astrophysics Subcommittee, and their responsibilities include collecting and summarizing community input with subsequent reporting to NASA SMD via the NAC. For more information on the operation and organization of the PhysPAG, please see the signed PhysPAG Terms of Reference [PDF].

PhysPAG Science Interest Groups (SIGs)

  • Inflation Probe (Chairs: Amber Miller, Edward Wollack): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future cosmic microwave background polarization mission.
  • Gravitational Waves (Chairs: John Conklin, Neil Cornish): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future gravitational wave mission.
  • X-rays (Chair: Jay Bookbinder): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future X-ray astronomy mission.
  • Gamma Rays (Chair: Mark McConnell): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future gamma ray astronomy mission.
  • Cosmic Rays (Chair: Eun-Suk Seo): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future cosmic ray astronomy mission.

Upcoming Meetings

Past Meetings

2015

  • IAU XXIX General Assembly, Honolulu, HI, August 3-14, 2015
    • August 7, 1-4 P.M. (7-10 P.M. EDT), Joint PAG Meeting at IAU, Room 323. [Agenda]
    • August 3-14, at IAU, PCOS Table, NASA Booth (312), Exhibit Hall.
  • At 225th AAS Meeting, Seattle, WA, 4–8 January 2015 [Full Agenda]
    • GammaSIG Meeting
      Sunday, January 4, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room 6B
    • XRSIG Meeting
      Sunday, January 4, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room 6C
    • PAG Plenary (join with CoPAG and ExoPAG to meet with Paul Hertz)
      Sunday, January 4, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM, in Room 6B
    • PCOS Town Hall Meeting
      Sunday, January 4, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM, in Room 6C
    • 2015: The Centennial of General Relativity
      • Sessions on Monday, January 5, at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, co-hosted with HEAD, Room 610
    • PAG Session
      Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 10:00 AM, Room 606

Executive Committee

  • PhysPAG Executive Committee Selections, Memo from NASA Headquarters November 2014 [PDF]
  • PhysPAG Executive Committee Selections, Memo from NASA Headquarters December 2013 [PDF]
PhysPAG Executive Committee Membership
J. Bock, ChairCaltech/JPLCMBDecember 2016
J. Nousek*, Past ChairPenn State Univ.X-raysDecember 2015
M. BautzMITX-raysDecember 2016
R. BeanCornell Univ.Dark EnergyDecember 2016
J. BookbinderSAOX-raysDecember 2015
J. ConklinUniv. of FloridaGravitational WavesDecember 2017
N. CornishMontana State Univ.Gravitational WavesDecember 2016
O. DoréJPLDark EnergyDecember 2017
H. KrawczynskiWashington Univ. in St. LouisGamma-raysDecember 2017
M. McConnellUniv. of New HampshireGamma-raysDecember 2016
A. MillerColumbia Univ.CMB December 2017
A. OlintoUniv. of ChicagoAstroparticlesDecember 2015
Eun-Suk SeoUniv. of MarylandAstroparticlesDecember 2016
E. WollackNASA/GSFCCMB December 2017
*ex officio, term extended until December 2015

Presentations to the PhysPAG

  • Far-IR Surveyor Concept [PDF]
  • X-ray Surveyor: Science drivers and strawman mission design [PDF]
  • HabEx: Notional Mission Properties and Science Applications [PDF]
  • The Advanced Technology Large-Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAST) [PDF]

Contact

Program News

31 Jul 2015
PCOS Newsletter for August 2015 now available »  [PDF]
13 Jul 2015
Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) »  [Details]

Project News

Chandra News
11 Aug 2015
Oxymoronic Black Hole Provides Clues to Growth » Details
Fermi News
18 Aug 2015
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