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.


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].

Upcoming Meetings

  • 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

  • CMB Workshop (IPSIG discussion planned), Minneapolis, MN, Jan 14-16, 2015
  • GWSIG Meeting, at LIGO-Virgo Collaboration Meeting, Pasadena, CA,
    February 2015, TBC
  • American Physical Society, Baltimore, MD, April 11–14, 2015

Past Meetings

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


Program News

13 Nov 2014
NASA issues second Dear Colleague Letter for community participation in the Athena Science Study Team Working Groups DEADLINE DECEMBER 1ST »  [PDF]
1 Oct 2014
2014 Program Annual Technology Report (PATR) now available »  [PDF]

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