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: Mark Bautz): 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.
  • Cosmic Structure (Chairs: Olivier Dore', Rachel Bean): Coordinate community activities for future space activities concerning the nature of dark energy, dark matter, neutrinos, and tests of inflation, as well as astrophysical galaxy evolution..

Reports by the PhysPAG

  • Final PhysPAG Response to Paul Hertz, October 8, 2015 [PDF]

Upcoming Meetings

Past Meetings

2016

  • 227th American Astronomical Society Meeting, Kissimee, FL, January 4-8, 2016 [Show/Hide]

Executive Committee

  • PhysPAG Executive Committee Selections, Memo from NASA Headquarters November 2015 [PDF]
  • 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

29 Jan 2016
Announcing L3 (gravitational wave mission) study team membership »  [Details]
27 Jan 2016
Due date March 1 2016: PCOS White Papers on Probe Missions »  [Details]
7 Dec 2015
NASA issues a call for nominations for the L3 Study Team »  [PDF]
3 Dec 2015
Liftoff! The Lisa Pathfinder was successfully launched by ESA on December 3. »  Details

Project News

Chandra News
7 Jan 2016
NASA'S Great Observatories Weigh Massive Young Galaxy Cluster » Details
Fermi News
7 Jan 2016
NASA's Fermi Space Telescope Sharpens its High-energy Vision » Details
Planck News
31 Mar 2015
Herschel and Planck find missing clue to galaxy cluster formation
» Details
XMM-Newton News
14 Jan 2016
Milky Way Twin Swept by an Ultra-fast X-ray Wind » Details

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6 Nov 2015
NASA's Swift Spots its Thousandth Gamma-ray Burst » Details