Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG)

Objective

The PhysPAG serves as a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for soliciting and coordinating community analysis and input in support of Physics of the Cosmos objectives and of their implications for architecture planning and activity prioritization and for future exploration. It provides findings of analyses to the NASA Astrophysics Division Director.

The PhysPAG enables direct regular communication between NASA and the community, and within the community, through public meetings that give the community opportunities to provide its scientific and programmatic input. Structurally, the PhysPAG Chair and the PhysPAG Executive Committee (EC) are appointed members whose responsibilities include organizing meetings and collecting and summarizing community input with subsequent reporting to the Astrophysics Division Director. The full PhysPAG consists of all members of the community who participate in these open meetings.

For more information on the operation and organization of the PhysPAG, please see the signed PhysPAG Terms of Reference (updated March 2017) [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, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann): 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: Henric Krawczynski): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future gamma ray astronomy mission.
  • Cosmic Rays (Chair: Igor Moskalenko): 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]

PhysPAG Meetings

Executive Committee

  • PhysPAG Executive Committee Selections, Memo from NASA Headquarters November 2016 [PDF]
  • 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
Mark Bautz
(Chair)
MITX-raysDecember 2017
Rachel BeanCornell Univ.Dark EnergyDecember 2017
Jim BeattyOhio State Univ.Particle AstrophysicsDecember 2019
John Conklin
(Vice Chair)
Univ. of FloridaGravitational WavesDecember 2017
Olivier DoréJPLDark EnergyDecember 2017
Sylvain GuiriecGeorge Washington Univ.Gamma-raysDecember 2019
Kelly Holley-BockelmannVanderbilt Univ.Gravitational WavesDecember 2019
Ralph KraftSAOX-raysDecember 2018
Henric KrawczynskiWashington Univ. in St. LouisGamma-raysDecember 2017
Amber Miller USCCMBDecember 2017
Igor MoskalenkoStanfordParticle AstrophysicsDecember 2018
John Tomsick UC BerkeleyX-rays and Gamma-raysDecember 2019
Ed WollackNASA/GSFCCMB December 2017

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

15 May 2017
PCOS Program Office Call for Technology Gap submissions, due 1 June 2017 »  Details
20 Mar 2017
Astrophysics Probe mission studies selected (3/20/2017) »  [PDF]
6 Mar 2017
Terms of Reference (ToR) for the PhysPAG have been updated. »  [PDF]

Project News

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2 May 2017
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30 Jan 2017
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Planck News
13 Aug 2016
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1 May 2017
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