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Astrophsyics

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. The PhysPAG has six Science Interest Groups (SIGs), described in more detail at https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/physpag/physpag-sigs.php.

For more information on the operation and organization of the PhysPAG, please see the signed PhysPAG Terms of Reference (updated March 2017) [PDF].

Reports by the PhysPAG

  • 2020 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics will not be delayed

  • Report to Paul Hertz on Results of Community Survey on Possible Delay in 2020 Decadal Survey [PDF].

    Note that Paul Hertz requested the release of individual responses in the interest of transparency. The COR Chief Scientist, working with the COPAG EC, removed personal identifying information to protect anonymity.

  • PhysPAG Report to Paul Hertz on Flagship Mission Concepts to Study for the 2020 Decadal Study, October 8, 2015 [PDF]

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]

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PCOS News

Program News and Announcements

9 November 2021
Astrophysics Division (APD) Needs Community Inputs to NASA Astrophysics Technology Gap Prioritization Process Following Astro2020 »  Details.
5 November 2021
PCOS Chief Scientist Opening »  Details.
5 November 2021
NASA Advisory Council Science Committee Meeting 9–10 November 2021 »  Details.
27 October 2021
ROSES-21: D.7 SAT Dates Unchanged »  Details.
27 October 2021
Two Astrophysics Explorer Solicitations Amended To Extend Mandatory NOI Due Date »  Details.
22 October 2021
Applications Sought for PhysPAG Executive Committee »  Details.
22 October 2021
PCOS Activities at NSBP »  Details.
19 October 2021
NASA Selects Gamma-ray Telescope Compton Spectrometer and Imager (COSI) to Chart Milky Way Evolution »  Details.
18 October 2021
Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program Office Conducting Study of LISA Science Implementation Options for NASA »  Details.
30 September 2021
ROSES-21: Final Text and Due Dates for D.3 APRA and D.7 SAT »  Details.
13 August 2021
ROSES-21 Amendment 29: Updates to D.11 NICER Guest Observer Cycle 4 »  Details.
29 July 2021
Life and Physical Sciences Decadal Survey Call for White Papers. »  Details.

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