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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]
  • Contact

  • Grant Tremblay
    PhysPAG EC Chair
  • Justin Finke
    PhysPAG EC Vice-chair
  • Ryan Hickox
    PhysPAG EC Chair Emeritus



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