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Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG)

PCOS Call for White Papers on Probe Missions

PhysPAG Response to the Probe-Class Mission Charge [PDF]

Probe Study White Papers Submitted

  1. Death of Massive Stars (DoMaS) Probe [PDF], Pete Roming, Eric Schlegel, Thomas Greathouse, Neil Gehrels, Chris Fryer, Derek Fox, Michael Davis, Amanda Bayless
  2. The Inflation Probe: A Probe-Class Astrophysics Mission [PDF], Inflation Probe Science Interest Group (IPSIG) - Ed Wollack,
  3. An X-ray Grating Spectroscopy Probe [PDF], M. W. Bautz, J. A. Bookbinder, W. N. Brandt, J. N. Bregman, L. Brenneman, C. Canizares, L. R. Corrales, A. Foster, H.M. Günther, D.P. Huenemoerder, R.L. McEntaffer, R. Petre, A.F. Ptak, R.K. Smith, W.W. Zhang
  4. The High-Energy X-ray Probe (HEX-P) [PDF], Fiona Harrison, D. Stern, D. Alexander, S. Boggs, W.N. Brandt, L. Brenneman, D. Chakrabarty, F. Christensen, M. Elvis, A. Fabian, N. Gehrels, B.Grefenstette, J. Grindlay, C. Hailey, A. Hornschemeier, A. Hornstrup, V. Kaspi, H. Krawczynski, G. Madejski, K. Madsen, G. Matt, J. Miller, H. Miyasaka, S. Molendi, D. Smith, J. Tomsick, C.M. Urry, & W. Zhang
  5. Probe-class mission concepts for studying mHz gravitational waves [PDF], Massimo Tinto, Daniel B. DeBra, Sasha Buchman, Robert L. Byer
  6. 99 Luftballons [PDF], Tim Eifler
  7. The Large Observatory For X-ray Timing Probe (LOFT-P): A NASA Probe-Class Mission Concept [PDF], Colleen A. Wilson-Hodge (NASA/MSFC), Paul S. Ray (NRL), Deepto Chakrabarty (MIT), Thomas J. Maccarone (TTU), Marco Feroci (INAF-IAPS) on behalf of the US-LOFT SWG and the LOFT consortium
  8. Advanced Particle-astrophysics Telescope (APT) [PDF], James H. Buckley, W. Robert Binns, Viatcheslav Bugaev, Manel Errando, Martin Israel, Fabian Kislat, Henric Krawczynski
  9. The Time-domain Spectroscopic Observatory (TSO) [PDF], Jonathan Grindlay, E. Berger, G. Djorgovski, N. Gehrels, P. Green, F. Harrison, D. Hartmann, S. Kahn, A. Kutyrev, B. Metzger, G. Melnick, H. Moseley, B. Peterson, G. Rieke, N. Tanvir, T. Tyson, & Z. Ivezic
  10. Transient Astrophysics Probe (TAP) [PDF], Jordan Camp and Neil Gehrels
  11. A Wide-Field X-ray Probe [PDF], A. Ptak for the N-WFI and WFXT teams
  12. All-sky Medium Energy Gamma-Ray Observatory (AMEGO): A Medium-Energy Gamma-ray Surveyor [PDF], Julie McEnery, Elizabeth Ferrara, Elizabeth Hays, John Mitchell, Alex Moiseev, Roopesh Ojha, Jeremy Perkins, Judith Racusin, Andrew Smith, David J. Thompson, Marco Ajello, Dieter Hartmann, James Buckley, Henric Krawczynski, Fabian Kislat, Regina Caputo, Robert Johnson, Valerie Connaughton, J. Eric Grove, Richard Woolf, Eric Wulf, Luca Baldini, Nicola Omodei, Michelle Hui, Colleen Wilson-Hodge
  13. A Probe-Class Gravitational-Wave Observatory [PDF], Sean McWilliams
  14. GreatOWL: A space-based mission to realize charged-particle and neutrino astronomy [PDF], John Mitchell, John Krizmanic, & Douglas Bergman


Program News and Announcements

21 October 2020
Revised submission date: Applications Sought for PhysPAG Executive Committee. Submissions now due November 6. »  Details.
14 October 2020
Astrophysics Advisory Committee meeting on 19–21 October 2020 »  Details.
14 October 2020
Astrophysics Explorers Announcement of Opportunity Community Announcement »  Details.
17 September 2020
NASA announces major revisions in Astrophysics Research and Analysis opportunity. Due dates remain unchanged. »  Details.
17 September 2020
NASA releases Citizen Science Seed Funding Program opportunity. Notices of Intent requested by 13 October 2020, with proposals due 11 December 2020. »  Details.
17 September 2020
NASA extends due date for Astrophysics Pioneers opportunity. Proposals are now due 8 October 2020. »  Details.
15 September 2020
Applications Sought for PhysPAG Executive Committee »  Details.
9 September 2020
Swift Cycle 17 Guest Investigator proposals due on 25 September 2020 »  Details.
4 September 2020
SMD Community Town Hall on Thurs 10 September »  Details.
4 September 2020
NuSTAR requests self-nominations for Users' Committee »  Details.
18 August 2020
XMM-Newton Guest Observer Announcement of Opportunity. »  Details.
17 August 2020
New Phase-1 Proposal Due Date for NICER Guest Observer Cycle 3. »  Details.
29 July 2020
Community Announcement: Intention to Amend ROSES-20 via a Future Appendix for Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM). »  Details.
27 July 2020
Snowmass 21 planning underway, with several topical groups on PCOS-related science. »  Details.
23 July 2020
New deadline set for JWST Cycle 1 General Observer proposals. Proposals will be due by 08:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on Tuesday November 24, 2020. »  Details.
2 July 2020
NASA releases final text for Astrophysics Pioneers opportunity. Notices of Intent due 13 August 2020; proposals due 1 October 2020. »  Details.

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