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PhysPAG Science Analysis Groups (SAGs)

Science Analysis Groups (SAGs) are groups of scientists convened for a finite period of time (usually one or two years) to address a specific question of interest to NASA astrophysics. The SAG activity aims to produce one or more reports at the end of its term that will be delivered to the Astrophysics Division Director. SAGs can be formed in response to questions that emerge from discussions within a SIG or in response to a request for information from the Astrophysics Division Director.

Many SAGs operate across multiple astrophysics themes, with chairs selected from the community.

  • Astrophysics With Equity: Surmounting Obstacles to Membership (AWESOM) (Cross-PAG). Contact: Ryan Hickox (ryan.c.hickox@dartmouth.edu).

  • New Great Observatories (Cross-PAG) Contacts: the PhysPAG, COPAG, and ExoPAG Chairs (Grant Tremblay: grant.tremblay@cfa.harvard.edu; Janice Lee: janice.lee@noirlab.edu; Ilaria Pascucci: pascucci@arizona.edu, respectively).

  • TDAMM Communications SAG Contacts: Co-Chairs Jamie Kennea (Penn State) and Judy Racusin (NASA GSFC)
  • Completed SAGs

  • Gamma-ray Transient Network (GTN) Contacts: Eric Burns (Chair, erickayserburns@gmail.com) or Michael Coughlin (co-Chair, cough052@umn.edu). This SAG concluded activities in 2023 and their final report can be viewed at the website.

  • Multimessenger Astrophysics (MMA SAG) (Chairs: John Conklin, John Tomsick, and Suvi Gezari): Analyzed the potential scientific benefits of multimessenger observations made possible by NASA observatories in the 2020 decade and beyond, working in conjunction with each other or with other ground and space-based instruments.

    This SAG concluded activities in 2020 and their final report can be viewed at the website above.

  • Technology (Tech SAG) (Chair: Roger Brissenden) The goal of the PhysCOS Technology Science Analysis Group (TechSAG) was to provide quantitative analysis and assessment regarding PhysCOS technology needs to NASA via the Astrophysics Subcommittee (APS). The TechSAG was very active during the first year of the PhysPAG. It provided broad community inputs to NASA PhysCOS technology planning until Summer 2012.

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    XRISM launched successfully on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, at 7:42 p.m. EDT (Thursday, Sept. 7, 8:42 a.m. in Japan). The spacecraft separated from the rocket at 7:56 p.m. EDT.Read more.

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