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Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG)

Science Analysis Groups (SAGs)

  • Multimessenger Astrophysics (MMA SAG) (Chairs: John Conklin, John Tomsick, and Suvi Gezari): Analyze 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.

Science Interest Groups (SIGs)

  • Inflation Probe (Chairs: Kevin Huffenberger, Graça Rocha, and Abigail Vieregg): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future cosmic microwave background polarization mission.

  • Gravitational Waves (Chairs: John Conklin, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, and Nicolas Yunes): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future gravitational wave mission.

  • X-rays (Chairs: John Tomsick and Ryan Hickox): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future X-ray astronomy mission.

  • Gamma Rays (Chairs: Sylvain Guiriec and John Tomsick): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future gamma ray astronomy mission.

  • Cosmic Rays (Chairs: Jim Beatty, Abigail Vieregg, and Marcos Santander): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future cosmic ray astronomy mission.

  • Cosmic Structure (Chairs: Kevin Huffenberger, James Rhoads, and Graça Rocha): 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.


Program News and Announcements

31 May 2019
Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA SMD Associate Administrator, invites the science community to a live-streamed national colloquium on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 (4:00–6:00 pm EDT) on "Writing Successful Mission Proposals: Observations from NASA." To attend in person at the University of Colorado campus, please RSVP here. The live stream will be available here. For further details, please see the colloquium invitation. »  Details
17 May 2019
Following up on a Nov 2018 mission PI diversity workshop, the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is planning a number of exciting opportunities open to community participation, including a new website for potential PIs, pre-review mission panels to ensure diversity and reduce conflicts of interest, research proposal writing workshops at conferences and for PIs developing their first proposal, career development positions, and a presentation by SMD Associate Administrator Thomas H. Zurbuchen on proposal statistical analysis. Please see the Associate Administrator's full update here.
16 May 2019
June 1 2019 is the deadline for filling and submitting the technology gap submission form. We encourage members of the community to identify such gaps between today's state-of-the-art and what will be needed for missions identified by the 2010 Decadal Survey, the 2018 Astrophysics Implementation Plan, and/or the 30-year Astrophysics Road Map. Please see the Astrophysics Division Technologists letter for more details, including how to submit a gap.
25 March 2019
NASA HQ Astrophysics Division has created a task force to assess NASA's role in strategic optimization of Gravitational Wave Electromagnetic Counterpart (GW-EM) astrophysics. See the Terms of Reference for more details.
1 February 2019
Dr Terri Brandt confirmed as PCOS Chief Scientist.

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