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Multimessenger Astrophysics Science Analysis Group

Introduction

The power of multimessenger astrophysics was demonstrated in 2017 through the observation of a binary neutron star merger, the first astrophysical event observed in both the gravitational wave and electromagnetic spectra. Multimessenger astrophysics will remain an important tool for astronomers in the future as we combine electromagnetic radiation, gravitational wave radiation, and particle astrophysics observations of cosmic events. NASA's space observatories in the 2020 decade and beyond have an important role to play, including those that continue to operate in the 2020s, such as Hubble, Chandra, Swift, Fermi; those planned, including JWST, WFIRST, Athena, LISA, Explorers; and those considered by the 2020 astrophysics decadal committee.

The Multimessenger Astrophysics Science Analysis Group 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.

MMA SAG chairs were John Conklin, John Tomsick, and Suvi Gezari.

This SAG concluded activities in 2020. The final report is available:

  • MMA SAG Final Report [PDF]

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    The Multimessenger Astrophysics Science Analysis Group (MMA SAG) offered community members the opportunity to advertise any Decadal Survey White Papers they considered writing, including if they would like broader participation.

    White papers that were submitted as a result of this effort can now be found at https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/sags/mmasag/whitepapers.php


    MMA SAG Team Organization

    1. AGN, SMBH binaries, EMRIs
      Sarah Burke-Spolaor, co-lead
      Bindu Rani, co-lead

    2. NS+NS, NS+BH, WD-WD binaries, GRBs
      Eric Burns, co-lead
      Colleen Wilson-Hodge, co-lead

    3. Stellar mass BH-BH binaries
      Peter Shawhan, co-lead
      Saavik Ford, co-lead

    4. FRBs, SNe Ia, SN remnants
      Geoff Clayton, lead

    Kickoff Telecon

    • Date: Friday, 8 June 2018
    • Time: 12:00 Noon Eastern / 11:00 AM Central / 10:00 AM Mountain / 9:00 AM Pacific

    • Agenda
      1. Introduction and SAG goals
      2. Brief intro of Co-chairs
      3. Proposed organizational structure
        1. Teams organized by MMA source with representation from each of the relevant messengers
        2. One lead per team (volunteers needed!)
      4. Proposed interaction plan
        1. Monthly(?) full MMA SAG telecons
        2. Weekly(?) source team telecons
      5. Open Discussion

      6. Notes from the telecon are available here. Request access with a Google account to view them.

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