Multimessenger Astrophysics Science Analysis Group
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 will have an important role to play, including those that will continue to operate in the 2020s, such as Hubble, Chandra, Swift, Fermi, those currently planned, including JWST, WFIRST, Athena, LISA, Explorers, and those that will be considered by the 2020 astrophysics decadal committee.
The Multimessenger Astrophysics Science Analysis Group will 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.
The MMA SAG is open to all members of the community. The SAG's charter can be read here: [PDF]
If you are interested in joining the Multimessenger Astrophysics Science Analysis Group (MMA SAG), please sign up here!
For other inquiries, e-mail Chair John Conklin at email@example.com, and Co-chairs John Tomsick at firstname.lastname@example.org and Suvi Gezari at email@example.com.
MMA SAG Team Organization
- AGN, SMBH binaries, EMRIs
Sarah Burke-Spolaor, co-lead
Bindu Rani, co-lead
- NS+NS, NS+BH, WD-WD binaries, GRBs
Eric Burns, co-lead
Colleen Wilson-Hodge, co-lead
- Stellar mass BH-BH binaries
Peter Shawhan, co-lead
Saavik Ford, co-lead
- FRBs, SNe Ia, SN remnants
Geoff Clayton, lead
- Date: Friday, 8 June 2018
- Time: 12:00 Noon Eastern / 11:00 AM Central / 10:00 AM Mountain / 9:00 AM Pacific
- Introduction and SAG goals
- Brief intro of Co-chairs
- Proposed organizational structure
- Teams organized by MMA source with representation from each of the relevant messengers
- One lead per team (volunteers needed!)
- Proposed interaction plan
- Monthly(?) full MMA SAG telecons
- Weekly(?) source team telecons
- Open Discussion
- Notes from the telecon are available here. Request access with a Google account to view them.
Program News and Announcements
24 July 2018
The National Academies has released information
about the 2020 Decadal Survey call for Community Science White Papers. They will be due 7–18 January 2018. See here
for further instructions.
26 Feb 2018
LISA Preparatory Science
is a new program element in ROSES 2018 to provide support for U.S. investigators involved in analysis and interpretation of simulated LISA data. Mandatory NOIs are due 19 Mar 2018 and full proposals are due 14 Jun 2018.