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Astrophsyics

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 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]

Get Involved

Subscribe to the MMA SAG mailing list.

Teams are organizing in the Slack space. To find the relevant team(s), click on "Channels" to browse the channel and join a team's channel.

For other inquiries, e-mail Chair John Conklin at jwconklin@ufl.edu, and Co-chairs John Tomsick at jtomsick@ssl.berkeley.edu and Suvi Gezari at suvi@astro.umd.edu.

White Papers for Decadal Survey

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

If you are writing or would like write to a Multimessenger Science white paper, please fill out the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUOECM0KxPu3OLHcBMOqGknVJNP-fMsKg9hMCoFf0evYFnOQ/viewform. Responses will be monitored and posted to the website at https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/sags/mmasag/whitepapers.php every few business days.

Please direct questions, concerns, or comments to John Conklin (jwconklin@ufl.edu) and Terri Brandt (T.J.Brandt@nasa.gov).


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.


PCOS News

Program News and Announcements

29 November 2018
The National Academies has released updated information about the 2020 Decadal Survey call for Community Science White Papers. They are now due 7 January–19 February 2019. See here for further instructions. Further, it is our pleasure to announce that the President of the National Academy of Sciences Marcia McNutt has appointed Dr. Fiona Harrison and Dr. Robert Kennicutt, Jr. to serve as co-chairs of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey committee.
19 November 2018
We would like to welcome our two new PhysPAG EC members, starting in Dec 2018. We extend our thanks to the three departing EC members.
1 June 2018
MMA SAG analyzing the benefits of multimessenger observations made possible by NASA observatories in the 2020 decade and beyond launched! Join the kickoff telecon Friday, 8 June, and sign up today! »  Full details

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