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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) offered community members the opportunity to advertise any Decadal Survey White Papers they're considering writing, including if they would like broader participation.

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

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

22 November 2019
Assessments of cost and technical credibility of the Large Mission Concept Studies and for the Probe studies are public this month. »  Details
22 November 2019
NASA Headquarters seeks PhD scientists to serve as Program Scientists »  Details
7 November 2019
NASA HQ has announced that all GO & GI programs will be converting to dual-anonymous peer review over the next year. »  Details
30 October 2019
The deadline to submit abstracts to give a lightning talk at the Jan AAS PCOS & PhysPAG session on a revolutionary multimessenger / multimission astrophysics discovery that involves at least one NASA mission is extended to Wed 27 Nov 2019.
7 October 2019
The deadline for Call for Nominations to Augment the NASA LISA Study Team has been extended to 11 Oct 2019. »  Details
30 September 2019
The application deadline for "The PI Launchpad: From Science Idea to NASA Mission" is extended to 15 Oct 2019. NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate (the level up from NASA Astrophysics Division) is co-organizing the Nov 18–20 workshop in Tuscon, AZ, in the interests of broadening the pool of potential NASA PIs. »  Details
19 September 2019
The PhysPAG EC nomination deadline, including self-nominations, is extended to Monday 30 Sept 2019. We welcome self nominations and particularly encourage people of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. Useful skills include good communication, a desire and ability to facilitate community organization and collaborative conclusions, and a broad perspective. See the announcement letter with instructions for nominating
13 September 2019
Submit your abstract today to give a 5min lightning talk on a revolutionary multimessenger / multimission astrophysics discovery that involves at least one NASA mission at the Jan AAS PCOS & PhysPAG session! Abstracts due by 31 Oct 2019.

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