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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]

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 jwconklin@ufl.edu, and Co-chairs John Tomsick at jtomsick@ssl.berkeley.edu and Suvi Gezari at suvi@astro.umd.edu.

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

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.
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
18 May 2018
Gamma-ray SIG Workshop for Decadal Survey Science White Papers, 23–24 May 2018, George Washington University »  Workshop Sign-up
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.

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