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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

31 May 2019
Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA SMD Associate Administrator, invites the science community to a live-streamed national colloquium on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 (4:00–6:00 pm EDT) on "Writing Successful Mission Proposals: Observations from NASA." To attend in person at the University of Colorado campus, please RSVP here. The live stream will be available here. For further details, please see the colloquium invitation. »  Details
17 May 2019
Following up on a Nov 2018 mission PI diversity workshop, the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is planning a number of exciting opportunities open to community participation, including a new website for potential PIs, pre-review mission panels to ensure diversity and reduce conflicts of interest, research proposal writing workshops at conferences and for PIs developing their first proposal, career development positions, and a presentation by SMD Associate Administrator Thomas H. Zurbuchen on proposal statistical analysis. Please see the Associate Administrator's full update here.
16 May 2019
June 1 2019 is the deadline for filling and submitting the technology gap submission form. We encourage members of the community to identify such gaps between today's state-of-the-art and what will be needed for missions identified by the 2010 Decadal Survey, the 2018 Astrophysics Implementation Plan, and/or the 30-year Astrophysics Road Map. Please see the Astrophysics Division Technologists letter for more details, including how to submit a gap.
25 March 2019
NASA HQ Astrophysics Division has created a task force to assess NASA's role in strategic optimization of Gravitational Wave Electromagnetic Counterpart (GW-EM) astrophysics. See the Terms of Reference for more details.
1 February 2019
Dr Terri Brandt confirmed as PCOS Chief Scientist.

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