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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]

  • MMA SAG Final Report [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.

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    PCOS News

    Program News and Announcements

    26 June 2020
    Based on extensive feedback from the community, including the recent COPAG survey and APAC discussion, the Astrophysics Data Analysis Program will be solicited in ROSES-2021. »  Details.
    16 June 2020
    Senior Review of NASA Astrophysics Archives Report is now available here [PDF].
    15 June 2020
    Astrophysics Program Scientist civil servant positions at NASA Headquarters: open in USAJOBS June 29–July 6. »  Details.
    15 June 2020
    Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP) Proposal Deadline extended to Thurs 16 July 2020.
    15 June 2020
    NASA's Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group Executive Committee (COPAG EC) is soliciting input on the impacts of COVID-19 on Cosmic Origins research via ADAP. The survey deadline has been extended until Friday, June 19, 2020 »  Details.
    4 June 2020
    Astrophysics Advisory Committee Virtual Meeting to be held June 23–24, 2020 »  Details.
    3 June 2020
    2020 Spring Meeting of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board/Space Studies Board, June 8–11, 2020 Details.
    3 June 2020
    ROSES-20 Amendment 28: Final Text and Due Dates for Astrophysics Explorers U.S. Participating Investigators. Details.
    29 May 2020
    Proposals for NASA's Strategic Astrophysics Technology will not be solicited in 2020, instead waiting for Decadal recommendations. »  Details.
    28 May 2020
    NASA SMD releases new five-year Science Plan, "Science 2020-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence." »  Details.
    26 May 2020
    NASA's Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group Executive Committee (COPAG EC) is soliciting input on the impacts of COVID-19 on Cosmic Origins research via ADAP. The survey closes on Monday, June 5, 2020 »  Details.
    20 May 2020
    NASA names WFIRST in honor of Nancy Grace Roman, a tireless advocate for new tools that would allow scientists to study the broader universe from space. »  Details.
    18 May 2020
    NASA releases DRAFT text for a new "Astrophysics Pioneers" opportunity. Comments due June 15, 2020. »  Details.
    18 May 2020
    Join NASA Science Live at 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, 20 May 2020, for an exciting announcement on WFIRST! Details and participation links here and here.
    7 May 2020
    Provide your input on balloon platform capabilities that could enable your science in the next 10 years by completing this survey for NASA's Scientific Balloon Program.
    29 Apr 2020
    NASA SMD calls for nominations, including self-nominations, to serve on the WFIRST Science Interest Group (WSIG). »  Details
    27 Apr 2020
    NASA SMD anticipates one or more short-window openings this summer for civil servant Program Scientists at NASA HQ. »  Details
    16 Apr 2020
    HaloSat Year 1 Data now eligible for funding under ADAP. »  Details
    13 Apr 2020
    Attend the virtual APS April 2020 meeting! The meeting is open to all and includes three PCOS sessions. Register (no fee) to attend sessions.
    7 Apr 2020
    NASA announces new ROSES element for LISA Preparatory Science, with mandatory NOI due 15 Sep 2020 and proposal due 15 Dec 2020, and new element for workshops & conferences in ROSES-20, with rolling submission through 29 Mar 2021.
    6 Apr 2020
    NASA announces new due dates for ADAP (Jun 30) and TCAN (Jun 23) 2020 proposals, cancels ADAP 2021 solicitation. Reminders on dual-anonymous ADAP guidelines.

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