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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

    9 November 2020
    SMD Community Town Hall on Tues 17 November to discuss updates to the Agency-wide science program. »  Details.
    6 November 2020
    NASA Fundamental Physics Program Virtual Town Hall on 3 December 2020, to discuss research priorities in advance of the Biological and Physical Sciences Division Decadal Survey. »  Details.
    5 November 2020
    Call for proposals for Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM). Step-1 Proposals are due 11 December 2020. »  Details.
    28 October 2020
    Call for proposals on Open-Source Tools, Libraries, and Frameworks. »  Details.
    28 October 2020
    Revised Text and Due Date for NuSTAR General Observer Program Cycle 7. »  Details.
    22 Oct 2020
    Principal Investigator Launchpad workshop in Summer 2021, targeted toward researchers developing their first flight mission concepts. »  Details.
    21 October 2020
    Revised submission date: Applications Sought for PhysPAG Executive Committee. Submissions now due November 6. »  Details.
    14 October 2020
    Astrophysics Explorers Announcement of Opportunity Community Announcement »  Details.
    17 September 2020
    NASA announces major revisions in Astrophysics Research and Analysis opportunity. Due dates remain unchanged. »  Details.
    29 July 2020
    Community Announcement: Intention to Amend ROSES-20 via a Future Appendix for Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM). »  Details.
    27 July 2020
    Snowmass 21 planning underway, with several topical groups on PCOS-related science. »  Details.
    23 July 2020
    New deadline set for JWST Cycle 1 General Observer proposals. Proposals will be due by 08:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on Tuesday November 24, 2020. »  Details.

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