Multimessenger Astrophysics Science Analysis Group
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]
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 email@example.com, and Co-chairs John Tomsick at firstname.lastname@example.org and Suvi Gezari at email@example.com.
White Papers for Decadal Survey
The Multimessenger Astrophysics Science Analysis Group (MMA SAG) would like to offer community members the opportunity to advertise any Decadal Survey White Papers they're considering writing, including if they would like broader participation.
If you are writing or would like write to a Multimessenger Science white paper, please fill out the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUOECM0KxPu3OLHcBMOqGknVJNP-fMsKg9hMCoFf0evYFnOQ/viewform. Responses will be monitored and posted to the website at https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/sags/mmasag/whitepapers.php every few business days.
Please direct questions, concerns, or comments to John Conklin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Terri Brandt (T.J.Brandt@nasa.gov).
MMA SAG Team Organization
- AGN, SMBH binaries, EMRIs
Sarah Burke-Spolaor, co-lead
Bindu Rani, co-lead
- NS+NS, NS+BH, WD-WD binaries, GRBs
Eric Burns, co-lead
Colleen Wilson-Hodge, co-lead
- Stellar mass BH-BH binaries
Peter Shawhan, co-lead
Saavik Ford, co-lead
- FRBs, SNe Ia, SN remnants
Geoff Clayton, lead
- Date: Friday, 8 June 2018
- Time: 12:00 Noon Eastern / 11:00 AM Central / 10:00 AM Mountain / 9:00 AM Pacific
- Introduction and SAG goals
- Brief intro of Co-chairs
- Proposed organizational structure
- Teams organized by MMA source with representation from each of the relevant messengers
- One lead per team (volunteers needed!)
- Proposed interaction plan
- Monthly(?) full MMA SAG telecons
- Weekly(?) source team telecons
- Open Discussion
- Notes from the telecon are available here. Request access with a Google account to view them.
Program News and Announcements
1 February 2019
Dr Terri Brandt confirmed as PCOS Chief Scientist.
17 December 2018
NASA HQ has publicly posted
an updated Astrophysics Implementation Plan
(AIP), detailing progress made by NASA's Astrophysics Division in implementing the 2010 Decadal recommendations since the previous update in 2016. Please see » full details
29 November 2018
The National Academies has released updated information
about the 2020 Decadal Survey call for Community Science White Papers. They are now due 7 January–19 February 2019. See here
for further instructions. Further, it is our pleasure to announce that the President of the National Academy of Sciences Marcia McNutt has appointed
Dr. Fiona Harrison and Dr. Robert Kennicutt, Jr. to serve as co-chairs of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey committee.