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Astrophsyics

Cosmic Structure Science Interest Group

Introduction

The goal of the Cosmic Structure Interest Group (CoSSIG) is to serve communities interested in utilizing measures of cosmic structure based on 3-dimensional spectroscopic and photometric surveys of galaxies, galaxy clusters, supernovae, and gravitational lensing. Science drivers for the SIG include understanding the nature of dark energy, dark matter, neutrinos, and tests of inflation, as well as astrophysical galaxy evolution, amongst others.

The CoSSIG will provide a way to collect, discuss and communicate to NASA community inputs on future missions including quantitative metrics and assessments and new issues as we move up to the 2020 Decadal. This includes:

  • Review and update mission science goals following current developments in the field,
  • Review and update information about and requirements on potential foreground contaminants and their removal,
  • Review and update requirements on and developments in control of systematic errors, and
  • Assess necessary technology developments and prioritize areas for increased technical emphasis.

CoSSIG also provides a way to discuss and coordinate areas of overlapping interest with the other SIGs, e.g, the Inflation Probe SIG (IPSIG), in understanding the theoretical origins of inflation, complementary gravitational tests to those of interest in the Gravitational Wave SIG (GWSIG), and complementary cluster science with X-ray SIG (XRSIG).

The CoSSIG is open to all members of the community.

If you are interested in contributing to the work of the CoSSIG, please subscribe using the link below.

For other inquiries, e-mail co-chairs Kevin Huffenberger at khuffenberger@fsu.edu, James Rhoads at james.e.rhoads@nasa.gov, and Graça Rocha at graca.m.rocha@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Program News and Announcements

20 December 2018
LISA Preparatory Science 2018 (LPS) proposals have been selected! »  Full details
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.
19 November 2018
We would like to welcome our two new PhysPAG EC members, starting in Dec 2018. We extend our thanks to the three departing EC members.
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

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