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Gamma Ray Science Interest Group

The goal of the Gamma Ray Science Interest Group (GRSIG) is to provide quantitative metrics and assessments to NASA in regard to current and future needs of hard X-ray and gamma-ray astrophysics community. Specifically, the activities of the GRSIG include:

  • Act as a focal point and forum for the hard X-ray and gamma ray communities.
  • Organize bi-weekly telecons to discuss recent science results, and current and future missions.
  • Maintain a list of technology needs for future hard X-ray and gamma-ray missions.
  • Produce suggestions to help support the specific needs of this unique community: organizational, scientific, funding.

The GRSIG is open to all members of the community. If you are interested in contributing to the work of the GRSIG, please subscribe using the link below. You can contact the GRSIG members Sylvain Guiriec at sylvain.guiriec@gmail.com and John Tomsick at jtomsick@ssl.berkeley.edu

GRSIG Mailing List

Subscribe to the GRSIG mailing list.

White Papers for Decadal Survey

A list of submitted Gamma-ray Science white papers can be found here: https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/sigs/grsig/whitepapers.php

Decadal Science White Paper Meetings

Current Meetings


Previous Meetings

GRSIG Telecons

Sign up to give a presentation(s) or suggest a topic/speaker(s) that you would like to hear for future telecons?

  • Thursday, 25 Jan 2018, 2:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M. Eastern
    • Two 15-min talks:
      • Dr. Bruce Grossan (Berkley) will talk about The Future of Gamma-Ray Burst Science [PDF].
      • Dr. Jeremy Perkins (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) will present Burstcube [PDF].
    • Open discussion
  • Thursday, 14 Dec 2017, 2:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M. Eastern
    • The role of the NASA Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) and the Gamma-ray Science Interest Group (GammaSIG).

    • Steering Committee members needed for the new Multi-Messenger Astrophysics Science Analysis Group (MMA-SAG)

    • Two 15-min talks on HAWC/Fermi science:
      • Dr. Petra Huentemeyer (Michigan Technological University) will talk about HAWC results and the importance of lower energy gamma-rays to support HAWC science.

      • Dr. Giacomo Vianello (Stanford University) will present the current joint analysis efforts and the synergies between HAWC and Fermi [PDF].
    • Open discussion

  • Thursday, 16 Nov 2017, 1:00 P.M.–2:00 P.M. Eastern
    Two talks on Gravitational Wave/Gamma Ray Burst observations and discussion (20 minutes each and remainder discussion):
    • Black and Gold: The Astrophysics of the Compact Binary Merger GW170817/GRB170817A. Dr. Leo Singer (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) [PDF]
    • The Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor Aspects of GW/GRB Detections, and the vision for the future to support this research field. Dr. Colleen Wilson-Hodge (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and PI of the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor) [PDF]

GRSIG Meetings



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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