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Gravitational Wave Science Interest Group

The goal of the Gravitational Wave Science Analysis Group (GWSIG) is to provide quantitative metrics and assessments to NASA in preparation for a future gravitational wave mission. Specifically, the GWSIG will:

  • Track and analyze evolving science goals and requirements, especially as our understanding of three standard sources of gravitational waves (supermassive black hole binaries, extreme mass ratio inspirals, galactic binaries) continues to improve.
  • Support mission studies and concept development for future space-based gravitational wave observatories, including when cost savings are sought, or new classes of sources are under consideration (such as the stochastic gravitational wave background from the inflationary epoch).
  • Aid efforts to analyze technology development and prioritization plans as science goals are defined and mission concepts evolve within the PhysPAG portfolio.
  • Advocate for the brand new field of gravitational wave astronomy, build a vibrant community of gravitational wave astronomers, and promote the discovery space in this new field to the wider scientific community and to the public.
  • The GWSIG is open to all members of the community.

    If you are interested in contributing to the work of the GWSIG, please subscribe using the link below. For other inquiries, e-mail co-chairs Sean McWilliams at sean.mcwilliams@mail.wvu.edu and Eric Burns at erickayserburns@gmail.com.

    GWSIG Mailing List

    Subscribe to the GWSIG mailing list.

    White Papers for Decadal Survey

    A list of proposed Gravitational-Wave Science white papers can be found here: https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/sigs/gwsig/whitepapers.php

    Telecon Schedule

    The GW community holds a regular weekly telecon on Tuesdays at 11:00 A.M. Eastern. Other telecons are scheduled as needed. For telecon connection information, please contact PCOS Chief Scientist Terri Brandt (T.J.Brandt AT nasa.gov).

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    Astrophysics Probe Announcement of Opportunity Schedule Update »  Details.
    1 July 2022
    NICER GO – Cycle 5 Revised Text and Phase-1 Due Date Delay »  Details.
    1 July 2022
    Swift Cycle 19 Update on Joint Observations with NICER »  Details.
    1 July 2022
    Inaugural NASA Sounding Rocket Symposium »  Details.
    1 July 2022
    1st Precursor Science Workshop Summary Report and Worksheets Posted »  Details.
    26 May 2022
    Astrophysics Biennial Technology Report and Tech Gaps Announcements »  Details.
    5 April 2022
    The NASA Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program Office is organizing a Time Domain and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (TDAMM) Initiative Workshop to be held in the Annapolis area on August 22nd–24th 2022 »  Details.

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