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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 John Conklin at jwconklin@ufl.edu, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann at k.holley@vanderbilt.edu, and Nicolas Yunes at nicolas.yunes@montana.edu.

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).

Meetings



  • Previous Meetings
    • At 231st Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, 8–12 January 2018, Washington, D.C. [All activities at Gaylord Hotel/Conference Center Full Agenda]
      • Monday, 8 January 2018
        • Gravitational Wave SIG Meeting [Agenda]
          8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M., Room: Maryland Ballroom 4

        • PhysPAG Meeting [Agenda]
          3:30 P.M.–5:00 P.M., Room: Maryland Ballroom 4–6

    • GWSIG Meeting at APS April Meeting, April 14–17, 2018, Columbus, OH
    • GWSIG Meeting at January 2017 AAS meeting, Grapevine, TX
    • GWSIG Meeting at APS April meeting, April 16-19, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT
    • GWSIG Meeting at 227th AAS meeting, Room: Sanibel, January 4-8, 2016, Kissimmee, FL [Agenda]


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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