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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

To add to this list, please fill in the Google Form here: https://goo.gl/forms/KiTBmL1jndMRampf1

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 Acting 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

14 September 2018
NASA's Astrophysics Division issues open call for nominations, including self-nominations, to serve on the Executive Committee of NASA's Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group, or PhysPAG. Deadline for receipt of nominations is October 19, 2018. »  Full details [PDF].
24 July 2018
The National Academies has released information about the 2020 Decadal Survey call for Community Science White Papers. They will be due 7–18 January 2018. See here for further instructions.
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
26 Feb 2018
LISA Preparatory Science is a new program element in ROSES 2018 to provide support for U.S. investigators involved in analysis and interpretation of simulated LISA data. Mandatory NOIs are due 19 Mar 2018 and full proposals are due 14 Jun 2018.

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