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PCOS Mission Studies

Study for NASA participation in the ESA-led L3 Gravitational Wave Mission (2016-2018)

  • L3ST Interim Report - 20 June 2016 [PDF]
  • NASA intends to partner with ESA on the third Large-Class mission (L3) in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Programme, planned for launch in 2034. ESA has selected a gravitational wave observatory as the science theme. To this end, NASA has formed an L3 Study Team (L3ST) composed of selected members of the community. A Dear Colleague Letter was issued on December 7, 2015, soliciting nominations and self-nominations for the L3ST, with due date December 21, 2015. Submitted applications were reviewed by members of the NASA HQ Astrophysics Division and of the PCOS Program office, who then made selection recommendations.

    The purpose of the "L3 Study" is to understand how NASA might participate in ESA's L3 Gravitational Wave mission, to inform our engagement through its earliest stages and to prepare for the 2020 decadal survey. The following individuals have been appointed to serve on the L3ST:

    Members of the L3 Study Team (L3ST)

    Name Affiliation
    Baker, John NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    Bender, Peter University of Colorado at Boulder
    Berti, Emanuele University of Mississippi
    Conklin, John University of Florida
    Cornish, Neil Montana State University
    Cutler, Curt Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Holley-Bockelman, Kelly Vanderbilt University
    Larson, Shane Northwestern University
    McWilliams, Sean West Virginia University
    Miller, Cole University of Maryland
    Robertson, Norna California Institute of Technology
    Shoemaker, David (Chair) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Vallisneri, Michele Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Note: Ex-Officio NASA members of the L3ST: R. Sambruna, A. Hornschemeier, and I. Thorpe. In addition, A. Parmar has been appointed by ESA as an observer on the L3ST.

    The L3ST is assisted by a Technology Analysis Group (TAG) who provide expert knowledge of the technology associated with NASA's possible hardware contributions to ESA.

    Members of the Technology Analysis Group (TAG)

    Name Affiliation
    Camp, Jordan NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    Klipstein, William Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Livas, Jeffrey NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    McKenzie, Kirk Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Mueller, Guido University of Florida
    Ziemer, John Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    L3 Study Team Face to Face Meetings

    The L3ST holds regular, open meetings.

    Telecon Schedule

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

    Techology Presentations

  • Ira Thorpe Presentation [PDF]
  • John Ziemer presentation [PDF]
  • Jeffrey Livas presentation [PDF]
  • William Klipstein presentation [PDF]
  • Jordan Camp presentation [PDF]
  • Reference Documents

  • July 20, 2017: U.S. LISA Study Team Terms of Reference (ToR) [PDF]
  • July 19, 2017: Call for Nominations for the U.S. LISA Study Team and for U.S. representation to ESA's LISA Science Study Team [PDF]
  • April 16, 2016: Final GOAT Report
  • January 20, 2016: Selection Decision Document for L3 Study Team Membership [PDF]
  • December 7, 2015: Dear Colleague Letter soliciting nominations to the Study Team [PDF]
  • November 27, 2015: Final version of the L3 Study charter [PDF]
  • November 23, 2015: L3 Study FAQ [PDF]
  • November 17, 2015: Draft version of the L3 Study charter [PDF]
  • June 15, 2015: Interim Report of the ESA GOAT [PDF]
  • November 21, 2013: Gravitational Wave Technology Roadmap [PDF]
  • August 9, 2012: Gravitational-Wave Mission Concept Study Final Report [PDF]
  • Reference Links

    PCOS News

    Program News and Announcements

    8 Dec 2017
    NASA welcomes applications for Program Scientists Jan 2-31 via USAJOBS. »  Details [PDF]
    1 Dec 2017
    The 2017 PCOS Newsletter [PDF], focusing on PCOS's high energy particle and γ-ray astrophysics science themes, is now available! In addition to news from current and future missions and studies, it contains more than 20 articles on the current and future landscape of topics spanning from cosmic rays, neutrinos, and dark matter to γ-rays, gravitational waves, and multimessenger astronomy.
    17 Oct 2017
    NASA has selected NASA LISA Study Team members to help prepare the LISA Decadal survey science case; identified Study Office members, including a core team who will work closely with the study team members; and nominated representatives to ESA's LISA Science Study Team.

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