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Astrophsyics

Multimessenger Astrophysics Science Analysis Group

Introduction

The power of multimessenger astrophysics was demonstrated in 2017 through the observation of a binary neutron star merger, the first astrophysical event observed in both the gravitational wave and electromagnetic spectra. Multimessenger astrophysics will remain an important tool for astronomers in the future as we combine electromagnetic radiation, gravitational wave radiation, and particle astrophysics observations of cosmic events. NASA's space observatories in the 2020 decade and beyond will have an important role to play, including those that will continue to operate in the 2020s, such as Hubble, Chandra, Swift, Fermi, those currently planned, including JWST, WFIRST, Athena, LISA, Explorers, and those that will be considered by the 2020 astrophysics decadal committee.

The Multimessenger Astrophysics Science Analysis Group will analyze the potential scientific benefits of multimessenger observations made possible by NASA observatories in the 2020 decade and beyond, working in conjunction with each other or with other ground and space-based instruments.

The MMA SAG is open to all members of the community. The SAG's charter can be read here: [PDF]

  • MMA SAG Final Report [PDF]

  • Get Involved

    Subscribe to the MMA SAG mailing list.

    Teams are organizing in the Slack space. To find the relevant team(s), click on "Channels" to browse the channel and join a team's channel.

    For other inquiries, e-mail Chair John Conklin at jwconklin@ufl.edu, and Co-chairs John Tomsick at jtomsick@ssl.berkeley.edu and Suvi Gezari at suvi@astro.umd.edu.

    White Papers for Decadal Survey

    The Multimessenger Astrophysics Science Analysis Group (MMA SAG) offered community members the opportunity to advertise any Decadal Survey White Papers they're considering writing, including if they would like broader participation.

    White papers that have been submitted as a result of this effort can now be found at https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/sags/mmasag/whitepapers.php

    Please direct questions, concerns, or comments to John Conklin (jwconklin@ufl.edu) and Terri Brandt (T.J.Brandt@nasa.gov).


    MMA SAG Team Organization

    1. AGN, SMBH binaries, EMRIs
      Sarah Burke-Spolaor, co-lead
      Bindu Rani, co-lead

    2. NS+NS, NS+BH, WD-WD binaries, GRBs
      Eric Burns, co-lead
      Colleen Wilson-Hodge, co-lead

    3. Stellar mass BH-BH binaries
      Peter Shawhan, co-lead
      Saavik Ford, co-lead

    4. FRBs, SNe Ia, SN remnants
      Geoff Clayton, lead

    Kickoff Telecon

    • Date: Friday, 8 June 2018
    • Time: 12:00 Noon Eastern / 11:00 AM Central / 10:00 AM Mountain / 9:00 AM Pacific

    • Agenda
      1. Introduction and SAG goals
      2. Brief intro of Co-chairs
      3. Proposed organizational structure
        1. Teams organized by MMA source with representation from each of the relevant messengers
        2. One lead per team (volunteers needed!)
      4. Proposed interaction plan
        1. Monthly(?) full MMA SAG telecons
        2. Weekly(?) source team telecons
      5. Open Discussion

      6. Notes from the telecon are available here. Request access with a Google account to view them.

    The European Space Agency LISA observatory


    PCOS News

    Program News and Announcements

    29 July 2020
    SMD calls for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from currently funded researchers for augmentations and funded extensions to existing awards to help make up for increased costs directly attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. »  Details.
    29 July 2020
    Community Announcement: Intention to Amend ROSES-20 via a Future Appendix for Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM). »  Details.
    27 July 2020
    Snowmass 21 planning underway, with several topical groups on PCOS-related science. »  Details.
    23 July 2020
    New deadline set for JWST Cycle 1 General Observer proposals. Proposals will be due by 08:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on Tuesday November 24, 2020. »  Details.
    14 July 2020
    The NASA LISA Study Team has released a report by their Science Support Task Force analyzing the impact that various levels of access, latency, and user support have on the ability of the US community to maximize the discovery potential of the ESA-led LISA mission. The report was submitted to NASA on 28 Feb 2020. [PDF] »  Details.
    8 July 2020
    NASA's Science Mission Directorate will hold a virtual community town hall with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen and other members of the Science leadership team at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 9. »  Details.
    7 July 2020
    Second workshop to solicit and collect community input to help create a plan and timeline, or "roadmap," for SOFIA's instrument development to be held 27–29 July 2020. »  Details.
    2 July 2020
    NASA releases final text for Astrophysics Pioneers opportunity. Notices of Intent due 13 August 2020; proposals due 1 October 2020. »  Details.
    1 July 2020
    NASA releases draft text of Citizen Science Seed Funding Program. Deadline 30 July 2020. »  Details.
    30 June 2020
    NASA defers XRISM Guest Scientist Program to 2021. »  Details.
    30 June 2020
    SOFIA Cycle 9 Calls for Proposals Released. Deadline 4 September 2020. »  Details.
    26 June 2020
    Based on extensive feedback from the community, including the recent COPAG survey and APAC discussion, the Astrophysics Data Analysis Program will be solicited in ROSES-2021. »  Details.

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