Inflation Probe Science Interest Group
The goal of the Inflation Probe Science Interest Group (IPSIG) is to provide quantitative metrics and assessments to NASA in regard to a future Inflation Probe mission. Specifically, the IPSIG will
- Review and update mission science goals following current developments in the field (e.g., Planck, sub-orbital measurements),
- Review and update information about and requirements on potential foreground contaminants and their removal,
- Review and update requirements on and developments in control of systematic errors,
- Assess necessary technology developments and prioritize areas for increased technical emphasis.
The IPSIG is open to all members of the community.
If you are interested in contributing to the work of the IPSIG, please subscribe using the link below.
For other inquiries, e-mail co-chairs
Kevin Huffenberger at firstname.lastname@example.org, Graça Rocha at email@example.com, and Abigail Vieregg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IPSIG Mailing List
Subscribe to the IPSIG mailing list.
White Papers for Decadal Survey
A list of proposed CMB Science white papers can be found here: https://zzz.physics.umn.edu/decadal2020/doku.php?id=start
The CMB Decadal Panel White Paper wiki was created to have a comprehensive view of science white paper activity, making it easier for contributors to join existing efforts, and also allowing us to spot gaps and work to fill them.
Anyone interested in joining a Decadal Science White Paper listed on wiki should contact the leader noted to volunteer to join the effort and edit the wiki page accordingly. Community members who wish to share their own Science White Papers with the community are also welcome to directly edit the wiki.
Ongoing Efforts for Future CMB Exploration
Here are links to ongoing activity for future space-based and ground-based cosmic microwave background (CMB) experiments:
- The CMB Probe of Inflation and Cosmic Origins Mission (PICO) study wiki (https://zzz.physics.umn.edu/ipsig/start) contains information pertaining to the ongoing, space-based CMB probe mission study and is periodically updated.
- The CMB-S4 wiki (https://cmb-s4.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page) provides information pertaining to ongoing activities for the next generation "Stage-4" ground-based CMB experiment, CMB-S4.
To add to this list, please contact the Co-Chairs.
- IPSIG White Paper [PDF]
The IPSIG is pleased to submit a White Paper that summarizes the current situation with B-mode measurements and provides our perspective for progress over the next several years. This white paper benefited from contributions by many within the CMB community both in the US and abroad. It has been discussed in two open telecons, undergone revisions to reflect concerns and inputs, and iterated upon by e-mails several times. It represents the outcome of a community-wide open, collaborative process.
- The Inflation Probe Technology Roadmap [PDF].
- Upcoming Meetings
- Previous Meetings
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