Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG)
NOTE: The PhysPAG is an analysis arm of the Astrophysics Subcommittee of the NAC Science Committee. The PCOS Program Office maintains the web page as a service to the community.
The Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) serves as a forum for soliciting and coordinating input and analysis from the scientific community in support of the PCOS program objectives. The PhysPAG enables direct and regular communication through public meetings that give the community opportunities to provide its scientific and programmatic input. All interested scientists can contribute to the PhysPAG by participating in the PhysPAG meetings and by providing their input. The Executive Committee (EC) is the steering body of the PhysPAG. Its members are appointed by NASA with the concurrence of the Astrophysics Subcommittee, and their responsibilities include collecting and summarizing community input with subsequent reporting to NASA SMD via the NAC. For more information on the operation and organization of the PhysPAG, please see the signed PhysPAG Terms of Reference [PDF].
PhysPAG Science Interest Groups (SIGs)
- Inflation Probe (Chairs: Amber Miller, Edward Wollack): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future cosmic microwave background polarization mission.
- Gravitational Waves (Chairs: John Conklin, Neil Cornish): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future gravitational wave mission.
- X-rays (Chair: Mark Bautz): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future X-ray astronomy mission.
- Gamma Rays (Chair: Mark McConnell): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future gamma ray astronomy mission.
- Cosmic Rays (Chair: Eun-Suk Seo): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future cosmic ray astronomy mission.
- Cosmic Structure (Chairs: Olivier Dore', Rachel Bean): Coordinate community activities for future space activities concerning the nature of dark energy, dark matter, neutrinos, and tests of inflation, as well as astrophysical galaxy evolution..
Reports by the PhysPAG
- Final PhysPAG Response to Paul Hertz, October 8, 2015 [PDF]
- 229th American Astronomical Society Meeting in Grapevine, TX; January 3-7, 2017
Note that the PhysPAG, Joint PAG, and XRSIG meetings are currently planned for Tuesday, January 3rd, with the PhysPAG meeting in the morning.
- Tuesday, January 3rd
- 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.: PhysPAG meeting - Room: TBA, (Jamie Bock)
- 1:30 P.M.-5:30 P.M.: Joint PAG session on Decadal studies (L3 + 4 Flagship studies), Room: TBA
- 5:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M. (TBR): XRSIG - Room: TBA, (Mark Bautz)
- Wednesday, January 4th
- 10:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M.: HEAD I: Astronomy Across the Gravitational Wave Spectrum, Room: TBA, (Ira Thorpe)
- 1:00 P.M.-3:30 P.M.: Science of X-ray Surveyor, Room: Dallas 1, (Alexey Vikhlinin)
- Thursday, January 5th
- 10:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M.: HEAD II: The Physics of the Perseus Cluster and Other Highlights, from Hitomi Room: TBA, (Chris Reynolds)
- 2:00 P.M.-4:30 P.M.: US Involvement in the ESA Athena/L2 Mission, Room: San Antonio 1, (Mike Garcia)
- American Physical Society Meeting in Washington, DC; January 28-31, 2017
- PCOS mini-symposium
- SIG meetings
- High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) Meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho; August 20-24, 2017
- High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) Meeting, Naples, FL, April 3-7, 2016
- PCOS Townhall, Tuesday, April 5th, 12:30 P.M.
In Room Royal Palms 5 at the HEAD meeting in Naples, FL [Agenda]
- GammaSIG Meeting, Monday, April 4th, 7:00 P.M.–10:00 P.M. [Agenda]
In Royal Palms 5
- XRSIG Meeting,Tuesday, April 5th, 7:00 P.M.–8:30 P.M. [Agenda]
In Royal Palms 5
- PhysPAG Executive Committee Selections, Memo from NASA Headquarters November 2015 [PDF]
- PhysPAG Executive Committee Selections, Memo from NASA Headquarters November 2014 [PDF]
- PhysPAG Executive Committee Selections, Memo from NASA Headquarters December 2013 [PDF]
|PhysPAG Executive Committee Membership|
|J. Bock, Chair||Caltech/JPL||CMB||December 2016|
|M. Bautz||MIT||X-rays||December 2016|
|R. Bean||Cornell Univ.||Dark Energy||December 2016|
|J. Conklin||Univ. of Florida||Gravitational Waves||December 2017|
|N. Cornish||Montana State Univ.||Gravitational Waves||December 2016|
|O. Doré||JPL||Dark Energy||December 2017|
|R. Kraft||SAO||X-rays||December 2018|
|H. Krawczynski||Washington Univ. in St. Louis||Gamma-rays||December 2017|
|M. McConnell||Univ. of New Hampshire||Gamma-rays||December 2016|
|A. Miller||USC||CMB||December 2017|
|I. Moskalenko||Stanford||Particle Astrophysics||December 2018|
|Eun-Suk Seo||Univ. of Maryland||Astroparticles||December 2016|
|E. Wollack||NASA/GSFC||CMB ||December 2017|
Presentations to the PhysPAG
- Far-IR Surveyor Concept [PDF]
- X-ray Surveyor: Science drivers and strawman mission design [PDF]
- HabEx: Notional Mission Properties and Science Applications [PDF]
- The Advanced Technology Large-Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAST) [PDF]