Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG)
The PhysPAG serves as a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for soliciting and coordinating community analysis and input in support of Physics of the Cosmos objectives and of their implications for architecture planning and activity prioritization and for future exploration. It provides findings of analyses to the NASA Astrophysics Division Director.
The PhysPAG enables direct regular communication between NASA and the community, and within the community, through public meetings that give the community opportunities to provide its scientific and programmatic input. Structurally, the PhysPAG Chair and the PhysPAG Executive Committee (EC) are appointed members whose responsibilities include organizing meetings and collecting and summarizing community input with subsequent reporting to the Astrophysics Division Director. The full PhysPAG consists of all members of the community who participate in these open meetings.
For more information on the operation and organization of the PhysPAG, please see the signed PhysPAG Terms of Reference (updated March 2017) [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, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann): 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: Henric Krawczynski): Coordinate community activities and preparations for a future gamma ray astronomy mission.
- Cosmic Rays (Chair: Igor Moskalenko): 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]
- High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) Meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho; August 20-24, 2017
- American Physical Society Meeting in Washington, DC; January 28-31, 2017
- PCOS mini-symposium: Sunday, Jan 29 @ 8:30AM in Virginia B
- SIG meetings
- CosmicSIG I: Sunday, Jan 29 @ 10:45AM in Virginia A
- CosmicSIG II: Sunday, Jan 29 @ 1:30PM in Virginia A
- GWSIG: Sunday, Jan 29 @ 1:30PM in Virginia B
- GammaSIG: Sunday, Jan 29 @ 1:30PM in Roosevelt 1
- L3 Study Team Open Meeting: Tuesday, 31 Jan, afternoon, at the APS Marriott, and Wednesday, 1 Feb, morning, at George Washington University
- 229th American Astronomical Society Meeting in Grapevine, TX; January 3-7, 2017 [Full block schedule available here]
Note that the PhysPAG, Joint PAG, and XRSIG meetings are currently planned for Tuesday, January 3rd, with the PhysPAG meeting in the morning. The meetings will not be at the Gaylord (AAS hotel). The rooms posted below are at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center; however, we will provide transport from the Gaylord (more details will be posted as they become available). In addition, Hilton provides shuttles directly from the airport.
- Tuesday, January 3rd
- 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.: PhysPAG Meeting - Room: Val Verde at Hilton, (Jamie Bock) [Full agenda here]
- 1:30 P.M.-6:00 P.M.: Joint PAG Session on Decadal Studies (L3 + 4 Flagship studies), Room: Val Verde at Hilton [Full agenda here]
- 5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.: XRSIG - Room: Spicewood Room at Hilton, (Mark Bautz) [Full agenda here]
- Wednesday, January 4th
- 10:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M.: HEAD I: Astronomy Across the Gravitational Wave Spectrum, Room: Grapevine D at Gaylord (Ira Thorpe)
- 1:00 P.M.-3:30 P.M.: Science of X-ray Surveyor, Room: San Antonio 1 at Gaylord, (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: Grapevine D at Gaylord (Chris Reynolds)
- 2:00 P.M.-4:30 P.M.: US Involvement in the ESA Athena/L2 Mission, Room: San Antonio 1 at Gaylord, (Mike Garcia) [Full agenda here]
- Saturday, January 7th
- 10:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M.: NASA's 2020 Decadal Studies: An Update, Room: Grapevine B at Gaylord
- PhysPAG Executive Committee Selections, Memo from NASA Headquarters November 2016 [PDF]
- 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|
|R. Bean||Cornell Univ.||Dark Energy||December 2017|
|J. Beatty||Ohio State Univ.||Particle Astrophysics||December 2019|
|Univ. of Florida||Gravitational Waves||December 2017|
|O. Doré||JPL||Dark Energy||December 2017|
|S. Guiriec||George Washington Univ.||Gamma-rays||December 2019|
|K. Holley-Bockelmann||Vanderbilt Univ.||Gravitational Waves||December 2019|
|R. Kraft||SAO||X-rays||December 2018|
|H. Krawczynski||Washington Univ. in St. Louis||Gamma-rays||December 2017|
|A. Miller||USC||CMB||December 2017|
|I. Moskalenko||Stanford||Particle Astrophysics||December 2018|
|J. Tomsick||UC Berkeley||X-rays and Gamma-rays||December 2019|
|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]
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