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GammaSAG Status. Compiled a strawman high-level proposal for a GammaSAG Proposal intended to define goals and deliverables broadly, leaving details to be refined by the group Informal discussions with members of the community To help with perspectives that Liz and I don’t have ourselves.

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gammasag status
GammaSAG Status
  • Compiled a strawman high-level proposal for a GammaSAG
    • Proposal intended to define goals and deliverables broadly, leaving details to be refined by the group
  • Informal discussions with members of the community
    • To help with perspectives that Liz and I don’t have ourselves.
    • These discussions are ongoing
  • Option for expansion will be left open to future discussions
  • Web page will be developed similarly to other SAGs
goals
Goals
  • Provide an assessment to NASA HQ and the PCOS program office of the current status and the current and future needs of the gamma-ray astrophysics community.
  • Act as a focal point and forum for the gamma-ray community.
deliverables
Deliverables
  • 1) White paper briefly surveying current state-of-the-art capabilities (Aeff, PSF, polarization sensitivity, energy range, sky coverage), major open science questions, reasonable possibilities for leaps in capabilities over the next 10-15 years, and possible science return corresponding to those capabilities. The paper would separately cover the techniques used in each gamma-ray band -- Compton telescopes in medium energy and pair conversion telescopes in high energy -- and both balloon and satellite platforms. A summary of ground-based very-high energy instruments will be included to set context.
  • 2) List of technology development needs based on the white paper discussions with possible timelines
  • 3) Suggestions to help support the specific needs of this community: organizational, scientific, funding.
timeline
Timeline
  • February - May 2012: one or two mini-jamborees with presentations followed by one synthesis. (Teleconferences or associated with major meetings.)
  • May - July 2012: compile/write white paper.