COPAG Analysis: Large Mission Studies, Decadal Survey 2020

Final Reports on Large Astrophysics Mission Concepts to Study for the 2020 Decadal Survey

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COPAG Requests Community Input

  • COPAG Call for White Papers: Large Astrophysics Missions to Be Studied by NASA Prior to the 2020 Decadal Survey [PDF]

Face-to-Face Meetings

  • Upcoming
    • COPAG meetings at AAS in Kissammee, FL, Monday January 4, 2016, including SIG meetings
  • Previous
    • August 3-14, at IAU, COR Table, NASA Booth (312), Exhibit Hall. COPAG EC members seeking your input.
    • August 7, 1-4 P.M. (7-10 P.M. EDT), Joint PAG Meeting at IAU, Room 323. [Agenda]
    • Joint PAG EC meeting, STSci, March 19, 2015, 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
      • Presentations [PDF]

Web Meetings

  • Upcoming
    • TBA
  • Previous
    • Thursday, August 20, 2015, 01:00 - 03:00 EDT
    • Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 03:00 - 04:00 EDT
      • COPAG Virtual Town Hall
        Presentation [PDF]

Presentations to PhysPAG

  • Far-IR Surveyor Concept [PDF]
  • X-ray Surveyor: Science drivers and strawman mission design [PDF]
  • Large UV/Optical/IR Telescope Surveyor [PDF]
  • HabEx: Notional Mission Properties and Science Applications [PDF]

White Paper Responses from the Community

  • COPAG Merged White Papers, May 18, 2015 [PDF]
  • 2012 Request for Information (RFI2012) - Responses

    • Science Cases for Ultraviolet Polarimetry in the 21st Century [PDF] - B-G. Anderson
    • Mapping Turbulent Energy Dissipation through Shocked Molecular Hydrogen in the Universe [PDF] - P. Appleton
    • Are Flagships the Best Way to Advance Astrophysics? [PDF] - D. Ardila
    • Cubesats for Astrophysics [PDF] - D. Ardila
    • The Dusty Co-evolution of Black Holes and Galaxies: A Science Case for a Large Far-IR Space Telescope [PDF] - L. Armus
    • Actuated Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Mirror Development [PDF] - B. Baldauf et al.
    • Astrophysics Enabled by Extreme Contrast Ratio Technologies [PDF] - D. Batcheldor
    • A FIR-Survey of TNOs and Related Bodies [PDF] - J. Bauer et al.
    • Unlocking the Secrets of Planet Formation with Hydrogen Deuteride [PDF] - E. Bergin
    • Cryogenic Telescope for Far-Infrared Astrophysics: A Vision for NASA in the 2020 Decade [PDF] - C. Bradford et al.
    • Imaging Polarimetry for ExoPlanet science & astrophysics [PDF] - J. Breckinridge
    • Dust in Distant Galaxies - Overcoming Confusion Noise with a 5m FIR Facility [PDF] - C. Casey et al.
    • Far-Infrared Spectral Line Studies of the Epoch of Reionization [PDF] - A. Cooray et al.
    • A Joint Exoplanet & UVOIR Surveyor [PDF] - J. Dalcanton
    • The earliest epoch of star-formation in the very young universe [PDF] - D. Ebbets
    • Characterizing the Habitable Zones of Exoplanetary Systems with a Large Ultraviolet/Visible/Near-IR Space Observatory [PDF] - K. France et al.
    • The bulk composition of exo-planets [PDF] - Boris Gänsicke et al.
    • Flagship Missions for the Decadal Review [PDF] - J. Green
    • Life Finder Telescope [PDF] - S. Heap
    • Galaxy Evolution Spectroscopic Surveyor (GESS) [PDF] - S. Heap
    • Precision Ages for Milky Way Star Clusters [PDF] - J. Kalirai
    • Interferometry Concept for the Far-Infrared Surveyor [PDF] - D. Leisawitz et al.
    • Importance of Design Reference Missions for Developing the Next Large Mission Concepts [PDF] - P. Lightsey and E. Wilkinson
    • An Evolvable Space Telescope for the Far Infrared Surveyor Mission [PDF] - C. Lillie et al.
    • Exoplanet Environment Monitor [PDF] - J. Linsky et al.
    • Definitive Determination of Galaxy Luminosity Functions at Energies Above the Hydrogen Ionization Edge, Covering 11 Billion Years of Evolution [PDF] - S. McCandliss
    • Probing Transient Structures in the Universe [PDF] - P. Natarajan
    • An Evolvable Space Telescope for Future UV/Opt/IR Astronomical Missions [PDF] - R. Polidan et al.
    • A Rotating Synthetic Aperture (RSA) Space Telescope for Future UV/Opt/IR Astronomical Missions [PDF] - R. Polidan et al.
    • UVOIR Surveyor: The need for high resolution, wide field, deep multi-wavelength imaging and IFU spectroscopy [PDF] - R. Rampazzo et al.
    • Probe class missions in the far infrared [PDF] - J. Rizzo et al.
    • The First Stars and the First Metals [PDF] - I. Roederer et al.
    • The Origin of the Elements Heavier than Iron [PDF] - I. Roederer et al.
    • HabX2: a 2020 mission concept for flagship science at modest cost [PDF] - M. Swain et al.
    • Listening to the Cosmic Dawn [PDF] - I. Thorpe et al.
    • A Large-Aperture UVOIR Space Telescope [PDF] - H. Thronson et al.
    • Galaxy Fueling and Quenching: A Science Case for Future UV MOS Capability [PDF] - J. Tumlinson and D. Schiminovich
    • UV/Optical/IR Surveyor: The Crucial Role of High Spatial Resolution, High Sensitivity UV Observations to Galaxy Evolution Studies [PDF] - B. Williams and J. Dalcanton

Science Division Documents

Supporting Documents

  • TPF-C Levine paper (see science goals, Sec. 2) [PDF]
  • The New Worlds Observer [PDF]
  • AURA Report: From Cosmic Birth to Living Earths [PDF]


Program News

20 Mar 2017
Astrophysics Probe mission studies selected (3/20/2017) »  [PDF]
17 Mar 2017
COR Newsletter for March 2017 now available »  [PDF]
23 Feb 2017
Self nominations sought for APAC (replaces Astrophysics Subcommittee), due 8 March 2017. »  Details

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Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
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NASA Space Telescopes Pinpoint Elusive Brown Dwarf »  Details
Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)
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