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Constellation-X Facility Science Team restructuring

Dear Colleagues: 

In preparation for the upcoming 2010-2020 decadal survey, we are
re-structuring the science panels for the Constellation-X Facility
Science Team (FST).  These FST Science Panels (listed below) form one
of the main channels for scientific input into the Constellation-X
mission.  They are responsible for reviewing and refining the science
Con-X is designed to carry out, for carrying out simulations of the
relevant observations, and for writing white papers about this
science. The May 2005 'Science with Constellation-X' booklet was the
work of the FST Science Panels [see
The chairs of these science panels, along with a few 'at large'
science representatives, make up the formal membership of the FST.
More information on Con-X can be found at conx.gsfc.nasa.gov.

If you are interested in joining one of the science panels listed
below please respond to Michael Garcia AND Ann Hornschemeier
(garcia@head.cfa.harvard.edu, Ann.Hornschemeier@nasa.gov) by November
30, with an indication of your choice of panels including a very brief
statement about your potential contribution to that panel.  Panel
members should be designing observations which will answer pressing
questions in their field, if appropriate conducting simulations of
those observations using Con-X response matrices, and writing up the
results.  After membership of the re-structured science panels has
been established we will select a chair for each panel. Chairs will
take the lead in coordinating white papers and providing additional
advice to the mission on that particular science area.

In addition to soliciting the widest possible participation from the
science community in the science panels, we plan to invite a few
scientists with detailed expertise in other missions to join specific
groups (e.g., where there are synergies with JWST, LISA and/or UV
spectroscopy).  We welcome your suggestions about people you think
might fill these roles.

Thank you, Harvey Tananbaum, Nick White, Michael Garcia, and Ann Hornschemeier
           (our apologies if you get this message more than once)


Re-Structured FST Science Panels: 

Missing Baryons/WHIM & synergy with UV spectroscopy
    [For instance, synergy with HST COS]

Extreme States of Matter in Neutron Stars
     [NS EOS, Magnetars, NS frame dragging]

Accretion Physics in Stellar Systems
    [NS and BH binaries in the Galaxy, IMBHs, CVs, ULXs]

Census of Black Hole Accretion in the Universe
   [CXRB, highly obscured AGN, tie-in to BH spin evolution]

Evolution of Large Scale Structure in the Universe        
    [formation/evolution of clusters and groups of galaxies,
     including cosmology: G(z), Omega_M, sigma_8, dark energy 
     and dark matter]

Hot Baryons in Deep Potential Wells
  [Clusters, Groups and Elliptical Galaxies:
  Cooling Flows, Entropy Problem, Nucleosynthesis Constraints from 
  ICM, Turbulence and Mergers in Clusters]

Testing General Relativity and Measuring Black Hole Spin
   [Broad Fe K line measurements in AGN]

Supernova/Stellar Feedback
    [Galactic Superwinds & Halos, ISM,  tie-in to ICM, tie-in to WHIM]

Production and Distribution of the Elements
     [Supernovae and their remnants, heavy metal/dust production]

AGN Feedback: Outflows & Jets
     [AGN jet sources in clusters of galaxies, BAL QSOs]

SMBH Binaries & Synergies with LISA
     [Includes scientists with LISA expertise]

MHD Physics in Stellar Environments
          [stellar corona, disks, winds, flares; protostellar formation] 

The high-z universe, Re-ionization & Synergy with JWST "First Light" Science
    [z>6 objects and simulations of re-ionization, 
    including some JWST SWG members?]

Planetary Magnetospheres and Solar Wind Charge Exchange
    [includes Magnetospheres, comets, planets, solar wind exchange]

Plasma diagnostics and atomic astrophysics study group
    [led by Randall Smith, unlike other panels this is a working group that 
     works across panels on diagnostics, will include members of the 
     laboratory atomic astrophysics community]

A service of the
High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC)

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