Call for White Papers for the Fundamental Physics Roadmap Advisory Team
06 April 2009ESA has convened an expert body, the Fundamental Physics Roadmap Advisory Team, with a mandate to draw up a recommendation for the Agency on the scientific and technological roadmap necessary to lead Europe toward the realization of future space missions in the framework of the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 plan in the field of fundamental physics. The FPR-AT will consult with the broad scientific community in order to solicit input for their report to ESA. The Call for White Papers, issued today, is the first step in this consultation process.
The deadline for receipt of the White Papers has passed.
Mandate of the FPR-AT
The FPR-AT will focus on space-based applications but will also take into account current and future progress being made or likely to be made from ground-based installations and instruments. The FPR-AT has been convened by ESA for a duration of approximately one year, with a mandate extending to March 2010. The FPR-AT will work in strict coordination with the FPAG, ESA’s Fundamental Physics Advisory Group.
Context for the White Papers
The present "Call for White Papers" is the first step in this consultation process. Detection and study of gravitational waves, as well as the nature of Dark Energy are fully germane to the topic but are already covered by ongoing mission studies in the framework of the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 plan, hence no White Papers are solicited in those areas. White Papers may, on the other hand, take into account the technological developments achieved, or needed, for these missions.
The brief of the FPR-AT is to deliver a report covering the following points:
The roadmap should consider and include among the intermediate scientific and technological goals the relevant "milestones" where applicable, i.e. intermediate goals which must be achieved before the longer-term goals can be considered feasible.
The purpose of this "Call for White Papers" is to solicit inputs from the scientific community (as well as from any other interested party) on any of the elements which the FPR-AT will consider in its report.
Boundary conditions for the White Papers
White Papers could describe scientific studies, ongoing technological developments, measurements with existing facilities, new instruments, new facilities or space missions, needed technological developments, considerations from theoretical modelling, or any other recommendations or information that can support the FPR-AT in its work. The FPR-AT will focus on the scientific goals that need to be addressed in a general and specific way and on the necessary techniques; it will not assemble a complete implementation plan of specific space missions. The present Call for White Papers does not replace, or in any way preempt, the normal Calls for Proposals which are issued by ESA in the context of the Cosmic Vision Plan.
White Papers should indicate why a particular approach is relevant to the brief of the FPR-AT and to the points to be addressed in its report, as well as to ESA's Cosmic Vision Plan. Each concept should be described in a separate self-explanatory paper (no reference between separate White Papers except in the abstract). It will be up to the responsible author to include and make the necessary balance between text and figures. The author should also have received the necessary permissions for any art incorporated in the White Paper. ESA reserves the right to use any original art in the final report of the FPR-AT with due credit to the provider of the figure.
White Papers are solicited both from individual scientists and from teams. A given individual author or team is allowed to submit more than one White Paper. White Papers must not exceed 10 A4 pages in length and must be written in a font not smaller than 10 pt in size. The page limit includes all figures, tables, references, and appendices. White Papers should include a cover page, containing the title, authors and an abstract of maximum 20 lines.
Submission process and deadlines
The deadline for receipt of the White Papers is 12:00 hours (noon) CEST on 28 May 2009.
Further information on the FPR-AT:
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