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Astro2020 APC White Paper: Theoretical Astrophysics 2020-2030

Kollmeier, Juna A. and Anderson, Lauren and Benson, Andrew and Bogdanović, Tamara and Boylan-Kolchin, Michael and Bullock, James S. and Davé, Romeel and Fraschetti, Federico and Fuller, Jim and Hopkins, Phil and Kaplinghat, Manoj and Kratter, Kaitlin and Lamberts, Astrid and Miller, M. Coleman and Owen, James E. and Phinney, E. Sterl and Piro, Anthony L. and Rix, Hans-Walter and Robertson, Brant and Wetzel, Andrew and Wheeler, Coral and Youdin, Andrew N. and Zaldarriaga, Matias (2019) Astro2020 APC White Paper: Theoretical Astrophysics 2020-2030. Astro2020 Science White Paper, . (Unpublished) https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20200309-124819106

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Abstract

The past two decades have seen a tremendous investment in observational facilities that promise to reveal new and unprecedented discoveries about the universe. In comparison, the investment in theoretical work is completely dwarfed, even though theory plays a crucial role in the interpretation of these observations, predicting new types of phenomena, and informing observing strategies. In this white paper, we argue that in order to reach the promised critical breakthroughs in astrophysics over the next decade and well beyond, the national agencies must take a serious approach to investment in theoretical astrophysics research. We discuss the role of theory in shaping our understanding of the universe, and then we provide a multi-level strategy, from the grassroots to the national, to address the current underinvestment in theory relative to observational work.


Item Type:Report or Paper (White Paper)
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http://arxiv.org/abs/1912.09992arXivDiscussion Paper
ORCID:
AuthorORCID
Kollmeier, Juna A.0000-0001-9852-1610
Benson, Andrew0000-0001-5501-6008
Bogdanović, Tamara0000-0002-7835-7814
Boylan-Kolchin, Michael0000-0002-9604-343X
Bullock, James S.0000-0003-4298-5082
Fuller, Jim0000-0002-4544-0750
Hopkins, Phil0000-0003-3729-1684
Kratter, Kaitlin0000-0001-5253-1338
Lamberts, Astrid0000-0001-8740-0127
Miller, M. Coleman0000-0002-2666-728X
Piro, Anthony L.0000-0001-6806-0673
Rix, Hans-Walter0000-0003-4996-9069
Robertson, Brant0000-0002-4271-0364
Wetzel, Andrew0000-0003-0603-8942
Group:Astronomy Department, TAPIR
Series Name:Astro2020 Science White Paper
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20200309-124819106
Persistent URL:https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20200309-124819106
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:101786
Collection:CaltechAUTHORS
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:09 Mar 2020 20:11
Last Modified:09 Mar 2020 20:11

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