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Increasing the Discovery Space in Astrophysics - A Collation of Six Submitted White Papers

Fabbiano, G. and Elvis, M. and Accomazzi, A. and Berriman, G. B. and Brickhouse, N. and Bose, S. and Carrera, D. and Chilingarian, I. and Civano, F. and Czerny, B. and D'Abrusco, R. and Diemer, B. and Drake, J. and Meibody, R. Emami and Farah, J. R. and Fazio, G. G. and Feigelson, E. and Fornasini, F. and Gallagher, Jay and Grindlay, J. and Hernquist, L. and James, D. J. and Karovska, M. and Kashyap, V. and Kim, D.-W. and Lacy, G. M. and Lazio, J. and Lusso, E. and Maksym, W. P. and Martinez Galarza, R. and Mazzarella, J. and Ntampaka, M. and Risaliti, G. and Sanders, D. and Scoville, N. and Shapiro, I. and Siemiginowska, A. and Smth, A. and Smith, S. and Szentgyorgyi, A. and Tacchella, S. and Thakar, A. and Tolls, V. and Vrtilek, S. and Wilkes, B. and Wilner, D. and Willner, S. P. and Wolk, S. J. and Zhao, J.-H. (2019) Increasing the Discovery Space in Astrophysics - A Collation of Six Submitted White Papers. . (Unpublished)

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We write in response to the call from the 2020 Decadal Survey to submit white papers illustrating the most pressing scientific questions in astrophysics for the coming decade. We propose exploration as the central question for the Decadal Committee's discussions. The history of astronomy shows that paradigm changing discoveries are not driven by well formulated scientific questions, based on the knowledge of the time. They were instead the result of the increase in discovery space fostered by new telescopes and instruments. An additional tool for increasing the discovery space is provided by the analysis and mining of the increasingly larger amount of archival data available to astronomers. Revolutionary observing facilities, and the state of the art astronomy archives needed to support these facilities, will open up the universe to new discovery. Here we focus on exploration for compact objects and multi messenger science. This white paper includes science examples of the power of the discovery approach, encompassing all the areas of astrophysics covered by the 2020 Decadal Survey.

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Fabbiano, G.0000-0002-3554-3318
Berriman, G. B.0000-0001-8388-534X
Mazzarella, J.0000-0002-8204-8619
Scoville, N.0000-0002-0438-3323
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