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High-Energy Astrophysics in the 2020s and Beyond

Reynolds, Christopher and Petre, Robert and Corcoran, Michael and Arnaud, Keith and Brandt, Niel and Brenneman, Laura and Cornish, Neil and Gonzales, Gabriela and Lopez, Laura and Madsen, Kristin (2019) High-Energy Astrophysics in the 2020s and Beyond. Astro2020 Science White Paper, . (Unpublished)

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With each passing decade, we gain new appreciation for the dynamic, connected, and often violent nature of the Universe. This reality necessarily places the study of high-energy processes at the very heart of modern astrophysics. This White Paper illustrates the central role of high-energy astrophysics to some of the most pressing astrophysical problems of our time, the formation/evolution of galaxies, the origin of the heavy elements, star and planet formation, the emergence of life on exoplanets, and the search for new physics. We also highlight the new connections that are growing between astrophysicists and plasma physicists. We end with a discussion of the challenges that must be addressed to realize the potential of these connections, including the need for integrated planning across physics and astronomy programs in multiple agencies, and the need to foster the creativity and career aspirations of individual scientists in this era of large projects.

Item Type:Report or Paper (White Paper)
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Lopez, Laura0000-0002-1790-3148
Madsen, Kristin0000-0003-1252-4891
Group:Space Radiation Laboratory
Series Name:Astro2020 Science White Paper
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20190917-133815385
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ID Code:98681
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:17 Sep 2019 21:45
Last Modified:09 Mar 2020 13:19

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