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Laboratory Astrophysics White Paper

Savin, Daniel Wolf; Brickhouse, Nancy; Federman, Steve; Kwong, Victor; Salama, Farid; Stancil, Phillip; Weingartner, Joe; Ziurys, Lucy

Laboratory astrophysics and complementary theoretical calculations are the foundations of astronomical and planetary research and will remain so for many generations to come. From the level of scientific conception to that of the scientific return, it is our understanding of the underlying processes that allows us to address fundamental questions regarding the origins and evolution of galaxies, stars, planetary systems, and life in the cosmos. In this regard, laboratory astrophysics is much like detector and instrument development at NASA and NSF. These efforts are necessary for the astronomical research being funded by the agencies.

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Academic Units
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Publisher
NASA
Published Here
April 5, 2013