important for fostering the basic science base, without the constraints imposed by the mission orientation of many of the Department of Energy’s high energy density programs.

To summarize, the committee believes that now is a very opportune time for major advances in the physics understanding of matter under extreme high energy density conditions. A sustained commitment by the federal government, the national laboratories, and the university community to answer the important questions of high intellectual value identified by the committee and to implement the recommendations of this report will contribute significantly to the timely realization of these exciting research opportunities and the advancement of this important field of physics.

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