National Academies Press: OpenBook
« Previous: 5 Report of the Panel on Stars and Stellar Evolution
Suggested Citation:"Summary Findings." National Research Council. 2011. Panel Reports—New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12982.
×

Summary Findings

TABLE I Summary of Science Frontiers Panels’ Findings: Identification of Key Science Questions and Areas of Unusual Discovery Potential

Panel

Science Questions

Area(s) of Unusual Discovery Potential

Cosmology and Fundamental Physics

CFP 1

How did the universe begin?

Gravitational wave astronomy

CFP 2

Why is the universe accelerating?

CFP 3

What is dark matter?

CFP 4

What are the properties of neutrinos?

Galactic Neighborhood

GAN 1

What are the flows of matter and energy in the circumgalactic medium?

Time-domain astronomy, astrometry

GAN 2

What controls the mass-energy-chemical cycles within galaxies?

GAN 3

What is the fossil record of galaxy assembly from the first stars to the present?

GAN 4

What are the connections between dark and luminous matter?

Galaxies Across Cosmic Time

GCT 1

How do cosmic structures form and evolve?

The epoch of reionization

GCT 2

How do baryons cycle in and out of galaxies, and what do they do while they are there?

GCT 3

How do black holes grow, radiate, and influence their surroundings?

GCT 4

What were the first objects to light up the universe, and when did they do it?

Planetary Systems and Star Formation

PSF 1

How do stars form?

Identification and characterization of nearby habitable exoplanets

PSF 2

How do circumstellar disks evolve and form planetary systems?

PSF 3

How diverse are planetary systems?

PSF 4

Do habitable worlds exist around other stars, and can we identify the telltale signs of life on an exoplanet?

Stars and Stellar Evolution

SSE 1

How do rotation and magnetic fields affect stars?

Time-domain surveys

SSE 2

What are the progenitors of Type Ia supernovae and how do they explode?

SSE 3

How do the lives of massive stars end?

SSE 4

What controls the mass, radius, and spin of compact stellar remnants?

Suggested Citation:"Summary Findings." National Research Council. 2011. Panel Reports—New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12982.
×

This page intentionally left blank.

Suggested Citation:"Summary Findings." National Research Council. 2011. Panel Reports—New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12982.
×
Page 247
Suggested Citation:"Summary Findings." National Research Council. 2011. Panel Reports—New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12982.
×
Page 248
Next: Part II: Reports of the Astro2010 Program Prioritization Panels »
Panel Reports—New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics Get This Book
×
Buy Paperback | $55.00 Buy Ebook | $43.99
MyNAP members save 10% online.
Login or Register to save!
Download Free PDF

Every 10 years the National Research Council releases a survey of astronomy and astrophysics outlining priorities for the coming decade. The most recent survey, titled New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics, provides overall priorities and recommendations for the field as a whole based on a broad and comprehensive examination of scientific opportunities, infrastructure, and organization in a national and international context.

Panel Reports--New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics is a collection of reports, each of which addresses a key sub-area of the field, prepared by specialists in that subarea, and each of which played an important role in setting overall priorities for the field. The collection, published in a single volume, includes the reports of the following panels:

  • Cosmology and Fundamental Physics
  • Galaxies Across Cosmic Time
  • The Galactic Neighborhood
  • Stars and Stellar Evolution
  • Planetary Systems and Star Formation
  • Electromagnetic Observations from Space
  • Optical and Infrared Astronomy from the Ground
  • Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation
  • Radio, Millimeter, and Submillimeter Astronomy from the Ground

The Committee for a Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics synthesized these reports in the preparation of its prioritized recommendations for the field as a whole. These reports provide additional depth and detail in each of their respective areas. Taken together, they form an essential companion volume to New Worlds, New Horizons: A Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The book of panel reports will be useful to managers of programs of research in the field of astronomy and astrophysics, the Congressional committees with jurisdiction over the agencies supporting this research, the scientific community, and the public.

  1. ×

    Welcome to OpenBook!

    You're looking at OpenBook, NAP.edu's online reading room since 1999. Based on feedback from you, our users, we've made some improvements that make it easier than ever to read thousands of publications on our website.

    Do you want to take a quick tour of the OpenBook's features?

    No Thanks Take a Tour »
  2. ×

    Show this book's table of contents, where you can jump to any chapter by name.

    « Back Next »
  3. ×

    ...or use these buttons to go back to the previous chapter or skip to the next one.

    « Back Next »
  4. ×

    Jump up to the previous page or down to the next one. Also, you can type in a page number and press Enter to go directly to that page in the book.

    « Back Next »
  5. ×

    Switch between the Original Pages, where you can read the report as it appeared in print, and Text Pages for the web version, where you can highlight and search the text.

    « Back Next »
  6. ×

    To search the entire text of this book, type in your search term here and press Enter.

    « Back Next »
  7. ×

    Share a link to this book page on your preferred social network or via email.

    « Back Next »
  8. ×

    View our suggested citation for this chapter.

    « Back Next »
  9. ×

    Ready to take your reading offline? Click here to buy this book in print or download it as a free PDF, if available.

    « Back Next »
Stay Connected!