The impact of recent advances in laboratory astrophysics on our understanding of the cosmos

D. W. Savin, N. S. Brickhouse, J. J. Cowan, R. P. Drake, S. R. Federman, G. J. Ferland, A. Frank, M. S. Gudipati, W. C. Haxton, E. Herbst, S. Profumo, F. Salama, L. M. Ziurys, E. G. Zweibel

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Abstract

An emerging theme in modern astrophysics is the connection between astronomical observations and the underlying physical phenomena that drive our cosmos. Both the mechanisms responsible for the observed astrophysical phenomena and the tools used to probe such phenomena - the radiation and particle spectra we observe - have their roots in atomic, molecular, condensed matter, plasma, nuclear and particle physics. Chemistry is implicitly included in both molecular and condensed matter physics. This connection is the theme of the present report, which provides a broad, though non-exhaustive, overview of progress in our understanding of the cosmos resulting from recent theoretical and experimental advances in what is commonly called laboratory astrophysics. This work, carried out by a diverse community of laboratory astrophysicists, is increasingly important as astrophysics transitions into an era of precise measurement and high fidelity modeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number036901
JournalReports on Progress in Physics
Volume75
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

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Savin, D. W., Brickhouse, N. S., Cowan, J. J., Drake, R. P., Federman, S. R., Ferland, G. J., Frank, A., Gudipati, M. S., Haxton, W. C., Herbst, E., Profumo, S., Salama, F., Ziurys, L. M., & Zweibel, E. G. (2012). The impact of recent advances in laboratory astrophysics on our understanding of the cosmos. Reports on Progress in Physics, 75(3), [036901]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0034-4885/75/3/036901