Scientific objectives for UV/visible astrophysics investigations: A summary of responsesby the community (2012)

Paul Scowen, Mario R. Perez, Susan G. Neff, Dominic J. Benford

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Following several recommendations presented by the Astrophysics Decadal Survey 2010 centered around the need to define "a future ultraviolet-optical space capability", on 2012 May 25, NASA issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking persuasive ultraviolet (UV) and visible wavelength astrophysics science investigations. The goal was to develop a cohesive and compelling set of science objectives that motivate and support the development of the next generation of ultraviolet/visible space astrophysics missions. Responses were due on 10 August 2012 when 34 submissions were received addressing a number of potential science drivers. A UV/visible Mission RFI Workshop was held on 2012 September 20 where each of these submissions was summarized and discussed in the context of each other. We present a scientific analysis of these submissions and presentations and the pursuant measurement capability needs, which could influence ultraviolet/visible technology development plans for the rest of this decade. We also describe the process and requirements leading to the inception of this community RFI, subsequent workshop and the expected evolution of these ideas and concepts for the remainder of this decade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-35
Number of pages25
JournalExperimental Astronomy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Astronomical instrumentation
  • Conference summary
  • Extrasolar planets
  • Galaxies
  • Stars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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