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 2018-final-burning-plasma  Final Report of the Committee on a Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research
2018-interim-burning-plasma Interim Report of the Committee on a Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research
2018-electron-ion-collider An Assessment of U.S.-Based Electron-Ion Collider Science
2018-brightest-light Opportunities in Intense Ultrafast Lasers: Reaching for the Brightest Light
 2016-new-worlds  New Worlds, New Horizons: A Midterm Assessment   
 2015-active-remote-sensing  A Strategy for Active Remote Sensing Amid Increased Demand for Radio Spectrum 
2015-optimizing-optical Optimizing the U.S. Ground-Based Optical and Infrared Astronomy System
2014HarvestingtheFruits Harvesting the Fruits of Inquiry: How Materials Discoveries Improve Our Lives
2014-evaluation-wfirst Evaluation of the Implementation of WFIRST/AFTA in the Context of New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics



High Magnetic Field Science and Its Application in the United States: Current Status and Future Directions



Adapting to a Changing World—Challenges and Opportunities in Undergraduate Physics Education



An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy



Assessment of Inertial Confinement Fusion Targets



Nuclear Physics: Exploring the Heart of Matter



Assessment of a Plan for U.S. Participation in Euclid



An Assessment of the Science Proposed for the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL)



2020 Vision: An Overview of New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics



Implementing Recommendations from New Worlds, New Horizons Decadal Survey



Views of the NAS and NAE on Agenda Items at Issue at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012

2010_panel reports--new_worlds_new_horizons


Panel Reports--New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics

2010_New Worlds New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics


New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics



Selling the Nation's Helium Reserve



Research at the Intersection of the Physical and Life Sciences



Spectrum Management for Science in the 21st Century



Frontiers in Crystalline Matter: From Discovery to Technology



Scientific Assessment of High-Power Free-Electron Laser Technology



A Review of the DOE Plan for U.S. Fusion Community Participation in the ITER Program



Inspired by Biology: From Molecules to Materials to Machines



NASA's Beyond Einstein Program: An Architecture for Implementation



The National Science Foundation's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Program: Looking Back, Moving Forward



Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics: The Science of the World Around Us



Plasma Science: Advancing Knowledge in the National Interest



Controlling the Quantum World: The Science of Atoms, Molecules, and Photons



Scientific Opportunities with a Rare-Isotope Facility in the United States



Handbook of Frequency Allocations and Spectrum Protection for Scientific Uses



Instrumentation for Better Tomorrow: Proceedings of a Symposium in Honor of Arnold O. Beckman



Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics: The Science of the World Around Us: An Interim Report



Revealing the Hidden Nature of Space and Time: Charting the Course for Elementary Particle Physics



Midsize Facilities: The Infrastructure for Materials Research



Controlling the Quantum World of Atoms, Molecules, and Photons



The Atacama Large Millimeter Array: Implications of a Potential Descope



Opportunities in High Magnetic Field Science



Letter report on the ‘Mid-Course’ Review of Progress in Astronomy & Astrophysics Toward the Decadal Vision



Letter report on Review of the Science Requirements for the Terrestrial Planet Finder Mission



Letter Report on Review of USAF-Supported Astronomical Research



Burning Plasma: Bringing a Star to Earth



Letter Report of the Committee on Smaller Facilities



Setting Priorities for Large Research Facility Projects Supported by the National Science Foundation



Frontiers in High Energy Density Physics: The X-Games of Contemporary Science



Neutrinos and Beyond: New Windows on Nature



Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos: Eleven Science Questions for the New Century



Funding Smithsonian Research



Letter Report: Burning Plasma Assessment Committee



Letter Report on the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM)



Frontiers in High Energy Density Physics



Atoms, Molecules, and Light: AMO Science Enabling the Future



Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millennium



Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millennium: Panel Reports



Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millennium: An Overview



U.S. Astronomy and Astrophysics:  Managing an Integrated Program



Physics in a New Era: An Overview



Letter Report on the Assessment of the Descoped Mission Concept for the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST)



An Assessment of the Department of Energy's Office of Fusion Energy Sciences Program



Federal Funding of Astronomical Research



The Impact of Selling the Federal Helium Reserve



Letter report on the Spallation Neutron Source



Materials in a New Era: Proceedings of the 1999 Solid State Sciences Committee Forum



Gravitational Physics: Exploring the Structure of Space and Time



Letter Report on Antarctic Astronomy



Letter Report on the National Science Foundation's Facility Instrumentation Program



Condensed-Matter Physics: Basic Research for Tomorrow's Technology



Nuclear Physics: The Core of Matter, The Fuel of Stars



Harnessing Light: Optical Science and Engineering for the 21st Century



Elementary-Particle Physics: Revealing the Secrets of Energy and Matter



The Physics of Materials: How Science Improves our Lives



A New Science Strategy for Space Astronomy and Astrophysics



Biomolecular Self-Assembing Materials: Scientific and Technological Frontiers



Database Needs for Modeling and Simulation of Plasma Processing



Proceedings of the 1996 Solid State Science Committee Forum (PDF)



Mathematics and Physics of Emerging Biomedical Imaging (with the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications)



On the Optimum Phasing for SIRTF -  letter report



Plasma Science: From Fundamental Research to Technological Applications



Cosmology: A Research Briefing



Cosmic-Rays: Physics and Astrophysics



Cosmic-Rays: Physics and Astrophysics -- A Research Briefing



A Strategy for Ground-Based Optical and Infrared Astronomy



Neutrino Astrophysics: A Research Briefing



Review of Gravity Probe B



Proceedings of the 1993 Solid State Sciences Committee Forum



Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences: An Investment in the Future



Free Electron Lasers and Other Advanced Sources of Light: Scientific Research Opportunities 
(with the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology



On the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) - letter report



On the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF) and the Cassini Saturn Probe - letter report



On the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF) - letter report



The Decade of Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics



Plasma Processing of Materials: Scientific Opportunities and Technological Challenges



Materials Science and Engineering for the 1990s: Maintaining Competitiveness in the Age of Materials



Physics through the 1990s: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics



Energy and Climate: Studies in Geophysics



Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 1970's
no_cover_image Ground-Based Astronomy: A Ten-Year Program

**Past decadals are grouped together on the BPA'sDecadals web page.