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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Physics and Astronomy
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Completed Activities

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

Opportunities in the Science, applications, and Technology of Intense Ultrafast Lasers

U.S.-Based Electron Ion Collider Science Assessment

Mid-Decadal Assessment in Astronomy and Astrophysics

A Strategy to Optimize the U.S. Optical and Infrared System in the Era of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

A Survey of the Active Scientific Use of the Radio Spectrum

Evaluation of the Implementation of WFIRST/AFTA in the Context of New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014)

Harvesting The Fruits of Inquiry How Materials Discoveries Improve Our Lives (2014)

High Magnetic Field Science and Its Application in the United States (2013)

An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy (2013)

Assessment of Inertial Confinement Fusion Targets (2013)

Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation (2013)

Physics 2010 Decadal Series, NP 2010: An Assessment and Outlook for Nuclear Physics (2012)

Assessment of a Plan for U.S. Participation in Euclid (2012)
Committee to Assess the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) (2011)

Implementing Recommendations from New Worlds, New Horizons Decadal Survey (2011)

Views of the NAS and NAE on Agenda Items at Issue at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (2011)

Astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (2010)

Understanding the Impact of Selling the Helium Reserve (2010)

Research at the Intersection of Physical and Life Sciences (2010)

A Survey of the Scientific Uses of the Radio Spectrum (2010)

Assessment of and Outlook for New Materials Synthesis and Crystal Growth (2009)

Scientific Assessment of Free-Electron Laser Technology for Naval Applications (2009)

Committee to Review U.S. ITER Science Participation Planning Process (2008)

Biomolecular Materials and Processes (2008)

NASA's Beyond Einstein Program: An Architecture for Implementation (2008)

An Assessment of the Impact of the NSF’s Materials Research Science & Engineering Centers Program (2007)

Physics 2010 Decadal Series, PLS 2010: An Assessment of and Outlook for Plasma Science (2007)

Physics 2010 Decadal Series, CMMP 2010: An Assessment of and Outlook for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2007)

Physics 2010 Decadal Series, AMO 2010: An Assessment of and Outlook for Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Science (2006)

Physics 2010 Decadal Series, EPP 2010: Elementary Particle Physics in the 21st Century (2006)

Rare Isotope Science Assessment Committee (2006)

Committee on Smaller Facilities (2005)

Review of the Science Requirements for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) (2005)

Committee on Opportunities in High Magnetic Field Science (2005)

The Review of Progress in Astronomy and Astrophysics toward the Decadal Vision (The Mid-Course Review) (2005)

Instrumentation for a Better Tomorrow: A Symposium in Honor of Arnold O. Beckman (2004)

Terrestrial Planet Finder Mission Panel (2004)

Committee on Setting Priorities for NSF-sponsored Large Research Facility Projects (2004)

Burning Plasma Assessment Committee (2004)

Opportunities at the Intersection of the Physical and Life Sciences Workshop (2004)

Neutrino Facilities Assessment Committee (2003)

Committee on Physics of the Universe (2003)

Committee on High-Energy-Density Plasma Physics (2003)

Committee on Smithsonian Scientific Research

Committee for an Updated Assessment of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Science (2002)

Committee on Organization and Management of Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2001)

Physics Survey Overview Committee (2001)

Fusion Science Assessment Committee (2001)

Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee (2001)

Committee on Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics (1999)

Committee on Elementary-Particle Physics (1998)

Committee on Gravitational Physics (1997)

Helium Reserve Committee (2000)

Committee on Nuclear Physics (1997)

Committee on Optical Science and Engineering (with National Materials Advisory Board) (1997)