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Paving the way to simultaneous multi-wavelength astronomy

Paving the way to simultaneous multi-wavelength astronomy
Paving the way to simultaneous multi-wavelength astronomy
Whilst astronomy as a science is historically founded on observations at optical wavelengths, studying the Universe in other bands has yielded remarkable discoveries, from pulsars in the radio, signatures of the Big Bang at submm wavelengths, through to high energy emission from accreting, gravitationally-compact objects and the discovery of gamma-ray bursts. Unsurprisingly, the result of combining multiple wavebands leads to an enormous increase in diagnostic power, but powerful insights can be lost when the sources studied vary on timescales shorter than the temporal separation between observations in different bands. In July 2015, the workshop "Paving the way to simultaneous multi-wavelength astronomy" was held as a concerted effort to address this at the Lorentz Center, Leiden. It was attended by 50 astronomers from diverse fields as well as the directors and staff of observatories and spaced-based missions. This community white paper has been written with the goal of disseminating the findings of that workshop by providing a concise review of the field of multi-wavelength astronomy covering a wide range of important source classes, the problems associated with their study and the solutions we believe need to be implemented for the future of observational astronomy. We hope that this paper will both stimulate further discussion and raise overall awareness within the community of the issues faced in a developing, important field.
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Middleton, M.J., Casella, P., Gandhi, P., Bozzo, E., Anderson, G., Degenaar, N., Donnarumma, I., Israel, G., Knigge, C., Lohfink, A., Markoff, S., Marsh, T., Rea, N., Tingay, S., Wiersema, K., Altamirano, D., Bhattacharya, D., Brandt, W.N., Carey, S., Charles, P., Trigo, M. Diaz, Done, C., Kotze, M., Eikenberry, S., Fender, R., Ferruit, P., Fuerst, F., Greiner, J., Ingram, A., Heil, L., Jonker, P., Komossa, S., Leibundgut, B., Maccarone, T., Malzac, J., McBride, V., Miller-Jones, J., Page, M., Rossi, E.M., Russell, D.M., Shahbaz, T., Sivakoff, G.R., Tanaka, M., Thompson, D.J., Uemura, M., Uttley, P., Moorsel, G. van, Doesburgh, M. Van, Warner, B., Wilkes, B., Wilms, J. and Woudt, P. (2017) Paving the way to simultaneous multi-wavelength astronomy. New Astronomy Reviews. (doi:10.1016/j.newar.2017.07.002).

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Abstract

Whilst astronomy as a science is historically founded on observations at optical wavelengths, studying the Universe in other bands has yielded remarkable discoveries, from pulsars in the radio, signatures of the Big Bang at submm wavelengths, through to high energy emission from accreting, gravitationally-compact objects and the discovery of gamma-ray bursts. Unsurprisingly, the result of combining multiple wavebands leads to an enormous increase in diagnostic power, but powerful insights can be lost when the sources studied vary on timescales shorter than the temporal separation between observations in different bands. In July 2015, the workshop "Paving the way to simultaneous multi-wavelength astronomy" was held as a concerted effort to address this at the Lorentz Center, Leiden. It was attended by 50 astronomers from diverse fields as well as the directors and staff of observatories and spaced-based missions. This community white paper has been written with the goal of disseminating the findings of that workshop by providing a concise review of the field of multi-wavelength astronomy covering a wide range of important source classes, the problems associated with their study and the solutions we believe need to be implemented for the future of observational astronomy. We hope that this paper will both stimulate further discussion and raise overall awareness within the community of the issues faced in a developing, important field.

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Accepted/In Press date: 31 July 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 August 2017
Additional Information: 52 pages, 15 figures, accepted, invited review (to appear in New Astronomy Reviews), v2: updated figure and text
Keywords: astro-ph.IM

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Local EPrints ID: 414426
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/414426
ISSN: 1387-6473
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ORCID for P. Gandhi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3105-2615
ORCID for D. Altamirano: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3422-0074

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Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 05:01

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Author: M.J. Middleton
Author: P. Casella
Author: P. Gandhi ORCID iD
Author: E. Bozzo
Author: G. Anderson
Author: N. Degenaar
Author: I. Donnarumma
Author: G. Israel
Author: C. Knigge
Author: A. Lohfink
Author: S. Markoff
Author: T. Marsh
Author: N. Rea
Author: S. Tingay
Author: K. Wiersema
Author: D. Altamirano ORCID iD
Author: D. Bhattacharya
Author: W.N. Brandt
Author: S. Carey
Author: P. Charles
Author: M. Diaz Trigo
Author: C. Done
Author: M. Kotze
Author: S. Eikenberry
Author: R. Fender
Author: P. Ferruit
Author: F. Fuerst
Author: J. Greiner
Author: A. Ingram
Author: L. Heil
Author: P. Jonker
Author: S. Komossa
Author: B. Leibundgut
Author: T. Maccarone
Author: J. Malzac
Author: V. McBride
Author: J. Miller-Jones
Author: M. Page
Author: E.M. Rossi
Author: D.M. Russell
Author: T. Shahbaz
Author: G.R. Sivakoff
Author: M. Tanaka
Author: D.J. Thompson
Author: M. Uemura
Author: P. Uttley
Author: G. van Moorsel
Author: M. Van Doesburgh
Author: B. Warner
Author: B. Wilkes
Author: J. Wilms
Author: P. Woudt

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