Almudena Arcones, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Dan W. Bardayan, University of Notre Dame
Timothy C. Beers, University of Notre Dame
Lee A. Bernstein, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jeffrey C. Blackmon, Louisiana State University
Bronson Messer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
B. Alex Brown, Michigan State University
Edward F. Brown, Michigan State University
Carl R. Brune, Ohio University
Art E. Champagne, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Alessandro Chieffi, Istituto Nazionale Di Astrofisica, Rome
Aaron J. Couture, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Pawel Danielewicz, Michigan State University
Roland Diehl, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
Mounib El-Eid, American University of Beirut
Jutta E. Escher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Brian D. Fields, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Carla Fröhlich, NC State University
Falk Herwig, University of Victoria
William Raphael Hix, ORNL Physics Division
Christian Iliadis, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
William G. Lynch, Michigan State University
Gail C. McLaughlin, NC State University
Bradley S. Meyer, Clemson University
Anthony Mezzacappa, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Filomena Nunes, Michigan State University
Brian W. O'Shea, Michigan State University
Madappa Prakash, Ohio University
Boris Pritychenko, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Sanjay Reddy, University of Washington
Ernst Rehm, Argonne National Laboratory
Grigory Rogachev, Cyclotron Institute
Robert E. Rutledge, Université McGill

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This white paper informs the nuclear astrophysics community and funding agencies about the scientific directions and priorities of the field and provides input from this community for the 2015 Nuclear Science Long Range Plan. It summarizes the outcome of the nuclear astrophysics town meeting that was held on August 21–23, 2014 in College Station at the campus of Texas A&M University in preparation of the NSAC Nuclear Science Long Range Plan. It also reflects the outcome of an earlier town meeting of the nuclear astrophysics community organized by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) on October 9–10, 2012 Detroit, Michigan, with the purpose of developing a vision for nuclear astrophysics in light of the recent NRC decadal surveys in nuclear physics (NP2010) and astronomy (ASTRO2010). The white paper is furthermore informed by the town meeting of the Association of Research at University Nuclear Accelerators (ARUNA) that took place at the University of Notre Dame on June 12–13, 2014. In summary we find that nuclear astrophysics is a modern and vibrant field addressing fundamental science questions at the intersection of nuclear physics and astrophysics. These questions relate to the origin of the elements, the nuclear engines that drive life and death of stars, and the properties of dense matter. A broad range of nuclear accelerator facilities, astronomical observatories, theory efforts, and computational capabilities are needed. With the developments outlined in this white paper, answers to long standing key questions are well within reach in the coming decade.

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Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics

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