The principal goal of this whitepaper is not so much to demonstrate that gravitational wave detectors like LIGO and LISA will help answer many central questions in astronomy and astrophysics, but to make the case that they can help answer a far greater range of questions if we prepare to make the (sometimes substantial) effort to identify electromagnetic counterparts to the gravitational wave sources.
astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey
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- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics;
- Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
- Science White Paper submitted to the Astro2010 Decadal Survey