Synestia, a New Type of Planetary Object

Graduate student Simon Lock and Sarah Stewart define and explain a new type of planetary object. A synestia is formed by a giant impact. Synestias are an important stage of terrestrial planet formation, leading to mixing within the structure and the formation of moons. Our work is published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research Planets. [...]

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New Center for Frontiers in High Energy Density Science

U. California has funded a new center in high energy density science. This center is a collaboration between 5 UC campuses, LLNL and LANL. One of the themes of our center is material properties under extreme conditions and applications to planetary science.

By | 2016-11-16T09:03:03+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Center for Frontiers in High Energy Density Science

Tidal Evolution of the Moon: Earth started tilted over

Our new model for the tidal evolution of the moon was published online today in Nature: Tidal Evolution of the Moon from a high-obliquity, high-angular-momentum Earth. The tidal evolution is a big piece of the puzzle of lunar origin. Read more about our work on making the Earth and Moon.

By | 2016-10-31T15:12:01+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tidal Evolution of the Moon: Earth started tilted over

K isotopes differ for Earth and Moon

Kun Wang and Stein Jacobsen's new paper "Potassium isotopic evidence for a high-energy giant impact origin of the Moon", published online in Nature, supports the idea that the Moon condensed from a highly vaporized Earth and disk.

By | 2016-09-16T16:00:26+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on K isotopes differ for Earth and Moon

Congratulations, Erik!

Erik Davies has been awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for his proposed research on the "Thermodynamics and Mechanics of Large Impacts." Congrats!

By | 2016-05-23T16:29:32+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Congratulations, Erik!

Lab Job Opening

Junior Specialist in the Shock Compression Laboratory We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist with laboratory research investigating the response of geophysical materials to extreme pressures and temperatures.

By | 2016-05-04T16:40:46+00:00 May 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lab Job Opening