Stewart Group

Planetary Physics

Origin of the Moon

Sarah Stewart’s research group investigates the formation and evolution of planetary bodies. Our primary techniques are shock wave experiments to measure material properties and numerical simulations of planetary processes. We tackle a broad range of problems in planetary science and shock physics, focusing on understanding the feedbacks between physical processes and changes in material properties.

News: Sarah is moving to the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University in summer 2024.

Sarah’s bio and CV

Recent Moon-themed podcasts with Sarah:
Radiolab (April 5) and TED Radio Hour (Feb 9).
Check out the Stewart Group YouTube Video Stream

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DOE-NNSA Center for Matter under Extreme Conditions

Sarah Stewart is a Co-PI and Deputy Director of CMEC. CMEC focuses on addressing major science problems in plasma and high energy density physics while training the next generation of leaders in physics. The Center is led by Professor Farhat Beg at U. California San Diego.

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NSF Physics Frontiers Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures

Sarah Stewart is a co-PI in the CMAP NSF Center, a collaboration between U. Rochester, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Princeton, MIT, U. Buffalo, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The center focuses on understanding the physical nature of matter at extreme compression. The CMAP Director is Professor Gilbert Collins at U. Rochester. screenshot

Open Science Initiatives

Sarah is a co-founder of the initiative. Her group follows the philosophy of open science, such as implementing workflow processes recommended by NASA’s Transform to Open Science program. She is also working on a new public high-pressure equation of state community compendium.

Sarah shares her group’s research products on GitHub: S. T. Stewart, Impacts Wiki

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