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Mineralogy Lecture: Wednesday, September 26th

Our guest lecturer this week is Dr. Ray Smith of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). In 2001, he joined LLNL as a postdoctoral researcher, were he worked on the development of X-ray lasers for applications on the COMET laser facility. In 2002, he joined Equation of State (EOS) group were he is currently developing… Read more »

Sonia Tikoo – Mineralogy Lecture Series: 19th September

The speaker is Sonia Tikoo, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers. Her talk is entitled “Paleomagnetic insights into the formation and evolution of solar system bodies.” Read the abstract here:PDF Document: Abstract

Next Mineralogy Lecture on 12th September

Our speaker will be Dr. Riccardo Bolis, Postdoctoral Researcher, CRNS, PIMM Laboratory, ENSAM, Paris, and his talk is entitled “Laser shock compression studies of MgO-SiO2 systems at high pressures.” Olin Hall 247 at 4:30 PM. Read the full abstract here: PDF Document:

Our first group meeting on August 22nd.

Welcome back everyone! We met on August 22nd for the first time this semester. Stay tuned for more updates from our group as the semester progresses!

Want to make a super-earth? Bring on the frikking lasers

A team of physicists have attempted to recreate the internal conditions of a ‘super-Earth’ planet in a lab, by shooting laser beams at iron samples. Super-Earths are a type of exoplanet. They have a higher mass than Earth, but are not as massive as Uranus and Neptune. The giants are about 15 and 17 times the mass of Earth.