Philipp HeckAssociate Professor (Part Time)

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Research Interests

Prof. Heck’s research interests include meteorites and their components (in particular presolar grains and CAIs), micrometeorites, and cosmic dust. Heck and his collaborators study these sample with the following techniques: noble gas mass spectrometry, atom-probe tomography, SIMS, NanoSIMS, SEM, FIB-SEM, Raman spectroscopy, Q-LA-ICPMS, and uCT. Heck currently teaches the accretion of extraterrestrial matter to Earth, research and reading. Heck curates the meteorite, rock and mineral collection at the Field Museum of Natural History

Selected Publications

Kööp L., Heck P. R., Busemann H., Davis A. M., Greer J.*, Maden C., Meier M. M. M., Wieler R. High early solar activity inferred from helium and neon excesses in the oldest meteorite inclusions. Nature Astronomy, (2018).

Heck P. R., Jadhav M., Meier M. M. M., Maruoka T., Amari S., Zinner E., Busemann H., Maden C., Gyngard F., Baur H., Wieler R. Neon Isotopes in Individual Presolar Low-Density Graphite Grains from the Orgueil Meteorite. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, (2018).

Rout S. S., Heck P. R., Schmitz B. Shock history of the fossil ungrouped achondrite Österplana 065: Raman spectroscopy and TEM of relict chrome-spinel grains. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, doi: 10.1111/maps.13041 (2018).

Heck P. R., Schmitz B., Bottke W. F., Rout S. S.#, Kita N. T., Cronholm A., Defouilloy C., Dronov A. & Terfelt F. Rare meteorites common in the Ordovician period. Nature Astronomy 1, DOI: 10.1038/s41550-016-0035 (2017).