Richard LyonsGraduate Student

Research Focus:
Planet Formation, Planetesimal Impacts, Meteorite Formation
Hinds 459

Research Interests

I am interested in the formation of planets and solar systems, like our own, and what processes are important in the early stages of formation. More specifically I am researching how impacts between planetesimals in the early Solar System resulted in the meteorites we have in collections today. To do this I utilize several numerical modeling techniques such as N-body models, impact shock physics code, and thermodynamic models.

I aim to link the meteoritic record to dynamical models describing the conditions in the early Solar System. The common link between the two are impact events. If the conditions of an impact onto a meteoritic parent body (energy, timing) can be determined, then something can be learned about the dynamical environment that body experienced. Below are my current projects investigating this.