Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Accretion, core formation, and composition of the deep interiors of Earth and other terrestrial planets. She combines high-pressure, high-temperature mineral physics experiments with planetary-scale modeling.
The Fischer research group is seeking an undergraduate student for part time work writing software to control an optical system in the laboratory. The software will interface with several pieces of hardware (lasers, spectrometers, stages, and cameras) and control them in a user-friendly GUI. It would also need to perform basic fitting of spectra and display results in live time during use of the system. There is flexibility in the choice of programming environment/language to be used...
My research focuses on processes that occurred in the primitive Earth, during the period when core-mantle differentiation was ongoing. This is the era of the Earth’s history when major chemical reservoirs were established and the Earth acquired its bulk physical properties. I study the chemistry of different groups of elements through experiments carried out at high temperature and pressures using the laser-heated diamond anvil cell. This apparatus is capable of simulating the extreme conditions that existed in a deep terrestrial magma ocean. The results of these experiments are applicable to questions regarding terrestrial planet formation, bulk compositions and volatile accretion.