Department of Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Department seminar

Date and time: 19 February 2016 (Friday), 4:00 pm
Venue: Seminar Hall

Title: From dust to planets: The cosmochemical perspective

Speaker: Prof. Meenakshi Wadhwa, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University

Abstract: The earliest history of our Solar System is literally written in stone – actually, meteorite. Meteorites are an amazing treasure trove of information about the beginning of our Solar System, how the terrestrial planets accreted and then differentiated to form core-mantle-crust, what the source of water and other volatiles was on these planets, and perhaps even how life may have emerged on our planet. In this talk, I will touch broadly on these themes, and will discuss how the methods and the powerful tool-kit of cosmochemistry are allowing us to gain a better understanding of the natural world around us and of our place in the universe.