Recent news for IMPACT

10/15/2016: 2017 Dust, Atmospheres, and Plasma workshop hosted by IMPACT

The Dust, Atmosphere and Plasma environment of the Moon and Small Bodies (DAP-2017) workshop was a forum to (i) discuss our current understanding of the surface environment of the Moon, the moons of Mars, and asteroids, (ii) share new results from past and ongoing missions to airless bodies and comets, and (iii) describe expectations for planned upcoming missions to airless bodies and comets. More information about the meeting including posted talks please visit the DAP-2017 website, here.

Lunar surface courtesy of NASA

01/06/17: Featured IMPACT science

Work from Xu Wang and Joseph Schwan was recently featured in a space.com article as well as an episode of Discovery Channel's news segment, DNews. Their work explores the mechanisms responsible for mobilizing and transporting dust on the lunar surface. The article can be found here and the DNews video can be found here.

Image courtesy of NASA and Joseph Schwan

12/8/2016: IMPACT student awarded Raul A. and Ruth Stern Plasma Physics Scholarship

Joseph Schwan is an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Physics. He works under Xu Wang researching dust dynamics in plasmas. The scholarship is funded by generous donations in the name of Raul A. Stern, a professor emeritus at CU Boulder. More information about Raul A. Stern can be found here.

Photo of Joseph Schwan

9/23/2016: IMPACT hosts experiment to explore microparticle behavior in plasma-material interactions

Late last year, IMPACT hosted physiscist Zhehui (Jeff ) Wang from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) who conducted an experiment to better understand high energy microparticles. The experiment used high speed cameras from Vision Research to follow the behavior of hot and molten microparticles to support simulation and modeling efforts of magnetic fusion and plasma-material interactions. A full article from Vision Research can be found here. Footage provided by Vision Research can also be found here.

Image courtesy of Vision Research

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