What are planets made of?  What are the properties of planetary materials and how do they change the dynamics and chemical processes?  How can the processes in deep interiors alter the surface environment and tectonics?  These are the key questions we aim to answer through laboratory experiments.  

We measure the properties of planetary materials at a wide range of pressures and temperatures using the diamond-anvil cell and multi-anvil press techniques, and apply the results for understanding the structure and evolution of planets.


Lab News

  • Invited talk at High Power Laser workshop I gave an invited talk at the High Power Laser Workshop at SLAC, Stanford.  I summarized the laser-driven shock experiments we have done in early Aug in this year
    Posted Sep 29, 2017, 10:47 AM by Sang-Heon Dan Shim
  • Invited talk at JPL I had an exciting visit to InSight team at JPL.  I have a talk on the possible mineralogy of the Mars mantle and possibly implications for the dynamic evolution of ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2017, 10:44 AM by Sang-Heon Dan Shim
  • New paper published in PNAS It took us 8 years from the start of the project to the publication, but I am very proud of my team and my collaborators for their patience and persistence ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2017, 1:21 PM by Sang-Heon Dan Shim
  • pytheos - a new python tool set for equations of state We deploy our new python tool set for calculating pressures, converting pressure scales, and fitting equations of state in pypi (https://pypi.python.org/pypi), anaconda.org, and github (https ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2017, 9:58 AM by Sang-Heon Dan Shim
  • New pressure scales We published a new paper in JGR where we report new pressure scales using MgO, Pt, and Au.  The advantage is that these three scales are now consistent to each ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2017, 9:47 AM by Sang-Heon Dan Shim
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Mineral physics | Mineralogy | Crystallography | Crystal chemistry | Geophysics | Geochemistry | Diamond-anvil cell | High pressure | Synchrotron X-ray diffraction | Raman/IR spectroscopy | X-ray spectroscopy | Transmission Electron Microscopy | Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy | Thermodynamics | Elasticity | Mantle structure | Earth's interior | Exoplanets