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Los Angeles 002, Martian meteorite (shergottite), 245g

Los Angeles 002, Martian meteorite
(shergottite), 245g

Research in the Cosmochemistry group at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory focuses on cosmic-ray produced (cosmogenic) nuclides, such as 10Be, 26Al, 36Cl, 41Ca, 53Mn, and 129I, in extraterrestrial materials (meteorites, micrometeorites, and lunar samples) and terrestrial materials (rocks, sediments, and polar ice). Our research on extraterrestrial materials increases the understanding of the origin and evolution of the planets and small bodies in the solar system as well as the histories of the cosmic rays and the Sun. The studies of in-situ produced cosmogenic nuclides in terrestrial rocks provide insight in the exposure and erosion histories on the surface of the Earth. Studies of cosmogenic nuclides in polar ice cores provide historical records of solar activity, geomagnetic field, and climate change. Finally, we are involved in NASA’s Genesis mission, to measure the flux of radionuclides from the Sun.

Kuni Nishiizumi in the Genesis Lab working on Mo-Pt foil expansion.

Kuni Nishiizumi in the Genesis Lab working on Mo-Pt foil expansion.

 

Collection of ice at Allan Hills, Antarctica.

Collection of ice at Allan Hills, Antarctica.

 

 

Kuni in Antarctica