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A window on the early solar system

When Sep 23, 2016
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Tilley Lecture Theatre, Department of Earth Sciences
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Contact Phone 01223 333442
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Earth Sciences alumni are warmly invited to join us Dr Richard Harrison's talk on Friday 23 September at 4:30pm. The talk will be followed by a private view and drinks reception in the Sedgwick Museum, 5:15-6:00pm where Douglas Palmer will be on hand to offer informal tours. This event forms part of the Alumni Festival 2016.

A window on the early solar system: Magnetic nanostructures in meteorites

Meteorites can tell us a great deal about the magnetic state of the early solar system, and may even shed light on how Earth's own magnetic field is generated. This talk reveals how the nanoscience of magnetic meteorites is being used to decode magnetic signals frozen into these ancient materials.

Dr Richard Harrison, Reader in Earth Materials Science, employs a combination of state-of-the-art experimental techniques, including transmission microscopy, electron holography, neutron and X-ray scattering, together with atomistic and micromagnetic modelling, to study the fundamental properties of magnetic minerals at the nanometre scale.


Esquel pallasite from the Natural History Museum collections
The Esquel pallasite from the Natural History Museum collections, consists of gem-quality crystals of the silicate mineral olivine embedded in a matrix of iron-nickel alloy. Credit: Copyright the Natural History Museum

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