Larry R. Nittler

Hermeochemist and Interstellar Dustbuster


Department of Terrestrial Magnetism

Carnegie Institution of Washington

5241 Broad Branch Road, NW

Washington, DC 20015-1305

Tel: +1 202 478 8460

Fax: +1 202 478 8821

Email: lnittler at ciw.edu

Welcome

I am a staff scientist in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

My primary research interests are in the laboratory analysis and scientific implications of extraterrestrial materials, including meteorites and interplanetary dust particles. I am very interested in presolar grains in meteorites and in the development of new techniques for isotopic analysis and mapping of small samples. I am actively involved in the analysis of cometary samples returned by NASA's STARDUST mission and solar wind samples returned by the GENESIS mission. I am the Director of the DTM ion microprobe facility, which includes both a Cameca ims-6f and a Cameca NanoSIMS 50L ion probe, each equipped with a Hyperion RF plasma oxygen source.

I also work on X-ray and Gamma-ray spectrometers for planetary missions. I was Deputy Principal Investigator on the Science Team for the MESSENGER mission, which orbited the planet Mercury from 2011-2015. I am also a member of the X-ray spectrometer team for the ESA/JAXA Mercury mission, BepiColombo, which was launched in November 2018. and I am a NASA Participating Scientist on JAXA's Hayabusa2 asteroid sample return mission.

L'image

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