Shock Compression Lab

In the fall of 2016, Professor Sarah Stewart’s group took possession of the department’s newest – and largest – experimental facility constructed adjacent to the former location of the Geology Department (the Physics/ Geology building). Stewart’s group uses a combination of experimental and computational approaches to explore feedbacks between material properties and physical processes during planetary formation and impact events.

Planetary Science

Planetary Science

The Planetary group at UC Davis combines expertise in geochemical studies of extraterrestrial materials, experiments and modeling of major geophysical processes, and developing geobiological approaches to search for life on other planets. Current research includes exploration of ancient environments on Mars, timescales of planet formation, giant impacts and lunar origin, and the formation of the early terrestrial atmospheres.