Speaker: Dr Luke Daly (University of Glasgow)
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Abstract: Understanding how our solar system formed, the timing of solar system events and the mechanism of delivery of water to the Earth are key questions in planetary science. The advent of new nanoanalytical tools and correlative approaches are enabling complete characterisation of materials down to atomic levels. These tools are uncovering a wealth of new information that informs our understanding of processes that occur over 20 orders of magnitude longer length scales that the samples measured.
In this talk I will demonstrate the power of this approach to understand the structure of solar system before there were planets and uncover a new reservoir of extra-terrestrial water that may have provided a substantial component of Earth’s oceans.