Dr. Trigo-Rodriguez’ research focuses on the formation of primitive solar system minor bodies (comets and asteroids) and the study of their fragments in space (dust, meteoroids) or as rocks that survive to reach the Earth (meteorites). These “minor bodies” provide important clues to the origin of the solar system and the formation and evolution of asteroids, as primitive meteorites and particularly chondrites are known to retain the chemical and isotopic conditions prevailing in the early solar system, though most have been subjected to different processes that altered their primeval physical, chemical and isotopic properties. The study of meteorites and micrometeorites, remote analyses of comets, and determination of dynamic strength from meteor data are complementary ways to gain insights into the structure and physical properties of asteroids.
Dr. Natalia S. Bezaeva graduated from the Faculty of Physics, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia) in 2005, received a PhD degree in Phys. & Math. Sciences from the same University in 2007 and a PhD degree in Environmental Geosciences from Aix-Marseille University (Aix-en-Provence, France) in 2008. Her research interests include extraterrestrial and planetary magnetism, lunar and meteorite magnetism, rock magnetism as well as the effects of shock and irradiation on the magnetic properties of terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials and their synthetic analogs. Meteorites and lunar samples represent a unique source of information on the magnetic fields in the solar system in the past. However, shocks and cosmic radiations are able to ‘alter’ such information and erase or overprint the magnetic signal of extraterrestrial rocks, so understanding the effects of shock and irradiation on the magnetic properties of solar system materials is of crucial importance.
- Series Editor
- Christian Koeberl
- Josep Trigo-Rodriguez
- Natalia S. Bezaeva