Dr. Takafumi Niihara
I am a postdoctoral researcher working in the LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration at LPI, as part of the NASA Lunar Science Institute effort.
My Scientific interests are petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry and geochronology of shock metamorphosed materials.
Previously, I studied the petrology and mineralogy of impact-melted H chondrites, shock-recovery and annealing experiments on U-Pb isotope systematics of baddeleyite (ZrO2), and petrology and geochronology of Shergottites (Martian meteorites). I am currently studying impact-melt clast in Apollo samples to clarify the origin of the clasts and surface evolution of the Moon using petrological, geochemical and geochronological techniques.
Dr. Niihara's Curriculum Vitae
July 29, 2011