PTYS/LPL Faculty

Erik Asphaug

Lunar studies, MMXPlanetary analogs, Planetary surfaces, Psyche, Space Situational Awareness, Titan & Outer Solar System
BS, 1984, Rice University; Ph.D., 1993, The University of Arizona

Kuiper 428

Years with LPL: 2017

I specialize in planet formation resulting from pairwise collisions ('giant impacts') and the physics of low-gravity bodies such as comets, small satellites and asteroids. I also dabble in the evolution of the martian and lunar surface, and the origin of chondrules. I am pursuing the development of laboratories in near-Earth space relevant to accessing and processing in situ resources, and missions to asteroids and comets.

Current Grants

Co-I: Psyche: Journey to a Metal World
PI: Prof. Linda Elkins-Tanton (ASU)
Program name: NASA Discovery Program, Science Mission Directorate 
Performance period: 02/15/17 – 09/15/2027

Co-I: A Further Understanding of Bennu's Surface: Developing and Constraining Particle-Based Methods
PI: Dr. Stephen Schwartz (UA)
Program name: OSIRIS-REx Participating Scientist Program, NASA New Frontiers Program, Science Mission Directorate
Period of performance: 12/1/2017 to 11/30/2020

Co-I: Scale-Dependent Measurements of Meteorite Strength: Implications for the Fragmentation of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
PI: Prof. Desiree Cotto-Figueroa (UPRH)
Program name: Solar System Observations
Period of performance: 08/01/2018 to 07/31/21 

Science PI: Stop Hitting Yourself: Did Most Terrestrial Impactors Originate from Terrestrial Planets?
PI: Prof. Linda Elkins-Tanton (ASU)
Program name: NASA Emerging Worlds
Period of performance: 1/1/2016 to 12/31/2018

Co-I: Seismic Orbital Laser VibrometEr (SOLVE)
PI: Prof. Paul Sava (Colorado School of Mines)
Program name: NASA PICASSO
Period of Performance: 06/01/2017 – 05/31/19 

Current Spacecraft Involvement

Former Spacecraft Involvement

  • Co-I, Lunar Cratering Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), NASA Ames (2006-2010; PI: T. Colaprete)
  • Associate, Galileo Solid State Imaging Science Team (1996-2003; PI: M. Belton)

Current PTYS Graduate Students

Student Collaborations/Advising

  • Travis Gabriel (ASU)

Current Postdocs

Former Postdocs

  • Alan Jackson (2013-2016)
  • Desiree Cotto-Figueroa (2013-2015)
  • Andreas Reufer (2013, 2014)
  • Shangfei Liu (2013-2015)
  • Martin Jutzi (2009-2011)
  • Lindsey Chambers (2008-2011)
  • Misha Kreslavsky (2006-2012)
  • Don Korycansky (2000-2002)
  • Craig Agnor (2002-2004)

Complete publications list available from: NASA ADS Author search: Erik Asphaug

Refereed publications (NASA ADS): Calendar Year 2016 through July 2018

Belton, M. J. S., Zou, X.-D., Li, J.-Y., Asphaug, E.  On the origin of internal layers in comet nuclei 2018Icar..314..364B

Benavidez, P. G., Durda, D. D., Enke, B., Campo Bagatin, A., Richardson, D. C., Asphaug, E., Bottke, W. F.  Impact simulation in the gravity regime: Exploring the effects of parent body size and internal structure 2018Icar..304..143B

Sava, P., Asphaug, E.  3D radar wavefield tomography of comet interiors 2018AdSpR..61.2198S

Jackson, A. P., Gabriel, T. S. J., Asphaug, E. I.  Constraints on the pre-impact orbits of Solar system giant impactors 2018MNRAS.474.2924J

Golabek, G. J., Emsenhuber, A., Jutzi, M., Asphaug, E. I., Gerya, T. V.  Coupling SPH and thermochemical models of planets: Methodology and example of a Mars-sized body 2018Icar..301..235G

Lightholder, J., Thoesen, A., Adamson, E., Jakubowski, J., Nallapu, R., Smallwood, S., Raura, L., Klesh, A., Asphaug, E., Thangavelautham, J.  Asteroid Origins Satellite (AOSAT) I: An On-orbit Centrifuge Science Laboratory 2017AcAau.133...81L

Rozehnal, J., Brož, M., Nesvorný, D., Durda, D. D., Walsh, K., Richardson, D. C., Asphaug, E. Hektor - an exceptional D-type family among Jovian Trojans 2016MNRAS.462.2319R

Perera, V., Jackson, A. P., Asphaug, E., Ballouz, R.-L.  The spherical Brazil Nut Effect and its significance to asteroids 2016Icar..278..194P

Cotto-Figueroa, D., Asphaug, E., Garvie, L. A. J., Rai, A., Johnston, J., Borkowski, L., Datta, S., Chattopadhyay, A., Morris, M. A.  Scale-dependent measurements of meteorite strength: Implications for asteroid fragmentation 2016Icar..277...73C

Movshovitz, N., Nimmo, F., Korycansky, D. G., Asphaug, E., Owen, J. M.  Impact disruption of gravity-dominated bodies: New simulation data and scaling 2016Icar..275...85M

Asphaug, E.  Rise and fall of the Martian moons 2016NatGe...9..568A

Nayak, M., Asphaug, E. Sesquinary catenae on the Martian satellite Phobos from reaccretion of escaping ejecta 2016NatCo...712591N

Hurford, T. A., Asphaug, E., Spitale, J. N., Hemingway, D., Rhoden, A. R., Henning, W. G., Bills, B. G., Kattenhorn, S. A., Walker, M.  Tidal disruption of Phobos as the cause of surface fractures 2016JGRE..121.1054H

Semester Course Day/Time Location Resources
Spring 2021 PTYS 595B-002
Spring 2020 PTYS 595B-002
Spring 2019 PTYS 595B-002 TTH 2:00-3:15p.m. Kuiper 312
Fall 2019 PTYS 595B-002

Last updated on September 13, 2018