Exploring Our Origins
Research in the Young Laboratory is directed towards understanding whence we came. We study the solar system and compare our findings with star and planet formation occurring today in the Galaxy. Our targets for study include the planets and their atmospheres, the Moon, asteroids, and the interstellar medium.
Our primary observations include the chemistry of rocks and gases, the chemistry of the interstellar medium, and the chemistry of polluted white dwarf stars. Our tools include isotope ratio mass spectrometry, reconstructions of the origins of solar-system nuclides, and spectroscopic determinations of isotope ratios in the interstellar medium.