At the Earth and Planets Laboratory, we work at the frontier of human knowledge. We discover new worlds, create new materials, illuminate the inner workings of our planet, and seek to understand the universe that is our home. In 2020 we merged the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (est.1904) and the Geophysical Lab (est.1905) to create a new multidisciplinary department. By combining a century of scientific trailblazing, we are better suited than ever to collaborate, discover, and innovate.
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On April 1, 2020, Deputy Director Mike Walter organized a virtual meeting that brought together scientists from Carnegie Science, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian to present the work they would have shared at the canceled Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC). During the day-long digital meeting, named LPSC-Z after the original meeting, nine planetary scientists presented their talks to nearly 50 attendees on topics ranging from planetary disk formation to mantle melt chemistry.
In this period of social distancing, a term that used to carry negative connotations but now is an essential health safety practice, the work done at Carnegie continues, even if it must now be done remotely. As our new name Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) implies, a good fraction of our work is done in laboratories, with equipment and instrumentation that have for the most part been put into limbo while local stay-at-home orders are in place.More articles...
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200-ton magnet destined for DTM's cyclotron in June 1940