I use the Concordia 2MeV Hypervelocity Dust Particle Accelerator to study many different aspects of the solar system. It can also be used in terrestrial experiments. Some of the research projects I have done using the accelerator include:
- simulating a dusty environment like what one might find around a comet or the rings of a planet
- testing equipment to see if they function in dusty environments in the solar system
- performing basic research to better understand impact processes occurring when microscopic inter-planetary dust particles collide with icy bodies in the solar system.
- understanding the impacts of dust on ceramics and piezoelectric pins.