Department of Physics

Steven Desch

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign- Urbana, 1998
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Steve Desch is a theoretical astrophysicist who models the formation of solar systems and planetary processes. His modeling draws on his expertise in magnetohydrodynamics, radiative transfer, dust microphysics, meteoritics, and other astrophysics, as well as numerical computing. His research interests include: chondrule formation; origin of the Solar System’s short-lived radionuclides; star formation and protoplanetary disk evolution; astromineralogy; Martian dust devils; and cryovolcanism on Kuiper Belt Objects. Steve Desch is the 2003 recipient of the Meteoritical Society’s Alfred O. Nier Prize.

Selected Publications

Snider, K.D., Hester, J.J., Desch, S.J., Healy, K.R., Ouellette, N., Whitney, B.A., et al. . 2006 . A Scenario For Low-Mass Star Formation In HII Region Environments . Triggered Star Formation in a TurbulentISM, International Astronomical Union. Symposium no. 237, held 14-18 August, 2006 in Prague, Czech Republic . 212 .
Desch, S. . 2006 . Meteoritics: How to make a chondrule . Nature . Volume 441, Issue 7092 . 416-417
Ouellette, N., Desch, S. J. . 2006 . Efficiency of Mixing of Supernova Ejecta into Nearby Protoplanetary Disks. . 37th Annual Lunar and PlanetaryScience Conference, March 13-17, 2006, League City, Texas, abstract no.2348 . .