Donald G Korycansky

TitleAssociate Research Planetary Scientist
DivisionPhysical & Biological Sciences
DepartmentEarth & Planetary Sciences Department,
Geophysics & Planetary Physics
Web Site Website
OfficeEarth And Marine Sciences C328
Campus Mail StopEarth and Planetary Sciences
Donald G Korycansky

Research Interests

My research interests at this time fall primarily into the following areas:

1) atmospheric impacts (i.e. impacts of asteroids and comets into planetary atmospheres),

2) crater formation by impacts, especially of multiple or disrupted bodies,

3) impact-generated tsunami on the Earth, and

4) asteroid dynamics (including internal structure, spin-states, surface processes, and origin of binaries).

In addition, I am working on extending the asteroid-dynamics computations to granular-flow and landslide modeling.

I am also part of the NASA-Ames Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission science team.

My work consists mostly of numerical modeling: I use codes developed by others (ZEUS-MP, COULWAVE) for impact and hydrodynamical modeling, and ones developed by myself (for rigid-body dynamics).

Biography, Education and Training

BS, California Institute of Technology

PhD, Astronomy and Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz