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Dr. Christopher Hamann

Dr. Christopher Hamann
  • Tasks

    • Scientist, Department Impact and Meteorite Research
    • Head of Electron Microprobe Lab
    • Head of Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab (Geosciences)
    • Geo.X Coordinator at Museum für Naturkunde

    Research interests

    • Formation, petrology, and geochemistry of impact melts formed
    • Chemical interaction between projectile and target during impact
    • Development and application of laser irradiation for planetary sciences/impact studies

    Publications (selection)

    Morlok, A., Hamann, C., Martin, D., Weber, I., Joy, K. H., Hiesinger, H., Wogelius, R., Stojic, A., Helbert, J. (2020) Mid-infrared spectroscopy of laser-produced basalt melts for remote sensing application. Icarus 355, 113410.

    McKibbin, S., Pittarello, L., Makarona, C., Hamann, C., Hecht, L., Chernonozhkin, S. M., Goderis, S., Claeys, P. (2019) Petrogenesis of main group pallasite meteorites based on relationships among texture, mineralogy, and geochemistry. Meteoritics & Planetary Science.

    Hamann, C., Bläsing, S., Hecht, L., Schäffer, S., Deutsch, A., Osterholz, J., Lexow, B. (2018) The reaction of carbonates in contact with laser-generated, superheated silicate melts: Constraining impact metamorphism of carbonate-bearing target rocks. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 53, 1644–1686.

    Hamann, C., Fazio, A., Ebert, M., Hecht, L., Wirth, R., Folco, L., Deutsch, A., Reimold, W. U. (2018) Silicate liquid immiscibility in impact melts. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 53, 1594–1632.

    Stöffler, D., Hamann, C., Metzler, K. (2017) Schock metamorphism of planetary silicate rocks and sediments: Proposal for an updated classification system. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 53, 5–49.

    Ebert, M., Hecht, L., Hamann, C., Luther, R. (2017) Laser-induced melting experiments: Simulation of short-term high-temperature impact processes. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 52, 1475–1494.

    Van Roosbroek, N., Hamann, C., McKibbin, S., Greshake, A., Wirth, R., Pittarello, L., Hecht, L., Claeyes, P., Debaille, V. (2017) Immiscible silicate liquids and phosphoran olivine in Netschaëvo IIE silicate: Analogue for planetesimal core–mantle boundaries. Geochmimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 192, 295–317.

    Hamann, C., Luther, R., Ebert, M., Hecht, L., Deutsch, A., Wünnemann, K., Schäffer, S., Osterholz, J., Lexow, B. (2016) Correlating laser-generated melts with impact-generated melts: An integrated thermodynamic–petrologic approach. Geophysical Reserach Letters, 43, 10602–10610. Open Access:

    Hamann, C., Stöffler, D., Reimold, W. U. (2016) Interaction of aluminum projectiles with quartz sand in impact experiments: Formation of khatyrkite (CuAl2) and reduction of SiO2 to Si. Geochmimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 192, 295–317.

    Hamann, C., Hecht, L., Ebert, M., Wirth, R. (2013) Chemical projectile–target interaction and liquid immiscibility in impact glass from the Wabar craters, Saudi Arabia. Geochmimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 121, 291–310.