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Dr. Robert Luther

Dr. Robert Luther
  • Tasks

    Research Assistant in the group of Impact and Meteorite Research

     - Simulation of asteroid entries into the atmosphere and estimate of effects observalbe on the ground (shock wave, light radiation)

     - Numerical Modelling of Impacts with the iSALE Hydrocode


    Research interestes

     - Study of the kinetic Impactor technique for deflection asteroids on Earth crossing trajectories in the context of the AIDA-Missions DART & Hera 

     - Effect of asteroid entries into the atmosphere

     - Effect of target properties on crater formation

     - Material ejection from the crater

     - Ejecta interaction with an atmosphere, and final material deposition

    Research projects


    P3-NEO-XXVIII - Entwicklung eines Vorhersagesystems zur Frühwarnung bei Meteoriteneinschlägen

    P3-NEO-VIII - Effects of meteorite impacts


    Publications (Selection)

    for details see researchgate and OrcID

    R. Luther et al. (2022), Momentum Enhancement during Kinetic Impacts in the Low-Intermediate-Strength Regime: Benchmarking & Validation of Impact Shock Physics Codes, The Planetary Science Journal.

    J. Ormö et al. (2022), Boulder exhumation and segregation by impacts on rubble-pile asteroids, Earth & Planetary Science Letters 594, 117713,

    A. Stickle et al. (2022), Effects of impact and target parameters on the results of a kinetic impactor: predictions for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, The Planetary Science Journal.

    A. Schmalen, R. Luther, N. Artemieva (2022), Campo del Cielo modeling and comparison with observations: I. Atmospheric entry of the iron meteoroid, Meteoritics & Planetary Science 57 (8), 1496-1518,

    N. Güldemeister, J. Moreau, T. Kohout, R. Luther,  K. Wünnemann (2022), Insight into the Distribution of High-pressure Shock Metamorphism in Rubble-pile Asteroids, The Planetary Science Journal 3, 198,

    T. Liu, R. Luther, L. Manske, K. Wünnemann (2022), Melt Production and Ejection From Lunar Intermediate-Sized Impact Craters: Where Is the Molten Material Deposited?, JGR: Planets 127  (8), e2022JE007264,

    A. Stickle et al. (2020), Benchmarking impact hydrocodes in the strength regime: Implications for modelling deflection by a kinetic impactor, Icarus 338, 113446, 10.1016/j.icarus.2019.113446 .

    R. Luther, N. Artemieva, K. Wünnemann (2019), The effect of atmospheric interaction on impact ejecta dynamics and deposition, Icarus 333, 71-86, 10.1016/j.icarus.2019.05.007 .

    S. D. Raducan, T. M. Davison, R. Luther, G. S. Collins (2019), The role of asteroid strength, porosity and internal friction in impact momentum transfer, Icarus 333, 282-295, 10.1016/j.icarus.2019.03.040 .

    R. Luther, M.-H. Zhu, G. S. Collins, K. Wünnemann (2018), Effect of target properties and impact velocity on ejection dynamics and ejecta deposition, Meteoritics & Planetary Science 53(8), 1705-1732, 10.1111/maps.13143 .

    R. Luther, N. Artemieva, M. Ivanova, C. Lorenz, K. Wünnemann (2017), Snow carrots after the Chelyabinsk event and model implications for highly porous solar system objects, Meteoritics & Planetary Science 52(5), 979-999,

    Prieur N. C., Rolf T., Luther R., Wünnemann K., Xiao Z., Werner S. C. (2017), The effect of target properties on transient crater scaling for simple craters, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, Volume 122, 1704-1726, 10.1002/2017JE005283.

    Ebert M., Hecht L., Hamann C., Luther R. (2017), Laser-induced melting experiments: Simulation of short-term high-temperature impact processes, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Volume 52, Issue 7, 1475-1494,

    C. Hamann, R. Luther, M. Ebert, L. Hecht, A. Deutsch, K. Wünnemann, S. Schäffer, J. Osterholz, B. Lexow (2016), Correlating laser-generated melts with impact-generated melts: An integrated thermodynamic-petrologic approach, Geophysical Research Letters 43(20), 10,602-10,610, Open Access doi: 10.1002/2016GL071050 .


    Luther, R. (2019). Numerical Modelling of Impact Crater Formation: Material Excavation and Interaction between Ejecta and Atmosphere. Dissertation at Freie Universität Berlin (Supervisor: Prof. K. Wünnemann & Prof. L. Noack) in cooperation with Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Supervisor: Prof. K. Wünnemann). Link:

    Master Thesis

    Luther, R. (2014). Monitoring for Lunar Impact Flashes: Assessment of sensor systems and experiences from telescope campaigns, Master thesis at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Supervisor: Prof. A. Peters) in cooperation with TU Berlin (Supervisor: Prof. J. Oberst) and the DLR, Institute of Planetary Research (Supervisor: Dr. F. Sohl).

    Bachelor Thesis

    Luther, R (2010). Development and application of a model generator for the Travel Time Toolbox (TTBox) for determination of seismic travel time curves in Earth-like Planets, Bachelor's thesis at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Supervisor: Prof. I. Sokolov) in cooperation with DLR, Institute of Planetary Research (Supervisor: Dr. F. Sohl and Dr. M. Knapmeyer).