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Christopher Hamann

Christopher Hamann
Fax: +49 30 889140 - 8565

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin


  • Research Assistant, PhD Student (DFG-funded Research Unit MEMIN)
  • Assistant, Dachverband Geowissenschaften (DVGeo) at Museum für Naturkunde

Research interests

Primary research interests:

  • Formation, petrology, and geochemistry of impact melts formed in terrestrial impact structures (Wabar, Meteor Crater, Kamil, Tenoumer) and in experiments (hypervelocity impact experiments, laser-irradiation experiments)
  • Chemical interaction between projectile and target during impact
  • Development and application of laser irradiation for planetary sciences/impact studies

Research projects:

  • Projectile–target interaction, melting, and vaporization in hypervelocity experiments and natural impactites (DFG-funded Research Unit MEMIN)

Publications (selection)

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

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 phospohoran 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.

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.