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Robert Luther

Robert Luther
Fax: +49 30 889140 - 8565

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


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

 - 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-VIII - Effects of meteorite impacts


Publications (Selection)

for details see researchgate

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).