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Robert Luther

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Robert Luther
Fax: +49 30 889140 - 8565

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


Research Assistant, Ph.D. student in the group of Impact and Meteorite Research

  • Numerical Modelling of Impacts with the iSALE Hydrocode



Research interestes

  • Effect of target properties on crater formation
  • Material ejection from the crater, ejecta interaction with an atmosphere, and final material deposition
  • Studies of the earliest impact processes such as formation of plasma and light radiation

Research projects


Publications (Selection)

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, pp. 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, pp. 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 .

Master Thesis

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

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: I. Sokolov) in cooperation with DLR, Institute of Planetary Research (Supervisor: F. Sohl and M. Knapmeyer).

Robert Luther