Faculty Expert Profile
- Nuclear Physicist
- Applied Physics Lab
Patrick Peplowski is an experimental nuclear physicist specializing in nuclear (gamma-ray and neutron) spectroscopy of solar system objects, fundamental nuclear physics, and radiation transport modeling.
His spaceflight mission experience includes development and operation of gamma-ray and neutron spectroscopy instruments on MESSENGER, Dawn, Psyche, MMX, and Dragonfly. He is the Principal Investigator for grants awarded under NASA's Planetary Mission Data Analysis Program (PMDAP), Mars Data Analysis Program (MDAP), and Discovery Data Analysis Program (DDAP).
Peplowski's planetary science research is focused is the elemental composition of Mercury, the Moon, and small solar-system objects (asteroids 433 Eros, 4 Vesta, 16 Psyche, and Mars' moons).