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Sabine Stanley

  • Bloomberg Distinguished Professor


  • Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Applied Physics Lab

Sabine Stanley focuses on magnetic fields as a means of studying the interiors of planets, including those in little-understood realms light years away from our solar system. She is grappling with one of the most elusive questions of our universe: how planets work.

Her research involves understanding planetary interior processes and evolution. She focuses on planetary magnetic fields, dynamo theory, interior structure models and other geophysical methods to learn about the deep interiors of planets.

Her work includes projects on many solar system bodies including Mercury, Moon, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, as well as asteroids and extrasolar planets.

Stanley's lab is currently studying planetary magnetic field generation using high performance computing. Stanley is also working on the Mars InSight Mission, which aims to understand the interior structure and processes of Mars by measuring marsquakes (earthquakes on Mars), Mars' heat flow and rotation.

Stanley is the author of "What's Hidden Inside Planets?" which is a guided journey through the inner workings of Earth, the cloaked mysteries of other planets in our solar system, and beyond.

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