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Life, Hypervelocity Impacts and the Solar System

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High speed impacts (units of km/s) are natural events in space and generate shock pressures in the range 1 – 100s GPa. The behaviour of organic and biological materials in such impacts is of interest not just in its own right, but also with regard to their significance for the possible spread across the Solar System of pre-biotic materials and even life. This will be discussed with reference to data from experiments which start to set the limits in high speed impacts for survival of complex molecules and even cells.

This talk is part of the Physics and Chemistry of Solids Group series.

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