Lars Stixrude’s research seeks to understand large-scale planetary processes through investigations of the fundamental atomic-scale physics of Earth- and planet-forming materials. We use a variety of methods based on first principles quantum mechanical theory including density functional theory, and on advanced thermodynamic modeling. Fields of interests include mineral physics, Earth and planetary fluids, high pressure physics, planetary structure and evolution.

  • B.S. 1985 University of Delaware (Geology and Physics)
  • Ph.D. 1991 University of California at Berkeley (Geophysics)