Undergraduate Research in Physics
Analysis of Comet Particles
Dr. George Flynn is currently the team leader of the Preliminary Examination Team doing Chemical Analysis for NASA’s Project Stardust.
Project Stardust resulted in the capture and return to earth of comet particles. These particles could be more than 4 billion years old. Dr. George Flynn’s research involves the chemical analysis of these particles, which will hopefully provide clues to the origin of the earth and other planets of the Solar System.
Dr. Flynn has a long history of studying the chemistry of meteorite and cosmic dust samples (as a graduate student he helped analyze some of the first samples brought back from the Moon), and is considered a world-class expert in this field. He often travels to Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island to conduct research, and takes students along to help him in his research (that’s Ilona at Brookhaven Lab below left).