Specialized Field

Planetary Science

“Looking Back and Looking Ahead: Comments from Alumni after Completing the Period of Tenure-Track Faculty”

What interior structure do solid planets and satellites have? How they evolved? What kind of physical mechanisms and chemical reactions are keys for understanding the diversity of the surfaces of such planets, and what kind of universality lies behind such diversity? My research aims to answer these issues based on analyses of data obtained by planetary exploration missions and on numerical simulations. I have been involved in several planetary exploration missions, such as the lunar explorer SELENE (Kaguya), the asteroid explorer Hayabusa-2, and a Jovian satellite explorer JUICE.