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Faculty of Science
UNB Fredericton

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The core of PASSC is its research program. Currently we are focussing on research into the following:

  • Impact cratering on Earth (Manicouagan Impact Research Program)
  • Fragmentation and brecciation processes in planetary materials
  • Frictional melting processes (including earthquake mechanics)
  • Shock metamorphism and shock melting processes
  • Martian and lunar geology, exploration and associated technology development (Mars Science Laboratory)
  • Microanalysis of planetary materials
  • Research and development in subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic impact damage and mitigation technologies

Students seeking MSc (two year duration) and PhD (four year duration) projects with PASSC, or Post-Doctoral Fellows seeking potential term positions (normally two years duration), should contact John Spray,, director of PASSC.