Katherina Fiege

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Heidelberg University / ESA


2010 Diploma in Geology at Heidelberg University, Germany (Geosciences)
2013 Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) at Heidelberg University, Germany (Mineralogy/Cosmochemistry), Thesis: The composition of interstellar dust as seen by the Cassini Cosmic Dust Analyzer

Areas of Research: 
Cosmochemistry, Astromineralogy
Micrometeoroid impacts
Space weathering

NASA Group Achievement Award 2018 


2010 - 2015 - Research with the Cosmic Dust Group at Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, University of Heidelberg and University of Stuttgart, Germany “Composition of interstellar dust"

2015-2017 - DFG International Research Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry, EPICS lab, Atlanta, GA, USA and Heidelberg University, Germany The role of micrometeoroid impacts in space weathering"

2018 - recent - Research with European Space Agency, University of Heidelberg and REVEALS “Simulation of Ices in the Jovian System in support of the JUICE mission"


 Fiege, K., Guglielmino, M., Altobelli, N., Trieloff, M., Srama, R., Orlando, T. M. (2018). Space weathering induced via micro-particle impacts – Part 2: Dust impact simulation and meteorite target analysis Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets (DOI:10.1029/2018JE005564) 

Altobelli, N., Fiege, K., Carry, B., Soja, R., Guglielmino, M., Trieloff, M., Orlando, T. M., Srama, R.,(2018). Space weathering induced via micro-particle impacts – Part 1: Modeling of impact velocities and flux of interplanetary and interstellar dust in the Main Asteroid Belt and the Near-Earth–environment. Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets (DOI:10.1029/2018JE005563)

Altobelli, N.*, Postberg, F.*, Fiege, K.* Trieloff, M*., Kimura, H., Sterken, V. J., ... & Blum, (2016). Flux and composition of interstellar dust at Saturn from Cassini’s Cosmic Dust Analyzer. Science, 352(6283), 312-318. *Co- first authors 

 Y. W. Li, S. Bugiel, M. Trieloff, Jon K. Hillier, F. Postberg, M. C. Price, A. Shu, K. Fiege, L. A. Fielding, S. P. Armes, Y. Y. Wu, E. Grün, R. Srama: Morphology of craters generated by hypervelocity impacts of micron- sized polypyrrole-coated olivine particles. Meteoritics & Planetary Science (2014) 

Fiege, K., Trieloff, M., Hillier, J.K., Guglielmino, M., Postberg, F., Srama, R., Kempf, S., Blum, J., Calibration of relative sensitivity factors for impact ionization detectors with high-velocity silicate microparticles, Icarus (2014), doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2014.07.015 

Hillier, J. K., Fiege, K., Trieloff, M., & Srama, R. (2013). Numerical modelling of mineral impact ionisation spectra. Planetary and Space Science, 89, 159-166.

Fiege, K. Compositional Analysis of Interstellar Dust as seen by the Cassini Cosmic Dust Analyzer, PhD Thesis, University of Heidelberg, 2013

Mocker, A., Bugiel, S., Auer, S., Baust, G., Colette, A., Drake, K., Fiege, K., Grün, E., Heckmann, F., Helfert, S., Hillier, J.K., Kempf, S., Matt,, G. Mellert, T., Munsat, T., Otto, K., Postberg, F., Röser, H.P., Shu, A., Sternovsky, Z. & Srama, R. (2011). A 2 MV Van de Graaff accelerator as a tool for planetary and impact physics research. Review of Scientific Instruments, 82 (9), 095111-095111 

R. Srama, et.al., incl. Fiege, K. The Cosmic Dust Analyser onboard Cassini: Ten years of discoveries, CEAS Space Journal (2011), 2, 1-4, pp. 3-16