Dr Christopher D Coath

B.A.(Cantab.), Ph.D.(Cantab.)

  • BS8 1RJ


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Research interests

I study the evolution of the early solar system. Isotopic characterisation of primitive meteorites provides insights into stellar inputs to the proto-solar nebula and hence the astrophysical context in which the solar system formed.

Short-lived radio nuclides, extant in the early solar system, can provide constraints on the timing of formation and differentiation of the earliest solids in the solar system and constrain nebula heterogeneity.

Central to my interest in this work is the development of new techniques and instrumentation to advance the field such as the collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific to build 'Proteus', a collision-cell multicollector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer.  Current technique development includes a novel 'double-spike' method for making accurate isotope ratio measurements on 3-isotope systems such as magnesium and silicon.

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Research Output

  • 38 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 2 Conference Paper
  • 1 Conference Abstract
  • 1 Review article (Academic Journal)

Primordial formation of major silicates in a protoplanetary disc with homogeneous 26Al/27Al

Gregory, T., Luu, T., Coath, C. D., Russell, S. S. & Elliott, T., 11 Mar 2020, In : Science Advances. 6, 11, eaay9626.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Obtaining Accurate Isotopic Compositions with the Double Spike Technique: Practical Considerations

    Klaver, M. & Coath, C., 1 Mar 2019, In : Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research. 43, 1, p. 5-22 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article (Academic Journal)

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
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    Supervised Work

    Tracking Solar Nebula Evolution with the Analysis of Single Chondrules

    Author: Gregory, T., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Elliott, T. (Supervisor), Coath, C. D. (Supervisor), Russell, S. S. (External person) (Supervisor) & Noble, S. R. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)