Dr. Fanny Cattani

Dr. Fanny Cattani

  • Post-doctoral Scholar
  • 301.614.6847
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 698
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: CATHOLIC UNIV OF AMERICA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Fanny Cattani works at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a CRESST Postdoc Associate at the Department of Physics at CUA through its Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences (IACS). She has an undergraduate degree in Geology – Magmatic and volcanology specialization – and a Ph.D. in instrument and technique development dedicated to Mars. Her focus is on the in-situ K-Ar dating on the extra-terrestrial body.

    Research Interests

    In-situ K-Ar dating

    Dr. Fanny Cattani joined the Mid-Atlantic Noble Gas Research Lab (MNGRL) at GSFC as a CRESST Postdoc. She is pursuing various lines of research in the area of geochemistry based on laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and noble gas mass spectrometry (MS). Two subjects of particular concentration are (1) developing, improving, and miniaturizing an in-situ K-Ar dating instrument named Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment (KArLE), by combining these two techniques, and (2) calibrating LIBS spectra in order to make a better estimate of K abundance on current (e.g. Curiosity) and future missions (e.g. DALI) of chemistry determination.

    Current Projects

    Development, calibration, and application of the LIBS-MS technique (KArLE) on lunar rocks

    The primary goal of the KArLE project is to establish a flight-ready instrument that can measure K-Ar ages from rocks and use it in planetary lander missions, in order to study how planetary/asteroidal bodies evolved in the solar system. A proposal for the next Moon mission was accepted (DALI).

    Positions/Employment

    9/2018 - Present

    Postdoctoral position

    NASA GSFC CUA, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

    Improvement of the LIBS-based technique and mass spectrometry for in-situ planetary isotope dating (KArLE) / Technique feasibility on meteorites and ancient terrestrial analogs/ Flight model development.
    Supervisors: Dr. Barbara A. Cohen, Dr. Tommy Wiklind and Dr. David Holdridge.

    10/2014 - 1/2018

    Ph.D. student

    University of Paris Saclay / GEOPS Laboratory, Orsay, France

    Checking and calibrating, with a set of terrestrial analogue rock minerals, a system for in-situ K-Ar dating at the surface of Mars.
    Supervisors: Prof. Pierre-Yves Gillot and Dr. Anthony Hildenbrand.
     

    1/2014 - 6/2014

    Internship

    University of Clermont-Ferrand / LMV, Clermont-Ferrand, France

    Study of volatile elements (F, Cl, B) transfer from the oceanic crust to the mantle wedge during subduction.
    Supervisors: Prof. Christian Nicollet, Dr. Kenneth Koga and Dr. Baptiste Debret.
     

    4/2013 - 6/2013

    Internship

    University of Clermont-Ferrand / LMV, Clermont-Ferrand, France

    Evolution of F-Cl-S in amphibole of oceanic metagabbros across the accretionary prism of Queyras, western Alps.
    Supervisor: Prof. Christian Nicollet.
     

    Teaching Experience

    Teaching assistant and Supervision of practical works - on 2nd-, 3rd-years undergraduate, and 1st-year of master - for magmatic and metamorphic petrology - Paris Saclay University, France (2014 to 2016)


    Field teaching assistant - on a 3rd-year undergraduate - volcanic field trip - Auvergne, France (2014)


    Field teaching assistant - on a 3rd-year undergraduate - Geology, magmatic and metamorphic field trip - Cotentin, France (2015 and 2016)
     

    Education

    2014-2018 Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences / University Paris Saclay, France / GEOPS Laboratory


    2013-2014 Master 2 of Science Magmas and volcanoes research in Earth Sciences (Master Recherche Magmas et Volcans, mention Sciences de la Terre) / University of Clermont-Ferrand, France / Laboratory Magmas et Volcans (LMV): Field training in metamorphic and volcanic areas; Geochemistry; Physics of magmas; Case studies (subduction and continental crust).


    2012-2013 Master 1 of Science Magmas and volcanoes research in Earth Sciences (Master Recherche Magmas et Volcans, mention Sciences de la Terre) / University of Clermont-Ferrand, France / LMV: Mapping (in volcanic and continental basement areas); Remote sensing; Computer courses; Analytical techniques; Physical / Petrography / Geochemical magmatology; Numerical and Analogical modelisation.


    2009-2012 Bachelor of Sciences in Geology / University of Clermont-Ferrand, France
     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Cattani, F., P.-Y. Gillot, X. Quidelleur, et al. A. Hildenbrand, J.-C. Lefèvre, C. Boukari, and F. Courtade. 2019. "In-situ K-Ar dating on Mars based on UV-Laser ablation coupled with a LIBS-QMS system: Development, calibration and application of the KArMars instrument." Chemical Geology, 506: 1-16 [10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.12.010]

    Debret, B., K. T. Koga, F. Cattani, et al. C. Nicollet, G. Van den Bleeken, and S. Schwartz. 2016. "Volatile (Li, B, F and Cl) mobility during amphibole breakdown in subduction zones." Lithos, 244: 165-181 [10.1016/j.lithos.2015.12.004]

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    In-situ geochronology for planetary robotic missions: Development, calibration and application of the LIBS-MS technique on lunar rocks.

    12 / 2019

    eLightning presentation, AGU 2019

    In-situ K-Ar dating based on UV-Laser ablation coupled with a LIBS-QMS system: development, calibration and application.

    3 / 2019

    LPSC 2019

    Realization of a collection of reference minerals to develop a technique for in situ dating of the Martian rocks.

    12 / 2017

    AGU 2017

    La méthode LIBS appliquée à la mesure élémentaire à fin de datation K-Ar in-situ à la surface de Mars.

    11 / 2017

    LIBS days 2017, Meeting with LIBS team in France.

    Checking, with a set of terrestrial analogue rock minerals, a system for possible in-situ K-Ar dating at the surface of Mars.

    3 / 2017

    LPSC 2017

    La méthode LIBS appliquée au développement d’un système analytique K-Ar pour les datations in situ de roches à la surface de Mars.

    6 / 2015

    LIBS days 2015, Meeting with LIBS team in France.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Fanny Cattani works at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a CRESST Postdoc Associate at the Department of Physics at CUA through its Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences (IACS). She has an undergraduate degree in Geology – Magmatic and volcanology specialization – and a Ph.D. in instrument and technique development dedicated to Mars. Her focus is on the in-situ K-Ar dating on the extra-terrestrial body.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Cattani, F., P.-Y. Gillot, X. Quidelleur, et al. A. Hildenbrand, J.-C. Lefèvre, C. Boukari, and F. Courtade. 2019. "In-situ K-Ar dating on Mars based on UV-Laser ablation coupled with a LIBS-QMS system: Development, calibration and application of the KArMars instrument." Chemical Geology 506 1-16 [10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.12.010]

    Debret, B., K. T. Koga, F. Cattani, et al. C. Nicollet, G. Van den Bleeken, and S. Schwartz. 2016. "Volatile (Li, B, F and Cl) mobility during amphibole breakdown in subduction zones." Lithos 244 165-181 [10.1016/j.lithos.2015.12.004]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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