Kaveh Pahlevan
Planetary Scientist

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Selected Publications
  • Pahlevan, K., Schaefer, L., Hirschmann, M.M. Magma ocean outgassing and hydrogen isotopic constraints on the Hadean Earth (submitted to Earth and Planetary Science Letters)
  • Wu, J., Desch, S., Schaefer, L., Elkins-Tanton, L., Pahlevan, K., Buseck, P. (2018) Origin of Earth's water: chondritic inheritance plus nebular ingassing and storage of hydrogen in the core. Journal Geophysical Research: Planets, 123, 2691-2712. link
  • Greenwood, J.P., Karato, S., Vander Kaaden, K., Pahlevan, K., Usui, T. (2018) Water and Volatile Inventories of Mercury, Venus, the Moon, and Mars. Space Science Reviews 214, 92 link
  • Pahlevan, K., Gammie, C. Isotopic fractionation in the proto-lunar disk: constraints on equilibration (submitted to Earth and Planetary Science Letters) pdf
  • Canup, R., Righer, K., Dauphas, N., Pahlevan, K., Cuk, M., Lock, S., Stewart, S., Salmon, J., Rufu, R., Nakajima, M., Magna, T., Origin of the Earth and Moon System, review chapter in "New Views of the Moon II" (submitted).
  • Pahlevan, K. (2018) Telltale tungsten and the Moon. Nature Geoscience, 11, 16-18. link
  • Pahlevan, K., Karato, S., Fegley, B. (2016) Speciation and dissolution of hydrogen in the proto-lunar disk. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 445, 104-113. link Press: A dash of water on the lunar rocks link
  • Pahlevan, K., Morbidelli, A. (2015) Collisionless encounters and the origin of the lunar inclination, Nature, 527, 492-494 link News and Views: The Moon's tilt for gold link Press: Scientists Link Moon's Tilt and Earth's Gold link
  • Pahlevan, K. (2014) Isotopes as tracers of the sources of the lunar material and processes of lunar origin. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 372, 20130257. link
  • Pahlevan, K., Stevenson, D.J., Eiler, J.M. (2011) Chemical fractionation in the silicate vapor atmosphere of the Earth. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 301, 433-443. link Press: Did magma rain on the early Earth? link
  • Pahlevan, K. (2010) Chemical and Isotopic Consequences of Lunar Formation via Giant Impact, Ph.D. Thesis, California Institute of Technology. pdf
  • Li, K-F., Pahlevan, K., Kirschvink, J.L., Yung, Y.L. (2009) Atmospheric pressure as a natural climate regulator for a terrestrial planet with a biosphere, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106 (24) 9576-9579. link Press: Caltech Scientists Predict Greater Longevity for Planets with Life link
  • Pahlevan, K., Stevenson, D.J. (2007) Equilibration in the aftermath of the lunar-forming giant impact. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 262, 438-449. link News and Views: Isotopic Lunacy link
Manuscripts in preparation
  • Schaefer, L., Pahlevan, K., Elkins-Tanton, L. Redox evolution in magma oceans due to ferric/ferrous iron partitioning, (in prep. for EPSL)
  • Pahlevan, K. et al. A primordial Martian greenhouse recorded in D/H (in prep.)