Richard H. Durisen

Richard H. Durisen

Professor Emeritus, Astronomy


  • Ph.D., Astronomy, Princeton University, 1972
  • B.S., Physics, Fordham University, 1967

Research interests

simulations of fluid and particle system dynamics applied to star and planet formation; the structure and stability of astrophysical disks; planetary ring systems

About Richard H. Durisen

Professor Durisen joined the IU Astronomy faculty in 1976. He received a B.S. in physics from Fordham University in 1967 and a Ph.D. in astronomy from Princeton University in 1972. He held postdoctoral fellowships at U.C. Santa Cruz and NASA-Ames Research Center. Professor Durisen has had extended research leaves at NASA-Ames Research Center as an NRC Research Associate and at Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics as Fulbright Fellow and an Alexander von Humboldt U.S. Senior Scientist Awardee.

Selected publications

A 3D hydrodynamics study of gravitational instabilities in a young circumbinary disc, Desai, K. M., Steiman-Cameron, T. Y., Michael, S., Cai, K., Durisen, R. H. 2019, MNRAS, 483, 2347.

Gravitational instabilities in a protosolar-like disc - II. Continuum emission and mass estimates, Evans, M. G., Ilee, J. D., Hartquist, T. W., Caselli, P., Szucs, L., Purser, S. J. D., Boley, A. C., Durisen, R. H., Rawlings, J. M. C. 2017, MNRAS, 470, 1828.

Gravitational instabilities in a protosolar-like disc - I. Dynamics and chemistry

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