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California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
Arms Building, Rm B160
Pasadena, CA 91125
Using experimental and computational methods, I study the elastic, vibrational and structural properties of minerals at high pressures. Through nuclear inelastic x-ray scattering (NRIXS) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments with Professor Jennifer Jackson, I examine the properties of lower mantle ferropericlase. Knowledge of the sound velocities of lower mantle minerals is essential for our understanding of deep Earth seismic observations. Concurrently, I implement density functional theory and other algorithms with Professor Paul Asimow to examine the stability of high pressure carbonates, which provides insight into the Earth's carbon cycle.