Courses

Ge 11d. Geophysics.9 units (3-0-6); second term 2010. Prerequisites: Ch 1, Ma 2 a, Ph 2 a. An introduction to the geophysics of the solid earth; formation of planets; structure and composition of Earth; interactions between crust, mantle, and core; surface and internal dynamics; mantle convection; imaging of the interior; seismic tomography. Instructors: Clayton, Gurnis, Jackson.

Ge 116. Analytical Techniques Laboratory. 6 units (1-4-1); second term. Methods of quantitative laboratory analysis of rocks, minerals, and fluids in geological and planetary sciences. Consists of five intensive two-week modules covering scanning electron microscopy (imaging, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, electron backscatter diffraction); the electron microprobe (wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy); X-ray diffraction; optical, infrared, and Raman spectroscopy; and plasma source mass spectrometry for elemental and radiogenic isotope analysis. Satisfies the Institute core requirement for an additional introductory laboratory course. Instructors: Asimow, Jackson, Rossman, Farley.

Ge 164. Mineral Physics. 9 units (3-0-6); second term. Prerequisites: Ge 11 ad or equivalent, or instructor’s permission. Introduction to the mineral physics of Earth’s interior. Topics covered: mineralogy and phase transitions at high pressures and temperatures; elasticity and equations of state; vibrational, electronic, and transport properties; application of mineral physics data to Earth and planetary interiors. Instructor: Jackson.

Ge 169a. Readings in Geophysics. "Topics in Deep Earth Mineral Physics" 6 units (3-0-3); second term. Advanced-level discussions of problems of current interest in deep Earth mineral physics. Topics include recent experimental and theoretical investigations of deep Earth phases and their application to seismic observations. Specifically, we will focus on the nature and origin of lateral heterogeneities in Earth's interior from both a mineral physics and seimological perspective. The course will consist of participant-lead discussions centered around readings from peer-reviewed literature. Offered 2007.

Ge 169b. Readings in Geophysics. "Composition, Structure, and Chemistry of Planetary Interiors". 6 units (3-0-3); second term. A seminar-style course focusing on the composition, structure, and chemical make-up of planetary interiors. Specifically, we will discuss terrestrial-like planets in our solar system and recently discovered extrasolar “super Earth’s”. The course will consist of student-led discussions centered around readings from peer-reviewed literature in the areas of experimental and theoretical mineral physics, seismology, and geochemistry. Offered 2009.