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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Beckman Auditorium

Jennifer M. Jackson: Good Vibrations Inside the Earth

Presented By: Caltech Committee on Institute Programs

The interior of Earth has long fascinated humankind since as far back in history as one can imagine. Dr. Jackson will show how modern devices such as diamond-anvil cells and high-power infrared lasers can be used on minerals to recreate the crushing pressures and flaming temperatures suspected to exist deep within Earth, while extremely brilliant synchrotron x-radiation probes the minerals' properties. The results reveal an exciting and dynamic terrain deep inside our planet. This talk showcases a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the interior of our planet Earth, including detailed footage of squeezing minerals under extreme conditions.

Jennifer M. Jackson is Assistant Professor of Mineral Physics at Caltech.

This lecture is the Richard C. Biedebach Memorial Lecture.

For more information, please phone (626) 395-4652 or email