Institut für Geophysik
Prof. Dr. Christine Thomas

Corrensstraße 24 48149 Münster
Germany

Tel: +49 251 83-33591
Fax: +49 251 83-36100

The seismology group


Seismic structures in the Earth help to understand mantle processes and provide information on mineralogy. Using seismic arrays we are trying to derive high-resolution fine-scale images on mantle structures. We are particularly interested in seismic structures in the Earth's mantle: The D" regions (the lowest 200-300 km of the mantle) the mantle transition zone, and the mid-lower mantle. We also investigate core structures and high-resolution images of volcanic regions and look into the Earth's core.

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We employ seismic array recordings and seismic array techniques. A short introduction to seismic array techniques can be found here.

Our array of seismic stations is used for seismic experiments:    

Some of our projects are listed here…


•    RHUM-RUM project 
•    CREEP - EU-funded ITN
•    Global mapping of the D’’ seismic properties and mineralogy (HAADES)
•    Upper mantle and mantle transition zone structure
•    Post-perovskite and the D" reflector
•    D" anisotropy
•    Deep subducted lithosphere
•    Deep structures in the mantle
•    Scattering in the deep mantle
•    Anisotropy in the MTZ
•    Pacific low velocity anomaly
•    CMB topography
•    Micropolar media
•    Mantle tomography (SEISGLOB)
•    Structure of the inner core
•    Uplift of St Maria
•    High-resolution images of volcanic areas

Seismology-Mineral physics short course for PhD students:


First course in Münster 2016
Second course in Bayreuth 2017

We also run, together with the SZO (BGR) the seismic station KAST, which is located in the region of Sauerland (Altes Forsthaus Rehsiepen)

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Um zu erkennen, "was die Welt im Innersten zusammenhält ..."
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)


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Institut für Geophysik
Prof. Dr. Christine Thomas

Corrensstraße 24
· 48149 Münster
Germany

Tel: +49 251 83-33591 · Fax: +49 251 83-36100
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