Teresa Wong has won a grant from DFG to study the role of double-diffusive convection in the structure and evolution of Europa, a moon of Jupiter. As salt is present on the icy shell and possibly in the ocean underneath, it can affect the dynamics of these layers and thus the transfer of heat and material from the interior to the surface. She will model the evolution of the ice and subsurface ocean to understand the processes occuring in Europa, which could be applicable to other icy moons in the Outer Solar System as well.


M. Saki , C. Thomas, L. Cobden, R. Abreu, J. Buchen: Investigating the cause for polarity reversals of PP precursors beneath the Atlantic. PEPI, 2018

X. Ma , X. Sun, C. Thomas: Localized ultra-low velocity zones at the eastern boundary of Pacific LLSVP, EPSL, 2018

S. Durand, C. Thomas, J.M. Jackson: New constraints on D" beneath the North Atlantic region from P and S travel times and amplitudes, GJI, 2018

Maas, C., Hansen, U.: Dynamics of a terrestrial magma ocean under planetary rotation: A study in spherical geometry, EPSL, 2019

A. Reiß, C. Thomas, T. Lecocq: Using SP presursor waves to detect upper mantle discontinuities. Geophysical Journal International, 215, 2018, 1914-1929. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggy369