Bjørn O. Mysen's areas of research include experimental high-temperature and pressure analyses, investigations into the properties and processes of rock-formation and related materials with an emphasis on melting.
Alexander F. Goncharov's research concentrates on analyzing materials under extreme conditions such as high pressure and temperature using optical spectroscopy and other techniques.
Yingwei Fei examines materials at high pressure and temperature. He is interested in phase transitions, element partitioning, melting relations, chemical reactions and physical properties with applications to geophysics, petrology, mineral physics, geochemistry and planetary sciences.
Xiao-Jia Chen works in condensed matter physics. His research is focused on magnetism and superconductivity of materials under high pressure.
Washington, DC— Using laboratory techniques to mimic the conditions found deep inside the Earth, a team of Geophysical Laboratory scientists led by Ho-Kwang “Dave” Mao has identified a form of iron oxide that they believe could explain seismic and geothermal signatures in the deep mantle. Their work is published in Nature.
Washington, DC— Earth's magnetic field shields us from deadly cosmic radiation, and without it, life as we know it could not exist here. The motion of liquid iron in the planet’s outer core, a phenomenon called a “geodynamo,” generates the field.
Reinhard (Reini) Boehler works on a broad range of problems in high pressure science and technology, particularly those related to major energy challenges.
Venkata (Venkat) Bhadram is working with Tim Strobel on EFree projects, mainly in the area of solar energy materials. He is also working on developing novel materials for photocatalytic water splitting.
Neil Bennett is a postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory, who hails from the University of Toronto. He is working working with Anat Shahar and Yingwei Fei to conduct piston cylinder experiments on the iron isotope fractionation between olivine and metal.
Abhisek Basu joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate working with Reinhard Boehler. He is working on developing large volume diamond cells for neutron diffraction and is also interested in high pressure behavior of perovskite oxides using XRD and Raman spectroscopy.