TIMEleSS Annual Meeting

TIMEleSS Annual Meeting 2020The 2020 TIMEleSS Annual Meeting was held online on 8-9 September 2020. Members from the Université de Lille (Julien Chantel, Jeffrey Gay, Estelle Ledoux, Sébastien Merkel), the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster (Matthias Krug, Federica Rochira, Morvarid Saki, Angelo Pisconti, Christine Thomas), and the Deutsche GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam (Sergio Speziale) met for two half-days to discuss current advances and future plans.

The first day was dedicated to progress report by the PhD students. The second day followed by a scientific presentation by our guest Morvarid Saki and discussions on the geophysical implications of the results.

Despite the 2020 conditions, the TIMEleSS project is nicely moving forward. Students are reaching a stage when they fully interact with each other. The PIs can’t wait for next year with results and publications!


Beamtime at SOLEIL!

TIMEleSS team at the SOLEIL synchrotron during COVID-19We’ve made it! Despite delays due to COVID-19, we’ve made it to SOLEIL!

SOLEIL (“Sun” in French) is a synchrotron facility near Paris, France. The name SOLEIL is a backronym for Source optimisée de lumière d’énergie intermédiaire du LURE (LURE optimised intermediary energy light source), LURE meaning Laboratoire pour l’utilisation du rayonnement électromagnétique.

We are currently running an experiment at PSICHÉ (Pression Structure Imagerie par Contraste à Haute Énergie), a beamline dedicated to x-ray diffraction under extreme conditions (pressure-temperature) and to tomography by absorption contrast at high energy (20-50 keV), looking at phase transformation in deep Earth minerals.

Publication in The Conversation

New publication in Le manteau terrestres au laboratoire. New publication in The Conversation.the French edition of The Conversation!

The Conversation is a network of not-for-profit media outlets that publish news stories written by academics and researchers.

In this paper, TIMEleSS PI S. Merkel speaks about the Earth’s lowermost mantle, seismology, high pressure / high temperature mineral physics, and how phase transformations help us understanding deep Earth processes!

Seismology training for TIMEleSS members!

TIMEleSS February 2020 seismology trainingTIMEleSS members are in Münster!

TIMEleSS PI C. Thomas is hosting a seismology training for TIMEleSS students.

Participants include TIMEleSS students E. Ledoux, J. Gay, F. Rochira, M. Krug, and guests from WWU Münster Mineralogy and Seismology labs.

The training is the opportunity to move on to the next step in the TIMEleSS project: combining Mineral Physics and Seismology observations and try to say something about deep mantle processes!

Paper out in Nature Communications !

Kinetics and detectability of the bridgmanite to post-perovskite transformation in the Earth's D″ layerFirst  publication for the TIMEleSS team: Kinetics and detectability of the bridgmanite to post-perovskite transformation in the Earth’s D″ layer.

Bridgmanite is a magnesian-iron mineral ((Mg,Fe)SiO3) with a crystal structure that is not stable under ambient conditions. It forms about 660 kilometers below the surface of the Earth, and transforms to a new structure at even greater depth, approximately 2700 km depth, just above the Core-Mantle boundary.

During his PhD, C. Langrand, PhD student at the Université de Lille studied the kinetics of such transformation. It is fast on geological timescales: about 10 to 10,000 seconds, depending on pressure and temperature. Thanks to the collaborations in the TIMEleSS project, the authors realized that this includes the timescales of seismic waves. As such, seismic waves can trigger the transformation and, in turn, the transformation can amplify the seismic signal from D” seismic reflections.

These results from a collaboration between the Université de Lille, the université Clermont-Auvergne, the université de Lyon, the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, MünsterCNRS, and the PETRA III / DESY synchrotron source were published on 12 decembre 2019 in Nature Communications.

Full reference : C. Langrand, D. Andrault, S. Durand, Z. Konôpková, N. Hilairet, C. Thomas, S. Merkel, Kinetics and detectability of the bridgmanite to post-perovskite transformation in the Earth’s D″ layer, Nature Communications, 10, 5680 (2019) [doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-13482-x].

TIMEleSS PI at AGU 2019

Centennial session at AGU 2019The fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union is the largest international Earth and space science meeting in the world with approximately 25000 attendees.

2019 is a special year that marks the Centennial for AGU. Monday dec. 9th was a celebration day for Earth Interior studies with a special Centennial session in which TIMEleSS PI S. Merkel was in charge of organizing and chairing part of the day.

Things return to a normal AGU now, with the usual layout for sessions and presentations. The TIMEleSS project will be presented on Thursday morning in session DI41C – A Deep Dive into Lowermost Mantle Processes. Please come by to see the state of our current research!

Lecture for junior high school students

Lecture for junior high school student

Students from the “Collège Val de la Sensée” in Arleux (Junior High School) are working on a project related to the famous Jules Vernes book Journey to the Center of the Earth.

On Nov. 25, 2019, they came to the Université de Lille for an example of a university class, as Otto Lidenbrock can teach in the Jules Vernes book. S. Merkel gave them a lecture on the Center of the Earth, as scientists view it and study it today, and how Jules Vernes visionary writings were both close and distant from today’s view of the Earth interior.

2nd Deep Earth Mini Symposium in Münster

TIMEleSS members at the 2nd Deep Earth Mini Symposium in Münster (18 Nov. 2019)The second Deep Earth Mini Symposium was held at the Institute for Geophysics of the University of Münster on November 18th 2019.

The one day symposium has presentations from local and international speakers who all came to Münster for a day of science and discussions. The workshop was organized by TIMEleSS PI C. Thomas.

TIMEleSS PI S. Merkel gave a presentation entitled Phase transitions in the lowermost mantle : Effect
on microstructures and seismic reflections. TIMEleSS students F. Rochira and M. Krug presented posters on their most recent works.

TIMEleSS Training on Polycrystal Properties Modeling

Training on Polycrystal Properties Modeling, Oct 2019

This weeks, students from the TIMEleSS project and our special guests are in Lille to learn about polycrystalline properties.

The course is focused on calculating elastic properties and seismic wave propagation features in a polycrystal, textured or not. We also spend some time trying to model texture development in a deformed polycrystalline aggregate thanks to VPSC simulations.

The participants from the TIMEleSS project, Jeffrey Gay (Lille), Estelle Ledoux (Lille), Matthias Krug (Münster), Federica Rochira (Münster), are delighted to host our very special guests, Tommaso Mandolini (Lille), Ilya Kupenko (Münster), Angelo Pisconti (Münster), Morvarid Saki (Münster), and Lea Pennacchioni (GFZ) for the week.

All should dream of Euler angles and 3D-rotations by the end of the week!

GeoMünster 2019 “Earth! Past, Present, Future”

GeoMünster 2019 "Earth! Past, Present, Future"

TIMEleSS members will be at GeoMünster 2019! GeoMünster 2019 is the Annual Conference of the Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft – Geologische Vereinigung (DGGV – The German Geological Society) and the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG – The German Mineralogical Society). It will be held 22–25 September 2019 at the Münster University, Germany, and will be organized and by the Institutes for Geology and Paleontology, Mineralogy, and Planetology.

TIMEleSS members are organizing a session entitled Minerals in the depths: an experimental approach, with a oral presentation of TIMEleSS student Matthias Krug and a poster from our partner Iliya Kupenko.

See you in Münster in September!

TIMEleSS Annual Meeting

TIMEleSS Annual Meeting, Aachen, Germany, July 2019

The TIMEleSS Annual Meeting was held at the Jugendherberge in Aachen, Germany, on 23-24 July 2019. Members from the Université de Lille (Julien Chantel, Jeffrey Gay, Estelle Ledoux, Sébastien Merkel), the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster (Matthias Krug, Federica Rochira, Morvarid Saki, Christine Thomas), and the Deutsche GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam (Sergio Speziale) met for two days to discuss current advances and future plans.

The first day was dedicated to progress report by the PhD students followed by a scientific presentation by our guest Morvarid Saki. Projects members discussed potential interactions and plans for the next year during the second day.

The meeting a was great opportunity to highlight the current achievements of the project and to focus the work that remains. We now have lot’s of projects and results to look forward to. See you next year for the next meeting and further results!

We are hiring!

We are hiring!

The TIMEleSS project is looking for a post-doctoral fellow. The position is available for 1 year and extendable. The position is attached to the Earth and Planetary Materials group the Unité Matériaux et Transformations, at the Université de Lille, France, with strong collaborations with the Institute for Geophysics at the University of Münster.

The candidate should have a strong background in deep Earth seismology and/or wave propagation in complex media and/or mineral physics and will be in charge of connecting mineral physics knowledge of phase transformations and microstructures in the Earth’s mantle to potential observations of seismic reflections and scattering.

Details on the position, conditions, and requirements can be found in the following document.

Estelle Ledoux presents her work at the Colloque de la Sfµ 2019

Colloque de la Sfµ 2019

The Colloque de la Sfµ is the meeting of the French microscopy society. It is held annually and mostly focuses on electron microscopy techniques.

Estelle Ledoux, PhD student partially financed by TIMEleSS, presented her results on EBSD analyzes of plastically deformed polycrystalline MgO. The work is a result of a collaboration between the group at the University of Lille and that of L. Miyagi at the University of Utah.

The results of the work will be useful for the TIMEleSS project for addressing properties of the Earth’s lower mantle.

Datatron for the TIMEleSS project

TIMEleSS May 2019 datatron

The synchrotron guys of the TIMEleSS project met up for a datatron the second week of May 2019. During a TIMEleSS datatron, we all sit in a room and get moving on data processing from our recent synchrotron experiments!

The datatron was attented by M. Krug, E. Ledoux, and J. Gay, PhD students involved in the TIMEleSS project, S. Merkel, the PI for TIMEleSS. We also welcomed 3 guests during this week: J. Wright, from ID11 at ESRF, A. Dewaële from CEA, and M. Bykov from the Bayerisches Geoinstitut.

The next TIMEleSS datatron has not been planned yet but may happen later in 2019.

Frederica Rochira presents her work at EGU

Frederica Rochira at EGU 2019 in Vienna

Frederica Rochira was at the EGU General Assembly 2019 in Vienna. EGU brings together geoscientists to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The meeting is held yearly in Vienna, Austria, and, in 2019, it was attended by 16,273 scientists from 113 countries.

Frederica Rochira presented her works entitled Detecting structures in the mid mantle using out-of-plane signals in the multidisciplinary session Dynamics of the mantle in the Earth and planetary bodies: from magma oceans to the present day.

The session, co-organized by TIMEleSS members, included four oral presentations on Thursday as well as 12 PICO presentations early afternoon on Friday. The session was an opportunity for scientists of various fields of geosciences (seismology, geodynamics, mineral physics) to present the results of her works and discuss their implications for understanding the dynamics of mantles, on Earth and other planetary bodies.

Synchrotron beamtime for TIMEleSS

Samples for experiments at PETRA III

The TIMEleSS group is at the PETRA III synchrotron this week-end. Matthias Krug, Estelle Ledoux, Jeff Gay, Julien Chantel, Carmen Sanchez-Valle, Sébastien Merkel, and special guest Anastasiia Zadoia will be spending some time at P02.2…

Two months of sample synthesis, polishing, coating, cutting, and 10 diamond anvil cells loaded.

Nights will be shorts for the next four days. Let’s cross fingers, we need data for our next multigrain diffraction datathon!

TIMEleSS PI giving an invited presentation at the Diamond light source

Diamond High-Pressure Workshop, 26/02/2019 - 27/02/2019

S. Merkel gave an invited presentation at the Diamond Light Source workshop on high pressure research, in the UK.

The workshop aims to bring together high-pressure researchers with different experimental expertise and to highlight the latest developments in high-pressure techniques across synchrotron beamlines.

S. Merkel gave a presentation entitled “In situ study of phase transformation mechanisms using multigrain crystallography“. The presentation was an opportunity to present the science at the foundation of the TIMEleSS project, its objectives, and some results.

Second multigrain diffraction training session for TIMEleSS members

Second training session on multigrain analysis, February 2019

The TIMEleSS team is holding its second training session on multigrain diffraction data processing. The session takes place on Feb 11-15 at the Université de Lille, in France. Participants (left to right on the image) include Julien Chantel, our guest Agnès Dewaele, Sébastien Merkel, Jeffrey Gay, Sergio Speziale, Estelle Ledoux, Matthias Krug, and Carmen Sanchez-Valle.

The session is an opportunity for all members to get trained in multigrain diffraction data processing but also to standardize our data workflow strategies.

More to come soon with the TIMEleSS-tools developed at this occasion!

TIMEleSS PI giving invited lecture in Les Houches

CREEP Final Workshop Ecole de Physique des Houches (F) 27 January – 1 February 2019

This week, two of the TIMEleSS PI’s are attenting the Final Workshop of the CREEP ITN at the Ecole de Physique des Houches, in France. The workshop is held from 27 January to 1 February 2019 in the town of Les Houches, in the Chamonix valley.

The CREEP ITN is a EU funded project that proposed an interdisciplinary and multiscale approach to study the origin of rheological complexity in Earth and analogous materials and how it controls the dynamics of our planet, including natural and human-induced seismicity, and affects a large range of industrial applications, from energy production and waste storage to production of high-performance glasses. It included a number of partners, from academia and industry with over 10 PhD fellowships. More details can be seen at the CREEP ITN website.

The TIMEleSS project, its objectives, and some results were highlighted in a an hour long invited presentation regarding Phase transitions in the mantle by PI S. Merkel.