TIMEleSS PhD student Federica Rochira has a new paper! Along with TIMEleSS PI C. Thomas, Federica is the first author of On the Importance of Using Directional Information in the Search for Lower Mantle Reflectors. The paper is available in Gold Open Access in The Seismic Record.
In this work, Federica focuses on SS precursor signals. SS precursors are signals from S-waves reflected from structures in the Earth’s mantle. Those waves are interesting because they are sensitive to the local thermal and compositional structure deep in the Earth’s mantle.
She analyses how to model the location of the reflections of the wave and shows that a full account of the wave travel path can lead to differences of up to ∼150 km in regard to more simple geometrical calculations. These results hence indicate that the travel‐path deviations of SS precursors should be considered to avoid misinterpretation of mantle discontinuities and potentially reduce previously observed scatter in discontinuity depth.
Congratulations to Federica for the nice work!