Christopher A. Thom
- A.B. (2011-2014) with Research Distinction, Geochemistry, Washington University in St. Louis
- Ph.D Candidate (2014-present), Earth and Environmental Science (Geophysics focus), University of Pennsylvania
I am interested in the mechanics of earthquake nucleation as well as the general behavior of faults. My current research uses atomic force microscopy, white light interferometry, and nanoindentation to examine the scale dependences of strength and roughness in exhumed faults to determine how stresses are distributed in a fault system.
Thom, C.A., Brodsky, E.E., Carpick, R.W., Pharr, G.M., Oliver, W.C., and Goldsby, D.L., Nanoscale roughness of natural fault surfaces controlled by scale-dependent yield strength. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, (2017). DOI: 10.1002/2017GL074663
Kumamoto, K. M., Thom, C.A., Wallis, D., Hansen, L.N., Armstrong, D.E.J., Warren, J.M., Goldsby, D.L., and Wilkinson, A.J., Size effects resolve discrepancies in 40 years of work on olivine plasticity. Science Advances, 3, e1701338 (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701338
Thom, C.A., Carpick, R.W., and Goldsby, D.L., Constraints on the physical mechanism of frictional aging of rocks from nanoindentation. (submitted).
- American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- Geological Society of America (GSA)
- Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
- Advanced Photon Source (APS)