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.
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. (in review at Science Advances).
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. (submitted to Geophysical Research Letters).
- American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- Geological Society of America (GSA)
- Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)