In the Physical Acoustics Laboratory (PAL), we are interested in extracting information from scattered waves in heterogeneous media. Indoors, these waves are of ultrasonic frequencies, excited and detected with lasers. Outside, our waves are in the seismic frequency band.

Seismic Station AUCK is our home-built TC1 seismometer on campus

As our wavelengths span orders of magnitudes, so do our applications. Outside, we study CO2 sequestration and geothermal exploration, as well as micro-seismicity for fluid reservoir characterization. In the laboratory, we do rock physics in collaboration with the PORO lab, ice core tomography, and medical imaging.


  • Jonathan wins the S.J. Hastie Scholarship
    Our youngest PAL, Jonathan Simpson, has been working this summer on performing laser ultrasonics on rocks in our pressure vessel. This semester, Jonathan will embark on a BScHons thesis in our group. Today, he was awarded the S. J. Hastie Scholarship by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand. We congratulate Jonathan, and wish him good…

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