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ESCI 568 001 (CRN: 24502)


Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci
Instructor: de Hoop, Maarten
Meeting: 10:50AM - 12:05PM TR (13-JAN-2020 - 24-APR-2020) 
Part of Term: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Section Max Enrollment: 10
Section Enrolled: 2
Enrollment data as of: 24-JUN-2024 1:02AM
Additional Fees: None
Final Exam: GR Course-Dept Schedules Exam
Description: The course provides a path through theoretical seismology from a comprehensive analysis perspective. It consists of five parts: (i) The introduction of Earth's elastic-gravitational deformations through the calculus of variations, and the introduction of fluid-solid boundaries involving Earth's core using an action integral. (ii) The variational linearized or weak formulation of Earth's elastic-gravitational deformations. (iii) Energy estimates and well-posedness under appropriate conditions (that, for example, constrain the shapes of the major boundaries) of the system of elastic-gravitational equations describing the oscillations of the earth, and a Volterra equation justifying the extraction of the system describing acousto-elastic waves. (iv) The characterization of the spectrum of the earth, seismic normal modes and the essential spectrum associated with internal or gravity modes and embedded eigenfrequencies. The ``asympotic’' resolution of the identity or seismic normal mode summation. In radial models such as PREM, a discussion of the Einstein-Brioullin-Keller quantization, trace formula and length spectrum. (v) Incorporation of dynamic ruptures, using rate- and state-dependent friction laws, generating seismic waves through an iterative coupling scheme and viscosity solutions. All parts will be illustrated with computational simulations using numerical formulations closely related to the analysis.