The composition of the Moon’s surface is best explained by assuming that the satellite was completely molten after its formation and subsequently became solid according to a specific crystallization sequence. The latter predicts the formation of a gravitationally unstable chemical stratification that is prone to overturn. The thesis work will involve numerical simulations of the overturn of this solidified “magma ocean” with the goal to understand its dynamics and the consequences for the generation of the Moon’s surface and crustal materials.
The student will learn
We are seeking a candidate working towards Master or Diploma degree in geophysics, physics or related fields. Knowledge in fluid dynamics, heat transport mechanisms, numerical methods and Matlab programming language is helpful. You should be a motivated, self-driven, creative and focused person.
Computer laboratories for programming. Environment for personal and professional development. Continuous guidance and support.