The icy satellites of Jupiter and Saturn consist of an ice layer (varying from hundred to thousand of kilometers in thickness) on top of a silicate mantle and an iron rich core. Thus, heat from the interior, e.g. due to radioactive elements in the silicate part, is transported through these ice shells. Depending on the efficiency of heat transport, the ice layer may strongly influence the thermal evolution and thereby the volcanic and magnetic field evolution of these bodies. So far, it has been assumed that the ice layer transports very efficiently heat and a possible insulating effect has been neglected in earlier models. We want to expand an existing parameterized convection model to couple the heat transfer in the ice shell with the heat transport in the silicate mantle and the iron rich core. The aim is to examine the influence of an ice layer, e.g. its thickness, on the thermal evolution of icy satellites.
This thesis can be written in both English or German.
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.