California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences


Kangchen Bai

Kangchen Bai

Grad Student in Geophysics

Nanjing University

California Institute of Technoogy
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MC 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 362
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-6974
Fax: (626) 564-0715


My research focuses on the numerical simulations of earthquake dynamic rupture process. Large earthquakes often include fault geometry complexity. With the help of spectral element method (SEM), we are able to capture the dynamic effect of complicated fault geometry such as stepovers, flower structures and fault bends. I am also interested in the subduction zone velocity structure and its effect on teleseismic waveform. Using both analytical methods and numerical simulations, we are able to simulate the waveform perturbation caused by a subducting slab and trying to fit the data.