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


Natalia Solomatova

Natalia Solomatova

Post Doctoral Scholar in Geophysics

Ph.D., 2017, Mineral Physics, California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
Arms Building, Rm B160
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-6863
Fax: (626) 564-0715


Using experimental and computational methods, I study the elastic, vibrational and structural properties of minerals at high pressures. Through nuclear inelastic x-ray scattering (NRIXS) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments with Professor Jennifer Jackson, I examine the properties of lower mantle ferropericlase. Knowledge of the sound velocities of lower mantle minerals is essential for our understanding of deep Earth seismic observations. Concurrently, I implement density functional theory and other algorithms with Professor Paul Asimow to examine the stability of high pressure carbonates, which provides insight into the Earth's carbon cycle.