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

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Ben Strozewski

Ben Strozewski

Grad Student in Geophysics

BA 2019, Physics, Washington University, St Louis

California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 360
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-6932
Fax: (626) 564-0715
Email:bstrozew@caltech.edu

Research

My research currently focuses on understanding the hydrogen cycle in the deep earth via study of hydrous phases stable at the high pressures and temperatures of Earth’s interior. Specifically, I work with Jennifer Jackson to employ synchrotron X-ray techniques that elucidate the elastic and electronic properties of (Al,Fe)-phase H: a hydrous phase that could form in a subducting slab at the base of the mantle transition zone. Better understanding of such properties of high-pressure hydrous phases will be critical in discerning whether they may be visible in imaging of the earth’s mantle by seismology or electrical conductivity.