Icy Moons and Habitability: Looking for Friends in Cold Places with Christine McCarthy
A talk on icy satellites and the search for life by geophysicist Christine McCarthy, Lamont Associate Research Professor
Christine uses laboratory experiments to measure the mechanical properties of Earth and planetary materials (seismic attenuation; elastic, transient and steady-state behavior of ice and rock analogue; friction). She studies phase equilibria (thermodynamics; morphology and kinetics of solidification microstructures, including eutectic and amorphous phases; equilibrium solid + melt structure) and how the resulting microstructure influence the macroscopic behavior. The application of her work spans from glacial and planetary geophysics (particularly with non-steady state tidal forcings) and to carbon mineralization.