Research: Seismological studies of Earth's inner core

Earth's inner core is the deepest region of our planet; despite it's location under our feet it was not discovered until after the dwarf planet Pluto. The inner core stabilises the Earth's geodynamo - the source of Earth's magnetic field. The core segregated from the rest of the planet early in Earth's history; properties of the core can provide information about the conditions at the centre of the Earth now and billions of years ago.

I use both body wave observations and normal mode oscillations to study the structure of Earth's inner core, in particular the presence of velocity anisotropy. By combining these two techniques, I hope to better understand both the large and small scale structures in the inner core.


My PhD research was funded by a NERC studentship, a CASE award from Schlumberger and a Research Scholarship and Research Grant from Trinity College, Cambridge. I am a member of the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics and the Deep Earth Structure and Global Seismology group in Cambridge. Together with Ed Nissen, I  am responsible for organizing the Bullard Laboratories Colloquia. If you have any suggestions for future speakers, please contact me.



Irving, J.C.E. and Deuss, A.., 2010.  Stratified anisotropic structure at the top of Earth's inner core: a normal mode study. Submitted.

Deuss, A., Irving, J.C.E. and J. H. Woodhouse, 2010. Regional variation of inner core anisotropy from seismic normal mode observations. Science, published online 15 April 2010; 10.1126/science.1188596

Irving, J.C.E., 2009. Seismological studies of inner core anisotropy. Ph. D. thesis, University of Cambridge.

Irving, J.C.E., Deuss, A., and J. H. Woodhouse, 2009. Normal mode coupling due to hemispherical anisotropic structure in Earth's inner core. Geophysical Journal International, 178 (2), 962-975

Irving, J.C.E., Deuss, A., and J. Andrews, 2008. Wide-band coupling of Earth's normal modes due to anisotropic inner core structure. Geophysical Journal International, 174 (3), 919-929

Publications: 2006-Present

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