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Name: Xinlei SUN(孙新蕾)
Position: Research Professor
Department: State Key Laboratory of Isotope Geochemistry


I study the structure of the Earth’s interior from seismic waves (body wave, surface wave and scattered waves). By using both travel times and waveforms, I image the velocity structures at different scales and different depths of the Earth, trying to understand the composition and dynamic evolution within. My interests include but not limited to: anisotropy and heterogeneity of the crust and upper mantle, heterogeneities in the lower mantle, 3D anisotropy and heterogeneity structure in the core region.



Recent Publications:

1.Sun, X.L., Song, X.D., Zheng, S.H., Yang, Y. J., Rotzwoller, M., Three dimensional shear velocity structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath China from ambient noise surface wave tomography, Earthquake Science, 23, 449-463, doi:10.1007/s11589-010-0744-3, 2010.
2.Zheng, S. H., Sun, X. L., Song, X. D., Yang, Y. J., Ritzwoller, M., Surface wave tomography of China from ambient seismic noise correlation, Geochm. Geophys. Geosys., Vol. 9, Q05020, doi:10.1029/2008GC001981, 2008.
3.Sun, X. L., Song, X. D., The inner inner core of the Earth: Texturing of iron crystals from three-dimensional seismic anisotropy, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.01.049, 2008.
4.Sun, X. L., Song, X. D., Tomographic inversion for three-dimensional anisotropy of Earth's inner core, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., doi:10:1016/j.pepi.2008.02.011, 2008.
5.Zheng, S. H., Sun, X. L., Song, X. D., Fine structure of P-wave velocity variations underneath the Central Pacific from PKP waves recorded at the China Seismic Network (CSN)., Chinese J. Geophys., 50~(1), 183-191., 2007
6.Sun, X. L., Song, X. D., Zheng, S. H., Helmberger, D. V., Evidence for a chemical-thermal structure at base of mantle from sharp lateral P-wave variations beneath Central America, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 104 (1): 26-30, 2007.
7.Sun, X. L., Poupinet, G., Song, X. D., Examination of systematic mislocation of South Sandwich Islands earthquakes using station pairs: Implications for inner core rotation, J. Geophys. Res., 111, B11305, doi:10.1029/2005JB004175, 2006.
8.Zhang, J., Song, X. D., Li, Y. C., Richards, P. G., Sun, X. L., Waldhauser, F., Inner core differential motion confirmed by earthquake waveform doublets, Science, 309, 1357-1360, doi:10.1126/science.1113193, 2005.
9.Sun, X. L., Song, X. D., PKP travel times at near antipodal distances: Implications for inner core anisotropy and lowermost mantle structure, Earth Plant. Sci. Lett., 199, 429-445, 2002.