Dr Kasper van Wijk


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Associate Professor


Kasper received his PhD in Geophysics from Colorado School of Mines, and was an associate professor at Boise State University until 2012.  In 2012, he joined the physics department of the University of Auckland.

Research | Current

  • Geophysics
  • Laser ultrasonics
  • Elastic wave scattering
  • Seismology

Kasper works on a wide variety of applications to do with elastic wave propagation. These applications range from remotely sensing the structure of the Earth's subsurface with scattered seismic waves, to exciting and detecting ultrasonic waves with lasers in (fractured) earth and composite materials in the Physical Acoustics Laboratory. In addition, he directs a project to build and operate simple seismometers in schools in New Zealand.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Simpson, J., Adam, L., van Wijk, K., & Charoensawan, J. (2020). Constraining Microfractures in Foliated Alpine Fault Rocks With Laser Ultrasonics. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 47 (8)10.1029/2020GL087378
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jonathan Simpson, Ludmila Adam
  • Hopkins, J. L., Smid, E. R., Eccles, J. D., Hayes, J. L., Hayward, B. W., McGee, L. E., ... Leonard, G. S. (2020). Auckland Volcanic Field magmatism, volcanism, and hazard: a review. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS10.1080/00288306.2020.1736102
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/51323
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elaine Smid, Jennifer Eccles, Ian Smith, Jan Lindsay, Shane Cronin
  • Simpson, J., van Wijk, K., Adam, L., & Smith, C. (2019). Laser ultrasonic measurements to estimate the elastic properties of rock samples under in situ conditions. The Review of scientific instruments, 90 (11)10.1063/1.5120078
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ludmila Adam, Jonathan Simpson
  • van Wijk, K., Simpson, J., & Hitchman, S. (2019). A modified Hankinson Equation for the wave speed of laser ultrasound in Radiata Pine. WAVE MOTION, 89, 57-64. 10.1016/j.wavemoti.2019.03.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jonathan Simpson
  • Ensing, J. X., & van Wijk, K. (2019). Estimating the Orientation of Borehole Seismometers from Ambient Seismic Noise. BULLETIN OF THE SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 109 (1), 424-432. 10.1785/0120180118
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47059
  • Clarke, J., Adam, L., Sarout, J., van Wijk, K., Kennedy, B., & Dautriat, J. (2019). The relation between viscosity and acoustic emissions as a laboratory analogue for volcano seismicity. Geology10.1130/G45446.1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ludmila Adam
  • Hitchman, S., van Wijk, K., & Snieder, R. (2018). Estimating the Green's function using a single channel dual-beam interferometer. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144 (1)10.1121/1.5045329
  • Durán EL, van Wijk, K., Adam, L., & Wallis, I. C. (2018). Separating intrinsic and scattering attenuation in full waveform sonic logging with radiative transfer theory. Geophysical Journal International, 213 (2), 757-769. 10.1093/gji/ggy015
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Irene Wallis, Ludmila Adam


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 7, Room 702
New Zealand

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