Date of Submission

Spring 2013

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Matthew Deady

Project Advisor 2

Michael Bergman

Abstract/Artist's Statement

The deeper you journey towards the center of planet Earth the more mysteries you find. The structure of the inner Earth is not yet known in detail and the reasons behind this perceived structure are even more elusive. This paper considers the torsional deformation properties of a crystalline ZnSn alloy as a stand-in for the Fe material predicted to make up Earth's inner core. I will first acquaint the reader with the reasons to pursue this investigation, then arm them with an arsenal of background information to clarify the physics behind it. I will then discuss a simplified model of the possible deformations the ZnSn crystal could undergo and finish with a description of the deformation experiment being done at Bard College at Simon's Rock.

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