Thomas S. Duffy
Professor of Geosciences
Associate Chair, Department of Geosciences
Ph.D. 1992, California Institute of Technology
Tom Duffy carries out an experimental research program that studies the properties of materials at very high pressure and temperature conditions. Major tools include the diamond anvil cell, laser heating systems, synchrotron x-ray diffraction, and Raman and Brillouin spectroscopy. One area of focus is study of silicates, oxides, and metals of geological interest in order to develop a better understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of planetary interiors. Duffy's group also focuses on study of the elastic properties of a range of materials including superhard solids and proteins.