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Xiaodong Song

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

My research focuses on seismic wave propagation and application of seismic observations in modeling and imaging the structure and dynamics of the Earth's interior, in particular, the deep mantle and the core, and lithosphere structure and tectonics of east Asia.


  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

Courses Taught

  • GEOL 452: Introduction to Geophysics
  • GEOL 454: Introduction to Seismology
  • GEOL 593K: Physics of Earth's Interior

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor Emeritus, Geology

Recent Publications

Chen, Y., Ni, S., Zhang, B., Zhao, L., Song, X., & Wang, Y. (2023). Sensitivities of diffracted PKKPab waves to the velocity structures in the lowermost mantle. Geophysical Journal International, 233(3), 1617-1631.

Jiang, X., Song, X., Li, T., & Wu, K. (2023). Special focus/Rapid Communication Moment magnitudes of two large Turkish earthquakes on February 6, 2023 from long-period coda. Earthquake Science, 36(2), 169-174.

Li, J., Yang, Y., Song, X., & Zhang, C. (2023). Spatiotemporal characteristics of upper-crust seasonal velocity changes in North–South Seismic Belt and South China block in China. Tectonophysics, 859, Article 229887.

Wang, F., Song, X., & Li, M. (2023). A deep-learning-based approach for seismic surface-wave dispersion inversion (SfNet) with application to the Chinese mainland. Earthquake Science, 36(2), 147-168.

Yang, Y., & Song, X. (2023). Multidecadal variation of the Earth’s inner-core rotation. Nature Geoscience, 16(2), 182-187.

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