Graduate RESEARCH Assistant
Kristian Chan’s research centers on the development and application of techniques for multifrequency/bandwidth ice-penetrating radar data to investigate surface/near-surface regolith properties (e.g., layering) on Jupiter’s icy moons Europa and Ganymede. His work incorporates the use of radar models and radar data collected over polar terrestrial analogs (e.g., firn). Future applications of his work could provide insight into processes that alter the near-surface environment of these icy moons, such as the refreezing of brines in ice regolith or mass wasting, using the ice-penetrating radars onboard NASA’s Europa Clipper and ESA’s Juice missions.
Ice-penetrating radar, near-surface characterization of icy worlds, firn heterogeneity, brine infiltration.
Don Blankenship and Cyril Grima