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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)

  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Josiah Ensing
  • 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
  • Johnson, J. L., Merrilees, M., Shragge, J., & van Wijk, K. (2018). All-optical extravascular laser-ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging of calcified atherosclerotic plaque in excised carotid artery. Photoacoustics, 9, 62-72. 10.1016/j.pacs.2018.01.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jami Shepherd, Mervyn Merrilees
  • Ensing, J. X., van Wijk, K., & Spörli KB (2017). Probing the subsurface of the Auckland Volcanic Field with ambient seismic noise. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 60 (4), 341-352. 10.1080/00288306.2017.1337643
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bernhard Sporli, Josiah Ensing
  • Mikesell, T., van Wijk, K., Otheim, L., Marshall, H.-P., & Kurbatov, A. (2017). Laser Ultrasound Observations of Mechanical Property Variations in Ice Cores. Geosciences, 7 (3), 47-47. 10.3390/geosciences7030047


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SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
New Zealand

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