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)

  • 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), 124-130. 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: Josiah Ensing
  • van Wijk, K., & Hitchman, S. (2017). Apple seismology. Physics Today, 70 (10), 94-95. 10.1063/PT.3.3740
  • 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
  • van der Neut, J., Johnson, J. L., van Wijk, K., Singh, S., Slob, E., & Wapenaar, K. (2017). A Marchenko equation for acoustic inverse source problems. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141 (6)10.1121/1.4984272
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jami Shepherd
  • Johnson, J. L., Shragge, J., & van Wijk, K. (2017). Nonconfocal all-optical laser-ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging system for angle-dependent deep tissue imaging. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 22 (4)10.1117/1.JBO.22.4.041014
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33118
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jami Shepherd


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 7, Room 702
New Zealand

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