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Fan-Chi Lin

Assistant Professor
Geology and Geophysics
University of Utah

Ph.D., 2009, Geophysics
University of Colorado Boulder

Tel: (801) 581-4373
Email: FanChi.Lin at utah.edu

CV: Fan-Chi's CV
My research interests are mainly focused on seismic interferometry and seismic tomography. Seismic interferometry is a relatively new seismology method that extracts useful information from a diffusive wavefield that was traditionally considered as unusable noise, such as ambient noise or earthquake coda wavefields. Over the last few years, me and other researchers have shown that the signals extracted from seismic interferometry provide important new constraints to the earth structure from shallow to deep. The potential applications of such new information include studying 3D sedimentary basin structure, regional/continental crust and upper mantle structure, volcano magma bodies, and deeper mantle/inner core structure. As a member of University of Utah, I am also interested in modeling the 3D structure of the Salk Lake Valley and the geometry of the Wasatch fault system to better understand the seismic hazard in the area.

Student and postdoc opportunities available at University of Utah!

Fan-Chi Lin's Publications

(Works in preparation, submitted or in press)

  • Kao, H., Y. Behr, C. Currie, R. Hyndman, J. Townend, F.-C. Lin, M.H. Ritzwoller, S.-J. Shan, and J. He, Ambient seismic noise tomography of Canada and adjacent regions: Part I Crustal structures, J. Geophys. Res., submitted.

  • Lin, F.C., M.D. Kohler, and D.S. Weeraratne, March 11, 2011 Tohoku tsunami wavefront mapping across offshore southern California, submitted

    (Works published)


  • Lin, F.C. and V.C. Tsai, Seismic Interferometry with Antipodal Station Pairs, Geophys. Res. Letts, 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50907, 2013 (pdf)

  • Lin, F.C.,D. Li, R. W. Clayton, and D. Hollis, High-resolution 3D shallow crustal structure in Long Beach, California: Application of ambient noise tomography on a dense seismic array, Geophysics, 78(4), Q45-Q56,doi:10.1190/geo2012-0453.1, 2013 (pdf)

  • Savage, M.K., F.C. Lin, and J. Townend, Ambient noise cross-correlation observations of fundamental and higher-mode Rayleigh wave propagation governed by basement resonance, Geophys. Res. Letts., 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50678, 2013 (pdf)

  • Lin, F.C.,V.C. Tsai, B. Schmandt, Z. Duputel, and Z. Zhan, Extracting Seismic Core Phases with Array Interferometry, Geophys. Res. Letts., 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50237, 2013 (pdf)

  • Shen, W., M.H. Ritzwoller, V. Schulte-Pelkum, and F.-C. Lin, Joint inversion of surface wave dispersion and receiver functions: A Bayesian Monte-Carlo approach, Geophys. J. Int., 192(2),807-836, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggs050, 2013 (pdf)


  • Lin, F.C.,D. Li, R. W. Clayton, and D. Hollis, Interferometry with a dense 3D dataset, SEG 2012 Annual Meeting, 2012 (pdf)

  • Lin, F.-C.,B. Schmandt, and V.C. Tsai, Joint inversion of Rayleigh wave phase velocity and ellipticity using USArray: constraining velocity and density structure in the upper crust, Geophys. Res. Letts., 39, L12303, doi:10.1029/2012GL052196, 2012 (pdf)

  • Lin, F.C.,V. Tsai, and M.H. Ritzwoller, The local amplification of surface waves: A new observable to constrain elastic velocities, density, and anelastic attenuation, J. Geophys. Res., 117, B06302, doi:10.1029/2012JB009208, 2012(pdf)


  • Lin, F.C. and M.H. Ritzwoller, Apparent anisotropy in inhomogeneous isotropic media, Geophys. J. Int., doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05100.x, 2011(pdf)

  • Ritzwoller, M.H., F.C. Lin, and W. Shen, Ambient noise tomography with a large continental seismic array, Compte Rendus Geoscience, 13 pages, doi:10.1016/j.crte.2011.03.007, 2011(pdf)

  • Lin, F.C. and M.H. Ritzwoller, Helmholtz surface wave tomography for isotropic and azimuthally anisotropic structure, Geophys. J. Int., 186, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05070.x, 2011(pdf)

  • Lin, F.C., M.H. Ritzwoller, and W. Shen, On the reliability of attenuation measurements from ambient noise crosscorrelations, Geophys. Res. Letts., 38, L11303, doi:10.1029/2011GL047366, 2011(pdf)

  • Lin, F.C., M.H. Ritzwoller, Y. Yang, M.P.Moschetti, and M.J. Fouch, Complex and variable crustal and uppermost mantle seismic anisotropy in the western United States, Nature Geoscience, 4, 55-61, doi:10.1038/ngeo1036, 2011.(link)


  • Moschetti, M.P., M.H. Ritzwoller, F.C. Lin, and Y. Yang, Crustal shear velocity structure of the western US inferred from ambient noise and earthquake data, J. Geophys. Res., 115, B10306, doi:10.1029/2010JB007448, 2010 (pdf)

  • Lin, F.C. and M.H. Ritzwoller, Empirically determined finite frequency sensitivity kernels for surface waves, Geophys. J. Int., 182, 923-932, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04643.x, 2010. (pdf)

  • Moschetti, M.P., M.H. Ritzwoller, F.C. Lin, and Y. Yang, Seismic evidence for widespread crustal deformation caused by extension in the western USA, Nature, 464, Number 7290, 885-889, 8 April 2010.(link)


  • Lin, F.-C., M.H. Ritzwoller, and R. Snieder, Eikonal Tomography: Surface wave tomography by phase-front tracking across a regional broad-band seismic array, Geophys. J. Int., doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04105.x, 2009. (pdf)


  • Yang, Y., M. H. Ritzwoller, F.-C. Lin, M. P. Moschetti, and N. M. Shapiro (2008), Structure of the crust and uppermost mantle beneath the western United States revealed by ambient noise and earthquake tomography, J. Geophys. Res., 113, B12310, doi:10.1029/2008JB005833. 2008. (pdf)

  • Lin, F., M.P. Moschetti, and M.H. Ritzwoller, Surface wave tomography of the western United States from ambient seismic noise: Rayleigh and Love wave phase velocity maps, Geophys. J. Int., doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2008.03720.x, 2008. (pdf)


  • Bensen, G.D., M.H. Ritzwoller, M.P. Barmin, A.L. Levshin, F. Lin, M.P. Moschetti, N.M. Shapiro, and Y. Yang, Processing seismic ambient noise data to obtain reliable broad-band surface wave dispersion measurements, Geophys. J. Int., 169, 1239-1260, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03374.x, 2007. (pdf)

  • Lin, F., M.H. Ritzwoller, J. Townend, M. Savage, S. Bannister, Ambient noise Rayleigh wave tomography of New Zealand, Geophys. J. Int., 18 pages, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03414.x, 2007. (pdf)


  • Lin, F., M. H. Ritzwoller, and N. M. Shapiro, Is ambient noise tomography across ocean basins possible?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L14304, doi:10.1029/2006GL026610, 2006. (pdf)


  • Yang Y, Lin FC, Yang GL, A temperature control device for single molecule measurements using the AFM, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 77, 063701(1-5), 2006.

  • Chyan CL, Lin FC, Peng HB, Yuan JM, Chang CH, Lin SH, Yang GL, Reversible Mechanical Unfolding of Single Ubiquitin Molecules, Biophys. J. 87, 3995-4006, 2004.

  • Empirical and Numerical 8s Rayleigh wave group propagation in the western US(Movie)

  • CIDER workshop 2011 (ppt)