Institute of Geophysics


Sonneggstr. 5, NO H1.2

8092 Zurich


email: amir.khan at

phone: +41 44 633 2626

Amir Khan


Research Interests

My research is devoted to a quantitative understanding of the internal structure and evolution of the terrestrial planets. To this end I combine geophysical modeling and data analysis with mantle mineral phase equilibrium computations. I use a broad range of geophysical data, including seismic, gravity, and electromagnetic sounding data. The approach is strongly interdisciplinary seeking to naturally integrate geophysics, geodynamics, and petrology in order to understand how the planets developed their chemical and physical structure. My research can be broadly categorized into:

Structure, composition, origin, and evolution of Earth and terrestrial planets.

Geophysics: seismology, electromagnetic sounding, and gravity/geodesy.

Exoplanet interiors.

Inverse problems.