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Meet the Faculty

Michael Bergman

Michael Bergman

Michael Bergman

Division: Science, Mathematics and Computing
Appointment: 1994

117 Fisher



BA, Columbia, summa cum laude

Professional History:

Post-doc: University of Glasgow, Harvard University
Teaching Fellow: Harvard University

Areas of Interest:

Teaching Introductory Physics • quantum physics • electricity and magnetism • fluid mechanics • solid state physics • electronics • robotics • earth science.

Research Interests/Professional Service

  • Secretary General, Study of the Earth's Deep Interior (SEDI), 2002-
  • Guest editor, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors (PEPI)
  • Reviewer for Nature, PEPI, Physical Review Letters, National Science Foundation (NSF)

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:

  • Bergman, M.I., "Measurements of elastic anisotropy due to solidification texturing and the implications for the Earth's inner core", Nature, 389, 60-63, 1997.
  • Bergman, M.I., "Estimates of the Earth's inner core grain size", Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 1593-1596, 1998.
  • Bergman, M.I., "Solidification of the Earth's Core", 105-127, in Earth's Core: Dynamics, Structure, Rotation, ed. Dehant, V., et al., American Geophysical Union, Geodynamics Series 31, 10.1029/31GD08, 2002.
  • Bergman, M.I., "An inner core slip-sliding away", Nature, 466, 697-698, 2010.
  • Bergman, M.I. & Fearn, D.R., "Chimneys on the Earth's inner-outer core boundary?", Geophys. Res. Lett., 21, 477-480, 1994.
  • Bergman, M.I., Fearn, D.R., & Bloxham, J., "Suppression of channel convection in solidifying Pb-Sn alloys via an applied magnetic field", Metall. Trans., 30A, 1809-1815, 1999.
  • Bergman, M.I., Giersch, L., Hinczewski, M., & Izzo, V., "Elastic and attenuation anisotropy in directionally solidifiied (hcp) zinc and the seismic anisotropy in the Earth's inner core", Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 117, 139-151, 2000.
  • Bergman, M.I., Cole, D.M., & Jones, J.R., "Preferred crystal orientations due to melt convection during directional solidification", J. Geophys. Res.,10.1029/2001JB000601, 2002.
  • Bergman, M.I., Agrawal, S., Carter, M., & Macleod-Silberstein, M., "Transverse solidification textures in hexagonal close-packed alloys", J. Crystal Growth, 255, 204-211, 2003.
  • Bergman, M.I., Macleod-Silberstein, M., Haskel, M., Chandler, B., & Akpan, N., "A laboratory model for solidification of Earth's core", Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 153, 150-164, 2005.
  • Sumita, I. & Bergman, M.I., "Inner core dynamics", 299-318, in The Mantle and Core, ed. Olson, P., Treatise on Geophysics, 8.10, ed. Schubert, G., Pergamon-Elsevier, Oxford, 2007.
  • Bergman, M.I., et al., "Grain growth and loss of texture during annealing of alloys, and the translation of Earth's inner core", Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L22313, 2010.


  • NATO fellow, 1992
  • 2000 Doornbos Prize for research on Earth's deep interior, SEDI, Exeter, UK, 2000.
  • Research Corporation: 35,000, Channel formation in directionally solidifying alloys, 1996-98.
  • NSF: 65,000, Acoustics of directionally solidified alloys, and the Earth's inner core, 1997-2000.
  • NSF: 67,000 A laboratory study on the effects of a mean shear fluid flow during solidification of hexagonal closest packed metallic alloys, 2000-2003.
  • NSF: 120,000, A laboratory model for solidification of Earth's core, 2003-2008.
  • NSF: 115,000, Deformation of directionally solidifying alloys, 2008-2011.
  • NSF: 300,000, Annealing of directionally solidifying alloys (co-PI with Dan Lewis, RPI), 2011-.

Other Activities:

Simon's Rock chamber orchestra