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Yu Chen

Yu Chen

Phone (505) 667-0314


  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Geoscience
  • Geophysics
  • Geology
  • Volcanology
  • Remote sensing
  • Image analysis
  • Seismic analysis
  • Materials
  • Acoustic and nondestructive evaluation research effort for chemical and biological agent detection
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Inverse modeling
  • Subsurface energy applications risk analysis


  • Proficient programming: C/C++, Fortran, Parallel computation

  • Strong math/physics background, and skills in problem solving and technical writing

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.

  • Full-waveform inversion, least-squares reverse-time migration, and tomography

  • Borehole imaging and monitoring, Non-destructive testing

  • Microseismic detection, location, moment-tensor inversion, and joint inversion


Doctor of Philosophy, Stony Brook University (SUNY at Stony Brook) 2015

Master of Science in Structural Geology, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2009

Bachelor of Science in Geophysics, University of Science and Technology of China 2006


LANL Positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate  | 2015-present


Professional Societies

American Geophysical Union

Society of Exploration Seismology



  1. Yu Chen, Lingsen Meng, Ailin Zhang and Lianxing Wen. Source complexity of the 2015 Mw 7.9 Bonin earthquake, accepted.

  2. Yu Chen and Lianxing Wen. 2015. Global large deep-focus earthquakes: source process and cascading failure of shear instability as a unified physical mechanism. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 423, 134-144.

  3. Yu Chen, Lianxing Wen and Chen Ji, 2014. A cascading failure during the 24 May 2013 great Okhotsk deep earthquake. Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, 119, 2035-3049.

  4. Yu Chen, Ruisong Xu, Rui Cai, Jie Wang, Li Miao and Cong Pan, 2009. Remote sensing detection method research of the oil and gas reservoirs distribution in north part of South China Sea. Remote Sensing Technology and Application, 24(1): 120-125.

  5. Yu Chen, Ruisong Xu, Rui Cai, Jie Wang and Li Miao, 2008 Application progress of remote sensing technology in earthquake research. Progress in Geophysics, 23(4):1273-1281.

  6. Yu Chen, Jianwen Cui and Xuejun Liu, 2006. Study on site dynamic characteristics of strong motion stations in Kumming, Yunnan. Journal of Seismological Research, 29(3): 251-255.

  7. Yu Chen, Kai Gao, and Lianjie Huang, 2017. Least-squares elastic reverse-time migration of microseismic data using inverted moment-tensor sources. SEG expanded abstract, 2017 SEG annual meeting. Houston, Texas.

  8. Yu Chen, Kai Gao, Lianjie Huang and Andrew Sabin, 2016. Anisotropic seismic waveform inversion: application to a seismic velocity model from Eleven-Mile Canyon in Nevada. Proceedings, 41st Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering. Stanford University, Stanford, California, February 22-24. SGP-TR-209.