Name: Ichihara, Mie
Position:Associate Professor
Division/Center: Volcano Research Center
Research Area: Volcano-Physics

Last Update 05/16 2014


Dynamics of volcanic eruptions and related wave phenomena are my main research interests. Volcanic eruptions are regarded as thermofluid processes, but magma has both solid and fluid natures. While ductile deformation of solid rock is an important topic in the solid earth science, brittle response of fluid is important in volcanology. I am approaching the problem by theoretical considerations and laboratory experiments. Another research topic is seismic and acoustic waves from volcanoes. Although we get many information from hearing in daily life, our listening comprehension of volcanic sound is yet undeveloped. We try understanding the meaning of volcanic sound by comparing seismic and acoustic signals recorded at volcanoes and waves generated in the laboratory.


Ichihara, M., D. Rittel, and B. Sturtevant, Fragmentation of a porous viscoelastic material: Implications to magma fragmentation, J. Geophys. Res., 107, B10, 2229, doi:, , 2002.

Ichihara, M., and M. Kameda, Propagation of acoustic waves in a visco-elastic two-phase system: Influences of the liquid viscosity and the internal diffusion, J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 137, 1-3, 73--91, 2004.

Ichihara, M., H. Okunitani, Y. Ida, and M. Kameda, Dynamics of bubble oscillation and wave propagation in viscoelastic liquids, J. Volcanol. Geothermal. Res., 129, 1-3, 37--60, 2004.

Ichihara, M., and E. E. Brodsky, A limit on the effect of rectified diffusion in volcanic systems, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, 2316, doi:10.102, , 2006.

Ichihara, M., Dynamics of a spherical viscoelastic shell: Implications to a criterion for fragmentation/expansion of bubbly magma, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 265, 18--32, 2008.

Kameda, M., Kuribara, H., and Ichihara, M., Dominant time scale for brittle fragmentation of vesicular magma by decompression, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L14302,doi, , 2008.

Vidal, V., Ichihara, M., Ripepe, M., and Kurita, K., Acoustic waveform of continuous bubbling in a non-Newtonian fluid, Physical Review E, 80, 6, e066314, , 2009.

Ichihara, M. and Nishimura, T., Pressure impulses generated by bubbles interacting with ambient perturbation, W.H.K. Lee eds, Complexity in Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes and Forecasting and Early Warning of their Hazards, Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science, 7, 6955--6977, 2009.

Ichihara, M., Ripepe, M., Goto, A., Oshima, H. Aoyama, H., Iguchi, M., Tanaka, K., and Taniguchi, H., Airwaves generated by an underwater explosion; Implications to volcanic infrasound, J. Geophys. Res., 114, 3210, doi:10.102, , 2009.

Rubin, M.B., and Ichihara, M., Rheological models for large deformations of elastic-viscoplastic materials, International Journal of Engineering Science, 48, 1534--1543, 2010.

Ichihara, M. and M.B. Rubin, Brittleness of fracture in flowing magma, J. Geophys. Res., 115, doi:10.102, , 2010.

Ichihara, M., Takeo, M., Yokoo, A., Oikawa, J., and Ohminato, T., Monitoring volcanic activities using correlation patterns between infrasound and ground motion, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, doi:10.1029/2011GL050542, , 2012.

Lyons, J.J., M. Ichihara, A. Kurokawa, and J.M. Lees, Switching between seismic and seismo-acoustic harmonic tremor simulated in the laboratory: Insights into the role of open degassing channels and magma viscosity, J. Geophys. Res., 10.1002/jgrb.50067, , 2013.

Ichihara, M., J.J.Lyons, and A. Yokoo, Switching from seismic to seismo-acoustic harmonic tremor at a transition of eruptive activity during the Shinmoe-dake 2011 eruption, Earth Planets Space, 65, 6, 633--643, 2013.

Kameda, M., M. Ichihara, S. Shimanuki, W. Okabe, T. Shida , Delayed brittle-like fragmentation of vesicular magma analogue by decompression, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 258, 113--125, 2013.

Lacanna, G., M. Ichihara, M. Iwakuni, M. Takeo, M. Iguchi, and M. Ripepe, Influence of atmospheric structure and topography on infrasonic wave propagation, J. Geophys. Res., 119, doi:10.1002/2013JB010827, , 2014.