Dr. Vishaal Singh

Pronouns: (he/him/his)

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO),

Instrument Lab, 61 Route 9W
Palisades, NY 10964-1000


My research focuses on the characterization of dynamic shells, using experimental spectroscopy, ice mechanics, radiative transfer modeling, and instrument development. I aim to identify the limits of our diagnostic capabilities - to improve our understanding of the surface physics and chemistry of ocean worlds, asteroids & comets.

In other words, I break (and build) things in the lab to establish how they work beyond Earth.


V. Singh, C. McCarthy, M. Silvia, M.V. Jakuba, K.L. Craft, A.R. Rhoden, C.R. German, and T.A. Koczynski. Surviving in Ocean Worlds: Experimental Characterization of Fiber Optic Tethers Across Europa-Like Ice Faults and Unraveling the Sliding Behavior of Ice, PSJ (In Press) https://arxiv.org/abs/2211.10337

V. Singh, J. Berdis, M. S. Gudipati, A. R. Rhoden, B. L. Henderson. What lies on Europa’s Surface? – (I) Limitations of using the 1.65/1.5 μm band as an indicator of surface crystallinity due to evolution with thermal history of the ice. (In preparation – draft available on request)

V. Singh, 2021. On Thin Ice: Experimental spectroscopy and ice mechanics in support of ocean world exploration (PhD Thesis). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (2531556780). https://keep.lib.asu.edu/items/161531

B. Schmidt, K. Craft, T. Cwik, K. Zacny, M. Smith, V. Singh, … Spears, A. (2021). Dive, Dive, Dive: Accessing the Subsurface of Ocean Worlds. Bulletin of the AAS, 53(4). https://doi.org/10.3847/25c2cfeb.ffef076e