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ISTeP - UMR 7193
Institut des Sciences de la Terre de Paris

Airaghi Laura



UPMC - Campus Jussieu, Tour 46-00, 3e étage - Case courrier 129

Thème de recherche

Current Research

I am a postdoctoral researcher in metamorphic petrology and structural geology at the ‘Institut des Sciences de la Terre de Paris’ (ISTeP, Sorbonne Université), working in the OROGEN project*.

I investigate the relationship between the metamorphic, geochronological and microstructural record in low to medium-grade metamorphic rocks exposed in collisional orogens to constrain the major stages of an orogen formation.

* the project is co-founded by the CNRS, BRGM and TOTAL and aims to better understand the major steps of the construction and evolution of mountain belts.

Study areas

  • Longmen Shan (Sichuan, China) and central Tibet
  • Pyrénees

Research interests

  • Orogenic contexts with outcropping basement
  • P-T characterization of low to medium-grade metamorphism
  • Significance of geochronological record of accessory minerals (allanite, rutile, titanite, monazite) in rocks at low grade metamorphic conditions
  • Control of major structures on the fluid-driven petro-chronological re-equilibration
  • Petrological signature of changes in the deformation style during the evolution of an orogeny (e.g. onset of the basement-involving deformation, localization of the deformation etc.)
  • Role of metamorphic reactions in crustal softening
  • Link between crustal structures imaged by geophysics, active fault systems and metamorphic segmentations of orogens.


  • Field work
  • Optical microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscope, Microprobe, µXRF: point analyses and X-ray mapping
  • LA-ICPMS U-Th/Pb in-situ allanite, titanite, rutile dating and REE analyses
  • U-Pb monazite dating by EPMA
  • 40Ar/39Ar in-situ white mica and biotite dating
  • Conventional thermobarometry and thermodynamic modelling
  • Raman Spectroscopy on Carbonaceous Material
  • XANES spectroscopy with synchrotron (oxidation state of Fe)

Bibliographie récente


- Airaghi, L., Janots, E., Lanari, P., de Sigoyer, J., Magnin, V. (in press). Allanite petrochronology in fresh and retrogressed garnet-biotite metapelites from the Longmen Shan (eastern Tibet), Journal of Petrology.
- Airaghi, L., de Sigoyer, J., Guillot, S., Robert, A. Warren, C., Deldicque, D. (in press). The Mesozoic along-strike tectono-metamorphic segmentation of the Longmen Shan (eastern Tibetan plateau), Tectonics.
- Airaghi, L. Warren, C.J., de Sigoyer, J., Lanari, P., Magning, V. Influence of dissolution/repricipatation reactions on metamorphic greenschist to amphibolite-facies mica 40Ar/39Ar ages in the Longmen Shan (eastern Tibet). Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 36(7), 933-958.
- Lanari, P., Vho, A., Bovay, T., Airaghi, L., Centrella, S. (2017) Quantitative compositional mapping of mineral phases by electron probe microanalyser. In: Ferrero, S., Lanari, P., Goncalves, P., & Grosch, E.G. (eds), Metamorphic Geology: Microscale to Mountain Belts, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 478.
- Airaghi, L., Lanari, P., de Sigoyer, J., Guillot, S. (2017a) Microstructural vs compositional preservation and pseudomorphic replacement of muscovite in deformed metapelites from the Longmen Shan (Sichuan, China). Lithos, 282-283, 260-280.
- Airaghi, L., de Sigoyer, J., Lanari, P., Guillot, S., Vidal, O., Monié, P., Sautter, B., Tan, X. (2017b). Total exhumation across the Beichuan fault in the Longmen Shan (eastern Tibetan plateau, China): constraints from petrology and thermobarometry. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 140, 108-121.


Other publications

- de Sigoyer, J., Guillot, S., Airaghi, L. (2017). Formation du plateau du Tibet : rôle de l’épaississement crustal anté-collision Inde-Asie. Géochronique, n. 144
- Airaghi, L. (2017). A petro-chronological study of the Longmen Shan thrust belt (eastern Tibet): geological inheritance and implication for the present geodynamics. PhD thesis, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France.



September 2014 – June 2016
200h of teaching (practical work) for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of university
Geodynamics, magmatic and metamorphic petrology, sedimentology, geological mapping, structural geology
Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France.

September 2014
Field course assistent in 8 daily field trip
Sedimentology, metamorphic petrology, structural geology of the external domains of the French Alps (Vercors and Oisans massifs) French Alps
Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble, France)

May 2016
Field cours assistent in a 8 days geologcial mapping and structural geology,
Barronies massif (subalpine domains of Western Alps, France)
Master 1 students,

Undergraduated studentships

  • July 2015 Ines Nair, Master 1 research project - supervisor (Université Joseph Fourier -Grenoble, France) Key words : Raman Spectroscopy on Carbonaceous Material, central Longmen Shan
  • April 2016 Laetitia Lamrabet, Master 1 - co-supervisor (50%) (Université Joseph Fourier -Grenoble, France) Key words : greenschist metamorphism, chemical mapping, thermobarometry, Southern Longmen Shan
  • June 2016 Joanna Brau, 3rd year university - supervisor (Université Joseph Fourier-Grenoble, France) Key words : low-P metamorphism, Raman Spectroscopy on Carbonaceous Material, Central Longmen Shan


Science communication

2017 * I hold a conferences with the Chine-Roanne (member of Chine-France association), Roanne (France) on the short-term and long-term seismic behaviour of the Longmen Shan fault system

 2015-2016 * I hold two conferences at the Inter-Age University of Dauphiné (IUAD), Grenoble (France) on the geological evolution and deformation history of the Tibetan plateau

 2015* I participated to the project "100 parrains, 100 classes", a partnership between two high school classes and a PhD student. My goal was to introduce to the students the variety of spatial scales used in Geology to retrieve the geodynamical history of a region: "Mountains in a microscope"

 2015* I organized together with the "Point Relais Info Chichilianne", the Chichilianne municipality and the Vercors Regional Park a geological week end in Chichilianne (Western Alps), including an all-public conference on the geological evolution of the Italian-French Alps and a guided filed trip around the famous M.Aiguille

 2014* I actively participate to the "Les Tribulation Savantes", an all-public scientific event concerninc Earth Sciences which takes place in the University of Grenoble Alpes (Grenoble, France).


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    L'ISTeP comprend 127 membres dont :

    • 14 professeurs
    • 20 maîtres de conférences
    • 2 directeurs de recherche CNRS
    • 3 chargés de recherche CNRS
    • 10 ATER et post-docs
    • 38 doctorants
    • 21 ITA-IATSS
    • 4 CDD
    • 14 collaborateurs bénévoles (dont 7 émérites)