Journal Highlights

Slow and fast ruptures on a laboratory fault controlled by loading characteristics

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Slow slip is one of the hottest topics in geophysics these days. This paper contributes to improving our understanding of the mechanics of slow slip events by presenting a wealth of results on different slip phenomena when the frictional response is associated with near critical stiffness. The authors conducted laboratory tests on the occurrence of both seismic and aseismic slip on a single fault patch. They argue that the change in loading conditions/rates can cause bimodal slip behavior. Such bimodal slip behavior has been reported in a number of recent seismological and geodetic studies, which makes this paper interesting and timely.