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Michaelmas - Core 4

This is the previosu reading list & will be updated as soon as possible

Michaelmas Reading List - Core 4: Mineralogy

Presently, the only references here are those for Michael Carpenter’s lectures

We will not be getting immersed in tensors, but these books are the best and could be dipped into, particularly Nye.

D.R.Lovett (1989) Tensor properties of Crystals (Good explanations of the basics)

J.F.Nye Physical Properties of Crystals (The bible for this tensor properties)

A.Putnis (1992) Introduction to Mineral Sciences (Bits of Ch 8)


The following deal with Landau theory and strain. They are too detailed for this course but the introductory parts and some of the examples should be useful.

M.A.Carpenter Thermodynamics of phase transitions in minerals: a macroscopic approach. Ch 5 in: The stability of minerals, eds Price and Ross, Mineralogical Society Series, 3 (1992)

M.A.Carpenter, E.K.H.Salje, A.Graeme-Barber Spontaneous strain in minerals. Eur. J. Mineral. 10, 621-691 (1998)

M.A.Carpenter, E.K.H.Salje Elastic anomalies in minerals due to structural phase transitions. Eur. J. Mineral. 10, 693-812 (1998)

E.K.H.Salje Phase transitions in ferroelastic and co-elastic crystals (student editions. Cambridge University Press.)


Specific examples.

M.A.Carpenter, et al. Calibration of excess thermodynamic properties and elastic constant variations associated with the alpha <--> beta phase transition in quartz. Am. Mineral. 83 2-22 (1998)

M.A.Carpenter Elastic properties of minerals and the influence of phase transitions. Am. Mineral. 91, 229-246 (2006)

M.A.Carpenter et al. Structural relationships and a phase diagram for (Ca,Sr)TiO3 perovskites. J. Phys.: Condens. Matt. 18 10725–10749 (2006)

M.A.Carpenter Elastic anomalies accompanying phase transitions in (Ca,Sr)TiO3 perovskties I: Landau theory and a calibration for SrTiO3. Am. Mineral. 92, 309–327 (2007)

R.E.A.McKnight et al. Elastic anomalies associated with transformation sequences in perovskites: I. Strontium zirconate, SrZrO3. J. Phys.: Condens. Matt. 21, 015901 (2009)

M.A.Carpenter et al. High-pressure elasticity of stishovite and the P42/mnm – Pnnm phase transition. J. Geophys. Res. 105, 10807-10816 (2000)

R.J.Hemley et al. Strain/order parameter coupling in the ferroelastic transition in dense SiO2. Sol. St. Comm. 114, 527-532 (2000)

Lakshtanov et al. The post-stishovite phase transition in hydrous alumina-bearing SiO2 in the lower mantle of the earth. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 104, 13588–13590 (2007)

Nomura et al. Precise determination of post-stishovite phase transition boundary and implications for seismic heterogeneities in the mid-lower mantle. Phys. Earth Plan. Int. 183, 104-109.