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Title: Synthesis and equation of state of post-perovskites in the (Mg,Fe)[subscript 3]Al[subscript 2]Si[subscript 3]O[subscript 12] system

The formation and properties of the post-perovskite (CaIrO{sub 3}-type) phase were studied in Fe-rich compositions along the pyrope-almandine ((Mg,Fe){sub 3}Al{sub 2}Si{sub 3}O{sub 12}) join. Natural and synthetic garnet starting materials with almandine fractions from 38 to 90 mol% were studied using synchrotron X-ray diffraction in the laser-heated diamond anvil cell. Single-phase post-perovskite could be successfully synthesized from garnet compositions at pressures above 148 GPa and temperatures higher than 1600 K. In some cases, evidence for a minor amount of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} post-perovskite was observed for Alm38 and Alm54 compositions in the perovskite + post-perovskite two-phase region. Pressure-volume data for the post-perovskite phases collected during decompression show that incorporation of Fe leads to a systematic increase of unit cell volume broadly similar to the variation observed in the (Mg,Fe)SiO{sub 3} system. The presence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} increases the stability of perovskite relative to post-perovskite, requiring higher pressures (> 148 GPa) for synthesis of pure post-perovskites. Our data together with those of Tateno et al. (2005) also suggest that in the Al-rich system the presence of Fe has no strong effect on the pressure required to synthesize the pure post-perovskite phase, but the two-phase perovskite and post-perovskite region may bemore » broad and its width dependent on Fe content. Our results suggest that any regions highly enriched in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} may consist of either the perovskite phase or a mixture of perovskite and post-perovskite phases throughout the entire thickness of the D* region. The observed synthesis pressures (> 148 GPa) for a pure post-perovskite phase are beyond that at the Earth's core-mantle boundary ({approx} 135 GPa).« less
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Journal Name: Earth Planet. Sci. Lett.; Journal Volume: 312; Journal Issue: (3-4) ; 12, 2011
Research Org:
Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL (US)
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United States