Kinetics of the Olivine→Spinel Transition under High Pressure and Temperature: Experimental Results and Geophysical Implications

  • C.-M. Sung


Magnesium olivine is believed to be the dominant mineral in the upper mantle. It has been demonstrated to transform into a denser structure of the β-phase (modified spinel structure) or the γ-phase (spinel structure) under high pressure and temperature. The olivine→spinel (β- and/or γ-phase) transition in the mantle is believed to mark the major seismic and density discontinuity at approximately 400 km depth. The olivine→spinel transition in down-going slabs may play a vital role in plate dynamics [1,2].


Heterogeneous Nucleation Differential Stress Kinetic Diagram Magnesium Olivine Plate Dynamic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C.-M. Sung
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.General Electric CompanyWorthingtonUSA

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