High-Pressure Mineral Physics Laboratory

  Diamond-Anvil Cell
Diamond-Anvil Cell
Fe-K 32-atom supercell
Ab-Initio Computations
Laser-Driven Shock waves
Laser-Driven Shock waves
 

         

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We study the physical and chemical properties as well as the crystal structures of materials at high pressures and temperatures to help us better understand the dynamics and structure of the Earth and other planetary interiors. Using the laser-heated diamond-anvil cell, ab-initio computations and laser-driven shock waves, we are able to simulate the extreme pressure and temperature conditions on relevant planetary materials and can measure their changing properties in situ. The knowledge of the materials at deep interior conditions is key to understanding the formation and evolution of the Earth and planets in genereal.

Together with seismology, sophisticated geodynamic experiments and computations, as well as geochemical observations and measurements, mineral physics is used to refine models of our planet's interior. Recent advances in seismic tomography give us insight into the 3D structure of the Earth's interior. Geodynamical simulations have improved our understanding of heat transport throughout the Earth. Mineral physics has played a critical role in that it can provide interpretations for the seismic observations and physical basis for the computational simulations.


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Kanani K. M. Lee

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Department of Physics
153 Gardiner Hall
MSC 3D, Box 30001
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: (505) 646-1811
Fax: (505) 646-1932

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Department of Physics
55-56 Gardiner Hall
MSC 3D, Box 30001
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: (505) 646-1614

NASA's planets photo
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Last updated May 16, 2006