Static compression of (Mg0.83,Fe0.17)O and (Mg 0.75,Fe0.25)O ferropericlase up to 58 GPa at 300, 700, and 1100 K

Masanori Matsui, Eiji Ito, Daisuke Yamazaki, Takashi Yoshino, Xinzhuan Guo, Shuangming Shan, Yuji Higo, Ken Ichi Funakoshi

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Static compression data of (Mg0.83,Fe0.17)O and (Mg0.75,Fe0.25)O ferropericlases have been measured up to 58 GPa along 300, 700, and 1100 K isotherms, using synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction experiments combined with a Kawai-type, multi-anvil, high-pressure apparatus and sintered diamond anvils. High-temperature and high-pressure equations of state for these two ferropericlases, which have high-spin Fe 2+ ions, were developed using measured compression data below 47 GPa, based on the Mie-Grüneisen relation and the Debye thermal model, combined with the 300 K Birch-Murnaghan equation. When the isothermal bulk modulus (K0t) and the Debye temperature (Θ0) are fixed at 160 GPa and 500 K, respectively, the optimized equation-of-state parameters for these two phases are as follows: the pressure derivative of the bulk modulus (K0't), the Grüneisen constant (γ0), and the q parameter are 4.08 ± 0.02, 1.53 ± 0.04, and 0.7 ± 0.2, respectively, for (Mg0 83,Fe017)O; and 4.22 ± 0.03, 1.64 ± 0.04, and 0.7 ± 0.2, respectively, for (Mg 0.75,Fe0.25)O. We found that calculated pressures with these equation-of-state parameters accurately reproduce the measured pressures of each ferropericlase below ∼50 GPa for the isotherms of 300, 700, and 1100 K. Furthermore, the compression curve indicates that for each ferropericlase at each isothermal compression of 300, 700, and 1100 K, an abrupt volume reduction occurs at ∼50 GPa. This volume reduction becomes more pronounced with increasing pressure, as a result of the progressive transition from high-spin to low-spin of the Fe2+ ions in each ferropericlase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-183
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Mineralogist
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • Ferropericlase
  • High pressure
  • High temperature
  • Lower mantle
  • Spin transition
  • Static compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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