Selected Elastic Moduli of Single-Crystal Olivines from Ultrasonic Experiments to Mantle Pressures

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Science  17 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5264, pp. 979-980
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5264.979


Ultrasonic interferometric measurements, developed for polycrystalline samples in a multi-anvil apparatus, were extended to single-crystal samples of San Carlos olivine and forsterite. The elastic moduli, C22 and C55 of San Carlos olivine and C55 of pure forsterite, were measured to about 13 gigapascals. These data on C22 for San Carlos olivine and C55 for forsterite are consistent with earlier measurements and extrapolations. The C55 for San Carlos olivine increases linearly as a function of increasing pressure, unlike the earlier nonlinear behavior observed at high pressure with impulsive stimulated scattering techniques.

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