Resources for students and postdocs
Rock and Mineral Physics is a broad compilation of fields, much broader than any single textbook could cover. Below is a compilation of reading designed to cover the aspects of Rock and Mineral Physics that we focus on most at the University of Minnesota.
- Creep of Crystals by Jean-Paul Poirier
- Deformation of Earth Materials by Shun-ichiro Karato
- Deformation Mechanism Maps by Harold Frost and Michael Ashby
- Materials Science for Structural Geology by Mervyn Paterson
- Treatise on Geophysics. This is an extensive compilation of review papers that covers geophysics in general. Volume 2 is entirely on Mineral Physics. In particular, see:
- 2.18 - Constitutive Equations, Rheological Behavior, and Viscosity of Rocks by David Kohlstedt and Lars Hansen
Expectations of group members
Here is a link to a working document that outlines expectations of students and postdocs working in the Rock and Mineral Physics Lab.
Notes on scientific writing
Here is a link to a working document that provides guidance and tips on the process of scientific writing and scientific writing style.
Resources related to rock deformation
A list of Paterson Apparatus around the world (ordered by serial number)
The Paterson Apparatus (of which we have two at UMN) is a key tool in the field of rock physics, providing both high pressures and temperatures and high-resolution mechanical data. Earlier versions of the Paterson Apparatus are housed at Australia National University. Below is a list of apparatus sold commerically by Australian Scientific Instruments. For more information about the life and contributions of Mervyn Paterson see this interview from 2006.
- (PI-1) High Temperature Rock Deformation - University of Manchester
- (PI-2) Petrophysics Laboratory - Montpellier
- (PI-3) Rock and Mineral Physics Laboratory - University of Minnesota
- (PI-4) Geomechanics and Rheology Group - GFZ
- (PI-5) Pec Group - MIT
- (PI-6) Experimental Rock Deformation Laboratory - ETH
- (PI-7) Geomechanics and Rheology Group - GFZ
- (PI-8) Institut des Sciences de la Terre d'Orléans
- (PI-9) Experimental Rock Deformation Laboratory - ETH
- (PI-10) Rock and Mineral Physics Laboratory - University of Minnesota
- (PI-11) Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux - Universite de Poitiers
- (PI-12) Tectonophysics Group - Brown University
- (PI-13) Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry
Evaluation of mechanical data for different loading geometries
A common source of confusion and argument in the rock mechanics community surrounds comparison of mechanical data among experiments conducted with different loading geometries (e.g., torsion versus axial compression). Here is a link to a document describing the basic relationships we can use for these comparisons.
Resources for the curious
Bubble rafts as crystal analogs
Bubble rafts are wonderful and dynamic tools to visualize defects in crystalline materials. They were first described by Bragg and Nye (1947), and an accompanying video made by the authors is available on YouTube and embedded below.