Resources for students and postdocs

Essential reading

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.

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.