Deformation and texture development in CaIrO3 post-perovskite phase up to 6 GPa and 1300 K

Lowell Miyagi, Norimasa Nishiyama, Yanbin Wang, Atsushi Kubo, Don V. West, Robert J. Cava, Thomas S. Duffy, Hans Rudolf Wenk

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At near ambient conditions, CaIrO3 is isostructural with the high-pressure polymorph MgSiO3 "post-perovskite" (pPv). MgSiO3 pPv is thought to be a major phase in the earth's lowermost mantle. CaIrO3 can thus serve as an analog for studying deformation of the pPv phase under conditions achievable with a multi-anvil deformation apparatus. Here we study the rheologic behavior of CaIrO3 pPv at a variety of pressure and temperature conditions from 2 GPa to 6 GPa and 300 K to 1300 K and various strain rates. Sintered, polycrystalline CaIrO3 pPv, cylindrical in shape, was deformed in the D-DIA multi-anvil press in several shortening cycles up to 20% axial strain at each temperature and pressure. Shortening cycles were followed by lengthening back to 0% strain. Quantitative texture information was obtained using in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and the Rietveld method to analyze images. In all cases we find that (010) lattice planes align perpendicular to the compression direction upon shortening, and that there is little change in texture with temperature or pressure. This texture pattern is consistent with slip on (010)[100]. The texture observed here is different from that produced in room temperature diamond anvil cell (DAC) experiments on MgGeO3 and MgSiO3 pPv which both display textures of (100) and {110} lattice planes at high angles to the compression direction. This implies that CaIrO3 pPv may not be a good analog for the plastic behavior of MgSiO3 pPv.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-525
Number of pages11
JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Apr 30 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


  • CaIrO
  • VPSC
  • deformation mechanism
  • multi-anvil press
  • post-perovskite
  • slip
  • texture


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