Details of ID4213 (Spring 2020)

Level: 4 Type: Theory Credits: 4.0

Course CodeCourse NameInstructor(s)
ID4213 Mineral Physics Gaurav Shukla,
Swastika Chatterjee


Introduction to thermodynamics : Laws of thermodynamics and thermodynamic potentials. Energetics and Mineral stability : Enthalpy changes in mineral transformation, Entropy (configurational, electronic, vibrational), Gibbs free energy and equilibrium, determination of thermodynamic quantities, Landau theory of phase transition and its application to minerals. Solid solution : Enthalpy and free energy, equilibrium phase diagram, chemical potential, order-disorder. Kinetics of mineral processes : energy and entropy, rate equation and rate constant, determination of activation energy. Exsolution : Homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation in solids, kinetics, growth of precipitate, accomodation of strain, TTT diagrams, diffusion, spinodal decomposition. Structural phase transition : Reconstructive polymorphic transition, tranformation caused by dislocation and high pressure, incommensurate structures, order-disorder transition in minerals, Magnetic transition. Elemental fractionation : Fractionation of major and trace elements, metal-silicate fractionation(magma ocean and core formation), effect of temperature and oxygen fugaciity on metal silicate partitioning.

1. Introduction to Physics of the Earth's Interior, 2nd edition, 2000, by Jean-Paul Poirier, Cambridge University Press.
2. Thermodynamics in Earth and planetary Sciences, First edition, 2007, by Jibamitra Ganguly, Springer
3. Introduction to mineral sciences, First edition, 1992, by Andrew Putnis, Cambridge University Press.

Course Credit Options

Sl. No.ProgrammeSemester NoCourse Choice
1 IP 2 Not Allowed
2 IP 4 Elective
3 IP 6 Not Allowed
4 MR 2 Not Allowed
5 MR 4 Not Allowed
6 MS 8 Elective
7 RS 1 Elective
8 RS 2 Elective