High Pressure Mineral Physics

The unique combination of scientists, facilities, and ongoing collaborative efforts within the School provide opportunities to investigate the elastic, electrical, thermal, vibrational, and structural properties of materials at high pressure and temperature. These investigations use acoustic, electrical, thermal (conductivity) measurements, X-ray, Brillouin and Raman scattering, as well as scanning acoustic and optical microscopy.

The common areas of high-pressure mineral physics and materials science (e.g., synthesis of diamonds, mineral transformation in Earth’s interior) are key subjects of scientific research and have great potential for application in high-tech industries in Hawai’i.