A flash heating method for measuring thermal conductivity at high pressure and temperature: application to Pt

Stewart Mcwilliams, Z. Konopkova, Alexander.f. Goncharov

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The transport properties of matter at high pressure and temperature are critical components in planetary interior models, yet are challenging to measure or predict at relevant conditions. Using a novel flash-heating method for in-situ high-temperature and high-pressure thermal conductivity measurement, we study the transport properties of platinum to 55 GPa and 2300 K. Experimental data reveal a simple high-pressure and high-temperature behavior of the thermal conductivity that can be described as linear in both pressure and temperature. The corresponding electrical resistivity evaluated through the Wiedemann-Franz-Lorenz law is nearly constant along the melting curve, experimentally confirming the prediction of Stacey for an ideal metal. This study together with prior first-principles predictions of transport properties in Al and Fe at extreme conditions suggests a broad applicability of Stacey’s law to diverse metals, supporting a limit on the thermal conductivity of iron at the conditions of Earth’s outer core of 90 W/mK or less.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors
Early online date9 Jun 2015
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Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

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