High Pressure, High Temperature Laboratory

The department’s high-pressure, high-temperature laboratory facility consists of two piston cylinder apparatuses and a one-atmosphere high-temperature furnace. Each piston cylinder apparatus is capable of maintaining pressures up to 4 GPa and temperatures in excess of 1500ºC for prolonged periods of time in order to simulate conditions in the Earth’s upper mantle. The main purpose of the one-atmosphere furnace is sample synthesis at controlled oxygen partial pressure.

If you are interested in using these facilities, please contact Dr. Joel Sparks.