First-principles determination of elastic anisotropy and wave velocities of MgO at lower mantle conditions

B. B. Karki, R. M. Wentzcovitch, S. De Gironcoli, S. Baroni

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Abstract

The individual elastic constants of magnesium oxide (MgO) have been determined throughout Earth's lower mantle (LM) pressure-temperature regime with density functional perturbation theory. It is shown that temperature effects on seismic observables (density, velocities, and anisotropy) are monotonically suppressed with increasing pressure. Therefore, at realistic LM conditions, the isotropic wave velocities of MgO remain comparable to seismic velocities, as previously noticed in a thermal high-pressure calculations. Also, the predicted strong pressure-induced anisotropy is preserved toward the bottom of the LM, so lattice-preferred orientations in MgO may contribute substantially to the observed seismic anisotropy in the D'' layer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1705-1707
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume286
Issue number5445
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 1999

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