Research Highlight: Probing the Quantum Earth

on May 15, 2023
Photonics Focus Magazine Vol. 4 Issue 3
Probing the quantum Earth

A quantum phase transition called spin crossover can be used to visualize deep-Earth processes like subducting tectonic plates. Photo credit: Nature Communications

Shephard, G.E., Houser, C.,et al., Wentzcovitch, R.M., Seismological expression of the iron spin crossover in ferropericlase in the Earth’s lower mantle. Nat Commun 12, 5905 (2021).

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