HiTaP Laboratory

HiTaP Laboratory, built and managed by Prof Colin Jackson, will feature three major facilities for material synthesis under elevated temperature and pressure:

Piston cylinder facility: An end-loaded piston cylinder press is scheduled for delivery in 2019. This press is high versatile, enabling the synthesis of large volumes of material up to 2000 °C and 3 GPa. We will use this facility to study magma genesis within Earth’s upper mantle, high-pressure metamorphic reactions related to subduction zones, and core formation within planetesimals, among other topics.

Gas-mixing furnace facility: Two gas-mixing furnaces are scheduled for delivery in 2019. Each furnace can achieve 1700 °C with a precisely controlled atmosphere composition. Atmosphere compositions can be varied to impose redox potentials or partial pressures of gases for solubility studies.

Diamond anvil cell loading facility: A facility to load diamond anvil cells is in development. This will ultimately include binocular microscopes, a laser cutter, diamond cells, and the accoutrement needed to contain samples in diamond cells under extremely high pressure. Initial research directions include core formation within larger terrestrial bodies, deep mantle melting, and phase equilibria of slabs within the lower mantle.

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