2017 JpGU Fellow

Tetsuo Irifune


For outstanding contributions to high-pressure Earth sciences, especially in deep mantle mineralogy and dynamics of subducted slab materials using ultrahigh-pressure experiments.

A list of five major papers

1. Irifune, T. and Ringwood, A.E., Phase transformations in subducted oceanic crust and buoyancy relationships at depths of 600-800 km in the mantle, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 117, 101-110, 1993.
2. Irifune, T., Absence of an aluminous phase in the upper part of the Earth's lower mantle, Nature 370, 131-133, 1994.
3. Irifune, T., Nishiyama, N., Kuroda, K., Inoue, T., Isshiki, M., Utsumi, W., Funakoshi, K., Urakawa, S., Uchida, T., Katsura, T., and Ohtaka, O., The postspinel phase boundary in Mg2SiO4 determined by in situ X-ray diffraction, Science 279, 1698-1700, 1998.
4. Irifune, T. and Tsuchiya, T., Phase transitions and mineralogy of the lower mantle. Treatise on Geophysics Vol.2 (2nd edition; ed. Price, D.), Elsevier, p.p. 33-60, 2015.
5. Irifune, T., Kawakami, K., Arimoto, T., Ohfuji, H., Kunimoto, T., and Shinmei, T., Pressure-induced nano-crystallization of silicate garnets from glass, Nature Comm. 7. Art. No. 13753, doi: 10.1038/ncomms13753, 2016.


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