Measurements, Mechanisms, and Models of Heat Transport in Condensed Matter and Planetary Interiors - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128099810

Measurements, Mechanisms, and Models of Heat Transport in Condensed Matter and Planetary Interiors

1st Edition

Authors: Anne Hofmeister
Paperback ISBN: 9780128099810
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st October 2018
Page Count: 300
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Measurements, Mechanisms, and Models of Heat Transport in Condensed Matter offers an interdisciplinary approach to the composition, dynamics, and thermal evolution of planetary interiors. Using a combination of fundamentals, new developments in the research, and scientific and mathematical principles, this timely reference summarizes the state-of-the-art application of heat transport to geophysics.

Covering both microscopic and macroscopic phenomena of heat transport, Measurements, Mechanisms, and Models of Heat Transport in Condensed Matter offers both the fundamental knowledge and up-to-date measurements and models to encourage further improvements and lead to a better understanding of the interior, formation, and evolution of planetary bodies.

Key Features

  • Provides an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of the thermal evolution of large planetary bodies, including contributed chapters from leading experts in the field
  • Combines state-of-the-art measurements and solutions with core principles to lead to a better understanding of Earth’s interior, formation, and evolution
  • Organized in two parts, focusing first on microscopic aspects of heat transport and the physical principles underlying it, and then covering macroscopic phenomena as they pertain to deciphering the thermal structure of planetary bodies
  • Includes access to a companion website with updated and recent data and in-text boxes highlighting future questions to ponder


Graduate students and researchers in geologic sciences, especially geophysics and mineral physics, but also professionals who are interested in heat flow over large and small scales

Table of Contents

1. Motivation: Why heat transport is important in many disciplines
2. Historical development in physics and geosciences
3. Sloppy models
4. Need for a unified approach based on data and physical principles
5. Goals of this book

Part I. Understanding heat transport on the microscopic and laboratory scales
A. Key equations from historical measurements (What is right? What is wrong?)
B. Mechanisms and properties of possible microscopic carriers
C. Modern heat transport measurements
D. Synopsis of heat transport data (most of the data is recent and will be electronic, on website)
E. How do we explain the data in view of the mechanisms?
F. Sum rules for multiple carriers and/or components (E.M. Criss)
G. Basic microscopic models of diffusion
H. Spectroscopy and what this reveals about heat flow
I. Ballistic (transient) processes vs. diffusional processes
J. Advanced microscopic models of diffusion (J.J. Dong)
K. Relationship of heat flow to thermodynamics (R.E. Criss)
L. Relationships of heat and mass diffusion
M. Tie to viscosity (A. G. Whittington and E.R. Criss)

Part II. Understanding heat transport on large scales: Applications to Interiors of Solid Planets with a Focus on the Earth
A. How macroscopic heat transport relates to microscopic
B. How planets differ from the laboratory (introducing problems to deal with)
C. Introduction to natural convection in large bodies (E.M. Criss)
D. Conductive cooling models (R.E. Criss)

1. Implications Regarding the Debate of Earth’s Upper vs. Whole Mantle Convection
2. Measurements of surface heat flux and geotherms
3. Using the data to evaluate cooling models for Earth’s lithosphere (R.E. Criss)
4. Evaluation of internal radiogenic power from data
5. Models for internal primordial heat arising from gravitational processes
6. Other possible heat sources
7. Thermal structu


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About the Author

Anne Hofmeister

Anne M. Hofmeister is Research Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD in Geology from California Institute of Technology and has received several fellowships and awards. She has served as Editor of American Mineralogist and was recently the Keynote speaker at the European Conference on Mineral Spectroscopy. Her research interests include heat transport, thermodynamics, interaction of light with matter, and the applications of those fields to Planetary Sciences, Earth Sciences, Astronomy, and Materials Science. She has authored over 100 journal articles, including conference proceedings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, USA

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