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: 26th October 2018
Page Count: 562
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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, the book 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
  • 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 that highlight 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

PART I. Understanding heat transport on microscopic and laboratory scales
1. The macroscopic picture of heat retained and heat emitted: Thermodynamics and its historical development (A.M. Hofmeister and R.E. Criss)
2. Macroscopic Analysis of the Flow of Energy into and through Matter from Spectroscopic Measurements and Electromagnetic Theory
3. The Macroscopic Picture of Diffusive Heat Flow at Low Energy
4. Methods used to Determine Heat Transport and Related Properties, with Comparisons
5. The Microscopic Basis I: Reconciling the Kinetic Theory of Gas with Gas Transport Data
6. Transport Behavior of Common, Pourable Liquids: Evidence for Mechanisms other than Collisions
7. Thermal diffusivity data on non-metallic crystalline solids from Laser Flash Analysis
8. A Macroscopic Model of Blackbody Emissions with Implications (A.M. Hofmeister, E.M. Criss, and R.E. Criss)
9. Thermal diffusivity data on metals, alloys and their melts from Laser Flash Analysis (E.M. Criss)
10. Heat and mass transfer in glassy and molten silicates? (A. G. Whittington)
11. The Microscopic Picture of Heat Flow II: Condensed Matter

Part II. Understanding heat transport on large scales: Applications to Interiors of Solid Planets with a focus on the Earth
12. How planets differs from the laboratory and what is known about their interiors
13. Cooling mechanisms in planets
14. Models for internal heating: radioactive, gravitational, and primordial sources
15. Conductive cooling models (R.E. Criss)
16. Thermal structure and Evolution of the Earth
17. Other large bodies
18. Conclusions and Future Work

1. Conventions, abbreviations, and variables used
2. Guide to an electronic deposit of thermal diffusivity data
3. Summary of literature on heat capacity and density/thermal expansivity


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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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