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Publication Detail
Quantifying strain birefringence halos around inclusions in diamond
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Howell D, Wood IG, Dobson DP, Jones AP, Nasdala L, Harris JW
  • Publisher:
    SPRINGER
  • Publication date:
    11/2010
  • Pagination:
    705, 717
  • Journal:
    CONTRIB MINERAL PETR
  • Volume:
    160
  • Issue:
    5
  • Print ISSN:
    0010-7999
  • Language:
    EN
  • Keywords:
    Diamond, MetriPol, Quantitative, birefringence analysis, Inclusion remnant pressure, Raman mapping, GARNET INCLUSIONS, HIGH-PRESSURE, ELLIPSOIDAL INCLUSION, RAMAN-SPECTROSCOPY, THERMAL-EXPANSION, REMNANT PRESSURE, ELASTIC FIELD, TEMPERATURE, COESITE, PIEZOTHERMOMETRY
  • Addresses:
    Howell, D
    Macquarie Univ
    GEMOC
    Dept Earth & Planetary Sci
    Sydney
    NSW
    2109
    Australia
Abstract
The pressure and temperature conditions of formation of natural diamond can be estimated by measuring the residual stress that an inclusion remains under within a diamond. Raman spectroscopy has been the most commonly used technique for determining this stress by utilising pressure-sensitive peak shifts in the Raman spectrum of both the inclusion and the diamond host. Here, we present a new approach to measure the residual stress using quantitative analysis of the birefringence induced in the diamond. As the analysis of stress-induced birefringence is very different from that of normal birefringence, an analytical model is developed that relates the spherical inclusion size, R (i), host diamond thickness, L, and measured value of birefringence at the edge of the inclusion, size, R-i, host diamond thickness, L, and measured value of birefringence at the edge of the inclusion, Delta n(R-i)(av), to the peak value of birefringence that has been encountered; to first order Delta n(pk) = (3/4)(L/R-i) Delta n(R-i)(av). From this birefringence, the remnant pressure (P-i) can be calculated using the photoclastic relationship Delta n(pk) = -(3/4)n(3)q(iso)P(i), where q (iso) is a piezo-optical coefficient, which can be assumed to be independent of crystallographic orientation, and n is the refractive index of the diamond. This model has been used in combination with quantitative birefringence analysis with a MetriPol system and compared to the results from both Raman point and 2D mapping analysis for a garnet inclusion in a diamond from the Udachnaya mine (Russia) and coesite inclusions in a diamond from the Finsch mine (South Africa). The birefringence model and analysis gave a remnant pressure of 0.53 +/- A 0.01 GPa for the garnet inclusion, from which a source pressure was calculated as 5.7 GPa at 1,175A degrees C (temperature obtained from IR analysis of the diamond host). The Raman techniques could not be applied quantitatively to this sample to support the birefringence model; they were, however, applied to the largest coesite inclusion in the Finsch sample. The remnant pressure values obtained were 2.5 +/- A 0.1 GPa (birefringence), 2.5 +/- A 0.3 GPa (2D Raman map), and 2.5-2.6 GPa (Raman point analysis from all four inclusions). However, although the remnant pressures from the three methods were self-consistent, they led to anomalously low source pressure of 2.9 GPa at 1,150A degrees C (temperature obtained from IR analysis) raising serious concerns about the use of the coesite-in-diamond geobarometer.
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