The flux growth of magnesium silicate perovskite single crystals

David P. Dobson*, Steven D. Jacobsen

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We present a flux-growth method for growing large, strain- and inclusion-free single crystals of perovskite-type (Mg,Fe,Al)(Si,Al O3 in a multi-anvil apparatus. Molten NaCl is used as the flux and the temperature is cycled at -25 GPa to enhance grain growth. In this way, we have synthesized high-quality subhedral perovskite crystals in excess of 300 micrometers of pure Mg, or Fe- and Al-bearing compositions with minimal Na-contamination from the flux. Single-crystal structure refinement of the MgSiO3-perovskite demonstrates the quality of the crystals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)807-811
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Mineralogist
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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