Spin state and electronic environment of iron in basaltic glass in the lower mantle

Fumiya Maeda, Seiji Kamada, Eiji Ohtani, Naohisa Hirao, Takaya Mitsui, Ryo Masuda, Masaaki Miyahara, Catherine McCammon

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The spin states of iron in deep magmas are one of the most important properties that affect the partitioning of iron between magmas and minerals and, thus, the gravitational stability of magmas in the Earth. We investigated the spin state and electronic environments of iron in a basaltic glass containing ~70 Fe3+/ΣFe at room temperature and pressures from 1 bar to 130 GPa using a diamond-anvil cell combined with energy domain synchrotron 57Fe Mössbauer source spectroscopy. The basaltic glass represents an analog of a multi-component magma typical for the Earth. The Mössbauer spectra could be fitted by a two pseudo-Voigt doublet model including a high quadrupole splitting (QS) doublet and a low QS doublet, which were assigned to high-spin Fe2+ and high-spin Fe3+, respectively. The high-spin states of Fe2+ and Fe3+ remained up to 130 GPa corresponding to the pressure in the lowermost mantle. The center shift values of high-spin Fe2+ and Fe3+ did not show large changes with pressure, ruling out sharp electronic changes in the basaltic glass. Therefore, a sharp and complete spin crossover of Fe2+ from the high-spin to the low-spin state does not appear to occur in the basaltic glass although the possibility of a partial spin transition cannot be fully excluded. The QS values of Fe2+ increased slightly at 0-20 GPa and above 100 GPa, and the higher value was preserved after decompression to ambient conditions. This behavior may be related to distortion of Fe2+ polyhedra due to short-range ordering on compression. Such a distortion of Fe2+ polyhedra could gradually stabilize Fe2+ in the basaltic glass with pressure compared to bridgmanite according to the Jahn-Teller effect, and thus could gradually enhance the partitioning of iron into deep magmas in the lower mantle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2106-2112
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Mineralogist
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 26


  • Silicate glass
  • Synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy
  • deep magma
  • diamond-anvil cell
  • lower mantle
  • spin transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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