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Classes in academic year 2008 at ISEI

Master's program

Thermodynamics of Magmatic Substances / YAMASHITA Shigeru
The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to thermodynamic approach in petrological/geological sciences. The beginning part of the course is designed to introduce basic ideas of macro-thermodynamics. This course will also cover specific applications of thermodynamics in understanding petrological/geological processes. Lecture will be given once a week for 90 min. Handouts will be available from instructor. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Chemical Geodynamics / NAKAMURA Eizo
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Elasticity in the Earth / YONEDA Akira
The course covers a thermodynamics parameter and elasticity of the mantle minerals. Furthermore, it compares seismological observation and material experimental data in order to interpret the structure inside the earth. At the lecture, MATLAB software is used for exercise. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Physicochemistry of Magma / XUE Xianyu
The role of magmatic activities throughout the evolution of the earth and the atomic structure and physical/thermodynamic properties that control the behavior of magmas will be reviewed. The relevant research activities at ISEI will also be introduced. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Computational Earth Material Sciences / KANZAKI Masami
In order to understand structure and physical properties of the Earth's materials at the conditions of surface to the center of the Earth, atomistic simulation techniques such as classical molecular dynamics, first-principles method, and molecular orbital calculations are introduced. Applications of these techniques are demonstrated in the class. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Trace Elment Geochemistry / MAKISHIMA Akio
Basics of the trace element geochemistry is explained. I want to teach from basic wet chemistry to the state-of-the-art analytical techniques. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Physics of the Earth's Interior / KATSURA Tomoo
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Geochronology / KOBAYASHI Katsura
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Doctoral program

Synchrotron Radiation in Earth's Material Science / KANZAKI Masami
This lecture will teach how to study compositions, structures, and physical properties of the Earth's materials by means of synchrotron radiation. The subjects include diffraction, absorption, inelasticl scattering, nuclear resonant scattering, photoelectron spectroscopy, topography, radiography, tomography, IR absorption, and fluorescence X-ray analysis, and so on. Although the lecture focuses on synchrotron radiation, the basics of measurements are useful for ordinary source X-ray experiments. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Spectroscopic Method in Earth Sciences / XUE Xianyu
The basic principles of quantum mechanics and various spectroscopic methods (infrared, Raman, NMR, etc) and their applications in earth sciences will be reviewed. Relevant research activities at ISEI will also be introduced. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Experimental magmalogy / YAMASHITA Shigeru
The objective of this course is to provide an idea of how magmas are produced in depth, how magmas are compositionally differentiated, and how magmas rise to the surface. Special emphasis will be placed onto the advantage of the use of thermodynamic and experimental (phase diagram) approaches for deciphering a P-T-C record in a magmatic substance. Lecture will be given once a week for 90 min. Handouts will be available from instructor. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Chemical Geodynamics / NAKAMURA Eizo
Applying stable and radiogenic isotopes as well as trace lements as major geochemical tracers, differentiation of atomosphere, ocean, crust, mantle and core in the evolving Earth is discussed. Lectures are given to understand basic geochemical problems related to participants' research subjects. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Chemistry of Planetary Materials / MAKISHIMA Akio
Element synthesis in the star and supernovae is explained first. Then the formation of planets and evolution of the earth is explained. Especially, the tools and techniques will be highlighted which propelled the geochemistry. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Stable Isotope Geochemistry / MORIGUTI Takuya
Explanation of stable isotopes as geochemical tracers to understand the origin and evolution of the Earth and planets. Basic geochemical processes are discussed based on the comprehensive data set including major and trace elements, and radiogenic and stable isotopes.  external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Geochemistry / KOBAYASHI Katsura
The lecturer are focusing on basis and current issues of chronology for terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials. In paticular, age dating methods using radioactive nuclide are improved rapidly with new analytical technology. The lecturer will concentrate heavily on explaining these topics. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Physical Properties of the Earth's Materials / KATSURA Tomoo
Knowledge of phyiscal properties of the Earth's consitituents is indispensable for understanding of the structure, dynamics and evolution of the Earth. However, the Earth's interior is under extremely high-pressure and high-temperature conditions, and therefore, the physical properties should be largely different from those at room P-T conditions. In this class, the physical properties, such as electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, thermal expansivity, at high pressures and temperatures will be discussed. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
High Pressure Physics / YONEDA Akira
Equation of state (EOS) of minerals is indispensable for understanding the deep earth's interior. Seismological observation data is used to constrain the EOS. Furthermore, the various experimental techniques, such as high temperature high pressure X-rays experiment, the shock wave experiment, and the ultrasonic measurement are explained in detail. MATLAB software is used for various exercise. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)
Rheology / YAMAZAKI Daisuke
Knowledge of rheological properties of mantle minerals is essentially important to understand the dynamics of the earth's interior. In this class, the aim is to understand “dislocation” and “diffusion” as fundamental phenomena for the rheology and to learn the plastic flow law of solid materials. external linkSyllabus (Okayama Univ.)

Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior