Pressure tuning of the thermal conductivity of the layered muscovite crystal

Wen Pin Hsieh, Bin Chen, Jie Li, Pawel Keblinski, David G. Cahill

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The physics of heat conduction in layered, anisotropic crystals is probed by measurements of the cross-plane elastic constant C33 and thermal conductivity Λ of muscovite mica as a function of hydrostatic pressure. Picosecond interferometry and time-domain thermoreflectance provide high-precision measurements of C33 and Λ, respectively, of micron-sized samples within a diamond-anvil cell; Λ changes from the anomalously low value of 0.46 W m-1 K-1 at ambient pressure to a value more typical of oxides crystals with large unit cells, 6.6 W m-1 K-1, at P=24 GPa. Most of the pressure dependence of Λ can be accounted for by the pressure dependence of the cross-plane sound velocities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number180302
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number18
StatePublished - Nov 20 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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