Diffusion of hyrogen in nominally anhydrous minerals
The continuous improvement of analytical techniques led to the finding that minerals, which were once thought to be water-free (nominally anhydrous minerals), can indeed incorporate substantial amounts of water in their atomic structure. This observation changed fundamental aspects of our geodynamic models. The detection of water in minerals that are part of mantle xenoliths is one example. This information is interpreted to be evidence for a "wet mantle". To better understand the entity of the geologic water cycle in our earth it is necessary to quantify the transport rates of hydrogen in various phases in dependence of intensive variable (e.g. temperature). In this project we study the diffusion of hydrogen in minerals specifically at low temperatures using hydrogen implantation and NRRA.