The most highly cited Geophysical Laboratory papers of the past forty years demonstrate the breadth and evolution of science in the department, ranging from seminal discoveries to breakthroughs in technique, spanning small research teams to large-scale collaborations.

Top honors for the most-cited Geophysical Laboratory publication of 1973-2012 go to an experimental techniques article,  “A low-contamination method for hydrothermal decomposition of zircon and extraction of U and Pb for isotopic age determinations” [Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta37, 485 (1973)].  The paper by Thomas Krogh has been cited in the scientific literature more than 1,900 times, according to the Thomson Reuters Science Citation Index

A paper by Ronald E. Cohen tops the Geophysical Laboratory’s 25-year classics list:  “Origin of ferroelectricity in perovskite oxides” [Nature358, 136 (1992)].  Cohen's work presented first-principles calculations on two technologically-important ferroelectrics.  The study resolved a half-century old mystery about the origin of the ferroelectricity in these materials.  The paper launched modern theoretical studies of ferroelectrics, and has been cited more than 1,000 times.

Comet 81P/Wild 2 under a microscope” by D. Brownlee et al. [Science314, 1711 (2006)] garnered the most citations for the decade 2003-2012.  The paper reports  the analysis of samples returned by the Stardust spacecraft and involved 183 authors from 100 institutions – including the Geophysical Laboratory’s George Cody, Marc Fries, Andrew Steele, and Hikaru Yabuta. This is one of several planetary materials papers involving large collaborations and this Geophysical Laboratory team.

Topping the list for the past five years is “Ionic high-pressure form of elemental boron” [Nature, 457, 863 (2009)] by A. R. Oganov et al. – a study that revealed the existence of a new chemical ‘compound’ that consists of a single element.  Key spectral measurements were carried out by Zhenxian Liu at the Geophysical Laboratory's synchrotron infrared beam line U2A at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Former postdoctoral associates Yanzhang Ma and Oleksandr Kurakevych were also coauthors.

 

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