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Magnetic shape fabric analysis from syntectonic granites: a study based on the eigenvalue method

Acharyya, SS and Mondal, TK (2023) Magnetic shape fabric analysis from syntectonic granites: a study based on the eigenvalue method. In: Geological Magazine, 160 (2). 222 – 234.

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We investigate the shape and strength of the magnetic fabrics (anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) data) of various massive granitic plutons from different parts of India, using the eigenvalue method. The study aims to analyse eigenvalues and establish their relationship with various deformational attributes. It involves: (1) calculating eigenvectors and their corresponding eigenvalues from magnetic fabric datasets; (2) finding a link between the geometrical appearance of eigenvectors and the mechanistic issues involved with a specific deformation scenario; and (3) determining shape and strength parameters from the magnetic foliation data distribution. The statistical analysis for the unimodal magnetic fabric dataset of orthorhombic symmetry class implies that the plane, consisting of intermediate (V2) and minimum (V3) eigenvectors with pole V1, accurately traces the instantaneous stretching axis (ISAmax) of a particular material flow system under a pure shear regime. Moreover, for the distributions of similar symmetry and modality, we infer that the rotational characteristics of eigenvectors with respect to a fixed coordinate cause a distinct shift of such planes (V2-V3) from the ISAmax of a steady-state flow system under simple shear, where a substantial amount of rotational strain is involved. However, our findings also suggest that variation in symmetry and modality of magnetic fabric data distribution of different studied granitoids can directly influence the relative disposition of V2-V3 with respect to the direction of ISAmax. We conclude that eigenvalue analysis of magnetic fabrics is a powerful approach, which can be utilized while studying the salient deformational aspects of any syntectonic massive granitic body.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Geological Magazine
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to the Authors.
Keywords: India; Magnetic anisotropy; Magnetic susceptibility; Shear flow; Data distribution; Eigen-value; Eigenvalue methods; Fabric analysis; Granitoid; Magnetic fabrics; Magnetic shape; Shape parameters; Strength parameters; Syntectonic granites; eigenvalue; granitoid; magnetic anisotropy; magnetic fabric; pluton; vector; Eigenvalues and eigenfunctions
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Earth Sciences
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2023 11:01
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2023 11:01
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/81888

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