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  1. Shearing instabilities accompanying high-pressure phase transformations and the mechanics of deep earthquakes

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    Green, Harry W.

    2007-01-01

    Deep earthquakes have been a paradox since their discovery in the 1920s. The combined increase of pressure and temperature with depth precludes brittle failure or frictional sliding beyond a few tens of kilometers, yet earthquakes occur continually in subduction zones to ≈700 km. The expected healing effects of pressure and temperature and growing amounts of seismic and experimental data suggest that earthquakes at depth probably represent self-organized failure analogous to, but different from, brittle failure. The only high-pressure shearing instabilities identified by experiment require generation in situ of a small fraction of very weak material differing significantly in density from the parent material. This “fluid” spontaneously forms mode I microcracks or microanticracks that self-organize via the elastic strain fields at their tips, leading to shear failure. Growing evidence suggests that the great majority of subduction zone earthquakes shallower than 400 km are initiated by breakdown of hydrous phases and that deeper ones probably initiate as a shearing instability associated with breakdown of metastable olivine to its higher-pressure polymorphs. In either case, fault propagation could be enhanced by shear heating, just as is sometimes the case with frictional sliding in the crust. Extensive seismological interrogation of the region of the Tonga subduction zone in the southwest Pacific Ocean provides evidence suggesting significant metastable olivine, with implication for its presence in other regions of deep seismicity. If metastable olivine is confirmed, either current thermal models of subducting slabs are too warm or published kinetics of olivine breakdown reactions are too fast. PMID:17468397

  2. High-pressure phase transitions of strontianite

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    Speziale, S.; Biedermann, N.; Reichmann, H. J.; Koch-Mueller, M.; Heide, G.

    2015-12-01

    Strontianite (SrCO3) is isostructural to aragonite, a major high-pressure polymorph of calcite. Thus it is a material of interest to investigate the high-pressure phase behavior of aragonite-group minerals. SrCO3 is a common component of natural carbonates and knowing its physical properties at high pressures is necessary to properly model the thermodynamic properties of complex carbonates, which are major crustal minerals but are also present in the deep Earth [Brenker et al., 2007] and control carbon cycling in the Earth's mantle. The few available high-pressure studies of SrCO3 disagree regarding both pressure stability and structure of the post-aragonite phase [Lin & Liu, 1997; Ono et al., 2005; Wang et al. 2015]. To clarify such controversies we investigated the high-pressure behavior of synthetic SrCO3 by Raman spectroscopy. Using a diamond anvil cell we compressed single-crystals or powder of strontianite (synthesized at 4 GPa and 1273 K for 24h in a multi anvil apparatus), and measured Raman scattering up to 78 GPa. SrCO3 presents a complex high-pressure behavior. We observe mode softening above 20 GPa and a phase transition at 25 - 26.9 GPa, which we interpret due to the CO3 groups rotation, in agreement with Lin & Liu [1997]. The lattice modes in the high-pressure phase show dramatic changes which may indicate a change from 9-fold coordinated Sr to a 12-fold-coordination [Ono, 2007]. Our results confirm that the high-pressure phase of strontianite is compatible with Pmmn symmetry. References Brenker, F.E. et al. (2007) Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett., 260, 1; Lin, C.-C. & Liu, L.-G. (1997) J. Phys. Chem. Solids, 58, 977; Ono, S. et al. (2005) Phys. Chem. Minerals, 32, 8; Ono, S. (2007) Phys. Chem. Minerals, 34, 215; Wang, M. et al. (2015) Phys Chem Minerals 42, 517.

  3. Carbon in iron phases under high pressure

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    Huang, L.; Skorodumova, N. V.; Belonoshko, A. B.; Johansson, B.; Ahuja, R.

    2005-11-01

    The influence of carbon impurities on the properties of iron phases (bcc, hcp, dhcp, fcc) has been studied using the first-principles projector augmented-wave (PAW) method for a wide pressure range. It is shown that the presence of ~6 at. % of interstitial carbon has a little effect on the calculated structural sequence of the iron phases under high pressure. The bcc -> hcp transition both for pure iron and iron containing carbon takes place around 9 GPa. According to the enthalpies comparison, the solubility of carbon into the iron solid is decreased by high pressure. The coexistence of iron carbide (Fe3C) + pure hcp Fe is most stable phase at high pressure compared with other phases. Based on the analysis of the pressure-density dependences for Fe3C and hcp Fe, we suggest that there might be some fraction of iron carbide present in the core.

  4. Phase transitions at high pressure in tetracyanoethylene

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    Mukhopadhyay, R.; Deb, S. K.; Das, Amitabh; Chaplot, S. L.

    2009-11-01

    We report in situ x-ray diffraction studies in tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) at high pressure using diamond anvil cell (DAC) at Elettra synchrotron source, Trieste, Italy. Experiments were performed with both the polymorphic phases (monoclinic and cubic) of TCNE as the starting phase. While starting with monoclinic (the high temperature stable) TCNE, it was found that the Bragg peaks get broadened with increase of pressure and above 5 GPa only few broad peaks remained to be observed. On release of pressure from 6.4 GPa, when the sample started turning black, the diffraction pattern at ambient pressure corresponds to cubic, the other crystalline phase of TCNE. Results reconfirm the monoclinic to cubic transition at high pressure but via an intermediate 'disordered' phase. This settles a number of conflicting issues. TCNE represents only system, which undergoes transition from one crystalline to another crystalline phase via a 'disordered' metastable phase at high pressure. When the starting phase was cubic (the low temperature stable) no apparent phase transition was observed up to 10.8 GPa.

  5. Superconducting high-pressure phases of disilane

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    Jin, Xilian; Meng, Xing; He, Zhi; Ma, Yanming; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian; Zou, Guangtian; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2010-01-01

    High-pressure structures of disilane (Si2H6) are investigated extensively by means of first-principles density functional theory and a random structure-searching method. Three metallic structures with P-1, Pm-3m, and C2/c symmetries are found, which are more stable than those of XY3-type candidates under high pressure. Enthalpy calculations suggest a remarkably wide decomposition (Si and H2) pressure range below 135 GPa, above which three metallic structures are stable. Perturbative linear-response calculations for Pm-3m disilane at 275 GPa show a large electron-phonon coupling parameter λ of 1.397 and the resulting superconducting critical temperature beyond the order of 102 K. PMID:20479272

  6. Superconducting high-pressure phases of disilane.

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    Jin, Xilian; Meng, Xing; He, Zhi; Ma, Yanming; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian; Zou, Guangtian; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2010-06-01

    High-pressure structures of disilane (Si(2)H(6)) are investigated extensively by means of first-principles density functional theory and a random structure-searching method. Three metallic structures with P-1, Pm-3m, and C2/c symmetries are found, which are more stable than those of XY(3)-type candidates under high pressure. Enthalpy calculations suggest a remarkably wide decomposition (Si and H(2)) pressure range below 135 GPa, above which three metallic structures are stable. Perturbative linear-response calculations for Pm-3m disilane at 275 GPa show a large electron-phonon coupling parameter lambda of 1.397 and the resulting superconducting critical temperature beyond the order of 10(2) K. PMID:20479272

  7. High pressure phase transitions in tetrahedrally coordinated semiconducting compounds

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    Yu, S. C.; Spain, I. L.; Skelton, E. F.

    1978-01-01

    New experimental results are reported for structural transitions at high pressure in several III-V compounds and two II-VI compounds. These data, together with earlier results, are then compared with the predictions of model calculations of Van Vechten. Experimental transition pressures are often at variance with calculated values. However, his calculation assumes that the high pressure phase is metallic, with the beta-Sn structure. The present results show that several compounds assume an ionic NaCl structure at high pressure, while others have neither the beta-Sn nor NaCl structure.

  8. The high-pressure semiconducting phase of LiBC

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    Zhang, Meiguang

    2016-04-01

    A high-pressure hexagonal semiconducting phase (space group P63mc , 2f.u./cell) of LiBC stable above 108 GPa was predicted through first-principles calculations combined with unbiased swarm structure searching techniques. This new phase consisted of three-dimensional B-C networks which originate from the dramatic out-of-plane distortions of the graphene-like B-C sublattice in the low-pressure P63/mmc phase under compression. Contrary to the metallizations of LiBC under high pressure previously proposed, the resulting three-dimensional B-C framework lacks the system of π bonds with mobile electrons and has more localized electrons, as a result of the semiconducting nature of this high-pressure LiBC phase.

  9. High pressure phase transitions in lawsonite at simultaneous high pressure and temperature: A single crystal study

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    O'Bannon, E. F., III; Vennari, C.; Beavers, C. C. G.; Williams, Q. C.

    2015-12-01

    Lawsonite (CaAl2Si2O7(OH)2.H2O) is a hydrous mineral with a high overall water content of ~11.5 wt.%. It is a significant carrier of water in subduction zones to depths greater than ~150 km. The structure of lawsonite has been extensively studied under room temperature, high-pressure conditions. However, simultaneous high-pressure and high-temperature experiments are scarce. We have conducted synchrotron-based simultaneous high-pressure and temperature single crystal experiments on lawsonite up to a maximum pressure of 8.4 GPa at ambient and high temperatures. We used a natural sample of lawsonite from Valley Ford, California (Sonoma County). At room pressure and temperature lawsonite crystallizes in the orthorhombic system with Cmcm symmetry. Room temperature compression indicates that lawsonite remains in the orthorhombic Cmcm space group up to ~9.0 GPa. Our 5.0 GPa crystal structure is similar to the room pressure structure, and shows almost isotropic compression of the crystallographic axes. Unit cell parameters at 5.0 GPa are a- 5.7835(10), b- 8.694(2), and c- 13.009(3). Single-crystal measurements at simultaneous high-pressure and temperature (e.g., >8.0 GPa and ~100 oC) can be indexed to a monoclinic P-centered unit cell. Interestingly, a modest temperature increase of ~100 oC appears to initiate the orthorhombic to monoclinic phase transition at ~0.6-2.4 GPa lower than room temperature compression studies have shown. There is no evidence of dehydration or H atom disorder under these conditions. This suggests that the orthorhombic to monoclinic transition could be kinetically impeded at 298 K, and that monoclinic lawsonite could be the dominant water carrier through much of the depth range of upper mantle subduction processes.

  10. High pressure x-ray absorption studies of phase transitions

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    Tranquada, J.M.; Ingalls, R.; Crozier, E.D.

    1984-01-01

    High pressure generally changes all of the properties of substances, leading to phase transitions in many cases. This paper reviews how such phase changes reveal themselves in x-ray absorption spectra. Examples are given using the salts NaBr, RbCl, CuBr, and SnSe. (DLC)

  11. Novel high-pressure phase of ZrO{sub 2}: An ab initio prediction

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    Durandurdu, Murat

    2015-10-15

    The high-pressure behavior of the orthorhombic cotunnite type ZrO{sub 2} is explored using an ab initio constant pressure technique. For the first time, a novel hexagonal phase (Ni{sub 2}In type) within P6{sub 3}/mmc symmetry is predicted through the simulation. The Ni{sub 2}In type crystal is the densest high-pressure phase of ZrO{sub 2} proposed so far and has not been observed in other metal dioxides at high pressure before. The phase transformation is accompanied by a small volume drop and likely to occur around 380 GPa in experiment. - Graphical abstract: Post-cotunnite Ni{sub 2}In type hexagonal phase forms in zirconia at high pressure. - Highlights: • A post-cotunnite phase is predicted for ZrO{sub 2} through an ab initio simulation. • Cotunnite ZrO{sub 2} adopts the Ni{sub 2}In type structure at high pressure. • The Ni{sub 2}In type structure is the densest high-pressure phase of ZrO{sub 2} proposed so far. • The preferred mechanism in ZrO{sub 2} differs from the other metal dioxides.

  12. Theoretical Predictions of Phase Transitions at Ultra-high Pressures

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    Boates, Brian

    2013-06-01

    We present ab initio calculations of the high-pressure phase diagrams of important planetary materials such as CO2, MgSiO3, and MgO. For CO2, we predict a series of distinct liquid phases over a wide pressure (P) and temperature (T) range, including a first-order transition to a dense polymer liquid. We have computed finite-temperature free energies of liquid and solid CO2 phases to determine the melting curve beyond existing measurements and investigate possible phase separation transitions. The interaction of these phase boundaries with the mantle geotherm will also be discussed. Furthermore, we find evidence for a vast pressure-temperature regime where molten MgSiO3 decomposes into liquid SiO2 and solid MgO, with a volume change of approximately 1.2 percent. The demixing transition is driven by the crystallization of MgO ? the reaction only occurs below the high-pressure MgO melting curve. The predicted transition pressure at 10,000 K is in close proximity to an anomaly reported in recent laser-driven shock experiments of MgSiO3. We also present new results for the high-pressure melting curve of MgO and its B1-B2 solid phase transition, with a triple point near 364 GPa and 12,000 K.

  13. High-pressure phase transitions in rubidium and caesium hydroxides.

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    Hermann, Andreas

    2016-06-28

    A computational investigation of the high-pressure phase sequence of the heaviest alkali hydroxides, RbOH and CsOH, shows that the phase diagram of both compounds is richer than hitherto thought. First-principles calculations suggest, based on energetics and comparisons to experimental diffraction and spectroscopy signatures, that the high-pressure phase RbOH-VI, stable above 6 GPa in experiment, should be assigned the KOH-VI structure type, and features localised hydrogen-bonded (OH)4 units. Meanwhile, a new high-pressure phase CsOH-VII is predicted to be stable above 10 GPa in an isosymmetric phase transition that, like RbOH-VI, marks the transition from layered to three-dimensional network structures under increased compression. Both new phases highlight an unexpected flexibility of hydrogen bond network formation in a series of compounds that seemingly only vary in the cation size, and potential consequences for similar systems, such as water-carrying minerals, are discussed briefly. PMID:27271485

  14. Elasticity of methane hydrate phases at high pressure

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    Beam, Jennifer; Yang, Jing; Liu, Jin; Liu, Chujie; Lin, Jung-Fu

    2016-04-01

    Determination of the full elastic constants (cij) of methane hydrates (MHs) at extreme pressure-temperature environments is essential to our understanding of the elastic, thermodynamic, and mechanical properties of methane in MH reservoirs on Earth and icy satellites in the solar system. Here, we have investigated the elastic properties of singe-crystal cubic MH-sI, hexagonal MH-II, and orthorhombic MH-III phases at high pressures in a diamond anvil cell. Brillouin light scattering measurements, together with complimentary equation of state (pressure-density) results from X-ray diffraction and methane site occupancies in MH from Raman spectroscopy, were used to derive elastic constants of MH-sI, MH-II, and MH-III phases at high pressures. Analysis of the elastic constants for MH-sI and MH-II showed intriguing similarities and differences between the phases' compressional wave velocity anisotropy and shear wave velocity anisotropy. Our results show that these high-pressure MH phases can exhibit distinct elastic, thermodynamic, and mechanical properties at relevant environments of their respective natural reservoirs. These results provide new insight into the determination of how much methane exists in MH reservoirs on Earth and on icy satellites elsewhere in the solar system and put constraints on the pressure and temperature conditions of their environment.

  15. Elasticity of methane hydrate phases at high pressure.

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    Beam, Jennifer; Yang, Jing; Liu, Jin; Liu, Chujie; Lin, Jung-Fu

    2016-04-21

    Determination of the full elastic constants (cij) of methane hydrates (MHs) at extreme pressure-temperature environments is essential to our understanding of the elastic, thermodynamic, and mechanical properties of methane in MH reservoirs on Earth and icy satellites in the solar system. Here, we have investigated the elastic properties of singe-crystal cubic MH-sI, hexagonal MH-II, and orthorhombic MH-III phases at high pressures in a diamond anvil cell. Brillouin light scattering measurements, together with complimentary equation of state (pressure-density) results from X-ray diffraction and methane site occupancies in MH from Raman spectroscopy, were used to derive elastic constants of MH-sI, MH-II, and MH-III phases at high pressures. Analysis of the elastic constants for MH-sI and MH-II showed intriguing similarities and differences between the phases' compressional wave velocity anisotropy and shear wave velocity anisotropy. Our results show that these high-pressure MH phases can exhibit distinct elastic, thermodynamic, and mechanical properties at relevant environments of their respective natural reservoirs. These results provide new insight into the determination of how much methane exists in MH reservoirs on Earth and on icy satellites elsewhere in the solar system and put constraints on the pressure and temperature conditions of their environment. PMID:27389226

  16. High Pressure Phase Transformations in Heavy Rare Earth Metals and Connections to Actinide Crystal Structures

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    Vohra, Yogesh K.; Sangala, Bagvanth Reddy; Stemshorn, Andrew K.; Hope, Kevin M.

    2008-07-01

    High-pressure studies have been performed on heavy rare earth metals Terbium (Tb) to 155 GPa and Holmium (Ho) to 134 GPa in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature. The following crystal structure sequence was observed in both metals hcp {yields} Sm-type {yields} dhcp {yields} distorted fcc (hR-24) {yields} monoclinic (C2/m) with increasing pressure. The last transformation to a low symmetry monoclinic phase is accompanied by a volume collapse of 5 % for Tb at 51 GPa and a volume collapse of 3 % for Ho at 103 GPa. This volume collapse under high pressure is reminiscent of f-shell delocalization in light rare earth metal Cerium (Ce), Praseodymium (Pr), and heavy actinide metals Americium (Am) and Curium (Cm). The orthorhombic Pnma phase that has been reported in Am and Cm after f-shell delocalization is not observed in heavy rare earth metals under high pressures. (authors)

  17. High pressure phase transition in Pr-monopnictides

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    Raypuria, Gajendra Singh E-mail: gsraypuria@gmail.com; Gupta, Dinesh Chandra

    2015-06-24

    The Praseodymium-monopnictides compounds have been found to undergo transition from their initial NaCl-type structure to high pressure body centered tetragonal (BCT) structure (distorted CsCl-type P4/mmm) using CTIP model. The calculated values of cohesive energy, lattice constant, phase transition pressure, relative volume collapse agree well with the available measured data and better than those computed by earlier workers.

  18. Phase transition of La- chalcogenides under high pressure

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    Gupta, Dinesh Chandra; Raypuria, Gajendra Singh

    2014-04-24

    The lanthanum compounds have been found to undergo transition from their initial NaCl-type structure to high pressure body centered tetragonal (BCT) structure (distorted CsCl-type P4/mmm) using CTIP model. The calculated values of cohesive energy, lattice constant, phase transition pressure, relative volume collapse agree well with the available measured data and better than those computed by earlier workers.

  19. High Pressure Deformation in Two-Phase Aggregates

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    Li,L.; Addad, A.; Weidner, D.; Long, H.; Chen, J.

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the rheological behavior of multi-phase aggregates at high pressure and high temperature. Using synchrotron X-ray radiation as the probing tool, we are able to quantify the stress state of individual phases within the aggregates. This method provides fundamental information in interpreting the behavior of two phase/multi-phase mixtures, which contribute to our understanding of the deformation process at deep earth conditions. We choose MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel and MgO periclase as our model materials. Mixtures of various volume proportions were deformed in a multi-anvil high pressure deformation apparatus at pressure of 5 GPa and elevated temperatures. Stress is determined from X-ray diffraction, providing a measure of stress in each individual phase of the mixture in situ during the deformation. Macroscopic strain is determined from X-ray imaging. We compare the steady state strength of various mixtures at 1000 {sup o}C and 800 {sup o}C and at the strain rate in the range of 1.8 to 8.8 x 10{sup -5} s{sup -1}. Our data indicate that the weak phase (MgO) is responsible for most of the accumulated strains while the strong phase (spinel) is supporting most of the stress when the volume proportion is 75% spinel and 25% MgO. The intermediate compositions (40/60) are much weaker than either of the end members, while the grain sizes for the intermediate compositions (submicrons) are much smaller than the end members (5-10 {mu}m). We conclude that a change in flow mechanism resulting from these smaller grains is responsible for the low strength of the intermediate composition mixtures. This study demonstrates an approach of using synchrotron X-rays to study the deformation behaviors of multi-phase aggregates at high pressure and high temperature.

  20. High pressure structural phase transitions of PbPo

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    Bencherif, Y.; Boukra, A.; Zaoui, A.; Ferhat, M.

    2012-09-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed to investigate the high pressure phase transitions and dynamical properties of the less known lead polonium compound. The calculated ground state parameters for the NaCl phase show good agreement with the experimental data. The obtained results show that the intermediate phase transition for this compound is the orthorhombic Pnma phase. The PbPo undergoes from the rocksalt to Pnma phase at 4.20 GPa. Further structural phase transition from intermediate to CsCl phase has been found at 8.5 GPa. In addition, phonon dispersion spectra were derived from linear-response to density functional theory. In particular, we show that the dynamical properties of PbPo exhibit some peculiar features compared to other III-V compounds. Finally, thermodynamics properties have been also addressed from quasiharmonic approximation.

  1. High Pressure Materials Research: Novel Extended Phases of Molecular Triatomics

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    Yoo, C

    2004-05-26

    Application of high pressure significantly alters the interatomic distance and thus the nature of intermolecular interaction, chemical bonding, molecular configuration, crystal structure, and stability of solid [1]. With modern advances in high-pressure technologies [2], it is feasible to achieve a large (often up to a several-fold) compression of lattice, at which condition material can be easily forced into a new physical and chemical configuration [3]. The high-pressure thus offers enhanced opportunities to discover new phases, both stable and metastable ones, and to tune exotic properties in a wide-range of atomistic length scale, substantially greater than (often being several orders of) those achieved by other thermal (varying temperatures) and chemical (varying composition or making alloys) means. Simple molecular solids like H{sub 2}, C, CO{sub 2}, N{sub 2}, O{sub 2}, H{sub 2}O, CO, NH{sub 3}, and CH{sub 4} are bounded by strong covalent intramolecular bonds, yet relatively weak intermolecular bonds of van der Waals and/or hydrogen bonds. The weak intermolecular bonds make these solids highly compressible (i.e., low bulk moduli typically less than 10 GPa), while the strong covalent bonds make them chemically inert at least initially at low pressures. Carbon-carbon single bonds, carbon-oxygen double bonds and nitrogen-nitrogen triple bonds, for example, are among the strongest. These molecular forms are, thus, often considered to remain stable in an extended region of high pressures and high temperatures. High stabilities of these covalent molecules are also the basis of which their mixtures are often presumed to be the major detonation products of energetic materials as well as the major constituents of giant planets. However, their physical/chemical stabilities are not truly understood at those extreme pressure-temperature conditions. In fact, an increasing amount of experimental evidences contradict the assumed stability of these materials at high

  2. High-pressure phase transitions - Examples of classical predictability

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    Celebonovic, Vladan

    1992-09-01

    The applicability of the Savic and Kasanin (1962-1967) classical theory of dense matter to laboratory experiments requiring estimates of high-pressure phase transitions was examined by determining phase transition pressures for a set of 19 chemical substances (including elements, hydrocarbons, metal oxides, and salts) for which experimental data were available. A comparison between experimental and transition points and those predicted by the Savic-Kasanin theory showed that the theory can be used for estimating values of transition pressures. The results also support conclusions obtained in previous astronomical applications of the Savic-Kasanin theory.

  3. A novel phase of beryllium fluoride at high pressure.

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    Rakitin, Maksim S; Oganov, Artem R; Niu, Haiyang; Esfahani, M Mahdi Davari; Zhou, Xiang-Feng; Qian, Guang-Rui; Solozhenko, Vladimir L

    2015-10-21

    A previously unknown thermodynamically stable high-pressure phase of BeF2 has been predicted using the evolutionary algorithm USPEX. This phase occurs in the pressure range 18-27 GPa. Its structure has C2/c space group symmetry and contains 18 atoms in the primitive unit cell. Given the analogy between BeF2 and SiO2, silica phases have been investigated as well, but the new phase has not been observed to be thermodynamically stable for this system. However, it is found to be metastable and to have comparable energy to the known metastable phases of SiO2, suggesting a possibility of its synthesis. PMID:26388165

  4. New High-Pressure Phase in Fe2O3

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    Tsuchiya, T.; Nishiyama, N.; Yusa, H.; Tsuchiya, J.; Funakoshi, K.

    2009-12-01

    Hematite Fe2O3, a prototype of trivalent transition metal oxides, crystallizes in the antiferromagnetic (AFM) insulating phase with the corundum structure at ambient conditions. Extensive studies have been carried out to clarify its structural, magnetic, and electronic evolutions under high pressure due to the broad interests in hematite from condensed matter physics to geosciences. The high-pressure phase relation in Fe2O3 is also substantial to understand geophysically important MgSiO3-Fe2O3 phase equilibria. Those are however still yet to be clarified as for example, some in situ X-ray diffraction measurements using the diamond anvil cell (DAC) reported a phase change from Rh2O3(II) (or orthorhombic Pv) to the CaIrO3-type structure over 60 GPa, while an experiment using the Kawai-type apparatus with sintered diamond (SD) anvils suggested to stabilize a different phase with an unidentified orthorhombic structure at much lower pressure of 40~45 GPa. On the other hand, recent theoretical and experimental investigations of non-magnetic sesquioxide compounds have revealed an emerging systematics of their high-pressure phase sequence (Tsuchiya et al., 2005; Tsuchiya et al., 2007; Yusa et al., 2008; Yusa et al., 2009). While the CaIrO3-type phase with six and eight disproportionate coordination polyhedra was found to stabilize in Al2O3 and Ga2O3 at megabar pressure, several other compounds such as In2O3 and Sc2O3 were reported to transform directly to a further denser phase with the α-Gd2S3 structure composed only of high eight-fold coordination polyhedra at much lower pressure. Similarly to these studies, we searched for a stable form of Fe2O3 under pressure theoretically by means of the density-functional structurally consistent LDA+U method and succeeded to discover a new phase transformation from Rh2O3(II) at the pressure fairly close to that reported by the SD experiment. The high-pressure phase however has different lattice constants suggested experimentally and

  5. Phase relations of iron alloys at high pressure (Invited)

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    Kuwayama, Y.; Hirose, K.; Sata, N.; Ohishi, Y.

    2009-12-01

    The Earth's core is believed to be composed of iron-nickel alloy with a small amount of one or more light elements (such as H, C, O, Si and S). Phase relations and crystal structures of iron alloys at high pressures are essential for understanding the seismic observations and the nature of the solid inner core. For recent years, we have developed experimental techniques of the high P-T generation using a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell (LH-DAC) and studied the phase relations of various iron alloys at high pressure and high temperature. For example, phase relations of iron and iron-nickel alloys were investigated up to 300 GPa and 2000 K (Kuwayama et al. EPSL, 2008). Iron-silicon alloys and iron-sulfur alloys were also studied up to more than 200 GPa, based on in-situ x-ray diffraction measurements along with chemical analysis of the quenched samples using a field-emission electron microprobe (FE-EPMA)(Kuwayama et al. PCM, 2009). In this talk, I will present recent experimental results on iron alloys and discuss the structure and composition of the Earth's inner core.

  6. Phase transitions and hydrogen bonding in deuterated calcium hydroxide: High-pressure and high-temperature neutron diffraction measurements

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    Iizuka, Riko; Komatsu, Kazuki; Kagi, Hiroyuki; Nagai, Takaya; Sano-Furukawa, Asami; Hattori, Takanori; Gotou, Hirotada; Yagi, Takehiko

    2014-10-15

    In situ neutron diffraction measurements combined with the pulsed neutron source at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC) were conducted on high-pressure polymorphs of deuterated portlandite (Ca(OD){sub 2}) using a Paris–Edinburgh cell and a multi-anvil press. The atomic positions including hydrogen for the unquenchable high-pressure phase at room temperature (phase II′) were first clarified. The bent hydrogen bonds under high pressure were consistent with results from Raman spectroscopy. The structure of the high-pressure and high-temperature phase (Phase II) was concordant with that observed previously by another group for a recovered sample. The observations elucidate the phase transition mechanism among the polymorphs, which involves the sliding of CaO polyhedral layers, position modulations of Ca atoms, and recombination of Ca–O bonds accompanied by the reorientation of hydrogen to form more stable hydrogen bonds. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structures of high-pressure polymorphs of Ca(OD){sub 2}, (a) at room temperature (phase II′) and (b) at high temperature (phase II), were obtained from in situ neutron diffraction measurements. - Highlights: • We measured in situ neutron diffraction of high-pressure polymorphs of Ca(OD){sub 2}. • Hydrogen positions of the high-pressure phase are first determined. • The obtained hydrogen bonds reasonably explain Raman peaks of OH stretching modes. • A phase transition mechanism among the polymorphs is proposed.

  7. The phase diagram of high-pressure superionic ice.

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    Sun, Jiming; Clark, Bryan K; Torquato, Salvatore; Car, Roberto

    2015-01-01

    Superionic ice is a special group of ice phases at high temperature and pressure, which may exist in ice-rich planets and exoplanets. In superionic ice liquid hydrogen coexists with a crystalline oxygen sublattice. At high pressures, the properties of superionic ice are largely unknown. Here we report evidence that from 280 GPa to 1.3 TPa, there are several competing phases within the close-packed oxygen sublattice. At even higher pressure, the close-packed structure of the oxygen sublattice becomes unstable to a new unusual superionic phase in which the oxygen sublattice takes the P2(1)/c symmetry. We also discover that higher pressure phases have lower transition temperatures. The diffusive hydrogen in the P2(1)/c superionic phase shows strong anisotropic behaviour and forms a quasi-two-dimensional liquid. The ionic conductivity changes abruptly in the solid to close-packed superionic phase transition, but continuously in the solid to P2(1)/c superionic phase transition. PMID:26315260

  8. The phase diagram of high-pressure superionic ice

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    Sun, Jiming; Clark, Bryan K.; Torquato, Salvatore; Car, Roberto

    2015-01-01

    Superionic ice is a special group of ice phases at high temperature and pressure, which may exist in ice-rich planets and exoplanets. In superionic ice liquid hydrogen coexists with a crystalline oxygen sublattice. At high pressures, the properties of superionic ice are largely unknown. Here we report evidence that from 280 GPa to 1.3 TPa, there are several competing phases within the close-packed oxygen sublattice. At even higher pressure, the close-packed structure of the oxygen sublattice becomes unstable to a new unusual superionic phase in which the oxygen sublattice takes the P21/c symmetry. We also discover that higher pressure phases have lower transition temperatures. The diffusive hydrogen in the P21/c superionic phase shows strong anisotropic behaviour and forms a quasi-two-dimensional liquid. The ionic conductivity changes abruptly in the solid to close-packed superionic phase transition, but continuously in the solid to P21/c superionic phase transition. PMID:26315260

  9. New Phases of C60 Synthesized at High Pressure

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    Iwasa, Y.; Arima, T.; Fleming, R. M.; Siegrist, T.; Zhou, O.; Haddon, R. C.; Rothberg, L. J.; Lyons, K. B.; Carter, H. L., Jr.; Hebard, A. F.; Tycko, R.; Dabbagh, G.; Krajewski, J. J.; Thomas, G. A.; Yagi, T.

    1994-06-01

    The fullerene C60 can be converted into two different structures by high pressure and temperature. They are metastable and revert to pristine C60 on reheating to 300^circC at ambient pressure. For synthesis temperatures between 300^circ and 400^circC and pressures of 5 gigapascals, a nominal face-centered-cubic structure is produced with a lattice parameter a_o = 13.6 angstroms. When treated at 500^circ to 800^circC at the same pressure, C60 transforms into a rhombohedral structure with hexagonal lattice parameters of a_o = 9.22 angstroms and c_o = 24.6 angstroms. The intermolecular distance is small enough that a chemical bond can form, in accord with the reduced solubility of the pressure-induced phases. Infrared, Raman, and nuclear magnetic resonance studies show a drastic reduction of icosahedral symmetry, as might occur if the C60 molecules are linked.

  10. High-pressure behavior of fcc phase FeHx

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    Thompson, E. C.; Chidester, B.; Fischer, R. A.; Prakapenka, V.; Bi, W.; Alp, E. E.; Campbell, A. J.

    2015-12-01

    Earth's core is composed of iron with the inclusion of light elements to compensate for the difference between seismically obtained densities and the density of pure Fe at relevant pressure and temperature conditions. As the most abundant and lightest element in the solar system, hydrogen is a plausible contributor to this core density deficit. Nearly stoichiometric iron hydride (FeHx) has been shown to result from the reaction of Fe and hydrous silicates, and is stable up to at least 80 GPa [1]. Iron hydride formation at Earth's surface is unlikely because the equilibrium hydrogen solubility in iron at atmospheric conditions is prohibitively low, yet as hydrogen solubility increases with pressure, so does the likelihood of FeHx formation within the Earth's interior [2]. Recent experimental and ab initio attempts disagree on the equation of state parameters needed to describe the compressional behavior of FeHx [3-5]. The work presented here combines synchrotron x-ray diffraction of laser-heated diamond anvil cell compressed samples with high-pressure, ambient temperature nuclear resonant inelastic scattering (NRIXS) and synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy (SMS) to better constrain the behavior of the fcc phase of FeHx at elevated pressures and temperatures. By pairing P-V-T data for iron hydride with the sound velocity information available through high-pressure NRIXS studies, we can better understand the degree to which hydrogen may contribute to the density deficit of Earth's iron core. [1] Antonov et al. (1998) J. Alloys Compd. 264, 214-222 [2] Fukai and Akimoto (1983) Proc. Japan Acad. 59, 158-162 [3] Pépin et al. (2014) Phys. Rev. Lett. 265504, 1-5 [4] Hirao (2004) Geophys. Res. Lett. 31, L06616 [5] Badding et al. (1991) Science. 253, 421-424

  11. High pressure studies on extended phases of CO2

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    Montoya, Javier A.; Lee, Mal-Soon; Scandolo, Sandro

    2010-03-01

    Recent findings have shown that the chemistry of CO2 at high pressure and temperature is richer than previously thought and that the activation of the C=O bond that can give origin to different forms of non-molecular CO2. Such findings may have important implications for the understanding of the Earth's deep carbon cycle and CO2 sequestration technologies. First principles simulations of CO2's electronic properties under different pressure and temperature conditions can constrain the thermodynamic phase diagram of CO2 and explore P-T conditions necessary for the C=O bond activation. We have shown that at about 50 GPa molecular CO2 can transform to a metastable amorphous form characterized by an almost equal proportion of three- and four-fold coordinated carbon atoms [1], while higher carbon coordination does not take place up to at least 900 GPa [2-3]. We have also found that doping with transition metals can reduce the activation barrier and transition pressure for the C=O bond activation in CO2 [4]. Our results suggest that pressure can radically alter the oxidation chemistry of carbon. [1] J. A. Montoya et al., PRL 100, 163002 (2008) [2] J. Sun et al., PNAS 106, 6077 (2009) [3] M-S. Lee, J. A. Montoya and S. Scandolo, PRB 79, 144102 (2009) [4] J. A. Montoya, R. Rousseau, and S. Scandolo, unpublished.

  12. Structural phase transitions of sodium nitride at high pressure

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    Vajenine, G. V.; Wang, X.; Efthimiopoulos, I.; Karmakar, S.; Syassen, K.; Hanfland, M.

    2009-06-01

    The structural evolution of recently characterized sodium nitride Na3N as a function of pressure was investigated at room temperature by the angle-dispersive powder x-ray diffraction in a diamond-anvil cell up to 36 GPa. The rather open cubic anti- ReO3 -type structure stable at ambient pressure is followed by a series of four high-pressure modifications. Along the route, the coordination number for the nitride anion increases from 6 in Na3N-I to 8 in hexagonal Li3N -type Na3N-II , 9 in orthorhombic anti- YF3 -type Na3N-III , 11 in hexagonal Cu3P -type Na3N-IV , and finally 14 in cubic Li3Bi -type Na3N-V structures. The experimental data are compared to the results of total-energy calculations and are discussed with regard to the structural details of the five phases and their equations of state.

  13. High-pressure chemistry of molecular solids: evidences for novel extended phases of carbon dioxide

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    Yoo, C S

    1999-07-22

    At high pressures and temperatures, many molecular solids become unstable and transform into denser extended phases. Recently, we have discovered evidences for two novel extended phases of carbon dioxide at high pressures and temperatures: (1) an ionic form of dimeric CO,, C02+C03*- at 8-13 GPa and above 2000 K [I] and (2) a polymeric phase CO,-V above 35 GPa and 1800 K [2,3]. These extended phases can be quenched at room temperature at low pressures, from which their molecular and crystal structures have been determined. These transitions occur to soften highly repulsive intermolecular potentials via delocalization of electrons at high pressures and temperatures. Based on these and other previous results, we conjecture that three fundamental mechanisms of high-pressure chemistry are ionization, polymerization, and metallization, occurring in high-density molecular solids and fluids. [carbon dioxide, polymeric COZ, ionic CO, dimer, high-pressure chemistry, electron delocalization

  14. Collective spin 1 singlet phase in high-pressure oxygen

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    Crespo, Yanier; Fabrizio, Michele; Scandolo, Sandro; Tosatti, Erio

    2014-01-01

    Oxygen, one of the most common and important elements in nature, has an exceedingly well-explored phase diagram under pressure, up to and beyond 100 GPa. At low temperatures, the low-pressure antiferromagnetic phases below 8 GPa where O2 molecules have spin S = 1 are followed by the broad apparently nonmagnetic ε phase from about 8 to 96 GPa. In this phase, which is our focus, molecules group structurally together to form quartets while switching, as believed by most, to spin S = 0. Here we present theoretical results strongly connecting with existing vibrational and optical evidence, showing that this is true only above 20 GPa, whereas the S = 1 molecular state survives up to about 20 GPa. The ε phase thus breaks up into two: a spinless ε0 (20−96 GPa), and another ε1 (8−20 GPa) where the molecules have S = 1 but possess only short-range antiferromagnetic correlations. A local spin liquid-like singlet ground state akin to some earlier proposals, and whose optical signature we identify in existing data, is proposed for this phase. Our proposed phase diagram thus has a first-order phase transition just above 20 GPa, extending at finite temperature and most likely terminating into a crossover with a critical point near 30 GPa and 200 K. PMID:25002513

  15. Collective spin 1 singlet phase in high-pressure oxygen.

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    Crespo, Yanier; Fabrizio, Michele; Scandolo, Sandro; Tosatti, Erio

    2014-07-22

    Oxygen, one of the most common and important elements in nature, has an exceedingly well-explored phase diagram under pressure, up to and beyond 100 GPa. At low temperatures, the low-pressure antiferromagnetic phases below 8 GPa where O2 molecules have spin S = 1 are followed by the broad apparently nonmagnetic ε phase from about 8 to 96 GPa. In this phase, which is our focus, molecules group structurally together to form quartets while switching, as believed by most, to spin S = 0. Here we present theoretical results strongly connecting with existing vibrational and optical evidence, showing that this is true only above 20 GPa, whereas the S = 1 molecular state survives up to about 20 GPa. The ε phase thus breaks up into two: a spinless ε0 (20-96 GPa), and another ε1 (8-20 GPa) where the molecules have S = 1 but possess only short-range antiferromagnetic correlations. A local spin liquid-like singlet ground state akin to some earlier proposals, and whose optical signature we identify in existing data, is proposed for this phase. Our proposed phase diagram thus has a first-order phase transition just above 20 GPa, extending at finite temperature and most likely terminating into a crossover with a critical point near 30 GPa and 200 K. PMID:25002513

  16. New Phase Transition of Solid Bromine under High Pressure

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    San-Miguel, A.; Libotte, H.; Gaspard, J.-P.; Gauthier, M.; Aquilanti, G.; Pascarelli, S.

    2007-07-06

    Solid bromine has been studied by x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments up to a maximum pressure of 75 GPa. The data analysis of the extended fine structure reveals that the intramolecular distance first increases, reaching its maximum value at 25{+-}5 GPa. From this value the intramolecular distance abruptly begins to decrease evidencing a nonpreviously observed phase transformation taking place at 25{+-}5 GPa. A maximum variation of 0.08 A ring is observed at 65{+-}5 GPa where again a phase transition occurs. This last transformation could correspond with the recently observed change to an incommensurate modulated phase. We discuss the possible generalization of the observed new phase transition at 25{+-}5 GPa to the case of the other halogens.

  17. Phase diagram of Mo at high pressure and temperature

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    Ross, M

    2008-10-01

    We report values of the Poisson Ratios for shock compressed Mo, calculated from the sound speed measurements, which provide evidence that the 210 GPa ({approx}4100K) transition cannot be a bcc-hcp transition, as originally proposed. Instead, we find the transition is from the bcc to a noncrystalline phase. For pressures above 210 GPa, the Poisson Ratio increases steadily with increasing temperature, approaching the liquid value of 0.5 at 390 GPa({approx}10,000K), suggesting the presence of a noncrystalline solid-liquid mixture. Free energy model calculations were used to show that the low melting slope of Mo, and the phase diagram, can be explained by the presence of local liquid structures. A new phase diagram is proposed for Mo that is constrained by the experimental evidence.

  18. High pressure phase transition and elastic properties of americium telluride

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    Aynyas, Mahendra; Rukmangad, Aditi; Arya, B. S.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2013-06-01

    The structural and elastic properties of Americium Telluride (AmTe) have been investigated by using a modified inter-ionic potential theory (MIPT). This theory is capable of explaining first order phase transition with a crystallographic change NaCl to CsCl structure for this compound. The values of optimized lattice constant, phase transition pressure, zero pressure bulk modulus and second order elastic constants (C11, C44) agree well with their corresponding experimental data. Debye temperature (θD) is also calculated for this compound for the first time.

  19. Hydrogen Disorder and Elasticity of Phase D at High Pressures

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    Kiefer, B.; Li, L.

    2007-12-01

    One of the major goals of Earth's sciences is to develop models for the evolution of our planet. This goal is directly linked to our understanding of the dynamics within the Earth's interior. It has long been recognized that small amounts of volatiles such as hydrogen can have a disproportionately large effect on viscosity. This implies less resistance to convection and shorter overturn times. Thus knowing the abundance of hydrogen and its distribution in the mantle has important implications for the evolution of our planet. However, one of the remaining question is provide observables that may aid constraining the presence of volatiles. Phase D, MgSi2O6H2, is of particular interest since it is the only hydrogen bearing phase whose stability field extends into the lower mantle. Thus, phase D is a prime candidate for hydrogen transport into the lower mantle along subduction zones. In order to investigate the elasticity of phase D, we performed static (0 K) first-principle calculations. All calculations were performed with a plane-wave basis-set using GGA-PAW potentials. We find that long H-H bonds are energetically favorable which is likely due to H-H repulsion. The equation of state of the energetically most favorable structures are consistent with previous and experimental and theoretical studies of Phase D. Our preliminary results show that hydrogen bond symmetrization occurs in the pressure range of 40-50 GPa in agreement with previous theoretical studies. The elastic constant tensors of the relevant hydrogen distributions agree to within ~0.5% at least up 70 GPa. We also find that the largest change in elasticity with hydrogen symmetrization is an increase of C33 by ~ 10%. The induced changes of compressional and shear wave speeds are similar, ~ 1% at 40 GPa. The predicted azimuthal and polarization anisotropies of shear waves decrease by only ~ 1% with symmetrization. In contrast, the azimuthal P-wave anisotropy decreases from ~ 18% to ~ 7% with hydrogen bond

  20. Theoretical studies of the high pressure phases in cerium

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    Wills, J.M.; Eriksson, O.; Boring, A.M. )

    1991-10-14

    We present full potential linear-muffin-tin-orbital calculations based on the local-density approximation, which reproduce the {ital T}=0 phase diagram of cerium (Ce), including the volumes and transition pressures for both the {alpha}{r arrow}{alpha}{prime}, and the {alpha}{prime}{r arrow}bct transitions. The {alpha}{r arrow}{alpha}{prime} transition is largely determined by a balance of two competing terms: a Madelung term and a 4{ital f} one-electron term. The {alpha}{prime}{r arrow}bct transition is driven by both 4{ital f} and 5{ital d} partial-wave contributions. This is the first successful, {ital ab} {ital initio} calculation of a crystallographic ({ital T}=0) phase diagram of an {ital f}-electron system.

  1. High pressure phase transition in group III nitrides compounds

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    Soni, Shubhangi; Verma, S.; Kaurav, Netram; Choudhary, K. K.

    2016-05-01

    Using an effective interionic interaction potential (EIOP), the pressure induced structural phase transformation from ZnS-type (B3) to NaCl-type (B1) structure in group III Post-Transition Metal Nitrides [TMN; TM=Ga and Tl] were investigated. The long range Coulomb, van der Waals (vdW) interaction and the short-range repulsive interaction upto second-neighbor ions within the Hafemeister and Flygare approach with modified ionic charge are properly incorporated in the EIOP. The vdW coefficients are computed following the Slater-Kirkwood variational method, as both the ions are polarizable. The estimated value of the phase transition pressure (Pt) and the magnitude of the discontinuity in volume at the transition pressure are consistent as compared to the reported data.

  2. On the high-pressure superconducting phase in platinum hydride

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    Szczȩśniak, D.; Zemła, T. P.

    2015-08-01

    Motivated by the ambiguous experimental data for the superconducting phase in silane (SiH4), which may originate from platinum hydride (PtH), we provide a theoretical study of the superconducting state in the latter alloy. The quantitative estimates of the thermodynamics of PtH at 100 GPa are given for a wide range of Coulomb pseudopotential values ({μ }*) within the Eliashberg formalism. The obtained critical temperature value ({T}{{C}}\\in < 12.94,20.01> for {μ }*\\in < 0.05,0.15> ) agrees well with the experimental TC for SiH4, which may be ascribed to PtH. Moreover, the calculated characteristic thermodynamic ratios exceed the predictions of the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory, implying the occurrence of strong-coupling and retardation effects in PtH. We note that our results may be of high relevance for future theoretical and experimental studies on hydrides.

  3. Structural phase transition of BaZrO{sub 3} under high pressure

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    Yang, Xue; Li, Quanjun; Liu, Ran; Liu, Bo; Zhang, Huafang; Jiang, Shuqing; Zou, Bo; Cui, Tian; Liu, Bingbing; Liu, Jing

    2014-03-28

    We studied the phase transition behavior of cubic BaZrO{sub 3} perovskite by in situ high pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments up to 46.4 GPa at room temperature. The phase transition from cubic phase to tetragonal phase was observed in BaZrO{sub 3} for the first time, which takes place at 17.2 GPa. A bulk modulus 189 (26) GPa for cubic BaZrO{sub 3} is derived from the pressure–volume data. Upon decompression, the high pressure phase transforms into the initial cubic phase. It is suggested that the unstable phonon mode caused by the rotation of oxygen octahedra plays a crucial role in the high pressure phase transition behavior of BaZrO{sub 3}.

  4. High-pressure phase transition in Y3Fe5O12

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    Stan, C. V.; Wang, J.; Zouboulis, I. S.; Prakapenka, V.; Duffy, T. S.

    2015-10-01

    Yttrium iron garnet (YIG, Y3Fe5O12) was examined up to 74 GPa and 1800 K using synchrotron x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell. At room temperature, YIG remained in the garnet phase until abrupt amorphization occurred at 51 GPa, consistent with earlier studies. Upon laser heating up to 1800 K, the material transformed to a single-phase orthorhombic GdFeO3-type perovskite of composition (Y0.75Fe0.25)FeO3. No evidence of decomposition of the sample was observed. Both the room-temperature amorphization and high-temperature transformation to the perovskite structure are consistent with the behaviour of other rare earth oxide garnets. The perovskite sample was compressed between 28-74 GPa with annealing to 1450-1650 K every 3-5 GPa. Between 46 and 50 GPa, a 6.8% volume discontinuity was observed without any accompanying change in the number or intensity of diffraction peaks. This is indicative of a high-spin to low-spin electronic transition in Fe3+, likely in the octahedrally coordinated B-site of the perovskite. The volume change of the inferred spin transition is consistent with those observed in other rare earth ferric iron perovskites at high pressures.

  5. High-pressure phase transition in Y3Fe5O12.

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    Stan, C V; Wang, J; Zouboulis, I S; Prakapenka, V; Duffy, T S

    2015-10-14

    Yttrium iron garnet (YIG, Y3Fe5O12) was examined up to 74 GPa and 1800 K using synchrotron x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell. At room temperature, YIG remained in the garnet phase until abrupt amorphization occurred at 51 GPa, consistent with earlier studies. Upon laser heating up to 1800 K, the material transformed to a single-phase orthorhombic GdFeO3-type perovskite of composition (Y(0.75)Fe(0.25))FeO3. No evidence of decomposition of the sample was observed. Both the room-temperature amorphization and high-temperature transformation to the perovskite structure are consistent with the behaviour of other rare earth oxide garnets. The perovskite sample was compressed between 28-74 GPa with annealing to 1450-1650 K every 3-5 GPa. Between 46 and 50 GPa, a 6.8% volume discontinuity was observed without any accompanying change in the number or intensity of diffraction peaks. This is indicative of a high-spin to low-spin electronic transition in Fe(3+), likely in the octahedrally coordinated B-site of the perovskite. The volume change of the inferred spin transition is consistent with those observed in other rare earth ferric iron perovskites at high pressures. PMID:26402583

  6. High-Pressure Induced New Phases and Properties in Typical Molecular Systems

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    Cui, Tian

    2013-06-01

    High pressure introduces new phases by the rearrangement of atoms and reconfigurations of electronic states in materials, often with new physical and chemical phenomena. Study of the new phases in typical molecular systems under high pressure is an interesting subject, such as energy storage materials of solid hydrogen and polymeric nitrogen, hydrogen-rich compound with high-Tc superconductivity under high pressure, high pressure induced metallization of hydrogen, etc. High-pressure structures and pressure-induced phase transitions in the typical molecular solids, such as solid iodine, CHBr3, N2/CN, HBr/HCl, hydrogen-rich compounds (H2S, ZrH2, AsH3, BaReH9, etc.), and group IVA hydrides (Si2H6, Ge2H6, Sn2H6, etc.) are investigated extensively by means of first-principles density functional theory and extensive prediction strategies (molecular dynamics simulation, simulated annealing, soft mode phase transition, random structure-searching method and evolutionary methodology etc.). The new structures and new properties derived from pressure-induced phase transitions in these typical molecular systems have been observed. It is showed that high pressure provides a path for producing new materials with new properties.

  7. High pressure structural phase transitions of TiO2 nanomaterials

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    Quan-Jun, Li; Bing-Bing, Liu

    2016-07-01

    Recently, the high pressure study on the TiO2 nanomaterials has attracted considerable attention due to the typical crystal structure and the fascinating properties of TiO2 with nanoscale sizes. In this paper, we briefly review the recent progress in the high pressure phase transitions of TiO2 nanomaterials. We discuss the size effects and morphology effects on the high pressure phase transitions of TiO2 nanomaterials with different particle sizes, morphologies, and microstructures. Several typical pressure-induced structural phase transitions in TiO2 nanomaterials are presented, including size-dependent phase transition selectivity in nanoparticles, morphology-tuned phase transition in nanowires, nanosheets, and nanoporous materials, and pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) and polyamorphism in ultrafine nanoparticles and TiO2-B nanoribbons. Various TiO2 nanostructural materials with high pressure structures are prepared successfully by high pressure treatment of the corresponding crystal nanomaterials, such as amorphous TiO2 nanoribbons, α-PbO2-type TiO2 nanowires, nanosheets, and nanoporous materials. These studies suggest that the high pressure phase transitions of TiO2 nanomaterials depend on the nanosize, morphology, interface energy, and microstructure. The diversity of high pressure behaviors of TiO2 nanomaterials provides a new insight into the properties of nanomaterials, and paves a way for preparing new nanomaterials with novel high pressure structures and properties for various applications. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB808200), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11374120, 11004075, 10979001, 51025206, 51032001, and 21073071), and the Cheung Kong Scholars Programme of China.

  8. Experimental and Theoretical Studies on a High Pressure Monoclinic Phase of Ammonia Borane

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    Lin, Yu; Ma, Hongwei; Matthews, Charles Wesley; Kolb, Brian; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Thonhauser, Timo; Mao, Wendy L.

    2012-03-15

    The effect of pressure on the structure of ammonia borane NH{sub 3}BH{sub 3} (AB) was investigated using a combination of high pressure X-ray diffraction (XRD) and density functional theory (DFT). In situ XRD was performed up to 15.0 GPa at room temperature in a diamond anvil cell, and two first-order phase transitions were observed at 1.6 and 12.9 GPa. The ambient pressure I4mm structure transformed into the high pressure Cmc2{sub 1} phase at 1.6 GPa, and then experienced a second-order isostructural phase transition at 5 GPa, and further developed into a monoclinic P2{sub 1} (Z = 4) phase at 12.9 GPa. The structure of the high pressure P2{sub 1} phase was solved by powder diffraction data and further optimized using DFT calculations. The high pressure phase transitions were found to be reversible upon releasing pressure. The behavior of the N-H {hor_ellipsis} H-B dihydrogen bonding framework, inter- and intramolecular interactions at high pressure was also investigated. The origin of the phase transition at 12.9 GPa is attributed to the reorganization of the dihydrogen bonding network and the change in the rotational dynamics of the NH{sub 3} and BH{sub 3} groups.

  9. Boron under Pressure: Phase Diagram and Novel High-Pressure Phase

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    Oganov, Artem R.

    Boron has a unique chemistry, responsible for remarkable complexities even in the pure element. I review some of the history of the discovery of this element, and recent surprises found in boron under pressure. I discuss the recent discovery of a new high-pressure phase, ?-B28, consisting of icosahedral B12 clusters and B2 pairs in a NaCl-type arrangement: (B2)δ+(B12)δ-, and displaying a significant charge transfer δ ~ 0.48. Boron is the only light element, for which the phase diagram has become clear only in the last couple of years, and this phase diagram is discussed here among other recent findings.

  10. The new phase of HgF2 at high pressure

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    Wang, Xiaoli; Li, Jianfu

    2013-05-01

    Mercury halides form an amazing number of solid phases and remarkably only the crystal structure of HgF2 at high pressure is not established. We here report a stabilization HgF2 high-pressure phase predicted by the density functional structural searches, which adopts the Pnma symmetric structure (12 atoms/cell, α-PbCl2-type, or cotunnite). The phase transition from the ambient conditions phase Fm-3m (phase I) to the Pnma phase (phase II) was confirmed at 4.7 GPa. The calculated equation of state suggests that this is a first-order phase transition. At this phase transition, the coordination number of Hg2+ increases from eight to nine, similar to the phase transition sequence of CaF2. Furthermore, a thorough CALYPSO structural search up to 100 GPa cannot find any other structure that is more stable than the Pnma structure.

  11. High Pressure Raman Scattering Study on the Phase Stability of DyVO4

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    Patel, Nishant N.; Garg, Alka B.; Meenakshi, S.; Wani, B. N.; Sharma, S. M.

    2011-07-01

    High pressure Raman spectroscopic investigations have been carried out on rare earth orthovanadate DyVO4 upto 22 GPa. Abrupt changes and appearance of new modes were noted in Raman spectrum above 8 GPa with two phase coexistence over a pressure range of about 8-13 GPa The phase transition was found to be irreversible when pressure is released.

  12. Pressure and Temperature effects on the High Pressure Phase Transformation in Zirconium

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    Escobedo-Diaz, Juan P.; Cerreta, Ellen K.; Brown, Donald W.; Trujillo, Carl P.; Rigg, Paulo A.; Bronkhorst, Curt A.; Addessio, Francis L.; Lookman, Turab

    2012-06-20

    At high pressure zirconium is known to undergo a phase transformation from the hexagonal close packed (HCP) alpha phase ({alpha}) to the simple hexagonal omega phase ({omega}). Under conditions of shock loading, the high-pressure omega phase is retained upon release. However, the hysteresis in this transformation is not well represented by equilibrium phase diagrams. For this reason, the influence of peak shock pressure and temperature on the retention of omega phase in Zr is explored in this study. In situ VISAR measurements along with post-mortem metallographic and neutron diffraction characterization of soft recovered specimens have been utilized to quantify the volume fraction of retained omega phase, morphology of the shocked alpha and omega phases, and qualitatively understand the kinetics of this transformation. This understanding of the role of peak shock stress will be utilized to address physics to be encoded in our present macro-scale models.

  13. Phase Transformation of BN Nanoparticles Under High Pressure Low Temperature Conditions

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    Chen, Z.; Lai, Z. F.; Li, K.; Cui, D. L.; Lun, N.; Wang, Q. L.; Jiang, M. H.

    Phase transformation of BN nanoparticles under high pressure (580~860MPa) and low temperature (270~325°C) hot press conditions was investigated. It was found that the contents of orthorhombic boron nitride (oBN) and cubic boron nitride (cBN) increased with the increase of temperature and the prolonging of hot pressing time under high pressure conditions. At the same time, because of the intergrowth of hBN, oBN and cBN. there are strong interactions among these three phases.

  14. Nanosize effects assisted synthesis of the high pressure metastable phase in ZrO2

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    Li, Quanjun; Zhang, Huafang; Liu, Ran; Liu, Bo; Li, Dongmei; Zheng, Lirong; Liu, Jing; Cui, Tian; Liu, Bingbing

    2016-01-01

    The size effects on the high pressure behaviors of monoclinic (MI) ZrO2 nanoparticles were studied using in situ high pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). A size-dependent phase transition behavior under high pressure was found in nanoscale ZrO2. The normal phase transition sequence of MI-orthorhombic I (OI)-orthorhombic II (OII) occurs in 100-300 nm ZrO2 nanoparticles, while only the transition of MI-OI exists in ultrafine ~5 nm ZrO2 nanoparticles up to the highest experimental pressure of ~52 GPa. This indicates that the size effects preclude the transition from the OI to the OII phase in ~5 nm nanoparticles. Upon decompression, the OII and OI phases are retained down to ambient pressure, respectively. This is the first observation of the pure OI phase ZrO2 under ambient conditions. The bulk moduli of the MI ZrO2 nanoparticles were determined to be B0 = 192 (7) GPa for the 100-300 nm nanoparticles and B0 = 218 (12) GPa for the ~5 nm nanoparticles. We suggest that the significant high surface energy precludes the transition from the OI to the OII phase and the nanosize effects enhance the incompressibility in the ultrafine ZrO2 nanoparticles (~5 nm). Our study indicates that this is a potential way of preparing novel nanomaterials with high pressure structures using nanosize effects.

  15. Vibrational Spectroscopy at High Pressure in CF4: Implications to the Phase Diagram

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    Lorenzana, H E; Magnus, J L; Evans, W J; Hemmi, N

    2000-08-15

    The molecular analogue of methane, CF{sub 4} is the most fundamental saturated perfluorocarbon, exhibiting complex optical behavior that is highly unusual for such a simple molecular system. We present Raman measurements in solid CF{sub 4} over a wide range in pressure from 1.6 to over 30 GPa at room temperature. The Raman spectra exhibit polarization-dependent intensity variations and history-dependent absence or presence of high pressure modes. Our results compellingly demonstrate that previously identified phase transitions in CF{sub 4} based on Raman signatures need to be reconsidered. Though our data suggest possible new high-pressure transitions, we do not identify new phases because of spectral complexity. Finally, we used the measured longitudinal and transverse optical mode splitting to estimate the dipole moment derivative at high pressures and find it close to that of gaseous CF{sub 4}.

  16. High-pressure phase transitions of ScPO[subscript 4] and YPO[subscript 4

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    Zhang, F.X.; Wang, J.W.; Lang, M.; Zhang, J.M.; Ewing, R.C.; Boatner, L.A.

    2010-01-12

    ScPO{sub 4} and YPO{sub 4} with the tetragonal zircon-structure were studied at room temperature and pressures up to -50 GPa. Pressure-induced phase transitions to the sheelite structure occur at 30 GPa for ScPO{sub 4} and 16.3 GPa for YPO{sub 4}, respectively. In addition to the scheelite-type high-pressure phase, an intermediate phase with the monoclinic monazite-type structure formed during the phase transition process of YPO{sub 4}. The high-pressure phases of ScPO{sub 4} and YPO{sub 4} are not quenchable on pressure release. The pressure dependence of the total energy of the different phases was calculated using density-functional method, and the results confirm the experimentally observed phase relations under pressure. Structural parameters and compressibility of each phase were determined by refinement of the x-ray diffraction patterns. The high-pressure phase of ScPO{sub 4} has a very large bulk modulus [376(8) GPa].

  17. Phase Behavior of Dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol Bilayer Membrane in Saline Water Under High Pressure

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    Tanaka, Saeko; Goto, Masaki; Tamai, Nobutake; Matsuki, Hitoshi

    The phase transitions of dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol (DPPG) bilayer membrane in the aqueous NaCl solution were observed by means of an optical method under atmospheric and high pressures. The temperature-pressure phase diagram of the DPPG bilayer showed that the phase behavior of the DPPG bilayer was similar to that of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) bilayer except for the interdigitated gel (LβI) phase. Comparing the phase diagram with the diagram obtained in a phosphate buffer, it turned out that the formation of the LβI phase is suppressed by the shielding effect of NaCl on the repulsive interaction among polar headgroups.

  18. Phase transition induced strain in ZnO under high pressure

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    Yan, Xiaozhi; Dong, Haini; Li, Yanchun; Lin, Chuanlong; Park, Changyong; He, Duanwei; Yang, Wenge

    2016-05-01

    Under high pressure, the phase transition mechanism and mechanical property of material are supposed to be largely associated with the transformation induced elastic strain. However, the experimental evidences for such strain are scanty. The elastic and plastic properties of ZnO, a leading material for applications in chemical sensor, catalyst, and optical thin coatings, were determined using in situ high pressure synchrotron axial and radial x-ray diffraction. The abnormal elastic behaviors of selected lattice planes of ZnO during phase transition revealed the existence of internal elastic strain, which arise from the lattice misfit between wurtzite and rocksalt phase. Furthermore, the strength decrease of ZnO during phase transition under non-hydrostatic pressure was observed and could be attributed to such internal elastic strain, unveiling the relationship between pressure induced internal strain and mechanical property of material. These findings are of fundamental importance to understanding the mechanism of phase transition and the properties of materials under pressure.

  19. Structural Evidence for a Fast-Ion Transition in the High-Pressure Rocksalt Phase of Silver Iodide

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    Keen, D. A.; Hull, S.; Hayes, W.; Gardner, N. J. G.

    1996-12-01

    This Letter describes neutron diffraction measurements of the rocksalt structured phase of AgI at high pressure and temperature and the structural disorder which accompanies its high conductivity. In contrast to the first-order structural phase transition which results in fast-ionic α-AgI at ambient pressure, the fast-ionic behavior in rocksalt structured AgI occurs above a diffuse transition with a small anomaly in lattice parameter and a continuous increase in occupation of interstitial tetrahedral sites with increasing temperature. There are approximately 10 times more defects in the fast-ionic phase of rocksalt AgI than in isostructural AgBr at ambient pressure, 1 K below melting.

  20. High pressure phase transitions in scheelite structured fluoride: ErLiF{sub 4}

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    Garg, Nandini; Mishra, A.K.; Poswal, H.K.; Tyagi, A.K.; Sharma, Surinder M

    2015-09-15

    Our synchrotron based angle dispersive x-ray diffraction studies on scheelite structured ErLiF{sub 4} show that it undergoes two phase transitions, at ~11.5 and ~15.5 GPa to lower symmetry monoclinic phases, before becoming (irreversibly) amorphous at ~28 GPa. The first high pressure phase transformation to the fergusonite structure (space group I2/a) is found to be of thermodynamically second order. The second high pressure phase could be fitted to the P2/c space group, but detailed analysis rules out the wolframite structure (P2/c space group), common to many scheelite compounds under high pressures. We also suggest that despite the ionic character of the LiF{sub 4} tetrahedra, the compressibility of LnLiF{sub 4} (Ln=Eu–Lu) kind of scheelites is more affected by the LnF{sub 8} dodecahedra than the LiF{sub 4} tetrahedra. - Graphical abstract: Volume per formula unit of the scheelite and high pressure phases of ErLiF{sub 4} as a function of pressure. - Highlights: • ErLiF{sub 4} transforms to fergusonite and P2/c phase at high pressure. • Polyhedra of LnF{sub 8} affects compressibility of LnLiF{sub 4} (Ln=Eu–Lu) more than LiF{sub 4}. • Amorphization pressure varies inversely in LnLiF{sub 4} with ionic size of Ln cation. • In ErLiF{sub 4}a/c ratio reduces with pressure in contrast to reported increase in YLiF{sub 4}.

  1. Phase transitions in delafossite CuLaO{sub 2} at high pressures

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    Salke, Nilesh P.; Rao, Rekha Gupta, M. K.; Mittal, R.; Garg, Alka B.; Achary, S. N.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2014-04-07

    Structural stability of a transparent conducting oxide CuLaO{sub 2} at high pressures is investigated using in-situ Raman spectroscopy, electrical resistance, and x-ray diffraction techniques. The present Raman investigations indicate a sequence of structural phase transitions at 1.8 GPa and 7 GPa. The compound remains in the first high pressure phase when pressure is released. Electrical resistance measurements carried out at high pressures confirm the second phase transition. These observations are further supported by powder x-ray diffraction at high pressures which also showed that a-axis is more compressible than c-axis in this compound. Fitting the pressure dependence of unit cell volume to 3{sup rd} order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state, zero pressure bulk modulus of CuLaO{sub 2} is determined to be 154(25) GPa. The vibrational properties in the ambient delafossite phase of CuLaO{sub 2} are investigated using ab-initio calculations of phonon frequencies to complement the Raman spectroscopic measurements. Temperature dependence of the Raman modes of CuLaO{sub 2} is investigated to estimate the anharmonicity of Raman modes.

  2. ANALYSIS OF SELECTED PYRETHROID PESTICIDES USING REVERSE PHASE HIGH PRESSURE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY/UV

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    This research was conducted in cooperation with EPA Region 4 in Athens, GA to develop a method to analyze selected pyrethroid pesticides using Reverse Phase-High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). This HPLC method will aid researchers in separating and identifying these py...

  3. High pressure phase-transformation induced texture evolution and strengthening in zirconium metal: Experiment and modeling

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    Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Ruifeng; Weldon, David; Vogel, Sven C.; Zhang, Jianzhong; Brown, Donald W.; Wang, Yanbin; Reiche, Helmut M.; Wang, Shanmin; Du, Shiyu; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-07-28

    We studied the phase-transition induced texture changes and strengthening mechanism for zirconium metal under quasi-hydrostatic compression and uni-axial deformation under confined high pressure using the deformation-DIA (D-DIA) apparatus. It is shown that the experimentally obtained texture for ω-phase Zr can be qualitatively described by combining a subset of orientation variants previously proposed in two different models. The determined flow stress for the high-pressure ω-phase is 0.5–1.2 GPa, more than three times higher than that of the α-phase. Using first-principles calculations, we investigated the mechanical and electronic properties of the two Zr polymorphs. We find that the observed strengthening can be attributed to the relatively strong directional bonding in the ω phase, which significantly increases its shear plastic resistance over the α-phase Zr. The present findings provide an alternate route for Zr metal strengthening by high-pressure phase transformation.

  4. High pressure phase-transformation induced texture evolution and strengthening in zirconium metal: Experiment and modeling

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    Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Ruifeng; Weldon, David; Vogel, Sven C.; Zhang, Jianzhong; Brown, Donald W.; Wang, Yanbin; Reiche, Helmut M.; Wang, Shanmin; Du, Shiyu; et al

    2015-07-28

    We studied the phase-transition induced texture changes and strengthening mechanism for zirconium metal under quasi-hydrostatic compression and uni-axial deformation under confined high pressure using the deformation-DIA (D-DIA) apparatus. It is shown that the experimentally obtained texture for ω-phase Zr can be qualitatively described by combining a subset of orientation variants previously proposed in two different models. The determined flow stress for the high-pressure ω-phase is 0.5–1.2 GPa, more than three times higher than that of the α-phase. Using first-principles calculations, we investigated the mechanical and electronic properties of the two Zr polymorphs. We find that the observed strengthening can bemore » attributed to the relatively strong directional bonding in the ω phase, which significantly increases its shear plastic resistance over the α-phase Zr. The present findings provide an alternate route for Zr metal strengthening by high-pressure phase transformation.« less

  5. Phase changes of filled ice Ih methane hydrate under low temperature and high pressure

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    Tanaka, Takehiko; Hirai, Hisako; Matsuoka, Takahiro; Ohishi, Yasuo; Yagi, Takehiko; Ohtake, Michika; Yamamoto, Yoshitaka; Nakano, Satoshi; Irifune, Tetsuo

    2013-09-01

    Low-temperature and high-pressure experiments were performed with filled ice Ih structure of methane hydrate under 2.0-77.0 GPa and 30-300 K using diamond anvil cells and a helium-refrigeration cryostat. In situ X-ray diffractometry revealed distinct changes in the compressibility of the axial ratios of the host framework with pressure. Raman spectroscopy showed a split in the C-H vibration modes of the guest methane molecules, which was previously explained by the orientational ordering of the guest molecules. The pressure and temperature conditions at the split of the vibration modes agreed well with those of the compressibility change. The results indicate the following: (i) the orientational ordering of the guest methane molecules from an orientationally disordered state occurred at high pressures and low temperatures; and (ii) this guest ordering led to anisotropic contraction in the host framework. Such guest orientational ordering and subsequent anisotropic contraction of the host framework were similar to that reported previously for filled ice Ic hydrogen hydrate. Since phases with different guest-ordering manners were regarded as different phases, existing regions of the guest disordered-phase and the guest ordered-phase were roughly estimated by the X-ray study. In addition, above the pressure of the guest-ordered phase, another high-pressure phase developed in the low-temperature region. The deuterated-water host samples were also examined, and the influence of isotopic effects on guest ordering and phase transformation was observed.

  6. High Pressure Phase-Transformation Induced Texture Evolution and Strengthening in Zirconium Metal: Experiment and Modeling

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    Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Ruifeng; Weldon, David; Vogel, Sven C.; Zhang, Jianzhong; Brown, Donald W.; Wang, Yanbin; Reiche, Helmut M.; Wang, Shanmin; Du, Shiyu; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-01-01

    We studied the phase-transition induced texture changes and strengthening mechanism for zirconium metal under quasi-hydrostatic compression and uni-axial deformation under confined high pressure using the deformation-DIA (D-DIA) apparatus. It is shown that the experimentally obtained texture for ω-phase Zr can be qualitatively described by combining a subset of orientation variants previously proposed in two different models. The determined flow stress for the high-pressure ω-phase is 0.5–1.2 GPa, more than three times higher than that of the α-phase. Using first-principles calculations, we investigated the mechanical and electronic properties of the two Zr polymorphs. We find that the observed strengthening can be attributed to the relatively strong directional bonding in the ω phase, which significantly increases its shear plastic resistance over the α-phase Zr. The present findings provide an alternate route for Zr metal strengthening by high-pressure phase transformation. PMID:26218405

  7. High Pressure Phase-Transformation Induced Texture Evolution and Strengthening in Zirconium Metal: Experiment and Modeling

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    Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Ruifeng; Weldon, David; Vogel, Sven C.; Zhang, Jianzhong; Brown, Donald W.; Wang, Yanbin; Reiche, Helmut M.; Wang, Shanmin; Du, Shiyu; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-07-01

    We studied the phase-transition induced texture changes and strengthening mechanism for zirconium metal under quasi-hydrostatic compression and uni-axial deformation under confined high pressure using the deformation-DIA (D-DIA) apparatus. It is shown that the experimentally obtained texture for ω-phase Zr can be qualitatively described by combining a subset of orientation variants previously proposed in two different models. The determined flow stress for the high-pressure ω-phase is 0.5-1.2 GPa, more than three times higher than that of the α-phase. Using first-principles calculations, we investigated the mechanical and electronic properties of the two Zr polymorphs. We find that the observed strengthening can be attributed to the relatively strong directional bonding in the ω phase, which significantly increases its shear plastic resistance over the α-phase Zr. The present findings provide an alternate route for Zr metal strengthening by high-pressure phase transformation.

  8. A new, layered monoclinic phase of Co3O4 at high pressure.

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    Kaewmaraya, Thanayut; Luo, Wei; Yang, Xiao; Panigrahi, Puspamitra; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2015-08-14

    We present the crystal structures and electronic properties of a Co3O4 spinel under high pressure. Co3O4 undergoes a first-order transition from a cubic (CB) Fd3̄m to a lower-symmetry monoclinic (MC) P21/c phase at 35 GPa, occurring after the local high-spin to low-spin phase transition. The high-pressure phase exhibits the octahedral coordination of Co(II) and Co(III), whereas the CB phase contains the fourfold coordination of Co(II) and the sixfold coordination of Co(III). The CB-to-MC transition is attributed to the charge-transfer between the di- and trivalent cations via the enhanced 3d-3d interactions. PMID:26166770

  9. Theoretical and experimental evidence for the post-cotunnite phase transition in zirconia at high pressure

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    Nishio-Hamane, Daisuke; Dekura, Haruhiko; Seto, Yusuke; Yagi, Takehiko

    2015-05-01

    A post-cotunnite phase transition in zirconia (ZrO2) at high pressure was investigated by synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements and ab initio calculations based on density functional theory. This study successfully demonstrated a cotunnite- to Fe2P-type phase transition. Static enthalpy difference (Δ H) calculations predicted the appearance of the Fe2P phase at 124 GPa (LDA) and 143 GPa (GGA), and experimental trials demonstrated the coexistence of the Fe2P and cotunnite phases at 175 GPa after heating to 3,000 K. Both phases were quenchable to ambient conditions. The volume of the Fe2P phase was slightly less (~Δ 0.6 %) than that of the cotunnite phase over the experimental pressure range, indicating that the Fe2P phase is the higher pressure phase. The coexistence of both phases in this study may be attributed to the slow kinetics of the phase transition resulting from the close structural relationship of the two phases. An Fe2P-type structural model can be derived by applying a simple operation to the cotunnite-type structure, consisting of a 1/2 shift of several zirconium arrangements parallel to the b-axis of the cotunnite-type unit cell. It is concluded that the high-pressure cotunnite-to-Fe2P phase transition may be a common trend in many dioxides.

  10. High pressure Raman scattering study on the phase stability of LuVO{sub 4}

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    Rao, Rekha; Garg, Alka B.; Sakuntala, T.; Achary, S.N.; Tyagi, A.K.

    2009-07-15

    High pressure Raman spectroscopic investigations have been carried out on rare earth orthovanadate LuVO{sub 4} upto 26 GPa. Changes in the Raman spectrum around 8 GPa across the reported zircon to scheelite transition are investigated in detail and compared with those observed in other vanadates. Co-existence of the zircon and scheelite phases is observed over a pressure range of about 8-13 GPa. The zircon to scheelite transition is irreversible upon pressure release. Subtle changes are observed in the Raman spectrum above 16 GPa which could be related to scheelite reversible fergusonite transition. Pressure dependencies of the Raman active modes in the zircon and the scheelite phases are reported. - Graphical abstract: Study of scheelite-fergusonite transition in RVO{sub 4} by Raman spectroscopy is rare. Here we report Raman spectroscopic investigations of LuVO{sub 4} at high pressure to obtain insight into nature of post-scheelite phases.

  11. Synthesis, lattice dynamics, and mechanical properties of a high-pressure scheelite phase of RVO4.

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    Huang, Zuocai; Zhang, Lei; Pan, Wei

    2012-11-01

    High-pressure scheelite phases of RVO(4) (R = Y, Sm, Gd, Yb, Lu) compounds were prepared by high pressure (up to 25 GPa) from zircon RVO(4) compounds. Raman spectra of these scheelite phases of RVO(4) were determined and discussed in detail. Mechanical properties, including bulk, shear, Young's modulus, B/G and Poisson's ratios, of the scheelite phase of RVO(4) were measured by an ultrasonic method and compared with the results calculated by density functional theory. The calculated lattice parameters and mechanical properties are in good agreement with the experimental results. The radius and states of the 4f orbital of R show distinct effects on the mechanical properties. PMID:23075278

  12. Magnetic and structural phase transitions in erbium at low temperatures and high pressures

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    Thomas, Sarah A.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Wenger, Lowell E.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2012-02-07

    Electrical resistance and crystal structure measurements have been carried out on polycrystalline erbium (Er) at temperatures down to 10 K and pressures up to 20 GPa. An abrupt change in the slope of the resistance is observed with decreasing temperature below 84 K, which is associated with the c-axis modulated (CAM) antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering of the Er moments. With increasing pressure the temperature of the resistance slope change and the corresponding AFM ordering temperature decrease until vanishing above 10.6 GPa. The disappearance of the slope change in the resistance occurs at similar pressures where the hcp structural phase of Er is transformed to a nine-layer {alpha}-Sm structural phase, as confirmed by our high-pressure synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies. These results suggest that the disappearance in the AFM ordering of Er moments is strongly correlated to the structural phase transition at high pressures and low temperatures.

  13. Structural Phase Transitions in AuIn2 at High Pressure

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    Clark, S. M.; Speziale, S.; Voltolini, M.; Godwal, B. K.; Jeanloz, R.

    2007-12-01

    The intermetallic compound AuIn2 provides an analog for the high-pressure phases of SiO2, as it is initially in the Fm3m fluorite (CaF2) structure. Synchrotron-based angular-dispersive x-ray diffraction (Advanced Light Source beamline 12.2.2) reveals subtle anomalies in the pressure variation of normalized stress (F) versus Eulerian strain (f) around 3 GPa, coinciding with anomalies observed in fusion, transport and optical data, and potentially associated with the onset of an electronic phase transition. Our diamond-cell experiments (gasketted sample with methanol-ethanol pressure medium) show continuous broadening of diffraction peaks beyond 12 GPa, leading to amorphization near 24 GPa. On further increase of pressure, a crystalline phase appears around 28 GPa and persists upon unloading from 30 GPa to about 5 GPa, then reverting back to the original CaF2 phase. We find the sequence of pressure-induced phase transition documented for CaF2 (fluorite structure Fm3m - PbCl2 Pnma - Ni2In-type P63/mmc and a combination of PbCl2 and Ni2In) to be inadequate in fitting the observed high-pressure diffraction patterns of AuIn2. However, the post-cotunnite structure of PbCl2, BaCl2, BaBr2 and SnCl2 (P1121/c, Z=8) is able to account for most of the prominent peaks in our high-pressure diffraction patterns (a=10.983, b=9.875, c=4.350, À=96.6). Many oxides of geophysical interest occur in the CaF2 structure, and study of intermetallic compounds such as AuIn2 may prove useful in suggesting high-pressure metallic phases for these oxides.

  14. Phase stability of {epsilon} and {gamma} HNIW (CL-20) at high-pressure and temperature

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    Gump, Jared C.; Stoltz, Chad A.; Peiris, Suhithi M.

    2007-12-12

    Hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane (CL-20) is one of the few ingredients developed since World War II to be considered for transition to military use. Five polymorphs have been identified for CL-20 by FTIR measurements ({alpha}, {beta}, {gamma}, {epsilon}, {zeta}). As CL-20 is transitioned into munitions it will become necessary to predict its response under conditions of detonation, for performance evaluation. Such predictive modeling requires a phase diagram and basic thermodynamic properties of the various phases at high pressure and temperature. Therefore, the epsilon and gamma phases of CL-20 at static high-pressure and temperature were investigated using synchrotron angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction experiments. The samples were compressed and heated using diamond anvil cells (DAC). Pressures and temperatures achieved were around 5 GPa and 240 deg. C, respectively. The epsilon phase was stable to 6.3 GPa at ambient temperature. When heated at ambient pressure the epsilon phase was sustained to a temperature of 120 deg. C then underwent a transition to the gamma phase above 125 deg. C and then thermal decomposition occurred above 150 deg. C. Upon compression, the gamma phase underwent a phase transition at both ambient temperature and 140 deg. C. Pressure--volume data for the epsilon and gamma phase at ambient temperature and the epsilon phase at 75 deg. C were fit to the Birch-Murnaghan formalism to obtain isothermal equations of state.

  15. High pressure-low temperature phase diagram of barium: Simplicity versus complexity

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    Desgreniers, Serge; Tse, John S.; Matsuoka, Takahiro; Ohishi, Yasuo; Li, Quan; Ma, Yanming

    2015-11-01

    Barium holds a distinctive position among all elements studied upon densification. Indeed, it was the first example shown to violate the long-standing notion that high compression of simple metals should preserve or yield close-packed structures. From modest pressure conditions at room temperature, barium transforms at higher pressures from its simple structures to the extraordinarily complex atomic arrangements of the incommensurate and self-hosting Ba-IV phases. By a detailed mapping of the pressure/temperature structures of barium, we demonstrate the existence of another crystalline arrangement of barium, Ba-VI, at low temperature and high pressure. The simple structure of Ba-VI is unlike that of complex Ba-IV, the phase encountered in a similar pressure range at room temperature. First-principles calculations predict Ba-VI to be stable at high pressure and superconductive. The results illustrate the complexity of the low temperature-high pressure phase diagram of barium and the significant effect of temperature on structural phase transformations.

  16. Structural Phase Transitions and Metallized Phenomena in Arsenic Telluride under High Pressure.

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    Zhao, Jinggeng; Yang, Liuxiang; Yu, Zhenhai; Wang, Yong; Li, Chunyu; Yang, Ke; Liu, Zhiguo; Wang, Yi

    2016-04-18

    In this study, first-principle calculations, in situ angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction, and in situ electrical resistance measurements were performed on arsenic telluride (As2Te3) under high pressure. Structural phase transitions and metallized phenomena were observed from the calculated and experimental results. Upon compression, α-As2Te3 transforms into phases α' and α″ at ∼5.09 and ∼13.2 GPa, respectively, with two isostructural phase transitions. From 13.2 GPa, As2Te3 starts to transform into phase γ, with one first-order monoclinic to monoclinic crystal structural phase transition. According to the first-principle calculations and electrical resistance measurements, the structural phase transitions in the compression process induce the transformation from an insulator (phase α) across a semimetal (phase α') into a metal (phases α″ and γ). The evolution of the structure and transport property upon compression on As2Te3 is helpful for understanding the properties of other A2B3-type compounds under high pressure. PMID:27035163

  17. Phase transition and metallization of FeO at high pressures and temperatures

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    Fischer, Rebecca A.; Campbell, Andrew J.; Lord, Oliver T.; Shofner, Gregory A.; Dera, Przemyslaw; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2012-05-10

    Wuestite, Fe{sub 1-x}O, is an important component in the mineralogy of Earth's lower mantle and may also be a component of the core. Therefore its high pressure-temperature behavior, including its electronic structure, is essential to understanding the nature and evolution of Earth's deep interior. We performed X-ray diffraction and radiometric measurements on wuestite in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell, finding an insulator-metal transition at high pressures and temperatures. Our data show a negative slope for this apparently isostructural phase boundary, which is characterized by a volume decrease and emissivity increase. The metallic phase of FeO is stable at conditions of the lower mantle and core, which has implications for the high P-T character of Fe-O bonds, magnetic field propagation, and lower mantle conductivity.

  18. High-pressure high-temperature phase diagram of organic crystal paracetamol.

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    Smith, Spencer J; Montgomery, Jeffrey M; Vohra, Yogesh K

    2016-01-27

    High-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) Raman spectroscopy studies have been performed on the organic crystal paracetamol in a diamond anvil cell utilizing boron-doped heating diamond anvil. Isobaric measurements were conducted at pressures up to 8.5 GPa and temperature up to 520 K in five different experiments. Solid state phase transitions from monoclinic Form I  →  orthorhombic Form II were observed at various pressures and temperatures as well as transitions from Form II  →  unknown Form IV. The melting temperature for paracetamol was observed to increase with increasing pressures to 8.5 GPa. This new data is combined with previous ambient temperature high-pressure Raman and x-ray diffraction data to create the first HPHT phase diagram of paracetamol. PMID:26732344

  19. High-pressure high-temperature phase diagram of organic crystal paracetamol

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    Smith, Spencer J.; Montgomery, Jeffrey M.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2016-01-01

    High-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) Raman spectroscopy studies have been performed on the organic crystal paracetamol in a diamond anvil cell utilizing boron-doped heating diamond anvil. Isobaric measurements were conducted at pressures up to 8.5 GPa and temperature up to 520 K in five different experiments. Solid state phase transitions from monoclinic Form I  →  orthorhombic Form II were observed at various pressures and temperatures as well as transitions from Form II  →  unknown Form IV. The melting temperature for paracetamol was observed to increase with increasing pressures to 8.5 GPa. This new data is combined with previous ambient temperature high-pressure Raman and x-ray diffraction data to create the first HPHT phase diagram of paracetamol.

  20. High-pressure and high-temperature study of the phase transition in anhydrite

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    Ma, Y. M.; Zhou, Q.; He, Z.; Li, F. F.; Yang, K. F.; Cui, Q. L.; Zou, G. T.

    2007-10-01

    The high-pressure and high-temperature behaviors of anhydrite (CaSO4) are studied up to 53.5 GPa and 1800 K using double-sided laser heating Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction in diamond anvil cells. The evidence of phase transition from an anhydrite structure to the monazite type was observed at about 2 GPa under cold compression. Another phase transition and a change in color of the sample from transparent to black have been also observed at a pressure of 33.2 GPa after laser heating. The new phase after laser heating persists to 53.5 GPa and 1800 K.

  1. Free energy model for solid high-pressure phases of carbon.

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    Schöttler, Manuel; French, Martin; Cebulla, Daniel; Redmer, Ronald

    2016-04-13

    Analytic free energy models for three solid high-pressure phases--diamond, body centered cubic phase with eight atoms in the unit cell (BC8), and simple cubic (SC)--are developed using density functional theory. We explicitly include anharmonic effects by performing molecular dynamics simulations and investigate their density and temperature dependence in detail. Anharmonicity in the nuclear motion shifts the phase transitions significantly compared to the harmonic approximation. Furthermore, we apply a thermodynamically constrained correction that brings the equation of state in accordance with diamond anvil cell experiments. The performance of our thermodynamic functions is validated against Hugoniot experiments. PMID:26974530

  2. Phase transition of CaSi2 at high pressures and high temperatures

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    Imai, Motoharu

    2001-03-01

    We have studied a pressure effect on alkaline-earth-metal disilicides because their structures have characteristic Si configurations. In situ x-ray diffraction measurements of BaSi2 showed that the structure changes from orthorhombic to cubic, then to trigonal with increasing pressure. The cubic and the trigonal structures are the same as those of SrSi2 and CaSi2 at ambient conditions, respectively. Thus, the structures that appear at high pressure are the same as those at ambient conditions of the other alkaline-earth-metal disilicides with a smaller atomic number metal. This structural sequence is different from those known in elements and the other AB_2-type compounds such as dioxides of 14 group elements. For better understanding of the structural sequence, pressure experiments are necessary for the other alkaline-earth-metal disilicides. In this study, a pressure-temperature phase diagram of CaSi2 is investigated by in situ x-ray diffraction measurements at pressures up to 10.6 GPa and temperatures from 290 to 1300 K. The in situ observation revealed that CaSi2 has a low-temperature, high-pressure phase with a trigonal structure, and a high-temperature, high-pressure phase with a tetragonal structure. The results will be discussed in comparison with the results of BaSi_2. [1] M. Imai et al., Phys. Rev. B58, 11922 (1998).

  3. High-Pressure High-Temperature Phase Diagram of the Organic Crystal Paracetamol

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    Smith, Spencer; Montgomery, Jeffrey; Vohra, Yogesh

    High-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) Raman spectroscopy studies have been performed on the organic crystal paracetamol in a diamond anvil cell utilizing boron-doped diamond as heating anvil. The HPHT data obtained from boron-doped diamond heater is cross-checked with data obtained using a standard block heater diamond anvil cell. Isobaric measurements were conducted at pressures up to 8.5 GPa and temperature up to 520 K in a number of different experiments. Solid state phase transitions from monoclinic Form I --> orthorhombic Form II were observed at various pressures and temperatures as well as transitions from Form II --> unknown Form IV. The melting temperature for paracetamol was observed to increase with increasing pressures to 8.5 GPa. Our previous angle dispersive x-ray diffraction studies at the Advanced Photon Source has confirmed the existence of two unknown crystal structures Form IV and Form V of paracetamol at high pressure and ambient temperature. The phase transformation from Form II to Form IV occurs at ~8.5 GPa and from Form IV to Form V occurs at ~11 GPa at ambient temperature. Our new data is combined with the previous ambient temperature high-pressure Raman and X- ray diffraction data to create the first HPHT phase diagram of paracetamol. Doe-NNSA Carnegie DOE Alliance Center (CDAC) under Grant Number DE-NA0002006.

  4. Pyroxenes and olivines: Structural implications of shock-wave data for high pressure phases

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    Jeanloz, R.; Ahrens, T. J.

    1975-01-01

    The nature of the shock-induced, high-pressure phases of olivine and pyroxene rocks is examined in the light of data for the densities of a new class of perovskite-related silicate structures. Also examined are some new Hugoniot and release adiabat data for bronzite. Reexamining available shock data for magnesian pyroxenes and olivines leads to the conclusion that they define a mixed phase (or disequilibrium) region to about the 100 GPa range, related to the kinetics of phase transformation in these silicates. By recognizing this point, certain discrepancies in previous interpretations of shock data can be explained. A set of theoretical Hugonoits for pyroxene and olivine stoichiometry, perovskite-bearing assemblages was constructed based on their properties deduced from high-pressure work, showing that the shock data is compatible with transformations to perovskites in the 45-7GPa region. Finally, the shock data indicate very similar properties for olivine and pyroxene at high pressures making them both equally likely candidates for the lower mantle.

  5. Structural phase transitions in Bi2Se3 under high pressure

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    Yu, Zhenhai; Wang, Lin; Hu, Qingyang; Zhao, Jinggeng; Yan, Shuai; Yang, Ke; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Gu, Genda; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2015-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy and angle dispersive X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments of bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) have been carried out to pressures of 35.6 and 81.2 GPa, respectively, to explore its pressure-induced phase transformation. The experiments indicate that a progressive structural evolution occurs from an ambient rhombohedra phase (Space group (SG): R-3m) to monoclinic phase (SG: C2/m) and eventually to a high pressure body-centered tetragonal phase (SG: I4/mmm). Evidenced by our XRD data up to 81.2 GPa, the Bi2Se3 crystallizes into body-centered tetragonal structures rather than the recently reported disordered body-centered cubic (BCC) phase. Furthermore, first principles theoretical calculations favor the viewpoint that the I4/mmm phase Bi2Se3 can be stabilized under high pressure (>30 GPa). Remarkably, the Raman spectra of Bi2Se3 from this work (two independent runs) are still Raman active up to ~35 GPa. It is worthy to note that the disordered BCC phase at 27.8 GPa is not observed here. The remarkable difference in atomic radii of Bi and Se in Bi2Se3 may explain why Bi2Se3 shows different structural behavior than isocompounds Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3. PMID:26522818

  6. Phase transformation of Ho[subscript 2]O[subscript 3] at high pressure

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    Jiang, Sheng; Liu, Jing; Li, Xiaodong; Bai, Ligang; Xiao, Wansheng; Zhang, Yufeng; Lin, Chuanlong; Li, Yanchun; Tang, Lingyun

    2012-01-20

    The structural stability of cubic Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} under high pressure has been investigated by angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction (ADXD) in a diamond anvil cell up to 63.0 GPa at room temperature. The diffraction data reveal two structural transformations on compression. The structural transformation from a cubic to a monoclinic structure starts at 8.9 GPa and is complete at 16.3 GPa with an {approx}8.1% volume collapse. A hexagonal phase begins to appear at {approx}14.8 GPa and becomes dominant at 26.4 GPa. This high-pressure hexagonal phase with a small amount of retained monoclinic phase is stable up to the highest pressure of 63.0 GPa in this study. After release of pressure, the hexagonal phase transforms to a monoclinic structure. A third-order Birch-Murnaghan fit yields zero pressure bulk moduli (B{sub 0}) of 206(3), 200(7) and 204(19) GPa and their pressure derivatives (B'{sub 0}) of 4.8(4), 2.1(4), 3.8(5) for the cubic, monoclinic and hexagonal phases, respectively. Comparing with other rare-earth sesquioxides, it is suggested that the transition pressure from cubic to monoclinic phase, as well as the bulk modulus of the cubic phase, increases with the decreasing of the cation radius of rare-earth sesquioxides.

  7. Structural phase transitions in Bi2Se3 under high pressure

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    Yu, Zhenhai; Gu, Genda; Wang, Lin; Hu, Qingyang; Zhao, Jinggeng; Yan, Shuai; Yang, Ke; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Mao, Ho -kwang

    2015-11-02

    Raman spectroscopy and angle dispersive X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments of bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) have been carried out to pressures of 35.6 and 81.2 GPa, respectively, to explore its pressure-induced phase transformation. The experiments indicate that a progressive structural evolution occurs from an ambient rhombohedra phase (Space group (SG): R-3m) to monoclinic phase (SG: C2/m) and eventually to a high pressure body-centered tetragonal phase (SG: I4/mmm). Evidenced by our XRD data up to 81.2 GPa, the Bi2Se3 crystallizes into body-centered tetragonal structures rather than the recently reported disordered body-centered cubic (BCC) phase. Furthermore, first principles theoretical calculations favor the viewpoint thatmore » the I4/mmm phase Bi2Se3 can be stabilized under high pressure (>30 GPa). Remarkably, the Raman spectra of Bi2Se3 from this work (two independent runs) are still Raman active up to ~35 GPa. Furthermore, it is worthy to note that the disordered BCC phase at 27.8 GPa is not observed here. The remarkable difference in atomic radii of Bi and Se in Bi2Se3 may explain why Bi2Se3 shows different structural behavior than isocompounds Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3.« less

  8. Structural phase transitions in Bi2Se3 under high pressure.

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    Yu, Zhenhai; Wang, Lin; Hu, Qingyang; Zhao, Jinggeng; Yan, Shuai; Yang, Ke; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Gu, Genda; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2015-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy and angle dispersive X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments of bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) have been carried out to pressures of 35.6 and 81.2 GPa, respectively, to explore its pressure-induced phase transformation. The experiments indicate that a progressive structural evolution occurs from an ambient rhombohedra phase (Space group (SG): R-3m) to monoclinic phase (SG: C2/m) and eventually to a high pressure body-centered tetragonal phase (SG: I4/mmm). Evidenced by our XRD data up to 81.2 GPa, the Bi2Se3 crystallizes into body-centered tetragonal structures rather than the recently reported disordered body-centered cubic (BCC) phase. Furthermore, first principles theoretical calculations favor the viewpoint that the I4/mmm phase Bi2Se3 can be stabilized under high pressure (>30 GPa). Remarkably, the Raman spectra of Bi2Se3 from this work (two independent runs) are still Raman active up to ~35 GPa. It is worthy to note that the disordered BCC phase at 27.8 GPa is not observed here. The remarkable difference in atomic radii of Bi and Se in Bi2Se3 may explain why Bi2Se3 shows different structural behavior than isocompounds Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3. PMID:26522818

  9. Phase changes of filled ice Ih methane hydrate under low temperature and high pressure.

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    Tanaka, Takehiko; Hirai, Hisako; Matsuoka, Takahiro; Ohishi, Yasuo; Yagi, Takehiko; Ohtake, Michika; Yamamoto, Yoshitaka; Nakano, Satoshi; Irifune, Tetsuo

    2013-09-14

    Low-temperature and high-pressure experiments were performed with filled ice Ih structure of methane hydrate under 2.0-77.0 GPa and 30-300 K using diamond anvil cells and a helium-refrigeration cryostat. In situ X-ray diffractometry revealed distinct changes in the compressibility of the axial ratios of the host framework with pressure. Raman spectroscopy showed a split in the C-H vibration modes of the guest methane molecules, which was previously explained by the orientational ordering of the guest molecules. The pressure and temperature conditions at the split of the vibration modes agreed well with those of the compressibility change. The results indicate the following: (i) the orientational ordering of the guest methane molecules from an orientationally disordered state occurred at high pressures and low temperatures; and (ii) this guest ordering led to anisotropic contraction in the host framework. Such guest orientational ordering and subsequent anisotropic contraction of the host framework were similar to that reported previously for filled ice Ic hydrogen hydrate. Since phases with different guest-ordering manners were regarded as different phases, existing regions of the guest disordered-phase and the guest ordered-phase were roughly estimated by the X-ray study. In addition, above the pressure of the guest-ordered phase, another high-pressure phase developed in the low-temperature region. The deuterated-water host samples were also examined, and the influence of isotopic effects on guest ordering and phase transformation was observed. PMID:24050356

  10. High pressure structural, electronic, and optical properties of polymorphic InVO4 phases

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    Mondal, S.; Appalakondaiah, S.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2016-02-01

    In the present work, we report a detailed density functional theory calculation on polymorphic InVO4 phases by means of projector augmented wave method. The computed first-order structural phase transformation from orthorhombic (Cmcm) to monoclinic (P2/c) structure is found to occur around 5.6 GPa along with a large volume collapse of 16.6%, which is consistent with previously reported experimental data. This transformation also leads to an increase in the coordination number of vanadium atom from 4 to 6. The computed equilibrium and high pressure structural properties of both InVO4 phases, including unit cell parameters, equation of state, and bulk moduli, are in good agreement with the available experimental data. In addition, compressibility is found to be highly anisotropic and the b-axis being more compressible than the other for both the structures. Electronic band structures for both the phases were calculated, and the band gaps for orthorhombic and monoclinic InVO4 are found to be 4.02 and 1.67 eV, respectively, within the Tran-Blaha Modified Becke-Johnson potential as implemented in linearized augmented planewave method. We further examined the optical properties such as dielectric function, refractive index, and absorption spectra for both the structures. From the implications of these results, it can be proposed that the high pressure InVO4 phase can be more useful than orthorhombic phase for photo catalytic applications.

  11. Superconducting H5S2 phase in sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure

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    Ishikawa, Takahiro; Nakanishi, Akitaka; Shimizu, Katsuya; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi; Oda, Tatsuki; Suzuki, Naoshi

    2016-03-01

    Recently, hydrogen sulfide was experimentally found to show the high superconducting critical temperature (Tc) under high-pressure. The superconducting Tc shows 30–70 K in pressure range of 100–170 GPa (low-Tc phase) and increases to 203 K, which sets a record for the highest Tc in all materials, for the samples annealed by heating it to room temperature at pressures above 150 GPa (high-Tc phase). Here we present a solid H5S2 phase predicted as the low-Tc phase by the application of the genetic algorithm technique for crystal structure searching and first-principles calculations to sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure. The H5S2 phase is thermodynamically stabilized at 110 GPa, in which asymmetric hydrogen bonds are formed between H2S and H3S molecules. Calculated Tc values show 50–70 K in pressure range of 100–150 GPa within the harmonic approximation, which can reproduce the experimentally observed low-Tc phase. These findings give a new aspect of the excellent superconductivity in compressed sulfur-hydrogen system.

  12. Superconducting H5S2 phase in sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure.

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    Ishikawa, Takahiro; Nakanishi, Akitaka; Shimizu, Katsuya; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi; Oda, Tatsuki; Suzuki, Naoshi

    2016-01-01

    Recently, hydrogen sulfide was experimentally found to show the high superconducting critical temperature (Tc) under high-pressure. The superconducting Tc shows 30-70 K in pressure range of 100-170 GPa (low-Tc phase) and increases to 203 K, which sets a record for the highest Tc in all materials, for the samples annealed by heating it to room temperature at pressures above 150 GPa (high-Tc phase). Here we present a solid H5S2 phase predicted as the low-Tc phase by the application of the genetic algorithm technique for crystal structure searching and first-principles calculations to sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure. The H5S2 phase is thermodynamically stabilized at 110 GPa, in which asymmetric hydrogen bonds are formed between H2S and H3S molecules. Calculated Tc values show 50-70 K in pressure range of 100-150 GPa within the harmonic approximation, which can reproduce the experimentally observed low-Tc phase. These findings give a new aspect of the excellent superconductivity in compressed sulfur-hydrogen system. PMID:26983593

  13. Superconducting H5S2 phase in sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure

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    Ishikawa, Takahiro; Nakanishi, Akitaka; Shimizu, Katsuya; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi; Oda, Tatsuki; Suzuki, Naoshi

    2016-01-01

    Recently, hydrogen sulfide was experimentally found to show the high superconducting critical temperature (Tc) under high-pressure. The superconducting Tc shows 30–70 K in pressure range of 100–170 GPa (low-Tc phase) and increases to 203 K, which sets a record for the highest Tc in all materials, for the samples annealed by heating it to room temperature at pressures above 150 GPa (high-Tc phase). Here we present a solid H5S2 phase predicted as the low-Tc phase by the application of the genetic algorithm technique for crystal structure searching and first-principles calculations to sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure. The H5S2 phase is thermodynamically stabilized at 110 GPa, in which asymmetric hydrogen bonds are formed between H2S and H3S molecules. Calculated Tc values show 50–70 K in pressure range of 100–150 GPa within the harmonic approximation, which can reproduce the experimentally observed low-Tc phase. These findings give a new aspect of the excellent superconductivity in compressed sulfur-hydrogen system. PMID:26983593

  14. Effect of high pressure homogenization on aqueous phase solvent extraction of lipids from Nannochloris Oculata microalgae

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    Samarasinghe, Nalin; Fernando, Sandun; Faulkner, William B.

    2012-12-01

    The ability to extract lipids from high-moisture Nannochloris Oculata algal biomass disrupted with high pressure homogenization was investigated. During the first phase, the effect of high pressure homogenization (system pressure and number of passes) on disrupting aqueous algae (of different concentrations and degree of stress) was investigated. Secondly, the effect of degree of cell wall disruption on the amount of lipids extracted with three solvents, namely: hexane, dichloromethane and chloroform, were compared. Studies reveled that high pressure homogenization is effective on cell disruption while the amount of system pressure being the most significant factor affecting the degree of cell breakage.more » Although the number of passes had some impact, the level of disruption seemed to level-off after a certain number of passes. The study revealed that slightly polar solvents (such as chloroform and dichloromethane) performed better in aqueous-phase lipid extractions as compared to hexane. Also, it was revealed that it was not necessary to disrupt the algal cells completely to achieve appreciable levels of lipid yields. In fact, conditions that exerted only 20% of the cells to completely disrupt, allowed sufficient damage to liberate most of the lipids contained in the remainder of the cells.« less

  15. Effect of high pressure homogenization on aqueous phase solvent extraction of lipids from Nannochloris Oculata microalgae

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    Samarasinghe, Nalin; Fernando, Sandun; Faulkner, William B.

    2012-12-01

    The ability to extract lipids from high-moisture Nannochloris Oculata algal biomass disrupted with high pressure homogenization was investigated. During the first phase, the effect of high pressure homogenization (system pressure and number of passes) on disrupting aqueous algae (of different concentrations and degree of stress) was investigated. Secondly, the effect of degree of cell wall disruption on the amount of lipids extracted with three solvents, namely: hexane, dichloromethane and chloroform, were compared. Studies reveled that high pressure homogenization is effective on cell disruption while the amount of system pressure being the most significant factor affecting the degree of cell breakage. Although the number of passes had some impact, the level of disruption seemed to level-off after a certain number of passes. The study revealed that slightly polar solvents (such as chloroform and dichloromethane) performed better in aqueous-phase lipid extractions as compared to hexane. Also, it was revealed that it was not necessary to disrupt the algal cells completely to achieve appreciable levels of lipid yields. In fact, conditions that exerted only 20% of the cells to completely disrupt, allowed sufficient damage to liberate most of the lipids contained in the remainder of the cells.

  16. Free energy model for solid high-pressure phases of carbon

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    Schöttler, Manuel; French, Martin; Cebulla, Daniel; Redmer, Ronald

    2016-04-01

    Analytic free energy models for three solid high-pressure phases—diamond, body centered cubic phase with eight atoms in the unit cell (BC8), and simple cubic (SC)—are developed using density functional theory. We explicitly include anharmonic effects by performing molecular dynamics simulations and investigate their density and temperature dependence in detail. Anharmonicity in the nuclear motion shifts the phase transitions significantly compared to the harmonic approximation. Furthermore, we apply a thermodynamically constrained correction that brings the equation of state in accordance with diamond anvil cell experiments. The performance of our thermodynamic functions is validated against Hugoniot experiments.

  17. Phase Transitions in Solids Stimulated by Simultaneous Exposure to High Pressure and Relativistic Heavy Ions

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    Glasmacher, Ulrich A.; Lang, Maik; Neumann, Reinhard; Schardt, Dieter; Trautmann, Christina; Keppler, Hans; Langenhorst, Falko; Wagner, Guenther A.

    2006-05-19

    In many solids, heavy ions of high kinetic energy (MeV-GeV) produce long cylindrical damage trails with diameters of order 10 nm. Up to now, no information was available how solids cope with the simultaneous exposure to these energetic projectiles and to high pressure. We report the first experiments where relativistic uranium and gold ions from the SIS heavy-ion synchrotron at GSI were injected through several mm of diamond into solid samples pressurized up to 14 GPa in a diamond anvil cell. In synthetic graphite and natural zircon, the combination of pressure and ion beams triggered drastic structural changes not caused by the applied pressure or the ions alone. The modifications comprise long-range amorphization of graphite rather than individual track formation, and in the case of zircon the decomposition into nanocrystals and nucleation of the high-pressure phase reidite.

  18. Five-dimensional visualization of phase transition in BiNiO3 under high pressure

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    Liu, Yijin; Wang, Junyue; Azuma, Masaki; Mao, Wendy L.; Yang, Wenge

    2014-01-01

    Colossal negative thermal expansion was recently discovered in BiNiO3 associated with a low density to high density phase transition under high pressure. The varying proportion of co-existing phases plays a key role in the macroscopic behavior of this material. Here, we utilize a recently developed X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy Tomography method and resolve the mixture of high/low pressure phases as a function of pressure at tens of nanometer resolution taking advantage of the charge transfer during the transition. This five-dimensional (X, Y, Z, energy, and pressure) visualization of the phase boundary provides a high resolution method to study the interface dynamics of high/low pressure phase. PMID:24753622

  19. Modeling the warm-up phase of a high-pressure-lamps lighting network

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    Stambouli, M.; Charrada, K. ); Costache, C.; Damelincourt, J.J. . Centre de Physique des Plasmas et de leurs Applications)

    1999-06-01

    This work presents a study of the dynamic regime of a lamp-network interaction corresponding to the warm-up phase of a high-pressure mercury discharge lamp. The lamp's behavior is described by a variable pressure model using the local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) concept. Indeed, this model covers the most interesting phase of the network dynamic regime, where discharge lamps appreciably impose their nonlinearity. The authors first analyze the electrical behavior of the discharge lamp in a single phase circuit, taking into account the ballast saturation. Then a micronetwork is studied and they show the influence of the discharge's evolution on currents in phases and neutral conductors. Finally, from the results of the physical model, they set up a simple parametric modeling which reproduces the electrical behavior of the lamp during its warm-up phase. Such an approach can be useful for electrical engineers working on the discharge supply circuits at industrial frequency (50--60 Hz).

  20. The behaviors of anatase and TiO2(B) phase coexisting nanosheets under high pressure

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    Huang, Yanwei; Li, Wentao; Ren, Xiangting; Yu, Zhenhai; Samanta, Sudeshna; Yan, Shuai; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Lin

    2016-03-01

    High pressure behaviors of anatase TiO2 and TiO2(B) coexisting nanosheets were investigated using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman Spectroscopy. The X-ray diffraction revealed that upon compression an α-PbO2 phase appeared at 11.4 GPa, and then the baddeleyite phase appeared at 23.6 GPa. Upon decompression the anatase phase still existed obviously and TiO2(B) phase almost cannot be observed. The Raman spectrum at ambient pressure presented the typical curve of anatase TiO2, however the pressure dependence for compression and decompression did not show the common phase transion from anatase to α-PbO2 or to baddeleyite. This is different from high pressure behaviors of other TiO2 nanostructures and could be attributed to the existence of small amount of TiO2(B) at the starting materials. The pressure relationship of the Raman frequencies shift slope indicated the coexistence nanosheet has high incompressibility compared with other TiO2 nanomaterials and corresponding bulks.

  1. Phase transition induced strain in ZnO under high pressure

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    Yan, Xiaozhi; Dong, Haini; Li, Yanchun; Lin, Chuanlong; Park, Changyong; He, Duanwei; Yang, Wenge

    2016-01-01

    Under high pressure, the phase transition mechanism and mechanical property of material are supposed to be largely associated with the transformation induced elastic strain. However, the experimental evidences for such strain are scanty. The elastic and plastic properties of ZnO, a leading material for applications in chemical sensor, catalyst, and optical thin coatings, were determined using in situ high pressure synchrotron axial and radial x-ray diffraction. The abnormal elastic behaviors of selected lattice planes of ZnO during phase transition revealed the existence of internal elastic strain, which arise from the lattice misfit between wurtzite and rocksalt phase. Furthermore, the strength decrease of ZnO during phase transition under non-hydrostatic pressure was observed and could be attributed to such internal elastic strain, unveiling the relationship between pressure induced internal strain and mechanical property of material. These findings are of fundamental importance to understanding the mechanism of phase transition and the properties of materials under pressure. PMID:27173609

  2. a Quantum Monte Carlo Study of the High Pressure Phases of Solid Hydrogen

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    Natoli, Vincent Dominic

    1994-01-01

    Variational and Diffusion Monte Carlo are powerful computational methods which can afford accurate estimates of the ground state properties of quantum many-body problems. We have applied these Monte Carlo methods to the high pressure phases of solid hydrogen to elucidate those parts of the phase diagram where experimental results are inconclusive or lacking. The method allows us to treat both electrons and protons as quantum particles by incorporating them in the trial wavefunction and avoids the Born-Oppenheimer and harmonic approximations. Our trial wavefunction uses single-body solutions from a mean-field calculation coupled with standard pair potential terms to achieve the most accurate results to date. Equally accurate results were realized for calculations in the disparate insulating molecular and metallic atomic regime. We performed a study of the possible ground state structures of the atomic metallic phase of hydrogen which identifies a new family of low energy atomic structures. Another study was done on the molecular phase over the range of pressures (40-180GPa) where recent experiments have observed spectral discontinuities and other interesting new phenomena. Particular attention was directed to determining the equation of state and orientational ordering. We find that molecular hydrogen adopts a lower symmetry insulating structure over a wide range of pressure. The results of the atomic and molecular studies are combined to draw conclusions about the molecular-atomic transition and other details about the high pressure phase diagram.

  3. Phase transition induced strain in ZnO under high pressure.

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    Yan, Xiaozhi; Dong, Haini; Li, Yanchun; Lin, Chuanlong; Park, Changyong; He, Duanwei; Yang, Wenge

    2016-01-01

    Under high pressure, the phase transition mechanism and mechanical property of material are supposed to be largely associated with the transformation induced elastic strain. However, the experimental evidences for such strain are scanty. The elastic and plastic properties of ZnO, a leading material for applications in chemical sensor, catalyst, and optical thin coatings, were determined using in situ high pressure synchrotron axial and radial x-ray diffraction. The abnormal elastic behaviors of selected lattice planes of ZnO during phase transition revealed the existence of internal elastic strain, which arise from the lattice misfit between wurtzite and rocksalt phase. Furthermore, the strength decrease of ZnO during phase transition under non-hydrostatic pressure was observed and could be attributed to such internal elastic strain, unveiling the relationship between pressure induced internal strain and mechanical property of material. These findings are of fundamental importance to understanding the mechanism of phase transition and the properties of materials under pressure. PMID:27173609

  4. Phase transition induced strain in ZnO under high pressure

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    Yan, Xiaozhi; Dong, Haini; Li, Yanchun; Lin, Chuanlong; Park, Changyong; He, Duanwei; Yang, Wenge

    2016-05-13

    Under high pressure, the phase transition mechanism and mechanical property of material are supposed to be largely associated with the transformation induced elastic strain. However, the experimental evidences for such strain are scanty. The elastic and plastic properties of ZnO, a leading material for applications in chemical sensor, catalyst, and optical thin coatings, were determined using in situ high pressure synchrotron axial and radial x-ray diffraction. The abnormal elastic behaviors of selected lattice planes of ZnO during phase transition revealed the existence of internal elastic strain, which arise from the lattice misfit between wurtzite and rocksalt phase. Furthermore, the strengthmore » decrease of ZnO during phase transition under non-hydrostatic pressure was observed and could be attributed to such internal elastic strain, unveiling the relationship between pressure induced internal strain and mechanical property of material. Ultimately, these findings are of fundamental importance to understanding the mechanism of phase transition and the properties of materials under pressure.« less

  5. The dynamic response of high pressure phase of Si using phase contrast imaging and X-ray diffraction

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    Lee, H. J.; Galtier, E.; Xing, Z.; Gleason, A.; Granados, E.; Tavella, F.; Schropp, A.; Seiboth, F.; Schroer, C.; Higginbotham, A.; Brown, S.; Arnold, B.; Curiel, R.; Peterswright, D.; Fry, A.; Nagler, B.

    2015-11-01

    Static compression studies have revealed that crystalline silicon undergoes phase transitions from a cubic diamond structure to a variety of phases including body-centered tetragonal phase, an orthorhombic phase, and a hexagonal primitive phase. However, the dynamic response of silicon at high pressure is not well understood. Phase contrast imaging has proven to be a powerful tool for probing density changes caused by the shock propagation into a material. With respect to the elastic and plastic compression, we image shock waves in Si with high spatial resolution using the LCLS X-ray free electron laser and Matter in Extreme Conditions instrument. In this study, the long pulse optical laser with pseudoflat top shape creates high pressures up to 60 GPa. We also measure the crystal structure by observing the X-ray diffraction orthogonal to the shock propagation direction over a range of pressure. In this talk, we will present the capability of simultaneously performing phase contrast imaging and in situ X-ray diffraction during shock loading and will discuss the dynamic response of Si in high pressure phases

  6. High-pressure structural phase transitions in chromium-doped BaFe2As2

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    Uhoya, Walter; Brill, Joseph W.; Montgomery, Jeffrey M; Samudrala, G K; Tsoi, Georgiy; Vohra, Y. K.; Weir, S. T.; Safa-Sefat, Athena

    2012-01-01

    We report on the results from high pressure x-ray powder diffraction and electrical resistance measurements for hole doped BaFe{sub 2-x}Cr{sub x}As{sub 2} (x = 0, 0.05, 0.15, 0.4, 0.61) up to 81 GPa and down to 10 K using a synchrotron source and diamond anvil cell (DAC). At ambient temperature, an isostructural phase transition from a tetragonal (T) phase (I4/mmm) to a collapsed tetragonal (CT) phase is observed at 17 GPa. This transition is found to be dependent on ambient pressure unit cell volume and is slightly shifted to higher pressure upon increase in the Cr-doping. Unlike BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} which superconduct under high pressure, we have not detected any evidence of pressure induced superconductivity in chromium doped samples in the pressure and temperature range of this study. The measured equation of state parameters are presented for both the tetragonal and collapsed tetragonal phases for x = 0.05, 0.15, 0.40 and 0.61.

  7. Electronic structure, phase transition, and elastic properties of ScC under high pressure

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    Zhao, Yu-Xin; Zhu, Jun; Hao, Yan-Jun; Li, Zi-Yuan; Chen, Long-Qing; Ji, Guang-Fu

    2015-12-01

    The structural properties and the phase transition for scandium carbide (ScC) have been studied in NaCl (B1), CsCl (B2), ZB (B3), WZ (B4), NiAs (B81), WC (B h ), and Pmmn structures by using the pseudopotential plane-wave method in the framework of the density functional theory. Our theoretical results show that the most stable structure is the B1 phase, contrary to the result of Rahim et al. The phase transitions B1 → Pmmn and Pmmn → B2 are predicted at 83.7 and 109.7 GPa, respectively. At the same time, we find that the B3, B4, B81, and B h phases are not stable over the whole pressure range considered. In particular, the elastic constants of Pmmn-ScC under high pressure are obtained successfully. The effects of pressure on the elastic properties of B1-ScC and Pmmn-ScC are also predicted. The Debye temperatures Θ and the sound velocities of these two structures are estimated from the elastic constants, and by analyzing G/ B, the brittle-ductile behavior of ScC is assessed. In addition, the density of states of B1-ScC at high pressures is also discussed.

  8. Phase transformation and fluorescent enhancement of ErF3 at high pressure

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    Li, Wentao; Ren, Xiangting; Huang, Yanwei; Yu, Zhenhai; Mi, Zhongying; Tamura, Nobumichi; Li, Xiaodong; Peng, Fang; Wang, Lin

    2016-09-01

    Pressure-induced phase transformation and fluorescent properties of ErF3 were investigated here using in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence up to 32.1 GPa at room temperature. Results showed that ErF3 underwent a reversible pressure-induced phase transition from the β-YF3-type to the fluocerite LaF3-type at 9.8 GPa. The bulk moduli B0 for low- and high-pressure phases were determined to be 130 and 208 GPa, respectively. Photoluminescencent studies showed that new emission lines belonging to the transition of 2H11/2→4I15/2, 4S3/2→4I15/2, and 4F9/2→4I15/2 appeared during phase transition, suggesting pressure-induced electronic band splitting. Remarkably, significant pressure-induced enhancement of photoluminescence was observed, which was attributed to lattice distortion of the material under high pressure.

  9. Anomalous phase transition of InN nanowires under high pressure

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    Tang, Shun-Xi; Zhu, Hong-Yang; Jiang, Jun-Ru; Wu, Xiao-Xin; Dong, Yun-Xuan; Zhang, Jian; Yang, Da-Peng; Cui, Qi-Liang

    2015-09-01

    Uniform InN nanowires were studied under pressures up to 35.5 GPa by using in situ synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction technique at room temperature. An anomalous phase transition behavior has been discovered. Contrary to the results in the literature, which indicated that InN undergoes a fully reversible phase transition from the wurtzite structure to the rocksalt type structure, the InN nanowires in this study unusually showed a partially irreversible phase transition. The released sample contained the metastable rocksalt phase as well as the starting wurtzite one. The experimental findings of this study also reveal the potentiality of high pressure techniques to synthesize InN nanomaterials with the metastable rocksalt type structure, in addition to the generally obtained zincblende type one. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 50772043, 51172087, and 11074089).

  10. Nuclear quantum and electronic exchange-correlation effects on the high pressure phase diagram of lithium

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    Clay, Raymond; Morales, Miguel; Bonev, Stanimir

    Lithium at ambient conditions is the simplest alkali metal and exhibits textbook nearly-free electron character. However, increased core/valence electron overlap under compression leads to surprisingly complex behavior. Dense lithium is known to posses a maximum in the melting line, a metal to semiconductor phase transition around 80GPa, reemergent metallicity around 120GPa, and low coordination solid and liquid phases. In addition to its complex electronic structure at high pressure, the atomic mass of lithium is low enough that nuclear quantum effects could have a nontrivial impact on its phase diagram. Through a combination of density functional theory based path-integral and classical molecular dynamics simulations, we have investigated the impact of both nuclear quantum effects and anharmonicity on the melting line and solid phase boundaries. Additionally, we have determined the robustness of previously predicted tetrahedral clustering in the dense liquid to the inclusion of nuclear quantum effects and approximate treatment of electronic exchange-correlation effects.

  11. Synthesis and equation of state of high pressure phase of chromium-bearing spinel

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    Shieh, S. R.; Khan, T.; Prescher, C.; Prakapenka, V.; MI, Z.

    2015-12-01

    Chromium-bearing spinel (Mg,Fe)Cr2O4 can be found in the Earth's crust, upper mantle, and even in meteorites. Mantle derived chromium-bearing spinel suggests that its high pressure phase may be existing at deep mantle but however its high pressure elastic property is not well understood yet. In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies of magnesiochromite and chromite using the laser-heated diamond anvil cell were performed at GSECARS, Advanced Photon Source, to explore their high pressure phases and elastic property. Our results on magnesiochromite showed dissociation of MgCr2O4 to Cr2O3+MgO at ~15 GPa and to modified Ludwigite (mLd)-type Mg2Cr2O5+Cr2O3 below and above ~1500 K, respectively. At above 20 GPa, only a single phase CaTi2O4-type structure of MgCr2O4 was observed at 1400-2000 K. Pressure-volume data of CaTi2O4 type structure of MgCr2O4 fitted to Birch-Murnaghan equation of state yield zero-pressure volume (V0) = 264.4(8) Å3, bulk modulus (K0) = 185.4(4) GPa, and pressure derivative (K0') = 4; and mLd-type Mg2Cr2O5 yields: V0 = 338.9(8) Å3, K0 = 186.5(6) GPa, K0' = 4. For CaTi2O4 type structure of natural chromite, our fitted P-V data show V0 = 261(1) Å3, K0 = 175.4(2) GPa, and K0' = 4.

  12. Crystal lattice and band structure of the intermediate high-pressure phase of PbSe.

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    Streltsov, S V; Manakov, A Yu; Vokhmyanin, A P; Ovsyannikov, S V; Shchennikov, V V

    2009-09-23

    In the present paper the results of fitting synchrotron diffraction data are obtained for the intermediate high-pressure phase (9.5 GPa) of the lead selenide based compound Pb(1-x)Sn(x)Se (x = 0.125)-an optoelectronic as well as a thermoelectric material-for two types of lattice symmetries Pnma (space group #62) and Cmcm (space group #63). Both lattice parameters and positions of atoms for the above mentioned structures have been used in calculations of the electron structure of high-pressure phases. The main difference between the electronic properties for Cmcm and Pnma structures established in electronic structure calculations is that in the first one the PbSe compound was found to be a metal, while in the second a small semiconductor gap (E(G) = 0.12 eV) was obtained. Moreover, the forces in the Cmcm structure are an order of magnitude larger than those calculated for the Pnma lattice. In the optimized, Pnma structure within a generalized gradient approximation (GGA), the band gap increases up to E(G) = 0.27 eV. The result coincides with the data on thermoelectric power and electrical resistance data pointing to a semiconductor gap of ∼0.2 eV at ∼9.5 GPa. Thus, the Pmna type of lattice seems to be a preferable version for the intermediate phase compared with the Cmcm one. PMID:21832372

  13. Modeling high-pressure and high-temperature phase changes in bulk carbon

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    Glosi, J N; Ree, F H

    1999-07-01

    The phase diagram of carbon is not experimentally well known at high pressure and/or high temperature. We have determined the phase diagram of carbon by means of Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations methods using the Brenner bond order potential. The melting line of diamond was found to have a positive slope with the graphite-diamond-liquid triple point in agreement with an estimated value based on experiment. The present calculation predicts a first-order phase transition in liquid carbon terminated by a critical point and by a triple point on the graphite melting line. The low-density liquid is predominantly sp bonded with little sp{sup 3} character. The high-density liquid is mostly sp{sup 3} bonded with little sp character.

  14. Structural Stability and Phase Transitions in K8Si46 Clathrate under High Pressure

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    Tse, John S.; Desgreniers, Serge; Li, Zhi-Qiang; Ferguson, Michael R.; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2002-10-01

    The structural stability of type-I K8Si46 clathrate has been investigated at high pressure by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. In contrast to that observed in the Na-doped structure-II analogue [

    A. San-Miguel et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 5290 (1999)
    ], no phase separation into the β-Sn Si structure was identified at 11 GPa. Instead, K8Si46 is found to undergo a transition to an isostructural positional disordered phase at around 15 GPa. Ab initio phonon band structure calculations reveal a novel phenomenon of phonon instabilities of K atoms in the large cavities is responsible for this transition. Above 32 GPa, the new structure transforms into an amorphous phase.

  15. Phase transformations in amorphous fullerite C60 under high pressure and high temperature

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    Borisova, P. A.; Blanter, M. S.; Brazhkin, V. V.; Somenkov, V. A.; Filonenko, V. P.

    2015-08-01

    First phase transformations of amorphous fullerite C60 at high temperatures (up to 1800 K) and high pressures (up to 8 GPa) have been investigated and compared with the previous studies on the crystalline fullerite. The study was conducted using neutron diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The amorphous fullerite was obtained by ball-milling. We have shown that under thermobaric treatment no crystallization of amorphous fullerite into С60 molecular modification is observed, and it transforms into amorphous-like or crystalline graphite. A kinetic diagram of phase transformation of amorphous fullerite in temperature-pressure coordinates was constructed for the first time. Unlike in crystalline fullerite, no crystalline polymerized phases were formed under thermobaric treatment on amorphous fullerite. We found that amorphous fullerite turned out to be less resistant to thermobaric treatment, and amorphous-like or crystalline graphite were formed at lower temperatures than in crystalline fullerite.

  16. The high-pressure phase stability of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT)

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    Bowden, P. R.; Chellappa, R. S.; Dattelbaum, D. M.; Manner, V. W.; Mack, N. H.; Liu, Z.

    2014-05-01

    2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) is a widely used explosive that is relatively insensitive to initiation by shock loading. While the detonation properties of TNT have been extensively reported, the high pressure-temperature (P-T) stability of TNT has not been investigated in detail. At ambient conditions, TNT crystallizes in a monoclinic lattice (space group P21/a), and our previous X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements at room temperature suggested a phase transition to orthorhombic (space group Pca21) at ~20 GPa. In this work, we have performed in-situ synchrotron XRD and vibrational spectroscopy measurements along the room temperature isotherm to investigate phase stabilities up to 18 GPa. While our Raman spectroscopy measurements indicate spectral changes at ~2 GPa, careful XRD measurements reveal that the monoclinic phase persists up to 10 GPa.

  17. The high-pressure phase behavior and compressibility of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene

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    Stevens, Lewis L.; Velisavljevic, Nenad; Hooks, Daniel E.; Dattelbaum, Dana M.

    2008-10-24

    The phase stability and isothermal compression behavior of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) have been established to 26.5 GPa using angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction. P-V isotherms derived from the high-pressure x-ray spectra displayed a slight density hysteresis around 4.0 GPa and a sharp discontinuity at - 20.0 GPa. The latter transition is ascribed to a monoclinic-to-orthorhombic first-order phase transition in TNT. The conversion of the isothermal P-V data to the shock velocity-particle velocity plane revealed a deviation from linearity at low u{sub p}, a cusp associated with the phase transition at high u{sub p}, and general agreement with the wealth of unreacted Hugoniot data on TNT.

  18. High pressure phase transformation in thorium carbide: A first principle study

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    Sahoo, B. D.; Joshi, K. D.; Gupta, Satish C.

    2013-06-01

    First principles calculations using full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method have been carried out to analyze structural, electronic and elastic properties of ThC under hydrostatic compression. Our calculations carried out within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) predict a structural phase transition from rocksalt type (B1) phase to CsCl type cubic (B2) structure at ˜ 45 GPa. The same transition is predicted to occur at ˜ 35 GPa by the calculations performed within local density approximation (LDA). Various physical quantities such as equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, pressure derivative of bulk modulus and elastic constants determined for both the phases at zero pressure are compared with data available in literature. We find that at zero pressure the B2 structure is unstable elastically also. However, it emerges as elastically stable structure before it stabilizes energetically at high pressure. Further, the activation barrier between these structures has been calculated at various pressures.

  19. Equation of state and phase diagram of ammonia at high pressures from ab initio simulations.

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    Bethkenhagen, Mandy; French, Martin; Redmer, Ronald

    2013-06-21

    We present an equation of state as well as a phase diagram of ammonia at high pressures and high temperatures derived from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The predicted phases of ammonia are characterized by analyzing diffusion coefficients and structural properties. Both the phase diagram and the subsequently computed Hugoniot curves are compared to experimental results. Furthermore, we discuss two methods that allow us to take into account nuclear quantum effects, which are of considerable importance in molecular fluids. Our data cover pressures up to 330 GPa and a temperature range from 500 K to 10,000 K. This regime is of great interest for interior models of the giant planets Uranus and Neptune, which contain, besides water and methane, significant amounts of ammonia. PMID:23802968

  20. Nanosecond Ultrasonics to Study Phase Transitions in Solid and Liquid Systems at High Pressure and Temperature

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    Bonner, B P; Berge, P A; Carlson, S C; Farber, D L; Akella, J

    2007-03-21

    This report describes the development of a high-frequency ultrasonic measurement capability for application to the study of phase transitions at elevated pressure and temperature. We combined expertise in various aspects of static high-pressure technique with recent advances in wave propagation modeling, ultrasonic transducer development, electronic methods and broadband instrumentation to accomplish the goals of this project. The transduction and electronic systems have a demonstrated bandwidth of 400 MHz, allowing investigations of phenomena with characteristic times as short as 2.5 nS. A compact, pneumatically driven moissanite anvil cell was developed and constructed for this project. This device generates a high-pressure environment for mm dimension samples to pressures of 3 GPa. Ultrasonic measurements were conducted in the moissanite cell, an LLNL multi-anvil device and in a modified piston cylinder device. Measurements for water, and elemental tantalum, tin and cerium demonstrate the success of the methods. The {gamma}-{alpha} phase transition in cerium was clearly detected at {approx}0.7 GPa with 75 MHz longitudinal waves. These results have direct application to important problems in LLNL programs, as well as seismology and planetary science.

  1. Effect of high pressure on the formation of ordered phases in Ta-C systems

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    Markhasev, B.I.; Dzhamarov, S.S.; Geshko, E.I.; Klyugvant, V.V.; Pilipovskii, Y.L.; Shamatov, Y.M.

    1985-03-01

    This paper considers the effect of pressure on the completion of the transformations TaC /SUB x/ Ta/sub 4/C/sub 3/ and TaC /SUB x/ Ta/sub 2/C. The data show that in the samples with C/Ta = 0.68 and 0.71, the applied pressure substantially increases the diffraction peak heights of the ordered phases, Ta/sub 4/C/sub 3/ and Ta/sub 2/C. In samples with C/Ta = 0.76, high pressure does not generally increase the intensities of the diffracted peaks of Ta/sub 4/C/sub 3/ and Ta/sub 2/C, however the equilibrium between them is displaced to the side of increased Ta/sub 2/C content. In one of the samples a complete disappearance of the disordered TaC /SUB x/ is not observed. It is concluded that high pressure ( about7GPa) promotes the transition of nonstoichiometric TaC /SUB x/ into ordered Ta/sub 4/C/sub 3/ and Ta/sub 2/C as well as broadens the existence region of the latter. A complete transformation of TaC /SUB x/ into the ordered phase does not occur even at pressures up to about 9 GPa.

  2. Liquidus Phases of the Richardson H5 Chondrite at High Pressures and Temperatures

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    Channon, M.; Garber, J.; Danielson, L. R.; Righter, K.

    2007-01-01

    Part of early mantle evolution may include a magma ocean, where core formation began before the proto-Earth reached half of its present radius. Temperatures were high and bombardment and accretion were still occurring, suggesting that the proto-Earth consisted of a core and an at least partially liquid mantle, the magma ocean. As the Earth accreted, pressure near the core increased and the magma ocean decreased in volume and became shallower as it began to cool and solidify. As crystals settled, or floated, the composition of the magma ocean could change significantly and begin to crystallize different minerals from the residual liquid. Therefore, the mantle may be stratified following the P-T phase diagram for the bulk silicate Earth. To understand mantle evolution, it is necessary to know liquidus phase relations at high pressures and temperatures. In order to model the evolution of the magma ocean, high pressure and temperature experiments have been conducted to simulate the crystallization process using a range of materials that most likely resemble the bulk composition of the early Earth.

  3. Phase relations in the Fe-FeSi system at high pressures and temperatures

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    Fischer, Rebecca A.; Campbell, Andrew J.; Reaman, Daniel M.; Miller, Noah A.; Heinz, Dion L.; Dera, Przymyslaw; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2013-07-01

    The Earth's core is comprised mostly of iron and nickel, but it also contains several weight percent of one or more unknown light elements, which may include silicon. Therefore it is important to understand the high pressure, high temperature properties and behavior of alloys in the Fe-FeSi system, such as their phase diagrams. We determined melting temperatures and subsolidus phase relations of Fe-9 wt% Si and stoichiometric FeSi using synchrotron X-ray diffraction at high pressures and temperatures, up to ~200 GPa and ~145 GPa, respectively. Combining this data with that of previous studies, we generated phase diagrams in pressure-temperature, temperature-composition, and pressure-composition space. We find the B2 crystal structure in Fe-9Si where previous studies reported the less ordered bcc structure, and a shallower slope for the hcp+B2 to fcc+B2 boundary than previously reported. In stoichiometric FeSi, we report a wide B2+B20 two-phase field, with complete conversion to the B2 structure at ~42 GPa. The minimum temperature of an Fe-Si outer core is 4380 K, based on the eutectic melting point of Fe-9Si, and silicon is shown to be less efficient at depressing the melting point of iron at core conditions than oxygen or sulfur. At the highest pressures reached, only the hcp and B2 structures are seen in the Fe-FeSi system. We predict that alloys containing more than ~4-8 wt% silicon will convert to an hcp+B2 mixture and later to the hcp structure with increasing pressure, and that an iron-silicon alloy in the Earth's inner core would most likely be a mixture of hcp and B2 phases.

  4. Phase relations in the Fe-FeSi system at high pressures and temperatures

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    Fischer, Rebecca A.; Campbell, Andrew J.; Reaman, Daniel M.; Miller, Noah A.; Heinz, Dion L.; Dera, Przymyslaw; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2013-06-12

    The Earth's core is comprised mostly of iron and nickel, but it also contains several weight percent of one or more unknown light elements, which may include silicon. Therefore it is important to understand the high pressure, high temperature properties and behavior of alloys in the Fe–FeSi system, such as their phase diagrams. We determined melting temperatures and subsolidus phase relations of Fe–9 wt% Si and stoichiometric FeSi using synchrotron X-ray diffraction at high pressures and temperatures, up to ~200 GPa and ~145 GPa, respectively. Combining this data with that of previous studies, we generated phase diagrams in pressure–temperature, temperature–composition, and pressure–composition space. We find the B2 crystal structure in Fe–9Si where previous studies reported the less ordered bcc structure, and a shallower slope for the hcp+B2 to fcc+B2 boundary than previously reported. In stoichiometric FeSi, we report a wide B2+B20 two-phase field, with complete conversion to the B2 structure at ~42 GPa. The minimum temperature of an Fe–Si outer core is 4380 K, based on the eutectic melting point of Fe–9Si, and silicon is shown to be less efficient at depressing the melting point of iron at core conditions than oxygen or sulfur. At the highest pressures reached, only the hcp and B2 structures are seen in the Fe–FeSi system. We predict that alloys containing more than ~4–8 wt% silicon will convert to an hcp+B2 mixture and later to the hcp structure with increasing pressure, and that an iron–silicon alloy in the Earth's inner core would most likely be a mixture of hcp and B2 phases.

  5. The phase diagram of solid hydrogen at high pressure: A challenge for first principles calculations

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    Azadi, Sam; Foulkes, Matthew

    2015-03-01

    We present comprehensive results for the high-pressure phase diagram of solid hydrogen. We focus on the energetically most favorable molecular and atomic crystal structures. To obtain the ground-state static enthalpy and phase diagram, we use semi-local and hybrid density functional theory (DFT) as well as diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. The closure of the band gap with increasing pressure is investigated utilizing quasi-particle many-body calculations within the GW approximation. The dynamical phase diagram is calculated by adding proton zero-point energies (ZPE) to static enthalpies. Density functional perturbation theory is employed to calculate the proton ZPE and the infra-red and Raman spectra. Our results clearly demonstrate the failure of DFT-based methods to provide an accurate static phase diagram, especially when comparing insulating and metallic phases. Our dynamical phase diagram obtained using fully many-body DMC calculations shows that the molecular-to-atomic phase transition happens at the experimentally accessible pressure of 374 GPa. We claim that going beyond mean-field schemes to obtain derivatives of the total energy and optimize crystal structures at the many-body level is crucial. This work was supported by the UK engineering and physics science research council under Grant EP/I030190/1, and made use of computing facilities provided by HECTOR, and by the Imperial College London high performance computing centre.

  6. Elasticity and phase transitions of stishovite and sodium chloride at high pressure

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    Lakshtanov, Dmitry Leonidovich

    2007-12-01

    Knowledge of elastic properties of the phases constituting the Earth's mantle are of extreme importance for determination of Earth's chemical composition, the distribution of phases and the processes that result in such distribution. Data on elasticity of these constituent phases are critical not only for interpreting seismic observations, but are also essential for geochemical and geodynamical modeling. This dissertation is mainly devoted to determination of the elasticity and stability of stishovite, the high-pressure silica polymorph, as a major constituent of the MORB layer of subducting lithospheric slabs. These thin (˜10km thick) layers subducted into the Earth mantle create regions of thermal, compositional and, hence, rheological heterogeneity. Being a key component of the mantle convection system, subducting slabs may counteract compositional stratification of the Earth by acting to remix differentiated lithospheric material. In addition, there has recently been great interest in subducting slabs as possible carriers of volatiles - mainly water - back to the lower mantle. Stishovite is likely the primary water-bearing phase. The elastic properties and thermodynamic stability of water-bearing stishovite, and the effect of other impurities on these properties, is the main focus of this work. An important related issue I addressed is the establishment of a self-consistent (absolute) equation of state for the B2 phase of sodium chloride (NaCl). NaCl is a commonly-used pressure transmitting medium in high-pressure devices. Accurate knowledge of the NaCl equation of state therefore reduces errors in pressure determination resulting from the use of the secondary pressure calibrants. In order to perform these tasks I used Brillouin scattering and Raman spectroscopy, combined with synchrotron x-ray diffraction at standard conditions, and at high pressures and temperatures in the diamond anvil cell. Experiments were performed in Merrill-Bassett and piston

  7. Correlated structural and electronic phase transformations in transition metal chalcogenide under high pressure

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    Li, Chunyu; Ke, Feng; Hu, Qingyang; Yu, Zhenhai; Zhao, Jinggeng; Chen, Zhiqiang; Yan, Hao

    2016-04-01

    Here, we report comprehensive studies on the high-pressure structural and electrical transport properties of the layered transition metal chalcogenide (Cr2S3) up to 36.3 GPa. A structural phase transition was observed in the rhombohedral Cr2S3 near 16.5 GPa by the synchrotron angle dispersive X-ray diffraction measurement using a diamond anvil cell. Through in situ resistance measurement, the electric resistance value was detected to decrease by an order of three over the pressure range of 7-15 GPa coincided with the structural phase transition. Measurements on the temperature dependence of resistivity indicate that it is a semiconductor-to-metal transition in nature. The results were also confirmed by the electronic energy band calculations. Above results may shed a light on optimizing the performance of Cr2S3 based applications under extreme conditions.

  8. Observations of a high-pressure phase creation in oleic acid

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    Kościesza, R.; Kulisiewicz, L.; Delgado, A.

    2010-03-01

    Oleic acid is one of the unsaturated fatty acids which frequently appears in food products such as edible fats and oils. A molecule of oleic acid possesses a double carbon bond, C=C, which is responsible for a transition to a new phase when pressure is applied. This work presents the results of optical observations of such a transition. The observations were made in two cases, the first being static p-T conditions under 60 MPa at 20°C and the other the dynamic application of the pressure up to 350 MPa. The obtained visualization reveals differences in the creation of the phase and in its further appearance. Some crystal forms may be recognized. These results tend to be of interest for food engineers due to increasing interest in high-pressure food preservation among nutritionists and medical scientists concerned with fatty acids.

  9. High pressure Raman scattering study on the phase stability of LuVO 4

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    Rao, Rekha; Garg, Alka B.; Sakuntala, T.; Achary, S. N.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2009-07-01

    High pressure Raman spectroscopic investigations have been carried out on rare earth orthovanadate LuVO 4 upto 26 GPa. Changes in the Raman spectrum around 8 GPa across the reported zircon to scheelite transition are investigated in detail and compared with those observed in other vanadates. Co-existence of the zircon and scheelite phases is observed over a pressure range of about 8-13 GPa. The zircon to scheelite transition is irreversible upon pressure release. Subtle changes are observed in the Raman spectrum above 16 GPa which could be related to scheelite ↔ fergusonite transition. Pressure dependencies of the Raman active modes in the zircon and the scheelite phases are reported.

  10. Phase stability and magnetic behavior of hexagonal phase of N2-O2 system with kagome lattice under high pressure and low temperature

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    Akahama, Y.; Ishihara, D.; Yamashita, H.; Fujihisa, H.; Hirao, N.; Ohishi, Y.

    2016-08-01

    The pressure-temperature (P -T ) phase diagram of N2-O2 mixture with a composition of N2-48 mol % O2 has been investigated using x-ray diffraction and the phase stability of a hexagonal phase (space group: P 6 /mmm), with the kagome lattice examined under high-pressure and low-temperature conditions. While the phase appears as a low-temperature phase of the cubic phase (P m 3 n ) with the structure of γ -O2 or δ -N2 and is stable in a wide range of pressures and temperatures, it transforms to lower symmetry monoclinic or orthorhombic phases at lower temperature, accompanied with a distortion of the kagome lattice. Based on Rietveld refinements, the monoclinic and orthorhombic phases are found to be in the P 21/a and Cmmm space groups, respectively. In magnetization measurements, a magnetic transition is observed with a relatively large drop of magnetization, corresponding to the cubic-to-hexagonal phase transition. This suggests that the hexagonal phase has a certain magnetic ordered state that arises from the molecular magnetic moment of O2.

  11. Successive disorder to disorder phase transitions in ionic liquid [HMIM][BF4] under high pressure

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    Zhu, Xiang; Yuan, Chaosheng; Li, Haining; Zhu, Pinwen; Su, Lei; Yang, Kun; Wu, Jie; Yang, Guoqiang; Liu, Jing

    2016-02-01

    In situ high-pressure Raman spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray diffraction have been employed to investigate the phase behavior of ionic liquid, 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([HMIM][BF4]) under high pressure up to 20 GPa at room temperature. With increasing pressure, some characteristic bands of [HMIM][BF4] disappear, and some characteristic bands of [HMIM][BF4] display non-monotonic pressure-induced frequency shift and non-monotonic variation of full width at half-maximum. Two successive phase transitions at ∼1.7 GPa and 7.3 GPa have been corroborated by the results above. The glass transition pressure (Pg) of [HMIM][BF4] at ∼7.3 GPa has been obtained by ruby R1 line broadening measurements and analysis of synchrotron X-ray diffraction patterns, and its glass transition mechanism is also analyzed in detail. These facts are suggestive of two successive disorder to disorder phase transitions induced by compression, that is, [HMIM][BF4] serves as a superpressurized glass under the pressure above 7.3 GPa, which is similar to the glassy state at low temperature, and a compression-induced liquid to liquid phase transition in [HMIM][BF4] occurs at ∼1.7 GPa. Besides, the conformational equilibrium of the GAAA conformer and AAAA conformer was converted easily in liquid [HMIM][BF4], while it was difficult to be influenced in glassy state.

  12. Decomposition of the ω-phase in the equiatomic TiZr alloy under high pressure

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    Bashkin, I. O.; Shestakov, V. V.; Sakharov, M. K.; Ponyatovsky, E. G.

    2008-07-01

    The phase decomposition phenomenon is found in the hexagonal ω-phase of the Ti—Zr system under high pressure. The ω → ω1 + ω2 decomposition of the equiatomic TiZr alloy occurred due to long thermobaric treatment at P = 5.5±0.6 GPa and T = 710±30 K. The chemical compositions of the ω1- and ω2-phases recovered to ambient conditions were estimated from the X-ray data to be around Ti20Zr80 and Ti83Zr17. The experimental data were used to calculate the mixing energy and the top of the decomposition curve in the isobaric T-C diagram of this system. We find that the equilibrium T-C phase diagram of the Ti-Zr system at pressures above ~8 GPa is of the eutectoid type with the high-temperature β-phase and the low-temperature ω1- and ω2-phases.

  13. Novel high-pressure phases of AlP from first principles

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    Liu, Chao; Hu, Meng; Luo, Kun; Yu, Dongli; Zhao, Zhisheng; He, Julong

    2016-05-01

    By utilizing a crystal structure prediction software via particle swarm optimization, this study proposes three new high-pressure phases of aluminum phosphide (AlP) with high density and high hardness, in addition to previously proposed phases (wz-, zb-, rs-, NiAs-, β-Sn-, CsCl-, and Cmcm-AlP). These new phases are as follows: (1) an I 4 ¯ 3d symmetric structure (cI24-AlP) at 55.2 GPa, (2) an R 3 ¯ m symmetric structure (hR18-AlP) at 9.9 GPa, and (3) a C222 symmetric structure (oC12-AlP) at 20.6 GPa. Based on first-principle calculations, these phases have higher energetic advantage than CsCl- and β-Sn-AlP at ambient pressure. The independent elastic constants and phonon dispersion spectra are calculated to check the mechanical and dynamic stabilities of these phases. According to mechanical property studies, these new AlP phases have higher hardness than NiAs-AlP, and oC12-AlP has the highest hardness of 7.9 GPa. Electronic band structure calculations indicate that NiAs- and hR18-AlP have electrical conductivity. Additionally, wz-, zb-, and oC12-AlP possess semiconductive properties with indirect bandgaps, and cI24-AlP has a semiconductive property with a direct bandgap.

  14. The high pressure-temperature phase behavior of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT)

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    Bowden, Patrick; Chellappa, Raja; Dattelbaum, Dana; Manner, Virginia; Mack, Nathan; Liu, Zhenxian

    2013-06-01

    2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) is a widely used explosive that is relatively insensitive to initiation by shock loading. While the detonation properties of TNT have been extensively reported, the high pressure-temperature (P - T) stability of TNT has not been investigated in detail. In addition, there are no studies that have determined the effects of pressure on the stability of the liquid phase. At ambient conditions, TNT crystallizes in a monoclinic lattice (space group P21 / a) , and our previous x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements at room temperature suggested a phase transition to orthorhombic (space group Pca21) at ~20 GPa. In this work, we have performed in situ synchrotron XRD and vibrational spectroscopy measurements at various P - T conditions along isothermal and isobaric pathways to confirm previously reported phase transitions, and investigate phase stabilities up to 30 GPa and 500°C. Using all the available data, we have established the first comprehensive high P - T phase diagram of TNT, including the melting line as a function of pressure. While our synchrotron IR and Raman spectroscopy measurements indicate spectral changes at ~2 GPa, careful XRD measurements (hydrostatic, He medium and non-hydrostatic) reveal that the monoclinic phase is likely stable up to 20 GPa. We will present a self-consistent P - V - T equation of state derived from the reported structural and vibrational data.

  15. High-pressure phases of Mg2Si from first principles

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    Huan, Tran Doan; Tuoc, Vu Ngoc; Le, Nam Ba; Minh, Nguyen Viet; Woods, Lilia M.

    2016-03-01

    First-principles calculations are presented to resolve the possible pressure-dependent phases of Mg2Si . Although previous reports show that Mg2Si is characterized by the cubic antifluorite F m 3 ¯m structure at low pressures, the situation at higher pressures is less clear with many contradicting results. Here we utilize several methods to examine the stability, electron, phonon, and transport properties of this material as a function of pressure and temperature. We find that Mg2Si is thermodynamically stable at low and high pressures. Between 6 and 24 GPa, Mg2Si can transform into Mg9Si5 , a defected compound, and vice versa, without energy cost. Perhaps this result is related to the aforementioned inconsistency in the structures reported for Mg2Si within this pressure range. Focusing solely on Mg2Si , we find a new monoclinic C 2 /m structure of Mg2Si , which is stable at high pressures within thermodynamical considerations. The calculated electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient taking into account results from the electronic structure calculations help us understand better how transport can be affected in this material by modulating pressure and temperature.

  16. Exploring the Phase Diagram SiO2-CO2 at High Pressures and Temperatures

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    Kavner, A.

    2015-12-01

    CO2 is an important volatile system relevant for planetary sciences and fundamental chemistry. Molecular CO2 has doubly bonded O=C=O units but high pressure-high temperature (HP-HT) studies have recently shown its transformation into a three-dimensional network of corner-linked [CO4] units analogous to the silica mineral polymorphs, through intermediate non-molecular phases. Here, we report P-V-T data on CO2-IV ice from time-of-flight neutron diffraction experiments, which allow determining the compressibility and thermal expansivity of this intermediate molecular-to-non-molecular phase.1 Aditionally, we have explored the SiO2-CO2 phase diagram and the potential formation of silicon carbonate compounds. New data obtained by laser-heating diamond-anvil experiments in CO2-filled microporous silica polymorphs will be shown. In particular, these HP-HT experiments explore the existence of potential CO2/SiO2 compounds with tetrahedrally-coordinated C/Si atoms by oxygens, which are predicted to be stable (or metastable) by state-of-the-art ab initio simulations.2,3 These theoretical predictions were supported by a recent study that reports the formation of a cristobalite-type Si0.4C0.6O2 solid solution at high-pressures and temperatures, which can be retained as a metastable solid down to ambient conditions.4 Entirely new families of structures could exist based on [CO4]4- units in various degrees of polymerisation, giving rise to a range of chain, sheet and framework solids like those found in silicate chemistry. References[1] S. Palaich et al., Am. Mineral. Submitted (2015) [2] A. Morales-Garcia et al., Theor. Chem. Acc. 132, 1308 (2013) [3] R. Zhou et al., Phys. Rev. X, 4, 011030 (2014) [4] M. Santoro et al. Nature Commun. 5, 3761 (2014)

  17. High-pressure phase transition of MH3 (M: Er, Ho)

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    Hou, Pugeng; Tian, Fubo; Li, Da; Chu, Binhua; Zhao, Zhonglong; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2014-08-01

    Motivated by the potential high temperature superconductivity in hydrogen-rich materials, high-pressure structures of ErH3 and HoH3 were studied by using genetic algorithm method. Our calculations indicate that both ErH3 and HoH3 transform from P-3c1 structure to a monoclinic C2/m structure at about 15 GPa, and then transforms into a cubic Fm-3m structure at about 40 GPa. ErH3 and HoH3 adopt the same P63/mmc structure with space group P63/mmc at above about 220 and 196 GPa, respectively. For ErH3, the P63/mmc phase is stable up to at least 300 GPa, while for HoH3, a phase transformation P63/mmc → Cmcm occurs at about 216 GPa, and the Cmcm phase is stable up to at least 300 GPa. The P-3c1 ErH3 and HoH3 are calculated to demonstrate non-metallic character, and the other phases are all metallic phases.

  18. Electronic structure of low-pressure and high-pressure phases of silicon disulfide

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    Bletskan, D. I.; Vakulchak, V. V.; Glukhov, K. E.

    2014-07-01

    Self-consistent density functional theory calculations of band spectra, densities of states as well as the spatial distribution of valence electron charge density were carried out for the low-pressure α-phase and the high-pressure β-phase of SiS2. Group-theoretical analysis performed for both phases enabled the symmetry of wave functions in a number of high-symmetry points of the Brillouin zone as well as the structure of valence band representations to be found. Based on the calculations of the band structure, the orthorhombic α-phase of SiS2 was determined to be an indirect-gap semiconductor with the band gap E gi = 2.44 eV (T 1 → X 8 transition), while the β-phase was shown to be direct gap with E gd = 2.95 eV (Г 3 → Г 2 transition). The calculated energy distribution of the total density of states in the valence band of α-SiS2 qualitatively and quantitatively correlates with the main experimental features of the X-ray photoelectron spectrum.

  19. High-pressure phase transitions in ordered and disordered Bi2Te2Se.

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    Nielsen, M B; Parisiades, P; Madsen, S R; Bremholm, M

    2015-08-21

    We report studies of pressure-induced phase transitions of ordered and disordered ternary tetradymite-like Bi2Te2Se by synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) in diamond anvil cells (DACs) for pressures up to 59 and 49 GPa, respectively. The first sample (SB) was prepared from a single crystal with ordered Se/Te sites while the second sample (Q) was prepared from a quenched melt resulting in disordered Se/Te. This allows for an investigation of the effect of disorder on the phase transitions and the equation of states (EoS) of the tetradymite-like α phase. Fitting of a third order Birch-Murnaghan EoS to the α phases yielded bulk moduli K0 of 34.5(10) and 38.3(17) GPa and K' of 6.2(3) and 5.0(5) for the SB and Q samples, respectively. An electronic topological transition (ETT) was identified in both samples at pressures of 4.4 and 3.1 GPa, respectively. This was followed by a transition near 11 GPa to a phase that is isostructural with the β phase of Bi2Te3. The Se/Te ordering only affects the transition pressure to a small extent. A cubic phase that resembles the δ phase observed in high-pressure studies of Bi2Te3 appears at 17-20 GPa, but the ternary composition leads to a more complex structure. The presence of a low angle diffraction peak in the δ phase demonstrates that the true structure is not simply body-centred cubic. In this way the samples resemble Bi2Se3 where Bi and Se show a high degree of ordering, but the proposed structure of δ-Bi2Se3 also does not fully describe the data for δ-Bi2Te2Se. PMID:26169469

  20. Synthesis of Novel Extended Phases of Molecular Solids at High Pressures and Temperatures

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    Yoo, C; Evans, W; Cynn, H

    2004-03-30

    This study is for in-situ investigation of chemical bonding and molecular structure of low z-elements and simple molecular solids at high pressures and temperatures using 3rd-generation synchrotron x-ray diffraction. To understand the contribution of the empty d-electron orbital of Mg in relation to the formation of molecular solids like MgO, which is one of the important Earth lower mantle materials and MgB{sub 2}, which has recently been the focus of intense superconducting material research, we have performed double-sided laser heating experiments using a diamond anvil cell (DAC). Understanding the structural stability and the formation of the above Mg-compounds requires studying Mg itself as well as the relevant compounds. BL10XU at the Spring-8 was used to study phase stability and make accurate equation of state (EOS) determinations of Mg coupled with external heating and the double-sided laser heating technique. Monochromatic x-ray at 30 keV (0.4135 {angstrom}) was focused to about 40 {micro}m at the sample and the diffracted x-ray were recorded using a high-resolution image plate (3000 x 3000 pixels with a 0.1 mm resolution per pixel). EOS parameters for hcp and bcc Mg were determined by fitting to a Birch-Murnaghan equation. An isothermal compression of Mg at 300 K up to 100 GPa provides EOS parameters (B{sub 0}, B{sub 0}{prime}, and V{sub 0}) comparable for both hcp and bcc phases, which is similar to the cases for hcp and fcc phases measured in cobalt and xenon. Similar EOS parameters for both low and high pressure phases with a very small or no measurable volume discontinuity at the phase transition pressure suggests that the hcp-bcc structural transition of Mg may be driven by a stacking fault due to a shear instability as seen in xenon and cobalt. Compared to the recent estimation determined using a large volume press [1], our B{sub 0} is smaller by more than 10% suggesting that the difference may be due to non-hydrostatic conditions. The phase

  1. Isotope effect in the superconducting high-pressure simple cubic phase of calcium from first principles

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    Errea, Ion; Rousseau, Bruno; Bergara, Aitor

    2012-06-01

    It has been recently shown [I. Errea, B. Rousseau, and A. Bergara, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 165501 (2011)] that the phonons of the high-pressure simple cubic phase of calcium are stabilized by strong quantum anharmonic effects. This was obtained by a fully ab initio implementation of the self-consistent harmonic approximation including explicitly anharmonic coefficients up to fourth order. The renormalized anharmonic phonons make possible to estimate the superconducting transition temperature in this system, and a sharp agreement with experiments is found. In this work, this analysis is extended in order to study the effect of anharmonicity in the isotope effect. According to our calculations, despite the huge anharmonicity in the system, the isotope coefficient is predicted to be 0.45, close to the 0.5 value expected for a harmonic BCS superconductor.

  2. Persistence of Jahn Teller distortion in high pressure metallic phase of LaMnO3

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    Baldini, Maria; Struzhkin, Viktor V.; Goncharov, Alexander F.; Postorino, P.; Mao, Wendy L.

    2011-02-11

    High pressure, low temperature Raman measurements performed on LaMnO{sub 3} up to 34 GPa provide the first experimental evidence for the persistence of the Jahn-Teller distortion over the entire stability range of the insulating phase. This result resolves the ongoing debate about the nature of the pressure driven insulator to metal transition (IMT), demonstrating that LaMnO{sub 3} is not a classical Mott insulator. The formation of domains of distorted and regular octahedra, observed from 3 to 34 GPa, sheds new light on the mechanism behind the IMT suggesting that LaMnO{sub 3} becomes metallic when the fraction of undistorted octahedra domains increases beyond a critical threshold.

  3. A dynamic study of the warm-up phase of a high-pressure mercury lamp

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    Araoud, Z.; Ben Ahmed, R.; Bouaoun, M.; Ben El Hadj Rhouma, M.; Charrada, K.; Zissis, G.

    2008-09-15

    A time-dependent two-dimensional computational fluid model has been adopted to investigate the dynamic behavior of the high-pressure mercury lamp during the last phase of the warm-up period. The model solves the combined momentum, continuity, energy, and electric field equations for the plasma and the energy equation for the wall. Two models have been compared. The first takes convection into account and is called ''convection model.'' The second, which neglects this term, is termed ''convectionless model.'' Good agreement between the predictions and experimental data from literature has been obtained. It is found that the convection affects the lamp performance by increasing the mercury losses behind the electrodes and the mercury-evaporation time.

  4. High pressure induced phase transition and superdiffusion in anomalous fluid confined in flexible nanopores

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    Bordin, José Rafael; Krott, Leandro B. Barbosa, Marcia C.

    2014-10-14

    The behavior of a confined spherical symmetric anomalous fluid under high external pressure was studied with Molecular Dynamics simulations. The fluid is modeled by a core-softened potential with two characteristic length scales, which in bulk reproduces the dynamical, thermodynamical, and structural anomalous behavior observed for water and other anomalous fluids. Our findings show that this system has a superdiffusion regime for sufficient high pressure and low temperature. As well, our results indicate that this superdiffusive regime is strongly related with the fluid structural properties and the superdiffusion to diffusion transition is a first order phase transition. We show how the simulation time and statistics are important to obtain the correct dynamical behavior of the confined fluid. Our results are discussed on the basis of the two length scales.

  5. Phase transitions in Group III-V and II-VI semiconductors at high pressure

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    Yu, S. C.; Liu, C. Y.; Spain, I. L.; Skelton, E. F.

    1979-01-01

    The structures and transition pressures of Group III-V and II-VI semiconductors and of a pseudobinary system (Ga/x/In/1-x/Sb) have been investigated. Results indicate that GaP, InSb, GaSb, GaAs and possible AlP assume Metallic structures at high pressures; a tetragonal, beta-Sn-like structure is adopted by only InSb and GaSb. The rocksalt phase is preferred in InP, InAs, AlSb, ZnO and ZnS. The model of Van Vechten (1973) gives transition pressures which are in good agreement with measured values, but must be refined to account for the occurrence of the ionic rocksalt structure in some compounds. In addition, discrepancies between the theoretical scaling values for volume changes at the semiconductor-to-metal transitions are observed.

  6. Equation of state and phase transition of antigorite under high pressure and high temperature

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    Yang, Cuiping; Inoue, Toru; Yamada, Akihiro; Kikegawa, Takumi; Ando, Jun-ichi

    2014-03-01

    The equation of state of natural antigorite has been determined up to ∼10 GPa and 500 °C by in situ X-ray diffraction in a cubic type multi-anvil apparatus, MAX80, located at the Photon Factory-Advanced Ring at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), and the temperature dependence of the bulk modulus was determined for the first time by high pressure and high temperature X-ray diffraction based on a series of direct measurements. No dehydration occurred during the entire experimental process, and no significant deviatoric stress was observed after heating. The room temperature P-V data below 7 GPa have been fit to the Birch-Murnaghan equation of state, yielding V0,300 K = 366.9(7) Å3, K0, 300 K = 65.2(31) GPa, and the pressure derivative K‧ fixed to 6.1. The high pressure phase transition was observed through volume softening behavior at around 7 GPa, and the dP/dT slope seems to be flat or slightly positive, which is consistent with the recent report by Bezacier et al. (2013). The high temperature Birch-Murnaghan equation of state was used to fit the P-V-T data below 7 GPa. Since the present experimental data was obtained by energy dispersive X-ray diffraction at high pressure and high temperature, the resolution was slightly lower than that obtained by the angle dispersive X-ray method. So the bulk modulus K0, 300 K and the pressure derivative K‧ were fixed to 62.9 GPa and 6.1, respectively, which was obtained by single crystal X-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell by means of the angle dispersive method (Nestola et al., 2010) during fitting. From the fitting, we obtained V0, 300 K = 367.3(2) Å3, dK/dT = -0.0265(41) GPa/K, thermal expansion α0 = 3.92(50) × 10-5/K. The temperature dependence of the bulk modulus was larger than the value calculated empirically (Holland and Powell, 1998). The thermal expansion of antigorite is larger than the results from the previous study. The compression of antigorite is very anisotropic along

  7. Atomic ordering in cubic bismuth telluride alloy phases at high pressure

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    Loa, I.; Bos, J.-W. G.; Downie, R. A.; Syassen, K.

    2016-06-01

    Pressure-induced transitions from ordered intermetallic phases to substitutional alloys to semi-ordered phases were studied in a series of bismuth tellurides. By using angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction, the compounds Bi4Te5 , BiTe, and Bi2Te were observed to form alloys with the disordered body-centered cubic (bcc) crystal structure upon compression to above 14-19 GPa at room temperature. The BiTe and Bi2Te alloys and the previously discovered high-pressure alloys of Bi2Te3 and Bi4Te3 were all found to show atomic ordering after gentle annealing at very moderate temperatures of ˜100 ∘C . Upon annealing, BiTe transforms from bcc to the B2 (CsCl) crystal-structure type, and the other phases adopt semi-disordered variants thereof, featuring substitutional disorder on one of the two crystallographic sites. The transition pressures and atomic volumes of the alloy phases show systematic variations across the BimTen series including the end members Bi and Te. First-principles calculations were performed to characterize the electronic structure and chemical bonding properties of B2-type BiTe and to identify the driving forces of the ordering transition. The calculated Fermi surface of B2-type BiTe has an intricate structure and is predicted to undergo three topological changes between 20 and 60 GPa.

  8. Inelastic neutron scattering, lattice dynamics, and high-pressure phase stability of zircon-structured lanthanide orthophosphates

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    Bose, Preyoshi P.; Mittal, R; Chaplot, S L; Loong, C. K.; Boatner, Lynn A

    2010-01-01

    Inelastic neutron-scattering experiments and lattice-dynamical calculations are reported on a series of rareearth orthophosphates RPO4 R=Tm, Er, Ho, and Tb. The experimental phonon spectra for the compounds are in good agreement with our model calculations. The lattice-dynamical model is found useful for the calculation of various thermodynamic properties such as the lattice specific heat, thermal expansion, and equation of state of these compounds. The RPO4 compounds are known to transform to the scheelite body-centered tetragonal, I41 /a or monoclinic phase P21 /n at high pressures. Our calculations show that while the scheelite phase stabilizes at high pressure due to its lower volume, the monoclinic phase may occur as an intermediate phase depending on the ionic size of the R atom. The latter phase is stabilized at higher temperature at high pressure due to its high vibrational entropy. A pressure-temperature phase diagram is proposed.

  9. Structural Phase Transitions in High-Pressure Wurtzite to Rocksalt Phase in GaN and SiC

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    Xiao, H. Y.; Gao, Fei; Wang, Lumin M.; Zu, Xiaotao T.; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2008-06-16

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are employed to study the atomistic mechanisms and pathways of high-pressure phase transformation in GaN and SiC. Our simulations bring a fundamental level of understanding of the wurtzite to rocksalt phase transformation that undergoes inhomogeneous displacements via a tetragonal atomic configuration, and suggest that the transition path may be independent of the presence of d electrons on the cation in GaN. The discrepancies between experimental and theoretical studies of transition paths are discussed.

  10. High pressure-temperature phase diagram and equation of state of titanium

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    Dewaele, Agnès; Stutzmann, Vincent; Bouchet, Johann; Bottin, François; Occelli, Florent; Mezouar, Mohamed

    2015-04-01

    The high pressure-temperature behavior of titanium has been studied with x-ray diffraction in resistively heated and laser-heated diamond anvil cells up to 200 GPa and ˜3500 K. The stability fields of α -Ti ,ω -Ti ,β -Ti ,γ -Ti , and δ -Ti have been determined in this range. γ -Ti and δ -Ti , which had been evidenced earlier under nonhydrostatic compression, are also observed in helium pressure transmitting medium. Equation-of-state parameters are proposed for α -Ti and ω -Ti at 300 K, and β -Ti at high temperature. The stability fields of the α ,ω ,γ , and δ phases are also studied using the projector-augmented wave method based on density-functional theory. Using the relevant core radius to avoid overlapping between atomic spheres, and relaxing cells and atomic positions, we show that all those phases have a stability domain at 0 K. We explain why γ -Ti and δ -Ti were calculated to be unstable in earlier works. In addition, a new phase, called δ'-Ti, which is a distortion of δ -Ti , is predicted to form between 80 and 120 GPa and below ≃200 K.

  11. Serpentines, talc, chlorites, and their high-pressure phase transitions: a Raman spectroscopic study

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    Reynard, Bruno; Bezacier, Lucile; Caracas, Razvan

    2015-09-01

    Raman spectra of magnesian phyllosilicates belonging to the serpentine, talc, and chlorite groups have been obtained at ambient conditions, and at high pressures and up to 200 °C in order to study high-pressure transformations in the 10 GPa range. The complex and distinct Raman spectra of these minerals allow straightforward identification, which may otherwise be difficult from optical microscopy. High-pressure measurements are in good agreement with DFT calculations for talc and lizardite. Pressure-induced displacive modifications are identified in lizardite and antigorite serpentines, and in chlorite at ~4, 7 and 8 GPa, respectively, while talc shows no transition up to ~11 GPa. At high temperature, the high-pressure distortions of serpentines shift to higher pressures. Given the stability limits of these minerals, and the natural range of P-T conditions, none of the high-pressure distortions observed at high pressure are likely to occur at depth in the Earth.

  12. High-pressure light scattering apparatus to study pressure-induced phase separation in polymer solutions

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    Xiong, Yan; Kiran, Erdogan

    1998-03-01

    A new high-pressure time- and angle-resolved light scattering apparatus has been developed to study the kinetics of phase separation in polymer solutions and other fluid mixtures under pressure at near- and supercritical conditions. The system consists of a high-pressure polymer loading chamber, a solvent charge line, a variable-volume scattering cell (with a built-in movable piston connected to a pressure generator, and an expansion rod driven by an air-actuated diaphragm), and a recirculation pump which are all housed in a temperature-controlled oven. The system is operable at pressures up to 70 MPa, and temperatures up to 473 K. The scattering cell is a short path-length cell made of two flat sapphire windows that are separated by 250 μm. It is designed to permit measurements of transmitted and scattered light intensities over an angle range from 0° to 30°. A linear image sensor with 256 elements is used to monitor the time evolution of the scattered light intensities at different angles. With this sensor, the angle range from 2° to 13° is scanned at a sampling rate of 3.2 ms/scan. The pressure quenches are achieved by movement of the air-actuated movable expansion rod, or by the movement of the piston with the aid of the pressure generator to bring about either rapid (at rates approaching 2000 MPa/s) or slow pressure changes in the system. Quench depth is also adjustable, and very deep (70 MPa) or very shallow (as low as 0.1 MPa) pressure quenches are readily achievable. The temperature and the pressure of the solution in the scattering cell, and the transmitted and scattered light intensities at different angles are recorded in real time through a computerized data acquisition system before and during phase separation. The experimental system is especially suited to follow the kinetics of phase separation in polymer solutions and to assess the metastable and unstable regions where phase separation proceeds by the nucleation and growth, and the spinodal

  13. Hexagonal ice transforms at high pressures and compression rates directly into "doubly metastable" ice phases.

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    Bauer, Marion; Winkel, Katrin; Toebbens, Daniel M; Mayer, Erwin; Loerting, Thomas

    2009-12-14

    We report compression and decompression experiments of hexagonal ice in a piston cylinder setup in the temperature range of 170-220 K up to pressures of 1.6 GPa. The main focus is on establishing the effect that an increase in compression rate up to 4000 MPa/min has on the phase changes incurred at high pressures. While at low compression rates, a phase change to stable ice II takes place (in agreement with earlier comprehensive studies), we find that at higher compression rates, increasing fractions and even pure ice III forms from hexagonal ice. We show that the critical compression rate, above which mainly the metastable ice III polymorph is produced, decreases by a factor of 30 when decreasing the temperature from 220 to 170 K. At the highest rate capable with our equipment, we even find formation of an ice V fraction in the mixture, which is metastable with respect to ice II and also metastable with respect to ice III. This indicates that at increasing compression rates, progressively more metastable phases of ice grow from hexagonal ice. Since ices II, III, and V differ very much in, e.g., strength and rheological properties, we have prepared solids of very different mechanical properties just by variation in compression rate. In addition, these metastable phases have stability regions in the phase diagrams only at much higher pressures and temperatures. Therefore, we anticipate that the method of isothermal compression at low temperatures and high compression rates is a tool for the academic and industrial polymorph search with great potential. PMID:20001064

  14. Phase transition and equation of state of paratellurite (TeO2) under high pressure

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    Liu, Xun; Mashimo, Tsutomu; Kawai, Nobuaki; Sekine, Toshimori; Zeng, Zhaoyi; Zhou, Xianming

    2016-07-01

    The Hugoniot data for TeO2 single crystals were obtained for pressures up to ∼85 GPa along both the <100> (a-axis) and <001> (c-axis) directions using a velocity interferometer system for any reflector and inclined-mirror method combined with a powder gun or two-stage light gas gun. The Hugoniot-elastic limit of TeO2 was determined to be 3.3–4.3 GPa along the c-axes. The shock velocity (U s) versus particle velocity (U p) relation for TeO2 shows a kink around U p = 1.0 km s‑1, which suggests a phase transition completes at ∼26 ± 2 GPa. The Hugoniot relations of the low and high pressure phase are given by U s = 3.13(5) + 1.10(6)U p for U p < 1.0 km s‑1 and U s = 2.73(9) + 1.49(5)U p for U p > 1.0 km s‑1, respectively. First-principles geometry optimizations based on the generalized gradient approximation after Perdew, Burke and Ernzerhof method were also performed on TeO2. It suggested that a continuous structure distortion occurs up to 22 GPa, and the lattice parameters b and c abruptly increase and decrease at 22 GPa, respectively, indicating a first-order phase transition to the cotunnite structure phase. The equation of state of the cotunnite phase TeO2 is discussed based on the experimental and simulation results.

  15. Investigation of new phases in the Ba-Si phase diagram under high pressure using ab initio structural search.

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    Shi, Jingming; Cui, Wenwen; Flores-Livas, José A; San-Miguel, Alfonso; Botti, Silvana; Marques, Miguel A L

    2016-03-01

    Barium silicides are versatile materials that have attracted attention for a variety of applications in electronics and optoelectronics. Using an unbiased structural search based on a particle-swarm optimization algorithm combined with density functional theory calculations, we investigate systematically the ground-state phase stability and the structural diversity of Ba-Si binaries under high pressure. The phase diagram turns out to be quite intricate, with several compositions stabilizing/destabilizing as a function of pressure. In particular, we identify novel phases of BaSi, BaSi2, BaSi3, and BaSi5 that might be synthesizable experimentally over a wide range of pressures. Our results not only clarify and complete the previously known structural phase diagram, but also provide new insights for understanding the Ba-Si binary system. PMID:26923068

  16. Titanium-scaffolded organic-monolithic stationary phases for ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography.

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    Vonk, Rudy J; Vaast, Axel; Eeltink, Sebastiaan; Schoenmakers, Peter J

    2014-09-12

    Organic-polymer monoliths with overall dimensions larger than one millimetre are prone to rupture - either within the monolith itself or between the monoliths and the containing wall - due to the inevitable shrinkage accompanying the formation of a cross-linked polymeric network. This problem has been addressed by creating titanium-scaffolded poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) (S-co-DVB) monoliths. Titanium-scaffolded monoliths were successfully used in liquid chromatography at very high pressures (up to 80MPa) and using gradients spanning the full range of water-acetonitrile compositions (0 to 100%). The kinetic-performance of (50-mm long) titanium-scaffolded monoliths was compared to that of similar monolith created in 1-mm i.d. glass-lined tubing at pressures up to 50MPa. The peak capacities obtained with the titanium-scaffolded column was about 30% lower. An increased Eddy-diffusion, due to the pillar-structure, and a decreased permeability are thought to be the main reasons for this reduced kinetic-performance. No decrease in performance was observed when the titanium-scaffolded columns were operated at pressures of 80MPa for up to 12h. The column-to-column repeatability (n=5) was acceptable in terms of observed peak widths at half heights (RSD ca. 10%) The run-to-run repeatability (n=135) in terms of retention times and peak widths at half height were found to be good. Titanium-scaffolded columns coupled in series up to a combined length of (200mm) were used for the analyses of a complex Escherichia coli protein sample. Our experiments demonstrate that columns based on titanium-scaffolded organic-polymer monolith can be operated under strenuous conditions without loss in performance. The titanium-scaffolded approach makes it feasible to create organic-polymer monoliths in wide-bore columns with accurate temperature control. PMID:25086753

  17. Kinematics and thermodynamics of a growing rim of high-pressure phase

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    Morris, S. J. S.

    2014-03-01

    We have reanalysed the problem of growth of a dense product rim on a sphere of parent phase. To decouple the problem of calculating deformation from rheology, we assume spherical symmetry, and incompressible phases. Within the product, the radial deviatoric strain and its time-derivative prove to be of opposite sign: strain is compressive, but the strain rate is tensile. Further, the radial deviatoric strain in the new product adjacent to the interface is invariant in time. Propagation of the phase interface is determined by a competition between two mechanisms: as an element of material is transformed, its shear strain energy is increased; and the core pressure performs work compressing it. For elastic phases, this competition results in metastability. Within a certain pressure range, either phase can occur alone, but the two phases can not coexist. Because this result is inconsistent with experiments by Kawazoe et al. (2010) in which a rim of high-pressure phase (wadsleyite) coexists with a central core of low-pressure phase (olivine), we then incorporate plastic flow. Assuming perfect plasticity, we show that for a given applied pressure exceeding the coexistence pressure, a rim of product can now nucleate if the excess pressure Δp exceeds a critical value depending on yield stress. Increasing Δp above this value allows product to grow into the parent phase. There are now two possibilities, depending on the value of Δp. Growth may eventually cease to produce a state in which the product rim is in equilibrium with a parent core; or growth may follow a more complicated path: within a range of excess pressures, the growth rate can decrease strongly from its initial value to produce a quasi-equilibrium state, before increasing again to a rate similar to that at which transformation began. We interpret these results to mean that if Δp is increased slowly in a series of experiments with constant yield stress, the sample passes through a series of equilibria until

  18. Phase Transitions of Triflate-Based Ionic Liquids under High Pressure.

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    Faria, Luiz F O; Ribeiro, Mauro C C

    2015-11-01

    Raman spectroscopy has been used to study phase transitions of ionic liquids based on the triflate anion, [TfO](-), as a function of pressure or temperature. Raman spectra of ionic liquids containing the cations 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium, [C4C1Im](+), 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium, [C8C1Im](+), 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium, [C4C1C1Im](+), and 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium, [C4C1Pyr](+), were compared. Vibrational frequencies and binding energy of ionic pairs were calculated by quantum chemistry methods. The ionic liquids [C4C1Im][TfO] and [C4C1Pyr][TfO] crystallize at 1.0 GPa when the pressure is increased in steps of ∼ 0.2 GPa from the atmospheric pressure, whereas [C8C1Im][TfO] and [C4C1C1Im][TfO] do not crystallize up to 2.3 GPa of applied pressure. The low-frequency range of the Raman spectrum of [C4C1Im][TfO] indicates that the system undergoes glass transition, rather than crystallization, when the pressure applied on the liquid has been increased above 2.0 GPa in a single step. Strong hysteresis of spectral features (frequency shift and bandwidth) of the high-pressure crystalline phase when the pressure was released stepwise back to the atmospheric pressure has been found . PMID:26457868

  19. Investigation of high pressure phase transition and electronic properties of Lutetium Nitride

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    Singh, Sanjay Kumar; Verma, U. P.

    2015-09-01

    In the present manuscript we have investigated the structural, electronic and phase transition properties of the heaviest lanthanide lutetium nitride (LuN) compound using an ab initio calculations based on the density functional theory with Perdrew, Burke and Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA) and Engel-Vosko(EV)-GGA as implemented in WIEN2k code. The basic ground state properties viz., lattice constants (a), bulk modulus (B0) and its pressure derivative (B0’) and total energy (E0) are calculated. The calculated values of lattice constant is 4.76 Å which is in good agreement with experimental value a= 4.76 A and other theoretical value. The relative stabilities of LuN at high pressures in the NaCl (B1), CsCl (B2), zinc blende (B3) and body centred tetragonal (BCT) structures are analysed. At compressed volumes, this compound is found to favour the CsCl phase rather the body centred tetragonal phase and zinc blende as observed in other lanthanum pnictides, which has been predicted by the total energy minimization. Under compression LuN undergoes a transition from NaCl to CsCl type structure at around 250.81 GPa with a volume collapse of 3.75%. To see the effect of functional we have also computed the band structure in B1 and B2 structure. Obtained result on band structure shows that LuN are semimetal by GGA while depicts semiconducting behaviour by EV-GGA. It shows metallic nature in B2 phase.

  20. The role of equilibrium volume and magnetism on the stability of iron phases at high pressures.

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    Alnemrat, S; Hooper, J P; Vasiliev, I; Kiefer, B

    2014-01-29

    The present study provides new insights into the pressure dependence of magnetism by tracking the hybridization between crystal orbitals for pressures up to 600 GPa in the known hcp, bcc and fcc iron. The Birch-Murnaghan equation of state parameters are; bcc: V0 = 11.759 A(3)/atom, K0 = 177.72 GPa; hcp: V0 = 10.525 A(3)/atom, K0 = 295.16 GPa; and fcc: V0 = 10.682 A(3)/atom, K0 = 274.57 GPa. These parameters compare favorably with previous studies. Consistent with previous studies we find that the close-packed hcp and fcc phases are non-magnetic at pressures above 50 GPa and 60 GPa, respectively. The principal features of magnetism in iron are predicted to be invariant, at least up to ∼6% overextension of the equilibrium volume. Our results predict that magnetism for overextended fcc iron disappears via an intermediate spin state. This feature suggests that overextended lattices can be used to stabilize particular magnetic states. The analysis of the orbital hybridization shows that the magnetic bcc structure at high pressures is stabilized by splitting the majority and minority spin bands. The bcc phase is found to be magnetic at least up to 600 GPa; however, magnetism is insufficient to stabilize the bcc phase itself, at least at low temperatures. Finally, the analysis of the orbital contributions to the total energy provides evidence that non-magnetic hcp and fcc phases are likely more stable than bcc at core earth pressures. PMID:24355938

  1. The novel phase transition of NaBi(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} under high pressure

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    Ma, Chunli; Cui, Hang; Li, Fangfei; Wang, Jingshu; Wu, Xiaoxin; Zhang, Jian; Zhou, Qiang; Liu, Jinghe; Cui, Qiliang

    2013-04-15

    The Raman and synchrotron angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction studies have been performed on NaBi(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} under high pressure up to 30.7 and 36.2 GPa, respectively, at room temperature. With pressure increases to ∼7.0 GPa, the structure of NaBi(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} begins to transform from tetragonal (I4{sub 1}/a) into monoclinic (P2/m), and the phase transition completes around 13 GPa. With pressure higher than 29.0 GPa, the NaBi(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} turns into amorphous state. The random arrangement of Na{sup +} and Bi{sup 3+} in short-range ordered scheelite NaBi(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} results in the tetragonal to monoclinic phase transition, which is different from that observed in AWO{sub 4} tungstates and AMoO{sub 4} molybdates (A=Ca, Sr, Ba, Pb, Eu, Cd). - Graphical abstract: The NaBi(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} transforms from tetragonal into monoclinic, which starts around 7 GPa and completes at about 13 GPa. With pressure higher than 29 GPa, the NaBi(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} turns into amorphous state. Highlights: ► Raman and X-ray diffraction studies performed on NaBi(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} up to 30.7 and 36.2 GPa, respectively. ► The tetragonal (I4{sub 1}/a) into monoclinic (P2/m) phase transition is determined. ► With pressure higher than 29 GPa, the NaBi(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} ultimately turns into amorphous state. ► The ambient pressure bulk modulus and volume of tetragonal and monoclinic phases are obtained.

  2. Elastic Softening of Peridotite Due to the Presence of Melt Phases at High Pressure

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    Li, L.; Wang, L; Vaughan, M

    2008-01-01

    Here we report an observation of softening of Young's modulus of a sample of KLB-1 peridotite as a metallic Ni melt intruded into it at 2.5 GPa and about 1500 C. A uniaxial oscillation of stress was applied to the sample with frequency of 0.01-0.02 Hz and an amplitude up to 500 MPa. The Young's modulus is measured as the amplitude ratio between the sample and a reference material, while the attenuation is determined by the phase angle delays. The Ni intrusion was captured by in situ X-ray radiography. A planar intrusion occurred gradually, but advanced only during the extension; eventually, the Ni melt dissected the sample on a plane normal to the extension axis. Accompanied softening of Young's modulus was observed after the Ni intrusion was completed. This study suggests that percolation of a liquid metallic phase is possible within a partially melted mantle rock in the presence of a differential stress field.

  3. Crystal structure of a high-pressure/high-temperature phase of alumina by in situ X-ray diffraction.

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    Lin, Jung-Fu; Degtyareva, Olga; Prewitt, Charles T; Dera, Przemyslaw; Sata, Nagayoshi; Gregoryanz, Eugene; Mao, Ho-Kwang; Hemley, Russell J

    2004-06-01

    Alumina (alpha-Al(2)O(3)) has been widely used as a pressure calibrant in static high-pressure experiments and as a window material in dynamic shock-wave experiments; it is also a model material in ceramic science. So understanding its high-pressure stability and physical properties is crucial for interpreting such experimental data, and for testing theoretical calculations. Here we report an in situ X-ray diffraction study of alumina (doped with Cr(3+)) up to 136 GPa and 2,350 K. We observe a phase transformation that occurs above 96 GPa and at high temperatures. Rietveld full-profile refinements show that the high-pressure phase has the Rh(2)O(3) (II) (Pbcn) structure, consistent with theoretical predictions. This phase is structurally related to corundum, but the AlO(6) polyhedra are highly distorted, with the interatomic bond lengths ranging from 1.690 to 1.847 A at 113 GPa. Ruby luminescence spectra from Cr(3+) impurities within the quenched samples under ambient conditions show significant red shifts and broadening, consistent with the different local environments of chromium atoms in the high-pressure structure inferred from diffraction. Our results suggest that the ruby pressure scale needs to be re-examined in the high-pressure phase, and that shock-wave experiments using sapphire windows need to be re-evaluated. PMID:15146173

  4. Anomalous compression and new high-pressure phases of vanadium sesquioxide, V2O3

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    Ovsyannikov, Sergey V.; Trots, Dmytro M.; Kurnosov, Alexander V.; Morgenroth, Wolfgang; Liermann, Hanns-Peter; Dubrovinsky, Leonid

    2013-09-01

    We report results of a powder x-ray diffraction (XRD) study of vanadium sesquioxide, V2O3, under pressurization in a neon pressure-transmitting medium up to 57 GPa. We have established a bulk modulus value for corundum-type V2O3 of B0 = 150 GPa at B‧ = 4. This bulk modulus value is the lowest among those known for the corundum-type-structured oxides, e.g. Al2O3, α-Fe2O3, Cr2O3, Ti2O3, and α-Ga2O3. We have proposed that this might be related to the difference in the electronic band structures: at room temperature V2O3 is metallic, but the above corundum-structured sesquioxides are semiconducting or insulating. Around ˜21-27 and ˜50 GPa we registered changes in the XRD patterns that might be addressed to phase transitions. These transitions were sluggish upon room-temperature compression, and hence we additionally facilitated them by the laser heating of one sample. We have refined the XRD patterns of only the first high-pressure phase in an orthorhombic lattice of a Rh2O3(II)-type. Our findings significantly extend the knowledge of the P-T phase diagram of V2O3 and advance the understanding of its properties. We speculate that the elastic properties of V2O3 can be closely linked to its electronic band structure and, consequently, we propose that slightly doped V2O3 (e.g. with Cr) could be a potential candidate for systems in which the bulk modulus value may be remarkably switched by moderate pressure or temperature.

  5. The behaviour of peptides on reverse-phase supports during high-pressure liquid chromatography.

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    Wilson, K J; Honegger, A; Stötzel, R P; Hughes, G J

    1981-01-01

    High-pressure ('performance') liquid chromatography has been used to investigate the reverse-phase chromatographic behaviour of peptides, ranging in length from 2 to 65 amino acid residues, which have originated from primary-sequence determinations or solution/solid-phase syntheses. By using a pyridine/formate-pyridine/acetate/propan-1-ol buffer system, as previously described [Hughes, Winterhalter & Wilson (1979) FEBS Lett. 108, 81-86], the influence of various experimental parameters were examined. (a) Peptide retention was observed to be temperature-independent between 25 and 55 degrees C. (b) The dependence of chromatographic retention on pH decreases with increasing peptide hydrophobicity. (c) Chromatographic results from C8- and C18-chain-length, as well as from 5 micrometers- and 10 micrometers-particle-size, supports were comparable. (d) The hydrophobic strength of the organic solvent in the mobile phase was observed to decrease: propan-1-ol approximately equal to propan-2-ol greater than acetonitrile much greater than methanol. (e) When gradient rates (% of buffer B/unit time) were systematically decreased, peptide retention decreased in a hyperbolic manner. Comparisons of the peptides chromatographed with respect to their measured retention properties and calculated hydrophobicities were performed by computer analysis. Deviation of peptide chromatographic behaviour was observed to be essentially independent of hydrophobicity, chain length and charge. On the basis of the measured retention properties of the chromatographed peptides, hydrophobic constants for the various amino acid side chains were determined and compared with similar constants available from the literature. PMID:7337711

  6. Mirrored continuum and molecular scale simulations of the ignition of high-pressure phases of RDX.

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    Lee, Kibaek; Joshi, Kaushik; Chaudhuri, Santanu; Stewart, D Scott

    2016-05-14

    We present a mirrored atomistic and continuum framework that is used to describe the ignition of energetic materials, and a high-pressure phase of RDX in particular. The continuum formulation uses meaningful averages of thermodynamic properties obtained from the atomistic simulation and a simplification of enormously complex reaction kinetics. In particular, components are identified based on molecular weight bin averages and our methodology assumes that both the averaged atomistic and continuum simulations are represented on the same time and length scales. The atomistic simulations of thermally initiated ignition of RDX are performed using reactive molecular dynamics (RMD). The continuum model is based on multi-component thermodynamics and uses a kinetics scheme that describes observed chemical changes of the averaged atomistic simulations. Thus the mirrored continuum simulations mimic the rapid change in pressure, temperature, and average molecular weight of species in the reactive mixture. This mirroring enables a new technique to simplify the chemistry obtained from reactive MD simulations while retaining the observed features and spatial and temporal scales from both the RMD and continuum model. The primary benefit of this approach is a potentially powerful, but familiar way to interpret the atomistic simulations and understand the chemical events and reaction rates. The approach is quite general and thus can provide a way to model chemistry based on atomistic simulations and extend the reach of those simulations. PMID:27179475

  7. Phase transition of SrSi2 at high pressures and high temperatures

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    Imai, Motoharu; Hirano, Toshiyuki

    2000-03-01

    We have studied pressure effect on alkaline-earth-metal disilicides because their structures have characteristic Si configurations. In situ x-ray diffraction measurements of BaSi2 showed that the structure changes from orthorhombic to cubic, then to trigonal with increasing pressure. The cubic and the trigonal structures are the same as those of SrSi2 and CaSi2 at ambient conditions, respectively. Thus, the structures that appear at high pressure are the same as those at ambient conditions of the other alkaline-earth-metal disilicides with a smaller atomic number metal[1]. This structural sequence is different from those known in elements and the other AB_2-type compounds such as dioxides of 14 group elements. For better understanding of the structural sequence, pressure experiments are necessary for the other alkaline-earth-metal disilicides. In this study, a pressure-temperature phase diagram of SrSi2 is investigated by in-situ x-ray diffraction measurements at pressures up to 5.3 GPa and temperatures from 290 to 1300 K. When heated at constant pressures above 3.5 GPa, the structure changes from the cubic to a tetragonal one, the α-ThSi2 -type structure. The results will be discussed in comparison with the results of BaSi_2. [1] M. Imai et al., Phys. Rev. B58, 11922 (1998).

  8. Traction and nonequilibrium phase behavior of confined sheared liquids at high pressure

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    Gattinoni, Chiara; Heyes, David M.; Lorenz, Christian D.; Dini, Daniele

    2013-11-01

    Nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of confined model liquids under pressure and sheared by the relative sliding of the boundary walls have been carried out. The relationship between the time-dependent traction coefficient, μ(t), and the state of internal structure of the film is followed from commencement of shear for various control parameters, such as applied load, global shear rate, and solid-liquid atom interaction parameters. Phase diagrams, velocity and temperature profiles, and traction coefficient diagrams are analyzed for pure Lennard-Jones (LJ) liquids and a binary LJ mixture. A single component LJ liquid is found to form semicrystalline arrangements with high-traction coefficients, and stick-slip behavior is observed for high pressures and low-shear velocities, which is shown to involve periodic deformation and stress release of the wall atoms and slip in the solid-liquid boundary region. A binary mixture, which discourages crystallization, gives a more classical tribological response with the larger atoms preferentially adsorbing commensurate with the wall. The results obtained are analyzed in the context of tribology: the binary mixture behaves like a typical lubricant, whereas the monatomic system behaves like a traction fluid. It is discussed how this type of simulation can give insights on the tribological behavior of realistic systems.

  9. Extraction of Lipids from Chlorella saccharophila Using High-Pressure Homogenization Followed by Three Phase Partitioning.

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    Mulchandani, Ketan; Kar, Jayaranjan R; Singhal, Rekha S

    2015-07-01

    Commercial exploitation of microalgae for biofuel and food ingredients is hindered due to laborious extraction protocols and use of hazardous chemicals. Production of lipids in the microalga grown in modified BG11 medium was evaluated to arrive at the appropriate harvesting conditions. The use of three phase partitioning (TPP) as a green approach for extraction of lipids from Chlorella saccharophila was investigated. Cells disrupted by probe sonication were used for separation of lipids by TPP. The TPP-optimized conditions of 30 % ammonium sulfate, using slurry/t-butanol of 1:0.75 for 60 min at 25 to 35 °C, showed a lipid recovery of 69.05 ± 3.12 % (w/w) as against 100 % (w/w) by using chloroform-methanol extraction. Subsequently, parameters of high-pressure homogenization for cell disruption were optimized for maximum recovery of lipids by TPP. A final recovery of 89.91 ± 3.69 % (w/w) lipids was obtained along with ∼1.26 % w/w carotenoids of dry biomass in the t-butanol layer and protein content of ∼12 % w/w of dry biomass in the middle protein layer due to ammonium sulfate precipitation, after performing TPP under the optimized conditions. PMID:25969157

  10. Mirrored continuum and molecular scale simulations of the ignition of high-pressure phases of RDX

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    Lee, Kibaek; Joshi, Kaushik; Chaudhuri, Santanu; Stewart, D. Scott

    2016-05-01

    We present a mirrored atomistic and continuum framework that is used to describe the ignition of energetic materials, and a high-pressure phase of RDX in particular. The continuum formulation uses meaningful averages of thermodynamic properties obtained from the atomistic simulation and a simplification of enormously complex reaction kinetics. In particular, components are identified based on molecular weight bin averages and our methodology assumes that both the averaged atomistic and continuum simulations are represented on the same time and length scales. The atomistic simulations of thermally initiated ignition of RDX are performed using reactive molecular dynamics (RMD). The continuum model is based on multi-component thermodynamics and uses a kinetics scheme that describes observed chemical changes of the averaged atomistic simulations. Thus the mirrored continuum simulations mimic the rapid change in pressure, temperature, and average molecular weight of species in the reactive mixture. This mirroring enables a new technique to simplify the chemistry obtained from reactive MD simulations while retaining the observed features and spatial and temporal scales from both the RMD and continuum model. The primary benefit of this approach is a potentially powerful, but familiar way to interpret the atomistic simulations and understand the chemical events and reaction rates. The approach is quite general and thus can provide a way to model chemistry based on atomistic simulations and extend the reach of those simulations.

  11. Strength and structural phase transitions of gadolinium at high pressure from radial X-ray diffraction

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    Xiong, Lun Liu, Jing; Bai, Ligang; Li, Xiaodong; Lin, Chuanlong; Lin, Jung-Fu

    2014-12-28

    Lattice strength and structural phase transitions of gadolinium (Gd) were determined under nonhydrostatic compression up to 55 GPa using an angle-dispersive radial x-ray diffraction technique in a diamond-anvil cell at room temperature. Three new phases of fcc structure, dfcc structure, and new monoclinic structure were observed at 25 GPa, 34 GPa, and 53 GPa, respectively. The radial x-ray diffraction data yield a bulk modulus K{sub 0} = 36(1) GPa with its pressure derivate K{sub 0}′ = 3.8(1) at the azimuthal angle between the diamond cell loading axis and the diffraction plane normal and diffraction plane ψ = 54.7°. With K{sub 0}′ fixed at 4, the derived K{sub 0} is 34(1) GPa. In addition, analysis of diffraction data with lattice strain theory indicates that the ratio of differential stress to shear modulus (t/G) ranges from 0.011 to 0.014 at pressures of 12–55 GPa. Together with estimated high-pressure shear moduli, our results show that Gd can support a maximum differential stress of 0.41 GPa, while it starts to yield to plastic deformation at 16 GPa under uniaxial compression. The yield strength of Gd remains approximately a constant with increasing pressure, and reaches 0.46 GPa at 55 GPa.

  12. High-pressure phase relations and thermodynamic properties of CaAl 4Si 2O 11 CAS phase

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    Akaogi, M.; Haraguchi, M.; Yaguchi, M.; Kojitani, H.

    2009-03-01

    Phase relations in CaAl4Si2O11 were examined at 12-23 GPa and 1000-1800 °C by multianvil experiments. A three-phase mixture of grossular, kyanite and corundum is stable below about 13 GPa at 1000-1800 °C. At higher pressure and at temperature below about 1200 °C, a mixture of grossular, stishovite and corundum is stable, indicating the decomposition of kyanite. Above about 1200 °C, CaAl4Si2O11 CAS phase is stable at pressure higher than about 13 GPa. The triple point is placed at 14.7 GPa and 1280 °C. The equilibrium boundary of formation of CAS phase from the mixture of grossular, kyanite and corundum has a small negative slope, and that from the mixture of grossular, stishovite and corundum has a strongly negative slope, while the decomposition boundary of kyanite has a small positive slope. Enthalpies of the transitions were measured by high-temperature drop-solution calorimetry. The enthalpy of formation of CaAl4Si2O11 CAS phase from the mixture of grossular, kyanite and corundum was 139.5 ± 15.6 kJ/mol, and that from the mixture of grossular, stishovite and corundum was 94.2 ± 15.4 kJ/mol. The transition boundaries calculated using the measured enthalpy data were consistent with those determined by the high-pressure experiments. The boundaries in this study are placed about 3 GPa higher in pressure and about 200 °C lower in temperature than those by Zhai and Ito [Zhai, S., Ito, E., 2008. Phase relations of CaAl4Si2O11 at high-pressure and high-temperature with implications for subducted continental crust into the deep mantle. Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 167, 161-167]. Combining the thermodynamic data measured in this study with those in the literature, dissociation boundary of CAS phase into a mixture of Ca-perovskite, corundum and stishovite and that of grossular into Ca-perovskite plus corundum were calculated to further constrain the stability field of CAS phase. The result suggests that the stability of CAS phase would be limited at the bottom of

  13. Melting phase relations in the system H2O - NH3 at high pressure

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    Sugimura, E.; Hirose, K.; Komabayashi, T.; Ohishi, Y.; Hirao, N.; Dubrovinsky, L. S.

    2012-12-01

    The density models of Uranus and Neptune constrained by their gravitational moments from Voyager mission suggest that mantles of these planets may be predominantly comprised of water (H2O), methane (CH4), and ammonia (NH3). The impurities in pure water would greatly influence the phase relations in the water-rich system expected in the icy mantle, which must be known to construct a plausible planetary model. One of important effects of the impurity is on the liquidus temperature (Tliq), since it decides the actual presence of solid phase within the icy mantle. In order to determine Tliq in H2O-rich region of the H2O - CH4 - NH3 ternary system, the melting phase relations in the H2O - CH4 and H2O - NH3 systems must be accurately known. However, previous melting experiments on each binary system were limited to several gigapascals, thus need to be explored to higher P-T conditions for application in interiors of Uranus and Neptune. We have investigated high-pressure (P) and -temperature (T) melting phase relations in the H2O - NH3 system based on a combination of visual observation and angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements at BL10XU, SPring-8. High-P-T conditions were generated in an externally-resistive heated diamond anvil cell (DAC). Starting material was 20wt% NH3 aqueous solution whose composition was checked via Tliq of the solution measured in a DAC at near atmospheric pressure. The aqueous solution was loaded into a gold-lined hole in a preindented rhenium gasket in order to insulate the sample from rhenium. Pressure was determined from the unit-cell volume of gold liner. Melting and freezing of the sample were detected by monitoring disappearance/appearance of diffraction peaks of solid and diffuse scattering of liquids, as well as observing melting/crystallization of crystal grains under microscope. Up to 20 GPa at room temperature, in addition to ice VII, diffraction peaks of bcc-like phase, which is most likely to be the reported phase VI

  14. Coupled phase transformations and plastic flows under torsion at high pressure in rotational diamond anvil cell: Effect of contact sliding

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    Feng, Biao; Levitas, Valery I.

    2013-12-01

    A three-dimensional large-sliding contact model coupled with strain-induced phase transformations (PTs) and plastic flow in a disk-like sample under torsion at high pressure in rotational diamond anvil cell (RDAC) is formulated and studied. Coulomb and plastic friction are combined and take into account variable parameters due to PT. Results are obtained for weaker, equal-strength, and stronger high pressure phases, and for three values of the kinetic coefficient in a strain-controlled kinetic equation and friction coefficient. All drawbacks typical of problem with cohesion are overcome, including eliminating mesh-dependent shear band and artificial plastic zones. Contact sliding intensifies radial plastic flow, which leads to larger reduction in sample thickness. Larger plastic strain and increased pressure in the central region lead to intensification of PT. However, the effect of the reduction in the friction coefficient on PT kinetics is nonmonotonous. Sliding increases away from the center and with growing rotation and is weakly dependent on the kinetic coefficient. Also, cyclic back and forth torsion is studied and compared to unidirectional torsion. Multiple experimental phenomena, e.g., pressure self-multiplication effect, steps (plateaus) at pressure distribution, flow to the center of a sample, and oscillatory pressure distribution for weaker high-pressure phase, are reproduced and interpreted. Reverse PT in high pressure phase that flowed to the low pressure region is revealed. Possible misinterpretation of experimental PT pressure is found. Obtained results represent essential progress toward understanding of strain-induced PTs under compression and shear in RDAC and may be used for designing experiments for synthesis of new high pressure phases and reduction in PT pressure for known phases, as well as for determination of PT kinetics from experiments.

  15. High-pressure phase transitions in BiFeO3: hydrostatic versus non-hydrostatic conditions

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    Guennou, Mael; Bouvier, Pierre; Haumont, Raphaël; Garbarino, Gaston; Kreisel, Jens

    2011-05-01

    We report high pressure X-ray diffraction experiments on BiFeO3 (BFO) single crystals in diamond-anvil cells up to 14 GPa. Two data sets are compared, one in hydrostatic conditions, with helium used as a pressure-transmitting medium (PTM), and the other in non-hydrostatic conditions, with silicon oil as a PTM. It is shown that the crystal undergoes different phase transitions in the two cases, highlighting the high sensitivity of BFO to non-hydrostatic stress. Consequences for the interpretation of high pressure structural studies are discussed.

  16. Mechanical behaviors and phase transition of Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystals under high pressure

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    Yan, Xiaozhi; Ren, Xiangting; He, Duanwei E-mail: yangwg@hpstar.ac.cn; Chen, Bin; Yang, Wenge E-mail: yangwg@hpstar.ac.cn

    2014-07-21

    Mechanical properties and phase transition often show quite large crystal size dependent behavior, especially at nanoscale under high pressure. Here, we have investigated Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystals with in-situ x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy under high pressure up to 33.5 GPa. When compared to the structural transition routine cubic -> monoclinic -> hexagonal phase in bulk Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} under high pressure, the nano-sized Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} shows a much higher onset transition pressure from cubic to monoclinic structure and followed by a pressure-induced-amorphization under compression. The detailed analysis on the Q (Q = 2π/d) dependent bulk moduli reveals the nanosized Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles consist of a clear higher compressible shell and a less compressible core. Insight into these phenomena shed lights on micro-mechanism studies of the mechanical behavior and phase evolution for nanomaterials under high pressure, in general.

  17. Quenching ilmenite with a high-temperature and high-pressure phase using super-high-energy ball milling.

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    Hashishin, Takeshi; Tan, Zhenquan; Yamamoto, Kazuhiro; Qiu, Nan; Kim, Jungeum; Numako, Chiya; Naka, Takashi; Valmalette, Jean Christophe; Ohara, Satoshi

    2014-01-01

    The mass production of highly dense oxides with high-temperature and high-pressure phases allows us to discover functional properties that have never been developed. To date, the quenching of highly dense materials at the gramme-level at ambient atmosphere has never been achieved. Here, we provide evidence of the formation of orthorhombic Fe2TiO4 from trigonal FeTiO3 as a result of the high-temperature (>1250 K) and high-pressure (>23 GPa) condition induced by the high collision energy of 150 gravity generated between steel balls. Ilmenite was steeply quenched by the surrounding atmosphere, when iron-rich ilmenite (Fe2TiO4) with a high-temperature and high-pressure phase was formed by planetary collisions and was released from the collision points between the balls. Our finding allows us to infer that such intense planetary collisions induced by high-energy ball milling contribute to the mass production of a high-temperature and high-pressure phase. PMID:24763088

  18. Droplet entrainment correlation for high pressure annular two-phase flow

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    Lopez de Betodano, M.A.; Jan, Cheng-Shiun; Beus, S.G.

    1996-01-01

    The amount of entrainment in annular flow is essential to predict the point of dryout. Most of the entrainment correlations available in the literature are obtained from air-water low pressure data. However many important industrial applications involve high pressure annular flows. There are very few correlations applicable in this range and they are solely based on empirical data fits. Comparing the low pressure entrainment data of Cousins and Hewitt (1968) and the high pressure data of Keeys et. al. (1970) and Wurtz (1978) with existing correlations, the agreement at high pressure is generally poor, except for the empirical correlation of Nigmatulin and Krushenok (1989) which depends on a Weber number that includes the droplet concentration. We propose a new semi-mechanistic entrainment correlation for fully developed annular flow conditions: E = (0.9642)/(1 + (3836/We{sub C})). It is developed based on the droplet continuity equation and the entrainment rate model of Dallman et. al. (1979). This model is then modified to introduce a Weber number that includes the droplet concentration, We{sub C}. This Weber number is shown to scale the available high and low pressure air-water and steam-water data better than the other definitions. Because the new correlation is based on a model of entrainment rate it may be used as a starting point in the development of a correlation for this process applicable to high pressure water-steam annular flows. A correlation is suggested pending validation with high pressure entrainment rate data. 12 refs., 11 figs.

  19. In Situ Observations of Thermoreversible Gelation and Phase Separation of Agarose and Methylcellulose Solutions under High Pressure.

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    Kometani, Noritsugu; Tanabe, Masahiro; Su, Lei; Yang, Kun; Nishinari, Katsuyoshi

    2015-06-01

    Thermoreversible sol-gel transitions of agarose and methylcellulose (MC) aqueous solutions on isobaric cooling or heating under high pressure up to 400 MPa have been investigated by in situ observations of optical transmittance and falling-ball experiments. For agarose, which undergoes the gelation on cooling, the application of pressure caused a gradual rise in the cloud-point temperature over the whole pressure range examined, which is almost consistent with the pressure dependence of gelling temperature estimated by falling-ball experiments, suggesting that agarose gel is stabilized by compression and that the gelation occurs nearly in parallel with phase separation under ambient and high-pressure conditions. For MC, which undergoes the gelation on heating, the cloud-point temperature showed a slight rise with an initial elevation of pressure up to ∼150 MPa, whereas it showed a marked depression above 200 MPa. In contrast, the gelling temperature of MC, which is nearly identical to the cloud-point temperature at ambient pressure, showed a monotonous rise with increasing pressure up to 350 MPa, which means that MC undergoes phase separation prior to gelation on heating under high pressure above 200 MPa. Similar results were obtained for the melting process of MC gel on cooling. The unique behavior of the sol-gel transition of MC under high pressure has been interpreted in terms of the destruction of hydrophobic hydration by compression. PMID:25984597

  20. A new phase of ThC at high pressure predicted from a first-principles study

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    Guo, Yongliang; Qiu, Wujie; Ke, Xuezhi; Huai, Ping; Cheng, Cheng; Han, Han; Ren, Cuilan; Zhu, Zhiyuan

    2015-08-01

    The phase transition of thorium monocarbide (ThC) at high pressure has been studied by means of density functional theory. Through structure search, a new phase with space group P 4 / nmm has been predicted. The calculated phonons demonstrate that this new phase and the previous B2 phase are dynamically stable as the external pressure is greater than 60 GPa and 120 GPa, respectively. The transformation from B1 to P 4 / nmm is predicted to be a first-order transition, while that from P 4 / nmm to B2 is found to be a second-order transition.

  1. In situ characterization of formation and growth of high-pressure phases in single-crystal silicon during nanoindentation

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    Huang, Hu; Yan, Jiwang

    2016-04-01

    Pressure-induced intermediate phases of silicon exhibit unique characteristics in mechanics, chemistry, optics, and electrics. Clarifying the formation and growth processes of these new phases is essential for the preparation and application of them. For in situ characterization of the formation and growth of high-pressure phases in single-crystal silicon, a quantitative parameter, namely displacement change of indenter (Δ h) during the unloading holding process in nanoindentation, was proposed. Nanoindentation experiments under various unloading holding loads and loading/unloading rates were performed to investigate their effects on Δ h. Results indicate that Δ h varies significantly before and after the occurrence of pop-out; for the same maximum indentation load, it tends to increase with the decrease in the holding load and to increase with the increase in the loading/unloading rate. Thus, the value of Δ h can be regarded as an indicator that reflects the formation and growth processes of the high-pressure phases. Using Δ h, the initial position for the nucleation of the high-pressure phases, their growth, and their correlation to the loading/unloading rate were predictable.

  2. Phase changes induced by guest orientational ordering of filled ice Ih methane hydrate under high pressure and low temperature

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    Hirai, H.; Tanaka, T.; Matsuoka, T.; Ohishi, Y.; Yagi, T.; Ohtake, M.; Yamamoto, Y.

    2014-05-01

    Low-temperature and high-pressure experiments were performed with filled ice Ih structure of methane hydrate under pressure and temperature conditions of 2.0 to 77.0 GPa and 30 to 300 K, respectively, using diamond anvil cells and a helium-refrigeration cryostat. Distinct changes in the axial ratios of the host framework were revealed by In-situ X-ray diffractometry. Splitting in the CH vibration modes of the guest methane molecules, which was previously explained by the orientational ordering of the guest molecules, was observed by Raman spectroscopy. The pressure and temperature conditions at the split of the vibration modes agreed well with those of the axial ratio changes. The results indicated that orientational ordering of the guest methane molecules from orientational disordered-state occurred at high pressures and low temperatures, and that this guest ordering led to the axial ratio changes in the host framework. Existing regions of the guest disordered-phase and the guest ordered-phase were roughly estimated by the X-ray data. In addition, above the pressure of the guest-ordered phase, another high pressure phase was developed at a low-temperature region. The deuterated-water host samples were also examined and isotopic effects on the guest ordering and phase changes were observed.

  3. Thermodynamics of the ferromagnetic phase transition in nearly half metallic CoS2 at high pressures

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    Elkin, F. S.; Zibrov, I. P.; Novikov, A. P.; Khasanov, S. S.; Sidorov, V. A.; Petrova, A. E.; Lograsso, T. A.; Thompson, J. D.; Stishov, S. M.

    2014-03-01

    The volume change and heat capacity at the ferromagnetic phase transition in CoS2 were measured at high pressures using X-rays generated by the Argonne synchrotron light source and by ac-calorimetry, respectively. The transition entropy, calculated on the basis of these experimental data, drops along the transition line due to quantum degradation, as required by Nernst's law. The volume change increases strongly along the transition line, which is explained by specifics of the compressibility difference of coexisting phases that results from nearly half metallic nature of the ferromagnetic phase of CoS2.

  4. Thermodynamics of the ferromagnetic phase transition in nearly half metallic CoS2 at high pressures

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    Elkin, F. S.; Zibrov, I. P.; Novikov, A. P.; Khasanov, S. S.; Sidorov, V. A.; Petrova, A. E.; Lograsso, Thomas A.; Thompson, J. D.; Stishov, S. M.

    2013-12-06

    The volume change and heat capacity at the ferromagnetic phase transition in COS2 were measured at high pressures using X-rays generated by the Argonne synchrotron light source and by ac-calorimetry, respectively. The transition entropy, calculated on the basis of these experimental data, drops along the transition line due to quantum degradation, as required by Nernst's law. The volume change increases strongly along the transition line, which is explained by specifics of the compressibility difference of coexisting phases that results from nearly half metallic nature of the ferromagnetic phase of COS2. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Monoclinic phase of boron nitride appearing during the hexagonal cubic phase transition at high pressure and high temperature

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    Horiuchi, Shigeo; He, Lian-Long; Onoda, Mitsuko; Akaishi, Minoru

    1996-01-01

    Fine structures appearing on the phase transition from h (hexagonal) to c (cubic) boron nitride under high pressure (7.7 GPa) and high temperature (1800-2150 °C) are examined by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. A prominent contraction of the interplanar spacing between sp2 sheets from 3.33 to 3.10 Å in so-called ``compressed h-BN'' is attributable to a monoclinic lattice distortion of the residual h-BN, which originates from the difference in the compressibility as well as the thermal expansion between adjoining h- and c-BN grains. The parameters of the monoclinic unit cell are am=4.33, bm=2.50, cm=3.1-3.3 Å, and β=92-95°. Thin plates of h-BN are often folded and the folding also causes the monoclinic structure. The sheet sequence of r (rhombohedral)-BN locally appears when the strong volume shrinkage occurs due to the formation of a c-BN grain. Nanoscale twins appear in resulting c-BN grains, as long as they are small, and w (wurzite)-BN is sometimes included in them.

  6. Melting and phase relations in the Fe-C-S-O system at high pressure and temperature

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    Fei, Yingwei

    2010-05-01

    The physical state of the core (liquid outer core and solid inner core) could provide tight constraint on the core temperature if melting temperature of core materials is precisely determined at high pressure. On the other hand, the density of the Earth's core is significantly lower than that of pure iron measured experimentally at high pressure and temperature. The density deficit in the core (both liquid outer core and solid inner core) provides inside into the chemistry of the core, suggesting that the core must contain several weight percent of one or more light elements (lighter than iron) in addition to Fe-Ni alloy. Sulfur (S), carbon (C), and oxygen (O) are the prominent candidates among the proposed light elements, because of their high solar abundance and strong chemical affinity for Fe. Determining the effect of pressure on melting relations in the Fe-S, Fe-C, and Fe-O binary systems and multi-component system is crucial for understanding the chemistry, temperature, and evolution of planetary cores. There has been significant progress in determining the melting relations in the system Fe-FeS at high pressure, using multi-anvil apparatus and laser-heating diamond-anvil cell. These studies have revealed new iron-sulfur compounds (Fe3S2, Fe2S, and Fe3S) stable at high pressures, change of melting relations, and pressure effect on eutectic temperature and composition. The behaviors of the Fe-C and Fe-O systems have also been experimentally investigated recently. Experimental data in the Fe-C-S-O system at high pressure have just emerged. In parallel, there are high-quality data on density measurements of solid and liquid phases at high pressure and temperature. In this study, I present recent advances in experimental techniques and melting relations in the Fe-C-S-O system. The emphasis will be on the need to develop thermodynamic models by synthesis of thermochemical, thermophysical, and phase equilibrium data. The systematic approach provides a better

  7. The stability of Al,Fe-bearing phase H and a new pyrite-type hydroxide at high pressures

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    Nishi, M.; Kuwayama, Y.; Tsuchiya, J.; Irifune, T.

    2015-12-01

    Water plays an important role in the structure, dynamics, and evolution of planets because hydrogen can affect the physical properties and stabilities of constituent minerals in the planets. Since alumimous phase H (MgSiO4H2-AlOOH) is stable over the entire pressure range of the lower mantle, the hydrated subducting plate may deliver a certain amount of water into the bottom of the Earth's mantle (Tsuchiya 2013, Nishi et al. 2013, Ohira et al. 2014, Walter et al. 2015). Compositional analysis of phase H grains synthesized from natural serpentine shows the presence of the Fe component in this phase (Nishi et al., 2015). This result suggests that phase H would also form solid solutions with ɛ-FeOOH, since ɛ-FeOOH is isostructural to phase H and δ-AlOOH. Moreover, an ab initio calculation has recently predicted that the new high pressure form of AlOOH, which has pyrite-type structure, would be stabilized at pressures above 170 GPa (Tsuchiya and Tsuchiya, 2011). Although this pyrite-type hydroxide has been found in InOOH, this structure in AlOOH has not been reported by experimental studies. Here we examine the composition and stability of Al,Fe-bearing phase H using a multi-anvil apparatus combined with sintered diamond anvils. Results show that large amounts of Fe and Al are partitioned into phase H relative to bridgmanite. Fe likely affects the stability of phase H in the lower mantle. Also, we conducted high pressure experiments on pure δ-AlOOH by using laser-heated diamond anvil cell (DAC) techniques up to 200 GPa and 2,500 K. In-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements indicated that the transition from the δ-AlOOH to the pyrite-type structure occurs at high pressures above 190 GPa. Our experimental results exhibited a density reduction of 2.6 wt.% through the structural transition, and both experimental data plots and theoretical calculations showed similar compressibilities of δ-AlOOH and pyrite-type AlOOH. In recent years, hundreds of extra

  8. Structural and magnetic phase transitions in gadolinium under high pressures and low temperatures

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    Samudrala, Gopi K.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Weir, Samuel T.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2014-11-07

    High pressure structural transition studies have been carried out on rare earth metal gadolinium in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature to 169 GPa. Gadolinium has been compressed to 38% of its initial volume at this pressure. With increasing pressure, a crystal structure sequence of hcp → Smtype→ dhcp → fcc → dfcc → monoclinic has been observed in our studies on gadolinium. The measured equation of state of gadolinium is presented to 169 GPa at ambient temperature. Magnetic ordering temperature of gadolinium has been studied using designer diamond anvils to a pressure of 25 GP and a temperature of 10 K. The magnetic ordering temperature has been determined from the four-point electrical resistivity measurements carried out on gadolinium. Furthermore, our experiments show that the magnetic transition temperature decreases with increasing pressure to 19 GPa and then increases when gadolinium is subjected to higher pressures.

  9. Structural and magnetic phase transitions in gadolinium under high pressures and low temperatures

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    Samudrala, Gopi K.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Weir, Samuel T.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2014-11-07

    High pressure structural transition studies have been carried out on rare earth metal gadolinium in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature to 169 GPa. Gadolinium has been compressed to 38% of its initial volume at this pressure. With increasing pressure, a crystal structure sequence of hcp → Smtype→ dhcp → fcc → dfcc → monoclinic has been observed in our studies on gadolinium. The measured equation of state of gadolinium is presented to 169 GPa at ambient temperature. Magnetic ordering temperature of gadolinium has been studied using designer diamond anvils to a pressure of 25 GP and a temperaturemore » of 10 K. The magnetic ordering temperature has been determined from the four-point electrical resistivity measurements carried out on gadolinium. Furthermore, our experiments show that the magnetic transition temperature decreases with increasing pressure to 19 GPa and then increases when gadolinium is subjected to higher pressures.« less

  10. Five-dimensional visualization of phase transition in BiNiO{sub 3} under high pressure

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    Liu, Yijin E-mail: wyang@ciw.edu; Wang, Junyue; Yang, Wenge E-mail: wyang@ciw.edu; Azuma, Masaki; Mao, Wendy L.

    2014-01-27

    Colossal negative thermal expansion was recently discovered in BiNiO{sub 3} associated with a low density to high density phase transition under high pressure. The varying proportion of co-existing phases plays a key role in the macroscopic behavior of this material. Here, we utilize a recently developed X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy Tomography method and resolve the mixture of high/low pressure phases as a function of pressure at tens of nanometer resolution taking advantage of the charge transfer during the transition. This five-dimensional (X, Y, Z, energy, and pressure) visualization of the phase boundary provides a high resolution method to study the interface dynamics of high/low pressure phase.

  11. Two-phase convection in the high-pressure ice layer of the large icy moons: geodynamical implications

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    Kalousova, K.; Sotin, C.; Tobie, G.; Choblet, G.; Grasset, O.

    2015-12-01

    The H2O layers of large icy satellites such as Ganymede, Callisto, or Titan probably include a liquid water ocean sandwiched between the deep high-pressure ice layer and the outer ice I shell [1]. It has been recently suggested that the high-pressure ice layer could be decoupled from the silicate core by a salty liquid water layer [2]. However, it is not clear whether accumulation of liquids at the bottom of the high-pressure layer is possible due to positive buoyancy of water with respect to high-pressure ice. Numerical simulation of this two-phase (i.e. ice and water) problem is challenging, which explains why very few studies have self-consistently handled the presence and transport of liquids within the solid ice [e.g. 3]. While using a simplified description of water production and transport, it was recently showed in [4] that (i) a significant fraction of the high-pressure layer reaches the melting point and (ii) the melt generation and its extraction to the overlying ocean significantly influence the global thermal evolution and interior structure of the large icy moons.Here, we treat the high-pressure ice layer as a compressible mixture of solid ice and liquid water [5]. Several aspects are investigated: (i) the effect of the water formation on the vigor of solid-state convection and its influence on the amount of heat that is transferred from the silicate mantle to the ocean; (ii) the fate of liquids within the upper thermal boundary layer - whether they freeze or reach the ocean; and (iii) the effect of salts and volatile compounds (potentially released from the rocky core) on the melting/freezing processes. Investigation of these aspects will allow us to address the thermo-chemical evolution of the internal ocean which is crucial to evaluate the astrobiological potential of large icy moons. This work has been performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract to NASA. [1] Hussmann et al. (2007), Treatise of

  12. Ambient-condition growth of high-pressure phase centrosymmetric crystalline KDP microstructures for optical second harmonic generation.

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    Ren, Yan; Zhao, Xian; Hagley, Edward W; Deng, Lu

    2016-08-01

    Noncentrosymmetric potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KH2PO4 or KDP) in the tetragonal crystal phase is arguably the most extensively studied nonlinear optical crystal in history. It has prolific applications ranging from simple laser pointers to laser inertial confinement fusion systems. Recently, type IV high-pressure KDP crystal sheets with a monoclinic crystal phase having centrosymmetric properties have been observed. However, it was found that this new crystal phase is highly unstable under ambient conditions. We report ambient-condition growth of one-dimensional, self-assembled, single-crystalline KDP hexagonal hollow/solid-core microstructures that have a molecular structure and symmetry identical to the type IV KDP monoclinic crystal that was previously found to exist only at extremely high pressures (>1.6 GPa). Furthermore, we report highly efficient bulk optical second harmonic generation (SHG) from these ambient condition-grown single-crystalline microstructures, even though they have a highly centrosymmetric crystal phase. However, fundamental physics dictates that a bulk optical medium with a significant second-order nonlinear susceptibility supporting SHG must have noncentrosymmetric properties. Laue diffraction analysis reveals a weak symmetry-breaking twin-crystal lattice that, in conjunction with tight confinement of the light field by the tubular structure, is attributed to the significant SHG even with sample volumes <0.001 mm(3). A robust polarization-preserving effect is also observed, raising the possibility of advanced optical technological applications. PMID:27574703

  13. Ambient-condition growth of high-pressure phase centrosymmetric crystalline KDP microstructures for optical second harmonic generation

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    Ren, Yan; Zhao, Xian; Hagley, Edward W.; Deng, Lu

    2016-01-01

    Noncentrosymmetric potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KH2PO4 or KDP) in the tetragonal crystal phase is arguably the most extensively studied nonlinear optical crystal in history. It has prolific applications ranging from simple laser pointers to laser inertial confinement fusion systems. Recently, type IV high-pressure KDP crystal sheets with a monoclinic crystal phase having centrosymmetric properties have been observed. However, it was found that this new crystal phase is highly unstable under ambient conditions. We report ambient-condition growth of one-dimensional, self-assembled, single-crystalline KDP hexagonal hollow/solid-core microstructures that have a molecular structure and symmetry identical to the type IV KDP monoclinic crystal that was previously found to exist only at extremely high pressures (>1.6 GPa). Furthermore, we report highly efficient bulk optical second harmonic generation (SHG) from these ambient condition–grown single-crystalline microstructures, even though they have a highly centrosymmetric crystal phase. However, fundamental physics dictates that a bulk optical medium with a significant second-order nonlinear susceptibility supporting SHG must have noncentrosymmetric properties. Laue diffraction analysis reveals a weak symmetry-breaking twin-crystal lattice that, in conjunction with tight confinement of the light field by the tubular structure, is attributed to the significant SHG even with sample volumes <0.001 mm3. A robust polarization-preserving effect is also observed, raising the possibility of advanced optical technological applications. PMID:27574703

  14. High-pressure structural phase transition in MnWO4

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    Ruiz-Fuertes, J.; Friedrich, A.; Gomis, O.; Errandonea, D.; Morgenroth, W.; Sans, J. A.; Santamaría-Pérez, D.

    2015-03-01

    The pressure-induced phase transition of the multiferroic manganese tungstate MnWO4 is studied on single crystals using synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. We observe the monoclinic P 2 /c to triclinic P 1 ¯ phase transition at 20.1 GPa and get insight on the phase transition mechanism from the appearance of tilted triclinic domains. Selective Raman spectroscopy experiments with single crystals have shown that the onset of the phase transition occurs 5 GPa below the previously reported pressure obtained from experiments performed with powder samples.

  15. High-pressure phases of SiO2 made in air by Fedoseev-Derjaguin laser process

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    Alam, M.; DebRoy, T.; Roy, R.; Breval, E.

    1988-10-01

    Exposure of a falling stream of 1 μm average size α-quartz particles to a continuous wave or pulsed CO2 laser beam in air resulted in the formation of a complete series of high-pressure phases of silica: coesite, stishovite, and apparently even denser forms with α-PbO2 and Fe2N structures. Since the laser exposure technique works with the carbon black to diamond transition, the technique is confirmed as a simple and generally applicable means to achieve the same effects as exposure to several hundred kilobars pressure.

  16. The natural high-pressure phase of cubic CdSe in impact glass from Zhamanshin crater

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    Kartashov, P. M.; Gornostaeva, T. A.; Mokhov, A. V.; Bogatikov, O. A.

    2016-04-01

    A CdSe high-pressure polymorph of the NaCl structural type of a 0 = 0.549 nm and Fm-3m space group was discovered in nature for the first time. Its composition is within range of CdSe-CdSe1- x where x = 0.2 apfu. The phase was discovered as abundant nanosize inclusions in irgizite-type condensate glass separated from the sample of impact rock of the Zhamanshin crater (Central Kazakhstan). The treated mineral was presumably formed within a gas-plasma cloud at the moment of impact.

  17. Structural phase transitions in Bi2Se3 under high pressure

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    Yu, Zhenhai; Gu, Genda; Wang, Lin; Hu, Qingyang; Zhao, Jinggeng; Yan, Shuai; Yang, Ke; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Mao, Ho -kwang

    2015-11-02

    Raman spectroscopy and angle dispersive X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments of bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) have been carried out to pressures of 35.6 and 81.2 GPa, respectively, to explore its pressure-induced phase transformation. The experiments indicate that a progressive structural evolution occurs from an ambient rhombohedra phase (Space group (SG): R-3m) to monoclinic phase (SG: C2/m) and eventually to a high pressure body-centered tetragonal phase (SG: I4/mmm). Evidenced by our XRD data up to 81.2 GPa, the Bi2Se3 crystallizes into body-centered tetragonal structures rather than the recently reported disordered body-centered cubic (BCC) phase. Furthermore, first principles theoretical calculations favor the viewpoint that the I4/mmm phase Bi2Se3 can be stabilized under high pressure (>30 GPa). Remarkably, the Raman spectra of Bi2Se3 from this work (two independent runs) are still Raman active up to ~35 GPa. Furthermore, it is worthy to note that the disordered BCC phase at 27.8 GPa is not observed here. The remarkable difference in atomic radii of Bi and Se in Bi2Se3 may explain why Bi2Se3 shows different structural behavior than isocompounds Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3.

  18. Real-Time Optical Monitoring of Flow Kinetics and Gas Phase Reactions Under High-Pressure OMCVD Conditions

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    Dietz, N.; McCall, S.; Bachmann, K. J.

    2001-01-01

    This contribution addresses the real-time optical characterization of gas flow and gas phase reactions as they play a crucial role for chemical vapor phase depositions utilizing elevated and high pressure chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) conditions. The objectives of these experiments are to validate on the basis of results on real-time optical diagnostics process models simulation codes, and provide input parameter sets needed for analysis and control of chemical vapor deposition at elevated pressures. Access to microgravity is required to retain high pressure conditions of laminar flow, which is essential for successful acquisition and interpretation of the optical data. In this contribution, we describe the design and construction of the HPCVD system, which include access ports for various optical methods of real-time process monitoring and to analyze the initial stages of heteroepitaxy and steady-state growth in the different pressure ranges. To analyze the onset of turbulence, provisions are made for implementation of experimental methods for in-situ characterization of the nature of flow. This knowledge will be the basis for the design definition of experiments under microgravity, where gas flow conditions, gas phase and surface chemistry, might be analyzed by remote controlled real-time diagnostics tools, developed in this research project.

  19. Pressure-induced transformations in PrVO4 and SmVO4 and isolation of high-pressure metastable phases.

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    Errandonea, Daniel; Achary, S Nagabhusan; Pellicer-Porres, Julio; Tyagi, Avesh K

    2013-05-01

    Zircon-type PrVO4 and SmVO4 have been studied by high-pressure Raman spectroscopy up to 17 GPa. The occurrence of phase transitions has been detected when compression exceeds 6 GPa. The transformations are not reversible. Raman spectra of the high-pressure phases show similarities with those expected for a monazite-type phase in PrVO4 and a scheelite-type phase in SmVO4.The high-pressure phases have been also synthesized using a large-volume press and recovered at ambient conditions. X-ray diffraction measurements of the metastable products recovered after decompression confirms the monazite (PrVO4) and scheelite (SmVO4) structures of the high-pressure phases. Based upon optical properties of the reported new polymorphs, novel applications for rare-earth vanadates are proposed, including photocatalytic hydrogen production. PMID:23600563

  20. High pressure studies of the phase transition in the ferroelectric Sn2P2S6

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    Dzhavadov, Leonid N.; Ryzhov, Valentin N.

    2016-06-01

    We apply a method of pulse-adiabatic modulation of pressure to obtain heat capacity and thermal expansion of ferroelectric Sn2P2S6 in the vicinity of the second order phase transition at pressures to 5 kbar. The phase transition in Sn2P2S6 does not change its nature and stays second order in the whole range of pressure currently studied. The earlier conclusion on the tricritical features of the phase transition in Sn2P2S6 cannot be confirmed. Discontinuities of heat capacity and thermal expansion perfectly fit the Ehrenfest equation that expected in the mean field theories. An excellent performance of the Ehrenfest formula in a wide range of pressures establishes phase transition in Sn2P2S6 as an almost ideal mean field phase transition.

  1. Phase diagram of ammonium perchlorate: Raman spectroscopic constrains at high pressures and temperatures

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    Dunuwille, Mihindra; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2016-06-01

    We present the pressure-temperature (PT) induced physical and chemical transformations in ammonium perchlorates (APs) up to 50 GPa and 450 °C, using diamond anvil cells and confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy, which provide new constraints for the phase diagram of AP. The results show spectral evidences for three new polymorphs (III, IV, and VI) of AP, in addition to two previously known phases (I and II), at various PT conditions with varying degrees of hydrogen bonding and lack of strong spectral evidence for previously known high-temperature cubic phase (phase V). Upon further heating, AP chemically decomposes to N2, N2O, and H2O. The present phase diagram is, therefore, in sharp contrast to the previous one, underscoring a rich polymorphism, a large stability field for solids, and a replacement of the melt with a decomposition line.

  2. Structural phase transitions in EuFe[subscript 2]As[subscript 2] superconductor at low temperatures and high pressures

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    Uhoya, Walter O.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Vohra, Yogesh K.; McGuire, Michael A.; Sefat, Athena S.

    2011-09-20

    The crystal structure of EuFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} has been studied up to a pressure of 35 GPa and down to a temperature of 8 K using temperature dependent x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell at a synchrotron source. At 4.3 GPa, we have detected a structural phase transition from a high temperature tetragonal phase with I4/mmm space group to a low temperature orthorhombic phase with Fmmm space group around 120 K. With the application of pressure at a low temperature of 10 K, the orthorhombic phase is suppressed and a phase change to a collapsed tetragonal phase with I4/mmm space group is observed at 11 GPa. This collapsed tetragonal phase is similar to the one observed at ambient temperature and pressure above 8.5 GPa. We have shown that the collapsed tetragonal phase of EuFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} has the same pressure-volume (P-V) equation of state at ambient temperature and at 10 K, implying that the high pressure phase of EuFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} has a negligible thermal expansion coefficient.

  3. A two-dimensional modeling of the warm-up phase of a high-pressure mercury discharge lamp

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    Araoud, Z.; Ben Ahmed, R.; Ben Hamida, M. B.; Charrada, K.; Franke, St.; Stambouli, M.; Zissis, G.

    2010-06-15

    The main objective of this work is to provide a better understanding of the warm-up phase of high-intensity discharge lamps. As an example of application, we chose the high-pressure mercury lamp. Based on two-dimensional fluid model parameters, such as the electric current, the length and the diameter of the burner are modified and the effect of the convective transport is studied. This allows us to obtain a thorough understanding of the physics of these lamps in their transitory phase. The simulation of the warm-up phase is a must for the proper predictions of the lamp behavior and can be conducted by solving the energy balance, momentum, and Laplace's equations for the plasma, using the frame of the local thermodynamic equilibrium coupled with the energy balance of the wall.

  4. High pressure Laue diffraction and its application to study microstructural changes during the α → β phase transition in Si

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    Popov, D. Park, C.; Kenney-Benson, C.; Shen, G.

    2015-07-15

    An approach using polychromatic x-ray Laue diffraction is described for studying pressure induced microstructural changes of materials under pressure. The advantages of this approach with respect to application of monochromatic x-ray diffraction and other techniques are discussed. Experiments to demonstrate the applications of the method have been performed on the α → β phase transition in Si at high pressures using a diamond anvil cell. We present the characterization of microstructures across the α–β phase transition, such as morphology of both the parent and product phases, relative orientation of single-crystals, and deviatoric strains. Subtle inhomogeneous strain of the single-crystal sample caused by lattice rotations becomes detectable with the approach.

  5. Phase Transition of ZnxMn1-xS Dilute Magnetic Semiconductor Nanoparticles under Ultra-high Pressure

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    Z Zong; Y Ma; T Hu; Q Cui; M Zhang; G Zou

    2011-12-31

    The high-pressure behavior of different doping content of ZnS nanocrystals has been investigated using angle-dispersive synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction up to 45.1 GPa. A phase transformation from the zinc-blende(ZB) to the rock-salt (RS) structure is observed at pressures of about 17.7 and 18.3 GPa at room temperature, corresponding to the Mn{sup 2+} ion mole percent content solutions 0.85% and 1.26%, respectively. The obtained results indicate that the Mn{sup 2+} doping could obviously enhance the phase transition pressure of ZnS nanocrystal. The elevation of phase transition pressure could origin from the higher surface energy induced by ion doping.

  6. Synthesis of new Diamond-like B-C Phases under High Pressure and Temperatures

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    Ming, L. C.; Zinin, P. V.; Sharma, S. K.

    2014-04-22

    A cubic BC3 (c-BC3) phase was synthesized by direct transformation from graphitic phases at a pressure of 39 GPa and temperature of 2200 K in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell (DAC). A combination of x-ray diffraction (XRD), electron diffraction (ED), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging, and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) measurements lead us to conclude that the obtained phase is hetero-nano-diamond, c-BC3. The EELS measurements show that the atoms inside the cubic structure are bonded by sp3 bonds.

  7. Structural phase stability in group IV metals under static high pressure

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    Velisavljevic, Nenad; Chesnut, Garry N; Dattelbaum, Dana M; Vohra, Yogesh K; Stemshorn, Andrew

    2009-01-01

    In group IV metals (Ti, Zr, and Hf) room temperature compression leads to a martensitic transformation from a ductile {alpha} to a brittle {omega} phase. {alpha} {yields} {omega} phase boundary decreases to lower pressure at high temperature and can limit the use of group IV metals in industrial applications. There is a large discrepancy in the transition pressure reported in literature, with some of the variation attributed to experimental conditions (i.e. hydrostatic vs. non-hydrostatic). Shear deformation in non-hydrostatic experiments drives {alpha} {yields} {omega} transition and decreases transition pressure. Impurities can also aid or suppress {alpha} {yields} {omega} transition. By performing x-ray diffraction experiments on samples in a diamond anvil cell we show that interstitial impurities, such as C, N, and O can obstruct {alpha} {yields} {omega} transition and stabilize {alpha} phase to higher pressure. We also show that reduction in grain size can also influence {alpha} {yields} {omega} phase boundary and help stabilize {alpha} phase to higher pressure under non-hydrostatic conditions.

  8. Phase Diagram and Physical Properties of H[subscript 2]O at High Pressures and temperatures: Applications to Planetary Interiors

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    Lin, Jung-Fu; Schwegler, Eric; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2007-02-22

    Here we discuss the phase diagram and physical properties of H{sub 2}O under pressure-temperature conditions relevant to planetary interiors. Recent studies show that the melting curve of H{sub 2}O increases rapidly above a recently discovered triple point at approximately 35 to 47 GPa and 1000 K, indicating a large increase in {Delta}V/{Delta}S (volume versus entropy change) and associated changes in the physical properties of H{sub 2}O at high pressures and temperatures. Existence of the triple point is thought to be associated with the formation of a superionic phase, dynamically-disordered ice VII, or extension of the ice VII-ice X phase boundary; although the precise pressure and temperature of the triple point, curvature of the melting line, and nature of the solid-solid transition below the triple point all remain to be further explored. The steep increase in the melting curve of H{sub 2}O at high pressures and temperatures has important implications on our understanding of planetary interiors. Depending on its curvature, the melting line of H{sub 2}O may intersect the isentropes of Neptune and Uranus as well as the geotherm of Earth's lower mantle. Furthermore, if the triple point is due to the occurrence of the theoretically predicted superionic phase, besides leading to significant ionic conductivity, fast proton diffusion would cause enhanced chemical reactivity and formation of complex compounds in these planets. For example, reaction of H{sub 2}O with iron and other metals to form metal hydrides such as FeH{sub x} could provide a mechanism for incorporation of hydrogen as a light element into Earth's core. The equation of state of water is also presented as it pertains to the properties of hydrous fluid and melt phases in the mantle.

  9. Spectroscopic Study of the Effects of Pressure Media on High-Pressure Phase Transitions in Natrolite

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    D Liu; W Lei; Z Liu; Y Lee

    2011-12-31

    Structural phase transitions in natrolite have been investigated as a function of pressure and different hydrostatic media using micro-Raman scattering and synchrotron infrared (IR) spectroscopy. Natrolite undergoes two reversible phase transitions at 0.86 and 1.53 GPa under pure water pressure medium. These phase transitions are characterized by the changes in the vibrational frequencies of four- and eight-membered rings related to the variations in the bridging T-O-T angles and the geometry of the elliptical eight-ring channels under pressure. Concomitant to the changes in the framework vibrational modes, the number of the O-H stretching vibrational modes of natrolite changes as a result of the rearrangements of the hydrogen bonds in the channels caused by a successive increase in the hydration level under hydrostatic pressure. Similar phase transitions were also observed at relatively higher pressures (1.13 and 1.59 GPa) under alcohol-water pressure medium. Furthermore, no phase transition was found up to 2.52 GPa if a lower volume ratio of the alcohol-water to natrolite was employed. This indicates that the water content in the pressure media plays a crucial role in triggering the pressure-induced phase transitions in natrolite. In addition, the average of the mode Grueneisen parameters is calculated to be about 0.6, while the thermodynamic Grueneisen parameter is found to be 1.33. This might be attributed to the contrast in the rigidity between the TO{sub 4} tetrahedral primary building units and other flexible secondary building units in the natrolite framework upon compression and subsequent water insertion.

  10. Pressure-induced phase transitions in GeS under high pressures

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    Dias, Ranga; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2012-02-01

    We have studied the pressure-induced structural and electronic phase transitions of layered GeS (Pnma) to 30 GPa, using micro-Raman spectroscopy and electrical resistivity measurements in diamond anvil cells. The result shows a steady decrease in resistivity to that of metal at around 18 GPa. The visual appearance of GeS supports the insulator-metal transition: initially black GeS becomes opaque and eventually reflective with increasing pressure. The Raman result indicates that the metallization is preceded by a structural phase transition, presumably to the previously predicted Cmcm structure.

  11. Phase relation of CaSO4 at high pressure and temperature up to 90 GPa and 2300 K

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    Fujii, Taku; Ohfuji, Hiroaki; Inoue, Toru

    2016-05-01

    Calcium sulfate (CaSO4), one of the major sulfate minerals in the Earth's crust, is expected to play a major role in sulfur recycling into the deep mantle. Here, we investigated the crystal structure and phase relation of CaSO4 up to ~90 GPa and 2300 K through a series of high-pressure experiments combined with in situ X-ray diffraction. CaSO4 forms three thermodynamically stable polymorphs: anhydrite (stable below 3 GPa), monazite-type phase (stable between 3 and ~13 GPa) and barite-type phase (stable up to at least 93 GPa). Anhydrite to monazite-type phase transition is induced by pressure even at room temperature, while monazite- to barite-type transition requires heating at least to 1500 K at ~20 GPa. The barite-type phase cannot always be quenched from high temperature and is distorted to metastable AgMnO4-type structure or another modified barite structure depending on pressure. We obtained the pressure-volume data and density of anhydrite, monazite- and barite-type phases and found that their densities are lower than those calculated from the PREM model in the studied P-T conditions. This suggests that CaSO4 is gravitationally unstable in the mantle and fluid/melt phase into which sulfur dissolves and/or sulfate-sulfide speciation may play a major role in the sulfur recycling into the deep Earth.

  12. Stability of rhombohedral phases in vanadium at high-pressure and high-temperature: first-principles investigations.

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    Wang, Yi X; Wu, Q; Chen, Xiang R; Geng, Hua Y

    2016-01-01

    The pressure-induced transition of vanadium from BCC to rhombohedral structures is unique and intriguing among transition metals. In this work, the stability of these phases is revisited by using density functional theory. At finite temperatures, a novel transition of rhombohedral phases back to BCC phase induced by thermal electrons is discovered. This reentrant transition is found not driven by phonons, instead it is the electronic entropy that stabilizes the latter phase, which is totally out of expectation. Parallel to this transition, we find a peculiar and strong increase of the shear modulus C44 with increasing temperature. It is counter-intuitive in the sense that it suggests an unusual harding mechanism of vanadium by temperature. With these stability analyses, the high-pressure and finite-temperature phase diagram of vanadium is proposed. Furthermore, the dependence of the stability of RH phases on the Fermi energy and chemical environment is investigated. The results demonstrate that the position of the Fermi level has a significant impact on the phase stability, and follows the band-filling argument. Besides the Fermi surface nesting, we find that the localization/delocalization of the d orbitals also contributes to the instability of rhombohedral distortions in vanadium. PMID:27581551

  13. Stability of rhombohedral phases in vanadium at high-pressure and high-temperature: first-principles investigations

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    Wang, Yi X.; Wu, Q.; Chen, Xiang R.; Geng, Hua Y.

    2016-01-01

    The pressure-induced transition of vanadium from BCC to rhombohedral structures is unique and intriguing among transition metals. In this work, the stability of these phases is revisited by using density functional theory. At finite temperatures, a novel transition of rhombohedral phases back to BCC phase induced by thermal electrons is discovered. This reentrant transition is found not driven by phonons, instead it is the electronic entropy that stabilizes the latter phase, which is totally out of expectation. Parallel to this transition, we find a peculiar and strong increase of the shear modulus C44 with increasing temperature. It is counter-intuitive in the sense that it suggests an unusual harding mechanism of vanadium by temperature. With these stability analyses, the high-pressure and finite-temperature phase diagram of vanadium is proposed. Furthermore, the dependence of the stability of RH phases on the Fermi energy and chemical environment is investigated. The results demonstrate that the position of the Fermi level has a significant impact on the phase stability, and follows the band-filling argument. Besides the Fermi surface nesting, we find that the localization/delocalization of the d orbitals also contributes to the instability of rhombohedral distortions in vanadium. PMID:27581551

  14. High Pressure Dielectric Studies of a Substance with the Smectic A1 Phase

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    Urban, Stanisław; Würflinger, Albert

    1999-09-01

    The results of dielectric studies of 5-n-hexyl-2-(4'-isothiocyanato)-l,3-dioxane (6DBT) in the smectic A, phase at pressures up to 150 MPa and temperatures up to 340 K are presented. The low frequen-cy relaxation time τ|| (p, T) yields the activation volume Δ# V|| = RT(∂|| In τ||/p)T and activation enthalpy Δ# H|| = R(∂In τ||/∂T-1)p. The calculated values of these parameters are compared with those ob-tained recently for n-octyl-cyanobiphenyl (8CB) forming the smectic Ad phase. In the case of 6DBT both these quantities are practically constant, whereas those for 8CB decrease, when going away from the phase transitions isotropic -smectic A1 (6DBT) or nematic -smectic Ad (8CB). These differences support our earlier conclusion that increase of pressure leads to a breaking of the antiparallel associa-tions of cyanobiphenyl molecules in the smectic as well as in the nematic phases.

  15. Ice phases under ambient and high pressure: Insights from density functional theory

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    Fang, Yuan; Xiao, Bing; Tao, Jianmin; Sun, Jianwei; Perdew, John P.

    2013-06-01

    Water is common and plays a crucial role in biological, chemical, and physical processes, but its crystalline or ice state has a complicated structure. In this work, we study the lattice mismatch challenge for ice nucleation on silver iodide, the sublimation energy for different ice phases, and the structural phase-transition pressures of ice, with various density functionals. Our calculations show that the recently developed meta-generalized gradient approximation made simple (MGGA_MS) yields a lattice mismatch (3%) of hexagonal ice (ice Ih) with β-AgI in good agreement with experiment (2%), significantly better than the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) GGA mismatch (6%). MGGA_MS is a computationally efficient semilocal functional that incorporates intermediate-range van der Waals (vdW) interaction, which, overall, performs well for ice and may be expected to improve upon PBE for liquid water. While MGGA_MS predicts the most realistic volumes and volume changes in the phase transitions of ice Ih to trigonal ice (ice II) and tetragonal ice (ice VIII), a more accurate description of some other properties of the higher-pressure phases (ice II and ice VIII) is provided by some functionals that include long-range vdW corrections (e.g., revised Tao-Perdew-Staroverov-Scuseria+vdW for sublimation energy and optB88-vdW for transition pressure).

  16. Some aspects of two-phase flow, heat transfer and dynamic instabilities in medium and high pressure steam generators

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    Unal, H. C.

    1981-03-01

    Experimental data for void fraction, incipient point of boiling, initial point of net vapor generation, bubble dynamics, dryout, two-phase flow pressure drop and density-wave oscillations were obtained in long, sodium heated steam generator tubes of different geometries for a wide range of operating conditions and at medium and high pressures. These data and data from literature taken in sodium and electrically heated steam generator tubes were correlated. Aspects of two-phase flow, heat transfer and density-wave oscillations in these steam generators disclosed include the distribution factor in small- and medium-size diameter steam generator tubes, the characteristic of the transitions at the incipient point of boiling and initial point of net vapor generation, bubble growth during subcooled nucleate flow boiling, the importance of the equivalent length for dryout in non-uniformly heated steam generator tubes and the mechanisms of density-wave oscillations in once-through steam generator tubes.

  17. Neutron diffraction and electrical transport studies on the incommensurate magnetic phase transition in holmium at high pressures

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    Thomas, Sarah; Uhoya, Walter; Tsoi, Georgiy; Wenger, Lowell E; Vohra, Yogesh; Chesnut, Gary Neal; Weir, S. T.; Tulk, Christopher A; Moreira Dos Santos, Antonio F

    2012-01-01

    Neutron diffraction and electrical transport measurements have been made on the heavy rare earth metal holmium at high pressures and low temperatures in order to elucidate its transition from a paramagnetic (PM) to a helical antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered phase as a function of pressure. The electrical resistance measurements show a change in the resistance slope as the temperature is lowered through the antiferromagnetic Neel temperature. The temperature of this antiferromagnetic transition decreases from approximately 122 K at ambient pressure at a rate of -4.9 K GPa(-1) up to a pressure of 9 GPa, whereupon the PM-to-AFM transition vanishes for higher pressures. Neutron diffraction measurements as a function of pressure at 89 and 110 K confirm the incommensurate nature of the phase transition associated with the antiferromagnetic ordering of the magnetic moments in a helical arrangement and that the ordering occurs at similar pressures as determined from the resistance results for these temperatures.

  18. First principles simulation of a superionic phase of hydrogen fluoride (HF) at high pressures and temperatures

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    Goldman, N; Fried, L E

    2006-04-10

    The authors have conducted Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of hydrogen fluoride (HF) at pressures of 5-66 GPa along the 900 K isotherm. They predict a superionic phase at 33 GPa, where the fluorine atoms are fixed in a bcc lattice while the hydrogen atoms diffuse rapidly with a diffusion constant of between 2 x 10{sup -5} and 5 x 10{sup -5} cm{sup 2}/s. They find that a transformation from asymmetric to symmetric hydrogen bonding occurs in HF at 66 GPa and 900 K. With superionic HF they have discovered a model system where symmetric hydrogen bonding occurs at experimentally achievable conditions. Given previous results on superionic H{sub 2}O[1,2,3] and NH{sub 3}[1], they conclude that high P,T superionic phases of electronegative element hydrides could be common.

  19. High-pressure superconducting phase diagram of 6Li: Isotope effects in dense lithium

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    Schaeffer, Anne Marie; Temple, Scott R.; Bishop, Jasmine K.; Deemyad, Shanti

    2015-01-01

    We measured the superconducting transition temperature of 6Li between 16 and 26 GPa, and report the lightest system to exhibit superconductivity to date. The superconducting phase diagram of 6Li is compared with that of 7Li through simultaneous measurement in a diamond anvil cell (DAC). Below 21 GPa, Li exhibits a direct (the superconducting coefficient, α, Tc∝M−α, is positive), but unusually large isotope effect, whereas between 21 and 26 GPa, lithium shows an inverse superconducting isotope effect. The unusual dependence of the superconducting phase diagram of lithium on its atomic mass opens up the question of whether the lattice quantum dynamic effects dominate the low-temperature properties of dense lithium. PMID:25538300

  20. High pressure phase transformation in yttrium sulfide(YS): A first principle study

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    Sahoo, B. D. Joshi, K. D. Gupta, Satish C.

    2014-04-24

    First principles calculations have been carried out to analyze structural, elastic and dynamic stability, of YS under hydrostatic compression. The comparison of enthalpies of rocksalt type (B1) and CsCl type cubic (B2) structures determined as a function of compression suggests the B1→B2 transition at ∼ 49 GPa. Various physical quantities such as zero pressure equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, and pressure derivative of bulk modulus have been derived from the theoretically determined equation of state. The single crystal elastic constants derived from the energy strain method agree well with the experimental values. The activation barrier between B1 and B2 phases calculated at transition point is ∼ 17/mRy/formula unit. Our lattice dynamic calculations show that at ambient condition, the B1 phase is lattice dynamically stable and frequencies of phonon modes in different high symmetry directions of Brillouin zone agrees well with experimental values. The B2 phase also is dynamical stable at ambient condition as well as at ∼ 49 GPa, supporting our static lattice calculation.

  1. New investigations on shock-wave synthesized high-pressure phases in the system Si-Al-O-N

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    Schlothauer, T.; Greif, A.; Keller, K.; Schwarz, M. R.; Kroke, E.; Heide, G.

    2012-12-01

    The shock-wave synthesis of nanostructured high-pressure phases at a gram-scale permits the analysis of spinel type nitrides with different chemical composition using methods not suitable for microgram amounts of material. Methods with a significant mass loss through the analytical process like TG-MS or FT-IR or bulk methods at the g-scale like 29Si-MAS-NMR or neutron diffraction were used. The synthesis of pure high-pressure modifications (gamma-phases) of different SiAlON-compounds using amorphous H-bearing precursors at pressures of 30-40 GPa is a necessary prerequisite for precise determinations of crystal chemical features. Etching with HF is a well-known method to purify the high-pressure nitrides (Sekine 2002). The etched parts were analyzed by neutron diffraction, TG-MS, and carrier gas hot extraction (CGHE). Volatile elements like H2 and Cl2, as well as non-stoichiometric oxygen and nitrogen, and NOx, H2O are enriched in the disordered rims. This degassing process ends at temperatures of approximately 600°C, while the spinel structure remains well preserved up to 1300°C. Under these conditions the gamma-phases stay unchanged under air, argon and vacuum. Furthermore chlorine, an important impurity of the H-bearing precursors neither influences the synthesized products nor the synthesis process itself. IR-spectroscopy of gamma-Si3(O,N)4 shows that peak shifts of octahedral lattice vibrations (≈ 680 cm-1) and both tetrahedral vibrations (ny3 and ny4) (Jeanloz 1980, Preudhomme & Tarte 1971) to higher frequencies with decreasing oxygen content occur. This effect is also visible in samples contaminated with impurities of low pressure modifications. The more complex structure of gamma-SiAlON and the simultaneously exchange of the cation- and the anion-positions prevents the appearance of this important feature. Yet to be synthesized pure gamma-SiAlON using similar H-bearing precursors is necessary to resolve its structure. Sekine, T., H. He, T. Kobayashi, K

  2. A molecular dynamics study of ambient and high pressure phases of silica: structure and enthalpy variation with molar volume.

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    Rajappa, Chitra; Sringeri, S Bhuvaneshwari; Subramanian, Yashonath; Gopalakrishnan, J

    2014-06-28

    Extensive molecular dynamics studies of 13 different silica polymorphs are reported in the isothermal-isobaric ensemble with the Parrinello-Rahman variable shape simulation cell. The van Beest-Kramer-van Santen (BKS) potential is shown to predict lattice parameters for most phases within 2%-3% accuracy, as well as the relative stabilities of different polymorphs in agreement with experiment. Enthalpies of high-density polymorphs - CaCl2-type, α-PbO2-type, and pyrite-type - for which no experimental data are available as yet, are predicted here. Further, the calculated enthalpies exhibit two distinct regimes as a function of molar volume-for low and medium-density polymorphs, it is almost independent of volume, while for high-pressure phases a steep dependence is seen. A detailed analysis indicates that the increased short-range contributions to enthalpy in the high-density phases arise not only from an increased coordination number of silicon but also shorter Si-O bond lengths. Our results indicate that amorphous phases of silica exhibit better optimization of short-range interactions than crystalline phases at the same density while the magnitude of Coulombic contributions is lower in the amorphous phase. PMID:24985659

  3. Structural properties of the zircon- and scheelite-type phases of YVO4 at high pressure

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    Wang, X.; Loa, I.; Syassen, K.; Hanfland, M.; Ferrand, B.

    2004-08-01

    The laser host material yttrium orthovanadate YVO4 with a tetragonal zircon-type structure has been studied by angle-dispersive powder x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell up to 26GPa (T=300K) . In situ diffraction confirms that the compound undergoes a nonreversible transformation to a scheelite-type structure at a pressure of 8.5GPa . The equations of state of the zircon and scheelite phases and changes in internal structural parameters are reported. The effect of pressure on the distorted tetrahedral and dodecahedral coordinations of the V and Y ions, respectively, is discussed.

  4. High pressure structural phase transition of osmium nitride (OsN)

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    Sarwan, Madhu; Abdul Shukoor, V.; Dubey, Ritu; Singh, Sadhna

    2015-05-01

    The structural phase transition and relative volume change of OsN compound has been investigated by means of interaction potential model (IPM) which consists of Coulomb interaction, three-body interaction (TBI), van der Waal interaction (vdW) and short range overlap repulsive interactions up to second neighbor ions. It is found that the OsN transforms from zinc-blende structure (B3) to rock-salt structure (B1) at 87.0 GPa. The second order elastic constants are also investigated. These results are compared with available results.

  5. Structural variety beyond appearance: high-pressure phases of CrB4 in comparison with FeB4.

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    Zhang, Yunkun; Wu, Lailei; Wan, Biao; Zhao, Yan; Gao, Rui; Li, Zhiping; Zhang, Jingwu; Gou, Huiyang; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2016-01-28

    Employing particle swarm optimization (PSO) combined with first-principles calculations, we systemically studied high-pressure behaviors of hard CrB4. Our predictions reveal a distinct structural evolution under pressure for CrB4 despite having the same initial structure as FeB4. CrB4 is found to adopt a new P2/m structure above 196 GPa, another Pm structure at a pressure range of 261-294 GPa and then a Pmma structure beyond 294 GPa. Instead of puckering boron sheets in the initial structure, the high-pressure phases have planar boron sheets with different motifs upon compression. Comparatively, FeB4 prefers an I41/acd structure over 48 GPa with tetrahedron B4 units and a P213 structure above 231 GPa having equilateral triangle B3 units. Significantly, CrB4 exhibits persistent metallic behavior in contrast with the semiconducting features of FeB4 upon compression. The varied pressure response of hard tetraborides studied here is of importance for understanding boron-rich compounds and designing new materials with superlative properties. PMID:26692374

  6. High-pressure phase transition makes B4.3C boron carbide a wide-gap semiconductor

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    Hushur, Anwar; Manghnani, Murli H.; Werheit, Helmut; Dera, Przemyslaw; Williams, Quentin

    2016-02-01

    Single-crystal B4.3C boron carbide is investigated through the pressure-dependence and inter-relation of atomic distances, optical properties and Raman-active phonons up to ~70 GPa. The anomalous pressure evolution of the gap width to higher energies is striking. This is obtained from observations of transparency, which most rapidly increases around 55 GPa. Full visible optical transparency is approached at pressures of  >60 GPa indicating that the band gap reaches ~3.5 eV at high pressure, boron carbide is a wide-gap semiconductor. The reason is that the high concentration of structural defects controlling the electronic properties of boron carbide at ambient conditions initially decreases and finally vanishes at high pressures. The structural parameters and Raman-active phonons indicate a pressure-dependent phase transition in single-crystal natB4.3C boron carbide near 40 GPa, likely related to structural changes in the C-B-C chains, while the basic icosahedral structure appears to be less affected.

  7. High-pressure phase transition makes B4.3C boron carbide a wide-gap semiconductor.

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    Hushur, Anwar; Manghnani, Murli H; Werheit, Helmut; Dera, Przemyslaw; Williams, Quentin

    2016-02-01

    Single-crystal B4.3C boron carbide is investigated through the pressure-dependence and inter-relation of atomic distances, optical properties and Raman-active phonons up to ~70 GPa. The anomalous pressure evolution of the gap width to higher energies is striking. This is obtained from observations of transparency, which most rapidly increases around 55 GPa. Full visible optical transparency is approached at pressures of  >60 GPa indicating that the band gap reaches ~3.5 eV; at high pressure, boron carbide is a wide-gap semiconductor. The reason is that the high concentration of structural defects controlling the electronic properties of boron carbide at ambient conditions initially decreases and finally vanishes at high pressures. The structural parameters and Raman-active phonons indicate a pressure-dependent phase transition in single-crystal (nat)B4.3C boron carbide near 40 GPa, likely related to structural changes in the C-B-C chains, while the basic icosahedral structure appears to be less affected. PMID:26751337

  8. In-situ Phase Transformation and Deformation of Iron at High Pressure andTemperature

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    Miyagi, Lowell; Kunz, Martin; Knight, Jason; Nasiatka, James; Voltolini, Marco; Wenk, Hans-Rudolf

    2008-07-01

    With a membrane based mechanism to allow for pressure change of a sample in aradial diffraction diamond anvil cell (rDAC) and simultaneous infra-red laser heating, itis now possible to investigate texture changes during deformation and phasetransformations over a wide range of temperature-pressure conditions. The device isused to study bcc (alpha), fcc (gamma) and hcp (epislon) iron. In bcc iron, room temperature compression generates a texture characterized by (100) and (111) poles parallel to the compression direction. During the deformation induced phase transformation to hcp iron, a subset of orientations are favored to transform to the hcp structure first and generate a texture of (01-10) at high angles to the compression direction. Upon further deformation, the remaining grains transform, resulting in a texture that obeys the Burgers relationship of (110)bcc // (0001)hcp. This is in contrast to high temperature results that indicate that texture is developed through dominant pyramidal {2-1-12}<2-1-13> and basal (0001)-{2-1-10} slip based on polycrystal plasticity modeling. We also observe that the high temperature fcc phase develops a 110 texture typical for fcc metals deformed in compression.

  9. A route to possible civil engineering materials: the case of high-pressure phases of lime

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    Bouibes, A.; Zaoui, A.

    2015-07-01

    Lime system has a chemical composition CaO, which is known as thermodynamically stable. The purpose here is to explore further possible phases under pressure, by means of variable-composition ab initio evolutionary algorithm. The present investigation shows surprisingly new stable compounds of lime. At ambient pressure we predict, in addition to CaO, CaO2 as new thermodynamically stable compound. The latter goes through two phases transition from C2/c space group structure to Pna21 at 1.5 GPa, and Pna21 space group structure to I4/mcm at 23.4 GPa. Under increasing pressure, further compounds such as CaO3 become the most stable and stabilize in P-421m space group structure above 65 GPa. For the necessary knowledge of the new predicted compounds, we have computed their mechanical and electronic properties in order to show and to explain the main reasons leading to the structural changes.

  10. A route to possible civil engineering materials: the case of high-pressure phases of lime

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    Bouibes, A.; Zaoui, A.

    2015-01-01

    Lime system has a chemical composition CaO, which is known as thermodynamically stable. The purpose here is to explore further possible phases under pressure, by means of variable-composition ab initio evolutionary algorithm. The present investigation shows surprisingly new stable compounds of lime. At ambient pressure we predict, in addition to CaO, CaO2 as new thermodynamically stable compound. The latter goes through two phases transition from C2/c space group structure to Pna21 at 1.5 GPa, and Pna21 space group structure to I4/mcm at 23.4 GPa. Under increasing pressure, further compounds such as CaO3 become the most stable and stabilize in P-421m space group structure above 65 GPa. For the necessary knowledge of the new predicted compounds, we have computed their mechanical and electronic properties in order to show and to explain the main reasons leading to the structural changes. PMID:26202342

  11. High pressure study of the zinc phosphide semiconductor compound in two different phases

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    Mokhtari, Ali

    2009-07-01

    Electronic and structural properties of the zinc phosphide semiconductor compound are calculated at hydrostatic pressure using the full-potential all-electron linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital (FP-LAPW+lo) method in both cubic and tetragonal phases. The exchange-correlation potential is treated by the generalized gradient approximation within the scheme of Perdew, Burke and Ernzerhof, GGA96 (1996 Phys. Rev. Lett. 77 3865). Also, the Engel and Vosko GGA formalism, EV-GGA (Engel and Vosko 1993 Phys. Rev. B 47 13164), is used to improve the band-gap results. Internal parameters are optimized by relaxing the atomic positions in the force directions using the Hellman-Feynman approach. The lattice constants, internal parameters, bulk modulus, cohesive energy and band structures have been calculated and compared to the available experimental and theoretical results. The structural calculations predict that the stable phase is tetragonal. The effects of hydrostatic pressure on the behavior of band parameters such as band-gap, valence bandwidths and internal gaps (the energy gap between different parts of the valence bands) are studied using both GGA96 and EV-GGA.

  12. Hot pressing of polycrystals of high-pressure phases of mantle minerals in multi-anvil apparatus

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    Gwanmesia, Gabriel D.; Li, Baosheng; Liebermann, Robert C.

    1993-06-01

    In the 1960s, E. Schreiber and his colleagues pioneered the use of hot-pressed polycrystalline aggregates for studies of the pressure and temperature dependence of the elastic wave velocities in minerals. We have extended this work to the high-pressure polymorphs of mantle minerals by developing techniques to fabricate large polycrystalline specimens in a 2000-ton uniaxial split-sphere apparatus. A new cell assembly has been developed to extend this capability to pressures of 20 GPa and temperatures of 1700°C. Key elements in the new experimental design include: a telescopic LaCrO3 for T>1200°C; Toshiba Tungaloy grade F tungsten carbide anvils; and the use of homogeneous glasses or seeded powder mixtures as starting material to enhance reactivity and maximize densities. Cell temperatures are linearly related to electrical power to 1700°C and uniform throughout the 3 mm specimens. Pressure calibrations at 25°C and 1700°C are identical to 15 GPa. Cylindrical specimens of the beta and spinel phases of Mg2SiO4, stishovite (SiO2-rutile), and majorite-pyrope garnets have been synthesized within their stability fields in runs of 1 4 hr duration and recovered at ambient conditions by simultaneously decompressing and cooling along a computer-controlled P-T path designed to preserve the high-pressure phase and to relax intergranualar stress in the polycrystalline aggregate. These specimens are single-phased, fine-grained (<5 micron), free of microcracks and preferred orientation, and have bulk densities greater than 99% of X-ray density. The successful fabrication of these high-quality polycrystalline specimens has made possible experiments to determine the pressure dependence of acoustic velocities in the ultrasonics laboratory of S. M. Rigden and I. Jackson at the Australian National University.

  13. High-pressure high-temperature phase diagram of gadolinium studied using a boron-doped heater anvil

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    Montgomery, J. M.; Samudrala, G. K.; Velisavljevic, N.; Vohra, Y. K.

    2016-04-01

    A boron-doped designer heater anvil is used in conjunction with powder x-ray diffraction to collect structural information on a sample of quasi-hydrostatically loaded gadolinium metal up to pressures above 8 GPa and 600 K. The heater anvil consists of a natural diamond anvil that has been surface modified with a homoepitaxially grown chemical-vapor-deposited layer of conducting boron-doped diamond, and is used as a DC heating element. Internally insulating both diamond anvils with sapphire support seats allows for heating and cooling of the high-pressure area on the order of a few tens of seconds. This device is then used to scan the phase diagram of the sample by oscillating the temperature while continuously increasing the externally applied pressure and collecting in situ time-resolved powder diffraction images. In the pressure-temperature range covered in this experiment, the gadolinium sample is observed in its hcp, αSm, and dhcp phases. Under this temperature cycling, the hcp → αSm transition proceeds in discontinuous steps at points along the expected phase boundary. From these measurements (representing only one hour of synchrotron x-ray collection time), a single-experiment equation of state and phase diagram of each phase of gadolinium is presented for the range of 0-10 GPa and 300-650 K.

  14. Phase transformations and metallization of magnesium oxide at high pressure and temperature.

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    McWilliams, R Stewart; Spaulding, Dylan K; Eggert, Jon H; Celliers, Peter M; Hicks, Damien G; Smith, Raymond F; Collins, Gilbert W; Jeanloz, Raymond

    2012-12-01

    Magnesium oxide (MgO) is representative of the rocky materials comprising the mantles of terrestrial planets, such that its properties at high temperatures and pressures reflect the nature of planetary interiors. Shock-compression experiments on MgO to pressures of 1.4 terapascals (TPa) reveal a sequence of two phase transformations: from B1 (sodium chloride) to B2 (cesium chloride) crystal structures above 0.36 TPa, and from electrically insulating solid to metallic liquid above 0.60 TPa. The transitions exhibit large latent heats that are likely to affect the structure and evolution of super-Earths. Together with data on other oxide liquids, we conclude that magmas deep inside terrestrial planets can be electrically conductive, enabling magnetic field-producing dynamo action within oxide-rich regions and blurring the distinction between planetary mantles and cores. PMID:23180773

  15. Determination of vitamin E in animal feeds by normal phase high pressure liquid chromatography.

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    Cohen, H; Lapointe, M R

    1980-11-01

    A simple and rapid quantitative method for the determination of vitamin E in animal feeds is described. The method involves direct extraction with a mixture of isooctane--1,4-dioxane (80 + 20) followed by saponification. Additional purification was achieved by using a silica gel Sep-Pak. Elution time for vitamin E alcohol was 7.98 min (standard deviation (SD) 0.06) using a Partisil-10 PAC column and an isocratic mobile phase of hexane--dichloromethane--isopropanol (70 + 30 + 0.2) with a flow rate of 1 mL/min, and detection at 292 nm and 0.01 AUFS by a variable UV monitor. The average recovery of vitamin E was 96.64% (SD 5.19) in 4 different animal feeds. The method compared favorably with the official AOAC method. The minimum detectable amount of vitamin E in an animal feed is 10 IU/kg. PMID:7451386

  16. Benzene under high pressure: A story of molecular crystals transforming to saturated networks, with a possible intermediate metallic phase

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    Wen, Xiao-Dong; Hoffmann, Roald; Ashcroft, N. W.

    2011-01-01

    In a theoretical study, benzene is compressed up to 300 GPa. The transformations found between molecular phases generally match the experimental findings in the moderate pressure regime (<20 GPa): phase I (Pbca) is found to be stable up to 4 GPa, while phase II (P43212) is preferred in a narrow pressure range of 4–7 GPa. Phase III (P21/c) is at lowest enthalpy at higher pressures. Above 50 GPa, phase V (P21 at 0 GPa; P21/c at high pressure) comes into play, slightly more stable than phase III in the range of 50–80 GP, but unstable to rearrangement to a saturated, four-coordinate (at C), one-dimensional polymer. Actually, throughout the entire pressure range, crystals of graphane possess lower enthalpy than molecular benzene structures; a simple thermochemical argument is given for why this is so. In several of the benzene phases there nevertheless are substantial barriers to rearranging the molecules to a saturated polymer, especially at low temperatures. Even at room temperature these barriers should allow one to study the effect of pressure on the metastable molecular phases. Molecular phase III (P21/c) is one such; it remains metastable to higher pressures up to ~200 GPa, at which point it too rearranges spontaneously to a saturated, tetracoordinate CH polymer. At 300 K the isomerization transition occurs at a lower pressure. Nevertheless, there may be a narrow region of pressure, between P = 180 and 200 GPa, where one could find a metallic, molecular benzene state. We explore several lower dimensional models for such a metallic benzene. We also probe the possible first steps in a localized, nucleated benzene polymerization by studying the dimerization of benzene molecules. Several new (C6H6)2 dimers are predicted.

  17. Synthesis, structural characterization and high pressure phase transitions of monolithium hydronium sulfate

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    Banerjee, Debasis; Plonka, Anna M.; Kim, Sun Jin; Xu, Wenqian; Parise, John B.

    2013-01-01

    A three dimensional lithium hydronium sulfate LiSO4·H3O [1], [space group Pna21a=8.7785(12) Å, b=9.1297(12) Å, c=5.2799(7) Å, V=423.16(10) Å3] was synthesized via solvothermal methods using 1,5-naphthalenedisulfonic acid (1,5-NSA) as the source of sulfate ions. The structure of [1], determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction techniques, consists of corner sharing LiO4 and SO4 tetrahedra, forming an anionic 3-D open framework that is charge balanced by hydronium ions positioned within channels running along [001] and forming strong H-bonding with the framework oxygen atoms. Compound [1] undergoes two reversible phase transitions, involving reorientation of SO42- ions at pressures of approximately 2.5 and 5 GPa at room temperature, as evident from characteristic discontinuous frequency drops in the ν1 mode of the Raman spectra. Additionally, compound [1] forms dense β-lithium sulfate at 300 °C, as evident from temperature dependent powder XRD and combined reversible TGA-DSC experiments.

  18. Evidence for plasma phase transition in high pressure hydrogen from ab-initio simulations

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    Morales, M; Pierleoni, C; Schwegler, E; Ceperley, D

    2010-02-08

    We have performed a detailed study of molecular dissociation in liquid hydrogen using both Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics with Density Functional Theory and Coupled Electron-Ion Monte Carlo simulations. We observe a range of densities where (dP/d{rho}){sub T} = 0 that coincides with sharp discontinuities in the electronic conductivity, which is clear evidence of the plasma phase transition for temperatures 600K {le} T {le} 1500K. Both levels of theory exhibit the transition, although Quantum Monte Carlo predicts higher transition pressures. Based on the temperature dependence of the discontinuity in the electronic conductivity, we estimate the critical point of the transition at temperatures slightly below 2000 K. We examine the influence of proton zero point motion by using Path Integral Molecular Dynamics with Density Functional Theory; the main effect is to shift the transition to lower pressures. Furthermore, we calculate the melting curve of molecular hydrogen up to pressures of 200 GPa, finding a reentrant melting line in good agreement with previous calculations. The melting line crosses the metalization line at 700 K and 220 GPa using density functional energetics and at 550 K and 290 GPa using Quantum Monte Carlo energetics.

  19. Theoretical predictions of novel superconducting phases of BaGe3 stable at atmospheric and high pressures.

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    Zurek, Eva; Yao, Yansun

    2015-03-16

    A series of new superconducting binary silicides and germanides have recently been synthesized under high-pressure high-temperature conditions. A representative member of this group, BaGe3, was theoretically investigated using evolutionary structure searches coupled with structural analogies in the pressure range from 1 atm to 250 GPa, where three new phases were discovered. At 1 atm, in addition to the synthesized P63/mmc phase, we predicted two new phases, I4/mmm and Amm2, to be dynamically stable. The Amm2 structure comprises Ge clusters and triangular prisms intercalated with Ba and Ge atoms, a unique structural motif unknown to this group. The I4/mmm structure has been previously synthesized in binary silicides and is calculated to be thermodynamically stable in BaGe3 between 15.6 and 35.4 GPa. Above 35.4 GPa, two new phases of P6̅m2 and R3̅m symmetry become the global minima and remain so up to the highest pressure considered. These two phases have very similar enthalpies, and both feature layers of double Kagome nets of Ge intercalated with Ba-Ge layers. The predicted phases are suggested to be metallic with itinerant electrons and to be potentially superconducting from the considerable electron-phonon coupling strength. Density functional perturbation calculations combined with the Allen-Dynes-modified McMillan formula were used to estimate the superconducting critical temperatures (Tc) for these new phases, which, with slight pressure variations, are comparable to the experimental Tc measured for the P63/mmc phase. PMID:25731906

  20. Connecting the Water Phase Diagram to the Metastable Domain: High-Pressure Studies in the Supercooled Regime.

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    Fanetti, Samuele; Pagliai, Marco; Citroni, Margherita; Lapini, Andrea; Scandolo, Sandro; Righini, Roberto; Bini, Roberto

    2014-11-01

    Pressure is extremely efficient to tune intermolecular interactions, allowing the study of the mechanisms regulating, at the molecular level, the structure and dynamics of condensed phases. Among the simplest molecules, water represents in many respects a mystery despite its primary role in ruling most of the biological, physical, and chemical processes occurring in nature. Here we report a careful characterization of the dynamic regime change associated with low-density and high-density forms of liquid water by measuring the line shape of the OD stretching mode of HOD in liquid water along different isotherms as a function of pressure. Remarkably, the high-pressure studies have been here extended down to 240 K, well inside the supercooled regime. Supported by molecular dynamics simulations, a correlation among amorphous and crystalline solids and the two different liquid water forms is attempted to provide a unified picture of the metastable and thermodynamic regimes of water. PMID:26278751

  1. High pressure synthesis of a new phase of YbAg2: Structure, valence of Yb and properties

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    Tsvyashchenko, A. V.; Menushenkov, A. P.; Sidorov, V. A.; Petrova, A. E.; Fomicheva, L. N.; Chernysheva, O. V.; Lebed, Yu. B.; Axenov, S. N.; Bud’ko, S. L.; Sun, Liling; Zhao, Zhongxian

    2015-08-05

    The new phase of YbAg2 was obtained using high-pressure and high-temperature reaction. YbAg2 crystallizes in the MgZn2 structure (the space group P63/mmc space group, No 194) with a = 5.68153(3) Å and c = 9.31995(7) Å and the unit cell volume V = 260.54(3) Å3. The XANES analysis showed that the valence state of Yb is +2.8. The low-temperature dependences of the electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility can be adequately described by a T2 term that supports the Fermi-liquid picture. Furthermore, the Kadowaki–Woods relation gives a low value of the degeneracy (N = 2).

  2. High pressure synthesis of a new phase of YbAg2: Structure, valence of Yb and properties

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    Tsvyashchenko, A. V.; Menushenkov, A. P.; Sidorov, V. A.; Petrova, A. E.; Fomicheva, L. N.; Chernysheva, O. V.; Lebed, Yu. B.; Axenov, S. N.; Bud’ko, S. L.; Sun, Liling; et al

    2015-08-05

    The new phase of YbAg2 was obtained using high-pressure and high-temperature reaction. YbAg2 crystallizes in the MgZn2 structure (the space group P63/mmc space group, No 194) with a = 5.68153(3) Å and c = 9.31995(7) Å and the unit cell volume V = 260.54(3) Å3. The XANES analysis showed that the valence state of Yb is +2.8. The low-temperature dependences of the electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility can be adequately described by a T2 term that supports the Fermi-liquid picture. Furthermore, the Kadowaki–Woods relation gives a low value of the degeneracy (N = 2).

  3. Zinc-blende to rock-salt structural phase transition of BP and BAs under high pressure

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    Sarwan, Madhu; Bhardwaj, Purvee; Singh, Sadhna

    2013-11-01

    In the present paper, we have investigated the pressure induced phase transition and thermophysical properties of BP and BAs by means of modified interaction potential model (MIPM). The MIPM consists of Coulomb interaction, three-body interaction (TBI) modified by taking covalency effect, van-der Waal interaction (vdW), short range overlap repulsive interaction and zero point energy effect. These compounds crystallize in zinc-blende (ZB) structure at ambient condition and transform to rock-salt (RS) structure at pressures 111 and 93 GPa and their equation of state show volume collapse of 14% and 4% respectively for BP and BAs. The second order elastic constants have also been computed at zero and high pressures. Our results are in good agreement with the experimental results. The mechanical and thermophysical properties in ZB structure are also predicted.

  4. High-pressure high-temperature phase diagram of gadolinium studied using a boron-doped heater anvil

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    Montgomery, J. M.; Samudrala, G. K.; Velisavljevic, N.; Vohra, Y. K.

    2016-04-07

    A boron-doped designer heater anvil is used in conjunction with powder x-ray diffraction to collect structural information on a sample of quasi-hydrostatically loaded gadolinium metal up to pressures above 8GPa and 600K. The heater anvil consists of a natural diamond anvil that has been surface modified with a homoepitaxially grown chemical-vapor-deposited layer of conducting boron-doped diamond, and is used as a DC heating element. Internally insulating both diamond anvils with sapphire support seats allows for heating and cooling of the high-pressure area on the order of a few tens of seconds. This device is then used to scan the phasemore » diagram of the sample by oscillating the temperature while continuously increasing the externally applied pressure and collecting in situ time-resolved powder diffraction images. In the pressure-temperature range covered in this experiment, the gadolinium sample is observed in its hcp, αSm, and dhcp phases. Under this temperature cycling, the hcp → αSm transition proceeds in discontinuous steps at points along the expected phase boundary. From these measurements (representing only one hour of synchrotron x-ray collection time), a single-experiment equation of state and phase diagram of each phase of gadolinium is presented for the range of 0–10GPa and 300–650K« less

  5. Elastic behaviour and phase stability of pyrophyllite and talc at high pressure and temperature

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    Gatta, G. Diego; Lotti, Paolo; Merlini, Marco; Liermann, Hanns-Peter; Lausi, Andrea; Valdrè, Giovanni; Pavese, Alessandro

    2015-04-01

    The compressional behaviour of (triclinic) pyrophyllite-1 Tc was investigated by means of in situ synchrotron single-crystal diffraction up to 6.2 GPa (at room temperature) using a diamond anvil cell. Its thermal behaviour was investigated by in situ synchrotron powder diffraction up to 923 K (at room pressure) with a furnace. No evidence of phase transition has been observed within the pressure range investigated. The α angle decreases whereas the β and γ angles increase with P, with the following linear trends: α( P) = α 0 - 0.203(9)·Δ P, β( P) = β 0 + 0.126(8)·Δ P, and γ( P) = γ 0 + 0.109(5)·Δ P (angles in ° and P in GPa). P- V data fits with isothermal Murnaghan and third-order Birch-Murnaghan Equations of State yield: K T0 = 47(3) GPa and K' = 6.6(14) for the M-EoS fit, K T0 = 47(4) GPa and K' = 7.3(19) for a III-BM-EoS fit, with the following anisotropic compressional scheme: β a : β b : β c = 1.06:1:4.00. The evolution of the "Eulerian finite strain" versus "normalized stress" leads to: Fe(0) = 47(3) GPa as intercept value and regression line slope with K' = 7.1(18). A drastic and irreversible change of the thermal behaviour of pyrophyllite-1 Tc was observed at 700 < T < 850 K, likely ascribable to the first stage of the T-induced de-hydroxylation. Between 298 and 700 K, the α angle shows a slight decrease whereas the β and γ angles tend to be unaffected in response to the applied temperature; all the unit-cell edges show a monotonic increase. The axial and volume thermal expansion coefficients of pyrophyllite were modelled between 298 and 773 K following the equation α V( T) = α 0(1 - 10 T -1/2), with α V298 K = 2.2(2) × 10-5 K-1 [with V 0 = 424.2(1) Å3 and α 0 = 5.5(3) × 10-5 K-1] and thermal anisotropic scheme α a : α b : α c = 1.20:1:2.72. By linear regression, we obtained: V( T)/ V 0 = 1 + α 0V· T = 1 + 3.1(2) × 10-5 ( T - T 0). The thermal behaviour of talc-1 Tc was investigated by in situ synchrotron powder

  6. [In situ experimental study of phase transition of calcite by Raman spectroscopy at high temperature and high pressure].

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    Liu, Chuan-jiang; Zheng, Hai-fei

    2012-02-01

    The phase transitions of calcite at high temperature and high pressure were investigated by using hydrothermal diamond anvil cell combined with Raman spectroscopy. The result showed that the Raman peak of 155 cm(-1) disappeared, the peak of 1 087 cm(-1) splited into 1083 and 1 090 cm(-1) peaks and the peak of 282 cm(-1) abruptly reduced to 231 cm(-1) at ambient temperature when the system pressure increased to 1 666 and 2 127 MPa respectively, which proved that calcite transformed to calcite-II and calcite-III. In the heating process at the initial pressure of 2 761 MPa and below 171 degrees C, there was no change in Raman characteristic peaks of calcite-III. As the temperature increased to 171 degrees C, the color of calcite crystal became opaque completely and the symmetric stretching vibration peak of 1 087 cm(-1), in-plane bending vibration peak of 713 cm(-1) and lattice vibration peaks of 155 and 282 cm(-1) began to mutate, showing that the calcite-III transformed to a new phase of calcium carbonate at the moment. When the temperature dropped to room temperature, this new phase remained stable all along. It also indicated that the process of phase transformation from calcite to the new phase of calcium carbonate was irreversible. The equation of phase transition between calcite-III and new phase of calcium carbonate can be determined by P(MPa) = 9.09T x (degrees C) +1 880. The slopes of the Raman peak (v1 087) of symmetrical stretching vibration depending on pressure and temperature are dv/dP = 5.1 (cm(-1) x GPa(-1)) and dv/dT = -0.055 3(cm(-1) x degrees C(-1)), respectively. PMID:22512172

  7. Seismic velocities and anisotropy in subducting slabs: Constrains from high pressure Brillouin scattering studies on hydrous phases

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    Sanchez-Valle, C.

    2009-05-01

    Water transported and released into the upper mantle via subduction of oceanic lithosphere has a profound effect on the physical and mechanical properties of mantle materials and may trigger earthquakes and partial melting. The identification of water storage sites in the slab is therefore necessary to constrain H2O recycling through subduction zones and the effect that its circulation on a global scale has on the dynamics of the Earth's interior. As seismology represents the preferred method to detect hydration, knowledge of the sound velocities and elastic properties of candidate hydrous minerals are essential to interpret the seismic velocity structure and anisotropy of subducted plates. Dense hydrous magnesium silicates (DHMS) are recognized as important host for H2O in the slab, but their elastic properties under the appropriate pressure-temperature conditions are still poorly constrained. Here I present recent high-pressure Brillouin spectroscopy measurements to determine the sound velocities and single-crystal elastic properties of Fe-bearing phase A (phA) and phase E (phE), two DHMS that may transport water into the upper mantle and transition zone. Measurements were performed on samples compressed up to 16.5(2) GPa in the diamond-anvil cell. The results provide new insights into the behavior of hydrous minerals under subduction conditions and the possibility of identifying hydration through seismic observations. In both cases, the shear properties of the materials are important factors in the conclusions reached. The compressional (VP) and shear (VS) wave velocities of phA and phE are significantly lower than those of other phases in slab peridotite with whom they coexist. The new data is used with existing thermoelastic data to compute the density and seismic velocity structure of harzburgitic subducted slabs with various degrees of hydration at pressures corresponding to the upper mantle and transition zone. The results suggest that the seismic

  8. Influence of external effects on the electrical properties of high pressure perovskite-like phases CaCu3Ti4-xVxO12

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    Melnikova, N. V.; Ustinova, I. S.; Kadyrova, N. I.; Mirzorakhimov, A. A.; Zaynulin, Yu G.; Babushkin, A. N.

    2015-11-01

    Samples of high pressure perovskite-like phases CaCu3Ti4-xVxO12, x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 were synthesized at high-pressure and high-temperature conditions in a toroid-type high-pressure chamber. Their electrical properties were studied by impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range from 1 Hz to 30 MHz at temperatures of 300 to 600 K and at pressures of 10 to 30 GPa.

  9. Ab initio investigation of phase stability of Y2Ti2O7 and Y2Zr2O7 under high pressure

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    Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Gao, Fei; Weber, William J.

    2009-12-31

    The phase stabilities of Y2Ti2O7 and Y2Zr2O7 under high pressure were investigated by ab initio methods. Pyrochlore-structured Y2Ti2O7 and defect-fluorite Y2Zr2O7 exhibit different responses to high pressure. Both the defect-fluorite and defect-cotunnite structures are energetically more stable at high pressure in Y2Ti2O7, but comparison with experimental results suggest that only the transformation to the defect-fluorite structure is kinetically favored. For Y2Zr2O7, the defect-fluorite phase should undergo a structural transformation to the defect-cotunnite state under high pressure.

  10. High-pressure and high-temperature phase diagram for Fe0.9Ni0.1-H alloy

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    Shibazaki, Yuki; Terasaki, Hidenori; Ohtani, Eiji; Tateyama, Ryuji; Nishida, Keisuke; Funakoshi, Ken-ichi; Higo, Yuji

    2014-03-01

    Planetary cores are considered to consist of an iron-nickel (Fe-Ni) alloy and light elements and hydrogen is one of plausible light elements in the core. Here we have performed in situ X-ray diffraction experiments on an Fe0.9Ni0.1-H system up to 15.1 GPa and 1673 K, and investigated the effect of Ni on phase relations of FeHx under high pressure and high temperature. The experimental system in the present work was oversaturated with hydrogen. We found a face-center-cubic (fcc) phase (with hydrogen concentration up to x∼1) and a body-center-cubic (bcc) phase (x < 0.1) as stable phases. The partial melting was observed below 6 GPa. We could not observe a double-hexagonal-close-packed (dhcp) phase because of limitations in pressure and temperature conditions. The stability field of each phase of Fe0.9Ni0.1Hx was almost same as that of FeHx. The solidus of Fe0.9Ni0.1Hx was 500-700 K lower than the melting curve of Fe and its liquidus was 400-600 K lower than that of Fe in the pressure range of this study. Both the solidus and liquidus of Fe0.9Ni0.1Hx were depressed at around 3.5 GPa, as was the solidus of FeHx. The hydrogen contents in fcc-Fe0.9Ni0.1Hx just below solidus were slightly lower than those of fcc-FeHx, which suggests that nickel is likely to prevent dissolution of hydrogen into iron. Due to the lower hydrogen solubilities in Fe0.9Ni0.1 compared to Fe, the solidus of Fe0.9Ni0.1Hx is about 100-150 K higher than that of FeHx.

  11. High-temperature- and high-pressure-induced formation of the Laves-phase compound XeS2

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    Yan, Xiaozhen; Chen, Yangmei; Xiang, Shikai; Kuang, Xiaoyu; Bi, Yan; Chen, Haiyan

    2016-06-01

    We explore the reactivity of xenon with sulfur under high pressure, using unbiased structure searching techniques combined with first-principles calculations, which identify a stable XeS2 compound crystallized in a Laves phase with hypercoordinated (16-fold) Xe at 191 GPa and 0 K. Taking the thermal effects into account, we find that increasing the temperature could further stabilize it. The formation of XeS2 is a consequence of pressure-induced charge transfer from Xe to S atoms and the delocalization of Xe 5 p and S 3 p electrons. Meanwhile, the stabilization into a Laves phase of XeS2 is the result of delocalized chemical bonding and the need for optimum structure packing. The present discussion of the formation mechanism in XeS2 is general, and conclusions can be used to understand the formation of other Laves-phase compounds and the Xe chemistry that allows closed-shell Xe to participate in chemical reactions.

  12. Single crystal diffraction studies of phase transition of minerals across Fe high-low spin transition at high pressure

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    Merlini, M.; Hanfland, M.

    2011-12-01

    The spin state of Fe in structure of minerals relevant for the lower mantle mineralogy, is known to undergo a high to low spin state change. This phenomena is often coupled to a remarkable volume contraction and from a structural point of view, often is associated to isosymmetrical phase transition. Recent improvements at X-Ray beamlines for diffraction at extreme conditions at synchrotron facilities allow the possibility to perform single crystal diffraction and determine crystal structure of minerals at extreme conditions, including also structural studies across first or second order phase transition. The accurate knowledge of crystal structure and of phase behaviour at high pressure is a very important step in order to: 1-understand the physical properties; 2- have an accurate experimental constraint on numerical simulation. We report here three examples of structure determination by single crystal X-Ray diffraction at extreme conditions concerning phase transition related to Fe spin state change, measured at ID09A beamline (ESRF, France). CaFe2O4 undergoes a spin transition at 50 GPa. XRD before and after indicate the symmetry and crystal structure is the same. The transition is marked by 10 % volume contraction. The use of He as pressure transmitting media strongly reduced strain induced by pressure and let the crystal survive this transition, allowing for the first time direct determination of Fe-O bond length changes related to variation of spin state. The main structural difference between high and low spin structure is simply a collapse of FeO6 polyhedra. FeCO3 has been also investigated, and the results are also compared with already present in literature. FeCO3 undergoes a transition around 45 GPa, with a remarked hysteresis. In the pressure range 20-45 however an anomalous behaviour is noticed, probably related to a different spin interaction due to reduced Fe-Fe distances. Fe1-xS pyrrhotite has been investigated in two different structure (a

  13. Coexistence of site- and bond-centered electron localization in the high-pressure phase of LuF e2O4

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    Hearne, G. R.; Carleschi, E.; Sibanda, W. N.; Musyimi, P.; Diguet, G.; Kudasov, Yu. B.; Maslov, D. A.; Korshunov, A. S.

    2016-03-01

    Magnetic-electronic hyperfine interaction parameters of spectral components are obtained from in situ 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy pressure studies of the mixed-valence LuF e2O4 multiferroic, up to ˜30 GPa and on recovered high-pressure phase samples. Temperature-dependent Mössbauer spectra of the low-pressure phase show that F e2 + and F e3 + sites are discernible, consistent with known site-centered charge order in the triangular (frustrated) Fe sublattice network. Magnetic spectra of the high-pressure phase, stabilized in a rectangular Fe sublattice network at P >8 GPa , exhibit fingerprints of iron in an intermediate valence state only. Temperature-dependent resistivity pressure studies evidence thermally activated small polaron motion in the high-pressure phase. These experimental signatures, complemented by ab initio calculations of electronic structure, are considered evidence of asymmetric dimer formation Fe(2 +Δ +)⇔Fe(3 -Δ )+ , where the minority-spin electron deconfinement coefficient is Δ =0.3 -0.4 . Bragg satellites discerned in electron diffraction patterns of the metastable high-pressure phase possibly stem from this admixture of site- and bond-centered localization (intermediate-state charge order) in a magnetic background. This breaks inversion symmetry and potentially renders LuF e2O4 in its high-pressure phase as a new charge order instigated (electronic) ferroelectric.

  14. Phase diagram of the itinerant helical magnet MnSi at high pressures and strong magnetic fields

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    Stishov, Sergei

    We performed a series of resistivity, heat capacity and ultrasound speed measurements of a MnSi single crystal at high pressures and strong magnetic fields [1-3]. Two notable features of the phase transition in MnSi that disappear on pressure increasin are a sharp peak marking the first order phase transition and a shallow maximum, situated slightly above the critical temperature and pointing to the domain of prominent helical fluctuations. The longitudinal and transverse ultrasound speeds and attenuation were measured in a MnSi single crystal in the temperature range of 2-40 K and magnetic fields to 7 Tesla. The magnetic phase transition in MnSi in zero magnetic field is signified by a quasi-discontinuity in the c11 elastic constant, which almost vanishes at the skyrmion - paramagnetic transition at high magnetic fields. The powerful fluctuations at the minima of c11 make the mentioned crossing point of the minima and the phase transition lines similar to a critical end point, where a second order phase transition meets a first order one.

  15. Structures of two intermediate phases between the B1 and B2 phases of PbS under high pressure

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    Li, Yanchun E-mail: liuj@ihep.ac.cn; Lin, Chuanlong; Li, Xiaodong; Liu, Jing E-mail: liuj@ihep.ac.cn; Xu, Jian; Li, Gong

    2014-12-15

    The structural transitions of PbS were investigated at pressures up to 50 GPa using synchrotron powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods in diamond anvil cells. We found two intermediate phases between the B1 phase under atmospheric pressure and the B2 phase at 21.1 GPa, which is different to previous reports. The structures of these two intermediate phases were indexed as B27 and B33, respectively. Their structural parameters were investigated using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our results provide a new insight into understanding the transition pathway between the B1 and B2 phases in PbS.

  16. Unified transition path and universal transition state for ZB to RS or WZ to RS high pressure phase transition

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    Miao, Maosheng

    2005-07-01

    We show that the previously proposed transition paths for high pressure phase transitions for semiconductor from zinc blende (ZB) to rocksalt (RS) and from wurtzite (WZ) to rocksalt can be unified and can be extended to transitions from various tetrahedrally bonded polytypes to rocksalt [1]. Our first principle pseudopotential calculations with density functional and constrained relaxation methods on SiC showed that the ZB to RS transition has the lowest transition barrier. Our calculations on ZB to RS transition path for other semiconductors including II-VI, III-V and group IV semiconductors, show that the position and the geometry of the transition state, the state that correspond to the transition barrier, are universal and do not depend on the chemical components of the system [2]. We also extended the Landau phase transition model to a ZB to RS transition by using a cosine function of the atom displacement as order parameter. The model shows that the position of the transition state does not depend on the coupling between the atom displacement and the strains of the lattice, which is the key point that the transition state is independent of the chemical components. [1] M. S. Miao and Walter R. L. Lambrecht, Phys. Rev. B 68, 092103 (2003). [2] M. S. Miao and Walter R. L. Lambrecht, Phys. Rev. Lett., accepted

  17. High-Efficiency, Ultra-High Pressure Electrolysis With Direct Linkage to PV Arrays - Phase II SBIR Final Report

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    Martin A Shimko

    2009-08-08

    In this Phase II SBIR, Avalence LLC met all proposed objectives. Because the original Phase III partner pulled out of the project, several alternative sites/partners were used to achieve the goals. The on-site operation and PV measurements were performed on a smaller unit at General Motors proving grounds in Milford, MI. The actual equipment targeted for AC Transit will be delivered to Robins Air Force Base in September of 2009 to support the fueling of a fuel cell powered fork lift and 'Bobcat'. In addition the Transit Agency Site Requirements and Constraints were performed for the Greater New Haven Transit District (GNHTD) for the Hamden, CT Public Works building that will be the site for a similar fueling station to be delivered in the Spring of 2010. The Detailed Design Package was also based on the Design for the GNHTD unit. The work on this project successfuly demonstrated the potential of Avalence's high pressure technology to address the need for renewably produced hydrogen fuel for transportation applications. Several follow-on projects in a numerber of related applications are now underway as a result of this SBIR project.

  18. The 10Å phase: a high-pressure expandable sheet silicate stable during subduction of hydrated lithosphere

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    Fumagalli, Patrizia; Stixrude, Lars; Poli, Stefano; Snyder, Don

    2001-03-01

    H 2O storage and release in deep subducting lithosphere is controlled by complex reaction suites involving a variety of hydrous phases. As a result of its relatively large thermal stability and intermediate composition, the 10Å phase (Mg 3Si 4O 10(OH) 2· nH 2O) has been regarded as a relevant H 2O reservoir in a wide range of rock compositions and mineral assemblages. High-pressure syntheses of the 10Å phase were carried out at 6.7 GPa and 650°C under fluid-saturated conditions in a Walker-type multi-anvil apparatus, from 5 min to 430 h. X-ray powder diffraction of large platy hexagonal crystals of the 10Å phase (up to 100 μm) were indexed on the basis of a trioctahedral-type structure. Long-term run products (>110 h) reveal sensitivity of the 10Å phase to treatment with acetone leading to the appearance of diffractions at greater d-spacings (10.2-11.6 Å) with respect to the basal peak of the 10Å phase (9.64-10.07 Å). This swelling behavior is strongly related to synthesis run duration. The Raman spectrum of the 10Å phase at frequencies less than 800 cm -1 shows a strong similarity to talc. In the Si-O stretching region (800-1100 cm -1), the 10Å phase exhibits three modes (909, 992 and 1058 cm -1), as compared to two in talc. The bending mode of water (ν 2) is found at 1593 cm -1. In the OH stretching region, peaks at 3593, 3622 and 3668 cm -1 were observed. The acetone treated sample shows a C-H stretching mode at 2923 cm -1 while the double bond CO signal is absent. The swelling behavior of the 10Å phase is interpreted as due to intercalation of acetone with pre-existing interlayer water. The efficiency of this process is dependent on the amount of the interlayer water which in turn depends on run duration. The relation between the response to acetone treatment and run duration is therefore interpreted as a time-dependent hydration of the 10Å phase. The fractions transformed from non-expandable to expandable fractions was fitted to the Avrami

  19. Timing and conditions of high-pressure metamorphism in the western Grenville Province: Constraints from accessory mineral composition and phase equilibrium modeling

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    Marsh, Jeffrey H.; Culshaw, Nicholas G.

    2014-07-01

    Previous geochronological analyses of high pressure (HP) metamorphic rocks in the western Grenville Province, Ontario, Canada have yielded precise U-Pb zircon ages; however, uncertainty has remained as to whether these ages represent the timing of HP metamorphism or the granulite/amphibolite facies overprint accompanying exhumation to a hot middle orogenic crust. Detailed study of these HP rocks, involving garnet, rutile, and zircon trace element analysis, phase equilibrium modeling, and zircon U-Pb geochronology, has yielded much improved constraints on the timing and conditions of HP metamorphism. Zircon from five of the six HP samples yield anchored discordia upper intercept and 207Pb/206Pb weighted average ages between 1097 and 1085 Ma, and typically have trace element compositions consistent with growth in a garnet-rich, plagioclase-poor eclogite-type assemblage (i.e. no negative Eu anomaly and flat HREE trends). Titanium-in-zircon and Zr-in-rutile thermometry indicates that the range of zircon crystallization temperatures for most samples (643-767 °C) is close to that of rutile inclusions in garnet (668-753 °C) and matrix rutile (690-772 °C). Phase relations in a pseudosection calculated for the sample that best preserves the HP assemblage indicate that: (1) the stability field for the inclusions observed in garnet and kyanite is between 11.5 < P < 14 kbar and 600 < T < 700 °C, and (2) zircon and rutile crystallization temperatures intersect the inferred HP assemblage field (Grt + Cpx + Ky + Rt + Hbl + Qtz) and garnet and kyanite modal isopleths at P > ~ 15 kbar, indicating that the ca. 1090 Ma zircon ages date metamorphism at eclogite facies conditions. Thus, the deep burial of mafic lower crust that resulted in HP metamorphism in the western CGB occurred just prior to the main "Ottawan" phase of continental collision in the western Grenville Province (ca. 1080-1040 Ma).

  20. Phase relations and sound velocity measurements of iron-sulfur systems at high pressure: implications for the Earth's inner core

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    Ohtani, E.; Kamada, S.; Sakai, T.; Terasaki, H.; Shibazaki, Y.; Sakamaki, T.; Takahashi, S.; Sakairi, T.; Fukui, H.; Baron, A. Q.

    2012-12-01

    The sound velocity is one of the most important physical properties which can be assessed by seismology. In spite of its importance, the technical difficulty provides limitation of the measurements under the core conditions. Here we show the results of measurements of the sound velocity of hcp-iron, Fe3S, and FeH by the inelastic X-ray scattering (IXS) method using DAC at high pressure and temperature. Inelastic X-ray scattering spectra were taken at BL35XU, Spring-8. We made the measurements of hcp-iron at pressures up to 180 GPa at room temperature, which is the highest pressure for the IXS measurement. Sound velocity measurements at high pressure and temperature were made up to 91 GPa at 700 K, and to 62 GPa and 1000 K using the external heating diamond anvil cell. The present results revealed that there is almost no temperature effect on the sound velocity of hcp-Fe at least up to 1000 K. We also measured the sound velocity and density of Fe3S up to 85 GPa at room temperature, and clarified the effect of sulfur and hydrogen on the sound velocity of iron at high pressure. Phase relations of the Fe-S (Kamada et al., 2010; 2012) and Fe-S-O systems (Terasaki et al., 2011) were studied up to the core pressures based on the laser heated diamond anvil cell combined with the in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction at SPring-8. Fe3S dissolves first at the solidus before melting of FeO and metallic iron alloy at the liquidus of the systems up to 180 GPa. The maximum solubility of sulfur in hcp-iron approaches to about 7.5 at % at 86 GPa and 8 at % at 123 GPa, and it does not increase so much at higher pressures. The temperature at ICB based on the extrapolation of the liquidus and solidus temperatures of the outer core composition in the Fe-S-O is about 4360-5630 K assuming that the outer core composition is Fe75O5S20 in the atomic ratio. The temperature at the core-mantle boundary will be 3340-4300 K by the adiabatic decompression from the temperature at the inner core

  1. Developing a platform for high-resolution phase contrast imaging of high pressure shock waves in matter

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    Schropp, Andreas; Patommel, Jens; Seiboth, Frank; Arnold, Brice; Galtier, Eric C.; Lee, Hae Ja; Nagler, Bob; Hastings, Jerome B.; Schroer, Christian G.

    2012-10-01

    Current and upcoming X-ray sources, such as the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC, USA), the SPring-8 Angstrom Compact Free Electron Laser (SACLA, Japan), or the X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL, Germany) will provide X-ray beams with outstanding properties.1, 2 Short and intense X-ray pulses of about 50 fs time duration and even shorter will push X-ray science to new frontiers such as, e. g., in high-resolution X-ray imaging, high-energy-density physics or in dynamical studies based on pump-probe techniques. Fast processes in matter often require high-resolution imaging capabilities either by magnified imaging in direct space or diffractive imaging in reciprocal space. In both cases highest resolutions require focusing the X-ray beam.3, 4 In order to further develop high-resolution imaging at free-electron laser sources we are planning a platform to carry out high-resolution phase contrast imaging experiments based on Beryllium compound refractive X-ray lenses (Be-CRLs) at the Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) endstation of the LCLS. The instrument provides all necessary equipment to induce high pressure shock waves by optical lasers. The propagation of a shock wave is then monitored with an X-ray Free Electron Laser (FEL) pulse by magnified phase contrast imaging. With the CRL optics, X-ray beam sizes in the sub-100nm range are expected, leading to a similar spatial resolution in the direct coherent projection image. The experiment combines different state-of-the art scientific techniques that are currently available at the LCLS. In this proceedings paper we describe the technical developments carried out at the LCLS in order to implement magnified X-ray phase contrast imaging at the MEC endstation.

  2. Pressure-induced structural phase transition, elastic and thermodynamic properties of ReC under high pressure

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    Lei, Hui-Ru; Zhu, Jun; Hao, Yan-Jun; Zhang, Lin; Zhao, Yu-Xin; Zhan, Guo-Fu

    2015-10-01

    The pressure-induced structural phase transition of rhenium monocarbon (ReC) is investigated via the projector augmented wave (PAW) method with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Using the first-principles calculations, the equilibrium structural parameters of ReC in rocksalt (NaCl), cesium chloride (CsCl), zinc blende (ZB), wurtzite (WZ), nickel arsenide (NiAs) and tungsten carbide (WC) types are successfully obtained, and the results are well consistent with other theoretical data. It is firstly noted that WC-ReC translates into CsCl-ReC at 510.50 GPa by analyzing the enthalpy difference versus pressure. From the calculated elastic constants, the aggregate elastic modulus (B, G, E), the Poisson's ratio (σ) and the Debye temperature ΘD of WC-type are also derived. It is observed that all the data of WC-ReC obtained increase monotonically with increasing pressure. Meanwhile, the thermodynamic properties of WC-ReC under high temperature and high pressure are investigated applying nonempirical Debye model in the quasi-harmonic approximation.

  3. High-pressure transitions in MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and a new high-pressure phase of Mg{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Enomoto, A.; Kojitani, H.; Akaogi, M. Miura, H.; Yusa, H.

    2009-02-15

    Phase transitions in MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} were examined at 21-27 GPa and 1400-2500 deg. C using a multianvil apparatus. A mixture of MgO and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} corundum that are high-pressure dissociation products of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel combines into calcium-ferrite type MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} at 26-27 GPa and 1400-2000 deg. C. At temperature above 2000 deg. C at pressure below 25.5 GPa, a mixture of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} corundum and a new phase with Mg{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 5} composition is stable. The transition boundary between the two fields has a strongly negative pressure-temperature slope. Structure analysis and Rietveld refinement on the basis of the powder X-ray diffraction profile of the Mg{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 5} phase indicated that the phase represented a new structure type with orthorhombic symmetry (Pbam), and the lattice parameters were determined as a=9.3710(6) A, b=12.1952(6) A, c=2.7916(2) A, V=319.03(3) A{sup 3}, Z=4. The structure consists of edge-sharing and corner-sharing (Mg, Al)O{sub 6} octahedra, and contains chains of edge-sharing octahedra running along the c-axis. A part of Mg atoms are accommodated in six-coordinated trigonal prism sites in tunnels surrounded by the chains of edge-sharing (Mg, Al)O{sub 6} octahedra. The structure is related with that of ludwigite (Mg, Fe{sup 2+}){sub 2}(Fe{sup 3+}, Al)(BO{sub 3})O{sub 2}. The molar volume of the Mg{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 5} phase is smaller by 0.18% than sum of molar volumes of 2MgO and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} corundum. High-pressure dissociation to the mixture of corundum-type phase and the phase with ludwigite-related structure has been found only in MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} among various A{sup 2+}B{sup 3+}{sub 2}O{sub 4} compounds. - Graphical abstract: MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} dissociates into a mixture of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} corundum and a new high-pressure phase of Mg{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 5} at high pressures and temperatures. The Mg{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 5} phase represents a new structure type with

  4. Effects of gasket on coupled plastic flow and strain-induced phase transformations under high pressure and large torsion in a rotational diamond anvil cell

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    Feng, Biao; Levitas, Valery I.

    2016-01-01

    Combined plastic flow and strain-induced phase transformations (PTs) under high pressure in a sample within a gasket subjected to three dimensional compression and torsion in a rotational diamond anvil cell (RDAC) are studied using a finite element approach. The results are obtained for the weaker, equal-strength, and stronger high-pressure phases in comparison with low-pressure phases. It is found that, due to the strong gasket, the pressure in the sample is relatively homogenous and the geometry of the transformed zones is mostly determined by heterogeneity in plastic flow. For the equal-strength phases, the PT rate is higher than for the weaker and stronger high-pressure phases. For the weaker high-pressure phase, transformation softening induces material instability and leads to strain and PT localization. For the stronger high-pressure phase, the PT is suppressed by strain hardening during PT. The effect of the kinetic parameter k that scales the PT rate in the strain-controlled kinetic equation is also examined. In comparison with a traditional diamond anvil cell without torsion, the PT progress is much faster in RDAC under the same maximum pressure in the sample. Finally, the gasket size and strength effects are discussed. For a shorter and weaker gasket, faster plastic flow in radial and thickness directions leads to faster PT kinetics in comparison with a longer and stronger gasket. The rates of PT and plastic flows are not very sensitive to the modest change in a gasket thickness. Multiple experimental results are reproduced and interpreted. Obtained results allow one to design the desired pressure-plastic strain loading program in the experiments for searching new phases, reducing PT pressure by plastic shear, extracting kinetic properties from experiments with heterogeneous fields, and controlling homogeneity of all fields and kinetics of PTs.

  5. The phase diagram of water at high pressures as obtained by computer simulations of the TIP4P/2005 model: the appearance of a plastic crystal phase.

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    Aragones, J L; Conde, M M; Noya, E G; Vega, C

    2009-01-21

    In this work the high pressure region of the phase diagram of water has been studied by computer simulation by using the TIP4P/2005 model of water. Free energy calculations were performed for ices VII and VIII and for the fluid phase to determine the melting curve of these ices. In addition, molecular dynamics simulations were performed at high temperatures (440 K) observing the spontaneous freezing of the liquid into a solid phase at pressures of about 80,000 bar. The analysis of the structure obtained lead to the conclusion that a plastic crystal phase was formed. In the plastic crystal phase the oxygen atoms were arranged forming a body center cubic structure, as in ice VII, but the water molecules were able to rotate almost freely. Free energy calculations were performed for this new phase, and it was found that for TIP4P/2005 this plastic crystal phase is thermodynamically stable with respect to ices VII and VIII for temperatures higher than about 400 K, although the precise value depends on the pressure. By using Gibbs-Duhem simulations, all coexistence lines were determined, and the phase diagram of the TIP4P/2005 model was obtained, including ices VIII and VII and the new plastic crystal phase. The TIP4P/2005 model is able to describe qualitatively the phase diagram of water. It would be of interest to study if such a plastic crystal phase does indeed exist for real water. The nearly spherical shape of water makes possible the formation of a plastic crystal phase at high temperatures. The formation of a plastic crystal phase at high temperatures (with a bcc arrangements of oxygen atoms) is fast from a kinetic point of view occurring in about 2 ns. This is in contrast to the nucleation of ice Ih which requires simulations of the order of hundreds of ns. PMID:19283272

  6. High-pressure phase transitions of ScPO4 and YPO4 - Published - Phys. Rev. B: Condens. Matter, 80, 184114 (2009).

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    Zhang, F. X.; Wang, J. W.; Lang, M.; Zhang, J. M.; Ewing, Rodney C.; Boatner, Lynn A

    2009-01-01

    ScPO4 and YPO4 with the tetragonal zircon-structure were studied at room temperature and pressures up to ~50 GPa. Pressure-induced phase transitions to the sheelite structure occur at 30 GPa for ScPO4 and 16.3 GPa for YPO4, respectively. In addition to the scheelite-type high-pressure phase, an intermediate phase with the monoclinic monazite-type structure formed during the phase transition process of YPO4. The high-pressure phases of ScPO4 and YPO4 are not quenchable on pressure release. The pressure dependence of the total energy of the different phases was calculated using density functional method, and the results confirm the experimentally observed phase relations under pressure. Structural parameters and compressibility of each phase were determined by refinement of the x-ray diffraction patterns. The high-pressure phase of ScPO4 has a very large bulk modulus (376(8) GPa).

  7. Monitoring Rates and Heterogeneity of High-Pressure Germination of Bacillus Spores by Phase-Contrast Microscopy of Individual Spores

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    Kong, Lingbo; Doona, Christopher J.; Setlow, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Germination of Bacillus spores with a high pressure (HP) of ∼150 MPa is via activation of spores' germinant receptors (GRs). The HP germination of multiple individual Bacillus subtilis spores in a diamond anvil cell (DAC) was monitored with phase-contrast microscopy. Major conclusions were that (i) >95% of wild-type spores germinated in 40 min in a DAC at ∼150 MPa and 37°C but individual spores' germination kinetics were heterogeneous; (ii) individual spores' HP germination kinetic parameters were similar to those of nutrient-triggered germination with a variable lag time (Tlag) prior to a period of the rapid release (ΔTrelease) of the spores' dipicolinic acid in a 1:1 chelate with Ca2+ (CaDPA); (iii) spore germination at 50 MPa had longer average Tlag values than that at ∼150 MPa, but the ΔTrelease values at the two pressures were identical and HPs of <10 MPa did not induce germination; (iv) B. subtilis spores that lacked the cortex-lytic enzyme CwlJ and that were germinated with an HP of 150 MPa exhibited average ΔTrelease values ∼15-fold longer than those for wild-type spores, but the two types of spores exhibited similar average Tlag values; and (v) the germination of wild-type spores given a ≥30-s 140-MPa HP pulse followed by a constant pressure of 1 MPa was the same as that of spores exposed to a constant pressure of 140 MPa that was continued for ≥35 min; (vi) however, after short 150-MPa HP pulses and incubation at 0.1 MPa (ambient pressure), spore germination stopped 5 to 10 min after the HP was released. These results suggest that an HP of ∼150 MPa for ≤30 s is sufficient to fully activate spores' GRs, which remain activated at 1 MPa but can deactivate at ambient pressure. PMID:24162576

  8. Ammonia-water mixtures at high pressures - Melting curves of ammonia dihydrate and ammonia monohydrate and a revised high-pressure phase diagram for the water-rich region. [in primordial solar system ices

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    Boone, S.; Nicol, M. F.

    1991-01-01

    The phase relations of some mixtures of ammonia and water are investigated to create a phase diagram in pressure-temperature-composition space relevant to the geophysical study of bodies in the outer solar system. The mixtures of NH3(x)H2O(1-x), where x is greater than 0.30 but less than 0.51, are examined at pressures and temperatures ranging from 0-6.5 GPa and 125-400 K, respectively. The ruby luminescence technique monitors the pressure and a diamond-anvil cell compresses the samples, and the phases are identified by means of normal- and polarized-light optical microscopy. The melting curve for NH3H2O(2) is described by the equation T = 176 + 60P - 8.5P squared for the ranges of 0.06-1.4 GPa and 179-243 K. The equation for NH3H2O is T = 194 + 37P - P squared, which represents a minor correction of a previous description by Johnson et al. (1985). Observed phase transitions are consistent with the high-pressure stability limit of NH3H2O(2), and the transition boundary is found to be linear.

  9. High-Temperature Phase Transitions in CsH2PO4 Under Ambient and High-Pressure Conditions: A Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction Study

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    Botez,C.; Hermosillo, J.; Zhang, J.; Qian, J.; Zhao, Y.; Majzlan, J.; Chianelli, R.; Pantea, C.

    2007-01-01

    To clarify the microscopic origin of the temperature-induced three-order-of-magnitude jump in the proton conductivity of CsH2PO4 (superprotonic behavior), we have investigated its crystal structure modifications within the 25-300 C temperature range under both ambient- and high-pressure conditions using synchrotron x-ray diffraction. Our high-pressure data show no indication of the thermal decomposition/polymerization at the crystal surface recently proposed as the origin of the enhanced proton conductivity. Instead, we found direct evidence that the superprotonic behavior of the title material is associated with a polymorphic structural transition to a high-temperature cubic phase. Our results are in excellent agreement with previous high-pressure ac impedance measurements.

  10. High pressure homogenization and two-phased anaerobic digestion for enhanced biogas conversion from municipal waste sludge.

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    Wahidunnabi, Abdullahil K; Eskicioglu, Cigdem

    2014-12-01

    This study compared advanced anaerobic digestion combining two-phased anaerobic digestion (2PAD) with high pressure homogenization (HPH) pretreatment to conventional anaerobic digestion of municipal sludge at laboratory scale. The study began with examination of thickened waste activated sludge (TWAS) solubilization due to HPH pretreatment at different pressure (0-12,000 psi) and chemical dose (0.009-0.036 g NaOH/g total solids). Homogenizing pressure was found as the most significant factor (p-value < 0.05) for increasing solubilization of particulate chemical oxygen demand (COD) and biopolymers in TWAS. Based on the preliminary results, a pretreatment with chemical dose of 0.009 g NaOH/g total solids and pressure of 12,000 psi was selected for digester studies. Upon acclimation of anaerobic inocula to pretreatments, a total number of twelve lab-scale digesters were operated under scenarios including single-stage (control), 2PAD, and HPH coupled with 2PAD (HPH + 2PAD) at sludge retention times (SRTs) of 20, 14 and 7 days. Between mesophilic and thermophilic temperatures, mesophilic digestion was found to benefit more from pretreatments. Relative (to control) improvements in methane yield and volatile solids (VS) removals increased noticeably as SRT was shortened from 20 to 14 and 7 days. HPH + 2PAD system was found to achieve the maximum methane production (0.61-1.32 L CH4/Ldigester-d) and VS removals (43-64%). Thermophilic control, 2PAD and HPH + 2PAD systems resulted in significant pathogen removals meeting Class A biosolids requirements according to Organic Matter Recycling Regulations (OMRR) of British Columbia (BC) at 20 d SRT. Energy analysis indicated that all the digestion scenarios attained positive energy balance with 2PAD system operated at 20 d SRT producing the maximum net energy of 4.76 GJ/tonne CODadded. PMID:25243656

  11. The local phase transitions of the solvent in the neighborhood of a solvophobic polymer at high pressures

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    Budkov, Yu. A.; Vyalov, I. I.; Kolesnikov, A. L.; Georgi, N.; Chuev, G. N.; Kiselev, M. G.

    2014-11-01

    We investigate local phase transitions of the solvent in the neighborhood of a solvophobic polymer chain which is induced by a change of the polymer-solvent repulsion and the solvent pressure in the bulk solution. We describe the polymer in solution by the Edwards model, where the conditional partition function of the polymer chain at a fixed radius of gyration is described by a mean-field theory. The contributions of the polymer-solvent and the solvent-solvent interactions to the total free energy are described within the mean-field approximation. We obtain the total free energy of the solution as a function of the radius of gyration and the average solvent number density within the gyration volume. The resulting system of coupled equations is solved varying the polymer-solvent repulsion strength at high solvent pressure in the bulk. We show that the coil-globule (globule-coil) transition occurs accompanied by a local solvent evaporation (condensation) within the gyration volume.

  12. The local phase transitions of the solvent in the neighborhood of a solvophobic polymer at high pressures

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    Budkov, Yu. A.; Vyalov, I. I.; Kolesnikov, A. L.; Georgi, N.; Chuev, G. N.; Kiselev, M. G.

    2014-11-28

    We investigate local phase transitions of the solvent in the neighborhood of a solvophobic polymer chain which is induced by a change of the polymer-solvent repulsion and the solvent pressure in the bulk solution. We describe the polymer in solution by the Edwards model, where the conditional partition function of the polymer chain at a fixed radius of gyration is described by a mean-field theory. The contributions of the polymer-solvent and the solvent-solvent interactions to the total free energy are described within the mean-field approximation. We obtain the total free energy of the solution as a function of the radius of gyration and the average solvent number density within the gyration volume. The resulting system of coupled equations is solved varying the polymer-solvent repulsion strength at high solvent pressure in the bulk. We show that the coil-globule (globule-coil) transition occurs accompanied by a local solvent evaporation (condensation) within the gyration volume.

  13. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies of phase transitions and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline materials at high pressure

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    Prilliman, Gerald Stephen

    2003-09-01

    The behavior of nanocrystals under extreme pressure was investigated using synchrotron x-ray diffraction. A major part of this investigation was the testing of a prototype synchrotron endstation on a bend magnet beamline at the Advanced Light Source for high pressure work using a diamond anvil cell. The experiments conducted and documented here helped to determine issues of efficiency and accuracy that had to be resolved before the construction of a dedicated ''super-bend'' beamline and endstation. The major conclusions were the need for a cryo-cooled monochromator and a fully remote-controllable pressurization system which would decrease the time to change pressure and greatly reduce the error created by the re-placement of the diamond anvil cell after each pressure change. Two very different types of nanocrystal systems were studied, colloidal iron oxide (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and thin film TiN/BN. Iron oxide nanocrystals were found to have a transition from the {gamma} to the {alpha} structure at a pressure strongly dependent on the size of the nanocrystals, ranging from 26 GPa for 7.2 nm nanocrystals to 37 GPa for 3.6 nm nanocrystals. All nanocrystals were found to remain in the {alpha} structure even after release of pressure. The transition pressure was also found, for a constant size (5.7 nm) to be strongly dependent on the degree of aggregation of the nanocrystals, increasing from 30 GPa for completely dissolved nanocrystals to 45 GPa for strongly aggregated nanocrystals. Furthermore, the x-ray diffraction pattern of the pressure induced {alpha} phase demonstrated a decrease in intensity for certain select peaks. Together, these observations were used to make a complete picture of the phase transition in nanocrystalline systems. The size dependence of the transition was interpreted as resulting from the extremely high surface energy of the {alpha} phase which would increase the thermodynamic offset and thereby increase the kinetic barrier to transition that

  14. Collapse of CuO Double Chains and Suppression of Superconductivity in High-Pressure Phase of YBa2Cu4O8

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    Nakayama, Atsuko; Onda, Yusuke; Yamada, Shuhei; Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Sakata, Masafumi; Nakamoto, Yuki; Shimizu, Katsuya; Nakano, Satoshi; Ohmura, Ayako; Ishikawa, Fumihiro; Yamada, Yuh

    2014-09-01

    The crystal structure and electrical resistivity of YBa2Cu4O8 (Y124) were studied under high pressure up to 18 GPa using diamond-anvil cells, respectively, in order to clarify its conduction mechanism. Y124 causes the first-order phase-transition into the orthorhombic Immm at pressure around 11 GPa. The high-pressure phase (HPP) also shows the superconductivity, while the manner of temperature dependence of electrical resistance and the pressure dependence of transition temperature, Tc, drastically change above 11 GPa. The CuO2 plane persists in HPP but the CuO double chains collapse with the phase transition and transform into three-dimensional Cu-O network, resulting in the renewal of conduction system.

  15. An environment-dependent interatomic potential for silicon carbide: calculation of bulk properties, high-pressure phases, point and extended defects, and amorphous structures.

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    Lucas, G; Bertolus, M; Pizzagalli, L

    2010-01-27

    An interatomic potential has been developed to describe interactions in silicon, carbon and silicon carbide, based on the environment-dependent interatomic potential (EDIP) (Bazant et al 1997 Phys. Rev. B 56 8542). The functional form of the original EDIP has been generalized and two sets of parameters have been proposed. Tests with these two potentials have been performed for many properties of SiC, including bulk properties, high-pressure phases, point and extended defects, and amorphous structures. One parameter set allows us to keep the original EDIP formulation for silicon, and is shown to be well suited for modelling irradiation-induced effects in silicon carbide, with a very good description of point defects and of the disordered phase. The other set, including a new parametrization for silicon, has been shown to be efficient for modelling point and extended defects, as well as high-pressure phases. PMID:21386297

  16. Crystal structure, equation of state, and elasticity of hydrous aluminosilicate phase, topaz-OH (Al2SiO4(OH)2) at high pressures

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    Mookherjee, Mainak; Tsuchiya, Jun; Hariharan, Anant

    2016-02-01

    We examined the equation of state and high-pressure elasticity of the hydrous aluminosilicate mineral topaz-OH (Al2SiO4(OH)2) using first principles simulation. Topaz-OH is a hydrous phase in the Al2O3-SiO2-H2O (ASH) ternary system, which is relevant for the mineral phase relations in the hydrated sedimentary layer of subducting slabs. Based on recent neutron diffraction experiments, it is known that the protons in the topaz-OH exhibit positional disorder with half occupancy over two distinct crystallographic sites. In order to adequately depict the proton environment in the topaz-OH, we examined five crystal structure models with distinct configuration for the protons in topaz-OH. Upon full geometry optimization we find two distinct space group, an orthorhombic Pbnm and a monoclinic P21/c for topaz-OH. The topaz-OH with the monoclinic P21/c space group has a lower energy compared to the orthorhombic Pbmn space group symmetry. The pressure-volume results for the monoclinic topaz-OH is well represented by a third order Birch-Murnaghan formulation, with V0mon = 348.63 (±0.04) Å3, K0mon = 164.7 (±0.04) GPa, and K0mon = 4.24 (±0.05). The pressure-volume results for the orthorhombic topaz-OH is well represented by a third order Birch-Murnaghan formulation, with V0orth = 352.47 (±0.04) Å3, K0orth = 166.4 (±0.06) GPa, and K0orth = 4.03 (±0.04). While the bulk moduli are very similar for both the monoclinic and orthorhombic topaz-OH, the shear elastic constants and the shear moduli are very sensitive to the position of the proton, orientation of the O-H dipole, and the space group symmetry. The S-wave anisotropy for the orthorhombic and monoclinic topaz-OH are also quite distinct. In the hydrated sedimentary layer of subducting slabs, transformation of a mineral assemblage consisting of coesite (SiO2) and diaspore (AlOOH) to topaz-OH (Al2SiO4(OH)2) is likely to be accompanied by an increase in density, compressional velocity, and shear wave velocity. However

  17. Laser-driven phase transitions in aqueous colloidal gold nanoparticles under high pressure: picosecond pump-probe study.

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    Hashimoto, Shuichi; Katayama, Tetsuro; Setoura, Kenji; Strasser, Michael; Uwada, Takayuki; Miyasaka, Hiroshi

    2016-02-14

    Pump-probe transient extinction spectroscopy was used to analyze 355 nm picosecond laser heating-induced phenomena in 60 nm-diameter aqueous gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) under a high pressure of 60 MPa. Kinetic spectroscopy revealed that a supercritical layer surrounding the AuNP nucleated with a lifetime of approximately 1 ns during its dynamic expansion and decay for a fluence of 19.6 mJ cm(-2). Moreover, in the post-mortem transmission electron micrographs we observed a number of fragments, a small percentage of size-reduced cores, and erupted particles among the intact particles after 60 shots, suggesting that evaporation occurred under laser illumination. The particle temperature calculation indicated that evaporation begins with a liquid droplet AuNP surrounded by a supercritical layer at temperatures below the boiling point of gold. By applying high pressure, we obtained a clear picture of the evaporation event, which was not possible at ambient pressure because bubble formation caused particle temperatures to rise uncontrollably. In this study, we shed light on the critical role of the supercritical layer formed around the AuNP under high pressure during laser-induced evaporation. PMID:26812175

  18. Electronic phase transitions in f-electron metals at high pressures: Synchrotron x-ray spectroscopic studies on Gd to 100 GPa

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    Choong-Shik, Yoo; Maddox, Brian; Iota, Valentin

    2011-11-11

    Unusual phase transitions driven by electron correlation effects occur in many f-electron metals (lanthanides and actinides alike) from localized phases to itinerant phases at high pressures. The dramatic changes in atomic volumes and crystal structures associated with some of these transitions signify equally important changes in the underlying electronic structure of these correlated f-electron metals. Yet, the relationships among the crystal structure, electronic correlation and electronic structure in f-electron metals have not been well understood. In this study, utilizing recent advances in third generation synchrotron x-ray spectroscopies and high-pressure diamond-anvil cell technologies, we describe the pressure-induced spectral changes across the volume collapse transition in Gd at 60 GPa and well above. The spectral results suggest that the f- electrons of high-pressure Gd phases are highly correlated even at 100 GPa - consistent with the Kondo volume collapse model and the recent experimental evidence of strong electron correlation of {alpha}-Ce.

  19. Determination of the phase boundary of the omega to beta transition in Zr using in situ high-pressure and high-temperature X-ray diffraction

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    Ono, Shigeaki; Kikegawa, Takumi

    2015-05-15

    The high-pressure behavior of zirconium has been examined using the synchrotron X-ray diffraction technique to a pressure of 38 GPa and a temperature of 800 K employing a hydrothermal diamond anvil cell technique. The structural transition from the ω to the β phase was observed. This transition has a negative dP/dT gradient, which is in general agreement with those reported in previous studies. The transition boundary was determined to be, P (GPa)=41.2–0.025×T (K). The negative slope of the transition, dP/dT, determined in our study using the diamond anvil cell technique was less than half that estimated by the previous study using a large press apparatus. - Graphical abstract: Experimental results and phase boundary of the ω–β transition in Zr. - Highlights: • X-ray diffraction patterns of zirconium were measured by the synchrotron experiments. • High-pressure experiments were performed by an external-heated diamond anvil cell. • Phase diagram of zirconium was determined at high pressures and high temperatures. • Phase boundary between omega and beta transition has a negative dP/dT slope.

  20. Supercooling of aqueous dimethylsulfoxide solution at normal and high pressures: Evidence for the coexistence of phase-separated aqueous dimethylsulfoxide solutions of different water structures

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    Kanno, H.; Kajiwara, K.; Miyata, K.

    2010-05-01

    Supercooling behavior of aqueous dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) solution was investigated as a function of DMSO concentration and at high pressures. A linear relationship was observed for TH (homogeneous ice nucleation temperature) and Tm (melting temperature) for the supercooling of aqueous DMSO solution at normal pressure. Analysis of the DTA (differential thermal analysis) traces for homogeneous ice crystallization in the bottom region of the TH curve for a DMSO solution of R =20 (R: moles of water/moles of DMSO) at high pressures supported the contention that the second critical point (SCP) of liquid water should exist at Pc2=˜200 MPa and at Tc2<-100 °C (Pc2: pressure of SCP, Tc2: temperature of SCP). The presence of two TH peaks for DMSO solutions (R =15, 12, and 10) suggests that phase separation occurs in aqueous DMSO solution (R ≤15) at high pressures and low temperatures (<-90 °C). The pressure dependence of the two TH curves for DMSO solutions of R =10 and 12 indicates that the two phase-separated components in the DMSO solution of R =10 have different liquid water structures [LDL-like and HDL-like structures (LDL: low-density liquid water, HDL: high-density liquid water)] in the pressure range of 120-230 MPa.

  1. Supercooling of aqueous dimethylsulfoxide solution at normal and high pressures: Evidence for the coexistence of phase-separated aqueous dimethylsulfoxide solutions of different water structures.

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    Kanno, H; Kajiwara, K; Miyata, K

    2010-05-21

    Supercooling behavior of aqueous dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) solution was investigated as a function of DMSO concentration and at high pressures. A linear relationship was observed for T(H) (homogeneous ice nucleation temperature) and T(m) (melting temperature) for the supercooling of aqueous DMSO solution at normal pressure. Analysis of the DTA (differential thermal analysis) traces for homogeneous ice crystallization in the bottom region of the T(H) curve for a DMSO solution of R=20 (R: moles of water/moles of DMSO) at high pressures supported the contention that the second critical point (SCP) of liquid water should exist at P(c2)= approximately 200 MPa and at T(c2)<-100 degrees C (P(c2): pressure of SCP, T(c2): temperature of SCP). The presence of two T(H) peaks for DMSO solutions (R=15, 12, and 10) suggests that phase separation occurs in aqueous DMSO solution (Rhigh pressures and low temperatures (<-90 degrees C). The pressure dependence of the two T(H) curves for DMSO solutions of R=10 and 12 indicates that the two phase-separated components in the DMSO solution of R=10 have different liquid water structures [LDL-like and HDL-like structures (LDL: low-density liquid water, HDL: high-density liquid water)] in the pressure range of 120-230 MPa. PMID:20499975

  2. The analysis of high pressure experimental data

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    Schlosser, Herbert; Ferrante, John

    1991-01-01

    This letter is concerned with the analysis of high pressure experimental data. It is demonstrated that ln H plots based on the Vinet et al. (1988) universal equation of state are a simple sensitive means for identifying anomalous P-V data in high pressure experiments and for detecting structural and phase transitions in solids subjected to high pressure.

  3. Quantitation of hydroxyprogesterone caproate, medroxyprogesterone acetate, and progesterone by reversed-phase high-pressure liquid chromatography.

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    Das Gupta, V

    1982-03-01

    A high-pressure liquid chromatography method for the quantitation of hydroxyprogesterone caproate, medroxyprogesterone acetate, and progesterone in pharmaceutical dosage forms was developed. The method gave accurate, precise, and reproducible results. The excipients present in the dosage forms did not interfere with the assay procedure except benzyl benzoate in progesterone injection. The percent relative standard deviations based on six injections were 1.6, 2.5, 2.7% for hydroxyprogesterone caproate, medroxyprogesterone acetate, and progesterone, respectively. The stability of progesterone in ethanol--propylene glycol--water (10:50:40) was studied. The loss in potency of progesterone, even after 487 days of storage at 50 degrees, was less than 10%. PMID:6461754

  4. High-pressure phases in shock-induced melt of the unique highly shocked LL6 chondrite Northwest Africa 757

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    Hu, Jinping; Sharp, Thomas G.

    2016-07-01

    Northwest Africa 757 is unique in the LL chondrite group because of its abundant shock-induced melt and high-pressure minerals. Olivine fragments entrained in the melt transform partially and completely into ringwoodite. Plagioclase and Ca-phosphate transform to maskelynite, lingunite, and tuite. Two distinct shock-melt crystallization assemblages were studied by FIB-TEM analysis. The first melt assemblage, which includes majoritic garnet, ringwoodite plus magnetite-magnesiowüstite, crystallized at pressures of 20-25 GPa. The other melt assemblage, which consists of clinopyroxene and wadsleyite, solidified at ~15 GPa, suggesting a second veining event under lower pressure conditions. These shock features are similar to those in S6 L chondrites and indicate that NWA 757 experienced an intense impact event, comparable to the impact event that disrupted the L chondrite parent body at 470 Ma.

  5. High-pressure phases in shock-induced melt of the unique highly shocked LL6 chondrite Northwest Africa 757

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    Hu, Jinping; Sharp, Thomas G.

    2016-06-01

    Northwest Africa 757 is unique in the LL chondrite group because of its abundant shock-induced melt and high-pressure minerals. Olivine fragments entrained in the melt transform partially and completely into ringwoodite. Plagioclase and Ca-phosphate transform to maskelynite, lingunite, and tuite. Two distinct shock-melt crystallization assemblages were studied by FIB-TEM analysis. The first melt assemblage, which includes majoritic garnet, ringwoodite plus magnetite-magnesiowüstite, crystallized at pressures of 20-25 GPa. The other melt assemblage, which consists of clinopyroxene and wadsleyite, solidified at ~15 GPa, suggesting a second veining event under lower pressure conditions. These shock features are similar to those in S6 L chondrites and indicate that NWA 757 experienced an intense impact event, comparable to the impact event that disrupted the L chondrite parent body at 470 Ma.

  6. Phase transitions in I2O5 at high pressures: Raman and X-ray diffraction studies

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    Kim, Minseob; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2016-03-01

    We have studied the pressure-induced phase transitions of I2O5 in diamond anvil cells using optical spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. X-ray and Raman data indicate that the linear structure of phase I isostructurally transforms into a stacking layer structure of phase II at 5 GPa and, then, into an amorphous network of phase III at 15 GPa. Phase III further transforms into amorphous solid at 23 GPa, which can be recovered at ambient condition. Anisotropic van der Waals interaction between lone pairs of iodines and neighboring molecules drives to the observed phase change with increasing of iodine coordination number.

  7. Ab initio study of structural phase transformations and band gap of chalcopyrite phase in AgInTe2 under high pressure

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    Kotmool, K.; Bovornratanaraks, T.; Yoodee, K.

    2015-10-01

    An ab initio study of structural phase transformations and band structure under high pressure was performed on a ternary semiconductor, AgInTe2. Based on DFT within both LDA and GGA exchange-correlation, US-PP, and plane wave basis set, were employed for this work. Transition pressures and calculated parameters with transformation pathway was identified to be; chalcopyrite→cd-B1→cd-Cmcm, were in good agreement with experiments. We also predicted a higher pressure phase based on supercell with size 2×2×2 of B2 structure in which all the configuration of cation structures were accounted to compare and clarify its'cations-disordered state. The predicted structure probably appeared at around 40 GPa from cd-Cmcm to cd-B2. In the case of band structure calculation, NC-PP in which 4p10 electrons of In were not treated, was also employed in chalcopyrite at a pressure range of 0-4 GPa to improve a very narrow band gap of US-PP, and this failure will be discussed. Partial density of state (PDOS), and electronic population analysis were also calculated to finely investigate the electronic transition around the Fermi level. Our calculated results were in good agreement with experiments. The direct energy gap (Eg) was linearly proportional to pressure with increasing rate of 46.4 and 44.6 meV/GPa. In addition, at ambient conditions, Eg was equal to 1.02 eV and 0.95 eV for GGA and LDA, respectively. Band structure from all the calculations have shown a higher second band gap (Eg‧) which could occur due to crystal-field splitting.

  8. Phonon density of states of single-crystal SrF e2A s2 across the collapsed phase transition at high pressure

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    Wang, Y. Q.; Lu, P. C.; Wu, J. J.; Liu, J.; Wang, X. C.; Zhao, J. Y.; Bi, W.; Alp, E. E.; Park, C. Y.; Popov, D.; Jin, C. Q.; Sun, J.; Lin, J. F.

    2016-07-01

    To help our understanding of the structural and superconducting transitions in ferropnictides, partial phonon density of states (PDOS) of iron in a single-crystal SrF e2A s2 pnictide have been investigated from both out-of-plane and in-plane polarizations with respect to the basal plane of the crystal structure using nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering in a high-pressure diamond anvil cell at ambient temperature. The partial PDOS of iron in the pnictide crystal changes dramatically at approximately 8 GPa, which can be associated with the tetragonal (T) to collapsed tetragonal (CT) isostructural transition as evidenced in high-pressure x-ray diffraction measurements and theoretical calculations. Across the T-CT phase transition, analysis of the PDOS spectra shows a rapid stiffening of the optical phonon modes and a dramatic increase of the Lamb-Mössbauer factor (fLM) and mean force constant which can be associated with the rapid decrease of the c axis and the anomalous expansion of the a axis. Theoretically calculated Fe partial PDOS and lattice parameters of SrF e2A s2 further reveal the strong correlation between the lattice parameters and phonons. Our results show that the T-CT transition can induce significant changes in the vibrational, elastic, and thermodynamic properties of SrF e2A s2 single crystal at high pressure.

  9. Structural phase transitions of ionic layered PbFX (X = Cl{sup −}or Br{sup –}) compounds under high pressure

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    Sorb, Y.A. Sornadurai, D.

    2015-05-15

    The PbFX (X = Cl{sup –}or Br{sup –}) compounds crystallize in tetragonal structure with space group P4/nmm. High pressure X-ray diffraction studies carried out on PbFCl compound reveals that it undergoes pressure induced structural transitions at ∼18 GPa and ∼38 GPa to orthorhombic and monoclinic (P2{sub 1}/m) phases respectively. Like PbFCl, a similar phase transition from tetragonal to orthorhombic phase is observed in PbFBr at intermediate pressure. These phase transitions seem to be similar to the transitions involving other matlockite structure compounds such as BaFX (X = Cl{sup –}, Br{sup –}or I{sup –}). PbFCl has a larger structural stability range compared to BaFCl and is attributed to the large anisotropic coordination of the Pb{sup 2+} and Cl{sup –}ions.

  10. High-pressure induced phase transitions of Y[subscript 2]O[subscript 3] and Y[subscript 2]O[subscript 3]:Eu[superscript 3+

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    Wang, Lin; Pan, Yuexiao; Ding, Yang; Yang, Wenge; Mao, Wendy L.; Sinogeikin, Stanislav V.; Meng, Yue; Shen, Guoyin; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2009-02-23

    We investigated high-pressure induced phase transitions in Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Eu-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (Y{sub 2}O:Eu{sup 3+}) using angular dispersive synchrotron x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and photoluminescence (PL). With increasing pressure, we observed a series of phase transformations in Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}, which followed a structure sequence of cubic {yields} monoclinic {yields} hexagonal, while Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} followed a sequence of cubic {yields} hexagonal. During decompression, both hexagonal structured Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} transformed into monoclinic phases which were quenchable back to ambient pressure. Raman and PL measurements shed additional light on the different phase transition behavior in these two samples.

  11. The particle image velocimetry method in the study of the dynamics of phase transitions induced by high pressures in triolein and oleic acid

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    Tefelski, D. B.; Kulisiewicz, L.; Wierschem, A.; Delgado, A.; Rostocki, A. J.; Siegoczyński, R. M.

    2011-03-01

    Particle image velocimetry (PIV) is an optical measurement method capable of providing visualisation of velocity field of particle flow in fluids. After analysis of data acquired in the form of an image sequence, it is possible to retrieve information about flow parameters as mean values of velocity, vorticity, shear and normal strain. This paper presents the results of high pressure experiments using this method applied to triolein and oleic acid samples in their phase transition region. A high pressure optical chamber, He-Ne laser and light-sheet optics together with a digital camera and image acquisition computer allow us to study the motion of particles in high pressure conditions. The set-up was similar to that presented in Özmutlu et al. [Momentum and energy transfer during phase change of water under high hydrostatic pressure, Innov. Food Sci. Emerg. Technol. 7(3) (2006), pp. 161-168] and Kulisiewicz et al. [Visualization of pressure-shift freezing and thawing of concentrated aqueous sucrose solutions, High Press. Res. 27(2) (2007), pp. 291-297]. The analysis of phase transition dynamics in triolein and oleic acid is an extension to the work presented in Tefelski et al. [The investigation of the dynamics of the phase transformation in triolein and oleic acid under pressure, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 121(142004) (2008), pp. 1-6]. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid and has a bent rod shape. Triolein is a triglyceride and has a "chair"-like shape. It is the base particle of many vegetable oils, especially olive oil. Triolein consists of three chains of oleic acid bound by a glycerol part. Information obtained by the study of phase transitions dynamics is important for food science and food technology processes which involve high pressure treatment. The PIV method shows differences in the solidification process of both substances in time, the existence of inhomogeneities (layers of different densities in the observed flow) and allows us to calculate the

  12. Chromium at High Pressure

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    Jaramillo, Rafael

    2012-02-01

    Chromium has long served as the archetype of spin density wave magnetism. Recently, Jaramillo and collaborators have shown that Cr also serves as an archetype of magnetic quantum criticality. Using a combination of x-ray diffraction and electrical transport measurements at high pressures and cryogenic temperatures in a diamond anvil cell, they have demonstrated that the N'eel transition (TN) can be continuously suppressed to zero, with no sign of a concurrent structural transition. The order parameter undergoes a broad regime of exponential suppression, consistent with the weak coupling paradigm, before deviating from a BCS-like ground state within a narrow but accessible quantum critical regime. The quantum criticality is characterized by mean field scaling of TN and non mean field scaling of the transport coefficients, which points to a fluctuation-induced reconstruction of the critical Fermi surface. A comparison between pressure and chemical doping as means to suppress TN sheds light on different routes to the quantum critical point and the relevance of Fermi surface nesting and disorder at this quantum phase transition. The work by Jaramillo et al. is broadly relevant to the study of magnetic quantum criticality in a physically pure and theoretically tractable system that balances elements of weak and strong coupling. [4pt] [1] R. Jaramillo, Y. Feng, J. Wang & T. F. Rosenbaum. Signatures of quantum criticality in pure Cr at high pressure. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107, 13631 (2010). [0pt] [2] R. Jaramillo, Y. Feng, J. C. Lang, Z. Islam, G. Srajer, P. B. Littlewood, D. B. McWhan & T. F. Rosenbaum. Breakdown of the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer ground state at a quantum phase transition. Nature 459, 405 (2009).

  13. Theoretical study of the structural phase transition and elastic properties of HfN under high pressures

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    Chen, Long-Qing; Zhu, Jun; Hao, Yan-Jun; Zhang, Lin; Xiang, Gang; Yu, Bai-Ru; Long, Xiao-Jiang

    2014-12-01

    The effect of hydrostatic pressure on the structures of HfN at 0 K was investigated by using the projector augmented wave (PAW) within the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) form of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The transition pressure between NaCl (B1) and CsCl (B2) structures is predicted to be 277.3 GPa. This value is consistent with that reported by Kroll, while in contrast to the results obtained by Ojha et al. and Meenaatci et al. Moreover, the elastic properties of B1-HfN and B2-HfN under high pressures are successfully obtained. It is found that the elastic constants, bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, compressional and shear wave velocities increase monotonically with increasing pressure. The Debye temperature Θ calculated from the elastic constants of HfN is in good agreement with the experimental values. The anisotropies of B1-HfN and B2-HfN at zero pressure have also been discussed.

  14. The antagonistic effect of an inhalation anesthetic and high pressure on the phase diagram of mixed dipalmitoyl-dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine bilayers.

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    Trudell, J R; Payan, D G; Chin, J H; Cohen, E N

    1975-01-01

    Several workers have shown that phase transition-related changes in membrane lipids have a profound effect on membrane-solvated protein function. This phase transition temperature dependence has been explained as resulting from the formation of lateral phase separations within the membrane bilayer. The present study demonstrates that a clinical concentration of an inhalation anesthetic produces changes in both the phase transition temperature of pure lipid bilayers and the lateral phase separation temperature of mixed dipalmitoyl- and dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine bilayers of a magnitude sufficient to influence protein function. It is further shown that pressure is able to antagonize the effect of the anesthetic on these transition temperatures. It is proposed that anesthetic action within nerve membranes may be the result of changes in the lateral phase separation-controlled environment of the membrane-solvated proteins essential to nerve function. PMID:164016

  15. Simultaneous determination of vitamins B1, B2, B6, and niacinamide in multivitamin pharmaceutical preparations by paired-ion reversed-phase high-pressure liquid chromatography.

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    Kwok, R P; Rose, W P; Tabor, R; Pattison, T S

    1981-09-01

    A high-pressure liquid chromatographic procedure for the simultaneous determination of vitamins B1, B2, B6, and niacinamide in multivitamin pharmaceutical preparations was developed and evaluated. The method uses paired-ion reversed-phase partition chromatography for baseline separation of the four water-soluble vitamins. This method was applied to the analysis of a multivitamin and multivitamin-multimineral tablets, and a technique was developed to reduce vitamin adsorption by the minerals. The results obtained by this method were compared with those obtained by the official methods. It was concluded that this method is fast, accurate, specific, and suitable for routine quality control use. PMID:6101144

  16. Effects of grinding-induced grain boundary and interfaces on electrical transportation and structure phase transition in ZnSe under high pressure

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    Jie, Yang; Pei, Wang; Guo-Zhao, Zhang; Xiao-Xue, Zhou; Jing, Li; Cai-Long, Liu

    2016-06-01

    Interface and scale effects are the two most important factors which strongly affect the structure and the properties of nano-/micro-crystals under pressure. We conduct an experiment under high pressure in situ alternating current impedance to elucidate the effects of interface on the structure and electrical transport behavior of two ZnSe samples with different sizes obtained by physical grinding. The results show that (i) two different-sized ZnSe samples undergo the same phase transitions from zinc blend to cinnabar-type phase and then to rock salt phase; (ii) the structural transition pressure of the 859-nm ZnSe sample is higher than that of the sample of 478 nm, which indicates the strong scale effect. The pressure induced boundary resistance change is obtained by fitting the impedance spectrum, which shows that the boundary conduction dominates the electrical transport behavior of ZnSe in the whole experimental pressure range. By comparing the impedance spectra of two different-sized ZnSe samples at high pressure, we find that the resistance of the 478-nm ZnSe sample is lower than that of the 859-nm sample, which illustrates that the sample with smaller particle size has more defects which are due to physical grinding. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11404133 and 11374121) and the Program of Science and Technology Development Plan of Jilin Province, China (Grant No. 20140520105JH).

  17. Synthesis and phase transition under ultra-high pressure of ZnS nanoparticles modified by sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate

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    Ji, Yunliang; Guo, Lin; Xu, Huibin; Liu, Jing; Li, Xiaodong; Li, Yanchun; Wu, Ziyu; Simon, Paul

    2003-07-01

    ZnS nanoparticles modified by AOT with different particle sizes (5 nm and 13 nm) were prepared in reverse micelles. The products show the zinc-blende (B3) structure at atmospheric pressure, and the B3 structure was proved to exist at smaller size dimensions than the B4 structure. The pressure-induced phase transition to the rock salt (B1) phase was studied by in situ high-pressure energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction experiments. The transition began at a pressure of around 15.4 GPa for the 5 nm sample and at 16 GPa for the 13 nm sample. It is indicated that the transition pressure is not obviously dependent on the grain size of the nano-crystals in our experiments. From the small transition pressure gap between the two different sizes it can be deduced that the transition pressure goes to the same value below a certain particle size. This feature could be caused by the crystal lattice contraction due to the strong surface pressure. Our results imply, that the new high-pressure phase is metastable and cannot exist in ordinary circumstances.

  18. Quantum simulation of thermally-driven phase transition and oxygen K-edge x-ray absorption of high-pressure ice

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    Kang, Dongdong; Dai, Jiayu; Sun, Huayang; Hou, Yong; Yuan, Jianmin

    2013-01-01

    The structure and phase transition of high-pressure ice are of long-standing interest and challenge, and there is still a huge gap between theoretical and experimental understanding. The quantum nature of protons such as delocalization, quantum tunneling and zero-point motion is crucial to the comprehension of the properties of high-pressure ice. Here we investigated the temperature-induced phase transition and oxygen K-edge x-ray absorption spectra of ice VII, VIII and X using ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics simulations. The tremendous difference between experiments and the previous theoretical predictions is closed for the phase diagram of ice below 300 K at pressures up to 110 GPa. Proton tunneling assists the proton-ordered ice VIII to transform into proton-disordered ice VII where only thermal activated proton-transfer cannot occur. The oxygen K edge with its shift is sensitive to the order-disorder transition, and therefore can be applied to diagnose the dynamics of ice structures. PMID:24253589

  19. An Experimental Exploration of Chemical Bond Characteristic Bulk Modulus and Phase Stability in ZnO: Cu Nanocrystals under High Pressure

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    Y Jin; W Gao; J Zhang; J Hao; Q Wang; S Wang; S Yu; Q Cui

    2011-12-31

    The high pressure induced phase transitions in Zn{sub 1-x} Cu{sub x} O (x = 0.005 and 0.011) are investigated by angle-dispersive synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction. As the pressure increases, phase transformations from the wurtzite structure to the rocksalt structure are observed in both samples, with the transition pressures at 9.8 GPa and 7.9 GPa, respectively. With the increasing of the Cu-doping concentration in ZnO, crystalline parameters, the bulk moduli, and the Zn-O bond lengths all increased, meanwhile, the transition pressures decreased. The results could be explained in terms of the reduction of phase transformation barriers and the lowering of bond energy.

  20. Tunable high pressure lasers

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    Hess, R. V.

    1976-01-01

    Atmospheric transmission of high energy CO2 lasers is considerably improved by high pressure operation which, due to pressure broadening, permits tuning the laser lines off atmospheric absorption lines. Pronounced improvement is shown for horizontal transmission at altitudes above several kilometers and for vertical transmission through the entire atmosphere. Applications of tunable high pressure CO2 lasers to energy transmission and to remote sensing are discussed along with initial efforts in tuning high pressure CO2 lasers.

  1. Phase transitions and equation of state of CsI under high pressure and the development of a focusing system for x-rays

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    Wu, Yan.

    1990-11-01

    The phase transitions and equation of state of ionic solid cesium iodide were studied under high pressure and room temperature in a diamond anvil cell. The studies were carried out using both energy dispersive and angular dispersive diffraction methods on synchrotron radiation sources over the pressure range from atmospheric pressure to over 300 gigapascals (3 million atmospheres). CsI undergoes a distinct phase transition at about 40 GPa, a pressure that is much lower than the reported insulator-metal transition at 110 GPa, from the atmospheric pressure B2(CsCl) structure to an orthorhombic structure. At higher pressures, a continuous distortion in the structure was observed with a final structure similar to a hcp lattice under ultra high pressure. No volume discontinuity was observed at the insulator-metal transition. The newly found transition sequence is different from the result of previous static compression studies. The current structure has a smaller unit cell volume than the previous assignment. This has resolved a long existing controversy among the previous static compression studies, the dynamic compression studies, and the theoretical studies. The current results also explain the apparent discrepancy between the present study and the previous static studies. We also present the development of a focusing system for high energy x-rays (> 12 keV) that is particularly suited for high pressure diffraction studies. This system uses a pair of multilayer coated spherical mirrors in a Kirkpatrick-Baez geometry. A focused beam size less than 10 micron in diameter can be readily achieved with sufficient intensity to perform diffraction studies. 93 refs., 46 figs., 15 tabs.

  2. The effect of morphology and confinement on the high-pressure phase transition in ZnO nanostructure

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    Kotmool, Komsilp; Bovornratanaraks, Thiti; Chakraborty, Sudip; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2015-03-21

    The transition pressure (P{sub t}) of the B4-to-B1 phase transformation of zinc oxide nanoparticle (n-ZnO) structures was investigated in terms of their size and morphology. Nanorods, nanopencils, nanopyramids, nanowires, and nanotubes of the B4 phase in various sizes were directly built up by accounting for the atomic basis of the core and surface regions. The previously proposed transformation path was performed for constructing shapes and sizes compatible with B1 phases. Using systematic density functional theory, the surfaces were cleaved from the optimized crystal structures at different pressures in both the B4 and B1 phases. A method for calculating the surface energy at different pressures is proposed using an asymmetric slab model. Using the proposed model, the transition pressure of n-ZnO structures was found to significantly depend on their morphology and size, which is in good agreement with the available experimental reports.

  3. High-temperature high-pressure phases of lithium from electron force field (eFF) quantum electron dynamics simulations

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    Kim, Hyungjun; Su, Julius T.; Goddard, William A.

    2011-01-01

    We recently developed the electron force field (eFF) method for practical nonadiabatic electron dynamics simulations of materials under extreme conditions and showed that it gave an excellent description of the shock thermodynamics of hydrogen from molecules to atoms to plasma, as well as the electron dynamics of the Auger decay in diamondoids following core electron ionization. Here we apply eFF to the shock thermodynamics of lithium metal, where we find two distinct consecutive phase changes that manifest themselves as a kink in the shock Hugoniot, previously observed experimentally, but not explained. Analyzing the atomic distribution functions, we establish that the first phase transition corresponds to (i) an fcc-to-cI16 phase transition that was observed previously in diamond anvil cell experiments at low temperature and (ii) a second phase transition that corresponds to the formation of a new amorphous phase (amor) of lithium that is distinct from normal molten lithium. The amorphous phase has enhanced valence electron-nucleus interactions due to localization of electrons into interstitial locations, along with a random connectivity distribution function. This indicates that eFF can characterize and compute the relative stability of states of matter under extreme conditions (e.g., warm dense matter). PMID:21873210

  4. Polymorphism of iron at high pressure: A 3D phase-field model for displacive transitions with finite elastoplastic deformations

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    Vattré, A.; Denoual, C.

    2016-07-01

    A thermodynamically consistent framework for combining nonlinear elastoplasticity and multivariant phase-field theory is formulated at large strains. In accordance with the Clausius-Duhem inequality, the Helmholtz free energy and time-dependent constitutive relations give rise to displacive driving forces for pressure-induced martensitic phase transitions in materials. Inelastic forces are obtained by using a representation of the energy landscape that involves the concept of reaction pathways with respect to the point group symmetry operations of crystal lattices. On the other hand, additional elastic forces are derived for the most general case of large strains and rotations, as well as nonlinear, anisotropic, and different elastic pressure-dependent properties of phases. The phase-field formalism coupled with finite elastoplastic deformations is implemented into a three-dimensional Lagrangian finite element approach and is applied to analyze the iron body-centered cubic (α-Fe) into hexagonal close-packed (ɛ-Fe) phase transitions under high hydrostatic compression. The simulations exhibit the major role played by the plastic deformation in the morphological and microstructure evolution processes. Due to the strong long-range elastic interactions between variants without plasticity, a forward α → ɛ transition is energetically unfavorable and remains incomplete. However, plastic dissipation releases considerably the stored strain energy, leading to the α ↔ ɛ ↔α‧ (forward and reverse) polymorphic phase transformations with an unexpected selection of variants.

  5. A new high-pressure phase of Fe2SiO4 and the relationship between spin and structural transitions

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    Yamanaka, T.; Kyono, A.; Nakamoto, Y.; Kharlamova, S. A.; Struzhkin, V. V.; Gramsch, S.; Mao, H.; Hemley, R. J.

    2013-12-01

    Structure transformation of Fe2SiO4 Angle-dispersive powder x-ray diffraction was carried out at beam line 16-BMD APS. Structure of a new high-pressure phase of I-Fe2SiO4 spinel was determined by Rietveld profile fitting of x-ray diffraction data up to 64GPa at ambient temperature. A structural transition from the cubic spinel to the new structure was observed at 34GPa. Diffraction patterns taken at 44.6GPa and 54.6GPa indicate a two-phase mixture of spinel and new high-pressure phase. Reversible transition from I-Fe2SiO4 to spinel was confirmed. Laser heating experiment at 1500K proved the decomposition of Fe2SiO4 spinel to two oxides of FeO and SiO2. Spin transition X-ray emission measurements of Fe2SiO4 were carried out up to 65GPa at ambient temperature at beam line 16-IDD APS. The spin transition exerts an influence to Fe2SiO4 spinel structure and triggers two distinct curves of the lattice constant in the spinel phase. Although the compression curve of the spinel is discontinuous at approximately 20 GPa, Fe Kβ emission measurements show that the transition from a high spin (HS) to an intermediate spin (IS) state begins at 17GPa in the spinel phase. The IS electronic state is gradually enhanced with pressure, which results in an isostructural phase transition. HS-to-LS transition of iron bearing spinels starts from 15.6GPa in Fe3O4 and 19.6GPa in Fe2TiO4. The transition is more capable due to Fe2+ in the octahedral site. The extremely shortened octahedral bonds result in a distortion of 6-fold cation site. New structure of Fe2SiO4 Monte Carlo method was applied to find candidates for the high-pressure phase using the diffraction intensities with fixed lattice constants determined by DICVOL. Rietveld profile fitting was then performed using the initial model. The new structure is a body centered orthorhombic phase (I-Fe2SiO4) with space group Imma and Z=4, with two crystallographically distinct FeO6 octahedra. Silicon exists in six-fold coordination in I-Fe2Si

  6. High pressure phases in NWA 8711, a shock melted L6 chondrite from Northwest Africa: a combined Raman and EMPA study.

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    Moggi Cecchi, V.; Pratesi, G.; Caporali, S.; Zoppi, M.

    We report the occurrence of two coexisting high-pressure assemblages in shock-induced black veins of NWA 8711, an L6 chondrite recently found in Northwest Africa. The main phases of the host rock are olivine, enstatite, diopside, plagioclase, iron-nickel alloy and troilite. The presence of typical shock metamorphic features both in olivine and pyroxene, as well as of maskelynite and melt veins point to a shock stage S6. Two coexisting distinct assemblages were observed in the shock-melted areas: (1) a very fine-grained intergrowth of silicate phases sprinkled with fine-grained metal and troilite blebs and (2) a coarser-grained polycrystalline aggregate consisting of ringwoodite crystals. EMPA analyses were performed on both the chondritic matrix and on individual grains of the shock-melted area to characterize their mineralogical composition. EMPA analyses on the coarse-grained area suggested the presence of shock-generated ringwoodite and low-Ca majorite. These data are confirmed by Micro-Raman point analyses. The analyses performed on the fine-grained portion of the veins allowed to determine the presence of a majorite-pyrope solid solution. According to literature data the majorite-pyrope solid solution suggests a crystallization from a shock-melted chondritic matrix under high pressures and temperatures. Ringwoodite and low-Ca majorite were instead formed by solid state transformation of olivine and low-Ca pyroxene originally present in the meteorite.

  7. NMR Studies of Novel Electronic Phases in Low Dimensional Molecular Solids at High Pressure and Low Temperature

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    Brown, Stuart

    2013-03-01

    Molecular superconductors are known for anisotropic electronic band structure, correlations, and a sensitivity to mechanical or chemical pressure which acts to control the relative strength of the respective kinetic and potential energies. Modest pressures, of order 1 GPa are commonly used to continuously tune from a Mott insulating ground state to a superconducting state, and NMR has been particularly successful in identifying the orders involved, and the nature of the excitations in the various phases encountered. The family of quasi-two dimensional systems κ-(BEDT-TTF)2X (e.g., X=Cu(NCS)2, Cu[N(CN)2]Cl) includes a line of first order phase transitions separating the Mott and superconducting phases, with the superconducting state exhibiting signatures for line nodes associated with an order parameter sign-change over the Fermi surface. The pressure/temperature phase diagram of the quasi-one dimensional materials (TMTSF)2X, X=PF6, ClO4,...) includes more phases, as a consequence of effective 1/4-filling and a substantial density wave susceptibility. The SC ground state is singlet, and there is evidence for a sign-change of the order parameter over the Fermi surface. The high-conductivity normal state exhibits properties associated with two-dimensional spin fluctuations, with signatures in the relaxation rate, as well as transport that are reminiscent of behaviors observed in other correlated superconductors. Supported by the NSF under grant no. DMR-1105531

  8. Microscopic observation and in-situ Raman scattering studies on high-pressure phase transformations of Kr hydrate.

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    Sasaki, Shigeo; Hori, Shinsuke; Kume, Tetsuji; Shimizu, Hiroyasu

    2006-05-25

    Direct observations through a microscope and in-situ Raman scattering measurements of synthesized single-crystalline Kr hydrate have been performed at pressures up to 5.2 GPa and 296 K. We have observed that the initial cubic structure II (sII) of Kr hydrate successively transforms to a cubic structure I (sI), a hexagonal structure, and an orthorhombic structure (sO) called "filled ice" at 0.45, 0.75, and 1.8 GPa, respectively. The sO phase exists at least up to 5.2 GPa. In addition to these transformations, we have also found the new phase behavior at 1.0 GPa, which is most likely caused by the change of cage occupancy of host water cages by guest Kr atoms without structural change. Raman scattering measurements for observed phases have shown that the lattice vibrational peak at around 130 cm(-1) disappears in the pressure region of sI, which enables us to distinguish the sI phase from sII and sH phases. PMID:16706436

  9. Decomposition of a solid solution in the ω phase of the Ti-Zr system under high pressure

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    Bashkin, I. O.; Shestakov, V. V.; Sakharov, M. K.; Fedotov, V. K.; Ponyatovskiĭ, E. G.

    2008-07-01

    Phase separation in the hexagonal ω modification of the Ti-Zr system was observed. The ω → ω1 + ω2 decomposition in an equiatomic TiZr alloy after prolonged thermal treatment at P = 5.5 ± 0.6 GPa and T = 440 ± 30°C was revealed using x-ray diffraction. It is found that the concentration dependence of the specific volume of the ω phase of Ti-Zr alloys deviates from the Vegard law to higher values. An isobaric section of the equilibrium P- T- x phase diagram of the Ti-Zr system is shown to have the shape of an eutectoid diagram at pressures higher than 8 GPa.

  10. High Pressure-Temperature Phase Diagram of 1,1-Diamino-2,2-dinitroethylene (FOX-7).

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    Bishop, Matthew M; Velisavljevic, Nenad; Chellappa, Raja; Vohra, Yogesh K

    2015-09-17

    The pressure-temperature (P-T) phase diagram of 1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethylene (FOX-7) was determined by in situ synchrotron infrared radiation spectroscopy with the resistively heated diamond anvil cell (DAC) technique. The stability of high-P-T FOX-7 polymorphs is established from ambient pressure up to 10 GPa and temperatures until decomposition. The phase diagram indicates two near isobaric phase boundaries at ∼2 GPa (α → I) and ∼5 GPa (I → II) that persists from 25 °C until the onset of decomposition at ∼300 °C. In addition, the ambient pressure, high-temperature α → β phase transition (∼111 °C) lies along a steep boundary (∼100 °C/GPa) with a α-β-δ triple point at ∼1 GPa and 300 °C. A 0.9 GPa isobaric temperature ramping measurement indicates a limited stability range for the γ-phase between 0.5 and 0.9 GPa and 180 and 260 °C, terminating in a β-γ-δ triple point. With increasing pressure, the δ-phase exhibited a small negative dT/dP slope (up to ∼0.2 GPa) before turning over to a positive 70 °C/GPa slope, at higher pressures. The decomposition boundary (∼55 °C/GPa) was identified through the emergence of spectroscopic signatures of the characteristic decomposition products as well as trapped inclusions within the solid KBr pressure media. PMID:26317366

  11. Alloying effects of Ni, Si, and S on the phase diagram and sound velocities of Fe under high pressures and high temperatures

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    Lin, J.; Fei, Y.; Sturhahn, W.; Zhao, J.; Mao, H.; Hemley, R.

    2004-05-01

    Iron-nickel is the most abundant constituent of the Earth's core. The amount of Ni in the core is about 5.5 wt%. Geophysical and cosmochemical studies suggest that the Earth's outer core also contains approximately 10% of light element(s) and a certain amount of light element(s) may be present in the inner core. Si and S are believed to be alloying light elements in the iron-rich planetary cores such as the Earth and Mars. Therefore, understanding the alloying effects of Ni, Si, and S on the phase diagram and physical properties of Fe under core conditions is crucial for geophysical and geochemical models of planetary interiors. The addition of Ni and Si does not appreciably change the compressibility of hcp-Fe under high pressures. Studies of the phase relations of Fe and Fe-Ni alloys indicate that Fe with up to 10 wt% Ni is likely to be in the hcp structure under inner core conditions. On the other hand, adding Si into Fe strongly stabilizes the bcc structure to much higher pressures and temperatures (Lin et al., 2002). We have also studied the sound velocities and magnetic properties of Fe0.92Ni0.08, Fe0.85Si0.15, and Fe3S alloys with nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and nuclear forward scattering up to 106 GPa, 70 GPa, and 57 GPa, respectively. The sound velocities of the alloys are obtained from the measured partial phonon density of states for 57Fe incorporated in the alloys. Addition of Ni slightly decreases the VP and VS of Fe under high pressures (Lin et al., 2003). Si or S alloyed with Fe increases the VP and VS under high pressures, which provides a better match to seismological data of the Earth's core. We note that the increase in the VP and VS of Fe0.85Si0.15 and Fe3S is mainly contributed from the density decrease of adding Si and S in iron. Time spectra of the nuclear forward scattering reveal that the most iron rich sulfide, Fe3S, undergoes a magnetic to non-magnetic transition at approximately 18 GPa from a low-pressure magnetically

  12. Can high pressure I-II transitions in semiconductors be affected by plastic flow and nanocrystal precipitation in phase I?

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    Weinstein, B. A.; Lindberg, G. P.

    Pressure-Raman spectroscopy in ZnSe and ZnTe single crystals reveals that Se and Te nano-crystals (NCs) precipitate in these II-VI hosts for pressures far below their I-II phase transitions. The inclusions are evident from the appearance and negative pressure-shift of the A1 Raman peaks of Se and Te (trigonal phase). The Se and Te NCs nucleate at dislocations and grain boundaries that arise from pressure-induced plastic flow. This produces chemical and structural inhomogeneities in the zincblende phase of the host. At substantially higher pressures, the I-II transition proceeds in the presence of these inhomogenities. This can affect the transition's onset pressure Pt and width ΔPt, and the occurrence of metastable phases along the transition path. Precipitation models in metals show that nucleation of inclusions depends on the Peierls stress τp and a parameter α related to the net free energy gained on nucleation. For favorable values of τp and α, NC precipitation at pressures below the I-II transition could occur in other compounds. We propose criteria to judge whether this is likely based on the observed ranges of τp in the hosts, and estimates of α derived from the cohesive energy densities of the NC materials. One finds trends that can serve as a useful guide, both to test the proposed criteria, and to decide when closer scrutiny of phase transition experiments is warranted, e.g., in powders where high dislocation densities are initially created

  13. Evidence for a High-Pressure Phase Transition of ε-2,4,6,8,10,12-hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane (CL-20) Using Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Ciezak, J.; Jenkins, T; Liu, Z

    2007-01-01

    The high-pressure response of {epsilon}-2,4,6,8,10,12-hexanitrohexaazaisowurtizane (CL-20) has been examined to 27 GPa in diamond anvil cells using vibrational spectroscopy. The results reveal evidence of an {epsilon}{yields}{Upsilon} pressure-induced phase transition between 4.1 and 6.4 GPa and suggest the existence of a {Upsilon}{yields}{zeta} transition near 18.7 GPa. Several Raman and infrared frequencies were found to decrease in intensity as the phase boundaries are approached. An anomalous intensity increase was noted in the C-N-C infrared mode that is believed to result from an increase in the Raman cross-section due to a stronger interlayer coupling under pressure.

  14. The disproportionation reaction phase transition, mechanical, and lattice dynamical properties of the lanthanum dihydrides under high pressure: A first principles study

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    Yang, Jin-Wen; Gao, Tao; Gong, Yan-Rong

    2014-06-01

    The pressure-induced disproportionation reaction phase transition, mechanical, and dynamical properties of LaH2 with fluorite structure under high pressure are investigated by performing first-principles calculations using the projector augmented wave (PAW) method. The phase transition of 2LaH2 → LaH + LaH3 obtained from the usual condition of equal enthalpies occurs at the pressure of 10.38 GPa for Perdew-Wang (PW91) functional and 6.05 GPa for Ceperly-Adler (CA) functional, respectively. The result shows that the PW91 functional calculations agree excellently with the experimental finding of 11 GPa of synchrotron radiation (SR) X-ray diffraction (XRD) of Machida et al. and 10 GPa of their PBE functional theoretical result. Three independent single-crystal elastic constants, polycrystalline bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, elastic anisotropy, Poisson's ratio, the brittle/ductile characteristics and elastic wave velocities over different directions dependences on pressure are also successfully obtained. Especially, the phonon dispersion curves and corresponding phonon density of states of LaH2 under high pressure are determined systematically using a linear-response approach to density functional perturbation theory (DFPT). Our results demonstrate that LaH2 in fluorite phase can be stable energetically up to 10.38 GPa, stabilized mechanically up to 17.98 GPa, and stabilized dynamically up to 29 GPa, so it may remain a metastable phase above 10.38 GPa up to 29 GPa, these calculated results accord with the recent X-Ray diffraction experimental finding and theoretical predictions of Machida et al.

  15. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: High pressure behaviour of the ?-cristobalite-type phase of phosphorus oxynitride, PON

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    Léger, J. M.; Haines, J.; de Oliveira, L. S.; Chateau, C.; LeSauze, A.; Marchand, R.

    1996-12-01

    Phosphorus oxynitride, PON, is isoelectronic with 0953-8984/8/50/001/img10 and can be used as a model for silica. The crystalline behaviour of the 0953-8984/8/50/001/img11-cristobalite-type phase was determined as a function of pressure by angular dispersive x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell to 48 GPa. No evidence for a phase transition or amorphization was observed. The cell parameters were measured as a function of pressure. The macroscopic bulk modulus is 71(3) GPa with a first pressure derivative of 3.2(5). The polyhedral bulk modulus was inferred to be about 800 GPa, assuming that the tetrahedra remain regular.

  16. High-pressure phase stability, mechanical properties and bonding characteristics of Ti4GeC3 compound

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    Jiao, Z. Y.; Ma, S. H.; Wang, T. X.

    2015-01-01

    Using first-principles calculation, we have studied the influence of pressure on the phase stability, elastic, mechanical properties and bonding characteristics of bulk form ternary-layered carbide Ti4GeC3 compound. Present results indicate that the thermodynamic stability and elastic stability can be maintained up to the pressure of 500 GPa for the bulk Ti4GeC3. The transition from the brittle to ductile phase occurs at about 60 GPa. It is predicted that Ti4GeC3 possesses good thermal conductivity due to a relative high Debye temperature (731.6 K). Moreover, a metallic bonding character is found in Ti4GeC3 compound by analysis of electronic structures. Our results show that this compound is a material with excellent mechanical, ceramic and elastic isotropic properties for future applications.

  17. Structural study of the high-pressure antiferroelectric phase of CsH/sub 2/PO/sub 4/

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    Schuele, P.J.; Thomas, R.

    1985-01-01

    A three-dimensional neutron diffraction study has been carried out on the pressure-induced antiferroelectric phase of CsH/sub 2/PO/sub 4/. At 100.7/sup 0/K and a hydrostatic pressure of 3.6 kbar, the unit cell parameters are a = 15.625(9), b = 6.254(2), c = 4.886(1) A, ..beta.. = 108.08(3)/sup 0/ and Z = 4. Atomic parameters were determined using full-matrix least-squares methods which yield final agreement indices: R(F/sup 2/) = 0.0715, R/sub w/(F/sup 2/) = 0.0807 and S = 2.13. The structure is nearly consistent with the monoclinic space group P2/sub 1//a but refinement in P2/sub 1/ yields a slightly better fit. The structure is markedly different from those of the paraelectric and ferroelectric phases with large relative displacements (nearly 1 A) of Cs/sup +1/ and PO/sub 4//sup -3/ groups in the x-z plane. Hydrogens bonding in b-chains, which are disordered in the paraelectric phase, show antiferroelectric order.

  18. Paramagnetic defects as probes for the study of ferroelastic phase transition in lithium niobate and lithium tantalate under high pressure

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    Malovichko, G.; Grachev, V.; Andreev, V.; Nachal'Naya, T.

    It was found by optical polarization microscopy and the EPR study that lithium niobate and tantalate crystals undergo irreversible lattice changes under anisotropic hydrostatic compression. Regions having different cell orientations were registered. The observed changes were explained in terms of "strain switching" of ferroelastic domains. Possible sequence of phase transitions in these crystals (Pm3m<->R (3) over bar3 c<->R 3 c) and the symmetry of the condensed soft modes ( R-25 and Gamma(15) , correspondingly) were obtained by the analysis of the Gibbs free energy under external pressure.

  19. High-pressure systems for gas-phase free continuous incubation of enriched marine microbial communities performing anaerobic oxidation of methane.

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    Deusner, Christian; Meyer, Volker; Ferdelman, Timothy G

    2010-02-15

    Novel high-pressure biotechnical systems that were developed and applied for the study of anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) are described. The systems, referred to as high-pressure continuous incubation system (HP-CI system) and high-pressure manifold-incubation system (HP-MI system), allow for batch, fed-batch, and continuous gas-phase free incubation at high concentrations of dissolved methane and were designed to meet specific demands for studying environmental regulation and kinetics as well as for enriching microbial biomass in long-term incubation. Anoxic medium is saturated with methane in the first technical stage, and the saturated medium is supplied for biomass incubation in the second stage. Methane can be provided in continuous operation up to 20 MPa and the incubation systems can be operated during constant supply of gas-enriched medium at a hydrostatic pressure up to 45 MPa. To validate the suitability of the high-pressure systems, we present data from continuous and fed-batch incubation of highly active samples prepared from microbial mats from the Black Sea collected at a water depth of 213 m. In continuous operation in the HP-CI system initial methane-dependent sulfide production was enhanced 10- to 15-fold after increasing the methane partial pressure from near ambient pressure of 0.2 to 10.0 MPa at a hydrostatic pressure of 16.0 MPa in the incubation stage. With a hydraulic retention time of 14 h a stable effluent sulfide concentration was reached within less than 3 days and a continuing increase of the volumetric AOM rate from 1.2 to 1.7 mmol L(-1) day(-1) was observed over 14 days. In fed-batch incubation the AOM rate increased from 1.5 to 2.7 and 3.6 mmol L(-1) day(-1) when the concentration of aqueous methane was stepwise increased from 5 to 15 mmol L(-1) and 45 mmol L(-1). A methane partial pressure of 6 MPa and a hydrostatic pressure of 12 MPa in manifold fed-batch incubation in the HP-MI system yielded a sixfold increase in the

  20. Phonon-instability-driven phase transitions in ferroelectric Bi2WO6:Eu3+ : High-pressure Raman and photoluminescence studies

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    Maczka, M.; Paraguassu, W.; Filho, A. G. Souza; Freire, P. T. C.; Filho, J. Mendes; Hanuza, J.

    2008-03-01

    High-pressure Raman scattering and luminescence studies of Bi2WO6:Eu3+ , which is a member of the bismuth layered Aurivillius family of ferroelectrics, are presented. These studies showed the onset of two reversible second order phase transitions near 3.4 and 6.2GPa . The pressure dependence of Raman bands provides strong evidence that the first phase transition involves the loss of the WO6 tilt mode around the pseudotetragonal axis. This structural change may be the same as that observed at ambient pressure at 660°C (from the Pca21 to B2cb structure). The second phase transition is associated with the instability of a low wave number mode, which behaves as soft mode. The discovery of the soft mode in Bi2WO6 that corresponds most likely to the Eu mode responsible for ferroelectricity in Aurivillius family of compounds proves that this transition is of displacive type. Our studies also suggest that the structure above 6.2GPa is orthorhombic and centrosymmetric and, consequently, the phase transition can be classified as a pressure-induced ferroelectric to a paraelectric phase transition.

  1. The high-pressure phase diagram of Fe(0.94)O - A possible constituent of the earth's core

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    Knittle, Elise; Jeanloz, Raymond

    1991-01-01

    Electrical resistivity measurements to pressures of 83 GPa and temperatures ranging from 300 K to 4300 K confirm the presence of both crystalline and liquid metallic phases of FeO at pressures above 60-70 GPa and temperatures above 1000 K. By experimentally determinig the melting temperature of FeO to 100 GPa and of a model-core composition at 83 GPa, it is found that the solid-melt equilibria can be described by complete solid solution across the Fe-FeO system at pressures above 70 GPa. The results indicate that oxygen is a viable and likely candidate for the major light alloying element of the earth's liquid outer core. The data suggest that the temperature at the core-mantle boundary is close to 4800 K and that heat lost out of the core accounts for more than 20 percent of the heat flux observed at the surface.

  2. Calculation of high-pressure phase transitions in solid N2 and the pressure dependence of intramolecular mode frequencies

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    Chandrasekharan, V.; Etters, R. D.; Kobashi, K.

    1983-01-01

    A calculation that minimizes the energy of solid N2 with respect to a rhombohedral distortion of the Pm 3n structure shows that a low-temperature phase transition occurs into the R 3c calcite structure at P = 19.2 kbar with a volume change of 0.125 cu cm/mole. This transition agrees with recent Raman scattering measurements. Another transition from R 3c into R3(bar)m is predicted at P = 67.5 kbar, with a volume change of 0.1 cu cm/mole. The pressure dependence of the intramolecular mode frequencies for the R 3c structure are in reasonably good agreement with the two main branches observed experimentally.

  3. High-pressure single-crystal elasticity study of CO2 across phase I-III transition

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    Zhang, Jin S.; Shieh, Sean R.; Bass, Jay D.; Dera, Przemyslaw; Prakapenka, Vitali

    2014-04-01

    Sound velocities and elastic moduli of solid single-crystal CO2 were measured at pressures up to 11.7(3) GPa by Brillouin spectroscopy. The aggregate adiabatic bulk modulus (KS), shear modulus (G), and their pressure derivatives for CO2 Phase I are KS0 = 3.4(6) GPa, G0 = 1.8(2) GPa, (dKS/dP)0 = 7.8(3), (dG/dP)0 = 2.5(1), (d2KS/dP2)0 = -0.23(3) GPa-1, and (d2G/dP2)0 = -0.10(1) GPa-1. A small increase of elastic properties was observed between 9.8(1) and 10.5(3) GPa, in agreement with the CO2 I-III transition pressure determined from previous x-ray diffraction experiments. Above the transition pressure PT, we observed a mixture dominated by CO2-I, with minor CO2-III. The CO2-I + III mixture shows slightly increased sound velocities compared to pure CO2-I. Elastic anisotropy calculated from the single-crystal elasticity tensor exhibits a decrease with pressure beginning at 7.9(1) GPa, which is lower than PT. Our results coincide with recent X-ray Raman observations, suggesting that a pressure-induced electronic transition is related to local structural and optical changes.

  4. Temperature-Pressure Phase Diagram in TTF-TCNQ: Strong Suppression of Charge-Density-Wave State under Extremely High Pressure

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    Yasuzuka, Syuma; Murata, Keizo; Arimoto, Taro; Kato, Reizo

    2007-03-01

    We have measured the resistivity of the organic conductor TTF-TCNQ under high pressure up to 8.0 GPa using a cubic anvil apparatus. Below 3 GPa, the pressure dependence of the charge-density-wave (CDW) transition temperature, TCDW, is consistent with previous results, except for the observation of the “49 K-transition” at around 1 GPa. Above 3 GPa, TCDW decreases with increasing pressure but the CDW state survives even at 8.0 GPa. At 8.0 GPa, however, the resistivity shows metallic behavior below 25 K after the CDW transition with TCDW = 31 K. The origin of suppression is discussed in terms of the imperfect nesting originating from the increase in the interchain transfer integral, the significant deviation from the third-order commensurability, as well as the bandwidth broadening for both TTF and TCNQ stacks. The complete suppression of the CDW phase is expected near 9 GPa.

  5. Construction of a Direct Water-Injected Two-Stroke Engine for Phased Direct Fuel Injection-High Pressure Charging Investigations

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    Somsel, James P.

    1998-01-01

    The development of a water injected Orbital Combustion Process (OCP) engine was conducted to assess the viability of using the powerplant for high altitude NASA aircraft and General Aviation (GA) applications. An OCP direct fuel injected, 1.2 liter, three cylinder, two-stroke engine has been enhanced to independently inject water directly into the combustion chamber. The engine currently demonstrates low brake specific fuel consumption capability and an excellent power to weight ratio. With direct water injection, significant improvements can be made to engine power, to knock limits/ignition advance timing, and to engine NO(x) emissions. The principal aim of the testing was to validate a cyclic model developed by the Systems Analysis Branch at NASA Ames Research Center. The work is a continuation of Ames' investigations into a Phased Direct Fuel Injection Engine with High Pressure Charging (PDFI-ITPC).

  6. High-pressure single-crystal elasticity study of CO{sub 2} across phase I-III transition

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    Zhang, Jin S. Bass, Jay D.; Shieh, Sean R.; Dera, Przemyslaw; Prakapenka, Vitali

    2014-04-07

    Sound velocities and elastic moduli of solid single-crystal CO{sub 2} were measured at pressures up to 11.7(3) GPa by Brillouin spectroscopy. The aggregate adiabatic bulk modulus (K{sub S}), shear modulus (G), and their pressure derivatives for CO{sub 2} Phase I are K{sub S0} = 3.4(6) GPa, G{sub 0} = 1.8(2) GPa, (dK{sub S}/dP){sub 0} = 7.8(3), (dG/dP){sub 0} = 2.5(1), (d{sup 2}K{sub S}/dP{sup 2}){sub 0} = −0.23(3) GPa{sup −1}, and (d{sup 2}G/dP{sup 2}){sub 0} = −0.10(1) GPa{sup −1}. A small increase of elastic properties was observed between 9.8(1) and 10.5(3) GPa, in agreement with the CO{sub 2} I-III transition pressure determined from previous x-ray diffraction experiments. Above the transition pressure P{sub T}, we observed a mixture dominated by CO{sub 2}-I, with minor CO{sub 2}-III. The CO{sub 2}-I + III mixture shows slightly increased sound velocities compared to pure CO{sub 2}-I. Elastic anisotropy calculated from the single-crystal elasticity tensor exhibits a decrease with pressure beginning at 7.9(1) GPa, which is lower than P{sub T}. Our results coincide with recent X-ray Raman observations, suggesting that a pressure-induced electronic transition is related to local structural and optical changes.

  7. The nonlinear anomalous lattice elasticity associated with the high-pressure phase transition in spodumene: a high-precision static compression study

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    Ullrich, Angela; Schranz, Wilfried; Miletich, Ronald

    2009-12-01

    The high-pressure behavior of the lattice elasticity of spodumene, LiAlSi2O6, was studied by static compression in a diamond-anvil cell up to 9.3 GPa. Investigations by means of single-crystal XRD and Raman spectroscopy within the hydrostatic limits of the pressure medium focus on the pressure ranges around ~3.2 and ~7.7 GPa, which have been reported previously to comprise two independent structural phase transitions. While our measurements confirm the well-established first-order C2/ c- P21/ c transformation at 3.19 GPa (with 1.2% volume discontinuity and a hysteresis between 0.02 and 0.06 GPa), both unit-cell dimensions and the spectral changes observed in high-pressure Raman spectra give no evidence for structural changes related to a second phase transition. Monoclinic lattice parameters and unit-cell volumes at in total 59 different pressure points have been used to re-calculate the lattice-related properties of spontaneous strain, volume strain, and the bulk moduli as a function of pressure across the transition. A modified Landau free energy expansion in terms of a one component order parameter has been developed and tested against these experimentally determined data. The Landau solution provides a much better reproduction of the observed anomalies than any equation-of-state fit to data sets truncated below and above P tr, thus giving Landau parameters of K 0 = 138.3(2) GPa, K' = 7.46(5), λ V = 33.6(2) GPa, a = 0.486(3), b = -29.4(6) GPa and c = 551(11) GPa.

  8. Phase relation of C-Mg-Fe-Si-O system under various oxygen fugacity conditions at high pressure and high temperature

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    Takahashi, S.; Ohtani, E.; Terasaki, H.; Ito, Y.; Shibazaki, Y.; Ishii, M.; Funakoshi, K.; Higo, Y.

    2010-12-01

    Many exoplanets have been found recently based on the spectroscopic observation. A carbon-rich circumstellar gas was reported to exist around “beta-Pictoris”, which has an exoplanet (Roberge et al., 2006). In such gas, carbon-enriched planet, “carbon-planet” may be formed. Carbon-bearing phase, such as carbide, carbonate, graphite and diamond are likely to compose the carbon-planet interior. Therefore, it is important to investigate phase relations of carbon-rich systems under high pressure conditions. In this study, C-enriched Mg-Si-Fe-O-C system was investigated at high pressure and temperature in order to understand the internal structure of the carbon-planet. Phase relations were studied based on 2 series of experiments; (I)textural observation and chemical analysis of the recovered sample from 4 GPa and 1873K and (II)in situ X-ray diffraction experiments under high pressure and temperature. For the starting materials, we used several different mineral assemblages, as shown below: (i) MgCO3 + Fe + Si + C, (ii) (Mg1.8,Fe0.2)SiO4 + Fe + SiO2 + C, (iii) (Mg1.8,Fe0.2)SiO4 + Fe + Si + C, (iv) MgO + Fe + SiO2 + C, (v) MgO + Fe + Si + C. Oxygen fugacity (fO2) of the sample vaies dependign on these assembleges due to different O amount in the starting materials. The sample was enclosed in graphite or MgO capsule. MgO capsule enables us to estimate fO2 in the sample based on the FeO content of the capsule contacting with the samples. Chemical analyses of the recovered samples were performed using electron microprobe. In situ X-ray diffraction experiments were conducted at 4 GPa and up to 1873 K at BL04B1 beamline, SPring-8 synchrotron facility. Different mineral assemblages and their compositions were observed in the recovered samples depending on the redox condition of the sample. The compositions of metallic melt phases changes from Fe-C composition (C = 6.9~8.2 wt.%) in oxidizing conditions (ΔIW = -2.4 ~ -1.7) to Fe-Si composition (Si = 18 wt.%) in the more

  9. Dynamic mechanical behavior and high pressure phase stability of a zirconium-based bulk metallic glass and its composite with tungsten

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    Martin, Morgana

    2008-10-01

    The research involved performing controlled impact experiments on BMG composites consisting of amorphous Zr57Nb5Cu 15:4Ni12:6Al10 (LM106 or Vitreloy106) with crystalline tungsten reinforcement particles. Monolithic LM106 was also examined to aid in the understanding of the composite. The mechanical behavior of the composite was investigated over a range of strain rates (10-3 s -1 to 106 s-1), stress states (compression, compression-shear, tension), and temperatures (RT to 600°C) to determine the dependence of mechanical properties and deformation and failure modes (i.e., homogeneous deformation vs. inhomogeneous shear banding) on these parameters. Mechanical testing in the quasi-static to intermediate strain-rate regimes was performed using an Instron, Drop Weight Tower, and Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar, respectively. High-strain-rate mechanical properties of the BMG-matrix composite and monolithic BMG were investigated using dynamic compression (reverse Taylor) and dynamic tension (spall) impact experiments performed using a gas gun instrumented with velocity interferometry and high-speed digital photography. These experiments provided information about dynamic strength and deformation modes, and allowed for validation of constitutive models via comparison of experimental and simulated transient deformation profiles and free surface velocity traces. Hugoniot equation of state measurements were performed on the monolithic BMG to investigate the high pressure phase stability of the glass and the possible implications of a high pressure phase transformation on mechanical properties. Specimens were recovered for post-impact microstructural and thermal analysis to gain information about the mechanisms of dynamic deformation and fracture, and to examine for possible shock-induced phase transformations of the amorphous phase. For the composite, mechanical testing revealed positive strain-rate sensitivity of its yield stress and negative strain-rate sensitivity of its

  10. Elastic behaviour and high-pressure phase transition of the P21/n LiAlGe2O6pyroxene

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    Artac, Andreas; Miletich-Pawliczek, Ronald; Nestola, Fabrizio; Redhammer, Günther J.; Secco, Luciano

    2014-05-01

    In a recent work by Redhammer et al. (2012), investigating a synthetic pyroxene sample with composition LiAlGe2O6, a new space group for the big family of pyroxenes has been surprisingly discovered renewing the interest for Li-bearing pyroxene compounds. Actually, the authors of that work intended to investigate the effect of the Si-Ge substitution on the high-pressure behaviour and possibly on the phase transition with respect to spodumene, LiAlSi2O6, investigated by Arlt and Angel in 2000. Spodumene in fact, not only shows a strong first order phase transition at 3.19 GPa from C2/c to P21/c but the low symmetry C2/c shows the greatest bulk modulus never found in pyroxenes (i.e. 144.2 GPa with the first pressure derivative fixed to 4). Redhammer et al. (2012) discovered that substituting Si for Ge in the spodumene structure the effect is dramatic in terms of symmetry change at room conditions with the Ge-spodumene showing a P21/n space group, first discovery of such symmetry in the big family of pyroxene. In this work we loaded one crystal of LiAlGe2O6 in a diamond-anvil cell and investigated the elastic behaviour and its possible high-pressure phase transition by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In detail, we measured the unit-cell parameters using a Huber four-circle diffractometer equipped with a point detector up to about 9 GPa. The crystal structure was measured at different pressures loading simultaneously two fragments of the same crystal with a different orientation in the same diamond-anvil cell in order to cover a wider portion of the reciprocal space. The intensity data were measured on a STADI IV four-circle diffractometer equipped with a CCD using a diamond-backing plate cell, which gives better structural results with respect to a beryllium backing plate one (i.e. Periotto et al. 2011). The first important result of our work is that we found at about 5.2 GPa a very strong first-order phase transformation from P21/n to P21/c and this is the first

  11. Elastic Constants at High Pressure, Solid-Liquid Phase Boundaries and Equations of State for Solid and Liquid Copper and 316-Stainless Steel

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    Hayes, Dennis

    1999-06-01

    Prior accurate measurements of sound speed on the Hugoniot for copper and 316-SS are used to construct complete equations of state for solid and liquid phases. Differences between calculated bulk and observed elastic sound-speed in the solid are used to infer high-pressure elastic constants. At higher pressures, where the shocked state is entirely liquid, data are sufficient to construct the EOS including an accurate estimate for Grüneisen's ratio. The liquid EOS also reasonably describes some low-pressure, high-temperature properties, including density, sound speed, variation of sound speed with temperature, and thermal expansion, lending confidence to its accuracy. Results are comparable for each metal: the shear modulus increases along the Hugoniot and then drops precipitously toward zero as the pressure nears the liquid-phase boundary. In the liquid, Grüneisen's ratio is observed to be constant and agrees with the value measured for the liquid at zero pressure. The state below which this constancy holds is identified as the smallest pressure on the Hugoniot at which melting is complete. The gap between pure solid and pure liquid is identified as the mixed-phase region and in the case of copper, its size and location are in reasonable agreement with published ab initio calculations of Moriarty. Confidence in calculated temperature and entropy is less then that in pressure, volume and energy owing to uncertainties in specific heats.

  12. High Pressure Structural Phase Transition and Electronic Properties of NdX (X = P, As, Sb) Compounds : A First Principles Study

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    Kumar Singh, Sanjay; Singh, Rajeshwar; Singh, R. P.

    2015-06-01

    The structural and phase transition properties of NdX (X = P, As, Sb) under high pressure have been investigated using an ab-initiofull potential linear augmented plane wave plus local orbitals approach within the framework of density functional theory as implanted in the WIEN2k package. In this approach the generalized gradient approximation is chosen for the exchange-correlation functional energy optimization for calculating the total energy. At ambient conditions NdX stabilize in NaCl (B1 phase) structure. Under compression, it undergoes first-order structural transition from Fm-3m to P4/mmm (body centre tetragonal) phase at 30.0, 24.06 and 15.1 GPa which is found to be in good agreement with the available experimental data 30.0, 24.2 and 15.0 GPa respectively. The structural properties viz., equilibrium lattice constants, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative and volume collapse are also calculated and compared with previous calculations and available experimental data. The local spin-density approximation along with Hubbard-U corrections and spin-orbit coupling has been used for correct prediction of electronic properties.

  13. High pressure annular two-phase flow in a narrow duct. Part 1: Local measurements in the droplet field, and Part 2: Three-field modeling

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    Trabold, T.A.; Kumar, R.

    1999-07-01

    In Part 1, detailed measurements were made in a high pressure, adiabatic (boiled at the inlet) annular flow in a narrow, high aspect ratio duct using a gamma densitometer, hot-film anemometer and high-speed video photography. Measurements of void fraction, droplet frequency, velocity, drop size, and interfacial area concentration have been made to support the three field computational capability. An important aspect of this testing is the use of a modeling fluid (R-134a) in a vertical duct which permits visual access in annular flow. This modeling fluid accurately simulates the low liquid-to-vapor density ratio of steam-water flows at high pressures. These measurements have been taken in a narrow duct of hydraulic diameter 4.85 mm, and a cross-section aspect ratio of 22.5. However, the flow displays profiles of various shapes not only in the narrow dimension, but also in the width dimension. In particular, the shape of the droplet profiles depends on the entrained droplet flux from the edges in the vapor core. The average diameter from these profiles compare well with the models developed in the literature. Interfacial area concentration for these low density ratio flows is higher than the highest concentration reported for air-water flows. Video records show that along with the bow-shaped waves, three-dimensional {lambda}-shaped waves appear in annular flows for high flow rates. Part 2 outlines the development of a three-field modeling approach in annular flow and the predictive capability of an analysis code. Models have been developed here or adapted from the literature for the thin film near the wall as well as the droplets in the vapor core, and have been locally applied in a fully developed, two-phase adiabatic boiling annular flow in a duct heated at the inlet at high pressure. Numerical results have been obtained using these models that are required for the closure of the continuity and momentum equations. The two-dimensional predictions are compared with

  14. Infrared spectroscopic characterization of dehydration and accompanying phase transition behaviors in NAT-topology zeolites

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    Wang, Hsiu-Wen; Bishop, David

    2012-01-01

    Relative humidity (PH2O, partial pressure of water)-dependent dehydration and accompanying phase transitions in NAT-topology zeolites (natrolite, scolecite, and mesolite) were studied under controlled temperature and known PH2O conditions by in situ diffuse-reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy and parallel X-ray powder diffraction. Dehydration was characterized by the disappearance of internal H2O vibrational modes. The loss of H2O molecules caused a sequence of structural transitions in which the host framework transformation path was coupled primarily via the thermal motion of guest Na?/Ca2? cations and H2O molecules. The observation of different interactions of H2O molecules and Na?/Ca2? cations with host aluminosilicate frameworks under highand low-PH2O conditions indicated the development of different local strain fields, arising from cation H2O interactions in NAT-type channels. These strain fields influence the Si O/Al O bond strength and tilting angles within and between tetrahedra as the dehydration temperature is approached. The newly observed infrared bands (at 2,139 cm-1 in natrolite, 2,276 cm-1 in scolecite, and 2,176 and 2,259 cm-1 in mesolite) result from strong cation H2O Al Si framework interactions in NAT-type channels, and these bands can be used to evaluate the energetic evolution of Na?/Ca2? cations before and after phase transitions, especially for scolecite and mesolite. The 2,176 and 2,259 cm-1 absorption bands in mesolite also appear to be related to Na?/Ca2? order disorder that occur when mesolite loses its Ow4 H2O molecules.

  15. High-pressure microfluidics

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    Hjort, K.

    2015-03-01

    When using appropriate materials and microfabrication techniques, with the small dimensions the mechanical stability of microstructured devices allows for processes at high pressures without loss in safety. The largest area of applications has been demonstrated in green chemistry and bioprocesses, where extraction, synthesis and analyses often excel at high densities and high temperatures. This is accessible through high pressures. Capillary chemistry has been used since long but, just like in low-pressure applications, there are several potential advantages in using microfluidic platforms, e.g., planar isothermal set-ups, large local variations in geometries, dense form factors, small dead volumes and precisely positioned microstructures for control of reactions, catalysis, mixing and separation. Other potential applications are in, e.g., microhydraulics, exploration, gas driven vehicles, and high-pressure science. From a review of the state-of-art and frontiers of high pressure microfluidics, the focus will be on different solutions demonstrated for microfluidic handling at high pressures and challenges that remain.

  16. In vivo biosynthesis of L-(/sup 35/S)Cys-arginine vasopressin, -oxytocin, and -somatostatin: rapid estimation using reversed phase high pressure liquid chromatography. [Rats

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    Franco-Bourland, R.E.; Fernstrom, J.D.

    1981-01-01

    L(/sup 35/S)Cys-arginine vasopressin, -oxytocin, and -somatostatin were purified from hypothalami and neurohypophyses 4 h after rats received L(/sup 35/S)Cys via the third ventricle. After acetic acid extraction, Sephadex G-25 filtration, and chemoadsorption to C18-silica (Sep-Pak cartridges), the labeled peptides were rapidly separated by gradient elution, reversed phase, high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC). The identity and isotopic purity of the labeled peptides were determined by several reversed phase HPLC procedures in conjunction with chemical modification. The labeled peptide fractions were at least 50% radiochemically pure. Using this HPLC isolation procedure, incorporation of L-(/sup 35/S)Cys into each peptide was determined in hydrated and dehydrated rats. Label incorporation into arginine vasopressin and oxytocin in the hypothalamus and the neurohypophysis of dehydrated rats was 2-3 times greater than that in hydrated rats. Incorporation of label into hypothalamic and neurohypophyseal somatostatin was unaffected by the hydration state of the animal. This procedure thus provides a very rapid, but sensitive, set of techniques for studying the control of small peptide biosynthesis in the brain.

  17. Investigation of Fe-X (X=S, Si, C) Alloys Phase Diagrams at High Pressure and High Temperature using Ultrasonic Interferometry

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    Chantel, J.; Jing, Z.; Yu, T.; Wang, Y.

    2015-12-01

    Light elements have been suggested to be present in the liquid iron cores of the terrestrial planets and moons based on seismological and geochemical observations. It is therefore critical to determine precisely the phase diagrams for Fe-X (X=S, Si, C, O, H, etc.) alloying liquids in order to constrain the light element abundances in planetary cores, and to understand the dynamics and chemical evolution of the planets. Our goal is to refine the phase diagrams of Fe-S, Fe-Si and Fe-C at high pressures. We have successfully determined, at pressures up to 7 GPa, the temperatures of both solidus and liquidus of Fe alloys, with various S, Si and C contents, using ultrasonic wave velocity measurements in multi-anvil apparatus. During the heating of the experiment, we observe the solidus through the disappearance of the P-waves signal when the sample is partially molten, and the liquidus through the appearance of the signal from the liquid when the sample is entirely molten. Those observations have been confirmed during in-situ synchrotron experiments on Fe-5wt%C, Fe-10wt%C, Fe-5wt%Si and Fe-25wt%Si, using the ultrasonic measurements in conjunction with x-ray diffraction at the GSECARS Beamline 13-ID-D. In fact the ultrasonic interferometry allow to determine the solidus and liquidus temperatures more precisely than the x-ray diffraction. Traditional quench experiments used to determine phase relations require a large number of experiments. It is particularly challenging when the phase loop is narrow such as the case of the Fe-Si system. This new off-line in situ technique is a powerful tool to study partially or entirely molten samples without access to a synchrotron radiation source.

  18. Structure and phase diagram of an adhesive colloidal dispersion under high pressure: A small angle neutron scattering, diffusing wave spectroscopy, and light scattering study

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    Vavrin, R.; Kohlbrecher, J.; Wilk, A.; Ratajczyk, M.; Lettinga, M. P.; Buitenhuis, J.; Meier, G.

    2009-04-01

    We have applied small angle neutron scattering (SANS), diffusing wave spectroscopy (DWS), and dynamic light scattering (DLS) to investigate the phase diagram of a sterically stabilized colloidal system consisting of octadecyl grafted silica particles dispersed in toluene. This system is known to exhibit gas-liquid phase separation and percolation, depending on temperature T, pressure P, and concentration φ. We have determined by DLS the pressure dependence of the coexistence temperature and the spinodal temperature to be dP /dT=77 bar/K. The gel line or percolation limit was measured by DWS under high pressure using the condition that the system became nonergodic when crossing it and we determined the coexistence line at higher volume fractions from the DWS limit of turbid samples. From SANS measurements we determined the stickiness parameter τB(P,T,φ) of the Baxter model, characterizing a polydisperse adhesive hard sphere, using a global fit routine on all curves in the homogenous regime at various temperatures, pressures, and concentrations. The phase coexistence and percolation line as predicted from τB(P,T,φ) correspond with the determinations by DWS and were used to construct an experimental phase diagram for a polydisperse sticky hard sphere model system. A comparison with theory shows good agreement especially concerning the predictions for the percolation threshold. From the analysis of the forward scattering we find a critical scaling law for the susceptibility corresponding to mean field behavior. This finding is also supported by the critical scaling properties of the collective diffusion.

  19. High-pressure high-temperature phase relations in FeTiO3 up to 35 GPa and 1600 °C

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    Akaogi, M.; Abe, K.; Yusa, H.; Ishii, T.; Tajima, T.; Kojitani, H.; Mori, D.; Inaguma, Y.

    2016-08-01

    Phase relations in FeTiO3 were precisely determined at 25-35 GPa and 600-1600 °C using multianvil high-pressure experiments with tungsten carbide anvils. Pressure generation up to about 36 GPa at 1600 °C was evaluated using Al2O3 solubility in MgSiO3 perovskite (Pv) in the system MgSiO3-Al2O3. At about 28 GPa, FeTiO3 Pv dissociates into an assemblage of calcium titanate (CT)-type Fe2TiO4 + orthorhombic-I (OI)-type TiO2 below 1200 °C. However, above 1200 °C at 28 GPa, FeTiO3 Pv decomposes into a new, denser phase assemblage of CT-type Fe2TiO4 + a new compound of FeTi2O5. The new phase FeTi2O5 was recovered as an amorphous phase at 1 atm. In situ X-ray diffraction experiments at 35.1 GPa indicated that the new phase (N-p) FeTi2O5 has orthorhombic symmetry with cell parameters a = 8.567(2) Å, b = 5.753(1) Å and c = 5.257(1) Å. In addition, the assemblage of CT-type Fe2TiO4 + OI-type TiO2 changes to FeO wüstite (Wu) + OI-type TiO2 at about 33 GPa below 1000 °C. The phase assemblages in FeTiO3 are denser in the order: FeTiO3 (Pv) → 1/2Fe2TiO4 (CT) + 1/2TiO2 (OI) → 1/3Fe2TiO4 (CT) + 1/3FeTi2O5 (N-p) → FeO (Wu) + TiO2 (OI). Our results indicate that the upper stability limit of FeTiO3 Pv is about 28 GPa at 600-1600 °C. This puts a constraint on peak shock pressure for formation of naturally discovered lithium niobate-type FeTiO3 which was interpreted to be retrograde transition product of FeTiO3 Pv on release of shock pressure.

  20. High pressure furnace

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    Morris, D.E.

    1993-09-14

    A high temperature high pressure furnace has a hybrid partially externally heated construction. A metallic vessel fabricated from an alloy having a composition of at least 45% nickel, 15% chrome, and 10% tungsten is utilized (the preferred alloy including 55% nickel, 22% chrome, 14% tungsten, 2% molybdenum, 3% iron (maximum) and 5% cobalt (maximum)). The disclosed alloy is fabricated into 11/4 or 2 inch, 32 mm or 50 mm bar stock and has a length of about 22 inches, 56 cm. This bar stock has an aperture formed therein to define a closed high temperature, high pressure oxygen chamber. The opposite and closed end of the vessel is provided with a small blind aperture into which a thermocouple can be inserted. The closed end of the vessel is inserted into an oven, preferably heated by standard nickel chrome electrical elements and having a heavily insulated exterior. 19 figures.

  1. High pressure furnace

    DOEpatents

    Morris, Donald E.

    1993-01-01

    A high temperature high pressure furnace has a hybrid partially externally heated construction. A metallic vessel fabricated from an alloy having a composition of at least 45% nickel, 15% chrome, and 10% tungsten is utilized (the preferred alloy including 55% nickel, 22% chrome, 14% tungsten, 2% molybdenum, 3% iron (maximum) and 5% cobalt (maximum). The disclosed alloy is fabricated into 11/4 or 2 inch, 32 mm or 50 mm bar stock and has a length of about 22 inches, 56 cm. This bar stock has an aperture formed therein to define a closed high temperature, high pressure oxygen chamber. The opposite and closed end of the vessel is provided with a small blind aperture into which a thermocouple can be inserted. The closed end of the vessel is inserted into an oven, preferably heated by standard nickel chrome electrical elements and having a heavily insulated exterior.

  2. High pressure oxygen furnace

    DOEpatents

    Morris, Donald E.

    1992-01-01

    A high temperature high pressure oxygen furnace having a hybrid partially externally heated construction is disclosed. A metallic bar fabricated from an alloy having a composition of at least 45% nickel, 15% chrome, and 10% tungsten is utilized (the preferred alloy including 55% nickel, 22% chrome, 14% tungsten, 2% molybdenum, 3% iron (maximum) and 5% cobalt (maximum). The disclosed alloy is fabricated into 11/4 inch bar stock and has a length of about 17 inches. This bar stock is gun drilled for over 16 inches of its length with 0.400 inch aperture to define a closed high temperature, high pressure oxygen chamber. The opposite and closed end of the bar is provided with a small support aperture into which both a support and a thermocouple can be inserted. The closed end of the gun drilled bar is inserted into an oven, preferably heated by standard nickel chrome electrical elements and having a heavily insulated exterior.

  3. High pressure oxygen furnace

    DOEpatents

    Morris, D.E.

    1992-07-14

    A high temperature high pressure oxygen furnace having a hybrid partially externally heated construction is disclosed. A metallic bar fabricated from an alloy having a composition of at least 45% nickel, 15% chrome, and 10% tungsten is utilized, the preferred alloy including 55% nickel, 22% chrome, 14% tungsten, 2% molybdenum, 3% iron (maximum) and 5% cobalt (maximum). The disclosed alloy is fabricated into 11/4 inch bar stock and has a length of about 17 inches. This bar stock is gun drilled for over 16 inches of its length with 0.400 inch aperture to define a closed high temperature, high pressure oxygen chamber. The opposite and closed end of the bar is provided with a small support aperture into which both a support and a thermocouple can be inserted. The closed end of the gun drilled bar is inserted into an oven, preferably heated by standard nickel chrome electrical elements and having a heavily insulated exterior. 5 figs.

  4. High pressure gas target

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    Gelbart, W.; Johnson, R. R.; Abeysekera, B.

    2012-12-01

    Compact, high pressure, high current gas target features all metal construction and semi-automatic window assembly change. The unique aspect of this target is the domed-shaped window. The Havar alloy window is electron beam welded to a metal ring, thus forming one, interchangeable assembly. The window assembly is sealed by knife-edges locked by a pneumatic toggle allowing a quick, in situ window change.

  5. High-Pressure Research in Mineral Physics

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    Hazen, Robert M.

    Advances in high-pressure science and technology have transformed solid Earth geophysics. In the last decade, high-pressure researchers have reproduced the full range of Earth pressure and temperature conditions in the laboratory, and they have synthesized single crystals of dense silicate phases, unknown at the Earth's surface yet suspected to comprise most of the Earth's volume. These and other extraordinary accomplishments are chronicled in High-Pressure Research in Mineral Physics, an outgrowth of the third U.S.-Japan High-Pressure seminar, held in Kahuku, Hawaii, January, 13-16, 1986. The well produced and reasonably priced volume is dedicated to Syun-iti Akimoto, dean of Japanese high-pressure research, who recently retired from the University of Tokyo. Akimoto's fascinating historical account of pressure research at the Institute for Solid State Physics at the University of Tokyo is the leadoff article.

  6. Distinction of synthetic dl-α-tocopherol from natural vitamin E (d-α-tocopherol) by reversed-phase liquid chromatography. Enhanced selectivity of a polymeric C18 stationary phase at low temperature and/or at high pressure.

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    Yui, Yuko; Miyazaki, Shota; Ma, Yan; Ohira, Masayoshi; Fiehn, Oliver; Ikegami, Tohru; McCalley, David V; Tanaka, Nobuo

    2016-06-10

    Separation of diastereomers of dl-α-tocopherol was studied by reversed-phase liquid chromatography using three types of stationary phases, polymeric ODS, polymeric C30, and monomeric ODS. Polymeric ODS stationary phase (Inertsil ODS-P, 3mmID, 20cm) was effective for the separation of the isomers created by the presence of three chiral centers on the alkyl chain of synthetic dl-α-tocopherol. Considerable improvement of the separation of isomers was observed on ODS-P phase at high pressure and at low temperature. Complete separation of four pairs of diastereomers was achieved at 12.0°C, 536bar, while three peaks were observed when the separation was carried out either at 12.0°C at low pressure or at 20°C at 488bar. Higher temperature (30.0°C) with the ODS-P phase resulted in only partial separation of the diastereomers even at high pressure. Only slight resolution was observed for the mixture of diastereomers with the C30 stationary phase (Inertsil C30) at 12.0°C and 441bar, although the stationary phase afforded greater resolution for β- and γ-tocopherol than ODS-P. A monomeric C18 stationary phase did not show any separation at 12.0°C and 463bar. The results suggest that the binding site of the polymeric ODS-P phase is selective for flexible alkyl chains that provided the longest retention for the natural form, (R,R,R) form, and the enantiomer, (S,S,S) form, of dl-α-tocopherol. PMID:27157422

  7. Phase diagram of the La-Si binary system under high pressure and the structures of superconducting LaSi{sub 5} and LaSi{sub 10}

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    Yamanaka, Shoji; Izumi, Satoshi; Maekawa, Shoichi; Umemoto, Keita

    2009-08-15

    The La-Si binary phase diagram under a high pressure of 13.5 GPa was experimentally constructed. New superconducting silicides LaSi{sub 5} and LaSi{sub 10} were found, which have peritectic decomposition temperatures at 1000 and 750 deg. C, respectively. The single crystal X-ray structural analysis revealed that there are two polymorphs in LaSi{sub 5}. The alpha-form obtained by heating a molar mixture of LaSi{sub 2} and 3 Si at about 700 deg. C or by a rapid cooling from 1000 deg. C under pressure crystallizes with the space group C2/m and the lattice parameters a=15.11(3), b=4.032(6), c=8.26(1) A, and beta=109.11(1){sup o}. The beta-form obtained by a slow cooling from 800-950 deg. C to 600 deg. C under pressure has the same space group but with slightly different lattice parameters, a=14.922(7), b=3.906(2), c=8.807(4) A, and beta=107.19(1){sup o}. The beta-form is formed during the incomplete transformation of the alpha-form on cooling, and has always been obtained as a mixture with the alpha-form. The compound can be characterized as a Zintl phase with a polyanionic framework {sub i}nfinity{sup 3}[Si{sub 5}]{sup 3-} with large tunnels running along the b axis hosting lanthanum ions. In the beta-form, three of the five Si sites are disordered. The two polymorphs contain one dimensional sila-polyacene ribbons, Si ladder polymer, running along the b axis. The alpha-form showed superconductivity with the transition temperature T{sub c} of 11.5 K. LaSi{sub 10} crystallizes with the space group 6{sub 3}/mmc and the lattice parameters a=9.623(4), c=4.723(3) A. It is composed of La containing Si{sub 18} polyhedra (La-Si{sub 18}) of hexagonal beer-barrel shape, which form straight columns by stacking along the c-axis via face sharing. One-dimensional columns of La-Si{sub 18} barrels are edge-shared, and bundled with infinite Si trigonal bipyramid chains via corner sharing. The Si atoms in the straight chains have a five-fold coordination. LaSi{sub 10} became a

  8. Nano Materials Under High Pressures

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    Karmakar, S.; Garg, Nandini; Sharma, Surinder M.

    2010-12-01

    Materials comprising of units or particles of the size of a few nano-meters have significantly different high pressure behavior than their bulk counterparts. This is abundantly elucidated in our studies on transition metals encapsulated in carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes filled with Argon also show that it affects the behavior of tubes as well as argon. Studies on nano-crystalline Si displays an interesting crystalline-amorphous reversible transition, unique of its kind in elemental solids. We also demonstrate that in some cases of nanocrystalline samples, a phase perceived to be an intermediate-transient may be actually realized.

  9. HIGH PRESSURE DIES

    DOEpatents

    Wilson, W.B.

    1960-05-31

    A press was invented for subjecting specimens of bismuth, urania, yttria, or thoria to high pressures and temperatures. The press comprises die parts enclosing a space in which is placed an electric heater thermally insulated from the die parts so as not to damage them by heat. The die parts comprise two opposed inner frustoconical parts and an outer part having a double frustoconical recess receiving the inner parts. The die space decreases in size as the inner die parts move toward one another against the outer part and the inner parts, though very hard, do not fracture because of the mode of support provided by the outer part.

  10. Phase transition in BC[subscript x] system under high-pressure and high-temperature: Synthesis of cubic dense BC[subscript 3] nanostructured phase

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    Zinin, P.V.; Ming, L.C.; Ishii, H.A.; Jia, R.; Acosta, T.; Hellebrand, E.

    2012-07-11

    We synthesized a cubic BC{sub 3} (c-BC{sub 3}) phase, by direct transformation from graphitic phases at a pressure of 39 GPa and temperature of 2200 K in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell. A combination of x-ray diffraction, electron diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging, and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) measurements lead us to conclude that the obtained phase is hetero-nano-diamond, c-BC{sub 3}. High-resolution TEM imaging of the c-BC{sub 3} specimen recovered at ambient conditions demonstrates that the c-BC{sub 3} is a single, uniform, nanocrystalline phase with a grain size of about 3-5 nm. The EELS measurements show that the atoms inside the cubic structure are bonded by sp{sup 3} bonds. The zero-pressure lattice parameter of the c-BC{sub 3} calculated from diffraction peaks was found to be a = 3.589 {+-} 0.007 {angstrom}. The composition of the c-BC{sub 3} is determined from EELS measurements. The ratio of carbon to boron, C/B, is approximately 3 (2.8 {+-} 0.7).

  11. Phase transitions and photoinduced transformations at high pressure in the molecular donor-acceptor fullerene complex {Cd(dedtc)2}2 · C60

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    Meletov, K. P.; Konarev, D. V.; Tolstikova, A. O.

    2015-06-01

    The Raman spectra of crystals of C60 fullerene-cadmium diethyldithiocarbamate molecular donor-acceptor complexes {Cd(dedtc)2}2 · C60 were measured at pressures of up to 17 GPa, and the crystal lattice parameters of these complexes were determined at pressures of up to 6 GPa. An increase in pressure up to ˜2 GPa leads to changes in the Raman spectra, which are manifested by splitting of the intramolecular H g (1)- H g (8) phonon modes and by softening of the A g (2) mode of the C60 molecule. A further increase in pressure up to 17 GPa does not induce significant new changes to the Raman spectra, while a decrease is accompanied by the reverse transformation at a pressure of about 2 GPa. The pressure dependence of the lattice parameters also exhibits a reversible feature at 2 GPa related to a jumplike decrease in compressibility. All these data are indicative of a phase transition in the vicinity of 2 GPa related to the formation of covalent bonds between C60 molecules and, probably, the appearance of C120 dimers in fullerene layers. It was also found that, in the pressure interval from 2 to 6.3 GPa, the Raman spectra of complexes exhibit photoinduced transformations under prolonged exposure to laser radiation with a wavelength of λ = 532 nm and power density up to 5000 W/cm2. These changes are manifested by splitting and softening of the A g (2) mode and resemble analogous changes accompanying the photopolymerization of C60 fullerene. The intensity of new bands exhibits exponential growth with increasing exposure time. The photopolymer yield depends on both the laser radiation power and external pressure. The A g (2) mode splitting under irradiation can be related to the formation of photo-oligomers with various numbers of intermolecular covalent bonds per C60 molecule.

  12. Single crystal X-ray diffraction study of a mixed-valence gold compound, Cs{sub 2}Au{sup I}Au{sup III}Cl{sub 6} under high pressures up to 18 GPa: Pressure-induced phase transition coupled with gold valence transition

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    Matsushita, Nobuyuki Ahsbahs, Hans; Hafner, Stefan S.; Kojima, Norimichi

    2007-04-15

    We performed the single-crystal X-ray diffraction study of a perovskite-type gold mixed-valence compound, Cs{sub 2}Au{sup I}Au{sup III}Cl{sub 6}, under high pressures up to 18 GPa by using a diamond-anvil-cell with helium gas as an ideal hydrostatic pressure-transmitting medium. The lattice parameters and the variable atomic positional parameters were obtained with reasonable accuracy at various pressures. A structural phase transition at ca. 12.5 GPa from I4/mmm to Pm3m was found. The lattice parameters a {sub 0} and c {sub 0}, denoted in the tetragonal cell setting, result in the relationship 2{sup 1/2} a {sub 0}=c {sub 0}, and the superstructure reflections h k l (l is odd), caused by the shift of the Cl ions from the midpoint of the Au ions, disappeared at pressures above the phase transition. Both elongated [Au{sup III}Cl{sub 6}] and compressed [Au{sup I}Cl{sub 6}] octahedra in the low-pressure phase smoothly approach regular octahedra with increasing pressure. Above the structural phase transition at 12.5 GPa, all the [AuCl{sub 6}] octahedra are crystallographically equivalent, which shows that the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition accompanies the valence transition from the Au{sup I}/Au{sup III} mixed-valence state to the Au{sup II} single-valence state. - Graphical abstract: Single-crystal X-ray diffraction study under high pressures up to 18 GPa by using a diamond-anvil-cell with helium gas as an ideal hydrostatic pressure medium has revealed that a perovskite-type gold mixed-valence compound, Cs{sub 2}Au{sup I}Au{sup III}Cl{sub 6}, exhibits the structural phase transition from tetragonal to cubic at 12.5 GPa accompanying gold valence transition.

  13. Multicomponent fuel vaporization at high pressures.

    SciTech Connect

    Torres, D. J.; O'Rourke, P. J.

    2002-01-01

    We extend our multicomponent fuel model to high pressures using a Peng-Robinson equation of state, and implement the model into KIVA-3V. Phase equilibrium is achieved by equating liquid and vapor fugacities. The latent heat of vaporization and fuel enthalpies are also corrected for at high pressures. Numerical simulations of multicomponent evaporation are performed for single droplets for a diesel fuel surrogate at different pressures.

  14. Single-Crystal X-Ray Diffraction of Orthoenstatite to 48 GPa: New High-Pressure Phases with 4-, 5-, and 6-Coordinated Silicon

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    Finkelstein, G. J.; Dera, P. K.; Duffy, T. S.

    2013-12-01

    Orthopyroxene (opx, (Mg,Fe)SiO3) is one of the major phases in Earth's upper mantle, comprising ~20% of the region by volume. At high pressures and temperatures, this phase undergoes several well-characterized phase transitions. Its behavior at low temperature is less well known, but may be important for cold subducting slabs (1, 2). Previous studies (3, 4) reported that MgSiO3 orthoenstatite persists up to ~12 GPa, and a phase transition above this pressure was recently discovered by Zhang et al. (5). This structure, which we call β-opx (designated HPCEN2 in previous studies), is related to one predicted by theory (6), and has P21/c monoclinic symmetry. It retains an opx topology despite its lower symmetry, distinguishing it from a true clinopyroxene. We conducted single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments in a diamond anvil cell at GSECARS and HPCAT at the APS. Mg0.91Fe0.09SiO3 orthopyroxene was compressed in a neon pressure medium with a gold pressure standard. In addition to the orthopyroxene to β-opx transition, we observe two further phase changes at ~28 GPa and ~38 GPa. The transitions result in volume reductions of ~2.5% and ~3.9%, respectively. The Si layers in both new structures are intermediate between the opx structure and that of the ilmenite-structured akimotoite polymorph. Akimotoite consists of edge-sharing MgO6 and SiO6 octahedra arranged in alternating honeycomb sheets. A theoretical study suggested clinoenstatite could transform directly to akimotoite at low temperatures through a shear-based mechanism (7). Here, we observe that the path toward akimotoite-like Si layers is stepwise. In the new MgSiO3 structures, the initial chains of SiO4 tetrahedra are partially converted to the characteristic 6-coordinated honeycomb layers. This results in some 5-coordinated Si sites in both structures. Due to the increased coordination number, we are calling the new structures α- and β-post-orthopyroxene (α-popx and β-popx). The Mg layers, however, do

  15. High pressure nitriding

    SciTech Connect

    Jung, M.; Hoffmann, F.T.; Mayr, P.; Minarski, P.

    1995-12-31

    The aim of the presented research project is the development of a new high pressure nitriding process, which avoids disadvantages of conventional nitriding processes and allows for new applications. Up to now, a nitriding furnace has been constructed and several investigations have been made in order to characterize the influence of pressure on the nitriding process. In this paper, connections between pressure in the range of 2 to 12 atm and the corresponding nitride layer formation for the steel grades AISI 1045, H11 and a nitriding steel are discussed. Results of the nitride layer formation are presented. For all steel grades, a growth of nitride layers with increasing pressure was obtained. Steels with passive layers, as the warm working steel H11, showed a better nitriding behavior at elevated pressure.

  16. High pressure mechanical seal

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Babel, Henry W. (Inventor); Anderson, Raymond H. (Inventor)

    1996-01-01

    A relatively impervious mechanical seal is formed between the outer surface of a tube and the inside surface of a mechanical fitting of a high pressure fluid or hydraulic system by applying a very thin soft metal layer onto the outer surface of the hard metal tube and/or inner surface of the hard metal fitting. The thickness of such thin metal layer is independent of the size of the tube and/or fittings. Many metals and alloys of those metals exhibit the requisite softness, including silver, gold, tin, platinum, indium, rhodium and cadmium. Suitably, the coating is about 0.0025 millimeters (0.10 mils) in thickness. After compression, the tube and fitting combination exhibits very low leak rates on the order or 10.sup.-8 cubic centimeters per second or less as measured using the Helium leak test.

  17. High pressure mechanical seal

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Babel, Henry W. (Inventor); Fuson, Phillip L. (Inventor); Chickles, Colin D. (Inventor); Jones, Cherie A. (Inventor); Anderson, Raymond H. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    A relatively impervious mechanical seal is formed between the outer surface of a tube and the inside surface of a mechanical fitting of a high pressure fluid or hydraulic system by applying a very thin soft metal layer onto the outer surface of the hard metal tube and/or inner surface of the hard metal fitting, prior to swaging the fitting onto the tube. The thickness of such thin metal layer is independent of the size of the tube and/or fittings. Many metals and alloys of those metals exhibit the requisite softness, including silver, gold, nickel, tin, platinum, indium, rhodium and cadmium. Suitably, the coating is about 0.0025 millimeters (0.10 mils) in thickness. After swaging, the tube and fitting combination exhibits very low leak rates on the order or 10.sup.-8 cubic centimeters per second or less as meaured using the Helium leak test.

  18. HIGH PRESSURE GAS REGULATOR

    DOEpatents

    Ramage, R.W.

    1962-05-01

    A gas regulator operating on the piston and feedback principle is described. The device is particularly suitable for the delicate regulation of high pressure, i.e., 10,000 psi and above, gas sources, as well as being perfectly adaptable for use on gas supplies as low as 50 psi. The piston is adjustably connected to a needle valve and the movement of the piston regulates the flow of gas from the needle valve. The gas output is obtained from the needle valve. Output pressure is sampled by a piston feedback means which, in turn, regulates the movement of the main piston. When the output is other than the desired value, the feedback system initiates movement of the main piston to allow the output pressure to be corrected or to remain constant. (AEC)

  19. Real-Time Optical Monitoring and Simulations of Gas Phase Kinetics in InN Vapor Phase Epitaxy at High Pressure

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    Dietz, Nikolaus; Woods, Vincent; McCall, Sonya D.; Bachmann, Klaus J.

    2003-01-01

    Understanding the kinetics of nucleation and coalescence of heteroepitaxial thin films is a crucial step in controlling a chemical vapor deposition process, since it defines the perfection of the heteroepitaxial film both in terms of extended defect formation and chemical integrity of the interface. The initial nucleation process also defines the film quality during the later stages of film growth. The growth of emerging new materials heterostructures such as InN or In-rich Ga(x)In(1-x)N require deposition methods operating at higher vapor densities due to the high thermal decomposition pressure in these materials. High nitrogen pressure has been demonstrated to suppress thermal decomposition of InN, but has not been applied yet in chemical vapor deposition or etching experiments. Because of the difficulty with maintaining stochiometry at elevated temperature, current knowledge regarding thermodynamic data for InN, e.g., its melting point, temperature-dependent heat capacity, heat and entropy of formation are known with far less accuracy than for InP, InAs and InSb. Also, no information exists regarding the partial pressures of nitrogen and phosphorus along the liquidus surfaces of mixed-anion alloys of InN, of which the InN(x)P(1-x) system is the most interesting option. A miscibility gap is expected for InN(x)P(1-x) pseudobinary solidus compositions, but its extent is not established at this point by experimental studies under near equilibrium conditions. The extension of chemical vapor deposition to elevated pressure is also necessary for retaining stoichiometric single phase surface composition for materials that are characterized by large thermal decomposition pressures at optimum processing temperatures.

  20. Phase transitions and photoinduced transformations at high pressure in the molecular donor-acceptor fullerene complex (Cd(dedtc){sub 2}){sub 2} · C{sub 60}

    SciTech Connect

    Meletov, K. P.; Konarev, D. V.; Tolstikova, A. O.

    2015-06-15

    The Raman spectra of crystals of C{sub 60} fullerene-cadmium diethyldithiocarbamate molecular donor-acceptor complexes (Cd(dedtc){sub 2}){sub 2} · C{sub 60} were measured at pressures of up to 17 GPa, and the crystal lattice parameters of these complexes were determined at pressures of up to 6 GPa. An increase in pressure up to ∼2 GPa leads to changes in the Raman spectra, which are manifested by splitting of the intramolecular H{sub g}(1)-H{sub g}(8) phonon modes and by softening of the A{sub g}(2) mode of the C{sub 60} molecule. A further increase in pressure up to 17 GPa does not induce significant new changes to the Raman spectra, while a decrease is accompanied by the reverse transformation at a pressure of about 2 GPa. The pressure dependence of the lattice parameters also exhibits a reversible feature at 2 GPa related to a jumplike decrease in compressibility. All these data are indicative of a phase transition in the vicinity of 2 GPa related to the formation of covalent bonds between C{sub 60} molecules and, probably, the appearance of C{sub 120} dimers in fullerene layers. It was also found that, in the pressure interval from 2 to 6.3 GPa, the Raman spectra of complexes exhibit photoinduced transformations under prolonged exposure to laser radiation with a wavelength of λ = 532 nm and power density up to 5000 W/cm{sup 2}. These changes are manifested by splitting and softening of the A{sub g}(2) mode and resemble analogous changes accompanying the photopolymerization of C{sub 60} fullerene. The intensity of new bands exhibits exponential growth with increasing exposure time. The photopolymer yield depends on both the laser radiation power and external pressure. The A{sub g}(2) mode splitting under irradiation can be related to the formation of photo-oligomers with various numbers of intermolecular covalent bonds per C{sub 60} molecule.

  1. [High Pressure Gas Tanks

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Quintana, Rolando

    2002-01-01

    Four high-pressure gas tanks, the basis of this study, were especially made by a private contractor and tested before being delivered to NASA Kennedy Space Center. In order to insure 100% reliability of each individual tank the staff at KSC decided to again submit the four tanks under more rigorous tests. These tests were conducted during a period from April 10 through May 8 at KSC. This application further validates the predictive safety model for accident prevention and system failure in the testing of four high-pressure gas tanks at Kennedy Space Center, called Continuous Hazard Tracking and Failure Prediction Methodology (CHTFPM). It is apparent from the variety of barriers available for a hazard control that some barriers will be more successful than others in providing protection. In order to complete the Barrier Analysis of the system, a Task Analysis and a Biomechanical Study were performed to establish the relationship between the degree of biomechanical non-conformities and the anomalies found within the system on particular joints of the body. This relationship was possible to obtain by conducting a Regression Analysis to the previously generated data. From the information derived the body segment with the lowest percentage of non-conformities was the neck flexion with 46.7%. Intense analysis of the system was conducted including Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA), Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), and Barrier Analysis. These analyses resulted in the identification of occurrences of conditions, which may be becoming hazardous in the given system. These conditions, known as dendritics, may become hazards and could result in an accident, system malfunction, or unacceptable risk conditions. A total of 56 possible dendritics were identified. Work sampling was performed to observe the occurrence each dendritic. The out of control points generated from a Weighted c control chart along with a Pareto analysis indicate that the dendritics "Personnel not

  2. Phase Transition Mechanisms in the Mineral Titanite CaTiOSiO4 Under High Pressure - a X-ray Single Crystal Study Between 7 GPa and 10 GPa

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    Rath, S.; Kunz, M.; Miletich, R.

    2001-12-01

    The monoclinic mineral titanite is a common accessory in many acid and intermediate igneous rock, gneises, mica shists and amphiboles. The structure of titanite is characterized by corner-linked chains of TiO6 -octahedra parallel to [100] connected via isolated SiO4 -tetrahedra. CaO7 polyhedra build chains along [101]. The octahedral Ti atoms show typical out-of-center distortions. Its behavior under high pressure can give information about the driving forces of the phase transition in ABOCO4 silicates. The behavior of titanite under high pressure has been studied up to 7 GPa and 850oK with powder diffraction, respectively [1], [2], [3] and several phase transitions were found. The structure remains monoclinic but changes from P21/a to A2/a at 3.6 GPa. Here we present evidence for a new A2/a P-1 phase transition at 10.5 GPa. At this pressure the cell metric decreased to the following values: a= 6.829(4) Å , b= 8.594(2) Å , c= 6.352(1) Å, α = 90.18(2)° , β = 112.78(2)° , γ = 89.70(2)° and V= 343.7(2) Å3. Structure refinement results of high-pressure X-ray single crystal studies at pressures from 7 to 10 GPa will be presented. In addition, we compare the titanite results to the phase transition in the topological identical malayaite CaSnSiO_4 at 5 GPa, where a similar phase transition has previously been observed [4]. [1] Angel, R.J.; Kunz, M.; Miletich, R.; Woodland, A.B.; Koch, M. and Xirouchakis, D. (1999); High-pressure phase transition in CaTiOSiO_4 titanite; Phase Transitions, 68, 533 - 543 [2] Bismayer, U.; Zhang, M.; Groat, L.A.; Salje, E.K.H and Meyer, H.-W. (1999); The \\beta - \\gamma Phase Transition in Titanite and the Isosymmetric Analogue in Malayaite; Phase Transitions, 68, 545 - 556 [3] Kunz, M., Arlt, T. and Stolz, J. (2000): In situ powder diffraction of titanite (CaTiSiO_4) at high pressure and high temperature, American Mineralogist, 85, 1465 - 1473 [4] Rath, St, Kunz, M. and Miletich, R. (2001) Pressure induced phase transition in

  3. High pressure capillary connector

    DOEpatents

    Renzi, Ronald F.

    2005-08-09

    A high pressure connector capable of operating at pressures of 40,000 psi or higher is provided. This connector can be employed to position a first fluid-bearing conduit that has a proximal end and a distal end to a second fluid-bearing conduit thereby providing fluid communication between the first and second fluid-bearing conduits. The connector includes (a) an internal fitting assembly having a body cavity with (i) a lower segment that defines a lower segment aperture and (ii) an interiorly threaded upper segment, (b) a first member having a first member aperture that traverses its length wherein the first member aperture is configured to accommodate the first fluid-bearing conduit and wherein the first member is positioned in the lower segment of the internal fitting assembly, and (c) a second member having a second member aperture that traverses its length wherein the second member is positioned in the upper segment of the fitting assembly and wherein a lower surface of the second member is in contact with an upper surface of the first member to assert a compressive force onto the first member and wherein the first member aperture and the second member aperture are coaxial.

  4. Phase equilibria in the system BN-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}-Mg{sub 3}N{sub 2} at atmospheric and high pressures

    SciTech Connect

    Zhukov, A.N.; Burdina, K.P.; Semenenko, K.N.

    1995-01-20

    Isothermal sections for the system BN-Si{sup 3}N{sup 4}-Mg{sub 3}N{sub 2} at atmospheric and 5.0 GPa pressures have been constructed. Three new compounds Mg{sub 5}Si{sub 2}N{sub 6}, Mg{sub 7}SiB{sub 2}N{sub 8}, and Mg{sub 10}SiBN{sub 9} have been found, the first two of which are formed both at atmospheric and at high pressure and the last only at high pressure. P,T parameters of the {alpha}-BN {r_arrow} {beta}-BN conversion in the presence of Mg{sub 7}SiB{sub 2}N{sub 8} and MgSiN{sub 2} have been determined. 13 refs., 3 figs., 4 tabs.

  5. Supersolid phase accompanied by a quantum critical point in the intermediate coupling regime of the Holstein model.

    PubMed

    Murakami, Yuta; Werner, Philipp; Tsuji, Naoto; Aoki, Hideo

    2014-12-31

    We reveal that electron-phonon systems described by the Holstein model on a bipartite lattice exhibit, away from half filling, a supersolid (SS) phase characterized by coexisting charge order (CO) and superconductivity (SC), and an accompanying quantum critical point (QCP). The SS phase, demonstrated by the dynamical mean-field theory with a quantum Monte Carlo impurity solver, emerges in the intermediate-coupling regime, where the peak of the Tc dome is located and the metal-insulator crossover occurs. On the other hand, in the weak- and strong-coupling regimes the CO-SC boundary is of first order with no intervening SS phases. The QCP is associated with the continuous transition from SS to SC and characterized by a reentrant behavior of the SS around it. We further show that the SS-SC transition is hallmarked by diverging charge fluctuations and a kink (peak) in the superfluid density. PMID:25615362

  6. Supersolid Phase Accompanied by a Quantum Critical Point in the Intermediate Coupling Regime of the Holstein Model

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    Murakami, Yuta; Werner, Philipp; Tsuji, Naoto; Aoki, Hideo

    2014-12-01

    We reveal that electron-phonon systems described by the Holstein model on a bipartite lattice exhibit, away from half filling, a supersolid (SS) phase characterized by coexisting charge order (CO) and superconductivity (SC), and an accompanying quantum critical point (QCP). The SS phase, demonstrated by the dynamical mean-field theory with a quantum Monte Carlo impurity solver, emerges in the intermediate-coupling regime, where the peak of the Tc dome is located and the metal-insulator crossover occurs. On the other hand, in the weak- and strong-coupling regimes the CO-SC boundary is of first order with no intervening SS phases. The QCP is associated with the continuous transition from SS to SC and characterized by a reentrant behavior of the SS around it. We further show that the SS-SC transition is hallmarked by diverging charge fluctuations and a kink (peak) in the superfluid density.

  7. Ultra-High-Pressure Water

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    French, Martin; Redmer, Ronald; Mattsson, Thomas R.

    2008-03-01

    We present the first all-electron QMD simulations of water in the ultra-high-pressure regime up to conditions typical for the deep interior of Jupiter and Saturn. We calculate the equation of state and the Hugoniot curve and study the structural properties via pair correlation functions and self-diffusion coefficients. In the ultra-dense superionic phase, we find a continuous transition in the protonic structure. Water at conditions of Jupiter's core (i.e. 20000 K, 50 Mbar, 11 g/cm^3) forms a fluid dense plasma. Supported by the DFG within SFB 652. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  8. Unusual electronic and mechanical properties of sodium chlorides at high pressures

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    Bu, Hongxia; Zhao, Mingwen; Zhou, Hongcai; Du, Yanling

    2016-04-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we performed systematic investigation on the electronic and mechanical properties of sodium chlorides with different stoichiometries at high pressures. It was found that most of the phases are metallic except the Pnma-NaCl3 with a gap of 2.155 eV. The extended Cl (or Na) sublattice at Cl-rich (or Na-rich) conditions contributes to the metallization. Accompanied by metallization, the NamCln crystals exhibit good ductility in contrast to the brittle NaCl crystal, due to the changes of binding features induced by high pressure. These results are expected to be useful for understanding the exotic properties of NaCl at high pressures.

  9. Combined Theoretical and in Situ Scattering Strategies for Optimized Discovery and Recovery of High-Pressure Phases: A Case Study of the GaN-Nb2O5 System.

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    Woerner, William R; Qian, Guang-Rui; Oganov, Artem R; Stephens, Peter W; Dharmagunawardhane, H A Naveen; Sinclair, Alexandra; Parise, John B

    2016-04-01

    The application of pressure in solid-state synthesis provides a route for the creation of new and exciting materials. However, the onerous nature of high-pressure techniques limits their utility in materials discovery. The systematic search for novel oxynitrides-semiconductors for photocatalytic overall water splitting-is a representative case where quench high-pressure synthesis is useful and necessary in order to obtain target compounds. We utilize state of the art crystal structure prediction theory (USPEX) and in situ synchrotron-based X-ray scattering to speed up the discovery and optimization of novel compounds using high-pressure synthesis. Using this approach, two novel oxynitride phases were discovered in the GaN-Nb2O5 system. The (Nb2O5)0.84:(NbO2)0.32:(GaN)0.82 rutile structured phase was formed at 1 GPa and 900 °C and gradually transformed to a α-PbO2-related structure above 2.8 GPa and 1000 °C. The low-pressure rutile type phase was found to have a direct optical band gap of 0.84 eV and an indirect gap of 0.51 eV. PMID:27002597

  10. Activation of Alpha Chymotrypsin by Three Phase Partitioning Is Accompanied by Aggregation

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    Rather, Gulam Mohmad; Mukherjee, Joyeeta; Halling, Peter James; Gupta, Munishwar Nath

    2012-01-01

    Precipitation of alpha chymotrypsin in the simultaneous presence of ammonium sulphate and t-butanol (three phase partitioning) resulted in preparations which showed self aggregation of the enzyme molecules. Precipitation with increasing amounts of ammonium sulphate led to increasing size of aggregates. While light scattering estimated the hydrodynamic diameter of these aggregates in the range of 242–1124 nm; Nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) gave the value as 130–462 nm. Scanning electron microscopy and gel filtration on Sephadex G-200 showed extensive aggregation in these preparations. Transmission electron microscopy showed that the aggregates had irregular shapes. All the aggregates had about 3× higher catalytic activity than the native enzyme. These aggregates did not differ in λmax of fluorescence emission which was around 340 nm. However, all the aggregates showed higher fluorescence emission intensity. Far-UV and near-UV circular dichroism also showed no significant structural changes as compared to the native molecule. Interestingly, HPLC gel filtration (on a hydroxylated silica column) gave 14 nm as the diameter for all preparations. Light scattering of preparations in the presence of 10% ethylene glycol also dissociated the aggregates to monomers of 14 nm. Both these results indicated that hydrophobic interactions were the driving force behind this aggregation. These results indicate: (1) Even without any major structural change, three phase partitioning led to protein molecules becoming highly prone to aggregation. (2) Different methods gave widely different estimates of sizes of aggregates. It was however possible to reconcile the data obtained with various approaches. (3) The nature of the gel filtration column is crucial and use of this technique for refolding and studying aggregation needs a rethink. PMID:23239966

  11. Fuel droplet burning rates at high pressures.

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    Canada, G. S.; Faeth, G. M.

    1973-01-01

    Combustion of methanol, ethanol, propanol-1, n-pentane, n-heptane, and n-decane was observed in air under natural convection conditions, at pressures up to 100 atm. The droplets were simulated by porous spheres, with diameters in the range from 0.63 to 1.90 cm. The pressure levels of the tests were high enough so that near-critical combustion was observed for methanol and ethanol. Due to the high pressures, the phase-equilibrium models of the analysis included both the conventional low-pressure approach as well as high-pressure versions, allowing for real gas effects and the solubility of combustion-product gases in the liquid phase. The burning-rate predictions of the various theories were similar, and in fair agreement with the data. The high-pressure theory gave the best prediction for the liquid-surface temperatures of ethanol and propanol-1 at high pressure. The experiments indicated the approach of critical burning conditions for methanol and ethanol at pressures on the order of 80 to 100 atm, which was in good agreement with the predictions of both the low- and high-pressure analysis.

  12. High-pressure neutron diffraction

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    Xu, Hongwu

    2011-01-10

    This lecture will cover progress and prospect of applications of high-pressure neutron diffraction techniques to Earth and materials sciences. I will first introduce general high-pressure research topics and available in-situ high-pressure techniques. Then I'll talk about high-pressure neutron diffraction techniques using two types of pressure cells: fluid-driven and anvil-type cells. Lastly, I will give several case studies using these techniques, particularly, those on hydrogen-bearing materials and magnetic transitions.

  13. Infrared spectroscopic and modeling studies of H2/CH4 microwave plasma gas phase from low to high pressure and power

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    Rond, C.; Hamann, S.; Wartel, M.; Lombardi, G.; Gicquel, A.; Röpcke, J.

    2014-09-01

    InfraRed Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy technique has been implemented in a H2/CH4 Micro-Wave (MW frequency f = 2.45 GHz) plasma reactor dedicated to diamond deposition under high pressure and high power conditions. Parametric studies such as a function of MW power, pressure, and admixtures of methane have been carried out on a wide range of experimental conditions: the pressure up to 270 mbar and the MW power up to 4 kW. These conditions allow high purity Chemical Vapor Deposition diamond deposition at high growth rates. Line integrated absorption measurements have been performed in order to monitor hydrocarbon species, i.e., CH3, CH4, C2H2, C2H4, and C2H6. The densities of the stable detected species were found to vary in the range of 1012-1017 molecules cm-3, while the methyl radical CH3 (precursor of diamond growth under these conditions) measured into the plasma bulk was found up to 1014 molecules cm-3. The experimental densities have been compared to those provided by 1D-radial thermochemical model for low power and low pressure conditions (up to 100 mbar/2 kW). These densities have been axially integrated. Experimental measurements under high pressure and power conditions confirm a strong increase of the degree of dissociation of the precursor, CH4, associated to an increase of the C2H2 density, the most abundant reaction product in the plasma.

  14. Grain size dependence of elastic anomalies accompanying the α β phase transition in polycrystalline quartz

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    McKnight, Ruth E. A.; Moxon, T.; Buckley, A.; Taylor, P. A.; Darling, T. W.; Carpenter, M. A.

    2008-02-01

    The effects of grain size on the elastic properties of quartz through the α-β phase transition have been investigated by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy. It is found that there are three regimes, dependent on grain size, within which elastic properties show different evolutions with temperature. In the large grain size regime, as represented by a quartzite sample with ~100-300 µm grains, microcracking is believed to occur in the vicinity of the transition point, allowing grains to pull apart. In the intermediate grain size regime, as represented by novaculite (1-5 µm grain size) and Ethiebeaton agate (~120 nm grain size), bulk and shear moduli through the transition follow closely the values expected from averages of single crystal data. The novaculite sample, however, has a transition temperature ~7 °C higher than that of single crystal quartz. This is assumed to be due to the development of internal pressure arising from anisotropic thermal expansion. In the small grain size region, agates from Mexico (~65 nm) and Brazil (~50 nm) show significant reductions in the amount of softening of the bulk modulus as the transition point is approached from below. This is consistent with a tendency for the transition to become more second order in character. The apparent changes towards second order character do not match quantitative predictions for samples with homogeneous strain across elastically clamped nanocrystals, however. Some of the elastic variations are also due to the presence of moganite in these samples. True 'nanobehaviour' for quartz in ceramic samples thus appears to be restricted to grain sizes of less than ~50 nm.

  15. High pressure ices

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    Hermann, Andreas; Ashcroft, N. W.; Hoffmann, Roald

    2012-01-01

    H2O will be more resistant to metallization than previously thought. From computational evolutionary structure searches, we find a sequence of new stable and meta-stable structures for the ground state of ice in the 1–5 TPa (10 to 50 Mbar) regime, in the static approximation. The previously proposed Pbcm structure is superseded by a Pmc21 phase at p = 930 GPa, followed by a predicted transition to a P21 crystal structure at p = 1.3 TPa. This phase, featuring higher coordination at O and H, is stable over a wide pressure range, reaching 4.8 TPa. We analyze carefully the geometrical changes in the calculated structures, especially the buckling at the H in O-H-O motifs. All structures are insulating—chemistry burns a deep and (with pressure increase) lasting hole in the density of states near the highest occupied electronic levels of what might be component metallic lattices. Metallization of ice in our calculations occurs only near 4.8 TPa, where the metallic C2/m phase becomes most stable. In this regime, zero-point energies much larger than typical enthalpy differences suggest possible melting of the H sublattice, or even the entire crystal. PMID:22207625

  16. Electrokinetically pumped high pressure sprays

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    Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Paul, Phillip H.; Schoeniger, Luke

    2005-11-01

    An electrokinetic pump capable of producing high pressure is combined with a nozzle having a submicron orifice to provide a high pressure spray device. Because of its small size, the device can be contained within medical devices such as an endoscope for delivering biological materials such as DNA, chemo therapeutic agents, or vaccines to tissues and cells.

  17. Electrokinetically pumped high pressure sprays

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    Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Paul, Phillip H.; Schoeniger, Luke

    2002-01-01

    An electrokinetic pump capable of producing high pressure is combined with a nozzle having a submicron orifice to provide a high pressure spray device. Because of its small size, the device can be contained within medical devices such as an endoscope for delivering biological materials such as DNA, chemo therapeutic agents, or vaccines to tissues and cells.

  18. Fundamentals of high pressure adsorption

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    Zhou, Y.P.; Zhou, L.

    2009-12-15

    High-pressure adsorption attracts research interests following the world's attention to alternative fuels, and it exerts essential effect on the study of hydrogen/methane storage and the development of novel materials addressing to the storage. However, theoretical puzzles in high-pressure adsorption hindered the progress of application studies. Therefore, the present paper addresses the major theoretical problems that challenged researchers: i.e., how to model the isotherms with maximum observed in high-pressure adsorption; what is the adsorption mechanism at high pressures; how do we determine the quantity of absolute adsorption based on experimental data. Ideology and methods to tackle these problems are elucidated, which lead to new insights into the nature of high-pressure adsorption and progress in application studies, for example, in modeling multicomponent adsorption, hydrogen storage, natural gas storage, and coalbed methane enrichment, was achieved.

  19. Infrared spectroscopic and modeling studies of H{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} microwave plasma gas phase from low to high pressure and power

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    Rond, C. Lombardi, G.; Gicquel, A.; Hamann, S.; Röpcke, J.; Wartel, M.

    2014-09-07

    InfraRed Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy technique has been implemented in a H{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} Micro-Wave (MW frequency f = 2.45 GHz) plasma reactor dedicated to diamond deposition under high pressure and high power conditions. Parametric studies such as a function of MW power, pressure, and admixtures of methane have been carried out on a wide range of experimental conditions: the pressure up to 270 mbar and the MW power up to 4 kW. These conditions allow high purity Chemical Vapor Deposition diamond deposition at high growth rates. Line integrated absorption measurements have been performed in order to monitor hydrocarbon species, i.e., CH{sub 3}, CH{sub 4}, C{sub 2}H{sub 2}, C{sub 2}H{sub 4}, and C{sub 2}H{sub 6}. The densities of the stable detected species were found to vary in the range of 10{sup 12}–10{sup 17} molecules cm{sup −3}, while the methyl radical CH{sub 3} (precursor of diamond growth under these conditions) measured into the plasma bulk was found up to 10{sup 14} molecules cm{sup −3}. The experimental densities have been compared to those provided by 1D-radial thermochemical model for low power and low pressure conditions (up to 100 mbar/2 kW). These densities have been axially integrated. Experimental measurements under high pressure and power conditions confirm a strong increase of the degree of dissociation of the precursor, CH{sub 4}, associated to an increase of the C{sub 2}H{sub 2} density, the most abundant reaction product in the plasma.

  20. High-Pressure Orthorhombic Ferromagnesite as a Potential Deep-Mantle Carbon Carrier

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    Liu, Jin; Lin, Jung-Fu; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2015-01-01

    Knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of candidate deep-carbon carriers such as ferromagnesite [(Mg,Fe)CO3] at high pressure and temperature of the deep mantle is necessary for our understanding of deep-carbon storage as well as the global carbon cycle of the planet. Previous studies have reported very different scenarios for the (Mg,Fe)CO3 system at deep-mantle conditions including the chemical dissociation to (Mg,Fe)O+CO2, the occurrence of the tetrahedrally-coordinated carbonates based on CO4 structural units, and various high-pressure phase transitions. Here we have studied the phase stability and compressional behavior of (Mg,Fe)CO3 carbonates up to relevant lower-mantle conditions of approximately 120 GPa and 2400 K. Our experimental results show that the rhombohedral siderite (Phase I) transforms to an orthorhombic phase (Phase II with Pmm2 space group) at approximately 50 GPa and 1400 K. The structural transition is likely driven by the spin transition of iron accompanied by a volume collapse in the Fe-rich (Mg,Fe)CO3 phases; the spin transition stabilizes the high-pressure phase II at much lower pressure conditions than its Mg-rich counterpart. It is conceivable that the low-spin ferromagnesite phase II becomes a major deep-carbon carrier at the deeper parts of the lower mantle below 1900 km in depth. PMID:25560542

  1. High-pressure orthorhombic ferromagnesite as a potential deep-mantle carbon carrier

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    Liu, Jin; Lin, Jung -Fu; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2015-01-06

    In this study, knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of candidate deep-carbon carriers such as ferromagnesite [(Mg,Fe)CO3] at high pressure and temperature of the deep mantle is necessary for our understanding of deep-carbon storage as well as the global carbon cycle of the planet. Previous studies have reported very different scenarios for the (Mg,Fe)CO3 system at deep-mantle conditions including the chemical dissociation to (Mg,Fe)O+CO2, the occurrence of the tetrahedrally-coordinated carbonates based on CO4 structural units, and various high-pressure phase transitions. Here we have studied the phase stability and compressional behavior of (Mg,Fe)CO3 carbonates up to relevant lower-mantle conditions ofmore » approximately 120 GPa and 2400 K. Our experimental results show that the rhombohedral siderite (Phase I) transforms to an orthorhombic phase (Phase II with Pmm2 space group) at approximately 50 GPa and 1400 K. The structural transition is likely driven by the spin transition of iron accompanied by a volume collapse in the Fe-rich (Mg,Fe)CO3 phases; the spin transition stabilizes the high-pressure phase II at much lower pressure conditions than its Mg-rich counterpart. It is conceivable that the low-spin ferromagnesite phase II becomes a major deep-carbon carrier at the deeper parts of the lower mantle below 1900 km in depth.« less

  2. Laser techniques in high-pressure geophysics

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    Hemley, R. J.; Bell, P. M.; Mao, H. K.

    1987-01-01

    Laser techniques in conjunction with the diamond-anvil cell can be used to study high-pressure properties of materials important to a wide range of problems in earth and planetary science. Spontaneous Raman scattering of crystalline and amorphous solids at high pressure demonstrates that dramatic changes in structure and bonding occur on compression. High-pressure Brillouin scattering is sensitive to the pressure variations of single-crystal elastic moduli and acoustic velocities. Laser heating techniques with the diamond-anvil cell can be used to study phase transitions, including melting, under deep-earth conditions. Finally, laser-induced ruby fluorescence has been essential for the development of techniques for generating the maximum pressures now possible with the diamond-anvil cell, and currently provides a calibrated in situ measure of pressure well above 100 gigapascals.

  3. Electrochromic behavior of a lambda-MnO{sub 2} electrode accompanying Li{sup +}-insertion in an aqueous phase

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    Kanoh, Hirofumi; Hirotsu, Takahiro; Ooi, Kenta

    1996-03-01

    Electrochemical insertion/extraction reactions of spinel-type manganese oxide with Li{sup +} ions have been extensively studied from the standpoint of the development of alternative materials for secondary batteries. electrochromic properties of thin manganese oxide films have been examined for application to electrochromic materials. Electrochromism of spinel-type manganese oxide accompanying an Li{sup +}-insertion in an aqueous phase was examined by visual light spectrometry. An absorbance spectrum for lithiated manganese oxide gave lower absorbance in the wave-length range < 700 nm than did an Li{sup +}-extracted one. The greatest difference was observed at {approximately} 450 nm and is explained by the difference between the spectra for Mn{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 4+}. A reversible change in absorbance at 450 nm occurred with the Li{sup +}-insertion/extraction reaction. Cyclic voltammetry indicated that the absorbance change couples with the electrochemical response of the manganese oxide to Li{sup +} ions.

  4. Mechanochromism of piroxicam accompanied by intermolecular proton transfer probed by spectroscopic methods and solid-phase changes.

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    Sheth, Agam R; Lubach, Joseph W; Munson, Eric J; Muller, Francis X; Grant, David J W

    2005-05-11

    Structural and solid-state changes of piroxicam in its crystalline form under mechanical stress were investigated using cryogenic grinding, powder X-ray diffractometry, diffuse-reflectance solid-state ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, variable-temperature solid-state (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and solid-state diffuse-reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy. Crystalline piroxicam anhydrate exists as colorless single crystals irrespective of the polymorphic form and contains neutral piroxicam molecules. Under mechanical stress, these crystals become yellow amorphous piroxicam, which has a strong propensity to recrystallize to a colorless crystalline phase. The yellow color of amorphous piroxicam is attributed to charged piroxicam molecules. Variable-temperature solid-state (13)C NMR spectroscopy indicates that most of the amorphous piroxicam consists of neutral piroxicam molecules; the charged species comprise only about 8% of the amorphous phase. This ability to quantify the fractions of charged and neutral molecules of piroxicam in the amorphous phase highlights the unique capability of solid-state NMR to quantify mixtures in the absence of standards. Other compounds of piroxicam, which are yellow, are known to contain zwitterionic piroxicam molecules. The present work describes a system in which proton transfer accompanies both solid-state disorder and a change in color induced by mechanical stress, a phenomenon which may be termed mechanochromism of piroxicam. PMID:15869285

  5. A microsecond time resolved x-ray absorption near edge structure synchrotron study of phase transitions in Fe undergoing ramp heating at high pressure

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    Marini, C.; Mathon, O.; Pascarelli, S.; Occelli, F.; Torchio, R.; Recoules, V.; Loubeyre, P.

    2014-03-07

    We report a microsecond time-resolved x-ray absorption near edge structure study using synchrotron radiation to dynamically detect structural phase transitions in Fe undergoing rapid heating along a quasi-isochoric path. Within a few ms, we observed two structural phase transitions, which transform the ambient bcc phase of Fe into the fcc phase, and then into the liquid phase. This example illustrates the opportunities offered by energy dispersive x-ray absorption spectroscopy in the study of matter under extreme dynamic conditions. Advanced simulations are compared to these data.

  6. Compressibility and phase transition studies for amorphous materials under high pressure: Approach combined of synchrotron high energy x-ray diffraction and micro tomography techniques using diamond anvil cell

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    Liu, H.; Wang, L.; Xiao, X.; Lee, P.; Hemley, R.; Mao, H.

    2007-12-01

    The structural evolution of amorphous materials under high pressure conditions is a virgin field that has not been extensively explored. Investigations by reaching large Q range using synchrotron high energy x-ray diffraction and diamond anvil cell (DAC) techniques were performed. The study of polyamorphism will undoubtedly broaden our horizons and perspectives of the states of matter in general, and may have a significant impact on the existing theories about the structure, formation, and evolution of amorphous materials. The procedure of the pressure- induced amorphous state to crystalline state is another interesting subject. Combine the high energy x-ray diffraction with the time resolved area detector, we not only could accurately measure the structural factors evolution of amorphous materials under pressure, but also could record the time dependence of the crystallization procedure. These will provide new insight on the nature of crystallization, provide new invitation for the electronic theoretical studies for the phase stability and competition in time and spatial domains, and improve our understanding of the kinetic process of the common pressure induced crystallization. Another technical development effort is the micro tomography study using DAC at radial geometrical setting. Although the two-dimensional imaging, i. e. x-ray radiography, is used in routine way for high pressure DAC experiments, the ¡®volume imaging', i. e. x-ray tomography, will offer us more information regarding direct volume measurement, relative density measurement, and shear deformation under high pressure. The application in high pressure conditions by using DAC will greatly push our understanding of deformation mechanism down to lower mantle conditions. Another major application for DAC tomography will be the relative density measurement for the amorphous materials, metallic glasses, and liquid or melt in DAC under pressure, which will provide better information for the density

  7. First-order metal-insulator transition not accompanied by the structural phase transition observed in VO2-based devices

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    Kim, Hyun-Tak; Chae, Byung-Gyu; Kim, Bong-Jun; Lee, Yong-Wook; Yun, Sun-Jin; Kang, Kwang-Yong

    2006-03-01

    An abrupt first-order metal-insulator transition (MIT) is observed during the application of a switching pulse voltage to VO2-based two-terminal devices. When the abrupt MIT occurs, the structural phase transition (SPT) is investigated by a micro- Raman spectroscopy and a micro-XRD. The result shows that the MIT is not accompanied with the structural phase transition (SPT); the abrupt MIT is prior to the SPT. Moreover, any switching pulse over a threshold voltage of 7.1 V for the MIT enabled the device material to transform efficiently from an insulator to a metal. The measured delay time from the source switching pulse to an induced MIT pulse is an order of 20 nsec which is much less than a delay time of about one msec deduced by thermal model. This indicates that the first-order MIT does not occur due to thermal. We think this MIT is the Mott transition. (Reference: New J. Phys. 6 (1994) 52 (www.njp.org), Appl. Phys. Lett. 86 (2005) 242101, Physica B 369 (2005. December) xxxx)

  8. Development of 230-kV high-pressure, gas-filled, pipe-type cable system: Model test program phase

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    Silver, D.A. )

    1990-09-01

    The objective of this project was the development of a 230 kV high-pressure gas-filled (HPGF) pipe-type cable employing paper or laminate of paper-polypropylene-paper (PPP) insulation pressurized with N{sub 2} gas or a blend of 15% SF{sub 6}/85% N{sub 2} gas. Heretofore, HPGF pipe-type cables have been restricted to 138 kV ratings due to technical difficulties in achieving higher voltage ratings. In view of the high cost of manufacturing and testing a large number of full size cables, cable models with 2 mm (80 mils) and 2.5 mm (100 mils) wall thicknesses of insulation enclosed in a test fixture capable of withstanding a test pressure of 2070 kPa (300 psig) and high electrical stresses were employed for dissipation factor versus voltage measurements and for ac and impulse breakdown tests at rated and emergency operating temperatures. In addition, a 36 cm (14 in) full wall cable model enclosed in a pressure vessel was utilized for transient pressure response tests. The results of this investigation attest tot he technical feasibility of the design and manufacture of a 230 kV HPGF pipe-type cable employing paper or PPP insulation pressurized with 100% N{sub 2} gas or a blend of 15% SF{sub 6}/85% N{sub 2} gas for operation under normal and 100 hour emergency conditions at conductor temperatures of 85{degree} and 105{degree}C, respectively. The manufacture of a full size PPP insulated cable pressurized with a blend of 15% SF{sub 6}/85% N{sub 2} gas employing pre-impregnated PPP insulating tapes and an annular conductor based on the design stresses defined in this report is recommended for laboratory evaluation and extended life tests. 11 refs., 45 figs., 11 tabs.

  9. Experimental Investigation of Magnetic Superconducting, and other Phase Transitions in Novel f-Electron Materials at Ultra-high Pressures Using Designer Diamond Anvils

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    Maple, M. Brian

    2005-09-13

    Pressure is a powerful control parameter, owing to its ability to affect crystal and electronic structure without introducing defects, for the investigation of condensed matter systems. Some f-electron, heavy-fermion materials display interesting and novel behavior when exposed to pressures achievable with conventional experimental techniques; however, a growing number of condensed matter systems require extreme conditions such as ultrahigh pressures, high magnetic fields, and ultralow temperatures to sufficiently explore the important properties. To that end, we have been funded to develop an ultrahigh pressure facility at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in order to investigate superconductivity, magnetism, non-Fermi liquid behavior, and other phenomena under extreme conditions. Our goals for the second year of this grant were as follows: (a) perform electrical resistivity measurements on novel samples at a myriad of pressures using conventional piston-cylinder techniques, Bridgman anvil techniques, and diamond anvil cell technology; (b) install, commission, and operate an Oxford Kelvinox MX-100 dilution refrigerator for access to ultralow temperatures and high magnetic fields. (c) continue the development of diamond anvil cell (DAC) technology. During the past year, we have successfully installed the Oxford Kelvinox MX-100 dilution refrigerator and verified its operability down to 12 mK. We have begun an experimental program to systematically investigate the f-electron compound URu2Si2 under pressure and in the presence of magnetic fields. We have also continued our collaborative work with Sam Weir at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on Au4V and implemented a new corollary study on Au1-xVx using ultrahigh pressures. We have continued developing our DAC facility by designing and constructing an apparatus for in situ pressure measurement as well as designing high pressure cells. This report serves to highlight the progress we have made

  10. Experimental Investigation of Magnetic Superconducting and other Phase Transitions in Novel f-Electron Materials at Ultra-high Pressures using Designer Diamond Anvils

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    Maple, M. Brian; Jeffries, Jason R.; Ho, Pei-Chun; Butch, Nicholas P.

    2004-09-01

    Pressure is often used as a controlled parameter for the investigation of condensed matter systems. In particular, pressure experiments can provide valuable information into the nature of superconductivity, magnetism, and the coexistence of these two phenomena. Some f-electron, heavy-fermion materials display interesting and novel behavior at moderately low pressures achievable with conventional experimental techniques; however, a growing number of condensed matter systems require ultrahigh pressure techniques, techniques that generate significantly higher pressures than conventional methods, to sufficiently explore their important properties. To that end, we have been funded to develop an ultrahigh pressure diamond anvil cell facility at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in order to investigate superconductivity, magnetism, non-Fermi liquid behavior, and other phenomena. Our goals for the first year of this grant were as follows: (a) set up and test a suitable refrigerator; (b) set up a laser and spectrometer fluorescence system to determine the pressure within the diamond anvil cell; (c) perform initial resistivity measurements at moderate pressures from room temperature to liquid helium temperatures ({approx}1K); (d) investigate f-electron materials within our current pressure capabilities to find candidate materials for high-pressure studies. During the past year, we have ordered almost all the components required to set up a diamond anvil cell facility at UCSD, we have received and implemented many of the components that have been ordered, we have performed low pressure research on several materials, and we have engaged in a collaborative effort with Sam Weir at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) to investigate Au4V under ultrahigh pressure in a designer diamond anvil cell (dDAC). This report serves to highlight the progress we have made towards developing an ultrahigh pressure research facility at UCSD, the research performed in the past year

  11. Structural Transitions and Electron Transfer in Coffinite, USiO4, at High Pressure

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    Zhang, F.; Pointeau, V; ShuLLer, L; reaMan, D; Lang, M; Liu, Z; Hu, J; Panero, W; Becker, U; Ewing, R

    2009-01-01

    The compressibility, phase stability, and vibrational properties of coffinite (USiO4) were studied by in situ X-ray diffraction and infrared (IR) measurements at high pressures. An irreversible phase transition from the zircon-type to scheelite-type structure was found to occur at 14-17 GPa. Accompanying the structural transition, partial amorphization was also evident in the XRD analysis. The predicted transition pressure calculated by density functional theory is in good agreement with the experimental results. IR spectra also suggest that water is incorporated into the coffinite structure, and a pressure-induced electron transfer (U4+ -> U5+) may also occur.

  12. Electronic Transitions in f-electron Metals at High Pressures:

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    Yoo, C; Maddox, B; Lazicki, A; Iota, V; Klepeis, J P; McMahan, A

    2007-02-08

    This study was to investigate unusual phase transitions driven by electron correlation effects that occur in many f-band transition metals and are often accompanied by large volume changes: {approx}20% at the {delta}-{alpha} transition in Pu and 5-15% for analogous transitions in Ce, Pr, and Gd. The exact nature of these transitions has not been well understood, including the short-range correlation effects themselves, their relation to long-range crystalline order, the possible existence of remnants of the transitions in the liquid, the role of magnetic moments and order, the critical behavior, and dynamics of the transitions, among other issues. Many of these questions represent forefront physics challenges central to Stockpile materials and are also important in understanding the high-pressure behavior of other f- and d-band transition metal compounds including 3d-magnetic transition monoxide (TMO, TM=Mn, Fe, Co, Ni). The overarching goal of this study was, therefore, to understand the relationships between crystal structure and electronic structure of transition metals at high pressures, by using the nation's brightest third-generation synchrotron x-ray at the Advanced Photon Source (APS). Significant progresses have been made, including new discoveries of the Mott transition in MnO at 105 GPa and Kondo-like 4f-electron dehybridization and new developments of high-pressure resonance inelastic x-ray spectroscopy and x-ray emission spectroscopy. These scientific discoveries and technology developments provide new insights and enabling tools to understand scientific challenges in stockpile materials. The project has broader impacts in training two SEGRF graduate students and developing an university collaboration (funded through SSAAP).

  13. On the room-temperature phase diagram of high pressure hydrogen: an ab initio molecular dynamics perspective and a diffusion Monte Carlo study.

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    Chen, Ji; Ren, Xinguo; Li, Xin-Zheng; Alfè, Dario; Wang, Enge

    2014-07-14

    The finite-temperature phase diagram of hydrogen in the region of phase IV and its neighborhood was studied using the ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) and the ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics (PIMD). The electronic structures were analyzed using the density-functional theory (DFT), the random-phase approximation, and the diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. Taking the state-of-the-art DMC results as benchmark, comparisons of the energy differences between structures generated from the MD and PIMD simulations, with molecular and dissociated hydrogens, respectively, in the weak molecular layers of phase IV, indicate that standard functionals in DFT tend to underestimate the dissociation barrier of the weak molecular layers in this mixed phase. Because of this underestimation, inclusion of the quantum nuclear effects (QNEs) in PIMD using electronic structures generated with these functionals leads to artificially dissociated hydrogen layers in phase IV and an error compensation between the neglect of QNEs and the deficiencies of these functionals in standard ab initio MD simulations exists. This analysis partly rationalizes why earlier ab initio MD simulations complement so well the experimental observations. The temperature and pressure dependencies for the stability of phase IV were also studied in the end and compared with earlier results. PMID:25028021

  14. On the room-temperature phase diagram of high pressure hydrogen: An ab initio molecular dynamics perspective and a diffusion Monte Carlo study

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    Chen, Ji; Ren, Xinguo; Li, Xin-Zheng; Alfè, Dario; Wang, Enge

    2014-07-14

    The finite-temperature phase diagram of hydrogen in the region of phase IV and its neighborhood was studied using the ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) and the ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics (PIMD). The electronic structures were analyzed using the density-functional theory (DFT), the random-phase approximation, and the diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. Taking the state-of-the-art DMC results as benchmark, comparisons of the energy differences between structures generated from the MD and PIMD simulations, with molecular and dissociated hydrogens, respectively, in the weak molecular layers of phase IV, indicate that standard functionals in DFT tend to underestimate the dissociation barrier of the weak molecular layers in this mixed phase. Because of this underestimation, inclusion of the quantum nuclear effects (QNEs) in PIMD using electronic structures generated with these functionals leads to artificially dissociated hydrogen layers in phase IV and an error compensation between the neglect of QNEs and the deficiencies of these functionals in standard ab initio MD simulations exists. This analysis partly rationalizes why earlier ab initio MD simulations complement so well the experimental observations. The temperature and pressure dependencies for the stability of phase IV were also studied in the end and compared with earlier results.

  15. Phase Transformation in Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} at High Pressure: in Situ Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction Study And Ab Initio DFT Calculation

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    Guo, Q.X.; Zhao, Y.S.; Jiang, C.; Mao, W.L.; Wang, Z.W.; /Cornell U., CHESS

    2009-06-09

    Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} was compressed at room temperature up to 44.0 GPa and then decompressed back to ambient pressure. In situ X-ray diffraction was used to monitor the structural changes in the sample. A cubic to hexagonal phase transformation was observed in Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} for the first time. After decompression back to ambient pressure, the hexagonal phase was not quenchable and transformed to a monoclinic phase. Ab initio Density-Functional-Theory (DFT) calculations were performed to obtain theoretical data for comparison with the experimental results and elucidation of the transformation mechanism. A possible phase transformation mechanism that is consistent with the experimental results and theoretical calculations is proposed.

  16. Advanced Diagnostics for High Pressure Spray Combustion.

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    Skeen, Scott A.; Manin, Julien Luc; Pickett, Lyle M.

    2014-06-01

    The development of accurate predictive engine simulations requires experimental data to both inform and validate the models, but very limited information is presently available about the chemical structure of high pressure spray flames under engine- relevant conditions. Probing such flames for chemical information using non- intrusive optical methods or intrusive sampling techniques, however, is challenging because of the physical and optical harshness of the environment. This work details two new diagnostics that have been developed and deployed to obtain quantitative species concentrations and soot volume fractions from a high-pressure combusting spray. A high-speed, high-pressure sampling system was developed to extract gaseous species (including soot precursor species) from within the flame for offline analysis by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. A high-speed multi-wavelength optical extinction diagnostic was also developed to quantify transient and quasi-steady soot processes. High-pressure sampling and offline characterization of gas-phase species formed following the pre-burn event was accomplished as well as characterization of gas-phase species present in the lift-off region of a high-pressure n-dodecane spray flame. For the initial samples discussed in this work several species were identified, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH); however, quantitative mole fractions were not determined. Nevertheless, the diagnostic developed here does have this capability. Quantitative, time-resolved measurements of soot extinction were also accomplished and the novel use of multiple incident wavelengths proved valuable toward characterizing changes in soot optical properties within different regions of the spray flame.

  17. High temperature and high pressure oxidation behavior of Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube material - Effect of β phase composition and surface machining

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    Nouduru, S. K.; Kumar, M. Kiran; Kain, Vivekanand; Khanna, A. S.; Saibaba, N.; Dey, G. K.

    2016-03-01

    Pressure tube material, Zr-2.5Nb, of pressurized heavy water reactors was given selective heat-treatments. The objective was to generate microstructures with different compositions of the second phase β namely, Νb depleted βZr phase and Nb rich βNb phase. The material with βZr was then subjected to surface machining. The presence of phases after different heat-treatments was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and the resultant microstructures were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and electron back scattered diffraction. The Nb content in the β phase after heat-treatments and residual stresses before and after surface machining were measured using X-ray diffraction. Oxidation was carried out in steam at 400 °C and 10 MPa up to 30 days and the oxides were characterized by Raman spectroscopy. It is shown that the presence of Nb rich βNb in the microstructure and faster diffusion of Nb into β phase brought about by surface machining resulted in an enhanced oxidation resistance.

  18. Hexagonal Ba-ferrite: a good model for the crystal structure of a new high-pressure phase CaAl 4Si 2O 11?

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    Gautron, Laurent; Gerald, John D. Fitz; Kesson, Sue E.; Eggleton, R. Anthony; Irifune, Tetsuo

    1997-07-01

    A new calcium aluminosilicate phase of composition CaAl 4Si 2O 11 has been encountered amongst the transformation products of CaAl 2Si 2O 8 (anorthite composition) at 14 GPa (Gautron et al., 1996). X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirms that its crystal structure is essentially the same as that of a new complex CaAl-silicate (abbreviated CAS phase) first reported by Irifune et al. (1994). The crystal structure of the CAS phase has been investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It has a hexagonal unit cell with lattice parameters a = 5.4Å and c = 12.7Å, and its space group is either P6 3mc , P overline62c or P6 3/mmc. It is proposed that this CAS phase has a six-layer, close-packed structure so that Z = 2 and density is 3.94 g cm -3, reasonable for a phase stable at transition-zone pressures. The most plausible model for the structure of this phase arises from published refinements of hexagonal Ba-ferrites. This postulated P6 3/mmc structure consists of octahedral layers, 3/4 occupied, separated by 12-coordinate Ca atoms, and by Al and Si in face-shared octahedra and in complex trigonal bipyramidal polyhedra, i.e. some Si would be five-fold coordinated. Observed TEM and XRD data are compared with calculated reflection intensities for this CAS model.

  19. Combustion of liquid sprays at high pressures

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    Shearer, A. J.; Faeth, G. M.

    1977-01-01

    The combustion of pressure atomized fuel sprays in high pressure stagnant air was studied. Measurements were made of flame and spray boundaries at pressures in the range 0.1-9 MPa for methanol and n-pentane. At the higher test pressure levels, critical phenomena are important. The experiments are compared with theoretical predictions based on a locally homogeneous two-phase flow model. The theory correctly predicted the trends of the data, but underestimates flame and spray boundaries by 30-50 percent, indicating that slip is still important for the present experiments (Sauter mean diameters of 30 microns at atmospheric pressure under cold flow conditions). Since the sprays are shorter at high pressures, slip effects are still important even though the density ratio of the phases approach one another as the droplets heat up. The model indicates the presence of a region where condensed water is present within the spray and provides a convenient means of treating supercritical phenomena.

  20. High-pressure Irreversible Amorphization of La1/3NbO3

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    I Halevy; A Hen; A Broide; M Winterrose; S Zalkind; Z Chen

    2011-12-31

    The crystallographic structure of La{sub 1/3}NbO{sub 3} perovskite was studied at high pressures using a diamond-anvil cell and synchrotron radiation. High-pressure energy dispersive (EDS) x-ray diffraction and high-pressure angle dispersive (ADS) x-ray diffraction revealed an irreversible amorphization at {approx}10 GPa. A large change in the bulk modulus accompanied the high-pressure amorphization.

  1. High-pressure phase transition in Mn2O3: Application for the crystal structure and preferred orientation of the CaIrO3 type

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    Santillán, Javier; Shim, Sang-Heon; Shen, Guoyin; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2006-08-01

    Our X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that Mn2O3 undergoes a phase transition to the CaIrO3 type, which is proposed for the post-perovskite in MgSiO3, at 27-38 GPa and 300 K, bypassing the other phase transitions observed in sesquioxides. Small distortions in the polyhedra after the transition indicate that the Jahn-Teller effect, which is strong at ambient conditions, is suppressed during the transition. The CaIrO3-type phase exhibits strong preferred orientation of the (010) plane perpendicular to the loading axis before annealing whereas preferred orientation of the (100) and (110) planes was observed after annealing. The pre-annealing texture may result from either the deformation under strong differential stresses or the phase transition. The post-annealing texture may be related to either lower differential stresses or thermal annealing. Our result shows that the texture of the CaIrO3 type can be sensitive to phase transition and annealing as well as differential stresses.

  2. High-Pressure Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

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    Maeno, Akihiro; Akasaka, Kazuyuki

    2015-01-01

    The combination of fluorescence and pressure perturbation is a widely used technique to study the effect of pressure on a protein system to obtain thermodynamic, structural and kinetic information on proteins. However, we often encounter the situation where the available pressure range up to 400 MPa of most commercial high-pressure fluorescence spectrometers is insufficient for studying highly pressure-stable proteins like inhibitors and allergenic proteins. To overcome the difficulty, we have recently developed a new high-pressure fluorescence system that allows fluorescence measurements up to 700 MPa. Here we describe the basic design of the apparatus and its application to study structural and thermodynamic properties of a couple of highly stable allergenic proteins, hen lysozyme and ovomucoid, using Tryptophan and Tyrosine/Tyrosinate fluorescence, respectively. Finally, we discuss the utility and the limitation of Trp and Tyr fluorescence. We discuss pitfalls of fluorescence technique and importance of simultaneous use of other high-pressure spectroscopy, particularly high-pressure NMR spectroscopy. PMID:26174405

  3. High pressure liquid level monitor

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    Bean, Vern E.; Long, Frederick G.

    1984-01-01

    A liquid level monitor for tracking the level of a coal slurry in a high-pressure vessel including a toroidal-shaped float with magnetically permeable bands thereon disposed within the vessel, two pairs of magnetic field generators and detectors disposed outside the vessel adjacent the top and bottom thereof and magnetically coupled to the magnetically permeable bands on the float, and signal processing circuitry for combining signals from the top and bottom detectors for generating a monotonically increasing analog control signal which is a function of liquid level. The control signal may be utilized to operate high-pressure control valves associated with processes in which the high-pressure vessel is used.

  4. Electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic system

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    Paul, Phillip H.; Rakestraw, David J.; Arnold, Don W.; Hencken, Kenneth R.; Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Neyer, David W.

    2003-06-03

    An electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic pump for manipulating fluids in capillary-based system. The pump uses electro-osmotic flow to provide a high pressure hydraulic system, having no moving mechanical parts, for pumping and/or compressing fluids, for providing valve means and means for opening and closing valves, for controlling fluid flow rate, and manipulating fluid flow generally and in capillary-based systems (microsystems), in particular. The compact nature of the inventive high pressure hydraulic pump provides the ability to construct a micro-scale or capillary-based HPLC system that fulfills the desire for small sample quantity, low solvent consumption, improved efficiency, the ability to run samples in parallel, and field portability. Control of pressure and solvent flow rate is achieved by controlling the voltage applied to an electrokinetic pump.

  5. Electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic system

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    Paul, Phillip H.; Rakestraw, David J.; Arnold, Don W.; Hencken, Kenneth R.; Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Neyer, David W.

    2001-01-01

    An electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic pump for manipulating fluids in capillary-based systems. The pump uses electro-osmotic flow to provide a high pressure hydraulic system, having no moving mechanical parts, for pumping and/or compressing fluids, for providing valve means and means for opening and closing valves, for controlling fluid flow rate, and manipulating fluid flow generally and in capillary-based systems (Microsystems), in particular. The compact nature of the inventive high pressure hydraulic pump provides the ability to construct a micro-scale or capillary-based HPLC system that fulfills the desire for small sample quantity, low solvent consumption, improved efficiency, the ability to run samples in parallel, and field portability. Control of pressure and solvent flow rate is achieved by controlling the voltage applied to an electrokinetic pump.

  6. Electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic system

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    Paul, Phillip H.; Rakestraw, David J.

    2000-01-01

    A compact high pressure hydraulic pump having no moving mechanical parts for converting electric potential to hydraulic force. The electrokinetic pump, which can generate hydraulic pressures greater than 2500 psi, can be employed to compress a fluid, either liquid or gas, and manipulate fluid flow. The pump is particularly useful for capillary-base systems. By combining the electrokinetic pump with a housing having chambers separated by a flexible member, fluid flow, including high pressure fluids, is controlled by the application of an electric potential, that can vary with time.

  7. High pressure neon arc lamp

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    Sze, Robert C.; Bigio, Irving J.

    2003-07-15

    A high pressure neon arc lamp and method of using the same for photodynamic therapies is provided. The high pressure neon arc lamp includes a housing that encloses a quantity of neon gas pressurized to about 500 Torr to about 22,000 Torr. At each end of the housing the lamp is connected by electrodes and wires to a pulse generator. The pulse generator generates an initial pulse voltage to breakdown the impedance of the neon gas. Then the pulse generator delivers a current through the neon gas to create an electrical arc that emits light having wavelengths from about 620 nanometers to about 645 nanometers. A method for activating a photosensitizer is provided. Initially, a photosensitizer is administered to a patient and allowed time to be absorbed into target cells. Then the high pressure neon arc lamp is used to illuminate the target cells with red light having wavelengths from about 620 nanometers to about 645 nanometers. The red light activates the photosensitizers to start a chain reaction that may involve oxygen free radicals to destroy the target cells. In this manner, a high pressure neon arc lamp that is inexpensive and efficiently generates red light useful in photodynamic therapy is provided.

  8. High-pressure well design

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    Krus, H.; Prieur, J.M. )

    1991-12-01

    Shell U.K. E and P (Shell Expro), operator in the U.K. North Sea on behalf of Shell and Esso, plans to drill 20 high-pressure oil and gas wells during the next 2 years. This paper reports that the well design is based on new standards developed after the U.K. Dept. of Energy restriction on high-pressure drilling in the autumn of 1988. Studies were carried out to optimize casing design and drilling performance on these wells. Several casing schemes, including a slim-hole option, were analyzed. The material specifications for casing and drillpipe were reviewed to ensure that they met the loads imposed during drilling, well- control, and well-testing operations. The requirement for sour-service material was weighted against possible H{sub 2}S adsorption by the mud film. As a result, a new drillstring and two high-pressure casing schemes have been specified. The high-pressure casing scheme used depends on the maximum expected surface pressure.

  9. High-pressure water facility

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    2006-01-01

    NASA Test Operations Group employees, from left, Todd Pearson, Tim Delcuze and Rodney Wilkinson maintain a water pump in Stennis Space Center's high-pressure water facility. The three were part of a group of employees who rode out Hurricane Katrina at the facility and helped protect NASA's rocket engine test complex.

  10. High-pressure phase transitions and compressibilities of aragonite-structure carbonates: SrCO3 and BaCO3

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    Wang, Meili; Liu, Qiong; Nie, Shufang; Li, Baosheng; Wu, Ye; Gao, Jing; Wei, Xiaozhuo; Wu, Xiang

    2015-06-01

    The aragonite-structure carbonates—strontianite (SrCO3) and witherite (BaCO3)—were investigated by synchrotron X-ray diffraction combined with diamond anvil cells up to 30 and 15 GPa at room temperature, respectively. Phase transitions in SrCO3 ( Pmcn to P21212) and BaCO3 ( Pmcn to Pmmn) were observed at 22.2-26.9 and 9.8-11.2 GPa, respectively. Both strontianite and witherite display anisotropic linear compression under pressure, with the c-axis 2-3 times more compressible than the a-axis and b-axis. The obtained second-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state parameters for strontianite and witherite are V 0 = 258.4(3) Å3, K 0 = 62(1) GPa; and V 0 = 304.8(3) Å3, K 0 = 48(1) GPa, respectively. Based on the current results for strontianite and witherite and previous data for aragonite (CaCO3) and cerussite (PbCO3), the bulk moduli of the aragonite-structure carbonates exhibit a linear correlation with ambient molar volume [ K T0 (GPa) = 138 (5) - 2.0 (3) × V 0], with V 0 in cm3/mol, and the aragonite-structure to post-aragonite-structure phase transition pressures increase with decreasing ionic radius of the cations.

  11. Experimental Investigation of Magnetic, Superconducting, and other Phase Transitions in novel F-Electron Materials at Ultra-high Pressures - Final Progress Report

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    Maple, Brian; Jeffires, Jason

    2006-07-28

    This grant, entitled “Experimental investigation of magnetic, superconducting and other phase transitions in novel f-electron materials at ultrahigh pressures,” spanned the funding period from May 1st, 2003 until April 30th, 2006. The major goal of this grant was to develop and utilize an ultrahigh pressure facility—capable of achieving very low temperatures, high magnetic fields, and extreme pressures as well as providing electrical resistivity, ac susceptibility, and magnetization measurement capabilities under pressure—for the exploration of magnetic, electronic, and structural phases and any corresponding interactions between these states in novel f-electron materials. Realizing this goal required the acquisition, development, fabrication, and implementation of essential equipment, apparatuses, and techniques. The following sections of this report detail the establishment of an ultrahigh pressure facility (Section 1) and measurements performed during the funding period (Section 2), as well as summarize the research project (Section 3), project participants and their levels of support (Section 4), and publications and presentations (Section 5).

  12. The solubility of carbon monoxide in silicate melts at high pressures and its effect on silicate phase relations. [in terrestrial and other planetary interiors

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    Eggler, D. H.; Mysen, B. O.; Hoering, T. C.; Holloway, J. R.

    1979-01-01

    Autoradiographic analysis and gas chromatography were used to measure the solubility in silicate melts of CO-CO2 vapors (30 to 40% CO by thermodynamic calculation) in equilibrium with graphite at temperatures up to 1700 deg C and pressures to 30 kbar. At near-liquidus temperatures CO-CO2 vapors were found to be slightly more soluble than CO2 alone. As a result of the apparently negative temperature dependence of CO solubility, the solubility of CO-CO2 at superliquidus temperatures is less than that of CO2. Melting points of two silicates were depressed more by CO than by CO2. Phase boundary orientations suggest that CO/CO + CO2 is greater in the liquid than in the vapor. The effect of the presence of CO on periodotite phase relations was investigated, and it was found that melts containing both CO and CO2 are nearly as polymerized as those containing only CO2. These results suggest that crystallization processes in planetary interiors can be expected to be about the same, whether the melts contain CO2 alone or CO2 and CO.

  13. Optical properties and structural phase transitions of lead-halide based inorganic-organic 3D and 2D perovskite semiconductors under high pressure

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    Matsuishi, K.; Ishihara, T.; Onari, S.; Chang, Y. H.; Park, C. H.

    2004-11-01

    Optical absorption, photoluminescence and Raman scattering of lead-halide based inorganic-organic perovskite semiconductors were measured under quasi-hydrostatic pressure at room temperature. For the 3D perovskite semiconductor, (CH3NH3)PbBr3, the free exciton photoluminescence band exhibits red-shifts with pressure, and jumps to a higher energy by 0.07 eV at 0.8 GPa, which is associated with a phase transition from a cubic to an orthorhombic structure confirmed by Raman scattering. Above the phase transition pressure, the exciton band shows blue-shifts with further increasing pressure, and eventually disappears above 4.7 GPa. The results are compared with those for the 2D perovskite semiconductor, (C4H9NH3)2PbI4. First principles pseudopotential calculations were performed to investigate changes in octahedral distortion and electronic band structures with pressure. The calculations have explained the origins of the intriguing changes in the electronic states with pressure in view of bonding characters between atomic orbitals in octahedra.

  14. High-pressure phases, vibrational properties, and electronic structure of Ne(He)2 and Ar(He)2 : A first-principles study

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    Cazorla, C.; Errandonea, D.; Sola, E.

    2009-08-01

    We have carried out a comprehensive first-principles study of the energetic, structural, and electronic properties of solid rare-gas (RG)-helium binary compounds, in particular, Ne(He)2 and Ar(He)2 , under pressure and at temperatures within the range of 0≤T≤2000K . Our approach is based on density-functional theory and the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation energy; we rely on total Helmholtz free-energy calculations performed within the quasiharmonic approximation for most of our analysis. In Ne(He)2 , we find that at pressures of around 20 GPa the system stabilizes in the MgZn2 Laves structure, in accordance to what was suggested in previous experimental investigations. In the same compound, we predict a solid-solid phase transition among structures of the Laves family of the type MgZn2→MgCu2 , at a pressure of Pt=120(1)GPa . In Ar(He)2 , we find that the system stabilizes in the MgCu2 Laves phase at low pressures but it transitates toward the AlB2 -type structure by effect of compression at Pt=13.8(4)GPa . The phonon spectra of the Ne(He)2 crystal in the MgZn2 and MgCu2 Laves structures, and that of Ar(He)2 in the AlB2 -type phase, are reported. We observe that the compressibility of RG-RG and He-He bond distances in RG(He)2 crystals is practically identical to that found in respective RG and He pure solids. This behavior emulates that of a system of noninteracting hard spheres in closed-packed configuration and comes to show the relevance of short-range interactions on this type of mixtures. Based on size-ratio arguments and empirical observations, we construct a generalized phase diagram for all RG(He)2 crystals up to a pressure of 200 GPa where we map out systematic structural trends. Excellent qualitative agreement between such generalized phase diagram and accurate ab initio calculations is proved. A similar construction is done for RG(H2)2 crystals; we find that the MgCu2 Laves structure, which has been ignored in all RG

  15. Magnetic and Superconducting Materials at High Pressures

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    Struzhkin, Viktor V.

    2015-03-24

    The work concentrates on few important tasks in enabling techniques for search of superconducting compressed hydrogen compounds and pure hydrogen, investigation of mechanisms of high-Tc superconductivity, and exploring new superconducting materials. Along that route we performed several challenging tasks, including discovery of new forms of polyhydrides of alkali metal Na at very high pressures. These experiments help us to establish the experimental environment that will provide important information on the high-pressure properties of hydrogen-rich compounds. Our recent progress in RIXS measurements opens a whole field of strongly correlated 3d materials. We have developed a systematic approach to measure major electronic parameters, like Hubbard energy U, and charge transfer energy Δ, as function of pressure. This technique will enable also RIXS studies of magnetic excitations in iridates and other 5d materials at the L edge, which attract a lot of interest recently. We have developed new magnetic sensing technique based on optically detected magnetic resonance from NV centers in diamond. The technique can be applied to study superconductivity in high-TC materials, to search for magnetic transitions in strongly correlated and itinerant magnetic materials under pressure. Summary of Project Activities; development of high-pressure experimentation platform for exploration of new potential superconductors, metal polyhydrides (including newly discovered alkali metal polyhydrides), and already known superconductors at the limit of static high-pressure techniques; investigation of special classes of superconducting compounds (high-Tc superconductors, new superconducting materials), that may provide new fundamental knowledge and may prove important for application as high-temperature/high-critical parameter superconductors; investigation of the pressure dependence of superconductivity and magnetic/phase transformations in 3d transition metal compounds, including

  16. High pressure studies of potassium perchlorate

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    Pravica, Michael; Wang, Yonggang; Sneed, Daniel; Reiser, Sharissa; White, Melanie

    2016-09-01

    Two experiments are reported on KClO4 at extreme conditions. A static high pressure Raman study was first conducted to 18.9 GPa. Evidence for at least two new phases was observed: one between 2.4 and 7.7 GPa (possibly sluggish), and the second near 11.7 GPa. Then, the X-ray induced decomposition rate of potassium perchlorate (KClO4 → hν KCl + 2O2) was studied up to 15.2 GPa. The time-dependent growth of KCl and O2 was monitored. The decomposition rate slowed at higher pressures. We present the first direct evidence for O2 crystallization at higher pressures, demonstrating that O2 molecules aggregate at high pressure.

  17. Metallicity of boron carbides at high pressure

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    Dekura, Haruhiko; Shirai, Koun; Yanase, Akira

    2010-03-01

    Electronic structure of semiconducting boron carbide at high pressure has been theoretically investigated, because of interests in the positive pressure dependence of resistivity, in the gap closure, and in the phase transition. The most simplest form B12(CCC) is assumed. Under assumptions of hydrostatic pressure and neglecting finite-temperature effects, boron carbide is quite stable at high pressure. The crystal of boron carbide is stable at least until a pressure higher than previous experiments showed. The gap closure occurs only after p=600 GPa on the assumption of the original crystal symmetry. In the low pressure regime, the pressure dependence of the energy gap almost diminishes, which is an exceptional case for semiconductors, which could be one of reasons for the positive pressure dependence of resistivity. A monotonous increase in the apex angle of rhombohedron suggests that the covalent bond continues to increase. The C chain inserted in the main diagonal of rhombohedral structure is the chief reason of this stability.

  18. Evidence of the existence of the high-density and low-density phases in deeply-cooled confined heavy water under high pressures

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    Wang, Zhe; Chen, Sow-Hsin; Liu, Kao-Hsiang; Harriger, Leland; Leão, Juscelino B.

    2014-07-07

    The average density of D{sub 2}O confined in a nanoporous silica matrix (MCM-41-S) is studied with neutron scattering. We find that below ∼210 K, the pressure-temperature plane of the system can be divided into two regions. The average density of the confined D{sub 2}O in the higher-pressure region is about 16% larger than that in the lower-pressure region. These two regions could represent the so-called “low-density liquid” and “high-density liquid” phases. The dividing line of these two regions, which could represent the associated 1st order liquid-liquid transition line, is also determined.

  19. Occurrence and mineral chemistry of high pressure phases, Portrillo basalt, southcentral New Mexico. M.S. Thesis. Final Technical Report, 1 Jun. 1978 - 31 May 1980

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    Hoffer, J. M.; Ortiz, T. S.

    1980-01-01

    Inclusions of clinopyroxenite, kaersutiteclinopyroxenite, kaersutite-rich inclusions, wehrlite and olivine-clinopyroxenite together with megacrysts of feldspar, kaersutite and spinel are found loose on the flanks of cinder cones, as inclusions within lava flows and within the cores of volcanic bombs in the Quaternary alkali-olivine basalt of the West Potrillo Mountains, southcentral New Mexico. Based on petrological and geochemical evidence the megacysts are interpreted to be phenocrysts which formed at great depth rather that xenocrysts of larger crystal aggregates. These large crystals are believed to have formed as stable phases at high temperature and pressure and have partially reacted with the basalt to produce subhedral to anhedral crystal boundaries. It can be demonstrated that the mafic and ultramafic crystal aggregates were derived from an alkali-basalt source rock generated in the mantle. The inclusions are believed to represent a cumulus body or bodies injected within the lower crust or upper mantle.

  20. Raman spectroscopy of triolein under high pressures

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    Tefelski, D. B.; Jastrzębski, C.; Wierzbicki, M.; Siegoczyński, R. M.; Rostocki, A. J.; Wieja, K.; Kościesza, R.

    2010-03-01

    This article presents results of the high pressure Raman spectroscopy of triolein. Triolein, a triacylglyceride (TAG) of oleic acid, is an unsaturated fat, present in natural oils such as olive oil. As a basic food component and an energy storage molecule, it has considerable importance for food and fuel industries. To generate pressure in the experiment, we used a high-pressure cylindrical chamber with sapphire windows, presented in (R.M. Siegoczyński, R. Kościesza, D.B. Tefelski, and A. Kos, Molecular collapse - modification of the liquid structure induced by pressure in oleic acid, High Press. Res. 29 (2009), pp. 61-66). Pressure up to 750 MPa was applied. A Raman spectrometer in "macro"-configuration was employed. Raman spectroscopy provides information on changes of vibrational modes related to structural changes of triolein under pressure. Interesting changes in the triglyceride C‒H stretching region at 2650-3100 cm-1 were observed under high-pressures. Changes were also observed in the ester carbonyl (C˭ O) stretching region 1700-1780 cm-1 and the C‒C stretching region at 1050-1150 cm-1. The overall luminescence of the sample decreased under pressure, making it possible to set longer spectrum acquisition time and obtain more details of the spectrum. The registered changes suggest that the high-pressure solid phase of triolein is organized as β-polymorphic, as was reported in (C. Akita, T. Kawaguchi, and F. Kaneko, Structural study on polymorphism of cis-unsaturated triacylglycerol: Triolein, J. Phys. Chem. B 110 (2006), pp. 4346-4353; E. Da Silva and D. Rousseau, Molecular order and thermodynamics of the solid-liquid transition in triglycerides via Raman spectroscopy, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 10 (2008), pp. 4606-4613) (with temperature-induced phase transitions). The research has shown that Raman spectroscopy in TAGs under pressure reveals useful information about its structural changes.

  1. New High-Pressure Excitations in Parahydrogen

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    Goncharov, A.F.; Hemley, R.J.; Mao, H.; Shu, J.

    1998-01-01

    Raman and infrared spectroscopy of para-H{sub 2} to pressures in excess of 200GPa and to 8K using new ultrapure synthetic diamond anvils reveals numerous new vibrational excitations in the three high-pressure phases. Highly resolved Raman-active librons indicate differences in orientational ordering between phasesII and III, including evidence for changes within phaseII. The librons in phaseIII are strongly pressure dependent and reflect a substantial increase in ordering with pressure. Multiple vibrons in all three phases (I, II, and III) are observed. The results place new bounds on predicted crystal structures and dynamics of the dense molecular solid. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  2. Three-Dimensional Unsteady Simulation of a Modern High Pressure Turbine Stage Using Phase Lag Periodicity: Analysis of Flow and Heat Transfer

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    Shyam, Vikram; Ameri, Ali; Luk, Daniel F.; Chen, Jen-Ping

    2010-01-01

    Unsteady three-dimensional RANS simulations have been performed on a highly loaded transonic turbine stage and results are compared to steady calculations as well as experiment. A low Reynolds number k- turbulence model is employed to provide closure for the RANS system. A phase-lag boundary condition is used in the periodic direction. This allows the unsteady simulation to be performed by using only one blade from each of the two rows. The objective of this paper is to study the effect of unsteadiness on rotor heat transfer and to glean any insight into unsteady flow physics. The role of the stator wake passing on the pressure distribution at the leading edge is also studied. The simulated heat transfer and pressure results agreed favorably with experiment. The time-averaged heat transfer predicted by the unsteady simulation is higher than the heat transfer predicted by the steady simulation everywhere except at the leading edge. The shock structure formed due to stator-rotor interaction was analyzed. Heat transfer and pressure at the hub and casing were also studied. Thermal segregation was observed that leads to the heat transfer patterns predicted by steady and unsteady simulations to be different.

  3. Vacancy-induced initial decomposition of condensed phase NTO via bimolecular hydrogen transfer mechanisms at high pressure: a DFT-D study.

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    Liu, Zhichao; Wu, Qiong; Zhu, Weihua; Xiao, Heming

    2015-04-28

    Density functional theory with dispersion-correction (DFT-D) was employed to study the effects of vacancy and pressure on the structure and initial decomposition of crystalline 5-nitro-2,4-dihydro-3H-1,2,4-triazol-3-one (β-NTO), a high-energy insensitive explosive. A comparative analysis of the chemical behaviors of NTO in the ideal bulk crystal and vacancy-containing crystals under applied hydrostatic compression was considered. Our calculated formation energy, vacancy interaction energy, electron density difference, and frontier orbitals reveal that the stability of NTO can be effectively manipulated by changing the molecular environment. Bimolecular hydrogen transfer is suggested to be a potential initial chemical reaction in the vacancy-containing NTO solid at 50 GPa, which is prior to the C-NO2 bond dissociation as its initiation decomposition in the gas phase. The vacancy defects introduced into the ideal bulk NTO crystal can produce a localized site, where the initiation decomposition is preferentially accelerated and then promotes further decompositions. Our results may shed some light on the influence of the molecular environments on the initial pathways in molecular explosives. PMID:25804616

  4. Phase relations of CaAl 4Si 2O 11 at high-pressure and high-temperature with implications for subducted continental crust into the deep mantle

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    Zhai, Shuangmeng; Ito, Eiji

    2008-04-01

    Phase relations of the CAS phase, CaAl 4Si 2O 11, have been investigated at pressures of 10-23 GPa and at temperatures of 1000-1600 °C by means of the quench method using the Kawai-type high-pressure apparatus. An assemblage of grossular (Gr) + corundum (Cor) + kyanite (Ky) is stable up to about 10 GPa and at the temperatures examined. The assemblage converts into the CAS phase at 1600 °C and higher pressures. Below 1450 °C, however, the assemblage first changes to that of Gr + Cor + stishovite (St), corresponding to the dissociation of Ky into Cor + St, and then converts to the CAS phase with increasing pressure. The Gr + Cor + St-CAS boundary has a negative d P/d T slope, and the Gr + Ky + Cor-CAS boundary has a near horizontal slope. The triple point at which Gr, Cor, Ky, St and the CAS phase coexist is located at around 11.5 GPa and 1450 °C. Stability of the CAS phase up to 23 GPa and 1600 °C indicates that the CAS phase is an important host of Al and Ca in the continental crust subducted into deep mantle. Comparison of the densities between the pyrolitic mantle and the subducted continental crust indicates that the continental crust provides a plunging force to the slab subducted into the upper mantle and transition zone, whereas the continental crust in turn gives a buoyancy in the lower mantle as the consequence of the substantial changes in mineral assemblage in both the continental crust and pyrolitic mantle through the 660 km discontinuity. The formation of the CAS phase plays an important role in changing the density of the subducting continental crust.

  5. High Pressure - High Temperature Polymorphism in Ta: Resolving an Ongoing Experimental Controversy

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    Burkovsky, L; Chen, S P; Preston, D L; Belonoshko, A B; Rosengren, A; Mikhaylushkin, A S; Simak, S I; Moriarty, J A

    2010-04-07

    Phase diagrams of refractory metals remain essentially unknown. Moreover, there is an ongoing controversy over the high pressure (P) melting temperatures of these metals: results of diamond anvil cell (DAC) and shock wave experiments differ by at least a factor of two. From an extensive ab initio study on tantalum we discovered that the body-centered cubic phase, its physical phase at ambient conditions, transforms to another solid phase, possibly hexagonal omega phase, at high temperature (T). Hence the sample motion observed in DAC experiments is not due to melting but internal stresses accompanying a solid-solid transformation, as explained in more detail in our work. In view of our results on tantalum and previous work on molybdenum, as well as other published data, it is highly plausible that high-PT polymorphism is a general feature of Groups V and VI refractory metals.

  6. Investigation of Phase Transformations in High-Alloy Austenitic TRIP Steel Under High Pressure (up to 18 GPa) by In Situ Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy

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    Ackermann, Stephanie; Martin, Stefan; Schwarz, Marcus R.; Schimpf, Christian; Kulawinski, Dirk; Lathe, Christian; Henkel, Sebastian; Rafaja, David; Biermann, Horst; Weidner, Anja

    2016-01-01

    In order to clarify the difference between the deformation-induced ɛ-martensite ( ɛ 1) and the pressure-induced ɛ-iron ( ɛ 2), high-pressure quasi-hydrostatic experiments were performed on a low-carbon, high-alloy metastable austenitic steel. In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements as well as post-mortem investigations of the microstructure by electron backscatter diffraction were carried out to study the microstructural transformations. Three processes were observed during compression experiments: first, the formation of deformation-induced hexagonal ɛ 1-martensite, as well as small nuclei of deformation-induced bcc α'-martensite ( α 1') within the fcc γ-matrix due to non-hydrostaticity in the experiments; second, the onset of the phase transformation from the metastable fcc γ-austenite into the hexagonal pressure-induced ɛ 2-iron phase occurred at around 6 GPa; third, during decompression, the hexagonal pressure-induced ɛ 2-iron transformed partially into bcc α'-martensite ( α 2'). Completely different characteristics with regard to habitus as well as to orientation relationships were observed between the pressure-induced phases ( ɛ 2-iron phase and α 2'-martensite) and the deformation-induced martensites ( ɛ 1- and α 1'-martensite).

  7. Structural behaviour of niobium oxynitride under high pressure

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    Sharma, Bharat Bhooshan Poswal, H. K. Pandey, K. K. Sharma, Surinder M.; Yakhmi, J. V.; Ohashi, Y.; Kikkawa, S.

    2014-04-24

    High pressure investigation of niobium oxynitrides (NbN{sub 0.98}O{sub 0.02}) employing synchrotron based angle dispersive x-ray diffraction experiments was carried out in very fine pressure steps using membrane driven diamond anvil cell. Ambient cubic phase was found to be stable up to ∼18 GPa. At further high pressure cubic phase showed rhombohedral distortion.

  8. High-pressure creep tests

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    Bhattacharyya, S.; Lamoureux, J.; Hales, C.

    1986-01-01

    The automotive Stirling engine, presently being developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and NASA, uses high-pressure hydrogen as a working fluid; its long-term effects on the properties of alloys are relatively unknown. Hence, creep-rupture testing of wrought and cast high-temperature alloys in high-pressure hydrogen is an essential part of the research supporting the development of the Stirling cycle engine. Attention is given to the design, development, and operation of a 20 MPa hydrogen high-temperature multispecimen creep-rupture possessing high sensitivity. This pressure vessel allows for the simultaneous yet independent testing of six specimens. The results from one alloy, XF-818, are presented to illustrate how reported results are derived from the raw test data.

  9. High pressure rinsing system comparison

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    D. Sertore; M. Fusetti; P. Michelato; Carlo Pagani; Toshiyasu Higo; Jin-Seok Hong; K. Saito; G. Ciovati; T. Rothgeb

    2007-06-01

    High pressure rinsing (HPR) is a key process for the surface preparation of high field superconducting cavities. A portable apparatus for the water jet characterization, based on the transferred momentum between the water jet and a load cell, has been used in different laboratories. This apparatus allows to collected quantitative parameters that characterize the HPR water jet. In this paper, we present a quantitative comparison of the different water jet produced by various nozzles routinely used in different laboratories for the HPR process

  10. Cryogenic High Pressure Sensor Module

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    Chapman, John J. (Inventor); Shams, Qamar A. (Inventor); Powers, William T. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    A pressure sensor is provided for cryogenic, high pressure applications. A highly doped silicon piezoresistive pressure sensor is bonded to a silicon substrate in an absolute pressure sensing configuration. The absolute pressure sensor is bonded to an aluminum nitride substrate. Aluminum nitride has appropriate coefficient of thermal expansion for use with highly doped silicon at cryogenic temperatures. A group of sensors, either two sensors on two substrates or four sensors on a single substrate are packaged in a pressure vessel.

  11. Exotic stable cesium polynitrides at high pressure

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    Peng, Feng; Han, Yunxia; Liu, Hanyu; Yao, Yansun

    2015-11-19

    New polynitrides containing metastable forms of nitrogen are actively investigated as potential high energy-density materials. Using a structure search method based on the CALYPSO methodology, we investigated the stable stoichiometries and structures of cesium polynitrides at high pressures. Along with the CsN3, we identified five new stoichiometric compounds (Cs3N, Cs2N, CsN, CsN2, and CsN5) with interesting structures that may be experimentally synthesizable at modest pressures (i.e., less than 50 GPa). Nitrogen species in the predicted structures have various structural forms ranging from single atom (N) to highly endothermic molecules (N2, N3 , N4, N5, N6) and chains (N∞). Polymeric chainsmore » of nitrogen were found in the high-pressure C2/c phase of CsN2. This structure contains a substantially high content of single N-N bonds that exceeds the previously known nitrogen chains in pure forms, and also exhibit metastability at ambient conditions. We also identified a very interesting CsN crystal that contains novel N44- anion. In conclusion, to our best knowledge, this is the first time a charged N4 species being reported. Results of the present study suggest that it is possible to obtain energetic polynitrogens in main-group nitrides under high pressure.« less

  12. Exotic stable cesium polynitrides at high pressure

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    Peng, Feng; Han, Yunxia; Liu, Hanyu; Yao, Yansun

    2015-01-01

    New polynitrides containing metastable forms of nitrogen are actively investigated as potential high-energy-density materials. Using a structure search method based on the CALYPSO methodology, we investigated the stable stoichiometries and structures of cesium polynitrides at high pressures. Along with the CsN3, we identified five new stoichiometric compounds (Cs3N, Cs2N, CsN, CsN2, and CsN5) with interesting structures that may be experimentally synthesizable at modest pressures (i.e., less than 50 GPa). Nitrogen species in the predicted structures have various structural forms ranging from single atom (N) to highly endothermic molecules (N2, N3, N4, N5, N6) and chains (N∞). Polymeric chains of nitrogen were found in the high-pressure C2/c phase of CsN2. This structure contains a substantially high content of single N-N bonds that exceeds the previously known nitrogen chains in pure forms, and also exhibit metastability at ambient conditions. We also identified a very interesting CsN crystal that contains novel N44− anion. To our best knowledge, this is the first time a charged N4 species being reported. Results of the present study suggest that it is possible to obtain energetic polynitrogens in main-group nitrides under high pressure. PMID:26581175

  13. Electronic phenomena at high pressure

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    Drickamer, H.G.

    1981-01-01

    High pressure research is undertaken either to investigate intrinsically high pressure phenomena or in order to get a better understanding of the effect of the chemical environment on properties or processes at one atmosphere. Studies of electronic properties which fall in each area are presented. Many molecules and complexes can assume in the excited state different molecular arrangements and intermolecular forces depending on the medium. Their luminescence emission is then very different in a rigid or a fluid medium. With pressure one can vary the viscosity of the medium by a factor of 10/sup 7/ and thus control the distribution and rate of crossing between the excited state conformations. In rare earth chelates the efficiency of 4f-4f emission of the rare earth is controlled by the feeding from the singlet and triplet levels of the organic ligand. These ligand levels can be strongly shifted by pressure. A study of the effect of pressure on the emission efficiency permits one to understand the effect of ligand chemistry at one atmosphere. At high pressure electronic states can be sufficiently perturbed to provide new ground states. In EDA complexes these new ground states exhibit unusual chemical reactivity and new products.

  14. High-pressure, high-temperature deformation of CaGeO3 (perovskite)±MgO aggregates: Elasto-ViscoPlastic Self-Consistent modeling and implications for multi-phase rheology of the lower mantle

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    Hilairet, N.; Tomé, C.; Wang, H.; Merkel, S.; Wang, Y.; Nishiyama, N.

    2014-12-01

    As the largest rocky layer in the Earth, the lower mantle plays a critical role in controlling convective patterns in our planet. Current mineralogical mantle models suggest that the lower mantle is dominated by (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite (SiPv; about 70 - 90% in volume fraction) and (Mg,Fe)O ferropericlase (Fp). Knowledge of rheological properties of the major constituent minerals and stress/strain partitioning among these phases during deformation is critical in understanding dynamic processes of the deep Earth. For the lower mantle, the strength contrast between SiPv and Fp has been estimated [1], the former being much stronger than the latter. However fundamental issues of stress-strain interactions among the major phases still remain to be properly addressed. Here we examine rheological properties of a two-phase polycrystal consisting of CaGeO3 perovskite (GePv) and MgO, deformed in the D-DIA at controlled speed ~1 - 3×10-5 s-1 at high pressures and temperatures (between 3 to 10 GPa and 300 to 1200 K), with bulk axial strains up to ~20% [2]. We use Elasto-ViscoPlastic Self-Consistent modeling (EVPSC) [3] to reproduce lattice strains and textures measured in-situ with synchrotron X-ray diffraction. We compare the results to those on an identical deformation experiment with a single phase (GePv) polycrystal. We will discuss stress distributions between the two phases in the composite, textural developments, relationships with active slip systems, and finally the potential implications for rheological properties of the lower mantle. [1] Yamazaki, D., and S. Karato (2002), Fabric development in (Mg,Fe)O during large strain, shear deformation: implications for seismic anisotropy in Earth's lower mantle, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 131(3-4), 251-267. [2] Wang, Y., N. Hilairet, N. Nishiyama, N. Yahata, T. Tsuchiya, G. Morard, and G. Fiquet (2013), High-pressure, high-temperature deformation of CaGeO3 (perovskite)+/- MgO aggregates: Implications for

  15. High-pressure modifications of CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}, and BaAl{sub 2}: Implications for Laves phase structural trends

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    Kal, Subhadeep; Stoyanov, Emil; Belieres, Jean-Philippe; Groy, Thomas L.; Norrestam, Rolf; Haeussermann, Ulrich

    2008-11-15

    High-pressure forms of intermetallic compounds with the composition CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}, and BaAl{sub 2} were synthesized from CeCu{sub 2}-type precursors (CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}) and Ba{sub 21}Al{sub 40} by multi-anvil techniques and investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (SrAl{sub 2} and BaAl{sub 2}), X-ray single-crystal diffraction (CaZn{sub 2}), and electron microscopy (SrZn{sub 2}). Their structures correspond to that of Laves phases. Whereas the dialuminides crystallize in the cubic MgCu{sub 2} (C15) structure, the dizincides adopt the hexagonal MgZn{sub 2} (C14) structure. This trend is in agreement with the structural relationship displayed by sp bonded Laves phase systems at ambient conditions. - Graphical abstract: CeCu{sub 2}-type polar intermetallics can be transformed to Laves phases upon simultaneous application of pressure and temperature. The observed structures are controlled by the valence electron concentration.

  16. Very high-pressure orogenic garnet peridotites

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    Liou, J. G.; Zhang, R. Y.; Ernst, W. G.

    2007-01-01

    Mantle-derived garnet peridotites are a minor component in many very high-pressure metamorphic terranes that formed during continental subduction and collision. Some of these mantle rocks contain trace amounts of zircon and micrometer-sized inclusions. The constituent minerals exhibit pre- and postsubduction microstructures, including polymorphic transformation and mineral exsolution. Experimental, mineralogical, petrochemical, and geochronological characterizations using novel techniques with high spatial, temporal, and energy resolutions are resulting in unexpected discoveries of new phases, providing better constraints on deep mantle processes. PMID:17519341

  17. Very high-pressure orogenic garnet peridotites.

    PubMed

    Liou, J G; Zhang, R Y; Ernst, W G

    2007-05-29

    Mantle-derived garnet peridotites are a minor component in many very high-pressure metamorphic terranes that formed during continental subduction and collision. Some of these mantle rocks contain trace amounts of zircon and micrometer-sized inclusions. The constituent minerals exhibit pre- and postsubduction microstructures, including polymorphic transformation and mineral exsolution. Experimental, mineralogical, petrochemical, and geochronological characterizations using novel techniques with high spatial, temporal, and energy resolutions are resulting in unexpected discoveries of new phases, providing better constraints on deep mantle processes. PMID:17519341

  18. Polymerization of formic acid under high pressure

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    Goncharov, A.F.; Manaa, M.R.; Zaug, J.M.; Gee, R.H.; Fried, L.E.; Montgomery, W.B.

    2010-07-19

    We report Raman, infrared, and x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements, along with ab initio calculations on formic acid (FA) under pressure up to 50 GPa. We find an infinite chain Pna2{sub 1} structure to be a high-pressure phase at room temperature. Our data indicate the symmetrization and a partially covalent character of the intrachain hydrogen bonds above approximately 20 GPa. Raman spectra and XRD patterns indicate a loss of long-range order at pressures above 40 GPa, with a large hysteresis upon decompression. We attribute this behavior to a three-dimensional polymerization of FA.

  19. High-pressure orthorhombic ferromagnesite as a potential deep-mantle carbon carrier

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    Liu, Jin; Lin, Jung -Fu; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2015-01-06

    In this study, knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of candidate deep-carbon carriers such as ferromagnesite [(Mg,Fe)CO3] at high pressure and temperature of the deep mantle is necessary for our understanding of deep-carbon storage as well as the global carbon cycle of the planet. Previous studies have reported very different scenarios for the (Mg,Fe)CO3 system at deep-mantle conditions including the chemical dissociation to (Mg,Fe)O+CO2, the occurrence of the tetrahedrally-coordinated carbonates based on CO4 structural units, and various high-pressure phase transitions. Here we have studied the phase stability and compressional behavior of (Mg,Fe)CO3 carbonates up to relevant lower-mantle conditions of approximately 120 GPa and 2400 K. Our experimental results show that the rhombohedral siderite (Phase I) transforms to an orthorhombic phase (Phase II with Pmm2 space group) at approximately 50 GPa and 1400 K. The structural transition is likely driven by the spin transition of iron accompanied by a volume collapse in the Fe-rich (Mg,Fe)CO3 phases; the spin transition stabilizes the high-pressure phase II at much lower pressure conditions than its Mg-rich counterpart. It is conceivable that the low-spin ferromagnesite phase II becomes a major deep-carbon carrier at the deeper parts of the lower mantle below 1900 km in depth.

  20. Spin-phonon coupling and high-pressure phase transitions of RMnO3 (R=Ca and Pr): An inelastic neutron scattering and first-principles study

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    Mishra, S. K.; Gupta, M. K.; Mittal, R.; Kolesnikov, Alexander I.; Chaplot, S. L.

    2016-06-22

    Here, we report inelastic neutron scattering measurements over 7–1251 K in CaMnO3 covering various phase transitions, and over 6–150 K in PrMnO3 covering the magnetic transition. The excitations around 20 meV in CaMnO3 and at 17 meV in PrMnO3 at low temperatures are found to be associated with magnetic origin. We observe coherent magnetic neutron scattering in localized regions in reciprocal space and show it to arise from long-range correlated magnetic spin-waves below the magnetic transition temperature (TN) and short-range stochastic spin-spin fluctuations above TN. In spite of the similarity of the structure of the two compounds, the neutron inelasticmore » spectrum of PrMnO3 exhibits broad features at 150 K unlike well-defined peaks in the spectrum of CaMnO3. This might result from the difference in the nature of interactions in the two compounds (magnetic and Jahn-Teller distortion). Ab initio phonon calculations have been used to interpret the observed phonon spectra. The ab initio calculations at high pressures show that the variations of Mn-O distances are isotropic for CaMnO3 and highly anisotropic for PrMnO3. The calculation in PrMnO3 shows the suppression of Jahn-Teller distortion and simultaneous insulator-to-metal transition. It appears that this transition may not be associated with the occurrence of the tetragonal phase above 20 GPa as reported in the literature, since the tetragonal phase is found to be dynamically unstable, although it is found to be energetically favored over the orthorhombic phase above 20 GPa. CaMnO3 does not show any phase transition up to 60 GPa.« less

  1. High pressure studies of superconductivity

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    Hillier, Narelle Jayne

    Superconductivity has been studied extensively since it was first discovered over 100 years ago. High pressure studies, in particular, have been vital in furthering our understanding of the superconducting state. Pressure allows researchers to enhance the properties of existing superconductors, to find new superconductors, and to test the validity of theoretical models. This thesis presents a series of high pressure measurements performed in both He-gas and diamond anvil cell systems on various superconductors and on materials in which pressure-induced superconductivity has been predicted. Under pressure the alkali metals undergo a radical departure from the nearly-free electron model. In Li this leads to a superconducting transition temperature that is among the highest of the elements. All alkali metals have been predicted to become superconducting under pressure. Pursuant to this, a search for superconductivity has been conducted in the alkali metals Na and K. In addition, the effect of increasing electron concentration on Li1-xMgx alloys has been studied. Metallic hydrogen and hydrogen-rich compounds are believed to be good candidates for high temperature superconductivity. High pressure optical studies of benzene (C6H6) have been performed to 2 Mbar to search for pressure-induced metallization. Finally, cuprate and iron-based materials are considered high-Tc superconductors. These layered compounds exhibit anisotropic behavior under pressure. Precise hydrostatic measurements of dTc/dP on HgBa2CuO 4+delta have been carried out in conjunction with uniaxial pressure experiments by another group. The results obtained provide insight into the effect of each of the lattice parameters on Tc. Finally, a series of hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic measurements on LnFePO (Ln = La, Pr, Nd) reveal startling evidence that the superconducting state in the iron-based superconductors is highly sensitive to lattice strain.

  2. Improved high pressure turbine shroud

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    Bessen, I. I.; Rigney, D. V.; Schwab, R. C.

    1977-01-01

    A new high pressure turbine shroud material has been developed from the consolidation of prealloyed powders of Ni, Cr, Al and Y. The new material, a filler for cast turbine shroud body segments, is called Genaseal. The development followed the identification of oxidation resistance as the primary cause of prior shroud deterioration, since conversion to oxides reduces erosion resistance and increases spalling under thermal cycled engine conditions. The NICrAlY composition was selected in preference to NIAL and FeCRALY alloys, and was formulated to a prescribed density range that offers suitable erosion resistance, thermal conductivity and elastic modulus for improved behavior as a shroud.

  3. Electokinetic high pressure hydraulic system

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    Paul, Phillip H.; Rakestraw, David J.

    2000-01-01

    A compact high pressure hydraulic system having no moving parts for converting electric potential to hydraulic force and for manipulating fluids. Electro-osmotic flow is used to provide a valve and means to compress a fluid or gas in a capillary-based system. By electro-osmotically moving an electrolyte between a first position opening communication between a fluid inlet and outlet and a second position closing communication between the fluid inlet and outlet the system can be configured as a valve. The system can also be used to generate forces as large as 2500 psi that can be used to compress a fluid, either a liquid or a gas.

  4. Structural behaviour of YGa under high pressure

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    Sekar, M. Shekar, N. V. Chandra Sahu, P. Ch.; Babu, R.

    2014-04-24

    High pressure X-ray diffraction studies on rare-earth gallide YGa was carried up to a pressure of ∼ 33 GPa using rotating anode x-ray source in an angle dispersive mode. YGa exhibits CrB (B33) type orthorhombic structure (space group Cmcm) at ambient pressure. It undergoes a reversible structural phase transition from orthorhombic to tetragonal structure at ∼ 8.8 GPa. Both the phases coexist up to the highest pressure studied. The zero pressure bulk modulus and its derivative for parent phase have been estimated to be B{sub o} = 60 ± 3 GPa, B{sub o}' = 4.6 ± 1.5.

  5. High pressure study of acetophenone azine

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    Tang, X. D.; Ding, Z. J.; Zhang, Z. M.

    2009-02-01

    High pressure Raman spectra of acetophenone azine (APA) have been measured up to 17.7 GPa with a diamond anvil cell. Two crystalline-to-crystalline phase transformations are found at pressures about 3.6 and 5.8 GPa. A disappearance of external modes and the C-H vibration at pressures higher than 8.7 GPa suggests that the sample undergoes a phase transition to amorphous or orientationally disordered (plastic) state, and the amorphization was completed at about 12.1 GPa. The disordered state is unstable and, then, a polymerization transformation reaction occurs with a further pressure increase. After the pressure has been released, the polymerization state can remain at the ambient condition, indicating that the virgin crystalline state is not recovered. The results show that the phenomenon underlying the pressure induced phase transition of APA may involve profound changes in the coordination environments of the symmetric aromatic azine.

  6. Structural and vibrational properties of single crystals of Scandia, Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} under high pressure

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    Ovsyannikov, Sergey V. E-mail: sergey2503@gmail.com; Wenz, Michelle D.; Pakhomova, Anna S.; Dubrovinsky, Leonid; Bykova, Elena; Bykov, Maxim; Glazyrin, Konstantin; Liermann, Hanns-Peter

    2015-10-28

    We report the results of single-crystal X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy studies of scandium oxide, Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3}, at ambient temperature under high pressure up to 55 and 28 GPa, respectively. Both X-ray diffraction and Raman studies indicated a phase transition from the cubic bixbyite phase (so-called C-Res phase) to a monoclinic C2/m phase (so-called B-Res phase) at pressures around 25–28 GPa. The transition was accompanied by a significant volumetric drop by ∼6.7%. In addition, the Raman spectroscopy detected a minor crossover around 10–12 GPa, which manifested in the appearance of new and disappearance of some Raman modes, as well as in softening of one Raman mode. We found the bulk modulus values of the both C-Res and B-Res phases as B{sub 0} = 198.2(3) and 171.2(1) GPa (for fixed B′ = 4), respectively. Thus, the denser high-pressure lattice of Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} is much softer than the original lattice. We discuss possible mechanisms that might be responsible for the pronounced elastic softening in the monoclinic high-pressure phase in this “simple” oxide with an ultra-wide band gap.

  7. High pressure xenon ionization detector

    DOEpatents

    Markey, John K.

    1989-01-01

    A method is provided for detecting ionization comprising allowing particles that cause ionization to contact high pressure xenon maintained at or near its critical point and measuring the amount of ionization. An apparatus is provided for detecting ionization, the apparatus comprising a vessel containing a ionizable medium, the vessel having an inlet to allow high pressure ionizable medium to enter the vessel, a means to permit particles that cause ionization of the medium to enter the vessel, an anode, a cathode, a grid and a plurality of annular field shaping rings, the field shaping rings being electrically isolated from one another, the anode, cathode, grid and field shaping rings being electrically isolated from one another in order to form an electric field between the cathode and the anode, the electric field originating at the anode and terminating at the cathode, the grid being disposed between the cathode and the anode, the field shaping rings being disposed between the cathode and the grid, the improvement comprising the medium being xenon and the vessel being maintained at a pressure of 50 to 70 atmospheres and a temperature of 0.degree. to 30.degree. C.

  8. High pressure xenon ionization detector

    DOEpatents

    Markey, J.K.

    1989-11-14

    A method is provided for detecting ionization comprising allowing particles that cause ionization to contact high pressure xenon maintained at or near its critical point and measuring the amount of ionization. An apparatus is provided for detecting ionization, the apparatus comprising a vessel containing a ionizable medium, the vessel having an inlet to allow high pressure ionizable medium to enter the vessel, a means to permit particles that cause ionization of the medium to enter the vessel, an anode, a cathode, a grid and a plurality of annular field shaping rings, the field shaping rings being electrically isolated from one another, the anode, cathode, grid and field shaping rings being electrically isolated from one another in order to form an electric field between the cathode and the anode, the electric field originating at the anode and terminating at the cathode, the grid being disposed between the cathode and the anode, the field shaping rings being disposed between the cathode and the grid, the improvement comprising the medium being xenon and the vessel being maintained at a pressure of 50 to 70 atmospheres and a temperature of 0 to 30 C. 2 figs.

  9. Stable Lithium Argon compounds under high pressure

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    Li, Xiaofeng; Hermann, Andreas; Peng, Feng; Lv, Jian; Wang, Yanchao; Wang, Hui; Ma, Yanming

    2015-11-01

    High pressure can fundamentally alter the bonding patterns of chemical elements. Its effects include stimulating elements thought to be “inactive” to form unexpectedly stable compounds with unusual chemical and physical properties. Here, using an unbiased structure search method based on CALYPSO methodology and density functional total energy calculations, the phase stabilities and crystal structures of Li-Ar compounds are systematically investigated at high pressure up to 300 GPa. Two unexpected LimArn compounds (LiAr and Li3Ar) are predicted to be stable above 112 GPa and 119 GPa, respectively. A detailed analysis of the electronic structure of LiAr and Li3Ar shows that Ar in these compounds attracts electrons and thus behaves as an oxidizing agent. This is markedly different from the hitherto established chemical reactivity of Ar. Moreover, we predict that the P4/mmm phase of Li3Ar has a superconducting transition temperature of 17.6 K at 120 GPa.

  10. Stable Lithium Argon compounds under high pressure

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    Li, Xiaofeng; Hermann, Andreas; Peng, Feng; Lv, Jian; Wang, Yanchao; Wang, Hui; Ma, Yanming

    2015-01-01

    High pressure can fundamentally alter the bonding patterns of chemical elements. Its effects include stimulating elements thought to be “inactive” to form unexpectedly stable compounds with unusual chemical and physical properties. Here, using an unbiased structure search method based on CALYPSO methodology and density functional total energy calculations, the phase stabilities and crystal structures of Li−Ar compounds are systematically investigated at high pressure up to 300 GPa. Two unexpected LimArn compounds (LiAr and Li3Ar) are predicted to be stable above 112 GPa and 119 GPa, respectively. A detailed analysis of the electronic structure of LiAr and Li3Ar shows that Ar in these compounds attracts electrons and thus behaves as an oxidizing agent. This is markedly different from the hitherto established chemical reactivity of Ar. Moreover, we predict that the P4/mmm phase of Li3Ar has a superconducting transition temperature of 17.6 K at 120 GPa. PMID:26582083

  11. High-pressure structural properties of tetramethylsilane

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    Zhen-Xing, Qin; Xiao-Jia, Chen

    2016-02-01

    High-pressure structural properties of tetramethylsilane are investigated by synchrotron powder x-ray diffraction at pressures up to 31.1 GPa and room temperature. A phase with the space group of Pnma is found to appear at 4.2 GPa. Upon compression, the compound transforms to two following phases: the phase with space groups of P21/c at 9.9 GPa and the phase with P2/m at 18.2 GPa successively via a transitional phase. The unique structural character of P21/c supports the phase stability of tetramethylsilane without possible decomposition upon heavy compression. The appearance of the P2/m phase suggests the possible realization of metallization for this material at higher pressure. Project supported by the Cultivation Fund of the Key Scientific and Technical Innovation Project from Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. 708070), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, South China University of Technology (Grant No. 2014ZZ0069), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51502189), and the Doctoral Project of Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, China (Grant No. 20132010).

  12. Amorphous boron nitride at high pressure

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    Durandurdu, Murat

    2016-06-01

    The pressure-induced phase transformation in hexagonal boron nitrite and amorphous boron nitrite is studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The hexagonal-to-wurtzite phase transformation is successfully reproduced in the simulation with a transformation mechanism similar to one suggested in experiment. Amorphous boron nitrite, on the other hand, gradually transforms to a high-density amorphous phase with the application of pressure. This phase transformation is irreversible because a densified amorphous state having both sp3 and sp2 bonds is recovered upon pressure release. The high-density amorphous state mainly consists of sp3 bonds and its local structure is quite similar to recently proposed intermediate boron nitrite phases, in particular tetragonal structure (P42/mnm), rather than the known the wurtzite or cubic boron nitrite due to the existence of four membered rings and edge sharing connectivity. On the basis of this finding we propose that amorphous boron nitrite might be best candidate as a starting structure to synthesize the intermediate phase(s) at high pressure and temperature (probably below 800 °C) conditions.

  13. Steam Oxidation at High Pressure

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    Holcomb, Gordon R.; Carney, Casey

    2013-07-19

    A first high pressure test was completed: 293 hr at 267 bar and 670{degrees}C; A parallel 1 bar test was done for comparison; Mass gains were higher for all alloys at 267 bar than at 1 bar; Longer term exposures, over a range of temperatures and pressures, are planned to provide information as to the commercial implications of pressure effects; The planned tests are at a higher combination of temperatures and pressures than in the existing literature. A comparison was made with longer-term literature data: The short term exposures are largely consistent with the longer-term corrosion literature; Ferritic steels--no consistent pressure effect; Austenitic steels--fine grain alloys less able to maintain protective chromia scale as pressure increases; Ni-base alloys--more mass gains above 105 bar than below. Not based on many data points.

  14. Exotic stable cesium polynitrides at high pressure

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    Peng, Feng; Han, Yunxia; Liu, Hanyu; Yao, Yansun

    2015-11-19

    New polynitrides containing metastable forms of nitrogen are actively investigated as potential high energy-density materials. Using a structure search method based on the CALYPSO methodology, we investigated the stable stoichiometries and structures of cesium polynitrides at high pressures. Along with the CsN3, we identified five new stoichiometric compounds (Cs3N, Cs2N, CsN, CsN2, and CsN5) with interesting structures that may be experimentally synthesizable at modest pressures (i.e., less than 50 GPa). Nitrogen species in the predicted structures have various structural forms ranging from single atom (N) to highly endothermic molecules (N2, N3 , N4, N5, N6) and chains (N). Polymeric chains of nitrogen were found in the high-pressure C2/c phase of CsN2. This structure contains a substantially high content of single N-N bonds that exceeds the previously known nitrogen chains in pure forms, and also exhibit metastability at ambient conditions. We also identified a very interesting CsN crystal that contains novel N44- anion. In conclusion, to our best knowledge, this is the first time a charged N4 species being reported. Results of the present study suggest that it is possible to obtain energetic polynitrogens in main-group nitrides under high pressure.

  15. Proteomic analysis of oil body membrane proteins accompanying the onset of desiccation phase during sunflower seed development

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    Thakur, Anita; Bhatla, Satish C

    2015-01-01

    A noteworthy metabolic signature accompanying oil body (OB) biogenesis during oilseed development is associated with the modulation of the oil body membranes proteins. Present work focuses on 2-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE)-based analysis of the temporal changes in the OB membrane proteins analyzed by LC-MS/MS accompanying the onset of desiccation (20–30 d after anthesis; DAA) in the developing seeds of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Protein spots unique to 20–30 DAA stages were picked up from 2-D gels for identification and the identified proteins were categorized into 7 functional classes. These include proteins involved in energy metabolism, reactive oxygen scavenging, proteolysis and protein turnover, signaling, oleosin and oil body biogenesis-associated proteins, desiccation and cytoskeleton. At 30 DAA stage, exclusive expressions of enzymes belonging to energy metabolism, desiccation and cytoskeleton were evident which indicated an increase in the metabolic and enzymatic activity in the cells at this stage of seed development (seed filling). Increased expression of cruciferina-like protein and dehydrin at 30 DAA stage marks the onset of desiccation. The data has been analyzed and discussed to highlight desiccation stage-associated metabolic events during oilseed development. PMID:26786011

  16. Proteomic analysis of oil body membrane proteins accompanying the onset of desiccation phase during sunflower seed development.

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    Thakur, Anita; Bhatla, Satish C

    2015-01-01

    A noteworthy metabolic signature accompanying oil body (OB) biogenesis during oilseed development is associated with the modulation of the oil body membranes proteins. Present work focuses on 2-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE)-based analysis of the temporal changes in the OB membrane proteins analyzed by LC-MS/MS accompanying the onset of desiccation (20-30 d after anthesis; DAA) in the developing seeds of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Protein spots unique to 20-30 DAA stages were picked up from 2-D gels for identification and the identified proteins were categorized into 7 functional classes. These include proteins involved in energy metabolism, reactive oxygen scavenging, proteolysis and protein turnover, signaling, oleosin and oil body biogenesis-associated proteins, desiccation and cytoskeleton. At 30 DAA stage, exclusive expressions of enzymes belonging to energy metabolism, desiccation and cytoskeleton were evident which indicated an increase in the metabolic and enzymatic activity in the cells at this stage of seed development (seed filling). Increased expression of cruciferina-like protein and dehydrin at 30 DAA stage marks the onset of desiccation. The data has been analyzed and discussed to highlight desiccation stage-associated metabolic events during oilseed development. PMID:26786011

  17. A fully automated method for simultaneous determination of aflatoxins and ochratoxin A in dried fruits by pressurized liquid extraction and online solid-phase extraction cleanup coupled to ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Campone, Luca; Piccinelli, Anna Lisa; Celano, Rita; Russo, Mariateresa; Valdés, Alberto; Ibáñez, Clara; Rastrelli, Luca

    2015-04-01

    According to current demands and future perspectives in food safety, this study reports a fast and fully automated analytical method for the simultaneous analysis of the mycotoxins with high toxicity and wide spread, aflatoxins (AFs) and ochratoxin A (OTA) in dried fruits, a high-risk foodstuff. The method is based on pressurized liquid extraction (PLE), with aqueous methanol (30%) at 110 °C, of the slurried dried fruit and online solid-phase extraction (online SPE) cleanup of the PLE extracts with a C18 cartridge. The purified sample was directly analysed by ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) for sensitive and selective determination of AFs and OTA. The proposed analytical procedure was validated for different dried fruits (vine fruit, fig and apricot), providing method detection and quantification limits much lower than the AFs and OTA maximum levels imposed by EU regulation in dried fruit for direct human consumption. Also, recoveries (83-103%) and repeatability (RSD < 8, n = 3) meet the performance criteria required by EU regulation for the determination of the levels of mycotoxins in foodstuffs. The main advantage of the proposed method is full automation of the whole analytical procedure that reduces the time and cost of the analysis, sample manipulation and solvent consumption, enabling high-throughput analysis and highly accurate and precise results. PMID:25694147

  18. In situ SAXS observation on metal-salt-derived alumina sol-gel system accompanied by phase separation.

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    Tokudome, Yasuaki; Nakanishi, Kazuki; Kanamori, Kazuyoshi; Hanada, Teiichi

    2010-12-15

    The structure formation process of hierarchically porous alumina gels has been investigated by in situ small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The measurement was performed on the sol-gel solution containing aluminum chloride hexahydrate (AlCl(3)·6H(2)O), poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), and propylene oxide (PO). The temporal divergence of scattering intensity in the low q regime was observed in the early stage of reaction, indicating that the occurrence of spinodal-decomposition-type phase separation. Detailed analysis of the SAXS profiles revealed that phase separation occurs between weakly branched polymerizing aluminum hydroxide (AH) and PEO. Further progress of the condensation reaction forms phase-separated two phases, that is, AH-rich phase and PEO-rich phase with the micrometer-range heterogeneity. The growth and aggregation of primary particles occurs in the phase-separated AH-rich domain, and therefore, the addition of PEO influences on the structure in nanometer regime as well as micrometer regime. The moderate stability of oligomeric species allows homogeneous condensation reaction parallel to phase separation and successful formation of hierarchically porous alumina gel. PMID:20822775

  19. Electrical Transport Experiments at High Pressure

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    Weir, S

    2009-02-11

    High-pressure electrical measurements have a long history of use in the study of materials under ultra-high pressures. In recent years, electrical transport experiments have played a key role in the study of many interesting high pressure phenomena including pressure-induced superconductivity, insulator-to-metal transitions, and quantum critical behavior. High-pressure electrical transport experiments also play an important function in geophysics and the study of the Earth's interior. Besides electrical conductivity measurements, electrical transport experiments also encompass techniques for the study of the optoelectronic and thermoelectric properties of materials under high pressures. In addition, electrical transport techniques, i.e., the ability to extend electrically conductive wires from outside instrumentation into the high pressure sample chamber have been utilized to perform other types of experiments as well, such as high-pressure magnetic susceptibility and de Haas-van Alphen Fermi surface experiments. Finally, electrical transport techniques have also been utilized for delivering significant amounts of electrical power to high pressure samples, for the purpose of performing high-pressure and -temperature experiments. Thus, not only do high-pressure electrical transport experiments provide much interesting and valuable data on the physical properties of materials extreme compression, but the underlying high-pressure electrical transport techniques can be used in a number of ways to develop additional diagnostic techniques and to advance high pressure capabilities.

  20. High-pressure phase transitions of Fe3-xTixO4 solid solution up to 60 GPa correlated with electronic spin transition

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    Yamanaka, Takamitsu; Kyono, Atsushi; Nakamoto, Yuki; Meng, Yue; Kharlamova, Svetlana; Struzhkin, Victor V.; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2013-06-12

    The structural phase transition of the titanomagnetite (Fe3–xTixO4) solid solution under pressures up to 60 GPa has been clarified by single-crystal and powder diffraction studies using synchrotron radiation and a diamond-anvil cell. Present Rietveld structure refinements of the solid solution prove that the prefered cation distribution is based on the crystal field preference rather than the magnetic spin ordering in the solid solution. The Ti-rich phases in 0.734 ≤ x ≤1.0 undergo a phase transformation from the cubic spinel of Fd3m to the tetragonal spinel structure of I41/amd with c/a < 1.0. The transition is driven by a Jahn-Teller effect of IVFe2+ (3d6) on the tetrahedral site. The c/a < 1 ratio is induced by lifting of the degeneracy of the e orbitals by raising the dx2-y2 orbital below the energy of the dz2 orbital. The distortion characterized by c/a < 1 is more pronounced with increasing Ti content in the Fe3–xTixO4 solid solutions and with increasing pressure. An X-ray emission experiment of Fe2TiO4 at high pressures confirms the spin transition of FeKβ from high spin to intermediate spin (IS) state. The high spin (HS)-to-low spin (LS) transition starts at 14 GPa and the IS state gradually increases with compression. The VIFe2+ in the octahedral site is more prone for the HS-to-LS transition, compared with Fe2+ in the fourfold- or eightfold-coordinated site. The transition to the orthorhombic post-spinel structure with space group Cmcm has been confirmed in the whole compositional range of Fe3–xTixO4. The transition pressure decreases from 25 GPa (x = 0.0) to 15 GPa (x = 1.0) with increasing Ti content. There are two cation sites in the orthorhombic phase: M1 and M2 sites of eightfold and sixfold coordination, respectively. Fe

  1. High Pressure Electrolyzer System Evaluation

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    Prokopius, Kevin; Coloza, Anthony

    2010-01-01

    This report documents the continuing efforts to evaluate the operational state of a high pressure PEM based electrolyzer located at the NASA Glenn Research Center. This electrolyzer is a prototype system built by General Electric and refurbished by Hamilton Standard (now named Hamilton Sunstrand). It is capable of producing hydrogen and oxygen at an output pressure of 3000 psi. The electrolyzer has been in storage for a number of years. Evaluation and testing was performed to determine the state of the electrolyzer and provide an estimate of the cost for refurbishment. Pressure testing was performed using nitrogen gas through the oxygen ports to ascertain the status of the internal membranes and seals. It was determined that the integrity of the electrolyzer stack was good as there were no appreciable leaks in the membranes or seals within the stack. In addition to the integrity testing, an itemized list and part cost estimate was produced for the components of the electrolyzer system. An evaluation of the system s present state and an estimate of the cost to bring it back to operational status was also produced.

  2. Orientational bonding of phases accompanying directed crystallization of the eutectic of the system Si-TiSi2

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    Derevyagina, L. S.; Butkevich, L. M.

    1987-09-01

    The characteristic features of structure formation in cast and direct crystallized alloys of the system Si-TiSi2 were studied. It is shown that the predominant orientation of the bonding of the phases in directionally crystallized eutectics (DE) of the system Si-TiSi2, observed at the stage of steady-state growth, already appears on the surface of nucleation, which apparently indicates that the nucleation of the phases in the alloys of this system is of an epitaxial character.

  3. Polymerization of Formic Acid under High Pressure

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    Goncharov, A F; Manaa, M R; Zaug, J M; Fried, L E; Montgomery, W B

    2004-08-23

    We report combined Raman, infrared (IR) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements, along with ab initio calculations on formic acid under pressure up to 50 GPa. Contrary to the report of Allan and Clark (PRL 82, 3464 (1999)), we find an infinite chain low-temperature Pna2{sub 1} structure consisting of trans molecules to be a high-pressure phase at room temperature. Our data indicate the symmetrization and a partially covalent character of the intra-chain hydrogen bonds above approximately 20 GPa. Raman spectra and XRD patterns indicate a loss of the long-range order at pressures above 40 GPa with a large hysteresis at decompression. We attribute this behavior to a three-dimensional polymerization of formic acid.

  4. Behavior of silver molybdate at high-pressure

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    Arora, A.K.; Nithya, R.; Misra, Sunasira; Yagi, Takehiko

    2012-12-15

    Behavior of cubic spinel phase of Ag{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} is investigated at high pressure using X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The P-V data are fitted to a third order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state using a value of B{sub 0}=113 GPa and B Prime {sub 0}=4. The compound is also found to exhibit a phase transition around 5 GPa to a tetragonal structure and the two phases are found to coexist over a range of pressures. Raman spectra exhibit dramatic changes across the phase transition. Increase of X-ray background scattering and broadening of the Raman peaks associated with MoO{sub 4} tetrahedral ions in the high pressure phase suggest evolution of positional disorder. However, no evidence of pressure-induced amorphization was found up to 47 GPa. - Graphical abstract: Evolution of the integrated intensity of all the diffraction peaks between 12 and 18 degree 2{theta} as a function of pressure. The rapid decrease of the intensity suggests evolution of positional disorder in the high-pressure tetragonal phase. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer First in-situ X-ray diffraction and Raman study of cubic silver molybdate at high pressure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Commencement of a structural transition to a tetragonal phase is found at 2.3 GPa. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The high-pressure phase is found to have positional disorder. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A bulk modulus of 113 GPa is obtained from the equation of state.

  5. Rapid and automated analysis of aflatoxin M1 in milk and dairy products by online solid phase extraction coupled to ultra-high-pressure-liquid-chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Campone, Luca; Piccinelli, Anna Lisa; Celano, Rita; Pagano, Imma; Russo, Mariateresa; Rastrelli, Luca

    2016-01-01

    This study reports a fast and automated analytical procedure for the analysis of aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) in milk and dairy products. The method is based on the simultaneous protein precipitation and AFM1 extraction, by salt-induced liquid-liquid extraction (SI-LLE), followed by an online solid-phase extraction (online SPE) coupled to ultra-high-pressure-liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) analysis to the automatic pre-concentration, clean up and sensitive and selective determination of AFM1. The main parameters affecting the extraction efficiency and accuracy of the analytical method were studied in detail. In the optimal conditions, acetonitrile and NaCl were used as extraction/denaturant solvent and salting-out agent in SI-LLE, respectively. After centrifugation, the organic phase (acetonitrile) was diluted with water (1:9 v/v) and purified (1mL) by online C18 cartridge coupled with an UHPLC column. Finally, selected reaction monitoring (SRM) acquisition mode was applied to the detection of AFM1. Validation studies were carried out on different dairy products (whole and skimmed cow milk, yogurt, goat milk, and powder infant formula), providing method quantification limits about 25 times lower than AFM1 maximum levels permitted by EU regulation 1881/2006 in milk and dairy products for direct human consumption. Recoveries (86-102%) and repeatability (RSD<3, n=6) meet the performance criteria required by EU regulation N. 401/2006 for the determination of the levels of mycotoxins in foodstuffs. Moreover, no matrix effects were observed in the different milk and dairy products studied. The proposed method improves the performance of AFM1 analysis in milk samples as AFM1 determination is performed with a degree of accuracy higher than the conventional methods. Other advantages are the reduction of sample preparation procedure, time and cost of the analysis, enabling high sample throughput that meet the current concerns of food safety and the public

  6. Zirconate pyrochlores under high pressure

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    Xiao, Haiyan; Zhang, Fuxiang; Gao, Fei; Ewing, Rodney C.; Weber, William J

    2010-01-01

    Ab initio total-energy calculations and x-ray diffraction measurements have been combined to study the phase stability of zirconate pyrochlores (A2Zr2O7; A=La, Nd and Sm) under pressures up to 50 GPa. Phase transformations to the defect-cotunnite structure are theoretically predicted at pressures of 22, 20 and 18 GPa, in excellent agreement with the experimentally determined values of 21, 22 and 18 GPa for La2Zr2O7, Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7, respectively. Analysis of the elastic properties indicate that elastic anisotropy may be one of the driving forces for the pressure-induced cubic-to-noncubic phase transformation.

  7. Zirconate pyrochlores under high pressure

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    Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Zhang, F. X.; Gao, Fei; Lang, Maik; Ewing, Rodney C.; Weber, William J.

    2010-07-12

    Ab initio total-energy calculations and x-ray diffraction measurements have been combined to study the phase stability of zirconate pyrochlores (A2Zr2O7; A=La, Nd and Sm) under pressures up to 50 GPa. Phase transformations to the defect-cotunnite structure are theoretically predicted at pressures of 22, 20 and 18 GPa, in excellent agreement with the experimentally determined values of 21, 22 and 18 GPa for La2Zr2O7, Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7, respectively. Analysis of the elastic properties indicates that elastic anisotropy may be one of the driving forces for the pressure-induced cubic-to-noncubic phase transformation.

  8. High-Pressure Lightweight Thrusters

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    Holmes, Richard; McKechnie, Timothy; Shchetkovskiy, Anatoliy; Smirnov, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    Returning samples of Martian soil and rock to Earth is of great interest to scientists. There were numerous studies to evaluate Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission architectures, technology needs, development plans, and requirements. The largest propulsion risk element of the MSR mission is the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV). Along with the baseline solid-propellant vehicle, liquid propellants have been considered. Similar requirements apply to other lander ascent engines and reaction control systems. The performance of current state-ofthe- art liquid propellant engines can be significantly improved by increasing both combustion temperature and pressure. Pump-fed propulsion is suggested for a single-stage bipropellant MAV. Achieving a 90-percent stage propellant fraction is thought to be possible on a 100-kg scale, including sufficient thrust for lifting off Mars. To increase the performance of storable bipropellant rocket engines, a high-pressure, lightweight combustion chamber was designed. Iridium liner electrodeposition was investigated on complex-shaped thrust chamber mandrels. Dense, uniform iridium liners were produced on chamber and cylindrical mandrels. Carbon/carbon composite (C/C) structures were braided over iridium-lined mandrels and densified by chemical vapor infiltration. Niobium deposition was evaluated for forming a metallic attachment flange on the carbon/ carbon structure. The new thrust chamber was designed to exceed state-of-the-art performance, and was manufactured with an 83-percent weight savings. High-performance C/Cs possess a unique set of properties that make them desirable materials for high-temperature structures used in rocket propulsion components, hypersonic vehicles, and aircraft brakes. In particular, more attention is focused on 3D braided C/Cs due to their mesh-work structure. Research on the properties of C/Cs has shown that the strength of composites is strongly affected by the fiber-matrix interfacial bonding, and that weakening

  9. Controlling the Al-doping profile and accompanying electrical properties of rutile-phased TiO2 thin films.

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    Jeon, Woojin; Rha, Sang Ho; Lee, Woongkyu; Yoo, Yeon Woo; An, Cheol Hyun; Jung, Kwang Hwan; Kim, Seong Keun; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2014-05-28

    The role of Al dopant in rutile-phased TiO2 films in the evaluation of the mechanism of leakage current reduction in Al-doped TiO2 (ATO) was studied in detail. The leakage current of the ATO film was strongly affected by the Al concentration at the interface between the ATO film and the RuO2 electrode. The conduction band offset of the interface increased with the increase in the Al dopant concentration in the rutile TiO2, which reduced the leakage current in the voltage region pertinent to the next-generation dynamic random access memory application. However, the Al doping in the anatase TiO2 did not notably increase the conduction band offset even with a higher Al concentration. The detailed analyses of the leakage conduction mechanism based on the quantum mechanical transfer-matrix method showed that Schottky emission and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling was the dominant leakage conduction mechanism in the lower and higher voltage regions, respectively. The chemical analyses using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy corroborated the electrical test results. PMID:24749990

  10. High-pressure transformations in xenon hydrates

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    Sanloup, Chrystèle; Mao, Ho-kwang; Hemley, Russell J.

    2002-01-01

    A high-pressure investigation of the Xe⋅H2O chemical system was conducted by using diamond-anvil cell techniques combined with in situ Raman spectroscopy, synchrotron x-ray diffraction, and laser heating. Structure I xenon clathrate was observed to be stable up to 1.8 GPa, at which pressure it transforms to a new Xe clathrate phase stable up to 2.5 GPa before breaking down to ice VII plus solid xenon. The bulk modulus and structure of both phases were determined: 9 ± 1 GPa for Xe clathrate A with structure I (cubic, a = 11.595 ± 0.003 Å, V = 1,558.9 ± 1.2 Å3 at 1.1 GPa) and 45 ± 5 GPa for Xe clathrate B (tetragonal, a = 8.320 ± 0.004 Å, c = 10.287 ± 0.007 Å, V = 712.1 ± 1.2 Å3 at 2.2 GPa). The extended pressure stability field of Xe clathrate structure I (A) and the discovery of a second Xe clathrate (B) above 1.8 GPa have implications for xenon in terrestrial and planetary interiors. PMID:11756690

  11. High-pressure protein crystallography of hen egg-white lysozyme

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    Yamada, Hiroyuki; Nagae, Takayuki; Watanabe, Nobuhisa

    2015-04-01

    The crystal structure of hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL) was analyzed under pressures of up to 950 MPa. The high pressure modified the conformation of the molecule and induced a novel phase transition in the tetragonal crystal of HEWL. Crystal structures of hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL) determined under pressures ranging from ambient pressure to 950 MPa are presented. From 0.1 to 710 MPa, the molecular and internal cavity volumes are monotonically compressed. However, from 710 to 890 MPa the internal cavity volume remains almost constant. Moreover, as the pressure increases to 950 MPa, the tetragonal crystal of HEWL undergoes a phase transition from P4{sub 3}2{sub 1}2 to P4{sub 3}. Under high pressure, the crystal structure of the enzyme undergoes several local and global changes accompanied by changes in hydration structure. For example, water molecules penetrate into an internal cavity neighbouring the active site and induce an alternate conformation of one of the catalytic residues, Glu35. These phenomena have not been detected by conventional X-ray crystal structure analysis and might play an important role in the catalytic activity of HEWL.

  12. Basic requirements in experiments under high pressure

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    Singh, Yadunath; Shekhawat, M. S.; Suthar, Bhuvneshwer

    2016-05-01

    The basic requirement for the high pressure and temperature dependent measurements is reviewed in this article, mainly from an experimental aspect. After a brief description of the different types of high pressure cells, techniques for low and high-temperature measurements are presented.

  13. NETL- High-Pressure Combustion Research Facility

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    None

    2014-06-26

    NETL's High-Pressure Combustion Facility is a unique resource within the National Laboratories system. It provides the test capabilities needed to evaluate new combustion concepts for high-pressure, high-temperature hydrogen and natural gas turbines. These concepts will be critical for the next generation of ultra clean, ultra efficient power systems.

  14. NETL- High-Pressure Combustion Research Facility

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    2013-07-08

    NETL's High-Pressure Combustion Facility is a unique resource within the National Laboratories system. It provides the test capabilities needed to evaluate new combustion concepts for high-pressure, high-temperature hydrogen and natural gas turbines. These concepts will be critical for the next generation of ultra clean, ultra efficient power systems.

  15. High pressure and multiferroics materials: a happy marriage

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    Gilioli, Edmondo; Ehm, Lars

    2014-01-01

    The community of material scientists is strongly committed to the research area of multiferroic materials, both for the understanding of the complex mechanisms supporting the multiferroism and for the fabrication of new compounds, potentially suitable for technological applications. The use of high pressure is a powerful tool in synthesizing new multiferroic, in particular magneto-electric phases, where the pressure stabilization of otherwise unstable perovskite-based structural distortions may lead to promising novel metastable compounds. The in situ investigation of the high-pressure behavior of multiferroic materials has provided insight into the complex interplay between magnetic and electronic properties and the coupling to structural instabilities. PMID:25485138

  16. High pressure and multiferroics materials: a happy marriage.

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    Gilioli, Edmondo; Ehm, Lars

    2014-11-01

    The community of material scientists is strongly committed to the research area of multiferroic materials, both for the understanding of the complex mechanisms supporting the multiferroism and for the fabrication of new compounds, potentially suitable for technological applications. The use of high pressure is a powerful tool in synthesizing new multiferroic, in particular magneto-electric phases, where the pressure stabilization of otherwise unstable perovskite-based structural distortions may lead to promising novel metastable compounds. The in situ investigation of the high-pressure behavior of multiferroic materials has provided insight into the complex interplay between magnetic and electronic properties and the coupling to structural instabilities. PMID:25485138

  17. High pressure and Multiferroics materials. A happy marriage

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    Gilioli, Edmondo; Ehm, Lars

    2014-10-31

    We found that the community of material scientists is strongly committed to the research area of multiferroic materials, both for the understanding of the complex mechanisms supporting the multiferroism and for the fabrication of new compounds, potentially suitable for technological applications. The use of high pressure is a powerful tool in synthesizing new multiferroic, in particular magneto-electric phases, where the pressure stabilization of otherwise unstable perovskite-based structural distortions may lead to promising novel metastable compounds. Moreover, the in situ investigation of the high-pressure behavior of multiferroic materials has provided insight into the complex interplay between magnetic and electronic properties and the coupling to structural instabilities.

  18. Deformation Twinning of a Silver Nanocrystal under High Pressure

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    Huang, Xiaojing; Yang, Wenge; Harder, Ross; Sun, Yugang; Liu, Ming; Chu, Yong S.; Robinson, Ian K.; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2015-11-01

    Within a high-pressure environment, crystal deformation is controlled by complex processes such as dislocation motion, twinning, and phase transitions, which change materials' microscopic morphology and alter their properties. Understanding a crystal's response to external stress provides a unique opportunity for rational tailoring of its functionalities. It is very challenging to track the strain evolution and physical deformation from a single nanoscale crystal under high-pressure stress. Here, we report an in situ three-dimensional mapping of morphology and strain evolutions in a single-crystal silver nanocube within a high-pressure environment using the Bragg Coherent Diffractive Imaging (CDI) method. We observed a continuous lattice distortion, followed by a deformation twining process at a constant pressure. The ability to visualize stress-introduced deformation of nanocrystals with high spatial resolution and prominent strain sensitivity provides an important route for interpreting and engineering novel properties of nanomaterials.

  19. High-pressure Raman study of methane hydrate "filled ice"

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    Ohtani, T.; Ohno, Y.; Sasaki, S.; Kume, T.; Shimizu, H.

    2010-03-01

    High-pressure Raman scattering measurements for the high-pressure phase III of methane hydrate (MH-III, filled ice structure) have been performed at pressures up to 25 GPa and at 296 K. We have observed the O-H stretching Raman signal in the MH-III phase by growing the MH-III crystals over several days at 1.9 GPa. The O-H stretching vibrational peak in the MH-III phase shows negative pressure dependence indicative of hydrogen bond and disappears above 14 GPa. The symmetrization pressure of hydrogen bond in the MH-III phase is estimated to be about 45 GPa from the pressure dependence of the O-H stretching Raman frequency, which is consistent with the previous theoretical prediction.

  20. High-Pressure Behavior of Serpentines and Talc

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    Reynard, B.; Bezacier, L.; Caracas, R.

    2013-12-01

    Serpentines and talc are formed by water interactions with basic to ultrabasic rocks under conditions that range from shallow (<10 km) oceanic-floor hydrothermal systems to intermediate depths (150-200 km) of subduction zones. The knowledge of the high-pressure elastic properties and phase transitions in serpentines and talc is essential for modeling of the mineralogical composition, seismic velocities, and understanding mechanical behavior of the subduction interface. Elastic properties of serpentines and talc are know well-constrained from experiments at ambient temperatures that are extrapolated to higher temperatures of subduction zones within the quasi-harmonic approximation [Bezacier et al., 2013]. This simple extrapolation may be invalid due to the occurrence of phase transitions that could lead to large anharmonic contributions in the elastic and vibrational properties. In order to test potential effects of phase transitions on elasticity of serpentines and talc, we conducted first-principles calculations and high-pressure Raman spectroscopic experiments. We computed the lattice dynamical properties of lizardite and talc within the density functional perturbation theory as implemented in the ABINIT package. Results of DFT calculations are compared with new high-pressure Raman spectroscopic data. Consequences for serpentine and talc seismic and thermo-elastic properties in subduction zones are discussed. Bezacier, L., B. Reynard, J. D. Bass, H. Cardon, and G. Montagnac (2013), High-pressure elasticity of serpentine, and seismic properties of the hydrated mantle wedge, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 118, 1-9.

  1. Experimental determination of phase equilibria of a basalt from Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion island): 1 atm data and high pressure results in presence of volatiles.

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    Brugier, Yann-Aurélien; Pichavant, Michel; di Muro, Andréa

    2015-04-01

    To understand the petrogenetic relations between the 4 groups of lavas erupted at Piton de la Fournaise (PdF), constrain the structure of the feeding system and the magma storage conditions, experimental phase equilibria have been determined, both at 1 atm and high pressures (HP), on a lava representative of Steady State Basalts (SSB). The lava (SiO2=49.2 wt%, MgO=7.8 wt%, CaO/Al2O3= 0.81) was fused at 1400°C, 1 atm in air. The resulting glass was crushed and the powder directly used as starting material. The 1atm experiments were performed with the wire-loop method in a vertical CO-CO2 gas mixing furnace. To minimize Fe-loss from the charge, experiments were repeated under constant T-fO2 conditions to progressively saturate the suspension wire with Fe. Intermediate charges were dissolved in HF and the charge from the last cycle retained for detailed study. Analyses of experimental products are in progress. The HP experiments were carried out in an internally heated pressure vessel, at 50MPa and 400MPa, between 1100-1200°C and under fluid-present conditions. Glass (30-50 mg) plus 10% in mass of volatiles (H2O or H2O+CO2) were loaded in Au80Pd20 capsules. Distilled water and Ag2C2O4 (CO2 source) were weighted to give charges with xH2O initial (molar H2O / (H2O+CO2)) ranging from 1 to 0. Run durations lasted for 2-14h. Redox conditions were controlled by loading a given proportion of H2 gas in the vessel (3 bar H2 for 50MPa, 5 bar H2 for 400MPa). Experimental fH2 were determined by solid Pd-Co sensors, leading to fO2 conditions approaching NNO-1. All experiments were rapidly drop quenched and products analyzed by SEM, EMPA and µ-FTIR Spectroscopy. To overcome Fe-loss, both capsule Fe pre-saturation and charge Fe pre-enrichment were tested. The first method was shown to be time-consuming and fraught with difficulties while the second is still being developed. Consequently, the experimental data presented here were obtained with no attempt to circumvent Fe loss

  2. Thermodynamic properties of high-pressure mantle minerals

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    Akaogi, M.

    2006-12-01

    Thermodynamic properties of high-pressure minerals of geophysical interest are essential to calculate high- pressure phase relations of mantle minerals which are indispensable to clarify the mineral stability and the nature of seismic discontinuities. After Navrotsky's (1973) pioneering work on enthalpy measurement of olivine-spinel transition in Ni2SiO4, a number of calorimetric works have been carried out on high-pressure silicates and related substances. The high-temperature calorimetric techniques for high-pressure phases were developed from solution calorimetry in the initial stage to drop-solution calorimetry with gas-bubbling technique nowadays. According to the technical developments, the amount of sample used for calorimetric runs has been reduced from about hundred mg to a few mg, and it is now possible to measure enthalpies of phases synthesized at the conditions of the upper part of the lower mantle. In this paper, the technical developments are reviewed, together with current status of enthalpy measurements of high-pressure phases. We show new results on transition enthalpies among Mg2SiO4 olivine, wadsleyite and ringwoodite measured by drop-solution calorimetry with gas-bubbling technique. Determination of entropy is based on heat capacity measurement from near 0 K to room temperature. Although widely used adiabatic calorimetry is very accurate for the low-temperature heat capacity measurement, it practically cannot be applied to high-pressure minerals, because the method requires a sample of several grams. Recent development of thermal relaxation method has made it possible to measure low-temperature heat capacity of a sample of several mg. We show new data of heat capacities at 2-305 K and standard entropies of Mg2SiO4 wadsleyite and ringwoodite measured by the thermal relaxation method. Using both of the above enthalpies and entropies of transitions, we calculated olivine-wadsleyite and wadsleyite-ringwoodite transition boundaries of Mg2SiO4

  3. Stable magnesium peroxide at high pressure.

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    Lobanov, Sergey S; Zhu, Qiang; Holtgrewe, Nicholas; Prescher, Clemens; Prakapenka, Vitali B; Oganov, Artem R; Goncharov, Alexander F

    2015-01-01

    Rocky planets are thought to comprise compounds of Mg and O as these are among the most abundant elements, but knowledge of their stable phases may be incomplete. MgO is known to be remarkably stable to very high pressure and chemically inert under reduced condition of the Earth's lower mantle. However, in exoplanets oxygen may be a more abundant constituent. Here, using synchrotron x-ray diffraction in laser-heated diamond anvil cells, we show that MgO and oxygen react at pressures above 96 GPa and T = 2150 K with the formation of I4/mcm MgO2. Raman spectroscopy detects the presence of a peroxide ion (O2(2-)) in the synthesized material as well as in the recovered specimen. Likewise, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy confirms that the recovered sample has higher oxygen content than pure MgO. Our finding suggests that MgO2 may be present together or instead of MgO in rocky mantles and rocky planetary cores under highly oxidized conditions. PMID:26323635

  4. Stable magnesium peroxide at high pressure

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    Lobanov, Sergey S.; Zhu, Qiang; Holtgrewe, Nicholas; Prescher, Clemens; Prakapenka, Vitali B.; Oganov, Artem R.; Goncharov, Alexander F.

    2015-01-01

    Rocky planets are thought to comprise compounds of Mg and O as these are among the most abundant elements, but knowledge of their stable phases may be incomplete. MgO is known to be remarkably stable to very high pressure and chemically inert under reduced condition of the Earth’s lower mantle. However, in exoplanets oxygen may be a more abundant constituent. Here, using synchrotron x-ray diffraction in laser-heated diamond anvil cells, we show that MgO and oxygen react at pressures above 96 GPa and T = 2150 K with the formation of I4/mcm MgO2. Raman spectroscopy detects the presence of a peroxide ion (O22−) in the synthesized material as well as in the recovered specimen. Likewise, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy confirms that the recovered sample has higher oxygen content than pure MgO. Our finding suggests that MgO2 may be present together or instead of MgO in rocky mantles and rocky planetary cores under highly oxidized conditions. PMID:26323635

  5. Dissociation of methane under high pressure.

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    Gao, Guoying; Oganov, Artem R; Ma, Yanming; Wang, Hui; Li, Peifang; Li, Yinwei; Iitaka, Toshiaki; Zou, Guangtian

    2010-10-14

    Methane is an extremely important energy source with a great abundance in nature and plays a significant role in planetary physics, being one of the major constituents of giant planets Uranus and Neptune. The stable crystal forms of methane under extreme conditions are of great fundamental interest. Using the ab initio evolutionary algorithm for crystal structure prediction, we found three novel insulating molecular structures with P2(1)2(1)2(1), Pnma, and Cmcm space groups. Remarkably, under high pressure, methane becomes unstable and dissociates into ethane (C(2)H(6)) at 95 GPa, butane (C(4)H(10)) at 158 GPa, and further, carbon (diamond) and hydrogen above 287 GPa at zero temperature. We have computed the pressure-temperature phase diagram, which sheds light into the seemingly conflicting observations of the unusually low formation pressure of diamond at high temperature and the failure of experimental observation of dissociation at room temperature. Our results support the idea of diamond formation in the interiors of giant planets such as Neptune. PMID:20950018

  6. Structures of xenon oxides at high pressures

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    Worth, Nicholas; Pickard, Chris; Needs, Richard; Dewaele, Agnes; Loubeyre, Paul; Mezouar, Mohamed

    2014-03-01

    For many years, it was believed that noble gases such as xenon were entirely inert. It was only in 1962 that Bartlett first synthesized a compound of xenon. Since then, a number of other xenon compounds, including oxides, have been synthesized. Xenon oxides are unstable under ambient conditions but have been predicted to stabilize under high pressure. Here we present the results of a combined theoretical and experimental study of xenon oxides at pressures of 80-100 GPa. We have synthesized new xenon oxides at these pressures and they have been characterized with X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Calculations were performed with a density-functional theory framework. We have used the ab-initio random structure searching (AIRSS) method together with a data-mining technique to determine the stable compounds in the xenon-oxygen system in this pressure range. We have calculated structural and optical properties of these phases, and a good match between theoretical and experimental results has been obtained. Funding for computational research provided by the engineering and physical sciences research council (EPSRC; UK). Computing resources provided by Cambridge HPC and HECToR. X-ray diffraction experiments performed at ESRF.

  7. Method of producing a high pressure gas

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    Bingham, Dennis N.; Klingler, Kerry M.; Zollinger, William T.

    2006-07-18

    A method of producing a high pressure gas is disclosed and which includes providing a container; supplying the container with a liquid such as water; increasing the pressure of the liquid within the container; supplying a reactant composition such as a chemical hydride to the liquid under pressure in the container and which chemically reacts with the liquid to produce a resulting high pressure gas such as hydrogen at a pressure of greater than about 100 pounds per square inch of pressure; and drawing the resulting high pressure gas from the container.

  8. High-pressure and temperature investigations of energetic materials

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    Gump, J. C.

    2014-05-01

    Static high-pressure measurements are extremely useful for obtaining thermodynamic and phase stability information from a wide variety of materials. However, studying energetic materials can be challenging when extracting information from static high-pressure measurements. Energetic materials are traditionally C, H, N, O compounds with low crystalline symmetry, producing weak signal in commonly performed x-ray diffraction measurements. The small sample volume available in a static high-pressure cell exacerbates this issue. Additionally, typical hydrostatic compression media, such as methanol/ethanol, may react with many energetic materials. However, characterization of their thermodynamic parameters and phase stability is critical to understanding explosive performance and sensitivity. Crystalline properties, such as bulk modulus and thermal expansion, are necessary to accurately predict the behaviour of shocked solids using hydrodynamic codes. In order to obtain these values, equations of state of various energetic materials were investigated using synchrotron angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction experiments at static high-pressure and temperature. Intense synchrotron radiation overcomes the weak x-ray scattering of energetic materials in a pressure cell. The samples were hydrostatically compressed using a non-reactive hydrostatic medium and heated using a heated diamond anvil cell. Pressure - volume data for the materials were fit to the Birch-Murnaghan and Vinet formalisms to obtain bulk modulus and its first pressure derivative. Temperature - volume data at ambient pressure were fit to obtain the volume thermal expansion coefficient. Data from several energetic materials will be presented and compared.

  9. Design of high pressure waterjet nozzles

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    Mazzoleni, Andre P.

    1994-01-01

    The Hydroblast Research Cell at Marshall Space Flight Center is used to investigate the use of high pressure waterjets to strip paint, grease, adhesive and thermal spray coatings from various substrates. Current methods of cleaning often use ozone depleting chemicals (ODC) such as chlorinated solvents. High pressure waterjet cleaning has proven to be a viable alternative to the use of solvents. A popular method of waterjet cleaning involves the use of a rotating, multijet, high pressure water nozzle which is robotically controlled. This method enables rapid cleaning of a large area, but problems such as incomplete coverage and damage to the substrate from the waterjet have been observed. This report summarizes research consisting of identifying and investigating the basic properties of rotating, multijet, high pressure water nozzles, and how particular designs and modes of operation affect such things as stripping rate, standoff distance and completeness of coverage. The study involved computer simulations, an extensive literature review, and experimental studies of different nozzle designs.

  10. Manufacturing Diamond Under Very High Pressure

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    Voronov, Oleg

    2007-01-01

    A process for manufacturing bulk diamond has been made practical by the invention of the High Pressure and Temperature Apparatus capable of applying the combination of very high temperature and high pressure needed to melt carbon in a sufficiently large volume. The apparatus includes a reaction cell wherein a controlled static pressure as high as 20 GPa and a controlled temperature as high as 5,000 C can be maintained.

  11. Chemical Vapor Deposition at High Pressure in a Microgravity Environment

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    McCall, Sonya; Bachmann, Klaus; LeSure, Stacie; Sukidi, Nkadi; Wang, Fuchao

    1999-01-01

    In this paper we present an evaluation of critical requirements of organometallic chemical vapor deposition (OMCVD) at elevated pressure for a channel flow reactor in a microgravity environment. The objective of using high pressure is to maintain single-phase surface composition for materials that have high thermal decomposition pressure at their optimum growth temperature. Access to microgravity is needed to maintain conditions of laminar flow, which is essential for process analysis. Based on ground based observations we present an optimized reactor design for OMCVD at high pressure and reduced gravity. Also, we discuss non-intrusive real-time optical monitoring of flow dynamics coupled to homogeneous gas phase reactions, transport and surface processes. While suborbital flights may suffice for studies of initial stages of heteroepitaxy experiments in space are essential for a complete evaluation of steady-state growth.

  12. High-pressure polymorphism of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin): Raman spectroscopy

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    Crowell, Ethan L.; Dreger, Zbigniew A.; Gupta, Yogendra M.

    2015-02-01

    Micro-Raman spectroscopy was used to elucidate the high-pressure polymorphic behavior of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), an important pharmaceutical compound known as aspirin. Using a diamond anvil cell (DAC), single crystals of the two polymorphic phases of aspirin existing at ambient conditions (ASA-I and ASA-II) were compressed to 10 GPa. We found that ASA-I does not transform to ASA-II, but instead transforms to a new phase (ASA-III) above ∼2 GPa. It is demonstrated that this transformation primarily introduces structural changes in the bonding and arrangement of the acetyl groups and is reversible upon the release of pressure. In contrast, a less dense ASA-II shows no transition in the pressure range studied, though it appears to exhibit a disordered structure above 7 GPa. Our results suggest that ASA-III is the most stable polymorph of aspirin at high pressures.

  13. High pressure elasticity and thermal properties of depleted uranium

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    Jacobsen, M. K.; Velisavljevic, N.

    2016-04-01

    Studies of the phase diagram of uranium have revealed a wealth of high pressure and temperature phases. Under ambient conditions the crystal structure is well defined up to 100 gigapascals (GPa), but very little information on thermal conduction or elasticity is available over this same range. This work has applied ultrasonic interferometry to determine the elasticity, mechanical, and thermal properties of depleted uranium to 4.5 GPa. Results show general strengthening with applied load, including an overall increase in acoustic thermal conductivity. Further implications are discussed within. This work presents the first high pressure studies of the elasticity and thermal properties of depleted uranium metal and the first real-world application of a previously developed containment system for making such measurements.

  14. Temperature control for high pressure processes up to 1400 MPa

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    Reineke, K.; Mathys, A.; Heinz, V.; Knorr, D.

    2008-07-01

    Pressure- assisted sterilisation is an emerging technology. Hydrostatic high pressure can reduce the thermal load of the product and this allows quality retention in food products. To guarantee the safety of the sterilisation process it is necessary to investigate inactivation kinetics especially of bacterial spores. A significant roll during the inactivation of microorganisms under high pressure has the thermodynamic effect of the adiabatic heating. To analyse the individual effect of pressure and temperature on microorganism inactivation an exact temperature control of the sample to reach ideal adiabatic conditions and isothermal dwell times is necessary. Hence a heating/cooling block for a high pressure unit (Stansted Mini-Food-lab; high pressure capillary with 300 μL sample volume) was constructed. Without temperature control the sample would be cooled down during pressure built up, because of the non-adiabatic heating of the steel made vessel. The heating/cooling block allows an ideal adiabatic heat up and cooling of the pressure vessel during compression and decompression. The high pressure unit has a pressure build-up rate up to 250 MPa s-1 and a maximum pressure of 1400 MPa. Sebacate acid was chosen as pressure transmitting medium because it had no phase shift over the investigate pressure and temperature range. To eliminate the temperature difference between sample and vessel during compression and decompression phase, the mathematical model of the adiabatic heating/cooling of water and sebacate acid was implemented into a computational routine, written in Test Point. The calculated temperature is the setpoint of the PID controller for the heating/cooling block. This software allows an online measurement of the pressure and temperature in the vessel and the temperature at the outer wall of the vessel. The accurate temperature control, including the model of the adiabatic heating opens up the possibility to realise an ideal adiabatic heating and cooling as

  15. High-Pressure, Solid-State Experiments for NIF

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    Remington, B; Belak, J; Colvin, J; Edwards, J; Kalantar, D; Lasinski, B; Pollaine, S; Shay, H; Weber, S; Wolfer, B

    2001-02-15

    In this report, we summarize our plan for using NIF for measuring solid-state deformation physics at very high pressures, P >> 1 Mbar. There are several key uncertainties, the strength and phase being two of them. The deformation mechanisms at high pressure and high strain rate are also uncertain. The state, as well as strength, of a material that has first been melted, then dynamically refrozen by high-pressure compression is very uncertain. There is no single facility that can address all of these issues at all parameter regimes of interest. Rather, a coordinated plan involving multiple laboratories and universities and multiple facilities will ultimately be needed. We present here our first thoughts for the NIF component of this effort. In Sec. I, we motivate the physics of this regime, and point out the uncertainties, then describe in Sec. II the development work that we have done over the last 5 years in this area. In Sec. III, we describe several NIF designs we have developed to probe solid-state deformation physics at very high pressures.

  16. Nonmetallization and band inversion in beryllium dicarbide at high pressure

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    Du, Henan; Feng, Wanxiang; Li, Fei; Wang, Dashuai; Zhou, Dan; Liu, Yanhui

    2016-01-01

    Carbides have attracted much attention owing to their interesting physical and chemical properties. Here, we systematically investigated global energetically stable structures of BeC2 in the pressure range of 0–100 GPa using a first-principles structural search. A transition from the ambient-pressure α-phase to the high-pressure β-phase was theoretically predicted. Chemical bonding analysis revealed that the predicted phase transition is associated with the transformation from sp2 to sp3 C-C hybridization. The electrical conductivity of the high-pressure phase changed from a metal (α-phase) to a narrow bandgap semiconductor (β-phase), and the β-phase had an inverted band structure with positive pressure dependence. Interestingly, the β-phase was a topological insulator with the metallic surface states protected by the time-reversal symmetry of the crystal. The results indicate that pressure modulates the electronic band structure of BeC2, which is an important finding for fundamental physics and for a wide range of potential applications in electronic devices. PMID:27198492

  17. Nonmetallization and band inversion in beryllium dicarbide at high pressure

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    Du, Henan; Feng, Wanxiang; Li, Fei; Wang, Dashuai; Zhou, Dan; Liu, Yanhui

    2016-05-01

    Carbides have attracted much attention owing to their interesting physical and chemical properties. Here, we systematically investigated global energetically stable structures of BeC2 in the pressure range of 0–100 GPa using a first-principles structural search. A transition from the ambient-pressure α-phase to the high-pressure β-phase was theoretically predicted. Chemical bonding analysis revealed that the predicted phase transition is associated with the transformation from sp2 to sp3 C-C hybridization. The electrical conductivity of the high-pressure phase changed from a metal (α-phase) to a narrow bandgap semiconductor (β-phase), and the β-phase had an inverted band structure with positive pressure dependence. Interestingly, the β-phase was a topological insulator with the metallic surface states protected by the time-reversal symmetry of the crystal. The results indicate that pressure modulates the electronic band structure of BeC2, which is an important finding for fundamental physics and for a wide range of potential applications in electronic devices.

  18. Nonmetallization and band inversion in beryllium dicarbide at high pressure.

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    Du, Henan; Feng, Wanxiang; Li, Fei; Wang, Dashuai; Zhou, Dan; Liu, Yanhui

    2016-01-01

    Carbides have attracted much attention owing to their interesting physical and chemical properties. Here, we systematically investigated global energetically stable structures of BeC2 in the pressure range of 0-100 GPa using a first-principles structural search. A transition from the ambient-pressure α-phase to the high-pressure β-phase was theoretically predicted. Chemical bonding analysis revealed that the predicted phase transition is associated with the transformation from sp(2) to sp(3) C-C hybridization. The electrical conductivity of the high-pressure phase changed from a metal (α-phase) to a narrow bandgap semiconductor (β-phase), and the β-phase had an inverted band structure with positive pressure dependence. Interestingly, the β-phase was a topological insulator with the metallic surface states protected by the time-reversal symmetry of the crystal. The results indicate that pressure modulates the electronic band structure of BeC2, which is an important finding for fundamental physics and for a wide range of potential applications in electronic devices. PMID:27198492

  19. Photoconductivity of CdS under high pressure

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    Savić, Pavle; Urošević, Vladeta

    1987-04-01

    The photoconductivity of the high-pressure (rocksalt) phase of CdS has been investigated over the 30-120 kbar pressure range. A decrease of the photo-threshold from 1.60 eV (at 30 kbar) to 1.49 eV (at 120 kbar) indicates an indirect gap semiconductor. The values obtained have been compared with the Savić-Kašanin theory.

  20. High-pressure liquid-monopropellant strand combustion.

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    Faeth, G. M.

    1972-01-01

    Examination of the influence of dissolved gases on the state of the liquid surface during high-pressure liquid-monopropellant combustion through the use of a strand burning experiment. Liquid surface temperatures were measured, using fine-wire thermocouples, during the strand combustion of ethyl nitrate, normal propyl nitrate, and propylene glycol dinitrate at pressures up to 81 atm. These measurements were compared with the predictions of a variable-property gas-phase analysis assuming an infinite activation energy for the decomposition reaction. The state of the liquid surface was estimated using a conventional low-pressure phase equilibrium model, as well as a high-pressure version that considered the presence of dissolved combustion-product gases in the liquid phase. The high-pressure model was found to give a superior prediction of measured liquid surface temperatures. Computed total pressures required for the surface to reach its critical mixing point during strand combustion were found to be in the range from 2.15 to 4.62 times the critical pressure of the pure propellant. Computed dissolved gas concentrations at the liquid surface were in the range from 35 to 50% near the critical combustion condition.