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  1. New investigation of phase equilibria in the system Al-Cu-Si.

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    Ponweiser, Norbert; Richter, Klaus W

    2012-01-25

    The phase equilibria and invariant reactions in the system Al-Cu-Si were investigated by a combination of optical microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and electron probe micro analysis (EPMA). Isothermal phase equilibria were investigated within two isothermal sections. The isothermal section at 500 °C covers the whole ternary composition range and largely confirms the findings of previous phase diagram investigations. The isothermal section at 700 °C describes phase equilibria only in the complex Cu-rich part of the phase diagram. A new ternary compound τ was found in the region between (Al,Cu)-γ(1) and (Cu,Si)-γ and its solubility range was determined. The solubility of Al in κ-CuSi was found to be extremely high at 700 °C. In contrast, no ternary solubility in the β-phase of Cu-Al was found, although this phase is supposed to form a complete solid solution according to previous phase diagram assessments. Two isopleths, at 10 and 40 at.% Si, were investigated by means of DTA and a partial ternary reaction scheme (Scheil diagram) was constructed, based on the current work and the latest findings in the binary systems Al-Cu and Cu-Si. The current study shows that the high temperature equilibria in the Cu-rich corner are still poorly understood and additional studies in this area would be favorable.

  2. Intermetallic Phase Formation in Explosively Welded Al/Cu Bimetals

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    Amani, H.; Soltanieh, M.

    2016-08-01

    Diffusion couples of aluminum and copper were fabricated by explosive welding process. The interface evolution caused by annealing at different temperatures and time durations was investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Annealing in the temperature range of 573 K to 773 K (300 °C to 500 °C) up to 408 hours showed that four types of intermetallic layers have been formed at the interface, namely Al2Cu, AlCu, Al3Cu4, and Al4Cu9. Moreover, it was observed that iron trace in aluminum caused the formation of Fe-bearing intermetallics in Al, which is near the interface of the Al-Cu intermetallic layers. Finally, the activation energies for the growth of Al2Cu, AlCu + Al3Cu4, Al4Cu9, and the total intermetallic layer were calculated to be about 83.3, 112.8, 121.6, and 109.4 kJ/mol, respectively. Considering common welding methods ( i.e., explosive welding, cold rolling, and friction welding), although there is a great difference in welding mechanism, it is found that the total activation energy is approximately the same.

  3. Phase Equilibria Diagrams Database

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    SRD 31 NIST/ACerS Phase Equilibria Diagrams Database (PC database for purchase)   The Phase Equilibria Diagrams Database contains commentaries and more than 21,000 diagrams for non-organic systems, including those published in all 21 hard-copy volumes produced as part of the ACerS-NIST Phase Equilibria Diagrams Program (formerly titled Phase Diagrams for Ceramists): Volumes I through XIV (blue books); Annuals 91, 92, 93; High Tc Superconductors I & II; Zirconium & Zirconia Systems; and Electronic Ceramics I. Materials covered include oxides as well as non-oxide systems such as chalcogenides and pnictides, phosphates, salt systems, and mixed systems of these classes.

  4. Al-Cu-Zr (050)

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    Carow-Watamura, U.; Louzguine, D. V.; Takeuchi, A.

    This document is part of Part 1 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/9getType="URL"/> 'Systems from Ag-Al-Ca to Au-Pd-Si' of Subvolume B 'Physical Properties of Ternary Amorphous Alloys' of Volume 37 'Phase Diagrams and Physical Properties of Nonequilibrium Alloys' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III 'Condensed Matter'. It contains the Chapter 'Al-Cu-Zr (050)' with the content:

  5. Re-investigation of phase equilibria in the system Al-Cu and structural analysis of the high-temperature phase η1-Al1-δCu.

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    Ponweiser, Norbert; Lengauer, Christian L; Richter, Klaus W

    2011-11-01

    The phase equilibria and reaction temperatures in the system Al-Cu were re-investigated by a combination of optical microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) at ambient and elevated temperature, differential thermal analysis (DTA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A full description of the phase diagram is given. The phase equilibria and invariant reactions in the Cu-poor part of the phase diagram could be confirmed. The Cu-rich part shows some differences in phase equilibria and invariant reactions compared to the known phase diagram. A two phase field was found between the high temperature phase η1 and the low temperature phase η2 thus indicating a first order transition. In the ζ1/ζ2 region of the phase diagram recent findings on the thermal stability could be widely confirmed. Contrary to previous results, the two phase field between δ and γ1 is very narrow. The results of the current work indicate the absence of the high temperature β0 phase as well as the absence of a two phase field between γ1 and γ0 suggesting a higher order transition between γ1 and γ0. The structure of γ0 (I-43m, Cu5Zn8-type) was confirmed by means of high-temperature XRD. Powder XRD was also used to determine the structure of the high temperature phase η1-Al1-δCu. The phase is orthorhombic (space group Cmmm) and the lattice parameters are a = 4.1450(1) Å, b = 12.3004(4) Å and c = 8.720(1) Å; atomic coordinates are given.

  6. Phase transformation induced resistive switching behavior in Al/Cu2Se/Pt

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    Rehman, Shania; Kim, Kihwan; Hur, Ji-Hyun; Kim, Deok-kee

    2017-04-01

    The phase transformation induced resistive switching behavior of an Al/Cu2Se/Pt device was studied. While the device did not demonstrate any resistive switching behavior at room temperature, it exhibited resistive switching behavior at 125 °C, near the transition temperature of copper(I) selenide (Cu2Se) (137 °C), where Cu2Se is known to transform from the monoclinic to superionic phase. The increase in ionic conductivity and structural variations (from ordered to disordered structure) associated with phase transformation were observed to be responsible for the origin of the switching behavior and increase in the on/off resistance ratio near the transition temperature. Thermodynamic calculations showed that a reduction in Gibb’s free energy of nucleation and an increase in the migration speed of the Cu ion associated with the ionic conductivity and order to disorder the transition of the Cu2Se at the transition temperature were the important factors responsible for the reduction in the SET voltages at 155 °C.

  7. Growth of intermetallic phases in Al/Cu composites at various annealing temperatures during the ARB process

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    Hsieh, Chih-Chun; Shi, Ming-Shou; Wu, Weite

    2012-02-01

    The purpose of this study is to discuss the effect of annealing temperatures on growth of intermetallic phases in Al/Cu composites during the accumulative roll bonding (ARB) process. Pure Al (AA1100) and pure Cu (C11000) were stacked into layered structures at 8 cycles as annealed at 300 °C and 400 °C using the ARB technique. Microstructural results indicate that the necking of layered structures occur after 300 °C annealing. Intermetallic phases grow and form a smashed morphology of Al and Cu when annealed at 400 °C. From the XRD and EDS analysis results, the intermetallic phases of Al2Cu (θ) and Al4Cu9 (γ2) formed over 6 cycles and the AlCu (η2) precipitated at 8 cycles after 300 °C annealing. Three phases (Al2Cu (θ), Al4Cu9 (γ2), and AlCu (η2)) were formed over 2 cycles after 400 °C annealing.

  8. Ion mixing and phase diagrams

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    Lau, S. S.; Liu, B. X.; Nicolet, M.-A.

    1983-05-01

    Interactions induced by ion irradiation are generally considered to be non-equilibrium processes, whereas phase diagrams are determined by phase equilibria. These two entities are seemingly unrelated. However, if one assumes that quasi-equilibrium conditions prevail after the prompt events, subsequent reactions are driven toward equilibrium by thermodynamical forces. Under this assumption, ion-induced reactions are related to equilibrium and therefore to phase diagrams. This relationship can be seen in the similarity that exists in thin films between reactions induced by ion irradiation and reactions induced by thermal annealing. In the latter case, phase diagrams have been used to predict the phase sequence of stable compound formation, notably so in cases of silicide formation. Ion-induced mixing not only can lead to stable compound formation, but also to metastable alloy formation. In some metal-metal systems, terminal solubilities can be greatly extended by ion mixing. In other cases, where the two constituents of the system have different crystal structures, extension of terminal solubility from both sides of the phase diagram eventually becomes structurally incompatible and a glassy (amorphous) mixture can form. The composition range where this bifurcation is likely to occur is in the two-phase regions of the phase diagram. These concepts are potentially useful guides in selecting metal pairs that from metallic glasses by ion mixing. In this report, phenomenological correlation between stable (and metastable) phase formation and phase diagram is discussed in terms of recent experimental data.

  9. Identification of strengthening phases in Al-Cu-Li alloy Weldalite 049

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    Langan, T. J.; Pickens, J. R.

    1989-01-01

    The tensile properties in the peak-strength T8 temper for Weldalite 049, a family of ultrahigh-strength weldable Al-Cu-Li-based alloys with a Li content ranging from 0 to 1.9 wt percent, are investigated, and strengthening precipitates at selected Li levels are identified. Relatively small amounts of Ag and Mg were found to be extremely effective in stimulating precipitation in Weldalite 049, resulting in a homogeneous distribution of fine, platelike precipitates with a 111-type habit plane in the peak-aged, T8 temper. The yield and tensile strengths are strongly dependent on Li content, with a peak in the range of 1.1 to 1.4 wt percent Li. At above 1.4 wt percent Li, strength decreases rapidly, which is associated with delta-prime precipitation. For high-resolution TEM, the structure of T(1)-type precipitates in Weldalite 049 is similar to that of T(1) platelets in 2090.

  10. Phase diagrams of polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Mahdi, Khaled A.

    We study the phase diagram of polyelectrolyte solutions in salt and salt-free environments. We examine the phase behavior of polyelectrolyte solutions, in the semidilute regime, using different physical models, namely the Random Phase Approximation (RPA) and the cross-linked model. In the RPA, we calculate the electrostatic free energy by summing all the fluctuations of the chains and all present ionic species. Within this approximation, the phase diagrams of salt-free polyelectrolyte solutions show phase separation even without including short-range attractions or ion condensation. We find that the phase behavior of large chains resembles the phase diagram of polymer network solutions. That is, the equilibrium is established between a network phase and a chain-free phase. Upon the addition of salt, the dissociated ions increase the entropy of the system and overcome the energy from the electrostatic fluctuations. When the short-range attraction between monomers is included in the model, the free energy predicts phase segregation for all salt valences at high salt concentrations (1 mol/l and higher). The phenomenon is called salting-out and occurs simply because the addition of salt reduces the quality of the solvent and induces precipitation. However, phase segregation in the presence of multivalent ions in polyelectrolyte solutions occurs at low salt concentrations (less than 1 mol/l). We propose that this phase separation is due to polyions cross-linked by multivalent ions. We constructed a phenomenological two-state model to examine this phenomenon. The two phases coexisting in the solution are a network-like phase and a polymer-free phase. The polymer-free phase is modeled using Debye-Huckel theory. In the cross-linked phase, each condensed multivalent ion attracts an equal number of monomers creating a neutral cluster. The energy of the cluster is evaluated by a simple Coulombic energy. The bare monomer charges between the linkages are treated as line of

  11. Complex metallic surface phases in the Al/Cu(111) system: An experimental and computational study

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    Duguet, T.; Gaudry, E.; Deniozou, T.; Ledieu, J.; de Weerd, M. C.; Belmonte, T.; Dubois, J. M.; Fournée, V.

    2009-11-01

    The growth of complex intermetallics as surface alloys is investigated by annealing Al thin films deposited on Cu(111) substrate in ultrahigh vacuum. Already at room temperature, the large lattice mismatch between Al and Cu results in interfacial intermixing. Upon annealing, various phases are formed by diffusion depending on the thickness of the Al films and the annealing temperature. The surface structures are characterized by scanning tunneling microscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Three different superlattice phases are identified as well as the complex Hume-Rothery γ-Al4Cu9 phase. The epitaxial relationships between the surface phases and the Cu(111) substrate are determined. We further investigate the electronic structure of the γ phase by density functional calculations. Experimental valence bands are compared to calculated density of states and simulated STM images are used to identify possible bulk planes appearing as surface termination.

  12. Effect of Intermetallic Compound Phases on the Mechanical Properties of the Dissimilar Al/Cu Friction Stir Welded Joints

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    Khodir, S. A.; Ahmed, M. M. Z.; Ahmed, Essam; Mohamed, Shaymaa M. R.; Abdel-Aleem, H.

    2016-11-01

    Types and distribution of intermetallic compound phases and their effects on the mechanical properties of dissimilar Al/Cu friction stir welded joints were investigated. Three different rotation speeds of 1000, 1200 and 1400 rpm were used with two welding speeds of 20 and 50 mm/min. The results show that the microstructures inside the stir zone were greatly affected by the rotation speed. Complex layered structures that containing intermetallic compound phases such as CuAl2, Al4Cu9 were formed in the stir zone. Their amount found to be increased with increasing rotation speed. However, the increasing of the rotation speed slightly lowered the hardness of the stir zone. Many sharp hardness peaks in the stir zones were found as a result of the intermetallic compounds formed, and the highest peaks of 420 Hv were observed at a rotation speed of 1400 rpm. The joints ultimate tensile strength reached a maximum value of 105 MPa at the rotation speed of 1200 rpm and travel speed of 20 mm/min with the joint efficiency ranged between 88 and 96% of the aluminum base metal. At the travel speed of 50 mm/min, the maximum value of the ultimate tensile strength was 96 MPa at rotation speed of 1400 rpm with the joint efficiency ranged between 79 and 90%. The fracture surfaces of tensile test specimens showed no evidence for the effect of the brittle intermetallic compounds in the stir zones on the tensile strength of the joints.

  13. Quantum Dimer Model: Phase Diagrams

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    Goldstein, Garry; Chamon, Claudio; Castelnovo, Claudio

    We present new theoretical analysis of the Quantum Dimer Model. We study dimer models on square, cubic and triangular lattices and we reproduce their phase diagrams (which were previously known only numerically). We show that there are several types of dimer liquids and solids. We present preliminary analysis of several other models including doped dimers and planar spin ice, and some results on the Kagome and hexagonal lattices.

  14. Phase diagram of crushed powders

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    Bodard, Sébastien; Jalbaud, Olivier; Saurel, Richard; Burtschell, Yves; Lapebie, Emmanuel

    2016-12-01

    Compression of monodisperse powder samples in quasistatic conditions is addressed in a pressure range such that particles fragmentation occurs while the solid remains incompressible (typical pressure range of 1-300 MPa for glass powders). For a granular bed made of particles of given size, the existence of three stages is observed during compression and crush up. First, classical compression occurs and the pressure of the granular bed increases along a characteristic curve as the volume decreases. Then, a critical pressure is reached for which fragmentation begins. During the fragmentation process, the granular pressure stays constant in a given volume range. At the end of this second stage, 20%-50% of initial grains are reduced to finer particles, depending on the initial size. Then the compression undergoes the third stage and the pressure increases along another characteristic curve, in the absence of extra fragmentation. The present paper analyses the analogies between the phase transition in liquid-vapour systems and powder compression with crush-up. Fragmentation diagram for a soda lime glass is determined by experimental means. The analogues of the saturation pressure and latent heat of phase change are determined. Two thermodynamic models are then examined to represent the crush-up diagram. The first one uses piecewise functions while the second one is of van der Waals type. Both equations of state relate granular pressure, solid volume fraction, and initial particle diameter. The piecewise functions approach provides reasonable representations of the phase diagram while the van der Waals one fails.

  15. Phase Diagrams of Nuclear Pasta

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    Caplan, Matthew; Horowitz, Chuck; Berry, Don; da Silva Schneider, Andre

    2016-03-01

    In the inner crust of neutrons stars, where matter is near the saturation density, protons and neutrons arrange themselves into complex structures called nuclear pasta. Early theoretical work predicted a simple graduated hierarchy of pasta phases, consisting of spheres, cylinders, slabs, and uniform matter with voids. Previous work has simulated these phases with a simple classical model and has shown that the formation of these structures is dependent on the temperature, density, and proton fraction. However, previous work only studied a limited range of these parameters due to computational limitations. Thanks to recent advances in computing it is now possible to survey the structure of nuclear pasta for a larger range of parameters. By simulating nuclear pasta with constant temperature and proton fraction in an expanding simulation volume we are able to study the phase transitions in nuclear pasta, and thus produce a set of phase diagrams. We report on these phase diagrams as well as newly identified phases of nuclear pasta and discuss their implications for neutron star observables.

  16. Phase diagrams for sonoluminescing bubbles

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    Hilgenfeldt, Sascha; Lohse, Detlef; Brenner, Michael P.

    1996-11-01

    Sound driven gas bubbles in water can emit light pulses. This phenomenon is called sonoluminescence (SL). Two different phases of single bubble SL have been proposed: diffusively stable and diffusively unstable SL. We present phase diagrams in the gas concentration versus forcing pressure state space and also in the ambient radius versus gas concentration and versus forcing pressure state spaces. These phase diagrams are based on the thresholds for energy focusing in the bubble and two kinds of instabilities, namely (i) shape instabilities and (ii) diffusive instabilities. Stable SL only occurs in a tiny parameter window of large forcing pressure amplitude Pa˜1.2-1.5 atm and low gas concentration of less than 0.4% of the saturation. The upper concentration threshold becomes smaller with increased forcing. Our results quantitatively agree with experimental results of Putterman's UCLA group on argon, but not on air. However, air bubbles and other gas mixtures can also successfully be treated in this approach if in addition (iii) chemical instabilities are considered. All statements are based on the Rayleigh-Plesset ODE approximation of the bubble dynamics, extended in an adiabatic approximation to include mass diffusion effects. This approximation is the only way to explore considerable portions of parameter space, as solving the full PDEs is numerically too expensive. Therefore, we checked the adiabatic approximation by comparison with the full numerical solution of the advection diffusion PDE and find good agreement.

  17. Phase diagram of ammonium nitrate

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    Dunuwille, M.; Yoo, C. S.

    2014-05-01

    Ammonium Nitrate (AN) has often subjected to uses in improvised explosive devices, due to its wide availability as a fertilizer and its capability of becoming explosive with slight additions of organic and inorganic compounds. Yet, the origin of enhanced energetic properties of impure AN (or AN mixtures) is neither chemically unique nor well understood -resulting in rather catastrophic disasters in the past1 and thereby a significant burden on safety in using ammonium nitrates even today. To remedy this situation, we have carried out an extensive study to investigate the phase stability of AN at high pressure and temperature, using diamond anvil cells and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The present results confirm the recently proposed phase IV-to-IV' transition above 17 GPa2 and provide new constraints for the melting and phase diagram of AN to 40 GPa and 400 °C.

  18. Phase diagram of ammonium nitrate

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    Dunuwille, Mihindra; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2013-12-01

    Ammonium Nitrate (AN) is a fertilizer, yet becomes an explosive upon a small addition of chemical impurities. The origin of enhanced chemical sensitivity in impure AN (or AN mixtures) is not well understood, posing significant safety issues in using AN even today. To remedy the situation, we have carried out an extensive study to investigate the phase stability of AN and its mixtures with hexane (ANFO-AN mixed with fuel oil) and Aluminum (Ammonal) at high pressures and temperatures, using diamond anvil cells (DAC) and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The results indicate that pure AN decomposes to N2, N2O, and H2O at the onset of the melt, whereas the mixtures, ANFO and Ammonal, decompose at substantially lower temperatures. The present results also confirm the recently proposed phase IV-IV' transition above 17 GPa and provide new constraints for the melting and phase diagram of AN to 40 GPa and 400°C.

  19. Origin and use of crystallization phase diagrams

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    Rupp, Bernhard

    2015-01-01

    Crystallization phase diagrams are frequently used to conceptualize the phase relations and also the processes taking place during the crystallization of macromolecules. While a great deal of freedom is given in crystallization phase diagrams owing to a lack of specific knowledge about the actual phase boundaries and phase equilibria, crucial fundamental features of phase diagrams can be derived from thermodynamic first principles. Consequently, there are limits to what can be reasonably displayed in a phase diagram, and imagination may start to conflict with thermodynamic realities. Here, the commonly used ‘crystallization phase diagrams’ are derived from thermodynamic excess properties and their limitations and appropriate use is discussed. PMID:25760697

  20. Phase diagram of Hertzian spheres

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    Pàmies, Josep C.; Cacciuto, Angelo; Frenkel, Daan

    2009-07-01

    We report the phase diagram of interpenetrating Hertzian spheres. The Hertz potential is purely repulsive, bounded at zero separation, and decreases monotonically as a power law with exponent 5/2, vanishing at the overlapping threshold. This simple functional describes the elastic interaction of weakly deformable bodies and, therefore, it is a reliable physical model of soft macromolecules, like star polymers and globular micelles. Using thermodynamic integration and extensive Monte Carlo simulations, we computed accurate free energies of the fluid phase and a large number of crystal structures. For this, we defined a general primitive unit cell that allows for the simulation of any lattice. We found multiple re-entrant melting and first-order transitions between crystals with cubic, trigonal, tetragonal, and hexagonal symmetries.

  1. Phase diagram of elastic spheres.

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    Athanasopoulou, L; Ziherl, P

    2017-02-15

    Experiments show that polymeric nanoparticles often self-assemble into several non-close-packed lattices in addition to the face-centered cubic lattice. Here, we explore theoretically the possibility that the observed phase sequences may be associated with the softness of the particles, which are modeled as elastic spheres interacting upon contact. The spheres are described by two finite-deformation theories of elasticity, the modified Saint-Venant-Kirchhoff model and the neo-Hookean model. We determine the range of indentations where the repulsion between the spheres is pairwise additive and agrees with the Hertz theory. By computing the elastic energies of nine trial crystal lattices at densities far beyond the Hertzian range, we construct the phase diagram and find the face- and body-centered cubic lattices as well as the A15 lattice and the simple hexagonal lattice, with the last two being stable at large densities where the spheres are completely faceted. These results are qualitatively consistent with observations, suggesting that deformability may indeed be viewed as a generic property that determines the phase behavior in nanocolloidal suspensions.

  2. Phase diagram of ammonium nitrate

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    Dunuwille, Mihindra; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2013-12-07

    Ammonium Nitrate (AN) is a fertilizer, yet becomes an explosive upon a small addition of chemical impurities. The origin of enhanced chemical sensitivity in impure AN (or AN mixtures) is not well understood, posing significant safety issues in using AN even today. To remedy the situation, we have carried out an extensive study to investigate the phase stability of AN and its mixtures with hexane (ANFO–AN mixed with fuel oil) and Aluminum (Ammonal) at high pressures and temperatures, using diamond anvil cells (DAC) and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The results indicate that pure AN decomposes to N{sub 2}, N{sub 2}O, and H{sub 2}O at the onset of the melt, whereas the mixtures, ANFO and Ammonal, decompose at substantially lower temperatures. The present results also confirm the recently proposed phase IV-IV{sup ′} transition above 17 GPa and provide new constraints for the melting and phase diagram of AN to 40 GPa and 400°C.

  3. Phase Diagram of Ammonium Nitrate

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    Dunuwille, Mihindra; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2013-06-01

    Ammonium Nitrate (AN) has often been subjected to uses in improvised explosive devices, due to its wide availability as a fertilizer and its capability of becoming explosive with slight additions of organic and inorganic compounds. Yet, the origin of enhanced energetic properties of impure AN (or AN mixtures) is neither chemically unique nor well understood - resulting in rather catastrophic disasters in the past1 and thereby a significant burden on safety, in using ammonium nitrates even today. To remedy this situation, we have carried out an extensive study to investigate the phase stability of AN, in different chemical environments, at high pressure and temperature, using diamond anvil cells and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The present results confirm the recently proposed phase IV-to-IV' transition above 15 GPa2 and provide new constraints for the melting and phase diagram of AN to 40 GPa and 673 K. The present study has been supported by the U.S. DHS under Award Number 2008-ST-061-ED0001.

  4. Phase diagrams for high Tc superconductors

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    Whitler, J.D.; Roth, R.S. NIST, Gaithersburg, MD )

    1991-01-01

    The phase diagrams of ternary and quaternary systems containing superconducting phases are presented, as are the phase diagrams of the associated binary systems. The diagrams are divided into two large groups: (1) alkaline earth-rare earth-copper-oxygen diagrams, and (2) alkaline earth-bismuth/lead-copper-oxygen diagrams. The first group includes BaO-REO-CuO systems followed by SrO-REO-CuO or Nd2O3-CeO-CuO systems. The second group includes systems related to the AE-Bi2O3-CuO and AE-PbO-CuO systems. The phase diagrams are accompanied by notes relating procedures used in the studies, results obtained, and comparisons with the results in the literature for the same system.

  5. Vesicle deformation by microtubules: A phase diagram

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    Emsellem, Virginie; Cardoso, Olivier; Tabeling, Patrick

    1998-10-01

    The experimental investigation of vesicles deformed by the growth of encapsulated microtubules shows that the axisymmetric morphologies can be classified into ovals, lemons, φ, cherries, dumbbells, and pearls. A geometrical phase diagram is established. Numerical minimization of the elastic energy of the membrane reproduces satisfactorily well the observed morphologies and the corresponding phase diagram.

  6. Phase stability in nanoscale material systems: extension from bulk phase diagrams.

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    Bajaj, Saurabh; Haverty, Michael G; Arróyave, Raymundo; Goddard, William A; Shankar, Sadasivan

    2015-06-07

    Phase diagrams of multi-component systems are critical for the development and engineering of material alloys for all technological applications. At nano dimensions, surfaces (and interfaces) play a significant role in changing equilibrium thermodynamics and phase stability. In this work, it is shown that these surfaces at small dimensions affect the relative equilibrium thermodynamics of the different phases. The CALPHAD approach for material surfaces (also termed "nano-CALPHAD") is employed to investigate these changes in three binary systems by calculating their phase diagrams at nano dimensions and comparing them with their bulk counterparts. The surface energy contribution, which is the dominant factor in causing these changes, is evaluated using the spherical particle approximation. It is first validated with the Au-Si system for which experimental data on phase stability of spherical nano-sized particles is available, and then extended to calculate phase diagrams of similarly sized particles of Ge-Si and Al-Cu. Additionally, the surface energies of the associated compounds are calculated using DFT, and integrated into the thermodynamic model of the respective binary systems. In this work we found changes in miscibilities, reaction compositions of about 5 at%, and solubility temperatures ranging from 100-200 K for particles of sizes 5 nm, indicating the importance of phase equilibrium analysis at nano dimensions.

  7. Lattice and Phase Diagram in QCD

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    Lombardo, Maria Paola

    2008-10-13

    Model calculations have produced a number of very interesting expectations for the QCD Phase Diagram, and the task of a lattice calculations is to put these studies on a quantitative grounds. I will give an overview of the current status of the lattice analysis of the QCD phase diagram, from the quantitative results of mature calculations at zero and small baryochemical potential, to the exploratory studies of the colder, denser phase.

  8. Phase diagrams of self-organizing maps

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    Bauer, H.-U.; Riesenhuber, M.; Geisel, T.

    1996-09-01

    We present a method which allows the analytic determination of phase diagrams in the self-organizing map, a model for the formation of topographic projection patterns in the brain and in signal processing applications. The method only requires an ansatz for the tesselation of the data space induced by the map, not for the explicit state of the map. We analytically obtain phase diagrams for various examples, including models for the development of orientation and ocular-dominance maps. The latter phase diagram exhibits transitions to broadening ocular-dominance patterns as observed in a recent experiment.

  9. Gamma-resonance study of nanopowders with different dispersion and quasicrystalline phases in the Al-Cu-Fe system

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    Frolov, K. V. Mikheeva, M. N.; Lyubutin, I. S.; Nikonov, A. A.; Teplov, A. A.; Shaitura, D. S.; Abuzin, Yu. A.

    2007-11-15

    {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy has been used to monitor synthesis of quasicrystals in the Al-Cu-Fe system and study the influence of the size of quasicrystalline particles in powder samples of the Al{sub 63.1}Cu{sub 25.6}Fe{sub 11.3} alloy on the properties of synthesized materials. Quasicrystalline samples of different dispersion with particle sizes from 0.3 to 15 {mu}m have been studied in the temperature range 80-295 K. It is established that iron atoms in an Al{sub 63.1}Cu{sub 25.6}Fe{sub 11.3} quasicrystals occupy four types of structural positions, which differ in the atomic composition of the nearest environment. The results of the analysis suggest the dependence of the hyperfine-interaction parameters on the degree of sample dispersion. The components corresponding to iron atoms in both the surface layer and bulk of microparticles are isolated in the Moessbauer spectra. No magnetic hyperfine splitting has been found in the Moessbauer spectra in the entire temperature range. This fact suggests that a localized magnetic moment is absent in iron atoms.

  10. Calculation of Ceramic Phase Diagrams

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    1979-11-30

    Parameters were derived covering the liquid, spinel , periclase, corundum alpha and beta. DD IJAN73 1413 EDITIOW OF I NOV4SS IS OSSOLETE (/Ai/Ec-;/ 5 - -rZ7 77...Lattice Stability, Solution and Compound Phase Parameters were derived covering the liquid, spinel , periclase, corundum alpha and beta quartz, crystobalite...and compound phase parameters for the liquid, spinel , corundum and periclase phases can be employed to calculate phase equilibria activity, vapor

  11. Shock dynamics of phase diagrams

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    Moro, Antonio

    2014-04-15

    A thermodynamic phase transition denotes a drastic change of state of a physical system due to a continuous change of thermodynamic variables, as for instance pressure and temperature. The classical van der Waals equation of state is the simplest model that predicts the occurrence of a critical point associated with the gas–liquid phase transition. Nevertheless, below the critical temperature theoretical predictions of the van der Waals theory significantly depart from the observed physical behaviour. We develop a novel approach to classical thermodynamics based on the solution of Maxwell relations for a generalised family of nonlocal entropy functions. This theory provides an exact mathematical description of discontinuities of the order parameter within the phase transition region, it explains the universal form of the equations of state and the occurrence of triple points in terms of the dynamics of nonlinear shock wave fronts. -- Highlights: •A new generalisation of van der Waals equation of state. •Description of phase transitions in terms of shock dynamics of state curves. •Proof of the universality of equations of state for a general class of models. •Interpretation of triple points as confluence of classical shock waves. •Correspondence table between thermodynamics and nonlinear conservation laws.

  12. Phase diagram of a single lane roundabout

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    Echab, H.; Lakouari, N.; Ez-Zahraouy, H.; Benyoussef, A.

    2016-03-01

    Using the cellular automata model, we numerically study the traffic dynamic in a single lane roundabout system of four entry/exit points. The boundaries are controlled by the injecting rates α1, α2 and the extracting rate β. Both the system with and without Splitter Islands of width Lsp are considered. The phase diagram in the (α1 , β) space and its variation with the roundabout size, Pagg (i.e. the probability of aggressive entry), and Pexit (i.e. the probability of preferential exit) are constructed. The results show that the phase diagram in both cases consists of three phases: free flow, congested and jammed. However, as Lsp increases the free flow phase enlarges while the congested and jammed ones shrink. On the other hand, the short sized roundabout shows better performance in the free flow phase while the large one is more optimal in the congested phase. The density profiles are also investigated.

  13. Phase diagram of silica from computer simulation

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    Saika-Voivod, Ivan; Sciortino, Francesco; Grande, Tor; Poole, Peter H.

    2004-12-01

    We evaluate the phase diagram of the “BKS” potential [van Beest, Kramer, and van Santen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 64, 1955 (1990)], a model of silica widely used in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We conduct MD simulations of the liquid, and three crystals ( β -quartz, coesite, and stishovite) over wide ranges of temperature and density, and evaluate the total Gibbs free energy of each phase. The phase boundaries are determined by the intersection of these free energy surfaces. Not unexpectedly for a classical pair potential, our results reveal quantitative discrepancies between the locations of the BKS and real silica phase boundaries. At the same time, we find that the topology of the real phase diagram is reproduced, confirming that the BKS model provides a satisfactory qualitative description of a silicalike material. We also compare the phase boundaries with the locations of liquid-state thermodynamic anomalies identified in previous studies of the BKS model.

  14. Effect of heat treatment on the phase composition, the texture, and the mechanical properties of a V1461 (Al-Cu-Li) alloy

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    Betsofen, S. Ya.; Antipov, V. V.; Knyazev, M. I.; Oglodkov, M. S.

    2015-11-01

    The heterogeneity of the phase composition, the texture, and the mechanical properties in various zones and directions of plates (thickness T = 80 mm) in a V1461 (Al-Cu-Li) alloy has been studied. It is noted that the strength characteristics are maximal in the median cross section (ultimate strength and yield strength are 570 and 540 MPa, respectively); in the cross section at 0.25 T, these values are 530 and 490 MPa, respectively; in the height direction, they are only 490 and 440 MPa. The studies of texture show that an intense one-component texture, which is similar to the matrix and δ' phases, is observed in a medium plate layer of thickness (0.3-0.35) T; the {011} texture plane is parallel to the plate plane with the dominant "brass" {110}<112> texture. Hardness is shown to increase from HRB70 after aging at 120°C for 20 h to HRB85 after three-step aging at 120°C, 20 h + 140°C, 24 h + 150°C, 24 h. It is shown that aging at 120 and 140°C is accompanied by the precipitation of the Θ' phase along with the δ' phase, and aging at 150°C also leads to the precipitation of the T1 phase.

  15. Prediction of boron carbon nitrogen phase diagram

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    Yao, Sanxi; Zhang, Hantao; Widom, Michael

    We studied the phase diagram of boron, carbon and nitrogen, including the boron-carbon and boron-nitrogen binaries and the boron-carbon-nitrogen ternary. Based on the idea of electron counting and using a technique of mixing similar primitive cells, we constructed many ''electron precise'' structures. First principles calculation is performed on these structures, with either zero or high pressures. For the BN binary, our calculation confirms that a rhmobohedral phase can be stablized at high pressure, consistent with some experimental results. For the BCN ternary, a new ground state structure is discovered and an Ising-like phase transition is suggested. Moreover, we modeled BCN ternary phase diagram and show continuous solubility from boron carbide to the boron subnitride phase.

  16. The Binary Temperature-Composition Phase Diagram

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    Sanders, Philip C.; Reeves, James H.; Messina, Michael

    2006-01-01

    The equations for the liquid and gas lines in the binary temperature-composition phase diagram are derived by approximating that delta(H)[subscript vap] of the two liquids are equal. It is shown that within this approximation, the resulting equations are not too difficult to present in an undergraduate physical chemistry lecture.

  17. Fog Machines, Vapors, and Phase Diagrams

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    Vitz, Ed

    2008-01-01

    A series of demonstrations is described that elucidate the operation of commercial fog machines by using common laboratory equipment and supplies. The formation of fogs, or "mixing clouds", is discussed in terms of the phase diagram for water and other chemical principles. The demonstrations can be adapted for presentation suitable for elementary…

  18. Complexities of One-Component Phase Diagrams

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    Ciccioli, Andrea; Glasser, Leslie

    2011-01-01

    For most materials, the solid at and near the triple-point temperature is denser than the liquid with which it is in equilibrium. However, for water and certain other materials, the densities of the phases are reversed, with the solid being less dense. The profound consequences for the appearance of the "pVT" diagram of one-component materials…

  19. Phase diagram of spiking neural networks

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    Seyed-allaei, Hamed

    2015-01-01

    In computer simulations of spiking neural networks, often it is assumed that every two neurons of the network are connected by a probability of 2%, 20% of neurons are inhibitory and 80% are excitatory. These common values are based on experiments, observations, and trials and errors, but here, I take a different perspective, inspired by evolution, I systematically simulate many networks, each with a different set of parameters, and then I try to figure out what makes the common values desirable. I stimulate networks with pulses and then measure their: dynamic range, dominant frequency of population activities, total duration of activities, maximum rate of population and the occurrence time of maximum rate. The results are organized in phase diagram. This phase diagram gives an insight into the space of parameters – excitatory to inhibitory ratio, sparseness of connections and synaptic weights. This phase diagram can be used to decide the parameters of a model. The phase diagrams show that networks which are configured according to the common values, have a good dynamic range in response to an impulse and their dynamic range is robust in respect to synaptic weights, and for some synaptic weights they oscillates in α or β frequencies, independent of external stimuli. PMID:25788885

  20. On phase diagrams of magnetic reconnection

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    Cassak, P. A.; Drake, J. F.

    2013-06-15

    Recently, “phase diagrams” of magnetic reconnection were developed to graphically organize the present knowledge of what type, or phase, of reconnection is dominant in systems with given characteristic plasma parameters. Here, a number of considerations that require caution in using the diagrams are pointed out. First, two known properties of reconnection are omitted from the diagrams: the history dependence of reconnection and the absence of reconnection for small Lundquist number. Second, the phase diagrams mask a number of features. For one, the predicted transition to Hall reconnection should be thought of as an upper bound on the Lundquist number, and it may happen for considerably smaller values. Second, reconnection is never “slow,” it is always “fast” in the sense that the normalized reconnection rate is always at least 0.01. This has important implications for reconnection onset models. Finally, the definition of the relevant Lundquist number is nuanced and may differ greatly from the value based on characteristic scales. These considerations are important for applications of the phase diagrams. This is demonstrated by example for solar flares, where it is argued that it is unlikely that collisional reconnection can occur in the corona.

  1. Phase diagram of UCoGe

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    Mineev, V. P.

    2017-03-01

    The temperature-pressure phase diagram of ferromagnetic superconductor UCoGe includes four phase transitions. They are between the paramagnetic and the ferromagnetic states with the subsequent transition in the superconducting ferromagnetic state and between the normal and the superconducting states after which the transition to the superconducting ferromagnetic state has to occur. Here we have developed the Landau theory description of the phase diagram and established the specific ordering arising at each type of transition. The phase transitions to the ferromagnetic superconducting state are inevitably accompanied by the emergence of screening currents. The corresponding magnetostatics considerations allow for establishing the significant difference between the transition from the ferromagnetic to the ferromagnetic superconducting state and the transition from the superconducting to the ferromagnetic superconducting state.

  2. Phase diagram of a traffic roundabout

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    Huang, Ding-wei

    2007-09-01

    We propose a simple cellular automaton model to study the traffic dynamics in a roundabout. Both numerical and analytical results are presented. We are able to obtain exact solutions in the full parameter space. Exact phase diagrams are derived. When the traffic from two directions mixed, there are only five distinct phases. Some of the combinations from naive intuition are strictly forbidden. We also compare the results to a signaled intersection.

  3. Phase diagrams of bosonic ABn chains

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    Cruz, G. J.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.

    2016-04-01

    The A B N - 1 chain is a system that consists of repeating a unit cell with N sites where between the A and B sites there is an energy difference of λ. We considered bosons in these special lattices and took into account the kinetic energy, the local two-body interaction, and the inhomogenous local energy in the Hamiltonian. We found the charge density wave (CDW) and superfluid and Mott insulator phases, and constructed the phase diagram for N = 2 and 3 at the thermodynamic limit. The system exhibited insulator phases for densities ρ = α/ N, with α being an integer. We obtained that superfluid regions separate the insulator phases for densities larger than one. For any N value, we found that for integer densities ρ, the system exhibits ρ + 1 insulator phases, a Mott insulator phase, and ρ CDW phases. For non-integer densities larger than one, several CDW phases appear.

  4. Effect of Surplus Phase on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties in Al-Cu-Mg-Ag Alloys with High Cu/Mg Ratio

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    Xu, Xiaofeng; Zhao, Yuguang; Wang, Xudong; Zhang, Ming; Ning, Yuheng

    2015-11-01

    In order to examine the effect of surplus phase on the microstructure and mechanical properties, different compositions with high Cu/Mg ratio of the T6-temper extruded Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloys were studied in this investigation. The results show that the Al-5.6Cu-0.56Mg-0.4Ag alloy obtains superior mechanical properties at room temperature, while the yield strength of Al-6.3Cu-0.48Mg-0.4Ag alloy is 378 MPa at 200 °C, which is 200 MPa higher than that of Al-5.6Cu-0.56Mg-0.4Ag alloy. Although the excessive Cu content causes the slight strength loss and elongation decrease in the Al-6.3Cu-0.48Mg-0.4Ag alloy at room temperature, the surplus phases and recrystallized microstructure will play an effective role in strengthening the alloy at elevated temperature.

  5. Effect of thermomechanical treatment on the microstructure, phase composition, and mechanical properties of Al-Cu-Mn-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Zuiko, I. S.; Gazizov, M. R.; Kaibyshev, R. O.

    2016-09-01

    The effect of the thermomechanical treatment on the microstructure, phase composition, and mechanical properties of heat-treatable AA2519 aluminum alloy (according to the classification of the Aluminum Association) has been considered. After solid-solution treatment, quenching, and artificial aging (T6 treatment) at 180°C for the peak strength, the yield stress, ultimate tensile strength, and elongation to failure are ~300 MPa, 435 MPa, and 21.7%, respectively. It has been shown that treatments that include intermediate plastic deformations with degrees of 7 and 15% (T87 and T815 treatments, respectively) have a significant effect on the phase composition and morphology of strengthening particles precipitated during peak aging T8X type, where X is pre-strain percent, treatments initiate the precipitation of significant amounts of particles of the θ'- and Ω-phases. After T6 treatment, predominantly homogeneously distributed particles of θ″-phase have been observed. Changes in the microstructure and phase composition of the AA2519 alloy, which are caused by intermediate deformation, lead to a significant increase in the yield stress and ultimate tensile strength (by ~40 and ~8%, respectively), whereas the plasticity decreases by 40-50%.

  6. Antiferromagnetic phase diagram of the cuprate superconductors

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    Nunes, L. H. C. M.; Teixeira, A. W.; Marino, E. C.

    2017-02-01

    Taking the spin-fermion model as the starting point for describing the cuprate superconductors, we obtain an effective nonlinear sigma-field hamiltonian, which takes into account the effect of doping in the system. We obtain an expression for the spin-wave velocity as a function of the chemical potential. For appropriate values of the parameters we determine the antiferromagnetic phase diagram for the YBa2Cu3O6+x compound as a function of the dopant concentration in good agreement with the experimental data. Furthermore, our approach provides a unified description for the phase diagrams of the hole-doped and the electron doped compounds, which is consistent with the remarkable similarity between the phase diagrams of these compounds, since we have obtained the suppression of the antiferromagnetic phase as the modulus of the chemical potential increases. The aforementioned result then follows by considering positive values of the chemical potential related to the addition of holes to the system, while negative values correspond to the addition of electrons.

  7. Generic Phase Diagram of Binary Superlattices

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    Tkachenko, Alexei

    Emergence of a large variety of self-assembled superlattices is a dramatic recent trend in the fields of nanoparticle and colloidal sciences. Motivated by this development, we propose a model that combines simplicity with a remarkably rich phase behavior, applicable to a wide range of such self-assembled systems. Those include nanoparticle and colloidal assemblies driven by DNA-mediated interactions, electrostatics, and possibly, by controlled drying. In our model, a binary system of Large and Small hard sphere (L and S)interact via selective short-range (''sticky'') attraction. In its simplest version, this Binary Sticky Sphere model features attraction only between 'S' and 'L' particles, respectively. We demonstrate that in the limit when this attraction is sufficiently strong compared to kT, the problem becomes purely geometrical: the thermodynamically preferred state should maximize the number of S-L contacts. A general procedure for constructing the phase diagram as a function of system composition f, and particle size ratio r, is outlined. In this way, the global phase behavior can be calculated very efficiently, for a given set of plausible candidate phases. Furthermore, the geometric nature of the problem enables us to generate those candidate phases through a well defined and intuitive construction. We calculate the phase diagrams both for 2D and 3D systems, and compare the results with existing experiments. Most of the 3D superlattices observed to date are featured in our phase diagram, while several more are yet to be discovered. The research was carried out at the CFN, DOE Office of Science Facility, at BNL, under Contract No. DE-SC0012704.

  8. Phase diagrams of disordered Weyl semimetals

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    Shapourian, Hassan; Hughes, Taylor L.

    2016-02-01

    Weyl semimetals are gapless quasitopological materials with a set of isolated nodal points forming their Fermi surface. They manifest their quasitopological character in a series of topological electromagnetic responses including the anomalous Hall effect. Here, we study the effect of disorder on Weyl semimetals while monitoring both their nodal/semimetallic and topological properties through computations of the localization length and the Hall conductivity. We examine three different lattice tight-binding models which realize the Weyl semimetal in part of their phase diagram and look for universal features that are common to all of the models, and interesting distinguishing features of each model. We present detailed phase diagrams of these models for large system sizes and we find that weak disorder preserves the nodal points up to the diffusive limit, but does affect the Hall conductivity. We show that the trend of the Hall conductivity is consistent with an effective picture in which disorder causes the Weyl nodes move within the Brillouin zone along a specific direction that depends deterministically on the properties of the model and the neighboring phases to the Weyl semimetal phase. We also uncover an unusual (nonquantized) anomalous Hall insulator phase which can only exist in the presence of disorder.

  9. Ab initio phase diagram of iridium

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    Burakovsky, L.; Burakovsky, N.; Cawkwell, M. J.; Preston, D. L.; Errandonea, D.; Simak, S. I.

    2016-09-01

    The phase diagram of iridium is investigated using the Z methodology. The Z methodology is a technique for phase diagram studies that combines the direct Z method for the computation of melting curves and the inverse Z method for the calculation of solid-solid phase boundaries. In the direct Z method, the solid phases along the melting curve are determined by comparing the solid-liquid equilibrium boundaries of candidate crystal structures. The inverse Z method involves quenching the liquid into the most stable solid phase at various temperatures and pressures to locate a solid-solid boundary. Although excellent agreement with the available experimental data (to ≲65 GPa) is found for the equation of state (EOS) of Ir, it is the third-order Birch-Murnaghan EOS with B0'=5 rather than the more widely accepted B0'=4 that describes our ab initio data to higher pressure (P ) . Our results suggest the existence of a random-stacking hexagonal close-packed structure of iridium at high P . We offer an explanation for the 14-layer hexagonal structure observed in experiments by Cerenius and Dubrovinsky.

  10. Phase diagram of chirally imbalanced QCD matter

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    Chernodub, M. N.; Nedelin, A. S.

    2011-05-15

    We compute the QCD phase diagram in the plane of the chiral chemical potential and temperature using the linear sigma model coupled to quarks and to the Polyakov loop. The chiral chemical potential accounts for effects of imbalanced chirality due to QCD sphaleron transitions which may emerge in heavy-ion collisions. We found three effects caused by the chiral chemical potential: the imbalanced chirality (i) tightens the link between deconfinement and chiral phase transitions; (ii) lowers the common critical temperature; (iii) strengthens the order of the phase transition by converting the crossover into the strong first order phase transition passing via the second order end point. Since the fermionic determinant with the chiral chemical potential has no sign problem, the chirally imbalanced QCD matter can be studied in numerical lattice simulations.

  11. Microstructure selection in thin-sample directional solidification of an Al-Cu alloy: In situ X-ray imaging and phase-field simulations

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    Clarke, A. J.; Tourret, D.; Song, Y.; ...

    2017-05-01

    We study microstructure selection during during directional solidification of a thin metallic sample. We combine in situ X-ray radiography of a dilute Al-Cu alloy solidification experiments with three-dimensional phase-field simulations. Here we explore a range of temperature gradient G and growth velocity V and build a microstructure selection map for this alloy. We investigate the selection of the primary dendritic spacing Λ and tip radius ρ. While ρ shows a good agreement between experimental measurements and dendrite growth theory, with ρ~V$-$1/2, Λ is observed to increase with V (∂Λ/∂V > 0), in apparent disagreement with classical scaling laws for primarymore » dendritic spacing, which predict that ∂Λ/∂V<0. We show through simulations that this trend inversion for Λ(V) is due to liquid convection in our experiments, despite the thin sample configuration. We use a classical diffusion boundary-layer approximation to semi-quantitatively incorporate the effect of liquid convection into phase-field simulations. This approximation is implemented by assuming complete solute mixing outside a purely diffusive zone of constant thickness that surrounds the solid-liquid interface. This simple method enables us to quantitatively match experimental measurements of the planar morphological instability threshold and primary spacings over an order of magnitude in V. Lastly, we explain the observed inversion of ∂Λ/∂V by a combination of slow transient dynamics of microstructural homogenization and the influence of the sample thickness.« less

  12. Critical point analysis of phase envelope diagram

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    Soetikno, Darmadi; Kusdiantara, Rudy; Puspita, Dila; Sidarto, Kuntjoro A.; Siagian, Ucok W. R.; Soewono, Edy; Gunawan, Agus Y.

    2014-03-01

    Phase diagram or phase envelope is a relation between temperature and pressure that shows the condition of equilibria between the different phases of chemical compounds, mixture of compounds, and solutions. Phase diagram is an important issue in chemical thermodynamics and hydrocarbon reservoir. It is very useful for process simulation, hydrocarbon reactor design, and petroleum engineering studies. It is constructed from the bubble line, dew line, and critical point. Bubble line and dew line are composed of bubble points and dew points, respectively. Bubble point is the first point at which the gas is formed when a liquid is heated. Meanwhile, dew point is the first point where the liquid is formed when the gas is cooled. Critical point is the point where all of the properties of gases and liquids are equal, such as temperature, pressure, amount of substance, and others. Critical point is very useful in fuel processing and dissolution of certain chemicals. Here in this paper, we will show the critical point analytically. Then, it will be compared with numerical calculations of Peng-Robinson equation by using Newton-Raphson method. As case studies, several hydrocarbon mixtures are simulated using by Matlab.

  13. Critical point analysis of phase envelope diagram

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    Soetikno, Darmadi; Siagian, Ucok W. R.; Kusdiantara, Rudy Puspita, Dila Sidarto, Kuntjoro A. Soewono, Edy; Gunawan, Agus Y.

    2014-03-24

    Phase diagram or phase envelope is a relation between temperature and pressure that shows the condition of equilibria between the different phases of chemical compounds, mixture of compounds, and solutions. Phase diagram is an important issue in chemical thermodynamics and hydrocarbon reservoir. It is very useful for process simulation, hydrocarbon reactor design, and petroleum engineering studies. It is constructed from the bubble line, dew line, and critical point. Bubble line and dew line are composed of bubble points and dew points, respectively. Bubble point is the first point at which the gas is formed when a liquid is heated. Meanwhile, dew point is the first point where the liquid is formed when the gas is cooled. Critical point is the point where all of the properties of gases and liquids are equal, such as temperature, pressure, amount of substance, and others. Critical point is very useful in fuel processing and dissolution of certain chemicals. Here in this paper, we will show the critical point analytically. Then, it will be compared with numerical calculations of Peng-Robinson equation by using Newton-Raphson method. As case studies, several hydrocarbon mixtures are simulated using by Matlab.

  14. Revisiting the phase diagram of hard ellipsoids

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    Odriozola, Gerardo

    2012-04-01

    In this work, the well-known Frenkel-Mulder phase diagram of hard ellipsoids of revolution [D. Frenkel and B. M. Mulder, Mol. Phys. 55, 1171 (1985), 10.1080/00268978500101971] is revisited by means of replica exchange Monte Carlo simulations. The method provides good sampling of dense systems and so, solid phases can be accessed without the need of imposing a given structure. At high densities, we found plastic solids and fcc-like crystals for semi-spherical ellipsoids (prolates and oblates), and SM2 structures [P. Pfleiderer and T. Schilling, Phys. Rev. E 75, 020402 (2007)] for x : 1-prolates and 1 : x-oblates with x ≥ 3. The revised fluid-crystal and isotropic-nematic transitions reasonably agree with those presented in the Frenkel-Mulder diagram. An interesting result is that, for small system sizes (100 particles), we obtained 2:1- and 1.5:1-prolate equations of state without transitions, while some order is developed at large densities. Furthermore, the symmetric oblate cases are also reluctant to form ordered phases.

  15. Revisiting the phase diagram of hard ellipsoids.

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    Odriozola, Gerardo

    2012-04-07

    In this work, the well-known Frenkel-Mulder phase diagram of hard ellipsoids of revolution [D. Frenkel and B. M. Mulder, Mol. Phys. 55, 1171 (1985)] is revisited by means of replica exchange Monte Carlo simulations. The method provides good sampling of dense systems and so, solid phases can be accessed without the need of imposing a given structure. At high densities, we found plastic solids and fcc-like crystals for semi-spherical ellipsoids (prolates and oblates), and SM2 structures [P. Pfleiderer and T. Schilling, Phys. Rev. E 75, 020402 (2007)] for x : 1-prolates and 1 : x-oblates with x ≥ 3. The revised fluid-crystal and isotropic-nematic transitions reasonably agree with those presented in the Frenkel-Mulder diagram. An interesting result is that, for small system sizes (100 particles), we obtained 2:1- and 1.5:1-prolate equations of state without transitions, while some order is developed at large densities. Furthermore, the symmetric oblate cases are also reluctant to form ordered phases.

  16. Reentrant Phase Diagram of Network Fluids

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    Russo, J.; Tavares, J. M.; Teixeira, P. I. C.; Telo da Gama, M. M.; Sciortino, F.

    2011-02-01

    We introduce a microscopic model for particles with dissimilar patches which displays an unconventional “pinched” phase diagram, similar to the one predicted by Tlusty and Safran in the context of dipolar fluids [Science 290, 1328 (2000)SCIEAS0036-807510.1126/science.290.5495.1328]. The model—based on two types of patch interactions, which account, respectively, for chaining and branching of the self-assembled networks—is studied both numerically via Monte Carlo simulations and theoretically via first-order perturbation theory. The dense phase is rich in junctions, while the less-dense phase is rich in chain ends. The model provides a reference system for a deep understanding of the competition between condensation and self-assembly into equilibrium-polymer chains.

  17. Understanding starch gelatinization: The phase diagram approach.

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    Carlstedt, Jonas; Wojtasz, Joanna; Fyhr, Peter; Kocherbitov, Vitaly

    2015-09-20

    By constructing a detailed phase diagram for the potato starch-water system based on data from optical microscopy, synchrotron X-ray scattering and differential scanning calorimetry, we show that gelatinization can be interpreted in analogy with a eutectic transition. The phase rule explains why the temperature of the gelatinization transition (G) is independent on water content. Furthermore, the melting (M1) endotherm observed in DSC represents a liquidus line; the temperature for this event increases with increasing starch concentration. Both the lamellar spacing and the inter-helix distance were observed to decrease with increasing starch content for starch concentrations between approximately 65 wt% and 75 wt%, while the inter-helix distance continued decreasing upon further dehydration. Understanding starch gelatinization has been a longstanding challenge. The novel approach presented here shows interpretation of this phenomenon from a phase equilibria perspective.

  18. First-principles study of the effect of iron on the crystal structure, stability and chemical bonding in the β-based AlCu ordered η2-phase and the pretransition state of a solid solution

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    Shalaeva, E. V.; Medvedeva, N. I.

    2012-05-01

    First-principles calculations showed that the thermodynamic stability of β-based ordered η2-AlCu phase doped with Fe is due to iron substitution in the copper sublattice (FeCu), which corresponds to the maximum number of Fe-Al bonds in the first cubic coordination polyhedron. This iron localisation leads to stable ω-like atomic displacements and pentagonal Al-nets in the (010) plane of η2-AlCu(Fe). This phase with iron substituting copper (e/a = 1.925) is an energetically preferred η-based non-canonical approximant of the icosahedral phase (e/a = 1.86). The energy gain for the FeCu position is determined by strong covalent Fe3d-Al3p bonding, while there is a weak Fe3d-Cu4s3d hybridisation for the FeAl substitution. Using a composite cluster model, we demonstrate that short-range order in the pretransition state of the β-Al-Cu-Fe solid solution observed prior to the precipitation of η-phase is stabilised due to formation of Fe-Al bonds in the first cubic coordination polyhedron of the composite cluster.

  19. Phase diagram of water in carbon nanotubes.

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    Takaiwa, Daisuke; Hatano, Itaru; Koga, Kenichiro; Tanaka, Hideki

    2008-01-08

    A phase diagram of water in single-walled carbon nanotubes at atmospheric pressure is proposed, which summarizes ice structures and their melting points as a function of the tube diameter up to 1.7 nm. The investigation is based on extensive molecular dynamics simulations over numerous thermodynamic states on the temperature-diameter plane. Spontaneous freezing of water in the simulations and the analysis of ice structures at 0 K suggest that there exist at least nine ice phases in the cylindrical space, including those reported by x-ray diffraction studies and those unreported by simulation or experiment. Each ice has a structure that maximizes the number of hydrogen bonds under the cylindrical confinement. The results show that the melting curve has many local maxima, each corresponding to the highest melting point for each ice form. The global maximum in the melting curve is located at approximately 11 A, where water freezes in a square ice nanotube.

  20. Microfluidic Evaporation for Phase Diagram Screening

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    Moreau, Patrick; Salmon, Jean-Baptiste; Leng, Jacques

    2007-11-01

    We use a pervaporation-based microfluidic device to concentrate solutions in a controlled way. This allows us to develop chips for phase diagram screening,and to study both fundamental and technological issues, such as the impact of kinetic pathway of concentration on a variety of aqueous solutions (colloids, surfactants, polymers and mixtures of thereof). The first part of the presentation will deals with the characterization of the concentration process (including analytical results, numerical simulations, and experimental observations). It will be shown that our device is well suited for a wide range of particle sizes in the colloidal range. In the second part, we will present results obtained on several systems during (along) the concentration process (surfactants and polymers). On-chip FRAP (fluorescence recovery after photobleaching) and microrheology measurements will be presented in addition to optical and fluorescence microscopy.

  1. Water, Water Everywhere: Phase Diagrams of Ordinary Water Substance

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    Glasser, L.

    2004-01-01

    The full phase diagram of water in the form of a graphical representation of the three-dimensional (3D) PVT diagram using authentic data is presented. An interesting controversy regarding the phase behavior of water was the much-touted proposal of a solid phase of water, polywater, supposedly stable under atmospheric conditions.

  2. Phase diagram for inertial granular flows

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    DeGiuli, E.; McElwaine, J. N.; Wyart, M.

    2016-07-01

    Flows of hard granular materials depend strongly on the interparticle friction coefficient μp and on the inertial number I , which characterizes proximity to the jamming transition where flow stops. Guided by numerical simulations, we derive the phase diagram of dense inertial flow of spherical particles, finding three regimes for 10-4≲I ≲10-1 : frictionless, frictional sliding, and rolling. These are distinguished by the dominant means of energy dissipation, changing from collisional to sliding friction, and back to collisional, as μp increases from zero at constant I . The three regimes differ in their kinetics and rheology; in particular, the velocity fluctuations and the stress ratio both display nonmonotonic behavior with μp, corresponding to transitions between the three regimes of flow. We rationalize the phase boundaries between these regimes, show that energy balance yields scaling relations between microscopic properties in each of them, and derive the strain scale at which particles lose memory of their velocity. For the frictional sliding regime most relevant experimentally, we find for I ≥10-2.5 that the growth of the macroscopic friction μ (I ) with I is induced by an increase of collisional dissipation. This implies in that range that μ (I ) -μ (0 ) ˜I1 -2 b , where b ≈0.2 is an exponent that characterizes both the dimensionless velocity fluctuations L ˜I-b and the density of sliding contacts χ ˜Ib .

  3. Enantiomeric 3-chloromandelic acid system: binary melting point phase diagram, ternary solubility phase diagrams and polymorphism.

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    Le Minh, Tam; von Langermann, Jan; Lorenz, Heike; Seidel-Morgenstern, Andreas

    2010-09-01

    A systematic study of binary melting point and ternary solubility phase diagrams of the enantiomeric 3-chloromandelic acid (3-ClMA) system was performed under consideration of polymorphism. The melting point phase diagram was measured by means of thermal analysis, that is, using heat-flux differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results reveal that 3-ClMA belongs to the racemic compound-forming systems. Polymorphism was found for both the enantiomer and the racemate as confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction analysis. The ternary solubility phase diagram of 3-ClMA in water was determined between 5 and 50 degrees C by the classical isothermal technique. The solubilities of the pure enantiomers are extremely temperature-dependent. The solid-liquid equilibria of racemic 3-ClMA are not trivial due to the existence of polymorphism. The eutectic composition in the chiral system changes as a function of temperature. Further, solubility data in the alternative solvent toluene are also presented.

  4. Cu-Zn binary phase diagram and diffusion couples

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    Mccoy, Robert A.

    1992-01-01

    The objectives of this paper are to learn: (1) what information a binary phase diagram can yield; (2) how to construct and heat treat a simple diffusion couple; (3) how to prepare a metallographic sample; (4) how to operate a metallograph; (5) how to correlate phases found in the diffusion couple with phases predicted by the phase diagram; (6) how diffusion couples held at various temperatures could be used to construct a phase diagram; (7) the relation between the thickness of an intermetallic phase layer and the diffusion time; and (8) the effect of one species of atoms diffusing faster than another species in a diffusion couple.

  5. Application of quaternary phase diagrams to compound semiconductor processing

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    Sinclair, R.

    1994-10-01

    Isobaric, isothermal phase diagrams are a molar representation of condensed phases in equilibrium with each other at a fixed temperature, pressure, and composition. Since three or four elements are usually involved at a fabricated interface in a semiconductor device, knowledge of the appropriate ternary or quaternary phase diagram is important for optimizing the processing parameters and designing long term stability of devices. While the use of phase diagrams is well-established in the fields of metallurgy, ceramics and mineralogy, only recently have phase diagrams been employed to provide a framework for understanding thin film reactions on a substrate, encountered in semiconductor processing. Even though there are many examples of applications of ternary phase diagrams in the semiconductor literature (for instance, metallization of GaAs, the use of refractory metal silicides for metallization layers in VLSI devices and oxidation of III-V compounds), the same is not true for quaternary phase diagrams. To date, the only application is oxidation of mercury cadmium telluride. This lack of examples is not warranted, as four elements are often involved at a critical interface in compound semiconductor processing and devices. This paper reports on the progress made to remedy this situation by considering the application of quaternary phase diagrams to understanding and predicting the behavior of II-VI thin film interfaces in photovoltaic devices under annealing conditions. Moreover, for the first time, solid solubility is taken into account for quaternary phase diagrams of semiconductor systems.

  6. An Introductory Idea for Teaching Two-Component Phase Diagrams

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    Peckham, Gavin D.; McNaught, Ian J.

    2011-01-01

    The teaching of two-component phase diagrams has attracted little attention in this "Journal," and it is hoped that this article will make a useful contribution. Current physical chemistry textbooks describe two-component phase diagrams adequately, but do so in a piecemeal fashion one section at a time; first solid-liquid equilibria, then…

  7. A Three-dimensional Topological Model of Ternary Phase Diagram

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    Mu, Yingxue; Bao, Hong

    2017-01-01

    In order to obtain a visualization of the complex internal structure of ternary phase diagram, the paper realized a three-dimensional topology model of ternary phase diagram with the designed data structure and improved algorithm, under the guidance of relevant theories of computer graphics. The purpose of the model is mainly to analyze the relationship between each phase region of a ternary phase diagram. The model not only obtain isothermal section graph at any temperature, but also extract a particular phase region in which users are interested.

  8. Calculation of Gallium-metal-Arsenic phase diagrams

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    Scofield, J. D.; Davison, J. E.; Ray, A. E.; Smith, S. R.

    1991-01-01

    Electrical contacts and metallization to GaAs solar cells must survive at high temperatures for several minutes under specific mission scenarios. The determination of which metallizations or alloy systems that are able to withstand extreme thermal excursions with minimum degradation to solar cell performance can be predicted by properly calculated temperature constitution phase diagrams. A method for calculating a ternary diagram and its three constituent binary phase diagrams is briefly outlined and ternary phase diagrams for three Ga-As-X alloy systems are presented. Free energy functions of the liquid and solid phase are approximated by the regular solution theory. Phase diagrams calculated using this method are presented for the Ga-As-Ge and Ga-As-Ag systems.

  9. Composition dependence of the electronic properties of Al-Cu-Fe and Al-Cu-Ru-Si semimetallic quasicrystals

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    Pierce, F. S.; Bancel, P. A.; Biggs, B. D.; Guo, Q.; Poon, S. J.

    1993-03-01

    Electronic transport properties and specific heats of ordered icosahedral phase alloys in the Al-Cu-Ru-Si and Al-Cu-Fe systems are examined, and comparison with high-quality rhombohedral (3/2) approximant phase samples of Al-Cu-Fe is made. Strong temperature dependence and sensitivity to composition changes of these properties are observed. The similarity of transport properties between the icosahedral (i) and rhombohedral (r) phases of Al62.5Cu26.5Fe11 is noted. The results can be qualitatively interpreted in terms of band structure. There appears to be sufficient evidence for a rapidly varying conductivity spectrum σ(E) in the ordered i phases. However, important questions concerning the physics of these semimetallic quasicrystals remain to be answered.

  10. Octahedral tilting, monoclinic phase and the phase diagram of PZT

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    Cordero, F.; Trequattrini, F.; Craciun, F.; Galassi, C.

    2011-10-01

    Anelastic and dielectric spectroscopy measurements on PbZr1-xTixO3 (PZT) close to the morphotropic (MPB) and antiferroelectric boundaries provide new insight into some controversial aspects of its phase diagram. No evidence is found of a border separating monoclinic (M) from rhombohedral (R) phases, in agreement with recent structural studies supporting a coexistence of the two phases over a broad composition range x < 0.5, with the fraction of M increasing toward the MPB. It is also discussed why the observed maximum of elastic compliance appears to be due to a rotational instability of the polarization linearly coupled to shear strain. Therefore it cannot be explained by extrinsic softening from finely twinned R phase alone, but indicates the presence also of M phase, not necessarily homogeneous. A new diffuse transition is found within the ferroelectric phase near x ˜ 0.1, at a temperature TIT higher than the well established boundary TT to the phase with tilted octahedra. It is proposed that around TIT the octahedra start rotating in a disordered manner and finally become ordered below TT. In this interpretation, the onset temperature for octahedral tilting monotonically increases up to the antiferroelectric transition of PbZrO3, and the depression of TT(x) below x = 0.18 would be a consequence of the partial relief of the mismatch between the average cation radii with the initial stage of tilting below TIT.

  11. Using a Spreadsheet To Explore Melting, Dissolving and Phase Diagrams.

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    Goodwin, Alan

    2002-01-01

    Compares phase diagrams relating to the solubilities and melting points of various substances in textbooks with those generated by a spreadsheet using data from the literature. Argues that differences between the diagrams give rise to new chemical insights. (Author/MM)

  12. Equations of State and Phase Diagrams of Ammonia

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    Glasser, Leslie

    2009-01-01

    We present equations of state relating the phases and a three-dimensional phase diagram for ammonia with its solid, liquid, and vapor phases, based on fitted authentic experimental data and including recent information on the high-pressure solid phases. This presentation follows similar articles on carbon dioxide and water published in this…

  13. Microstructure control of Al-Cu films for improved electromigration resistance

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    Frear, D.R.; Michael, J.R.; Romig, A.D. Jr.

    1994-04-05

    A process for the forming of Al-Cu conductive thin films with reduced electromigration failures is useful, for example, in the metallization of integrated circuits. An improved formation process includes the heat treatment or annealing of the thin film conductor at a temperature within the range of from 200 C to 300 C for a time period between 10 minutes and 24 hours under a reducing atmosphere such as 15% H[sub 2] in N[sub 2] by volume. Al-Cu thin films annealed in the single phase region of a phase diagram, to temperatures between 200 C and 300 C have [theta]-phase Al[sub 2] Cu precipitates at the grain boundaries continuously become enriched in copper, due, it is theorized, to the formation of a thin coating of [theta]-phase precipitate at the grain boundary. Electromigration behavior of the aluminum is, thus, improved because the [theta]-phase precipitates with copper hinder aluminum diffusion along the grain boundaries. Electromigration, then, occurs mainly within the aluminum grains, a much slower process. 5 figures.

  14. Microstructure control of Al-Cu films for improved electromigration resistance

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    Frear, Darrel R.; Michael, Joseph R.; Romig, Jr., Alton D.

    1994-01-01

    A process for the forming of Al-Cu conductive thin films with reduced electromigration failures is useful, for example, in the metallization of integrated circuits. An improved formation process includes the heat treatment or annealing of the thin film conductor at a temperature within the range of from 200.degree. C. to 300.degree. C. for a time period between 10 minutes and 24 hours under a reducing atmosphere such as 15% H.sub.2 in N.sub.2 by volume. Al-Cu thin films annealed in the single phase region of a phase diagram, to temperatures between 200.degree. C. and 300.degree. C. have .theta.-phase Al.sub.2 Cu precipitates at the grain boundaries continuously become enriched in copper, due, it is theorized, to the formation of a thin coating of .theta.-phase precipitate at the grain boundary. Electromigration behavior of the aluminum is, thus, improved because the .theta.-phase precipitates with copper hinder aluminum diffusion along the grain boundaries. Electromigration, then, occurs mainly within the aluminum grains, a much slower process.

  15. Combinatorial entropy and phase diagram of partially ordered ice phases.

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    Macdowell, Luis G; Sanz, Eduardo; Vega, Carlos; Abascal, José Luis F

    2004-11-22

    A close analytical estimate for the combinatorial entropy of partially ordered ice phases is presented. The expression obtained is very general, as it can be used for any ice phase obeying the Bernal-Fowler rules. The only input required is a number of crystallographic parameters, and the experimentally observed proton site occupancies. For fully disordered phases such as hexagonal ice, it recovers the result deduced by Pauling, while for fully ordered ice it is found to vanish. Although the space groups determined for ice I, VI, and VII require random proton site occupancies, it is found that such random allocation of protons does not necessarily imply random orientational disorder. The theoretical estimate for the combinatorial entropy is employed together with free energy calculations in order to obtain the phase diagram of ice from 0 to 10 GPa. Overall qualitative agreement with experiment is found for the TIP4P model of water. An accurate estimate of the combinatorial entropy is found to play an important role in determining the stability of partially ordered ice phases, such as ice III and ice V.

  16. Phase diagram for assembly of biologically-active peptide amphiphiles.

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    Tsonchev, Stefan; Niece, Krista L; Schatz, George C; Ratner, Mark A; Stupp, Samuel I

    2008-01-17

    We construct a phase diagram for self-assembling biologically active peptide amphiphiles. The structure and stability of the assemblies are studied as a function of pH and salinity of the solution. The general features of the phase diagram are predicted based on theoretical modeling of the self-assembly process, as well as experimental data, and further experiments are performed to verify and ascertain the boundary locations of the diagram. Depending on solution conditions, the amphiphiles can form cylindrical or spherical micelles, intermediate structures between these, or may not assemble at all. We also demonstrate that changing conditions may result in phase transitions among these structures. This type of phase diagram could be useful in the design of certain supramolecular nanostructures by providing information on the necessary conditions to form them.

  17. Pressure-Temperature Phase Diagram of Vanadium Dioxide.

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    Chen, Yabin; Zhang, Shuai; Ke, Feng; Ko, Changhyun; Lee, Sangwook; Liu, Kai; Chen, Bin; Ager, Joel W; Jeanloz, Raymond; Eyert, Volker; Wu, Junqiao

    2017-03-08

    The complexity of strongly correlated electron physics in vanadium dioxide is exemplified as its rich phase diagrams of all kinds, which in turn shed light on the mechanisms behind its various phase transitions. In this work, we map out the hydrostatic pressure-temperature phase diagram of vanadium dioxide nanobeams by independently varying pressure and temperature with a diamond anvil cell. In addition to the well-known insulating M1 (monoclinic) and metallic R (tetragonal) phases, the diagram identifies the existence at high pressures of the insulating M1' (monoclinic, more conductive than M1) phase and two metallic phases of X (monoclinic) and O (orthorhombic, at high temperature only). Systematic optical and electrical measurements combined with density functional calculations allow us to delineate their phase boundaries as well as reveal some basic features of the transitions.

  18. Phase Diagram Studies of ZnS Systems

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    1988-09-01

    mechanical, processing of ZnS-base ’alloys’. Knowledge of the phase equilibria of various ZnS-rich systems is essential to achieve our objectives...initial studies of the solid-state phase equilibria in the ZnS-CdS and ZnS-Ga2s3 phase diagrams.

  19. Theoretical phase diagrams for solid H{sub 2}

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    Surh, M.P.; Runge, K.J.

    1993-07-01

    Possible phase diagrams for solid molecular para-hydrogen in the 0-200 GPa pressure regime are constructed on the basis of ab initio calculations. Structures for the broken symmetry phase (BSP) and H-A phase have recently been proposed under the assumption that the molecules are centered on sites of a hexagonal close-packed lattice with the ideal c/a ratio, i.e., only molecular orientational and electronic changes are allowed. Symmetry considerations then dictate the simplest phase diagrams consistent with experimental observations, although the possibility of additional transitions cannot be ruled out. A simple model is introduced to describe the BSP and H-A transitions.

  20. Phase diagram studies on the Na-Mo-O system

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    Gnanasekaran, T.; Mahendran, K. H.; Kutty, K. V. G.; Mathews, C. K.

    1989-06-01

    The phase diagram of the Na-Mo-O ternary system is of interest in interpreting the behaviour of structural materials in the sodium circuits of fast breeder reactors and sodium-filled heat pipes. Experiments involving heating of sodium oxide with molybdenum metal under vacuum, selective removal of oxygen from polymolybdates by reducing them under hydrogen and confirmation of the coexistence of various phase mixtures were conducted in the temperature range of 673 to 923 K. Phase fields involving molybdenum metal, dioxide of molybdenum and ternary compounds were derived from these results. The ternary phase diagram of the Na-Mo-O system was constructed and isothermal cross sections of the phase diagram are presented.

  1. New View of the QCD Phase Diagram

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    McLerran,L.

    2009-07-09

    Quarkyonic matter is confining but can have densities much larger than 3QCD. Its existence isargued in the large Nc limit of QCD and implies that there are at least three phases of QCD with greatly different bulk properties. These are a Confined Phase of hadrons, a Deconfined Phase ofquarks and gluons, and the Quarkyonic Phase. In the Quarkyonic Phase, the baryon density isaccounted for by a quasi-free gas of quarks, and the the antiquarks and gluons are confined intomesons, glueballs. Quarks near the Fermi surface also are treated as baryons. (In addition tothese phases, there is a color superconducting phase that has vastly different transport properties than the above, but with bulk properties, such as pressure and energy density, that are not greatlydifferent than that of Quarkyonic Matter.)

  2. Bi-phase transition diagrams of metallic thin multilayers

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    Li, J.C.; Liu, W.; Jiang, Q. . E-mail: jiangq@jlu.edu.cn

    2005-02-01

    Phase transitions of metallic multilayers induced by differences in interface energy are considered thermodynamically, based on a thermodynamic model for interface energy and the Goldschmidt premise for lattice contraction. Bi-phase transition diagrams of Co/Cr, Zr/Nb, Ti/Nb and Ti/Al multilayers are constructed, which are in agreement with experimental results.

  3. Phase diagrams of low-density polyethylene-alkylbenzene systems

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    Ilyasova, A. N.; Kudryavtsev, Y. V.; Lebedeva, T. N.; Levashova, I. V.; Flyagina, Yu. A.; Pochivalov, K. V.

    2017-03-01

    Complete phase diagrams for mixtures of low-density polyethylene with p- and m-xylene are plotted by optical means in developing the concept of which partially crystalline polymers are microstructured liquids. It is shown that in contrast to the ones presented in the literature, both diagrams contain the solubility boundary curve of the low-molecular weight component in the polymer, above which the polyethylene has the structure of a single-phase gel (crosslinks formed by crystallites and amorphous regions saturated with xylene). At the figurative point on the diagrams, a situation is observed in which the dissolution of all the liquid contained in the initial two-phase system in the polymer is accompanied by its simultaneous complete amorphization. The parameters of the figurative point allow us to estimate the thermodynamic affinity of different alkylbenzenes toward polyethylene.

  4. Monte Carlo study of Dirac semimetals phase diagram

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    Braguta, V. V.; Katsnelson, M. I.; Kotov, A. Yu.; Nikolaev, A. A.

    2016-11-01

    In this paper the phase diagram of Dirac semimetals is studied within a lattice Monte Carlo simulation. In particular, we concentrate on the dynamical chiral symmetry breaking which results in a semimetal-insulator transition. Using numerical simulation, we determine the values of the critical coupling constant of the semimetal-insulator transition for different values of the anisotropy of the Fermi velocity. This measurement allows us to draw a tentative phase diagram for Dirac semimetals. It turns out that within the Dirac model with Coulomb interaction both Na3Bi and Cd3As2 , known experimentally to be Dirac semimetals, would lie deep in the insulating region of the phase diagram. This result probably shows a decisive role of screening of the interelectron interaction in real materials, similar to the situation in graphene.

  5. Microevaporators for Kinetic Exploration of Phase Diagrams

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    Leng, Jacques; Lonetti, Barbara; Tabeling, Patrick; Joanicot, Mathieu; Ajdari, Armand

    2006-03-01

    We use pervaporation-based microfluidic devices to concentrate species in aqueous solutions with spatial and temporal control of the process. Using experiments and modeling, we quantitatively describe the advection-diffusion behavior of the concentration field of various solutions (electrolytes, colloids, etc.) and demonstrate the potential of these devices as universal tools for the kinetic exploration of the phases and textures that form upon concentration.

  6. Phase diagram of two interacting helical states

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    Santos, Raul A.; Gutman, D. B.; Carr, Sam T.

    2016-06-01

    We consider two coupled time-reversal-invariant helical edge modes of the same helicity, such as would occur on two stacked quantum spin Hall insulators. In the presence of interaction, the low-energy physics is described by two collective modes, one corresponding to the total current flowing around the edge and the other one describing relative fluctuations between the two edges. We find that quite generically, the relative mode becomes gapped at low temperatures, but only when tunneling between the two helical modes is nonzero. There are two distinct possibilities for the gapped state depending on the relative size of different interactions. If the intraedge interaction is stronger than the interedge interaction, the state is characterized as a spin-nematic phase. However, in the opposite limit, when the interaction between the helical edge modes is strong compared to the interaction within each mode, a spin-density wave forms, with emergent topological properties. First, the gap protects the conducting phase against localization by weak nonmagnetic impurities; second, the protected phase hosts localized zero modes on the ends of the edge that may be created by sufficiently strong nonmagnetic impurities.

  7. Phase diagram of a model of the protein amelogenin

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    Haaga, Jason; Pemberton, Elizabeth; Gunton, J. D.; Rickman, J. M.

    2016-08-01

    There has been considerable recent interest in the self-assembly and phase behavior of models of colloidal and protein particles with anisotropic interactions. One example of particular interest is amelogenin, an important protein involved in the formation of dental enamel. Amelogenin is primarily hydrophobic with a 25-residue charged C-terminus tail. This protein undergoes a hierarchical assembly process that is crucial to mineral deposition, and experimental work has demonstrated that the deletion of the C-terminus tail prevents this self-assembly. A simplified model of amelogenin has been proposed in which the protein is treated as a hydrophobic sphere, interacting via the Asakura-Oosawa (AO) potential, with a tethered point charge on its surface. In this paper, we examine the effect of the Coulomb interaction between the point charges in altering the phase diagram of the AO model. For the parameter case specific to amelogenin, we find that the previous in vitro experimental and model conditions correspond to the system being near the low-density edge of the metastable region of the phase diagram. Our study illustrates more generally the importance of understanding the phase diagram for proteins, in that the kinetic pathway for self-assembly and the resulting aggregate morphology depends on the location of the initial state in the phase diagram.

  8. Phase stabilities at a glance: Stability diagrams of nickel dipnictides

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    Bachhuber, F.; Rothballer, J.; Weihrich, R.; Söhnel, T.

    2013-12-07

    In the course of the recent advances in chemical structure prediction, a straightforward type of diagram to evaluate phase stabilities is presented based on an expedient example. Crystal structures and energetic stabilities of dipnictides NiPn{sub 2} (Pn = N, P, As, Sb, Bi) are systematically investigated by first principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory using the generalized gradient approximation to treat exchange and correlation. These dipnictides show remarkable polymorphism that is not yet understood systematically and offers room for the discovery of new phases. Relationships between the concerned structures including the marcasite, the pyrite, the arsenopyrite/CoSb{sub 2}, and the NiAs{sub 2} types are highlighted by means of common structural fragments. Electronic stabilities of experimentally known and related AB{sub 2} structure types are presented graphically in so-called stability diagrams. Additionally, competing binary phases are taken into consideration in the diagrams to evaluate the stabilities of the title compounds with respect to decomposition. The main purpose of the stability diagrams is the introduction of an image that enables the estimation of phase stabilities at a single glance. Beyond that, some of the energetically favored structure types can be identified as potential new phases.

  9. Phase diagram of matrix compressed sensing

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    Schülke, Christophe; Schniter, Philip; Zdeborová, Lenka

    2016-12-01

    In the problem of matrix compressed sensing, we aim to recover a low-rank matrix from a few noisy linear measurements. In this contribution, we analyze the asymptotic performance of a Bayes-optimal inference procedure for a model where the matrix to be recovered is a product of random matrices. The results that we obtain using the replica method describe the state evolution of the Parametric Bilinear Generalized Approximate Message Passing (P-BiG-AMP) algorithm, recently introduced in J. T. Parker and P. Schniter [IEEE J. Select. Top. Signal Process. 10, 795 (2016), 10.1109/JSTSP.2016.2539123]. We show the existence of two different types of phase transition and their implications for the solvability of the problem, and we compare the results of our theoretical analysis to the numerical performance reached by P-BiG-AMP. Remarkably, the asymptotic replica equations for matrix compressed sensing are the same as those for a related but formally different problem of matrix factorization.

  10. Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for Measuring Ternary Phase Diagrams

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    Woodworth, Jennifer K.; Terrance, Jacob C.; Hoffmann, Markus M.

    2006-01-01

    A laboratory experiment is presented for the upper-level undergraduate physical chemistry curriculum in which the ternary phase diagram of water, 1-propanol and n-heptane is measured using proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The experiment builds upon basic concepts of NMR spectral analysis, typically taught in the undergraduate…

  11. Computer-Generated Phase Diagrams for Binary Mixtures.

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    Jolls, Kenneth R.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    Computer programs that generate projections of thermodynamic phase surfaces through computer graphics were used to produce diagrams representing properties of water and steam and the pressure-volume-temperature behavior of most of the common equations of state. The program, program options emphasizing thermodynamic features of interest, and…

  12. Phase diagram and thermal properties of strong-interaction matter

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    Gao, Fei; Chen, Jing; Liu, Yu-Xin; Qin, Si-Xue; Roberts, Craig D.; Schmidt, Sebastian M.

    2016-05-01

    We introduce a novel method for computing the (μ , T )-dependent pressure in continuum QCD, from which we obtain a complex phase diagram and predictions for thermal properties of the dressed-quark component of the system, providing the in-medium behavior of the related trace anomaly, speed of sound, latent heat, and heat capacity.

  13. Investigating the QCD phase diagram with hadron multiplicities at NICA

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    Becattini, F.; Stock, R.

    2016-08-01

    We discuss the potential of the experimental programme at NICA to investigate the QCD phase diagram and particularly the position of the critical line at large baryon-chemical potential with accurate measurements of particle multiplicities. We briefly review the present status and we outline the tasks to be accomplished both theoretically and the experimentally to make hadronic abundances a sensitive probe.

  14. Phase diagram and thermal properties of strong-interaction matter

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    Gao, Fei; Chen, Jing; Liu, Yu-Xin; Qin, Si-Xue; Roberts, Craig D.; Schmidt, Sebastian M.

    2016-05-20

    We introduce a novel method for computing the (μ, T)-dependent pressure in continuum QCD, from which we obtain a complex phase diagram and predictions for thermal properties of the dressed-quark component of the system, providing the in-medium behavior of the related trace anomaly, speed of sound, latent heat, and heat capacity.

  15. Magnetic phase diagrams of classical triangular and kagome antiferromagnets.

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    Gvozdikova, M V; Melchy, P-E; Zhitomirsky, M E

    2011-04-27

    We investigate the effect of geometrical frustration on the H-T phase diagrams of the classical Heisenberg antiferromagnets on triangular and kagome lattices. The phase diagrams for the two models are obtained from large-scale Monte Carlo simulations. For the kagome antiferromagnet, thermal fluctuations are unable to lift degeneracy completely and stabilize translationally disordered multipolar phases. We find a substantial difference in the temperature scales of the order by disorder effect related to different degeneracy of the low- and the high-field classical ground states in the kagome antiferromagnet. In the low-field regime, the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition into a spin-nematic phase is produced by unbinding of half-quantum vortices.

  16. The phase diagram of water at negative pressures: virtual ices.

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    Conde, M M; Vega, C; Tribello, G A; Slater, B

    2009-07-21

    The phase diagram of water at negative pressures as obtained from computer simulations for two models of water, TIP4P/2005 and TIP5P is presented. Several solid structures with lower densities than ice Ih, so-called virtual ices, were considered as possible candidates to occupy the negative pressure region of the phase diagram of water. In particular the empty hydrate structures sI, sII, and sH and another, recently proposed, low-density ice structure. The relative stabilities of these structures at 0 K was determined using empirical water potentials and density functional theory calculations. By performing free energy calculations and Gibbs-Duhem integration the phase diagram of TIP4P/2005 was determined at negative pressures. The empty hydrates sII and sH appear to be the stable solid phases of water at negative pressures. The phase boundary between ice Ih and sII clathrate occurs at moderate negative pressures, while at large negative pressures sH becomes the most stable phase. This behavior is in reasonable agreement with what is observed in density functional theory calculations.

  17. Dynamical phase diagram of Gaussian wave packets in optical lattices

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    Hennig, H.; Neff, T.; Fleischmann, R.

    2016-03-01

    We study the dynamics of self-trapping in Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) loaded in deep optical lattices with Gaussian initial conditions, when the dynamics is well described by the discrete nonlinear Schrödinger equation (DNLSE). In the literature an approximate dynamical phase diagram based on a variational approach was introduced to distinguish different dynamical regimes: diffusion, self-trapping, and moving breathers. However, we find that the actual DNLSE dynamics shows a completely different diagram than the variational prediction. We calculate numerically a detailed dynamical phase diagram accurately describing the different dynamical regimes. It exhibits a complex structure that can readily be tested in current experiments in BECs in optical lattices and in optical waveguide arrays. Moreover, we derive an explicit theoretical estimate for the transition to self-trapping in excellent agreement with our numerical findings, which may be a valuable guide as well for future studies on a quantum dynamical phase diagram based on the Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian.

  18. Dynamical phase diagram of Gaussian wave packets in optical lattices.

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    Hennig, H; Neff, T; Fleischmann, R

    2016-03-01

    We study the dynamics of self-trapping in Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) loaded in deep optical lattices with Gaussian initial conditions, when the dynamics is well described by the discrete nonlinear Schrödinger equation (DNLSE). In the literature an approximate dynamical phase diagram based on a variational approach was introduced to distinguish different dynamical regimes: diffusion, self-trapping, and moving breathers. However, we find that the actual DNLSE dynamics shows a completely different diagram than the variational prediction. We calculate numerically a detailed dynamical phase diagram accurately describing the different dynamical regimes. It exhibits a complex structure that can readily be tested in current experiments in BECs in optical lattices and in optical waveguide arrays. Moreover, we derive an explicit theoretical estimate for the transition to self-trapping in excellent agreement with our numerical findings, which may be a valuable guide as well for future studies on a quantum dynamical phase diagram based on the Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian.

  19. Spin Density Wave Phase Diagram in Thin Cr(110) Films

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    Rotenberg, Eli; Freelon, B. K.; Koh, H.; Rossnagel, K.; Kevan, S. D.

    2004-03-01

    Using angle-resolved photoemission, we have mapped the antiferromagnetic phase diagram of Cr(110) thin films grown on Mo(110) and W(110) substrates systematically as a function of both film thickness and temperature. We find commensurate and incommensurate spin density wave and paramagnetic phases that are separated by nearly continuous transitions. We determine how the spin density wave band gap evolves near the Fermi level through these phases. Our results suggest a simple model to explain the delicate interplay between commensurate and incommensurate phases that involves a balance between spin density wave stabilization energy and surface and interface magnetic anisotropies.

  20. Equations of state and phase diagrams of hydrogen isotopes

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    Urlin, V. D.

    2013-11-15

    A new form of the semiempirical equation of state proposed for the liquid phase of hydrogen isotopes is based on the assumption that its structure is formed by cells some of which contain hydrogen molecules and others contain hydrogen atoms. The values of parameters in the equations of state of the solid (molecular and atomic) phases as well as of the liquid phase of hydrogen isotopes (protium and deuterium) are determined. Phase diagrams, shock adiabats, isentropes, isotherms, and the electrical conductivity of compressed hydrogen are calculated. Comparison of the results of calculations with available experimental data in a wide pressure range demonstrates satisfactory coincidence.

  1. Refinement and growth enhancement of Al2Cu phase during magnetic field assisting directional solidification of hypereutectic Al-Cu alloy

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    Wang, Jiang; Yue, Sheng; Fautrelle, Yves; Lee, Peter D.; Li, Xi; Zhong, Yunbo; Ren, Zhongming

    2016-01-01

    Understanding how the magnetic fields affect the formation of reinforced phase during solidification is crucial to tailor the structure and therefor the performance of metal matrix in situ composites. In this study, a hypereutectic Al-40 wt.%Cu alloy has been directionally solidified under various axial magnetic fields and the morphology of Al2Cu phase was quantified in 3D by means of high resolution synchrotron X-ray tomography. With rising magnetic fields, both increase of Al2Cu phase’s total volume and decrease of each column’s transverse section area were found. These results respectively indicate the growth enhancement and refinement of the primary Al2Cu phase in the magnetic field assisting directional solidification. The thermoelectric magnetic forces (TEMF) causing torque and dislocation multiplication in the faceted primary phases were thought dedicate to respectively the refinement and growth enhancement. To verify this, a real structure based 3D simulation of TEMF in Al2Cu column was carried out, and the dislocations in the Al2Cu phase obtained without and with a 10T high magnetic field were analysed by the transmission electron microscope. PMID:27091383

  2. Refinement and growth enhancement of Al2Cu phase during magnetic field assisting directional solidification of hypereutectic Al-Cu alloy

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    Wang, Jiang; Yue, Sheng; Fautrelle, Yves; Lee, Peter D.; Li, Xi; Zhong, Yunbo; Ren, Zhongming

    2016-04-01

    Understanding how the magnetic fields affect the formation of reinforced phase during solidification is crucial to tailor the structure and therefor the performance of metal matrix in situ composites. In this study, a hypereutectic Al-40 wt.%Cu alloy has been directionally solidified under various axial magnetic fields and the morphology of Al2Cu phase was quantified in 3D by means of high resolution synchrotron X-ray tomography. With rising magnetic fields, both increase of Al2Cu phase’s total volume and decrease of each column’s transverse section area were found. These results respectively indicate the growth enhancement and refinement of the primary Al2Cu phase in the magnetic field assisting directional solidification. The thermoelectric magnetic forces (TEMF) causing torque and dislocation multiplication in the faceted primary phases were thought dedicate to respectively the refinement and growth enhancement. To verify this, a real structure based 3D simulation of TEMF in Al2Cu column was carried out, and the dislocations in the Al2Cu phase obtained without and with a 10T high magnetic field were analysed by the transmission electron microscope.

  3. 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.

  4. QCD phase diagram with a chiral chemical potential

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    Lu, Ya; Cui, Zhu-Fang; Pan, Zan; Chang, Chao-Hsi; Zong, Hong-Shi

    2016-04-01

    The effect of chirality imbalance on the QCD phase diagram is studied within the two flavors Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model. We focus especially on the issues related to how the chiral chemical potential (μ5 ) affects the phase diagram, and find the "chiral catalysis" as well as "inverse chiral catalysis" effects, which are analogous to the magnetic catalysis and inverse magnetic catalysis effects. Furthermore, our results are different from the existing chiral model calculations, namely, there is no CEP5 on the T -μ5 plane, since the whole phase transition is a crossover. In addition, with the introduction of the chiral chemical potential, various QCD susceptibilities and the corresponding critical exponents are also studied.

  5. The effective QCD phase diagram and the critical end point

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    Ayala, Alejandro; Bashir, Adnan; Cobos-Martínez, J. J.; Hernández-Ortiz, Saúl; Raya, Alfredo

    2015-08-01

    We study the QCD phase diagram on the temperature T and quark chemical potential μ plane, modeling the strong interactions with the linear sigma model coupled to quarks. The phase transition line is found from the effective potential at finite T and μ taking into account the plasma screening effects. We find the location of the critical end point (CEP) to be (μCEP /Tc, TCEP /Tc) ∼ (1.2, 0.8), where Tc is the (pseudo)critical temperature for the crossover phase transition at vanishing μ. This location lies within the region found by lattice inspired calculations. The results show that in the linear sigma model, the CEP's location in the phase diagram is expectedly determined solely through chiral symmetry breaking. The same is likely to be true for all other models which do not exhibit confinement, provided the proper treatment of the plasma infrared properties for the description of chiral symmetry restoration is implemented. Similarly, we also expect these corrections to be substantially relevant in the QCD phase diagram.

  6. Phase Diagrams of Electric-Fduced Aggregation in Conducting Colloids

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    Khusid, B.; Acrivos, A.

    1999-01-01

    Under the application of a sufficiently strong electric field, a suspension may undergo reversible phase transitions from a homogeneous random arrangement of particles into a variety of ordered aggregation patterns. The surprising fact about electric-field driven phase transitions is that the aggregation patterns, that are observed in very diverse systems of colloids, display a number of common structural features and modes of evolution thereby implying that a universal mechanism may exist to account for these phenomena. It is now generally believed that this mechanism emanates from the presence of the long-range anisotropic interactions between colloidal particles due to their polarization in an applied field. But, in spite of numerous applications of the electric-field-driven phenomena in biotechnology, separation, materials engineering, chemical analysis, etc. our understanding of these phenomena is far from complete. Thus, it is the purpose of the proposed research to develop a theory and then test experimentally, under normal- and low-gravity conditions, the accuracy of the theoretical predictions regarding the effect of the synergism of the interparticle electric and hydrodynamic interactions on the phase diagram of a suspension. The main results from our theoretical studies performed to-date enable one to trace how the variations of the electrical properties of the constituent materials influence the topology of the suspension phase diagram and then, by using an appropriate phase diagram, to evaluate how the electric-field-induced transformations will depend on the frequency and the strength of the applied field.

  7. Thermal fluctuations and phase diagrams of the phase-field crystal model with pinning.

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    Ramos, J A P; Granato, E; Achim, C V; Ying, S C; Elder, K R; Ala-Nissila, T

    2008-09-01

    We study the influence of thermal fluctuations in the phase diagram of a recently introduced two-dimensional phase field crystal model with an external pinning potential. The model provides a continuum description of pinned lattice systems allowing for both elastic deformations and topological defects. We introduce a nonconserved version of the model and determine the ground-state phase diagram as a function of lattice mismatch and strength of the pinning potential. Monte Carlo simulations are used to determine the phase diagram as a function of temperature near commensurate phases. The results show a rich phase diagram with commensurate, incommensurate, and liquidlike phases with a topology strongly dependent on the type of ordered structure. A finite-size scaling analysis of the melting transition for the c(2x2) commensurate phase shows that the thermal correlation length exponent nu and specific heat behavior are consistent with the Ising universality class as expected from analytical arguments.

  8. Phase diagram of a reentrant gel of patchy particles

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    Roldán-Vargas, Sándalo; Smallenburg, Frank; Sciortino, Francesco; Kob, Walter

    2013-12-28

    We study the phase diagram of a binary mixture of patchy particles which has been designed to form a reversible gel. For this we perform Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the thermodynamics of such a system and compare our numerical results with predictions based on the analytical parameter-free Wertheim theory. We explore a wide range of the temperature-density-composition space that defines the three-dimensional phase diagram of the system. As a result, we delimit the region of thermodynamic stability of the fluid. We find that for a large region of the phase diagram the Wertheim theory is able to give a quantitative description of the system. For higher densities, our simulations show that the system is crystallizing into a BCC structure. Finally, we study the relaxation dynamics of the system by means of the density and temperature dependences of the diffusion coefficient. We show that there exists a density range where the system passes reversibly from a gel to a fluid upon both heating and cooling, encountering neither demixing nor phase separation.

  9. Determining pressure-temperature phase diagrams of materials

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    Baldock, Robert J. N.; Pártay, Lívia B.; Bartók, Albert P.; Payne, Michael C.; Csányi, Gábor

    2016-05-01

    We extend the nested sampling algorithm to simulate materials under periodic boundary and constant pressure conditions, and show how it can be used to determine the complete equilibrium phase diagram for a given potential energy function, efficiently and in a highly automated fashion. The only inputs required are the composition and the desired pressure and temperature ranges, in particular, solid-solid phase transitions are recovered without any a priori knowledge about the structure of solid phases. We benchmark and showcase the algorithm on the periodic Lennard-Jones system, aluminum, and NiTi.

  10. Duality and phase diagram of one-dimensional transport

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    Bhattacharjee, Somendra M.

    2007-02-01

    The idea of duality in one-dimensional nonequilibrium transport is introduced by generalizing the observations by Mukherji and Mishra. A general approach is developed for the classification and characterization of the steady state phase diagrams which are shown to be determined by the nature of the zeros of a set of coarse-grained functions that encode the microscopic dynamics. A new class of nonequilibrium multicritical points has been identified.

  11. Behavior of universal critical parameters in the QCD phase diagram

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    Bluhm, Marcus; Nahrgang, Marlene; Bass, Steffen A.; Schäfer, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    We determine the dependence of important parameters for critical fluctuations on temperature and baryon chemical potential in the QCD phase diagram. The analysis is based on an identification of the fluctuations of the order parameter obtained from the Ising model equation of state and the Ginzburg-Landau effective potential approach. The impact of the mapping from Ising model variables to QCD thermodynamics is discussed.

  12. Lattice dynamics and phase diagram of aluminum at high temperatures

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    Kudasov, Yu. B. Surdin, O. M.; Korshunov, A. S.; Pavlov, V. N.; Frolova, N. V.; Kuzin, R. S.

    2013-10-15

    The dispersion of phonons in the fcc, hcp, and bcc phases of aluminum is calculated at ultrahigh pressures by the method of small displacements in a supercell. The stability of the phonon subsystem is studied. The thermodynamic characteristics are calculated in the quasi-harmonic approximation, and a phase diagram of aluminum is plotted. As compared to the Debye model, the use of a phonon spectrum calculated in the quasi-harmonic approximation significantly broadens the hcp phase field and strongly shifts the phase boundary between the fcc and bcc phases. The normal isentrope is calculated at megabar pressures. It is shown to intersect the fcc-hcp and hcp-bcc phase boundaries. The sound velocity along the normal isentrope is calculated. It is shown to have a nonmonotonic character.

  13. Lattice dynamics and phase diagram of aluminum at high temperatures

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    Kudasov, Yu. B.; Surdin, O. M.; Korshunov, A. S.; Pavlov, V. N.; Frolova, N. V.; Kuzin, R. S.

    2013-10-01

    The dispersion of phonons in the fcc, hcp, and bcc phases of aluminum is calculated at ultrahigh pressures by the method of small displacements in a supercell. The stability of the phonon subsystem is studied. The thermodynamic characteristics are calculated in the quasi-harmonic approximation, and a phase diagram of aluminum is plotted. As compared to the Debye model, the use of a phonon spectrum calculated in the quasi-harmonic approximation significantly broadens the hcp phase field and strongly shifts the phase boundary between the fcc and bcc phases. The normal isentrope is calculated at megabar pressures. It is shown to intersect the fcc-hcp and hcp-bcc phase boundaries. The sound velocity along the normal isentrope is calculated. It is shown to have a nonmonotonic character.

  14. Free energy and phase diagram of chromium alloys

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    Fishman, R.S. ); Liu, S.H. )

    1993-08-01

    The phase diagram of chromium alloys is remarkably rich. At the Neel temperature of 310 K, pure chromium undergoes a weakly first-order phase transition into an incommensurate spin-density wave (SDW) state. When doped with more than 0.2% manganese, this transition becomes second order and the SDW becomes commensurate. Over 25 years ago, Koehler [ital et] [ital al]. and Komura, Hamaguchi, and Kunitomi observed a first-order commensurate-to-incommensurate (CI) transition in CrMn alloys. The temperature of this CI transition decreased to zero as the manganese concentration increases from about 0.2% to about 1.5%. Using mean-field theory, we have constructed the free energy and phase diagram of chromium alloys in the presence of electron scattering. In the absence of scattering, the phase diagram allows a first-order phase transition from the incommensurate to the commensurate states with decreasing temperature. But if the damping is sufficiently large, the phase-separation curve flips from the right side of the tricritical point to the left. So within a small window of manganese concentrations, the commensurate state undergoes a first-order transition into the incommensurate state with decreasing temperature, in agreement with the experiments of Koehler [ital et] [ital al]. At zero temperature, we find a first-order phase transition from the incommensurate to the commensurate state with manganese doping, in agreement with the work of Komura, Hamaguchi, and Kunitomi. In the absence of damping, the zero-temperature energy gap [Delta](0) in the commensurate regime is independent of manganese concentration. But in the presence of damping [Delta](0) becomes an increasing function of the manganese concentration.

  15. Free energy and phase diagram of chromium alloys

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    Fishman, R. S.; Liu, S. H.

    1993-08-01

    The phase diagram of chromium alloys is remarkably rich. At the Néel temperature of 310 K, pure chromium undergoes a weakly first-order phase transition into an incommensurate spin-density wave (SDW) state. When doped with more than 0.2% manganese, this transition becomes second order and the SDW becomes commensurate. Over 25 years ago, Koehler et al. and Komura, Hamaguchi, and Kunitomi observed a first-order commensurate-to-incommensurate (CI) transition in CrMn alloys. The temperature of this CI transition decreased to zero as the manganese concentration increases from about 0.2% to about 1.5%. Using mean-field theory, we have constructed the free energy and phase diagram of chromium alloys in the presence of electron scattering. In the absence of scattering, the phase diagram allows a first-order phase transition from the incommensurate to the commensurate states with decreasing temperature. But if the damping is sufficiently large, the phase-separation curve flips from the right side of the tricritical point to the left. So within a small window of manganese concentrations, the commensurate state undergoes a first-order transition into the incommensurate state with decreasing temperature, in agreement with the experiments of Koehler et al. At zero temperature, we find a first-order phase transition from the incommensurate to the commensurate state with manganese doping, in agreement with the work of Komura, Hamaguchi, and Kunitomi. In the absence of damping, the zero-temperature energy gap Δ(0) in the commensurate regime is independent of manganese concentration. But in the presence of damping Δ(0) becomes an increasing function of the manganese concentration.

  16. Phase diagrams of hard spheres with algebraic attractive interactions.

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    Camp, Philip J

    2003-01-01

    The phase diagrams of systems made up of hard spheres interacting with attractive potentials of the form -1/r(3+sigma) are calculated using Monte Carlo simulations, second-order thermodynamic perturbation theory, and an augmented van der Waals theory. In simulations of the systems with sigma=0.1, 1, and 3, fluid-solid coexistence results are obtained using the Gibbs-Duhem integration technique; simulation data for the vapor-liquid coexistence envelopes and critical points are taken from previously published work [P. J. Camp and G. N. Patey, J. Chem. Phys. 114, 399 (2001)]. It is shown that the agreement between the theoretical and simulated phase diagrams improves as the range of the potential is increased, reflecting the decreasing role of short-range correlations in determining the bulk thermodynamics. In the extreme case of sigma=0.1 both theories are in excellent agreement with simulations. Phase diagrams for systems with sigma=4, 5, and 6 are computed using second-order thermodynamic perturbation theory. The results indicate that the vapor-liquid transition becomes metastable with respect to freezing when sigma > or approximately equal to 5, in broad agreement with results for the hard-sphere attractive Yukawa system which is commonly used to model colloidal particles, globular proteins, and nanoparticles.

  17. Phase diagram of KHF2 and non-equilibrium effects

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    Hobson, M. C.; Kellner, J. D.

    1978-01-01

    The equilibrium diagram for the KHF2-H2O system was constructed from cooling and heating curves for the compositions between 5 wt% and 40 wt% KHF2 and the results are shown. The phase diagrams shown is typical of that of a two component system with miscible liquid phases and whole solid phases consist of pure components. A eutectic point was found at approximately 15% KHF2 which remains completely liquid down to a temperature of -9.0 C. No hydrate formation was observed and no anomalous behavior such as the occurrence of solid transitions or metastable states was observed. The effect of rapid freezing on the equilibrium diagram did not appear, and cooling curves exhibited only one halt. Also, at rapid freezing rates, the supercooling of the solutions was smaller than those observed at the slow cooling rates. The existence of a eutectic composition and the slow rate of dissolution of the salt are used to interpret heat absorption behavior in practical applications of the KHF2-H2O system.

  18. Surface segregation as a means of gettering Cu in liquid-phase-epitaxy silicon thin layers grown from Al-Cu-Si solutions

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    Wang, T.H.; Ciszek, T.F.; Reedy, R.; Asher, S.; King, D.

    1996-05-01

    The authors demonstrate that, by using the natural surface segregation phenomenon, Cu can be gettered to the surface from the bulk of silicon layers so that its concentrations in the liquid-phase-epitaxy (LPE) layers are much lower than its solubility at the layer growth temperature and the reported 10{sup 17} cm{sup {minus}3} degradation threshold for solar-cell performance. Secondary-ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) analysis indicates that, within a micron-deep sub-surface region, Cu accumulates even in as-grown LPE samples. Slower cooling after growth to room temperature enhances this Cu enrichment. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurement shows as much as 3.2% Cu in a surface region of about 50 {Angstrom}. More surface-sensitive, ion-scattering spectroscopy (ISS) analysis further reveals about 7% of Cu at the top surface. These results translate to an areal gettering capacity of about 1.0 x 10{sup 16} cm{sup {minus}2}, which is higher than the available total-area density of Cu in the layer and substrate (3.6 x 10{sup 15} cm{sup {minus}2} for a uniform 1.2 x 10{sup 17}cm{sup {minus}3} Cu throughout the layer and substrate with a total thickness of 300 {mu}m).

  19. Highly Accurate Calculations of the Phase Diagram of Cold Lithium

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    Shulenburger, Luke; Baczewski, Andrew

    The phase diagram of lithium is particularly complicated, exhibiting many different solid phases under the modest application of pressure. Experimental efforts to identify these phases using diamond anvil cells have been complemented by ab initio theory, primarily using density functional theory (DFT). Due to the multiplicity of crystal structures whose enthalpy is nearly degenerate and the uncertainty introduced by density functional approximations, we apply the highly accurate many-body diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) method to the study of the solid phases at low temperature. These calculations span many different phases, including several with low symmetry, demonstrating the viability of DMC as a method for calculating phase diagrams for complex solids. Our results can be used as a benchmark to test the accuracy of various density functionals. This can strengthen confidence in DFT based predictions of more complex phenomena such as the anomalous melting behavior predicted for lithium at high pressures. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  20. Modeling of metastable phase formation diagrams for sputtered thin films

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    Chang, Keke; Music, Denis; to Baben, Moritz; Lange, Dennis; Bolvardi, Hamid; Schneider, Jochen M.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract A method to model the metastable phase formation in the Cu–W system based on the critical surface diffusion distance has been developed. The driver for the formation of a second phase is the critical diffusion distance which is dependent on the solubility of W in Cu and on the solubility of Cu in W. Based on comparative theoretical and experimental data, we can describe the relationship between the solubilities and the critical diffusion distances in order to model the metastable phase formation. Metastable phase formation diagrams for Cu–W and Cu–V thin films are predicted and validated by combinatorial magnetron sputtering experiments. The correlative experimental and theoretical research strategy adopted here enables us to efficiently describe the relationship between the solubilities and the critical diffusion distances in order to model the metastable phase formation during magnetron sputtering. PMID:27877871

  1. Ground-State Phase Diagram of S = 1 Diamond Chains

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    Hida, Kazuo; Takano, Ken'ichi

    2017-03-01

    We investigate the ground-state phase diagram of a spin-1 diamond chain. Owing to a series of conservation laws, any eigenstate of this system can be expressed using the eigenstates of finite odd-length chains or infinite chains with spins 1 and 2. The ground state undergoes quantum phase transitions with varying λ, a parameter that controls frustration. Exact upper and lower bounds for the phase boundaries between these phases are obtained. The phase boundaries are determined numerically in the region not explored in a previous work [Takano et al., J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 8, 6405 (1996)].

  2. Phase diagram of hard snowman-shaped particles

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    Dennison, Matthew; Milinković, Kristina; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2012-07-01

    We present the phase diagram of hard snowman-shaped particles calculated using Monte Carlo simulations and free energy calculations. The snowman particles consist of two hard spheres rigidly attached at their surfaces. We find a rich phase behavior with isotropic, plastic crystal, and aperiodic crystal phases. The crystalline phases found to be stable for a given sphere diameter ratio correspond mostly to the close packed structures predicted for equimolar binary hard-sphere mixtures of the same diameter ratio. However, our results also show several crystal-crystal phase transitions, with structures with a higher degree of degeneracy found to be stable at lower densities, while those with the best packing are found to be stable at higher densities.

  3. Modeling of metastable phase formation diagrams for sputtered thin films.

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    Chang, Keke; Music, Denis; To Baben, Moritz; Lange, Dennis; Bolvardi, Hamid; Schneider, Jochen M

    2016-01-01

    A method to model the metastable phase formation in the Cu-W system based on the critical surface diffusion distance has been developed. The driver for the formation of a second phase is the critical diffusion distance which is dependent on the solubility of W in Cu and on the solubility of Cu in W. Based on comparative theoretical and experimental data, we can describe the relationship between the solubilities and the critical diffusion distances in order to model the metastable phase formation. Metastable phase formation diagrams for Cu-W and Cu-V thin films are predicted and validated by combinatorial magnetron sputtering experiments. The correlative experimental and theoretical research strategy adopted here enables us to efficiently describe the relationship between the solubilities and the critical diffusion distances in order to model the metastable phase formation during magnetron sputtering.

  4. A Ternary Phase Diagram for a Less Hazardous System

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    Udale, Barbara A.; Wells, John D.

    1995-12-01

    The ternary phase diagram for the partially miscible liquid system n-propanol-n-heptane-water can be determined readily in an undergraduate laboratory experiment. The coexistence curve is obtained from titration results. Tie lines are then estimated from the compositions of pairs of phases in equilibrium, the propanol concentrations being determined by gas chromatography. The reagents are less hazardous than those of the classic acetic acid-chloroform-water system, and the gas chromatographic analysis has more interest for students than the acid-base titrations of the older experiment.

  5. Understanding the H -T phase diagram of the monoaxial helimagnet

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    Laliena, Victor; Campo, Javier; Kousaka, Yusuke

    2016-09-01

    Some unexpected features of the phase diagram of the monoaxial helimagnet in presence of an applied magnetic field perpendicular to the chiral axis are theoretically predicted. A rather general Hamiltonian with long-range Heisenberg exchange and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions is considered. The continuum limit simplifies the free energy, which contains only a few parameters which in principle are determined by the many parameters of the Hamiltonian, although in practice they may be tuned to fit the experiments. The phase diagram contains a chiral soliton lattice phase and a forced ferromagnetic phase separated by a line of phase transitions, which are of second order at low T and of first order in the vicinity of the zero-field ordering temperature, and are separated by a tricritical point. A highly nonlinear chiral soliton lattice, in which many harmonics contribute appreciably to the spatial modulation of the local magnetic moment, develops only below the tricritical temperature, and in this case, the scaling shows a logarithmic behavior similar to that at T =0 , which is a universal feature of the chiral soliton lattice. Below the tricritical temperature, the normalized soliton density curves are found to be independent of T , in agreement with the experimental results of magnetorresistance curves, while above the tricritical temperature they show a noticeable temperature dependence. The implications in the interpretation of experimental results of CrNb3S6 are discussed.

  6. Phase diagram of the composite fermion Wigner crystals

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    Archer, Alex; Park, Kwon; Jain, Jainendra

    2013-03-01

    The energies of the Wigner crystal (WC) phase and the fractional quantum Hall (FQH) liquid have been compared in the past at some special filling factors. We deduce in this work the phase diagram of the WC phase as a function of the general filling factor by considering: (i) the WC of electrons; (ii) WCs of composite fermions (CFs) carrying 2 p vortices; and (iii) FQH states supporting WC of CF quasiparticles or CF quasiholes. In particular, we find that the re-entrant insulating phase between 1/5 and 2/9 is a WC of composite fermions carrying two vortices. To distinguish the CF Wigner crystal from the electron WC, we compute a number of properties, including shear modulus, magnetophonon and magnetoplasmon dispersions, and melting temperatures. The width dependence of the phase diagram is also studied. A technical innovation that makes these comparisons feasible is to model the WC as the thermodynamic limit of the Thomson crystal on the surface of a sphere, which minimizes the Coulomb energy of classical charged particles.

  7. Phase diagram and entanglement of two interacting topological Kitaev chains

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    Herviou, Loïc; Mora, Christophe; Le Hur, Karyn

    2016-04-01

    A superconducting wire described by a p -wave pairing and a Kitaev Hamiltonian exhibits Majorana fermions at its edges and is topologically protected by symmetry. We consider two Kitaev wires (chains) coupled by a Coulomb-type interaction and study the complete phase diagram using analytical and numerical techniques. A topological superconducting phase with four Majorana fermions occurs until moderate interactions between chains. For large interactions, both repulsive and attractive, by analogy with the Hubbard model, we identify Mott phases with Ising-type magnetic order. For repulsive interactions, the Ising antiferromagnetic order favors the occurrence of orbital currents spontaneously breaking time-reversal symmetry. By strongly varying the chemical potentials of the two chains, quantum phase transitions towards fully polarized (empty or full) fermionic chains occur. In the Kitaev model, the quantum critical point separating the topological superconducting phase and the polarized phase belongs to the universality class of the critical Ising model in two dimensions. When increasing the Coulomb interaction between chains, then we identify an additional phase corresponding to two critical Ising theories (or two chains of Majorana fermions). We confirm the existence of such a phase from exact mappings and from the concept of bipartite fluctuations. We show the existence of negative logarithmic corrections in the bipartite fluctuations, as a reminiscence of the quantum critical point in the Kitaev model. Other entanglement probes such as bipartite entropy and entanglement spectrum are also used to characterize the phase diagram. The limit of large interactions can be reached in an equivalent setup of ultracold atoms and Josephson junctions.

  8. Misfit strain phase diagrams of epitaxial PMN-PT films

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    Khakpash, N.; Khassaf, H.; Rossetti, G. A.; Alpay, S. P.

    2015-02-01

    Misfit strain-temperature phase diagrams of three compositions of (001) pseudocubic (1 - x).Pb (Mgl/3Nb2/3)O3 - x.PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) thin films are computed using a phenomenological model. Two (x = 0.30, 0.42) are located near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) of bulk PMN-PT at room temperature (RT) and one (x = 0.70) is located far from the MPB. The results show that it is possible to stabilize an adaptive monoclinic phase over a wide range of misfit strains. At RT, the stability region of this phase is much larger for PMN-PT compared to barium strontium titanate and lead zirconate titanate films.

  9. Evaluating the phase diagram of superconductors with asymmetric spin populations

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    Mannarelli, Massimo; Nardulli, Giuseppe; Ruggieri, Marco

    2006-09-15

    The phase diagram of a nonrelativistic fermionic system with imbalanced state populations interacting via a short-range S-wave attractive interaction is analyzed in the mean-field approximation. We determine the energetically favored state for different values of the mismatch between the two Fermi spheres in the weak- and strong-coupling regimes considering both homogeneous and nonhomogeneous superconductive states. We find that the homogeneous superconductive phase persists for values of the population imbalance that increase with increasing coupling strength. In the strong-coupling regime and for large population differences the energetically stable homogeneous phase is characterized by one gapless mode. We also find that the inhomogeneous superconductive phase characterized by the condensate {delta}(x){approx}{delta} exp(iq{center_dot}x) is energetically favored in a range of values of the chemical-potential mismatch that shrinks to zero in the strong-coupling regime.

  10. Misfit strain phase diagrams of epitaxial PMN–PT films

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    Khakpash, N.; Khassaf, H.; Rossetti, G. A.; Alpay, S. P.

    2015-02-23

    Misfit strain–temperature phase diagrams of three compositions of (001) pseudocubic (1 − x)·Pb (Mg{sub l/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3} − x·PbTiO{sub 3} (PMN–PT) thin films are computed using a phenomenological model. Two (x = 0.30, 0.42) are located near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) of bulk PMN–PT at room temperature (RT) and one (x = 0.70) is located far from the MPB. The results show that it is possible to stabilize an adaptive monoclinic phase over a wide range of misfit strains. At RT, the stability region of this phase is much larger for PMN–PT compared to barium strontium titanate and lead zirconate titanate films.

  11. Phase diagram of two-dimensional hard ellipses.

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    Bautista-Carbajal, Gustavo; Odriozola, Gerardo

    2014-05-28

    We report the phase diagram of two-dimensional hard ellipses as obtained from replica exchange Monte Carlo simulations. The replica exchange is implemented by expanding the isobaric ensemble in pressure. The phase diagram shows four regions: isotropic, nematic, plastic, and solid (letting aside the hexatic phase at the isotropic-plastic two-step transition [E. P. Bernard and W. Krauth, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 155704 (2011)]). At low anisotropies, the isotropic fluid turns into a plastic phase which in turn yields a solid for increasing pressure (area fraction). Intermediate anisotropies lead to a single first order transition (isotropic-solid). Finally, large anisotropies yield an isotropic-nematic transition at low pressures and a high-pressure nematic-solid transition. We obtain continuous isotropic-nematic transitions. For the transitions involving quasi-long-range positional ordering, i.e., isotropic-plastic, isotropic-solid, and nematic-solid, we observe bimodal probability density functions. This supports first order transition scenarios.

  12. Glass and liquid phase diagram of a polyamorphic monatomic system

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    Reisman, Shaina; Giovambattista, Nicolas

    2013-02-01

    We perform out-of-equilibrium molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of a monatomic system with Fermi-Jagla (FJ) pair potential interactions. This model system exhibits polyamorphism both in the liquid and glass state. The two liquids, low-density (LDL) and high-density liquid (HDL), are accessible in equilibrium MD simulations and can form two glasses, low-density (LDA) and high-density amorphous (HDA) solid, upon isobaric cooling. The FJ model exhibits many of the anomalous properties observed in water and other polyamorphic liquids and thus, it is an excellent model system to explore qualitatively the thermodynamic properties of such substances. The liquid phase behavior of the FJ model system has been previously characterized. In this work, we focus on the glass behavior of the FJ system. Specifically, we perform systematic isothermal compression and decompression simulations of LDA and HDA at different temperatures and determine "phase diagrams" for the glass state; these phase diagrams varying with the compression/decompression rate used. We obtain the LDA-to-HDA and HDA-to-LDA transition pressure loci, PLDA-HDA(T) and PHDA-LDA(T), respectively. In addition, the compression-induced amorphization line, at which the low-pressure crystal (LPC) transforms to HDA, PLPC-HDA(T), is determined. As originally proposed by Poole et al. [Phys. Rev. E 48, 4605 (1993)], 10.1103/PhysRevE.48.4605 simulations suggest that the PLDA-HDA(T) and PHDA-LDA(T) loci are extensions of the LDL-to-HDL and HDL-to-LDL spinodal lines into the glass domain. Interestingly, our simulations indicate that the PLPC-HDA(T) locus is an extension, into the glass domain, of the LPC metastability limit relative to the liquid. We discuss the effects of compression/decompression rates on the behavior of the PLDA-HDA(T), PHDA-LDA(T), PLPC-HDA(T) loci. The competition between glass polyamorphism and crystallization is also addressed. At our "fast rate," crystallization can be partially suppressed and the

  13. Microstructure development in Al-Cu-Ag-Mg quaternary alloy

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    Zhou, Bin; Froyen, L.

    2012-01-01

    The solidification behaviour of multi-component and multi-phase systems has been largely investigated in binary and ternary alloys. In the present study, a quaternary model system is proposed based on the well known Al-Cu-Ag and Al-Cu-Mg ternary eutectic alloys. The quaternary eutectic composition and temperature were determined by EDS (Energy Dispersive Spectrometry) and DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) analysis, respectively. The microstructure was then characterised by SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope). In the DSC experiments, two types of quaternary eutectics were determined according to their phase composition. For each type of eutectic, various microstructures were observed, which result in different eutectic compositions. Only one of the determined eutectic compositions was further studied by the controlled growth technique in a vertical Bridgeman type furnace. In the initial part of the directionally solidified sample, competing growth between two-phase dendrites and three-phase eutectics was obtained, which was later transformed to competing growth between three-phase and four-phase eutectics. Moreover, silver enrichment was measured at the solidification front, which is possibly caused by Ag sedimentation due to gravity and Ag rejection from dendritic and three-phase eutectic growth, and its accumulation at the solidification front.

  14. Phase diagram of the modified Lennard-Jones system.

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    Asano, Yuta; Fuchizaki, Kazuhiro

    2012-11-07

    An investigation of the precise determination of melting temperature in the modified Lennard-Jones system under pressure-free conditions [Y. Asano and K. Fuchizaki, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 78, 055002 (2009)] was extended under finite-pressure conditions to obtain the phase diagram. The temperature and pressure of the triple point were estimated to be 0.61 ε∕k(B) and 0.0018(5) ε∕σ(3), and those of the critical point were 1.0709(19) ε∕k(B) and 0.1228(20) ε∕σ(3), where ε and σ are the Lennard-Jones parameters for energy and length scales, respectively, and k(B) is the Boltzmann constant. The potential used here has a finite attractive tail and does not suffer from cutoff problems. The potential can thus be a useful standard in examining statistical-mechanical problems in which different treatments for the tail would lead to different conclusions. The present phase diagram will then be a useful guide not only for equilibrium calculations but also for nonequilibrium problems such as discussions of the limits of phase (in)stability.

  15. Low Temperature Phase Diagram in γ-p-NPNN

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    Kajiyoshi, Koichi

    2005-03-01

    We performed the magnetic torque measurements of γ-phase of para-Nitrophenyl Nitronyl Nitroxide (being p-NPNN), which is considered to be as a quasi-one-dimensional ferromagnet, in the vicinity of TN (=0.65K) using a piezo-resistive micro-cantilever. Typical sample dimension is about 0.25x0.10x0.10mm^3. At 0.4K, a spin-flop transition (HSF) and an antiferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition (HC) are clearly observed in the magnetic field of about 470 Gauss and 2100 Gauss, respectively. The spin-easy axis is almost parallel to the direction to phenyl ring from the ONCNO fragments. H-T phase diagram is determined properly. These results are consistent with our recent low frequency (˜ 300 MHz) and low-temperature (0.4 K) ESR. We will discuss the H-T phase diagram of γ-p-NPNN in comparison with the one- dimensional Heisenberg ferromagnetic model.

  16. Modelling the phase diagram of magnetic shape memory Heusler alloys

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    Entel, P.; Buchelnikov, V. D.; Khovailo, V. V.; Zayak, A. T.; Adeagbo, W. A.; Gruner, M. E.; Herper, H. C.; Wassermann, E. F.

    2006-03-01

    We have modelled the phase diagram of magnetic shape memory alloys of the Heusler type by using the phenomenological Ginzburg-Landau theory. When fixing the parameters by realistic values taken from experiment we are able to reproduce most details of, for example, the phase diagram of Ni2+xMn1-xGa in the (T, x) plane. We present the results of ab initio calculations of the electronic and phonon properties of several ferromagnetic Heusler alloys, which allow one to characterize the structural changes associated with the martensitic instability leading to the modulated and tetragonal phases. From the ab initio investigations emerges a complex pattern of the interplay of magic valence electron per atom numbers (Hume-Rothery rules for magnetic ternary alloys), Fermi surface nesting and phonon instability. As the main result, we find that the driving force for structural transformations is considerably enhanced by the extremely low lying optical modes of Ni in the Ni-based Heusler alloys, which interfere with the acoustical modes enhancing phonon softening of the TA2 mode. In contrast, the ferromagnetic Co-based Heusler alloys show no tendency for phonon softening.

  17. Edge states and phase diagram for graphene under polarized light

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    Wang, Yi -Xiang; Li, Fuxiang

    2016-03-22

    In this paper, we investigate the topological phase transitions in graphene under the modulation of circularly polarized light, by analyzing the changes of edge states and its topological structures. A full phase diagram, with several different topological phases, is presented in the parameter space spanned by the driving frequency and light strength. We find that the high-Chern number behavior is very common in the driven system. While the one-photon resonance can create the chiral edge states in the π-gap, the two-photon resonance will induce the counter-propagating edge modes in the zero-energy gap. When the driving light strength is strong, the number and even the chirality of the edge states may change in the π-gap. The robustness of the edge states to disorder potential is also examined. We close by discussing the feasibility of experimental proposals.

  18. Edge states and phase diagram for graphene under polarized light

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    Wang, Yi -Xiang; Li, Fuxiang

    2016-03-22

    In this paper, we investigate the topological phase transitions in graphene under the modulation of circularly polarized light, by analyzing the changes of edge states and its topological structures. A full phase diagram, with several different topological phases, is presented in the parameter space spanned by the driving frequency and light strength. We find that the high-Chern number behavior is very common in the driven system. While the one-photon resonance can create the chiral edge states in the π-gap, the two-photon resonance will induce the counter-propagating edge modes in the zero-energy gap. When the driving light strength is strong, themore » number and even the chirality of the edge states may change in the π-gap. The robustness of the edge states to disorder potential is also examined. We close by discussing the feasibility of experimental proposals.« less

  19. Mapping the topological phase diagram of multiband semiconductors with supercurrents

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    Prada, Elsa; San-Jose, Pablo; Aguado, Ramon

    2014-03-01

    We show that Josephson junctions made of multiband semiconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling carry a critical supercurrent Ic that contains information about the non-trivial topology of the system. In particular, we find that the emergence and annihilation of Majorana bound states in the junction is reflected in strong even-odd effects in Ic under specific conditions. This effect allows for a mapping between Ic and the topological phase diagram of the junction, thus providing a dc measurement of its topology. European Research Council, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Innovation and the Ramón y Cajal Program.

  20. Simple thermodynamic model for the hydrogen phase diagram

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    Magdǎu, Ioan B.; Marqués, Miriam; Borgulya, Balint; Ackland, Graeme J.

    2017-03-01

    We describe a classical thermodynamic model that reproduces the main features of the solid hydrogen phase diagram. In particular, we show how the general structure types, which are found by electronic structure calculations and the quantum nature of the protons, can also be understood from a classical viewpoint. The model provides a picture not only of crystal structure, but also for the anomalous melting curve and insights into isotope effects, liquid metallisation, and infrared activity. The existence of a classical picture for this most quantum of condensed matter systems provides a surprising extension of the correspondence principle of quantum mechanics, in particular the equivalent effects of classical and quantum uncertainty.

  1. Disordering transitions in vortex matter: Peak effect and phase diagram

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    Olson, C.J.; Reichhardt, C.; Zimanyi, G.T.; Gronbech-Jensen, Niels

    2000-08-01

    Using numerical simulations of magnetically interacting vortices in disordered layered superconductors we obtain the static vortex phase diagram as a function of magnetic field and temperature. For increasing field or temperature, we find a transition from ordered straight vortices to disordered decoupled vortices. This transition is associated with a peak effect in the critical current as well as plastic flow of the vortices. For samples with increasing disorder strength the field at which the decoupling occurs decreases. Long range interactions in the c-axis are required to observe the effect.

  2. Universality and phase diagram in the quantum Hall effect

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    Wong, Lauren Wai-Wing

    We have designed and conducted detailed experiments to explore the following critical, unsolved issues in regarding to the global behavior of the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in the presence of disorder and many-body interaction in the quantum Hall effect (QHE) regime: (1) nature of the quantum Hall liquid-Hall insulator (QHL-HI) phase transition induced by disorder, (2) topological phase diagram and possible existence of a thermodynamically stable "metallic phase" around filling factor nu =1/2, and (3) whether the termination of spin-resolved Landau levels in general a phase transition. First, I present our studies of the disorder-tuned QHL-HI phase transition in both the integer and fractional QHE regimes. We found that the longitudinal resistivity near the critical points shows reflection symmetry and good scaling behavior over a wide range of densities and temperature with the same critical exponent. This supports the notion that quantum phase transitions in the QHE belong to same universality class. Furthermore, the critical conductivities are universal at the transitions. Our approach to investigate the second issue is to map out the phase boundaries corresponding to different QHLs around nu =1/2. We identified a line on which the value of the Hall conductivity equals to 1/2(esp2/h) in the phase diagram; and an another line on which the value of the Hall resistivity equals to 2(h/esp2). We interpreted the later is a result predicted by the composite-fermion theory. The phase boundaries between the HI and the principal QHLs at nu =1 and 1/3 show levitation of the delocalized states of the first Landau levels for electrons and Composite fermions. Our data suggest that there is no true metallic state around nu =1/2. Finally, I present our magnetotransport studies of the spin-resolved integer QHE by changing disorder. For a given Landau level, the difference in filling factors of a pair of spin-split resistivity peaks changes rapidly from one to zero near

  3. The Iron-Iron Carbide Phase Diagram: A Practical Guide to Some Descriptive Solid State Chemistry.

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    Long, Gary J.; Leighly, H. P., Jr.

    1982-01-01

    Discusses the solid state chemistry of iron and steel in terms of the iron-iron carbide phase diagram. Suggests that this is an excellent way of introducing the phase diagram (equilibrium diagram) to undergraduate students while at the same time introducing the descriptive solid state chemistry of iron and steel. (Author/JN)

  4. Phase diagram of the 1-in-3 satisfiability problem

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    Raymond, Jack; Sportiello, Andrea; Zdeborová, Lenka

    2007-07-01

    We study typical case properties of the 1-in-3 satisfiability problem, the Boolean satisfaction problem, where a clause is satisfied by exactly one literal, in an enlarged random ensemble parametrized by average connectivity and probability of negation of a variable in a clause. Random 1-in-3 satisfiability and exact 3-cover are special cases of this ensemble. We interpolate between these cases from a region where satisfiability can be typically decided for all connectivities in polynomial time to a region where deciding satisfiability is hard, in some interval of connectivities. We derive several rigorous results in the first region and develop a one-step replica-symmetry-breaking cavity analysis in the second one. We discuss the prediction for the transition between the almost surely satisfiable and the almost surely unsatisfiable phase, and other structural properties of the phase diagram, in light of cavity method results.

  5. First-Principles Phase Diagram for Ce-Th System

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    Landa, A; Soderlind, P; Ruban, A; Vitos, L; Pourovskii, L

    2004-05-11

    Ab initio total energy calculations based on the exact muffin-tin orbitals (EMTO) theory are used to determine the high pressure and low temperature phase diagram of Ce and Th metals as well as the Ce{sub 43}Th{sub 57} disordered alloy. The compositional disorder for the alloy is treated in the framework of the coherent potential approximation (CPA). Equation of state for Ce, Th and Ce{sub 43}Th{sub 57} has been calculated up to 1 Mbar in good comparison with experimental data: upon compression the Ce-Th system undergoes crystallographic phase transformation from an fcc to a bct structure and the transition pressure increases with Th content in the alloy.

  6. Dimensionality-strain phase diagram of strontium iridates

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    Kim, Bongjae; Liu, Peitao; Franchini, Cesare

    2017-03-01

    The competition between spin-orbit coupling, bandwidth (W ), and electron-electron interaction (U ) makes iridates highly susceptible to small external perturbations, which can trigger the onset of novel types of electronic and magnetic states. Here we employ first principles calculations based on density functional theory and on the constrained random phase approximation to study how dimensionality and strain affect the strength of U and W in (SrIrO3)m/(SrTiO3) superlattices. The result is a phase diagram explaining two different types of controllable magnetic and electronic transitions, spin-flop and insulator-to-metal, connected with the disruption of the Jeff=1 /2 state which cannot be understood within a simplified local picture.

  7. The phase diagram and hardness of carbon nitrides

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    Dong, Huafeng; Oganov, Artem R.; Zhu, Qiang; Qian, Guang-Rui

    2015-01-01

    Novel superhard materials, especially those with superior thermal and chemical stability, are needed to replace diamond. Carbon nitrides (C-N), which are likely to possess these characteristics and have even been expected to be harder than diamond, are excellent candidates. Here we report three new superhard and thermodynamically stable carbon nitride phases. Based on a systematic evolutionary structure searches, we report a complete phase diagram of the C-N system at 0–300 GPa and analyze the hardest metastable structures. Surprisingly, we find that at zero pressure, the earlier proposed graphitic-C3N4 structure () is dynamically unstable, and we find the lowest-energy structure based on s-triazine unit and s-heptazine unit. PMID:25943072

  8. The phase diagram and hardness of carbon nitrides.

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    Dong, Huafeng; Oganov, Artem R; Zhu, Qiang; Qian, Guang-Rui

    2015-05-06

    Novel superhard materials, especially those with superior thermal and chemical stability, are needed to replace diamond. Carbon nitrides (C-N), which are likely to possess these characteristics and have even been expected to be harder than diamond, are excellent candidates. Here we report three new superhard and thermodynamically stable carbon nitride phases. Based on a systematic evolutionary structure searches, we report a complete phase diagram of the C-N system at 0-300 GPa and analyze the hardest metastable structures. Surprisingly, we find that at zero pressure, the earlier proposed graphitic-C3N4 structure () is dynamically unstable, and we find the lowest-energy structure based on s-triazine unit and s-heptazine unit.

  9. The phase diagram and hardness of carbon nitrides

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    Dong, Huafeng; Oganov, Artem R.; Zhu, Qiang; ...

    2015-05-06

    Novel superhard materials, especially those with superior thermal and chemical stability, are needed to replace diamond. Carbon nitrides (C-N), which are likely to possess these characteristics and have even been expected to be harder than diamond, are excellent candidates. Here we report three new superhard and thermodynamically stable carbon nitride phases. Based on a systematic evolutionary structure searches, we report a complete phase diagram of the C-N system at 0–300 GPa and analyze the hardest metastable structures. Surprisingly, we find that at zero pressure, the earlier proposed graphitic-C3N4 structure (P6-bar m2) is dynamically unstable, and we find the lowest-energy structuremore » based on s-triazine unit and s-heptazine unit.« less

  10. The phase diagram and hardness of carbon nitrides

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    Dong, Huafeng; Oganov, Artem R.; Zhu, Qiang; Zhu, Qiang; Qian, Guang-Rui

    2015-05-06

    Novel superhard materials, especially those with superior thermal and chemical stability, are needed to replace diamond. Carbon nitrides (C-N), which are likely to possess these characteristics and have even been expected to be harder than diamond, are excellent candidates. Here we report three new superhard and thermodynamically stable carbon nitride phases. Based on a systematic evolutionary structure searches, we report a complete phase diagram of the C-N system at 0–300 GPa and analyze the hardest metastable structures. Surprisingly, we find that at zero pressure, the earlier proposed graphitic-C3N4 structure (P6-bar m2) is dynamically unstable, and we find the lowest-energy structure based on s-triazine unit and s-heptazine unit.

  11. Magnetic phase diagrams of α-MnMoO 4

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    Ehrenberg, H.; Schwarz, B.; Weitzel, H.

    2006-10-01

    Field-induced spin-flop transitions in α-MnMoO 4 are summarized in magnetic H-T phase diagrams for different directions of the applied magnetic field up to 12 T. The antiferromagnetic arrangement in the spin-flop phase is preserved at least up to this field for a field parallel to the easy direction. This high transition field is in contrast to the low one of α-NiMoO 4 and favours a model, based on dominant antiferromagnetic supersuperexchange couplings in α-MnMoO 4 over a ferromagnetic Mn 4 "cluster" model. The Néel temperature of 9.8(1) K was determined from the corresponding specific-heat anomaly, measured on a single crystal of α-MnMoO 4.

  12. Sandwichlike strain glass phase diagram of Ti49Ni51 -xPdx

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    Ren, Shuai; Zhou, Chao; Xue, Dezhen; Wang, Dong; Zhang, Jian; Ding, Xiangdong; Otsuka, Kazuhiro; Ren, Xiaobing

    2016-12-01

    Two kinds of phase diagrams can be observed in doped ferroic materials. A glass phase diagram is formed by doping a nontransforming end into a ferroic matrix, while doping a transforming end forms phase diagrams with a phase boundary separating two different ferroic phases. Here we report a phase diagram in which a strain glass state is sandwiched between two distinct ferroelastic phases. This type of phase diagram in doped ferroelastic materials bridges the one with a glass state and the one with a phase boundary. We thus establish a 3D phase diagram of Ti50 -yNi50 +y -xPdx ternary alloys, in which the evolution of these different kinds of phase diagrams can be observed. An understanding from the Landau free energy landscape suggests that the transforming doping end plays three roles in influencing the ferroic matrix: (1) to destabilize the ferroic matrix phase, (2) to stabilize another ferroic phase different from the matrix one, and (3) to create random local fields. The competition between these effects determines various phase diagrams in doped ferroic materials. Thus our work may provide an experimental foundation for a unified mechanism to all three kinds of phase diagrams.

  13. Experimental Investigation of the Cd-Pr Phase Diagram

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    Reichmann, Thomas L.; Effenberger, Herta S.; Ipser, Herbert

    2014-01-01

    The complete Cd-Pr equilibrium phase diagram was investigated with a combination of powder-XRD, SEM and DTA. All intermetallic compounds within this system, already reported in literature, could be confirmed: CdPr, Cd2Pr, Cd3Pr, Cd45Pr11, Cd58Pr13, Cd6Pr and Cd11Pr. The corresponding phase boundaries were determined at distinct temperatures. The homogeneity range of the high-temperature allotropic modification of Pr could be determined precisely and a limited solubility of 22.1 at.% Cd was derived. Additionally, single-crystal X-ray diffraction was employed to investigate structural details of Cd2Pr; it is isotypic to the AlB2-type structure with a z value of the Cd site of 0.5. DTA results of alloys located in the adjacent two-phase fields of Cd2Pr suggested a phase transformation between 893 and 930°C. For the phase Cd3Pr it was found that the lattice parameter a changes linearly with increasing Cd content, following Vegard’s rule. The corresponding defect mechanism could be evaluated from structural data collected with single-crystal XRD. Introduction of a significant amount of vacancies on the Pr site and the reduction in symmetry of one Cd position (8c to 32f) resulted in a noticeable decrease of all R-values. PMID:24718502

  14. Experimental investigation of the Cd-Pr phase diagram.

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    Reichmann, Thomas L; Effenberger, Herta S; Ipser, Herbert

    2014-01-01

    The complete Cd-Pr equilibrium phase diagram was investigated with a combination of powder-XRD, SEM and DTA. All intermetallic compounds within this system, already reported in literature, could be confirmed: CdPr, Cd2Pr, Cd3Pr, Cd45Pr11, Cd58Pr13, Cd6Pr and Cd11Pr. The corresponding phase boundaries were determined at distinct temperatures. The homogeneity range of the high-temperature allotropic modification of Pr could be determined precisely and a limited solubility of 22.1 at.% Cd was derived. Additionally, single-crystal X-ray diffraction was employed to investigate structural details of Cd2Pr; it is isotypic to the AlB2-type structure with a z value of the Cd site of 0.5. DTA results of alloys located in the adjacent two-phase fields of Cd2Pr suggested a phase transformation between 893 and 930°C. For the phase Cd3Pr it was found that the lattice parameter a changes linearly with increasing Cd content, following Vegard's rule. The corresponding defect mechanism could be evaluated from structural data collected with single-crystal XRD. Introduction of a significant amount of vacancies on the Pr site and the reduction in symmetry of one Cd position (8c to 32f) resulted in a noticeable decrease of all R-values.

  15. Zero Temperature Phase Diagram of an Asymmetric Spin Ladder

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    Capriotti, Luca; Becca, Federico; Parola, Alberto; Sorella, Sandro

    2003-03-01

    Asymmetric spin-half ladders (ASL) have recently attracted much theoretical interest due to possible experimental realizations in delafossite cuprates such as YCuO_2.5 [1] and the unusual physical effects that the asymmetry in the leg exchanges could introduce both in the ground-state correlations and in the properties of the excitation spectrum. Using conformal field theory and Lanczos exact diagonalizations, we demonstrate that for small frustration these systems are in a Luttinger spin-fluid phase, with gapless excitations, and a finite spin-wave velocity. In the regime of strong frustration, instead, the ground state is spontaneously dimerized and the bond alternation reduces the triplet gap, leading to a slight enhancement of the critical point separating the Luttinger phase from the gapped one. An accurate determination of the phase boundary, is obtained numerically from the study of the excitation spectrum. Our study completely clarifies the much debated zero-temperature phase diagram of the ASL model. [2] [1] G. Van Tendeloo, O. Garlea, C. Darie, C. Bougerol-Chaillout, and P. Bordet, J. Solid State Chem. 156, 428 (2001). [2] L. Capriotti, F. Becca, S. Sorella, and A. Parola, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 149701 (2002); to be published.

  16. Localization phase diagram of two-dimensional quantum percolation

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    Dillon, Brianna S.; Nakanishi, Hisao

    2014-12-01

    We examine quantum percolation on a square lattice with random dilution up to q = 38% and energy 0.001 ≤ E ≤ 1.6 (measured in units of the hopping matrix element), using numerical calculations of the transmission coefficient at a much larger scale than previously. Our results confirm the previous finding that the two dimensional quantum percolation model exhibits localization-delocalization transitions, where the localized region splits into an exponentially localized region and a power-law localization region. We determine a fuller phase diagram confirming all three regions for energies as low as E = 0.1, and the delocalized and exponentially localized regions for energies down to E = 0.001. We also examine the scaling behavior of the residual transmission coefficient in the delocalized region, the power law exponent in the power-law localized region, and the localization length in the exponentially localized region. Our results suggest that the residual transmission at the delocalized to power-law localized phase boundary may be discontinuous, and that the localization length is likely not to diverge with a power-law at the exponentially localized to power-law localized phase boundary. However, further work is needed to definitively assess the characters of the two phase transitions as well as the nature of the intermediate power-law regime.

  17. Phase diagram of the lattice G2 Higgs model

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    Wellegehausen, Björn H.; Wipf, Andreas; Wozar, Christian

    2011-06-01

    We study the phases and phase transition lines of the finite temperature G2 Higgs model. Our work is based on an efficient local hybrid Monte-Carlo algorithm which allows for accurate measurements of expectation values, histograms, and susceptibilities. On smaller lattices we calculate the phase diagram in terms of the inverse gauge coupling β and the hopping parameter κ. For κ→0 the model reduces to G2 gluodynamics and for κ→∞ to SU(3) gluodynamics. In both limits the system shows a first order confinement-deconfinement transition. We show that the first order transitions at asymptotic values of the hopping parameter are almost joined by a line of first order transitions. A careful analysis reveals that there exists a small gap in the line where the first order transitions turn into continuous transitions or a crossover region. For β→∞ the gauge degrees of freedom are frozen and one finds a nonlinear O(7) sigma model which exhibits a second order transition from a massive O(7) symmetric to a massless O(6) symmetric phase. The corresponding second order line for large β remains second order for intermediate β until it comes close to the gap between the two first order lines. Besides this second order line and the first order confinement-deconfinement transitions we find a line of monopole-driven bulk transitions which do not interfere with the confinement-deconfinment transitions.

  18. Phase diagram of hopping conduction mechanisms in polymer nanofiber network

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    Li, Jeng-Ting; Lu, Yu-Cheng; Jiang, Shiau-Bin; Zhong, Yuan-Liang; Yeh, Jui-Ming

    2015-12-07

    Network formation by nanofiber crosslinking is usually in polymer materials as application in organic semiconductor devices. Electron hopping transport mechanisms depend on polymer morphology in network. Conducting polymers morphology in a random network structure is modeled by a quasi-one-dimensional system coupled of chains or fibers. We observe the varying hopping conduction mechanisms in the polyaniline nanofibers of the random network structure. The average diameter d of the nanofibers is varied from approximately 10 to 100 nm. The different dominant hopping mechanisms including Efros-Shklovskii variable-range hopping (VRH), Mott VRH, and nearest-neighbor hopping are dependent on temperature range and d in crossover changes. The result of this study is first presented in a phase diagram of hopping conduction mechanisms based on the theories of the random network model. The hopping conduction mechanism is unlike in normal semiconductor materials.

  19. A phase diagram for microfabrication of geometrically controlled hydrogel scaffolds.

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    Tirella, A; Orsini, A; Vozzi, G; Ahluwalia, A

    2009-12-01

    Hydrogels are considered as excellent candidates for tissue substitutes by virtue of their high water content and biphasic nature. However, the fact that they are soft, wet and floppy renders them difficult to process and use as custom-designed scaffolds. To address this problem alginate hydrogels were modeled and characterized by measuring stress-strain and creep behavior as well as viscosity as a function of sodium alginate concentration, cross-linking time and calcium ion concentration. The gels were then microfabricated into scaffolds using the pressure-assisted microsyringe. The mechanical and viscous characteristics were used to generate a processing window in the form of a phase diagram which describes the fidelity of the scaffolds as a function of the material and machine parameters. The approach can be applied to a variety of microfabrication methods and biomaterials in order to design well-controlled custom scaffolds.

  20. LETTER: Phase diagrams for DNA denaturation under stretching forces

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    Marenduzzo, D.; Maritan, A.; Orlandini, E.; Seno, F.; Trovato, A.

    2009-04-01

    Double-stranded DNA denaturation induced by an external force is modeled as a pair of complementary self-avoiding polymers with inter-strand binding potential. The resulting force-temperature phase diagram is determined using heuristic arguments, exactly solvable models and 3D Monte Carlo simulations. The results are qualitatively different for the cases where the force is applied to only one strand or to both strands. Crucial ingredients for getting a qualitative agreement with experimental results are the persistence lengths and the monomer sizes of single-stranded and double-stranded DNA. The subtle dependence of the small force behavior on the latter parameters, on the stretching mode and on the presence of denaturation bubbles is analyzed in detail.

  1. Phase diagrams of orientational transitions in absorbing nematic liquid crystals

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    Zolot'ko, A. S.; Ochkin, V. N.; Smayev, M. P.; Shvetsov, S. A.

    2015-05-01

    A theory of orientational transitions in nematic liquid crystals (NLCs), which employs the expansion of optical torques acting on the NLC director with respect to the rotation angle, has been developed for NLCs with additives of conformationally active compounds under the action of optical and low-frequency electric and magnetic fields. Phase diagrams of NLCs are constructed as a function of the intensity and polarization of the light field, the strength of low-frequency electric field, and a parameter that characterizes the feedback between the rotation of the NLC director and optical torque. Conditions for the occurrence of first- and second-order transitions are determined. The proposed theory agrees with available experimental data.

  2. Phase diagrams of orientational transitions in absorbing nematic liquid crystals

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    Zolot’ko, A. S. Ochkin, V. N.; Smayev, M. P.; Shvetsov, S. A.

    2015-05-15

    A theory of orientational transitions in nematic liquid crystals (NLCs), which employs the expansion of optical torques acting on the NLC director with respect to the rotation angle, has been developed for NLCs with additives of conformationally active compounds under the action of optical and low-frequency electric and magnetic fields. Phase diagrams of NLCs are constructed as a function of the intensity and polarization of the light field, the strength of low-frequency electric field, and a parameter that characterizes the feedback between the rotation of the NLC director and optical torque. Conditions for the occurrence of first- and second-order transitions are determined. The proposed theory agrees with available experimental data.

  3. DNA unzipping phase diagram calculated via replica theory

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    Roland, C. Brian; Hatch, Kristi Adamson; Prentiss, Mara; Shakhnovich, Eugene I.

    2009-05-01

    We show how single-molecule unzipping experiments can provide strong evidence that the zero-force melting transition of long molecules of natural dsDNA should be classified as a phase transition of the higher-order type (continuous). Toward this end, we study a statistical-mechanics model for the fluctuating structure of a long molecule of dsDNA, and compute the equilibrium phase diagram for the experiment in which the molecule is unzipped under applied force. We consider a perfect-matching dsDNA model, in which the loops are volume-excluding chains with arbitrary loop exponent c . We include stacking interactions, hydrogen bonds, and main-chain entropy. We include sequence heterogeneity at the level of random sequences; in particular, there is no correlation in the base-pairing (bp) energy from one sequence position to the next. We present heuristic arguments to demonstrate that the low-temperature macrostate does not exhibit degenerate ergodicity breaking. We use this claim to understand the results of our replica-theoretic calculation of the equilibrium properties of the system. As a function of temperature, we obtain the minimal force at which the molecule separates completely. This critical-force curve is a line in the temperature-force phase diagram that marks the regions where the molecule exists primarily as a double helix versus the region where the molecule exists as two separate strands. We compare our random-sequence model to magnetic tweezer experiments performed on the 48502 bp genome of bacteriophage λ . We find good agreement with the experimental data, which is restricted to temperatures between 24 and 50°C . At higher temperatures, the critical-force curve of our random-sequence model is very different for that of the homogeneous-sequence version of our model. For both sequence models, the critical force falls to zero at the melting temperature Tc like |T-Tc|α . For the homogeneous-sequence model, α=1/2 almost exactly, while for the random

  4. Predicted phase diagram of boron-carbon-nitrogen

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    Zhang, Hantao; Yao, Sanxi; Widom, Michael

    2016-04-01

    Noting the structural relationships between phases of carbon and boron carbide with phases of boron nitride and boron subnitride, we investigate their mutual solubilities using a combination of first-principles total energies supplemented with statistical mechanics to address finite temperatures. Thus we predict the solid-state phase diagram of boron-carbon-nitrogen (B-C-N). Owing to the large energy costs of substitution, we find that the mutual solubilities of the ultrahard materials diamond and cubic boron nitride are negligible, and the same for the quasi-two-dimensional materials graphite and hexagonal boron nitride. In contrast, we find a continuous range of solubility connecting boron carbide to boron subnitride at elevated temperatures. An electron-precise ternary compound B13CN consisting of B12 icosahedra with NBC chains is found to be stable at all temperatures up to melting. It exhibits an order-disorder transition in the orientation of NBC chains at approximately T =500 K. We also propose that the recently discovered binary B13N2 actually has composition B12.67N2 .

  5. Equation of state and phase diagram of FeO

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

    2012-04-11

    Wuestite, Fe{sub 1-x}O, is an important component in the mineralogy of Earth's lower mantle and may also be a component in the core. Therefore the high pressure, high temperature behavior of FeO, including its phase diagram and equation of state, is essential knowledge for understanding the properties and evolution of Earth's deep interior. We performed X-ray diffraction measurements using a laser-heated diamond anvil cell to achieve simultaneous high pressures and temperatures. Wuestite was mixed with iron metal, which served as our pressure standard, under the assumption that negligible oxygen dissolved into the iron. Our data show a positive slope for the subsolidus phase boundary between the B1 and B8 structures, indicating that the B1 phase is stable at the P-T conditions of the lower mantle and core. We have determined the thermal equation of state of B1 FeO to 156 GPa and 3100 K, finding an isothermal bulk modulus K{sub 0} = 149.4 {+-} 1.0 GPa and its pressure derivative K'{sub 0} = 3.60 {+-} 0.4. This implies that 7.7 {+-} 1.1 wt.% oxygen is required in the outer core to match the seismologically-determined density, under the simplifying assumption of a purely Fe-O outer core.

  6. Electrical phase diagram of bulk BiFeO3

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    Stengel, Massimiliano; Íñiguez, Jorge

    2015-12-01

    We study the electrical behavior of multiferroic BiFeO3 by means of first-principles calculations. We do so by constraining a specific component of the electric displacement field along a variety of structural paths, and by monitoring the evolution of the relevant physical properties of the crystal along the way. We find a complex interplay of ferroelectric, antiferroelectric, and antiferrodistortive degrees of freedom that leads to an unusually rich electrical phase diagram, which strongly departs from the paradigmatic double-well model of simpler ferroelectric materials. In particular, we show that many of the structural phases that were recently reported in the literature, e.g., those characterized by a giant aspect ratio, can be in principle accessed via application of an external electric field starting from the R 3 c ground state. Our results also reveal ways in which nonpolar distortions (e.g., the antiferrodistortive ones associated with rotations of the oxygen octahedra in the perovskite lattice) can be controlled by means of applied electric fields, as well as the basic features characterizing the switching between the ferroelectric and antiferroelectric phases of BiFeO3. We discuss the multimode couplings behind this wealth of effects, while highlighting the implications of our work as regards both theoretical and experimental literature on BiFeO3.

  7. a Thermodynamic Solution to the Iron-Phase Diagram

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    Saxena, S.; Belonoshko, A.; Eriksson, G.; Fries, S. G.

    2008-05-01

    Iron, being one of the most abundant elements in Earth with a suitable density, is recognized as the principal component of the core. There is intensified interest in study of iron at physical conditions of the core because of new developments in high pressure-temperature theoretical techniques. Iron occurs in four distinct polymorphs. Three (BCC body centered cubic, delta-BCC and FCC) are stable at one atmosphere and the fourth (HCP) phase at high pressures. We have combined all the available experimental and theoretical data to obtain a phase diagram of iron at core conditions. The thermodynamic data on all the solid phases and melt are assessed following Baysian optimization procedure. The goal was to account for the latest theoretical computations by one of us [1], according to which there should be a stability field of iron in the BCC structure at core conditions. Dubrovinsky et al [2] determined the BCC structure to be stable at 225 GPa and 3400 K for an Fe-Ni alloy. Our results show that a thermodynamic data description can be provided for such a BCC structure. For want of a distinct connection between the delta-BCC and this phase, we call it Theta-iron. The presence of theta-phase was postulated by Anderson to explain the large disparity between the temperatures of melting between shock wave data and the extrapolation from static pressure data. A formal thermodynamic treatment appears to suggest that a theta phase, with equilibrium boundaries against HCP phase melts at significantly higher temperatures than the HCP phase and can explain all the discrepancies encountered previously between the static pressure and some of the shock-wave data. The Theta-iron melts at ~6900 K at 360 GPa, providing a constraint on the inner core temperature. [1].Anatoly B. Belonoshko, Rajeev Ahuja and Borje Johansson, Stability of the body-centred-cubic phase of iron in the Earth's inner core, Nature, 424, 1032 (2003). [2]. L. Durovinsky et. al., Body-Cenetered Cubic Iron

  8. Evaluation of the Current Status of the Combinatorial Approach for the Study of Phase Diagrams

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    Wong-Ng, W.

    2012-01-01

    This paper provides an evaluation of the effectiveness of using the high throughput combinatorial approach for preparing phase diagrams of thin film and bulk materials. Our evaluation is based primarily on examples of combinatorial phase diagrams that have been reported in the literature as well as based on our own laboratory experiments. Various factors that affect the construction of these phase diagrams are examined. Instrumentation and analytical approaches needed to improve data acquisition and data analysis are summarized. PMID:26900530

  9. A Closer Look at Phase Diagrams for the General Chemistry Course.

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    Gramsch, Stephen A.

    2000-01-01

    Information concerning structural chemistry and phase equilibria contained in the full phase diagrams of common substances is a great deal richer than the general chemistry students are given to believe. Discusses ways of enriching the traditional presentation of phase diagrams in general chemistry courses. (Contains over 20 references.) (WRM)

  10. Phase diagram of the half-filled ionic Hubbard model

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    Bag, Soumen; Garg, Arti; Krishnamurthy, H. R.

    2015-06-01

    We study the phase diagram of the ionic Hubbard model (IHM) at half filling on a Bethe lattice of infinite connectivity using dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT), with two impurity solvers, namely, iterated perturbation theory (IPT) and continuous time quantum Monte Carlo (CTQMC). The physics of the IHM is governed by the competition between the staggered ionic potential Δ and the on-site Hubbard U . We find that for a finite Δ and at zero temperature, long-range antiferromagnetic (AFM) order sets in beyond a threshold U =UA F via a first-order phase transition. For U smaller than UA F the system is a correlated band insulator. Both methods show a clear evidence for a quantum transition to a half-metal (HM) phase just after the AFM order is turned on, followed by the formation of an AFM insulator on further increasing U . We show that the results obtained within both methods have good qualitative and quantitative consistency in the intermediate-to-strong-coupling regime at zero temperature as well as at finite temperature. On increasing the temperature, the AFM order is lost via a first-order phase transition at a transition temperature TA F(U ,Δ ) [or, equivalently, on decreasing U below UA F(T ,Δ ) ], within both methods, for weak to intermediate values of U /t . In the strongly correlated regime, where the effective low-energy Hamiltonian is the Heisenberg model, IPT is unable to capture the thermal (Neel) transition from the AFM phase to the paramagnetic phase, but the CTQMC does. At a finite temperature T , DMFT +CTQMC shows a second phase transition (not seen within DMFT +IPT ) on increasing U beyond UA F. At UN>UA F , when the Neel temperature TN for the effective Heisenberg model becomes lower than T , the AFM order is lost via a second-order transition. For U ≫Δ , TN˜t2/U (1 -x2) , where x =2 Δ /U and thus TN increases with increase in Δ /U . In the three-dimensional parameter space of (U /t ,T /t ,andΔ /t ) , as T increases, the surface of first

  11. Reinvestigation of the Cd–Gd phase diagram

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    Reichmann, Thomas L.; Ipser, Herbert

    2014-01-01

    The complete Cd–Gd equilibrium phase diagram was investigated by a combination of powder-XRD, SEM and DTA. All previously reported phases, i.e., CdGd, Cd2Gd, Cd3Gd, Cd45Gd11, Cd58Gd13, and Cd6Gd, could be confirmed. In addition, a new intermetallic compound with a stoichiometric composition corresponding to “Cd8Gd” was found to exist. It was obtained that “Cd8Gd” decomposes peritectically at 465 °C. Homogeneity ranges of all intermetallic compounds were determined at distinct temperatures. In addition, the maximum solubilities of Cd in the low- and high-temperature modifications of Gd were determined precisely as 4.6 and 22.6 at.%, respectively. All invariant reaction temperatures (with the exception of the formation of Cd58Gd13) as well as liquidus temperatures were determined, most probably, Cd58Gd13 is formed in a peritectoid reaction from Cd45Gd11 and Cd6Gd at a temperature below 700 °C. PMID:25544803

  12. Phase diagram of split 2D dipolar spin ice

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    Roscilde, Tommaso; Henry, Louis-Paul

    2013-03-01

    Long-ranged dipolar interactions, which are very natural in artificial square-lattice spin ice, can mask some of the most relevant aspects of spin-ice physics, as they remove the extensive degeneracy of the ground state manifold to give a unique ground state, and they bind monopole pairs into localized spin flips. Following an earlier idea of G. Möller and R. Moessner [Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 237202 (2006)] we investigate how adding a third direction to square ice allows to recover fundamental traits of spin-ice physics even in the presence of dipolar interactions. Using Monte Carlo simulations based on a generalized loop algorithm, we explore the phase diagram of square dipolar spin ice in which horizontal and vertical dipoles are spatially separated in a third direction (split 2D spin ice). As a function of the splitting we recover a two-fold degenerate staggered state for coplanar dipoles, and a four-fold degenerate ``Manhattan'' state for strongly split dipoles, separated by a first order transition. The competition between the two states at intermediate splitting leads to a strong suppression of the ordering transition temperatures, and makes space for the observation of a hallmark of spin-ice physics in the paramagnetic phase: pinch points in the static structure factor.

  13. Tertiary phase diagram of cellulose, ionic liquid and organic solvent

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    Zhang, Xin; Henderson, Doug; Tyagi, Madhusudan; Mao, Yimin; Briber, Robert M.; Wang, Howard

    Cellulose is the most abundant natural polymer on earth, and widely used in products from clothing to paper. Fundamental understanding of molecular solutions of cellulose is the key to realize advanced technologies beyond cellulose fibers. It has been reported that certain ionic liquid/organic solvent mixtures dissolve cellulose. In this study, the tertiary phase diagram of microcrystalline cellulose, 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (EMIMAc), and dimethylformamide (DMF) mixtures has been determined using optical cloud point method and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Data indicate that a molar ratio of EMIMAc to cellulose repeating unit equal or greater than 3 is necessary but not sufficient in forming one-phase homogeneous solutions. A miscibility gap exists in the dilute regime, where a minimum of 5 mol% of EMIM Ac in DMF is needed to form homogenous solutions. SANS show that cellulose chains adopt Gaussian-like conformation in homogenous solutions. The solutions exhibit the characteristics of upper critical solution temperature. Clustering of cellulose chains occurs at low EMIMAc/DMF or EMIMAc/cellulose ratio, or at low temperatures. The mechanism of cellulose dissolution in tertiary mixture is discussed.

  14. Phase Diagram Characterization Using Magnetic Beads as Liquid Carriers.

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    Blumenschein, Nicholas; Han, Daewoo; Steckl, Andrew J

    2015-09-04

    Magnetic beads with ~1.9 µm average diameter were used to transport microliter volumes of liquids between contiguous liquid segments with a tube for the purpose of investigating phase change of those liquid segments. The magnetic beads were externally controlled using a magnet, allowing for the beads to bridge the air valve between the adjacent liquid segments. A hydrophobic coating was applied to the inner surface of the tube to enhance the separation between two liquid segments. The applied magnetic field formed an aggregate cluster of magnetic beads, capturing a certain liquid amount within the cluster that is referred to as carry-over volume. A fluorescent dye was added to one liquid segment, followed by a series of liquid transfers, which then changed the fluorescence intensity in the neighboring liquid segment. Based on the numerical analysis of the measured fluorescence intensity change, the carry-over volume per mass of magnetic beads has been found to be ~2 to 3 µl/mg. This small amount of liquid allowed for the use of comparatively small liquid segments of a couple hundred microliters, enhancing the feasibility of the device for a lab-in-tube approach. This technique of applying small compositional variation in a liquid volume was applied to analyzing the binary phase diagram between water and the surfactant C12E5 (pentaethylene glycol monododecyl ether), leading to quicker analysis with smaller sample volumes than conventional methods.

  15. Phase diagram of the Gaussian-core model.

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    Prestipino, Santi; Saija, Franz; Giaquinta, Paolo V

    2005-05-01

    We trace with high numerical accuracy the phase diagram of the Gaussian-core model, a classical system of point particles interacting via a Gaussian-shaped, purely repulsive potential. This model, which provides a reliable qualitative description of the thermal behavior of interpenetrable globular polymers, is known to exhibit a polymorphic fcc-bcc transition at low densities and reentrant melting at high densities. Extensive Monte Carlo simulations, carried out in conjunction with accurate calculations of the solid free energies, lead to a thermodynamic scenario that is partially modified with respect to previous knowledge. In particular, we find that: (i) the fluid-bcc-fcc triple-point temperature is about one third of the maximum freezing temperature; (ii) upon isothermal compression, the model exhibits a fluid-bcc-fcc-bcc-fluid sequence of phases in a narrow range of temperatures just above the triple point. We discuss these results in relation to the behavior of star-polymer solutions and of other softly repulsive systems.

  16. Quantum phase diagrams and phase transitions in frustrated two-dimensional Heisenberg models

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    Sheng, Donna

    2014-03-01

    The quantum spin liquid is an emergent state of matter, which has attracted a lot of recent attention. I will review recent numerical progress based on the density matrix renormalization calculations in identifying gapped spin liquid in two-dimensional frustrated spin systems. I will first focus on extended model with Heisenberg exchange couplings on kagome lattice and demonstrate a topological state with fractionalized spinon and emergent gauge field clearly shown in numerical simulations. I will present concrete results on the quantum phase diagram of the extended kagome Heisenberg model, and compare that with the phase diagrams of the square and honeycomb lattice models with the dominant plaquette valence bond phase in nonmagnetic region. I will discuss numerical effort and theoretical challenge in fully pinning down the nature of the gapped topological phase, and also the nature of the quantum phase transitions in these Heisenberg systems. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation grant DMR-0906816.

  17. AlCu alloy films prepared by the thermal diffusion technique

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    Oliva, A.I.; Corona, J.E.; Sosa, V.

    2010-07-15

    100-nm thick films of Al{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x} alloys were prepared on glass substrates by thermal diffusion technique. The Cu atomic concentration was varied from 10% to 90%. Alloys were prepared at different temperatures into a vacuum oven with Argon atmosphere. Two thermal processes were used: i) heating the film at 400 deg. C in a single step, and ii) heating the films in sequential steps at 100, 200, 300 and 400 deg. C. Morphology, electrical resistivity, and crystalline orientation of the alloys were studied. The electrical resistivity and surface roughness of the alloys were found to depend strongly on the atomic composition and the diffusion temperature. However, we did not find differences between samples prepared under the two thermal processes. Alloys prepared with x = 0.6 and x = 0.1-0.3 as Cu at concentration exhibited values on electrical resistivity and surface roughness lower than pure Al. Different phases of the Al{sub 1} {sub -} {sub x}Cu{sub x} films were observed as a function of Cu concentration showing a good agreement with the AlCu phase diagram.

  18. Alloy Phase Diagrams for III-P Semiconductor Crystal Growth

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    Gennett, Adam

    and error experimentation to determine said condition would be time consuming and costly. To reduce the amount of experimentation that must be done equilibrium phase diagram are constructed using the CALPHAD method. Calculations are performed using Gibbs free energy minimization software commercially available from Thermo-Calc Software, Inc., and databases containing thermochemical data on binary III-V material systems. Diagrams were calculated for temperatures between 530 °C and 1475 °C, thus providing coverage of the entire temperature range where both a segregated liquid and solid phase exist and liquid phase solution growth is possible. Data from these phase diagrams were used to establish conditions of temperature and melt composition for growth of any solid composition of GaxIn1-xP, as well as theoretical Scheil solidification profiles for various starting charge compositions. Additionally, equilibrium phase data was used to create models for rates at which the depleted phosphide components (GaP and InP) must be replenished in the melt solution in order to grow bulk crystals of uniform axial compositions. It was also determined from the Scheil solidification curves that it is theoretically possible for self-grading of the solid composition to occur followed by growth of a solid with uniform axial composition simply by cooling a system with sufficiently high atom fractions of phosphorus and sufficiently low atom fractions of gallium. Experiments were carried out to test conditions for growth given by the phase diagrams, as well as validate the Scheil solidification profiles and the possibility of compositional grading to high-GaP compositions through feed of GaP. Growth of different GaxIn1-xP compositions from this melt and compositional grading toward high-GaP compositions was demonstrated to feasible. In addition, the extent of the solubility of GaP and InP as well as their low diffusion rates in InSb was demonstrated. Finally, high sensitivity of the solid

  19. The Earth's Core and the Phase Diagram of Iron

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    Anderson, O. L.

    1982-08-01

    The phase diagram of iron is presented for P <= 330 GPa. The melting curve is derived from Stevenson's generalized form of Lindemann's law, successfully connecting the low-pressure (5-20 GPa) measurements to the new shock-wave measurements of 250 GPa. The isothermal equation of state of ɛ -iron (h.c.p.) and γ -iron (f.c.c.), indicate that the inner core density is that of pure solid iron. The present experiments cannot distinguish between the ɛ or γ phase for the inner core, but preference is given to γ -iron. From these constructions, it is concluded that the melting temperature of iron at the inner core - outer core boundary pressure, Tmi (i.c.b.), is 5200-6600 K. A likely model of the outer core temperature is presented by taking 5800 K as the probable value of Tmi (i.c.b.), and assuming a temperature drop of 1000 K due to chemically induced melting point depression. This yields 3620 K for the T of the core side of the core-mantle boundary (c.m.b.). This model results in a large Δ T (D' '), (700 K), at the c.m.b., but the shock-wave data also allow other models where Δ T (D' ') is less. A numerical experiment reveals that the value for Δ T (D' ') of 700 K does not lead to distortion of the density profile. The (γ -ɛ -liquid) triple point is beyond the i.c.b. Thus, diluted γ -iron in the liquid phase constitutes the outer core. The experiments support a thermally driven model of the geomagnetic dynamo, and further support a model of a slowly freezing inner core for the energy source.

  20. High-field phase-diagram of Fe arsenide superconductors

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    Jo, Y. J.; Jaroszynski, J.; Yamamoto, A.; Gurevich, A.; Riggs, S. C.; Boebinger, G. S.; Larbalestier, D.; Wen, H. H.; Zhigadlo, N. D.; Katrych, S.; Bukowski, Z.; Karpinski, J.; Liu, R. H.; Chen, H.; Chen, X. H.; Balicas, L.

    2009-05-01

    Here, we report an overview of the phase-diagram of single-layered and double-layered Fe arsenide superconductors at high magnetic fields. Our systematic magneto-transport measurements of polycrystalline SmFeAsO 1- xF x at different doping levels confirm the upward curvature of the upper critical magnetic field Hc2 ( T) as a function of temperature T defining the phase boundary between the superconducting and metallic states for crystallites with the ab planes oriented nearly perpendicular to the magnetic field. We further show from measurements on single-crystals that this feature, which was interpreted in terms of the existence of two superconducting gaps, is ubiquitous among both series of single- and double-layered compounds. In all compounds explored by us the zero temperature upper critical field Hc2 (0), estimated either through the Ginzburg-Landau or the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg single gap theories, strongly surpasses the weak-coupling Pauli paramagnetic limiting field. This clearly indicates the strong-coupling nature of the superconducting state and the importance of magnetic correlations for these materials. Our measurements indicate that the superconducting anisotropy, as estimated through the ratio of the effective masses γ = ( mc/ mab) 1/2 for carriers moving along the c-axis and the ab-planes, respectively, is relatively modest as compared to the high- Tc cuprates, but it is temperature, field and even doping dependent. Finally, our preliminary estimations of the irreversibility field Hm( T), separating the vortex-solid from the vortex-liquid phase in the single-layered compounds, indicates that it is well described by the melting of a vortex lattice in a moderately anisotropic uniaxial superconductor.

  1. Helicity, anisotropies, and their competition in a multiferroic magnet: Insight from the phase diagram

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    Gvozdikova, M. V.; Ziman, T.; Zhitomirsky, M. E.

    2016-07-01

    Motivated by the complex phase diagram of MnWO4, we investigate the competition between anisotropy, magnetic field, and helicity for the anisotropic next-nearest-neighbor Heisenberg model. Apart from two competing exchanges, which favor a spiral magnetic structure, the model features the biaxial single-ion anisotropy. The model is treated in the real-space mean-field approximation and the phase diagram containing various incommensurate and commensurate states is obtained for different field orientations. We discuss the similarities and differences of the theoretical phase diagram and the experimental diagram of MnWO4.

  2. Phase diagram of highly asymmetric binary hard-sphere mixtures.

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    Dijkstra, M; van Roij, R; Evans, R

    1999-05-01

    We study the phase behavior and structure of highly asymmetric binary hard-sphere mixtures. By first integrating out the degrees of freedom of the small spheres in the partition function we derive a formal expression for the effective Hamiltonian of the large spheres. Then using an explicit pairwise (depletion) potential approximation to this effective Hamiltonian in computer simulations, we determine fluid-solid coexistence for size ratios q=0.033, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, and 1.0. The resulting two-phase region becomes very broad in packing fractions of the large spheres as q becomes very small. We find a stable, isostructural solid-solid transition for q< or =0.05 and a fluid-fluid transition for q< or =0.10. However, the latter remains metastable with respect to the fluid-solid transition for all size ratios we investigate. In the limit q-->0 the phase diagram mimics that of the sticky-sphere system. As expected, the radial distribution function g(r) and the structure factor S(k) of the effective one-component system show no sharp signature of the onset of the freezing transition and we find that at most points on the fluid-solid boundary the value of S(k) at its first peak is much lower than the value given by the Hansen-Verlet freezing criterion. Direct simulations of the true binary mixture of hard spheres were performed for q > or =0.05 in order to test the predictions from the effective Hamiltonian. For those packing fractions of the small spheres where direct simulations are possible, we find remarkably good agreement between the phase boundaries calculated from the two approaches-even up to the symmetric limit q=1 and for very high packings of the large spheres, where the solid-solid transition occurs. In both limits one might expect that an approximation which neglects higher-body terms should fail, but our results support the notion that the main features of the phase equilibria of asymmetric binary hard-sphere mixtures are accounted for by the effective

  3. One-Component Pressure-Temperature Phase Diagrams in the Presence of Air

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    Andrade-Gamboa, Julio; Martire, Daniel O.; Donati, Edgardo R.

    2010-01-01

    One-component phase diagrams are good approximations to predict pressure-temperature ("P-T") behavior of a substance in the presence of air, provided air pressure is not much higher than the vapor pressure. However, at any air pressure, and from the conceptual point of view, the use of a traditional "P-T" phase diagram is not strictly correct. In…

  4. Research of Mechanical Property Gradient Distribution of Al-Cu Alloy in Centrifugal Casting

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    Sun, Zhi; Sui, Yanwei; Liu, Aihui; Li, Bangsheng; Guo, Jingjie

    Al-Cu alloy castings are obtained using centrifugal casting. The regularity of mechanical property gradient distribution of Al-Cu alloy castings with the same centrifugal radius at different positions is investigated. The result shows that the tensile strength, yield strength, elongation and microscope hardness exhibit the following gradient distribution characteristic — high on both sides and low on the center. The trend of mechanical property gradient distribution of Al-Cu alloy increases with the increase in the rotation speed. Moreover, the mechanical properties of casting centerline two sides have asymmetry. The reason is that the grain size of casting centerline two sides and Al2Cu phase and Cu content change correspondingly.

  5. Resistance to Fracture, Fatigue and Stress-Corrosion of Al-Cu-Li-Zr Alloys

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    2007-11-02

    Zr alloyý, 4 Heat treatment and hot rolling schedules fur 66 the Al-Cu-Li-Zr alloys 5 Laue transmission analysis of Al-Cu-Li-Zr alloys 67 6 X-ray...ratio, there appears to be an increase in amount of matrix 6 ’ as well as grain boundary precipitates ( 6 , T-phase) (? 4 ). As a result, there is a...containing 6 ’ precipitates that enhance slip planarity and certain titanium alloys (e.g. alloys with acicular astructure), will be expected to have a

  6. Phase equilibra in binary Lennard-Jones mixtures: phase diagram simulation

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    Canongia Lopes, J. N.

    A three-box version of the Gibbs ensemble Monte Carlo method was used to determine the phase diagram type of several binary mixtures of one-centre Lennard-Jones particles. The method can be used to establish a direct link between the intermolecular potential modelling the interactions in a given system and its fluid phase diagram, without the knowledge of the corresponding equation of state governing its pV T behaviour. As an example of the application of the method, closed-loop behaviour in an isotropic system could be found using a set of Lennard-Jones parameters exhibiting a cross-interaction diameter with a negative deviation from the Lorentz-Berthelot combination rule.

  7. Magnetic phase diagram of superantiferromagnetic TbCu2 nanoparticles

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    Echevarria-Bonet, C.; Rojas, D. P.; Espeso, J. I.; Rodríguez Fernández, J.; de la Fuente Rodríguez, M.; Fernández Barquín, L.; Rodríguez Fernández, L.; Gorria, P.; Blanco, J. A.; Fdez-Gubieda, M. L.; Bauer, E.; Damay, F.

    2015-12-01

    The structural state and static and dynamic magnetic properties of TbCu2 nanoparticles are reported to be produced by mechanical milling under inert atmosphere. The randomly dispersed nanoparticles as detected by TEM retain the bulk symmetry with an orthorhombic Imma lattice and Tb and Cu in the 4e and 8h positions, respectively. Rietveld refinements confirm that the milling produces a controlled reduction of particle sizes reaching ≃6 nm and an increase of the microstrain up to ≃0.6%. The electrical resistivity indicates a metallic behavior and the presence of a magnetic contribution to the electronic scattering which decreases with milling times. The dc-susceptibility shows a reduction of the Néel transition (from 49 K to 43 K) and a progressive increase of a peak (from 9 K to 15 K) in the zero-field-cooled magnetization with size reduction. The exchange anisotropy is very weak (a bias field of ≃30 Oe) and is due to the presence of a disordered (thin) shell coupled to the antiferromagnetic core. The dynamic susceptibility evidences a critical slowing down in the spin-disordered state for the lowest temperature peak associated with a spin glass-like freezing with a tendency of zv and β exponents to increase when the size becomes 6 nm (zv≃ 6.6 and β ≃ 0.85 ). A Rietveld analysis of the neutron diffraction patterns 1.8≤slant T≤slant 60 K, including the magnetic structure determination, reveals that there is a reduction of the expected moment (≃80%), which must be connected to the presence of the disordered particle shell. The core magnetic structure retains the bulk antiferromagnetic arrangement. The overall interpretation is based on a superantiferromagnetic behavior which at low temperatures coexists with a canting of surface moments and a mismatch of the antiferromagnetic sublattices of the nanoparticles. We propose a novel magnetic phase diagram where changes are provoked by a combination of the decrease of size and the increase of

  8. Phase diagrams and ionic defects in the 2212 and 2201 phases of the bismuth system

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    Idemoto, Yasushi; Kobayashi, Shinichi; Fueki, Kazuo

    1994-08-01

    The compositional diagrams representing the stability regions of the 2212 and 2201 phases of the bismuth system were constructed for several temperatures above 820°C. The actual densities of both phases were determined by pycnometry and compared with the theoretical densities. It was found that the maximum ion deficiency is about 2% for the 2212 phase and nearly zero for the 2201 phase. The valences of Bi and Cu were determined by chemical analysis and the excess oxygen was calculated. The maximum excess oxygen was found to be 2.5% and 3% for the 2212 and 2201 phases, respectively. From the ion deficiency and the excess oxygen, it was concluded that the excess oxygen occupies not the vacancy but the interstitial site.

  9. Analytical phase diagrams for colloids and non-adsorbing polymer.

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    Fleer, Gerard J; Tuinier, Remco

    2008-11-04

    introduce the size ratio q=delta/a, where the depletion thickness delta is no longer of order R. In the protein limit the binodal concentrations are above overlap. In such semidilute solutions delta approximately xi, where the De Gennes blob size (correlation length) xi scales as xi approximately phi(-gamma), with gamma=0.77 for good solvents and gamma=1 for a theta solvent. In this limit Pi=Pi(sd) approximately phi(3gamma). We now apply the following additional modifications: With these latter two modifications we obtain again a fully analytical model with simple equations for critical and triple points as a function of q(R). In the protein limit the binodal polymer concentrations scale as q(R)(1/gamma), and phase diagrams phiq(R)(-1/gamma) versus the colloid concentration eta become universal (i.e., independent of the size ratio q(R)). The predictions of this generalized free-volume theory (GFVT) are in excellent agreement with experiment and with computer simulations, not only for the colloid limit but also for the protein limit (and the crossover between these limits). The q(R)(1/gamma) scaling is accurately reproduced by both simulations and other theoretical models. The liquid window is the region between phi(c) (critical point) and phi(t) (triple point). In terms of the ratio phi(t)/phi(c) the liquid window extends from 1 in the cep (here phi(t)-phi(c)=0) to 2.2 in the protein limit. Hence, the liquid window is narrow: it covers at most a factor 2.2 in (external) polymer concentration.

  10. The non-equilibrium phase diagrams of flow-induced crystallization and melting of polyethylene

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    Wang, Zhen; Ju, Jianzhu; Yang, Junsheng; Ma, Zhe; Liu, Dong; Cui, Kunpeng; Yang, Haoran; Chang, Jiarui; Huang, Ningdong; Li, Liangbin

    2016-09-01

    Combining extensional rheology with in-situ synchrotron ultrafast x-ray scattering, we studied flow-induced phase behaviors of polyethylene (PE) in a wide temperature range up to 240 °C. Non-equilibrium phase diagrams of crystallization and melting under flow conditions are constructed in stress-temperature space, composing of melt, non-crystalline δ, hexagonal and orthorhombic phases. The non-crystalline δ phase is demonstrated to be either a metastable transient pre-order for crystallization or a thermodynamically stable phase. Based on the non-equilibrium phase diagrams, nearly all observations in flow-induced crystallization (FIC) of PE can be well understood. The interplay of thermodynamic stabilities and kinetic competitions of the four phases creates rich kinetic pathways for FIC and diverse final structures. The non-equilibrium flow phase diagrams provide a detailed roadmap for precisely processing of PE with designed structures and properties.

  11. The non-equilibrium phase diagrams of flow-induced crystallization and melting of polyethylene

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    Wang, Zhen; Ju, Jianzhu; Yang, Junsheng; Ma, Zhe; Liu, Dong; Cui, Kunpeng; Yang, Haoran; Chang, Jiarui; Huang, Ningdong; Li, Liangbin

    2016-01-01

    Combining extensional rheology with in-situ synchrotron ultrafast x-ray scattering, we studied flow-induced phase behaviors of polyethylene (PE) in a wide temperature range up to 240 °C. Non-equilibrium phase diagrams of crystallization and melting under flow conditions are constructed in stress-temperature space, composing of melt, non-crystalline δ, hexagonal and orthorhombic phases. The non-crystalline δ phase is demonstrated to be either a metastable transient pre-order for crystallization or a thermodynamically stable phase. Based on the non-equilibrium phase diagrams, nearly all observations in flow-induced crystallization (FIC) of PE can be well understood. The interplay of thermodynamic stabilities and kinetic competitions of the four phases creates rich kinetic pathways for FIC and diverse final structures. The non-equilibrium flow phase diagrams provide a detailed roadmap for precisely processing of PE with designed structures and properties. PMID:27609305

  12. Binary Solid-Liquid Phase Diagram of Phenol and t-Butanol: An Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Experiment

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    Xu, Xinhua; Wang, Xiaogang; Wu, Meifen

    2014-01-01

    The determination of the solid-liquid phase diagram of a binary system is always used as an experiment in the undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory courses. However, most phase diagrams investigated in the lab are simple eutectic ones, despite the fact that complex binary solid-liquid phase diagrams are more common. In this article, the…

  13. Water Mediated Interactions and the Protein Folding Phase Diagram in the Temperature-Pressure Plane.

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    Sirovetz, Brian J; Schafer, Nicholas P; Wolynes, Peter G

    2015-08-27

    The temperature-pressure behavior of two proteins, ubiquitin and λ-repressor, is explored using a realistically coarse-grained physicochemical model, the associative memory, water mediated, structure and energy model (AWSEM). The phase diagram across the temperature-pressure plane is obtained by perturbing the water mediated interactions in the Hamiltonian systematically. The phase diagrams calculated with direct simulations along with an extended bridge sampling estimator show the main features found experimentally, including both cold- and pressure-denaturation. The denatured ensembles in different parts of the phase diagram are characterized and found to be structurally distinct. The protein energy landscape is found to be funneled throughout the phase diagram, but modest changes in the entropy and free energy of the water are found to drive both cold and pressure induced denaturation.

  14. Concentration fields of the ternary systems and trajectory of phases in T-x-y Diagrams

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    Lutsyk, V.; Zelenaya, A.

    2017-01-01

    The possibility of computer models of T-x-y diagrams for analysis two-, one- and zero-dimensional concentration fields are demonstrated using T-x-y diagram of systems CaO-SiO2-Al2O3 and MgO-SiO2-Al2O3. The characteristics of processes proceeding in the concentration fields can be analyzed with the help of diagrams of vertical mass balances, which show the increase or decrease of phases portions for each phase region. Calculation of crystallization paths was made.

  15. The topological phase diagram of cimetidine: A case of overall monotropy.

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    Céolin, R; Rietveld, I B

    2017-03-01

    Cimetidine is a histamine H2-receptor antagonist used against peptic ulcers. It is known to exhibit crystalline polymorphism. Forms A and D melt within 0.35 degrees from each other and the enthalpies of fusion are similar as well. The present paper demonstrates how to construct a pressure-temperature phase diagram with only calorimetric and volumetric data available. The phase diagram provides the stability domains and the phase equilibria for the phases A, D, the liquid and the vapor. Cimetidine is overall monotropic with form D the only stable solid phase.

  16. Determination of the quaternary phase diagram of the water-ethylene glycol-sucrose-NaCl system and a comparison between two theoretical methods for synthetic phase diagrams.

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    Han, Xu; Liu, Yang; Critser, John K

    2010-08-01

    Characterization of the thermodynamic properties of multi-solute aqueous solutions is of critical importance for biological and biochemical research. For example, the phase diagrams of aqueous systems, containing salts, saccharides, and plasma membrane permeating solutes, are indispensible in the field of cryobiology and pharmacology. However, only a few ternary phase diagrams are currently available for these systems. In this study, an auto-sampler differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) was used to determine the quaternary phase diagram of the water-ethylene glycol-sucrose-NaCl system. To improve the accuracy of melting point measurement, a "mass-redemption" method was also applied for the DSC technique. Base on the analyses of these experimental data, a comparison was made between the two practical approaches to generate phase diagrams of multi-solute solutions from those of single-solute solutions: the summation of cubic polynomial melting point equations versus the use of osmotic virial equations with cross coefficients. The calculated values of the model standard deviations suggested that both methods are satisfactory for characterizing this quaternary system.

  17. Determination of the quaternary phase diagram of the water-ethylene glycol-sucrose-NaCl system and a comparison between two theoretical methods for synthetic phase diagrams

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    Han, Xu; Liu, Yang; Critser, John K.

    2010-01-01

    Characterization of the thermodynamic properties of multi-solute aqueous solutions is of critical importance for biological and biochemical research. For example, the phase diagrams of aqueous systems, containing salts, saccharides, and plasma membrane permeating solutes, are indispensible in the field of cryobiology and pharmacology. However, only a few ternary phase diagrams are currently available for these systems. In this study, an auto-sampler differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) was used to determine the quaternary phase diagram of the water-ethylene glycol-sucrose-NaCl system. To improve the accuracy of melting point measurement, a “mass redemption” method was also applied for the DSC technique. Base on the analyses of these experimental data, a comparison was made between the two practical approaches to generate phase diagrams of multi-solute solutions from those of single-solute solutions: the summation of cubic polynomial melting point equations versus the use of osmotic virial equations with cross coefficients. The calculated values of the model standard deviations suggested that both methods are satisfactory for characterizing this quaternary system. PMID:20447385

  18. Icosahedral AlCuFe quasicrystal at high pressure and temperature and its implications for the stability of icosahedrite

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    Stagno, Vincenzo; Bindi, Luca; Shibazaki, Yuki; Tange, Yoshinori; Higo, Yuji; Mao, H.-K.; Steinhardt, Paul J.; Fei, Yingwei

    2014-01-01

    The first natural-occurring quasicrystal, icosahedrite, was recently discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a new CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. Its finding raised fundamental questions regarding the effects of pressure and temperature on the kinetic and thermodynamic stability of the quasicrystal structure relative to possible isochemical crystalline or amorphous phases. Although several studies showed the stability at ambient temperature of synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe up to ~35 GPa, the simultaneous effect of temperature and pressure relevant for the formation of icosahedrite has been never investigated so far. Here we present in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments on synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe using multianvil device to explore possible temperature-induced phase transformations at pressures of 5 GPa and temperature up to 1773 K. Results show the structural stability of i-AlCuFe phase with a negligible effect of pressure on the volumetric thermal expansion properties. In addition, the structural analysis of the recovered sample excludes the transformation of AlCuFe quasicrystalline phase to possible approximant phases, which is in contrast with previous predictions at ambient pressure. Results from this study extend our knowledge on the stability of icosahedral AlCuFe at higher temperature and pressure than previously examined, and provide a new constraint on the stability of icosahedrite. PMID:25070248

  19. Melting point and phase diagram of methanol as obtained from computer simulations of the OPLS model.

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    Gonzalez Salgado, D; Vega, C

    2010-03-07

    In this work, the melting point and the phase diagram of methanol is determined via computer simulations using the OPLS model. The three different solid structures that are found experimentally were considered. By computing the free energies of both the fluid phase and the three different solid structures (alpha, beta, gamma), the initial solid-solid and fluid-solid coexistence points were determined. By performing Gibbs-Duhem integration, the complete coexistence lines were evaluated. In this way, it was possible to compute, for the first time, the complete phase diagram for a potential model of methanol. It is found that the optimized potential model for liquid simulations (OPLS) provides reasonable predictions for the densities of the three solid polymorphs, although they tend to be somewhat low when compared with the experiment. Overall the model provides a qualitatively correct description of the phase diagram of methanol. The beta solid, which is thermodynamically stable in the experimental phase diagram of methanol, is found to be metastable in the phase diagram of the model. The alpha phase is stable at low pressures and the gamma phase is stable at high pressures, in agreement with experiment. Thus, the model is able to predict the existence of the gamma solid at high pressure. From free energy calculations we found that the melting point of the model at room pressure is 215 K. That was further confirmed by direct coexistence simulations. Thus, the model presents a melting point about 40 K above the experimental value of 175 K. Thus the OPLS model provides a reasonable description of the phase diagram of methanol, but it could probably be modified to improve the phase diagram predictions.

  20. Melting point and phase diagram of methanol as obtained from computer simulations of the OPLS model

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    Gonzalez Salgado, D.; Vega, C.

    2010-03-01

    In this work, the melting point and the phase diagram of methanol is determined via computer simulations using the OPLS model. The three different solid structures that are found experimentally were considered. By computing the free energies of both the fluid phase and the three different solid structures (α,β,γ), the initial solid-solid and fluid-solid coexistence points were determined. By performing Gibbs-Duhem integration, the complete coexistence lines were evaluated. In this way, it was possible to compute, for the first time, the complete phase diagram for a potential model of methanol. It is found that the optimized potential model for liquid simulations (OPLS) provides reasonable predictions for the densities of the three solid polymorphs, although they tend to be somewhat low when compared with the experiment. Overall the model provides a qualitatively correct description of the phase diagram of methanol. The β solid, which is thermodynamically stable in the experimental phase diagram of methanol, is found to be metastable in the phase diagram of the model. The α phase is stable at low pressures and the γ phase is stable at high pressures, in agreement with experiment. Thus, the model is able to predict the existence of the γ solid at high pressure. From free energy calculations we found that the melting point of the model at room pressure is 215 K. That was further confirmed by direct coexistence simulations. Thus, the model presents a melting point about 40 K above the experimental value of 175 K. Thus the OPLS model provides a reasonable description of the phase diagram of methanol, but it could probably be modified to improve the phase diagram predictions.

  1. Comparison of actual vs synthesized ternary phase diagrams for solutes of cryobiological interest☆

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    Kleinhans, F.W.; Mazur, Peter

    2009-01-01

    Phase diagrams are of great utility in cryobiology, especially those consisting of a cryoprotective agent (CPA) dissolved in a physiological salt solution. These ternary phase diagrams consist of plots of the freezing points of increasing concentrations of solutions of cryoprotective agents (CPA) plus NaCl. Because they are time-consuming to generate, ternary diagrams are only available for a small number of CPA's. We wanted to determine whether accurate ternary phase diagrams could be synthesized by adding together the freezing point depressions of binary solutions of CPA/water and NaCl/water which match the corresponding solute molality concentrations in the ternary solution. We begin with a low concentration of a solution of CPA + salt of given R (CPA/salt) weight ratio. Ice formation in that solution is mimicked by withdrawing water from it which increases the concentrations of both the CPA and the NaCl. We compute the individual solute concentrations, determine their freezing points from published binary phase diagrams, and sum the freezing points. These yield the synthesized ternary phase diagram for a solution of given R. They were compared with published experimental ternary phase diagrams for glycerol, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), sucrose, and ethylene glycol (EG) plus NaCl in water. For the first three, the synthesized and experimental phase diagrams agreed closely, with some divergence occurring as wt % concentrations exceeded 30% for DMSO and 55% for glycerol and sucrose. However, in the case of EG there were substantial differences over nearly the entire range of concentrations which we attribute to systematic errors in the experimental EG data. New experimental EG work will be required to resolve this issue. PMID:17350609

  2. Comparison of actual vs. synthesized ternary phase diagrams for solutes of cryobiological interest.

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    Kleinhans, F W; Mazur, Peter

    2007-04-01

    Phase diagrams are of great utility in cryobiology, especially, those consisting of a cryoprotective agent (CPA) dissolved in a physiological salt solution. These ternary phase diagrams consist of plots of the freezing points of increasing concentrations of solutions of cryoprotective agents (CPA) plus NaCl. Because they are time-consuming to generate, ternary diagrams are only available for a small number of CPAs. We wanted to determine whether accurate ternary phase diagrams could be synthesized by adding together the freezing point depressions of binary solutions of CPA/water and NaCl/water which match the corresponding solute molality concentrations in the ternary solution. We begin with a low concentration of a solution of CPA+salt of given R (CPA/salt) weight ratio. Ice formation in that solution is mimicked by withdrawing water from it which increases the concentrations of both the CPA and the NaCl. We compute the individual solute concentrations, determine their freezing points from published binary phase diagrams, and sum the freezing points. These yield the synthesized ternary phase diagram for a solution of given R. They were compared with published experimental ternary phase diagrams for glycerol, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), sucrose, and ethylene glycol (EG) plus NaCl in water. For the first three, the synthesized and experimental phase diagrams agreed closely, with some divergence occurring as wt% concentrations exceeded 30% for DMSO and 55% for glycerol, and sucrose. However, in the case of EG there were substantial differences over nearly the entire range of concentrations which we attribute to systematic errors in the experimental EG data. New experimental EG work will be required to resolve this issue.

  3. PHASE EQUILIBRIA INVESTIGATION OF BINARY, TERNARY, AND HIGHER ORDER SYSTEMS. PART 9. CALCULATION OF THERMODYNAMIC QUANTITIES FROM PHASE DIAGRAMS

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    The thermodynamic fundamentals relating phase equilibria in binary and ternary systems to the thermodynamic properties of the phases are reviewed and...system demonstrate the application of the equations for extracting thermodynamic data from phase diagrams and also for the prediction of phase equilibria .

  4. Phase diagram of a three-sublattice mixed ferro-ferrimagnetic Heisenberg system

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    Mert, H. Şevki; Mert, Gülistan

    2013-10-01

    We present a numerical study of a three-sublattice mixed ferro-ferrimagnetic Heisenberg system. Green's function technique is used to calculate the magnetization as a function of temperature. The technique involves the random phase approximation and Anderson-Callen's decoupling. We obtain phase diagram and the first-order phase transition.

  5. Phase diagram of softly repulsive systems: the Gaussian and inverse-power-law potentials.

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    Prestipino, Santi; Saija, Franz; Giaquinta, Paolo V

    2005-10-08

    We redraw, using state-of-the-art methods for free-energy calculations, the phase diagrams of two reference models for the liquid state: the Gaussian and inverse-power-law repulsive potentials. Notwithstanding the different behaviors of the two potentials for vanishing interparticle distances, their thermodynamic properties are similar in a range of densities and temperatures, being ruled by the competition between the body-centered-cubic (bcc) and face-centered-cubic (fcc) crystalline structures and the fluid phase. We confirm the existence of a reentrant bcc phase in the phase diagram of the Gaussian-core model, just above the triple point. We also trace the bcc-fcc coexistence line of the inverse-power-law model as a function of the power exponent n and relate the common features in the phase diagrams of such systems to the softness degree of the interaction.

  6. Low-pressure phase diagram of crystalline benzene from quantum Monte Carlo

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    Azadi, Sam; Cohen, R. E.

    2016-08-01

    We studied the low-pressure (0-10 GPa) phase diagram of crystalline benzene using quantum Monte Carlo and density functional theory (DFT) methods. We performed diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (DMC) calculations to obtain accurate static phase diagrams as benchmarks for modern van der Waals density functionals. Using density functional perturbation theory, we computed the phonon contributions to the free energies. Our DFT enthalpy-pressure phase diagrams indicate that the Pbca and P21/c structures are the most stable phases within the studied pressure range. The DMC Gibbs free-energy calculations predict that the room temperature Pbca to P21/c phase transition occurs at 2.1(1) GPa. This prediction is consistent with available experimental results at room temperature. Our DMC calculations give 50.6 ± 0.5 kJ/mol for crystalline benzene lattice energy.

  7. Cold hydrogen EOS/phase diagram from DAC experiments to 300 GPa

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    Eremets, Mikhail

    2013-06-01

    Two new phases of hydrogen have been discovered at room temperature: phase IV above 220 GPa and phase V above 280 GPa. In the present work we studied these phases in a wide temperature range with the aid of Raman, infrared absorption, and electrical measurements at pressures up to 340 GPa. Also, we revised the I-III phase boundary and thus have built a new phase diagram of hydrogen. In particular, we established a new triple point at the phase diagram at 208 GPa and T = 308 K. Our new data further support the previous work that hydrogen is semiconductor in phase IV and most likely semimetal in phase V. M. I. Eremets, I. A. Troyan, A. Drozdov, Ph. Lerch, P. Naumov, Paul Scherrer, Institute, CH 5232 VILLIGEN-PSI, Switzerland.

  8. Quantum phases of the Shastry-Sutherland Kondo lattice: implications for the global phase diagram of heavy-fermion metals.

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    Pixley, J H; Yu, Rong; Si, Qimiao

    2014-10-24

    Considerable recent theoretical and experimental effort has been devoted to the study of quantum criticality and novel phases of antiferromagnetic heavy-fermion metals. In particular, quantum phase transitions have been discovered in heavy-fermion compounds with geometrical frustration. These developments have motivated us to study the competition between the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida and Kondo interactions on the Shastry-Sutherland lattice. We determine the zero-temperature phase diagram as a function of magnetic frustration and Kondo coupling within a slave-fermion approach. Pertinent phases include the valence bond solid and heavy Fermi liquid. In the presence of antiferromagnetic order, our zero-temperature phase diagram is remarkably similar to the global phase diagram proposed earlier based on general grounds. We discuss the implications of our results for the experiments on Yb2Pt2Pb and related compounds.

  9. Equation of state and phase diagram of dense hydrogen

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    Kerley, G. I.

    1972-01-01

    The equation of state of hydrogen was calculated for specific volumes ranging from 0.01 to 0.0001 cm3/mole and for temperatures ranging from 200 to 1 million K. Three phases are considered: the molecular solid, the metallic solid and the fluid. Chemical equilibrium between molecules, atoms, ions and electrons is considered in calculating the properties of the fluid phase. Transitions between the three phases will be discussed. The triple point, where the three phases coexist, is calculated to occur at 2.3 Mbar and 1679 K. At higher temperatures and pressures, the molecular solid is unstable.

  10. Miscibility Phase Diagrams of Giant Vesicles Containing Sphingomyelin

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    Veatch, Sarah L.; Keller, Sarah L.

    2005-04-01

    Saturated sphingomyelin (SM) lipids are implicated in lipid rafts in cell plasma membranes. Here we use fluorescence microscopy to observe coexisting liquid domains in vesicles containing SM, an unsaturated phosphatidylcholine lipid (either DOPC or POPC), and cholesterol. We note similar phase behavior in a model membrane mixture without SM (DOPC/DPPC/Chol), but find no micron-scale liquid domains in membranes of POPC/PSM/Chol. We delineate the onset of solid phases below the miscibility transition temperature, and detail indirect evidence for a three-phase coexistence of one solid and two liquid phases.

  11. Phase diagram of speed gradient model with an on-ramp

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    Tang, Chang-Fu; Jiang, Rui; Wu, Qing-Song

    2007-04-01

    In this paper, phase transitions are investigated in speed gradient model with an on-ramp. Phase diagrams of traffic flow composed of manually driven vehicles and adaptive cruise control (ACC) vehicles are studied, respectively. The traffic flow composed of ACC vehicles is modeled by enhancing propagation speed of small disturbance. The phase diagram of traffic flow composed of manually driven vehicles is similar to that in previous works, in which such states as pinned localized cluster (PLC), moving localized cluster (MLC), triggered stop-and-go traffic (TSG), oscillatory congested traffic (OCT), and homogeneous congested traffic (HCT) are reproduced. In the phase diagram of traffic flow composed of ACC vehicles, traffic stability is enhanced and such states as PLC, MLC, and TSG disappear. Furthermore, some interesting phenomena, such as stationary OCT upstream of on-ramp and appearance of second OCT in HCT, are identified.

  12. Phase diagram and thermodynamic calculations of alkali and alkaline earth metal zirconates

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    Dash, Smruti; Sood, D. D.; Prasad, R.

    1996-02-01

    The ternary phase diagrams and partial pressures of various gaseous species over the equilibrium phase fields have been calculated for the MZrO (M = Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, Sr and Ba) systems by using the SOLGASMIX-PV program, which computes equilibrium composition by direct minimization of the Gibbs energy of a system. The available experimental Gibbs energy data reported in the literature for binary and ternary compounds were used for these calculations. Where no data exist, values were estimated. These ternary phase diagrams are being reported for the first time, except for the lithium system.

  13. Phase diagram of a rotating Bose-Einstein condensate with anharmonic confinement

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    Jackson, A.D.; Kavoulakis, G.M.; Lundh, E.

    2004-05-01

    We examine the phase diagram of an effectively repulsive Bose-Einstein condensate of atoms that rotates in a quadratic-plus-quartic potential. With use of a variational method we identify the three possible phases of the system as a function of the rotational frequency of the trap and of the coupling constant. The derived phase diagram is shown to be universal and partly exact in the limit of weak interactions and small anharmonicity. The variational results are found to be consistent with numerical solutions of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation.

  14. Phase Diagrams of Quasispecies Theory with Recombination and Horizontal Gene Transfer

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    Park, J.-M.; Deem, M. W.

    2007-02-01

    We consider how transfer of genetic information between individuals influences the phase diagram and mean fitness of both the Eigen and the parallel, or Crow-Kimura, models of evolution. In the absence of genetic transfer, these physical models of evolution consider the replication and point mutation of the genomes of independent individuals in a large population. A phase transition occurs, such that below a critical mutation rate an identifiable quasispecies forms. We show how transfer of genetic information changes the phase diagram and mean fitness and introduces metastability in quasispecies theory, via an analytic field theoretic mapping.

  15. Phase diagrams of vortex matter with multi-scale inter-vortex interactions in layered superconductors

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    Meng, Qingyou; Varney, Christopher N.; Fangohr, Hans; Babaev, Egor

    2017-01-01

    It was recently proposed to use the stray magnetic fields of superconducting vortex lattices to trap ultracold atoms for building quantum emulators. This calls for new methods for engineering and manipulating of the vortex states. One of the possible routes utilizes type-1.5 superconducting layered systems with multi-scale inter-vortex interactions. In order to explore the possible vortex states that can be engineered, we present two phase diagrams of phenomenological vortex matter models with multi-scale inter-vortex interactions featuring several attractive and repulsive length scales. The phase diagrams exhibit a plethora of phases, including conventional 2D lattice phases, five stripe phases, dimer, trimer, and tetramer phases, void phases, and stable low-temperature disordered phases. The transitions between these states can be controlled by the value of an applied external field.

  16. Phase diagrams of vortex matter with multi-scale inter-vortex interactions in layered superconductors.

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    Meng, Qingyou; Varney, Christopher N; Fangohr, Hans; Babaev, Egor

    2017-01-25

    It was recently proposed to use the stray magnetic fields of superconducting vortex lattices to trap ultracold atoms for building quantum emulators. This calls for new methods for engineering and manipulating of the vortex states. One of the possible routes utilizes type-1.5 superconducting layered systems with multi-scale inter-vortex interactions. In order to explore the possible vortex states that can be engineered, we present two phase diagrams of phenomenological vortex matter models with multi-scale inter-vortex interactions featuring several attractive and repulsive length scales. The phase diagrams exhibit a plethora of phases, including conventional 2D lattice phases, five stripe phases, dimer, trimer, and tetramer phases, void phases, and stable low-temperature disordered phases. The transitions between these states can be controlled by the value of an applied external field.

  17. Complete Phase Diagram of a Single Polymer Chain

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    Taylor, Mark; Paul, Wolfgang; Binder, Kurt

    2011-10-01

    The phase behavior of a single homopolymer chain is analogous to that of simple liquid, exhibiting an expanded coil (gas-like) phase, a collapsed globule (liquid-like) phase, and a compact solid phase. Using Wang-Landau sampling with bond-rebridging Monte Carlo moves we have studied the complete phase behavior of a flexible interaction-site polymer chain comprised of up to 256 square-well-spheres [1]. Here we present a finite-size scaling analysis for the phase behavior of a SW chain in the long chain limit. For a sufficiently short interaction range, the chain undergoes a direct freezing transition from the expanded coil without an intervening collapse transition. These results confirm the recent lattice model prediction that a collapsed-globule state is unstable with respect to a solid phase for polymers with sufficiently short-range monomer-monomer interactions [2]. [4pt] [1] M.P. Taylor, W. Paul, and K. Binder, J. Chem. Phys. 131, 114907 (2009).[0pt] [2] W. Paul, T. Strauch, F. Rampf, and K. Binder, Phys. Rev. E 75, 060801(R) (2007).

  18. 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

  19. Phase diagram of the Kondo lattice model with a superlattice potential

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    Silva-Valencia, J.; Franco, R.; Figueira, M. S.

    2016-02-01

    We study the ground state of a Kondo lattice model where the free carries undergo a superlattice potential. Using the density matrix renormalization group method, we establish that the model exhibits a ferromagnetic phase and spiral phase whose boundaries in the phase diagram depend on the depth of the potential. Also, we observed that the spiral to ferromagnetic quantum phase transition can be tuned by changing the local coupling or the superlattice strength.

  20. Experimental phase diagram of lithium-intercalated graphite

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    Woo, K.C.; Mertwoy, H.; Fischer, J.E.; Kamitakahara, W.A.; Robinson, D.S.

    1983-06-15

    First-order transitions to dilute stage 1 from stages 2--4 and from mixed stages are observed in Li-graphite compounds in the range 430--1020 K. The resulting (T,x) phase boundary agrees generally with predictions by Safran and others except for a sharp peak of very stable stage-2 compositions around xapprox.0.4. The commensurability energy does not contribute to this peak since both low-T and high-T phases are disordered.

  1. Quarkyonic Matter and the Phase Diagram of QCD

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    McLerran,L.

    2008-05-15

    Quarkyonic matter is a new phase of QCD at finite temperature and density which is distinct from the confined and de-confined phases. Its existence is unambiguously argued in the large numbers of colors limit, N{sub c} {yields} {infinity}, of QCD. Hints of its existence for QCD, N{sub c} = 3, are shown in lattice Monte-Carlo data and in heavy ion experiments.

  2. Characterization of Al-Cu-Mg-Ag Alloy RX226-T8 Plate

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    Lach, Cynthia L.; Domack, Marcia S.

    2003-01-01

    Aluminum-copper-magnesium-silver (Al-Cu-Mg-Ag) alloys that were developed for thermal stability also offer attractive ambient temperature strength-toughness combinations, and therefore, can be considered for a broad range of airframe structural applications. The current study evaluated Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy RX226-T8 in plate gages and compared performance with sheet gage alloys of similar composition. Uniaxial tensile properties, plane strain initiation fracture toughness, and plane stress tearing resistance of RX226-T8 were examined at ambient temperature as a function of orientation and thickness location in the plate. Properties were measured near the surface and at the mid-plane of the plate. Tensile strengths were essentially isotropic, with variations in yield and ultimate tensile strengths of less than 2% as a function of orientation and through-thickness location. However, ductility varied by more than 15% with orientation. Fracture toughness was generally higher at the mid-plane and greater for the L-T orientation, although the differences were small near the surface of the plate. Metallurgical analysis indicated that the microstructure was primarily recrystallized with weak texture and was uniform through the plate with the exception of a fine-grained layer near the surface of the plate. Scanning electron microscope analysis revealed Al-Cu-Mg second phase particles which varied in composition and were primarily located on grain boundaries parallel to the rolling direction. Fractography of toughness specimens for both plate locations and orientations revealed that fracture occurred predominantly by transgranular microvoid coalescence. Introduction High-strength, low-density Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloys were initially developed to replace conventional 2000 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7000 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) series aluminum alloys for aircraft structural applications [1]. During the High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) program, improvements in thermal stability were demonstrated for candidate

  3. Reentrant and forward phase diagrams of the anisotropic three-dimensional Ising spin glass.

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    Güven, Can; Berker, A Nihat; Hinczewski, Michael; Nishimori, Hidetoshi

    2008-06-01

    The spatially uniaxially anisotropic d=3 Ising spin glass is solved exactly on a hierarchical lattice. Five different ordered phases, namely, ferromagnetic, columnar, layered, antiferromagnetic, and spin-glass phases, are found in the global phase diagram. The spin-glass phase is more extensive when randomness is introduced within the planes than when it is introduced in lines along one direction. Phase diagram cross sections, with no Nishimori symmetry, with Nishimori symmetry lines, or entirely imbedded into Nishimori symmetry, are studied. The boundary between the ferromagnetic and spin-glass phases can be either reentrant or forward, that is either receding from or penetrating into the spin-glass phase, as temperature is lowered. However, this boundary is always reentrant when the multicritical point terminating it is on the Nishimori symmetry line.

  4. Phase diagram of quantum critical system via local convertibility of ground state

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    Liu, Si-Yuan; Quan, Quan; Chen, Jin-Jun; Zhang, Yu-Ran; Yang, Wen-Li; Fan, Heng

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the relationship between two kinds of ground-state local convertibility and quantum phase transitions in XY model. The local operations and classical communications (LOCC) convertibility is examined by the majorization relations and the entanglement-assisted local operations and classical communications (ELOCC) via Rényi entropy interception. In the phase diagram of XY model, LOCC convertibility and ELOCC convertibility of ground-states are presented and compared. It is shown that different phases in the phase diagram of XY model can have different LOCC or ELOCC convertibility, which can be used to detect the quantum phase transition. This study will enlighten extensive studies of quantum phase transitions from the perspective of local convertibility, e.g., finite-temperature phase transitions and other quantum many-body models. PMID:27381284

  5. Phase diagram of one-patch colloids forming tubes and lamellae.

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    Preisler, Zdenek; Vissers, Teun; Smallenburg, Frank; Munaò, Gianmarco; Sciortino, Francesco

    2013-08-15

    We numerically calculate the equilibrium phase diagram of one-patch particles with 30% patch coverage. It has been previously shown that in the fluid phase these particles organize into extremely long tubelike aggregates (G. Munaò et al. Soft Matter 2013, 9, 2652). Here, we demonstrate by means of free-energy calculations that such a disordered tube phase, despite forming spontaneously from the fluid phase below a density-dependent temperature, is always metastable against a lamellar crystal. We also show that a crystal of infinitely long packed tubes is thermodynamically stable, but only at high pressure. The full phase diagram of the model, beside the fluid phase, displays four different stable crystals. A gas-liquid critical point, and hence a liquid phase, is not detected.

  6. Phase diagram of power law and Lennard-Jones systems: Crystal phases

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    Travesset, Alex

    2014-10-28

    An extensive characterization of the low temperature phase diagram of particles interacting with power law or Lennard-Jones potentials is provided from Lattice Dynamical Theory. For power law systems, only two lattice structures are stable for certain values of the exponent (or softness) (A15, body centered cube (bcc)) and two more (face centered cubic (fcc), hexagonal close packed (hcp)) are always stable. Among them, only the fcc and bcc are equilibrium states. For Lennard-Jones systems, the equilibrium states are either hcp or fcc, with a coexistence curve in pressure and temperature that shows reentrant behavior. The hcp solid never coexists with the liquid. In all cases analyzed, for both power law and Lennard-Jones potentials, the fcc crystal has higher entropy than the hcp. The role of anharmonic terms is thoroughly analyzed and a general thermodynamic integration to account for them is proposed.

  7. Phase diagram of power law and Lennard-Jones systems: crystal phases.

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    Travesset, Alex

    2014-10-28

    An extensive characterization of the low temperature phase diagram of particles interacting with power law or Lennard-Jones potentials is provided from Lattice Dynamical Theory. For power law systems, only two lattice structures are stable for certain values of the exponent (or softness) (A15, body centered cube (bcc)) and two more (face centered cubic (fcc), hexagonal close packed (hcp)) are always stable. Among them, only the fcc and bcc are equilibrium states. For Lennard-Jones systems, the equilibrium states are either hcp or fcc, with a coexistence curve in pressure and temperature that shows reentrant behavior. The hcp solid never coexists with the liquid. In all cases analyzed, for both power law and Lennard-Jones potentials, the fcc crystal has higher entropy than the hcp. The role of anharmonic terms is thoroughly analyzed and a general thermodynamic integration to account for them is proposed.

  8. Phase diagram of power law and Lennard-Jones systems: Crystal phases

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    Travesset, Alex

    2014-10-01

    An extensive characterization of the low temperature phase diagram of particles interacting with power law or Lennard-Jones potentials is provided from Lattice Dynamical Theory. For power law systems, only two lattice structures are stable for certain values of the exponent (or softness) (A15, body centered cube (bcc)) and two more (face centered cubic (fcc), hexagonal close packed (hcp)) are always stable. Among them, only the fcc and bcc are equilibrium states. For Lennard-Jones systems, the equilibrium states are either hcp or fcc, with a coexistence curve in pressure and temperature that shows reentrant behavior. The hcp solid never coexists with the liquid. In all cases analyzed, for both power law and Lennard-Jones potentials, the fcc crystal has higher entropy than the hcp. The role of anharmonic terms is thoroughly analyzed and a general thermodynamic integration to account for them is proposed.

  9. J.L. Meijering's contribution to the calculation of phase diagrams — A personal perspective

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    Kaufman, Larry

    1981-01-01

    During the 1950s the present author had the benefit of studying with Wagner, Chipman, and Cohen, reading the work of Zener, Kubaschewski, Darken and Meijering, and having student colleagues such as Hillert, Hilliard and Cahn wiht whom one could argue and disagree. Notwithstanding the fact that all of these individuals contributed substantially to the author's appreciation of the interaction between thermochemistry and phase diagrams, none had a greater impact than J.L. Meijering. Although I did not meet him in person until 1967, I found that his 1950-1963 papers (listed below) and the extensive correspondence we conducted on lattice stability had the most profound influence on my own perception of the importance of phase diagram calculations. In this brief paper I hope to review Meijering's contribution to the development of our understanding of binary phase diagram characteristics, synthesis of ternary phase diagrams from the components binary diagrams, miscibility gap phenomena, magnetic contributions, and lattice stability. I will try to convince you of my own opinion that Meijering has been the most successful disciple of Van Laar in our time in enhancing the tradition of the Dutch school of thermodynamicists.

  10. Phase diagram of superconductors from nonperturbative flow equations

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    Bergerhoff, B.; Freire, F.; Litim, D.F.; Lola, S.; Wetterich, C.

    1996-03-01

    The universal behavior of superconductors near the phase transition is described by the three-dimensional field theory of scalar quantum electrodynamics. We approximately solve the model with the help of nonperturbative flow equations. A first- or second-order phase transition is found depending on the relative strength of the scalar versus the gauge coupling. The region of a second-order phase transition is governed by a fixed point of the flow equations with associated critical exponents. We also give an approximate description of the tricritical behavior and briefly discuss the crossover relevant for the onset of scaling near the critical temperature. Final confirmation of a second-order transition for strong type-II superconductors requires further analysis with extended truncations of the flow equations. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  11. QCD Phase Diagram at Finite Baryon and Isospin Chemical Potentials

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    Sasaki, T.; Sakai, Y.; Yahiro, M.; Kouno, H.

    2011-10-21

    The phase structure of two-flavor QCD is explored for finite temperature T and finite baryon- and isospin-chemical potentials, {mu}{sub B} and {mu}{sub I}, by using the Polyakov-loop extended Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (PNJL) model. The PNJL model with the scalar-type eight-quark interaction can reproduce lattice QCD data in the {mu}{sub I}-T plane at {mu}{sub B} = 0. In the {mu}{sub I}-{mu}{sub B}-T space, the critical endpoint of the chiral phase transition in the {mu}{sub B}-T plane at {mu}{sub I} = 0 moves to the tricritical point of the pion-superfluidity phase transition in the {mu}{sub I}-T plane at {mu}{sub B} = 0 as {mu}{sub I} increases.

  12. The phase diagram of a directed polymer in random media with p-spin ferromagnetic interactions

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    Wedagedera, J. R.

    2011-01-01

    We consider a directed polymer model with an additive p-spin (p>2) ferromagnetic term in the Hamiltonian. We give a rigorous proof for the specific free energy and derive the phase diagram. This model was proposed previously, and a detailed proof was given in the case p = 2, while the main result was only stated for p > 2. We give a detailed proof of the main result and show the behavior of the model as p → ∞ by constructing the phase diagram also in this case. These results are important in many applications, for instance, in telecommunication and immunology. Our major finding is that in the phase diagram for p > 2, a new transition curve (absent for p = 2) emerges between the paramagnetic region and the so-called mixed region and that the ferromagnetic region diminishes as p → ∞.

  13. Quarkyonic Matter and the Revised Phase Diagram of QCD

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    McLerran,L.

    2009-03-30

    At high baryon number density, it has been proposed that a new phase of QCD matter controlsthe physics. This matter is confining but can have densities much larger than 3QCD. Its existenceis argued from large Nc approximations, and model computations. It is approximately chirallysymmetric.

  14. Phase diagram of dipolar hard-core bosons on a honeycomb lattice

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    Nakafuji, Takashi; Ito, Takeshi; Nagamori, Yuya; Ichinose, Ikuo

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we study phase diagrams of dipolar hard-core boson gases on a honeycomb lattice. The system is described by the Haldane-Bose-Hubbard model with complex hopping amplitudes and nearest-neighbor repulsion. By using the slave-particle representation of the hard-core bosons and also the path-integral quantum Monte Carlo simulations, we investigate the system and show that the systems have a rich phase diagram. There are Mott, superfluid, chiral superfluid, and sublattice chiral superfluid phases as well as the density-wave phase. We also found a coexisting phase of superfluid and chiral superfluid. Critical behaviors of the phase transitions are also clarified.

  15. Lattice QCD phase diagram in and away from the strong coupling limit.

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    de Forcrand, Ph; Langelage, J; Philipsen, O; Unger, W

    2014-10-10

    We study lattice QCD with four flavors of staggered quarks. In the limit of infinite gauge coupling, "dual" variables can be introduced, which render the finite-density sign problem mild and allow a full determination of the μ-T phase diagram by Monte Carlo simulations, also in the chiral limit. However, the continuum limit coincides with the weak coupling limit. We propose a strong-coupling expansion approach towards the continuum limit. We show first results, including the phase diagram and its chiral critical point, from this expansion truncated at next-to-leading order.

  16. Phase diagram of the Fe-Sn-Zr system at 800 °C

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    Nieva, N.; Corvalán, C.; Jiménez, M. J.; Gómez, A.; Arreguez, C.; Joubert, J.-M.; Arias, D.

    2017-04-01

    New experimental results on the Fe-Sn-Zr phase diagram at 800 °C are presented, particularly in the central, Fe rich and Sn rich regions of the Gibbs triangle. Seven ternary alloys were designed, produced and examined by different techniques: optical and scanning electron microscopy, semi-quantitative microanalysis, quantitative microanalysis and X-ray diffraction. The results of this work and previous experimental data were used to determine the phase diagram section at 800 °C which contains at least five ternary compounds: Fe6Sn6Zr, Y, X‧, θ and C36.

  17. Phase diagrams of the Katz-Lebowitz-Spohn process on lattices with a junction

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    Tian, Bo; Jiang, Rui; Ding, Zhong-Jun; Hu, Mao-Bin; Wu, Qing-Song

    2013-06-01

    This paper studies the Katz-Lebowitz-Spohn (KLS) process on lattices with a junction, where particles move on parallel lattice branches that combine into a single lattice at the junction. It is shown that 11 kinds of phase diagrams could be observed, depending on the two parameters ɛ and δ in the KLS process. We have investigated the phase diagrams as well as bulk density analytically based on flow rate conservation and the extremal current principle. Extensive Monte Carlo computer simulations are performed, and it is found that they are in excellent agreement with theoretical prediction.

  18. Phase diagrams and magnetic properties of a superlattice with alternate layers

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    Feraoun, A.; Zaim, A.; Kerouad, M.

    2015-03-01

    The phase diagrams and magnetic properties of an Ising superlattice are investigated by means of Monte Carlo simulation based on Metropolis algorithm. The system is formed by alternate layers of spins S = 1 and σ = 3 / 2. The effects of the exchange coupling interactions and the crystal field on the phase diagrams and magnetic properties of the system are examined. A number of characteristic behaviors have been found. In particular, tricritical point, critical end point, and isolated critical point may occur in the present system.

  19. Magnetic phase diagram of magnetoelectric LiMnPO4

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    Toft-Petersen, Rasmus; Andersen, Niels H.; Li, Haifeng; Li, Jiying; Tian, Wei; Budko, Serguei L.; Jensen, Thomas B.S.; Niedermayer, Christof; Laver, Mark; Zaharko, Oksana; Lynn, Jeffrey W.; Vaknin, David

    2012-06-14

    The nature of the spin-flop (SF) transition in the magnetoelectric quasi-2D Heisenberg system LiMnPO4 is studied in fields applied along the a axis. A refinement of the magnetic structure using neutron diffraction data in the SF phase reveals that the spins reorient from being parallel to the a axis to be nearly along the c axis at magnetic fields between 4 and 4.7 T, depending on temperature. The low-field antiferromagnetic phase boundary is shown to join the spin-flop line tangentially at the so-called bicritical point, where there is a suppression of the ordering temperature. At the bicritical field, we observe an increased intensity of the Lorentz broadened elastic scattering at magnetic Bragg peaks above TN as compared to zero field and 10 T, without an increase in peak width. This suggests an increased density of fluctuations at the bicritical field as compared to zero field.

  20. High resolution electron microscopy study of a high Cu variant of Weldalite (tm) 049 and a high strength Al-Cu-Ag-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Herring, R. A.; Gayle, Frank W.; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Weldalite (trademark) 049 is an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy that is strengthened in artificially aged tempers primarily by very thin plate-like precipitates lying on the set of (111) matrix planes. This precipitate might be expected to be the T(sub 1) phase, Al2CuLi, which has been observed in Al-Cu-Li alloys. However, in several ways this precipitate is similar to the omega phase which also appears as the set of (111) planes plates and is found in Al-Cu-Ag-Mg alloys. The study was undertaken to identify the set of (111) planes precipitate or precipitates in Weldalite (trademark) 049 in the T8 (stretched and artificially aged) temper, and to determine whether T(sub 1), omega, or some other phase is primarily responsible for the high strength (i.e., 700 MPa tensile strength) in this Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy.

  1. Computational phase diagrams of noble gas hydrates under pressure

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    Teeratchanan, Pattanasak Hermann, Andreas

    2015-10-21

    We present results from a first-principles study on the stability of noble gas-water compounds in the pressure range 0-100 kbar. Filled-ice structures based on the host water networks ice-I{sub h}, ice-I{sub c}, ice-II, and C{sub 0} interacting with guest species He, Ne, and Ar are investigated, using density functional theory (DFT) with four different exchange-correlation functionals that include dispersion effects to various degrees: the non-local density-based optPBE-van der Waals (vdW) and rPW86-vdW2 functionals, the semi-empirical D2 atom pair correction, and the semi-local PBE functional. In the He-water system, the sequence of stable phases closely matches that seen in the hydrogen hydrates, a guest species of comparable size. In the Ne-water system, we predict a novel hydrate structure based on the C{sub 0} water network to be stable or at least competitive at relatively low pressure. In the Ar-water system, as expected, no filled-ice phases are stable; however, a partially occupied Ar-C{sub 0} hydrate structure is metastable with respect to the constituents. The ability of the different DFT functionals to describe the weak host-guest interactions is analysed and compared to coupled cluster results on gas phase systems.

  2. QCD phase diagram at finite baryon and isospin chemical potentials

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    Sasaki, Takahiro; Sakai, Yuji; Yahiro, Masanobu; Kouno, Hiroaki

    2010-12-01

    The phase structure of two-flavor QCD is explored for thermal systems with finite baryon- and isospin-chemical potentials, {mu}{sub B} and {mu}{sub iso}, by using the Polyakov-loop extended Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (PNJL) model. The PNJL model with the scalar-type eight-quark interaction can reproduce lattice QCD data at not only {mu}{sub iso}={mu}{sub B}=0, but also {mu}{sub iso}>0 and {mu}{sub B}=0. In the {mu}{sub iso}-{mu}{sub B}-T space, where T is temperature, the critical endpoint of the chiral phase transition in the {mu}{sub B}-T plane at {mu}{sub iso}=0 moves to the tricritical point of the pion-superfluidity phase transition in the {mu}{sub iso}-T plane at {mu}{sub B}=0 as {mu}{sub iso} increases. The thermodynamics at small T is controlled by {radical}({sigma}{sup 2}+{pi}{sup 2}) defined by the chiral and pion condensates, {sigma} and {pi}.

  3. Phase diagram of QCD in a magnetic field

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    Andersen, Jens O.; Naylor, William R.; Tranberg, Anders

    2016-04-01

    Recent advances in our understanding of the phase structure and the phase transitions of hadronic matter in strong magnetic fields B and zero quark chemical potentials μf are reviewed in detail. Many aspects of QCD are described using low-energy effective theories and models such as the bag model, the hadron resonance gas model, chiral perturbation theory (χ PT ), the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (NJL) model, the quark-meson (QM) model, and Polyakov-loop extended versions of the NJL and QM models. Their properties and applications are critically examined. This includes mean-field calculations as well as approaches beyond the mean-field approximation such as the functional renormalization group. Renormalization issues are discussed and the influence of the vacuum fluctuations on the chiral phase transition is pointed out. At T =0 , model calculations and lattice simulations predict magnetic catalysis: The quark condensate increases as a function of the magnetic field. This is covered in detail. Recent lattice results for the thermodynamics of non-Abelian gauge theories with emphasis on S U (2 )c and S U (3 )c are also discussed. In particular, inverse magnetic catalysis around the transition temperature Tc as a competition between contributions from valence quarks and sea quarks resulting in a decrease of Tc as a function of B is focused on. Finally, recent efforts to modify models in order to reproduce the behavior observed on the lattice are discussed.

  4. Phase diagram of interacting spinless fermions on the honeycomb lattice.

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    Capponi, Sylvain

    2017-02-01

    Fermions hopping on a hexagonal lattice represent one of the most active research fields in condensed matter since the discovery of graphene in 2004 and its numerous applications. Another exciting aspect of the interplay between geometry and quantum mechanical effects is given by the Haldane model (Haldane 1988 Phys. Rev. Lett. 61 2015), where spinless fermions experiencing a certain flux pattern on the honeycomb lattice leads to the stabilization of a topological phase of matter, distinct from a Mott insulator and nowadays dubbed Chern insulator. In this context, it is crucial to understand the role of interactions and this review will describe recent results that have been obtained for a minimal model, namely spinless fermions with nearest and next-nearest neighbour density-density interactions on the honeycomb lattice at half-filling. Topics addressed include an introduction of the minimal model and a discussion of the possible instabilities of the Dirac semimetal, a presentation of various theoretical and numerical approaches, and a summary of the results with a particular emphasis on the stability or not of some exotic quantum phases such as charge ordered ones (similar to Wigner crystals) and spontaneous Chern insulator phases.

  5. Phase diagram of interacting spinless fermions on the honeycomb lattice

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    Capponi, Sylvain

    2017-02-01

    Fermions hopping on a hexagonal lattice represent one of the most active research fields in condensed matter since the discovery of graphene in 2004 and its numerous applications. Another exciting aspect of the interplay between geometry and quantum mechanical effects is given by the Haldane model (Haldane 1988 Phys. Rev. Lett. 61 2015), where spinless fermions experiencing a certain flux pattern on the honeycomb lattice leads to the stabilization of a topological phase of matter, distinct from a Mott insulator and nowadays dubbed Chern insulator. In this context, it is crucial to understand the role of interactions and this review will describe recent results that have been obtained for a minimal model, namely spinless fermions with nearest and next-nearest neighbour density-density interactions on the honeycomb lattice at half-filling. Topics addressed include an introduction of the minimal model and a discussion of the possible instabilities of the Dirac semimetal, a presentation of various theoretical and numerical approaches, and a summary of the results with a particular emphasis on the stability or not of some exotic quantum phases such as charge ordered ones (similar to Wigner crystals) and spontaneous Chern insulator phases.

  6. Computational phase diagrams of noble gas hydrates under pressure

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    Teeratchanan, Pattanasak; Hermann, Andreas

    2015-10-01

    We present results from a first-principles study on the stability of noble gas-water compounds in the pressure range 0-100 kbar. Filled-ice structures based on the host water networks ice-Ih, ice-Ic, ice-II, and C0 interacting with guest species He, Ne, and Ar are investigated, using density functional theory (DFT) with four different exchange-correlation functionals that include dispersion effects to various degrees: the non-local density-based optPBE-van der Waals (vdW) and rPW86-vdW2 functionals, the semi-empirical D2 atom pair correction, and the semi-local PBE functional. In the He-water system, the sequence of stable phases closely matches that seen in the hydrogen hydrates, a guest species of comparable size. In the Ne-water system, we predict a novel hydrate structure based on the C0 water network to be stable or at least competitive at relatively low pressure. In the Ar-water system, as expected, no filled-ice phases are stable; however, a partially occupied Ar-C0 hydrate structure is metastable with respect to the constituents. The ability of the different DFT functionals to describe the weak host-guest interactions is analysed and compared to coupled cluster results on gas phase systems.

  7. Phase diagram for the Eigen quasispecies theory with a truncated fitness landscape

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    Saakian, David B.; Biebricher, Christof K.; Hu, Chin-Kun

    2009-04-01

    Using methods of statistical physics, we present rigorous theoretical calculations of Eigen’s quasispecies theory with the truncated fitness landscape which dramatically limits the available sequence space of information carriers. As the mutation rate is increased from small values to large values, one can observe three phases: the first (I) selective (also known as ferromagnetic) phase, the second (II) intermediate phase with some residual order, and the third (III) completely randomized (also known as paramagnetic) phase. We calculate the phase diagram for these phases and the concentration of information carriers in the master sequence (also known as peak configuration) x0 and other classes of information carriers. As the phase point moves across the boundary between phase I and phase II, x0 changes continuously; as the phase point moves across the boundary between phase II and phase III, x0 has a large change. Our results are applicable for the general case of a fitness landscape.

  8. Phase diagram for the trapping kinetics of partially coherent excitons

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    Pearlstein, Robert M.

    1998-06-01

    The kinetics of exciton trapping within molecular assemblies similar to those of recently reported structural models of photosynthetic light-harvesting antennas have been described theoretically for any degree of exciton coherence. It is shown here that in the space of two of the kinetic parameters - the local exciton scattering rate constant and the nearest-neighbor separation distance of the exciton-generating transition dipoles - the trapping kinetics segregate into coherent and incoherent phases delineated by universal curves. Consequences of these findings are discussed, particularly as they may apply to purple photosynthetic bacteria.

  9. Phase Diagram of Iron, Revised-Core Temperatures

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    Ahrens, T.J.; Chen, G.Q.; Holland, K.G.

    1999-01-27

    Shock-wave experiments on iron preheated to 1,573 K conducted from 14 to 73 GPa, yield new data for sound velocities of the {gamma}- and liquid-phases. Melting was observed in the highest pressure ({approximately} 71 {+-} 2 GPa) experiments at calculated shock temperatures of 2,775 {+-} 160 K. This single crossing of the {gamma}-liquid boundary measured here agrees closely with the {gamma}-iron melting line determined by Boehler [1993], Saxena et al. [1993], and Jephcoat and Besedin [1997]. This {gamma}-iron melting curve is {approximately} 300 C lower than that of Shen et al. [1998b] at 80 GPa.

  10. The Cu-Li-Sn Phase Diagram: Isopleths, Liquidus Projection and Reaction Scheme.

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    Fürtauer, Siegfried; Flandorfer, Hans

    2016-01-01

    The Cu-Li-Sn phase diagram was constructed based on XRD and DTA data of 60 different alloy compositions. Eight ternary phases and 14 binary solid phases form 44 invariant ternary reactions, which are illustrated by a Scheil-Schulz reaction scheme and a liquidus projection. Phase equilibria as a function of concentration and temperature are shown along nine isopleths. This report together with an earlier publication of our group provides for the first time comprehensive investigations of phase equilibria and respective phase diagrams. Most of the phase equilibria could be established based on our experimental results. Only in the Li-rich part where many binary and ternary compounds are present estimations had to be done which are all indicated by dashed lines. A stable ternary miscibility gap could be found which was predicted by modelling the liquid ternary phase in a recent work. The phase diagrams are a crucial input for material databases and thermodynamic optimizations regarding new anode materials for high-power Li-ion batteries.

  11. Experimental and computed phase diagrams of the Fe-Re system

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    Breidi, A.; Andasmas, M.; Crivello, J.-C.; Dupin, N.; Joubert, J.-M.

    2014-12-01

    In order to clarify controversial reports on the Fe-Re phase diagram, a new experimental investigation has been carried out. Three intermetallic phases have been evidenced, including the new report of the P phase found for the first time in a binary system. The phase relations involving the σ phase were established. In parallel, a first-principles study has been performed which provided the heat of formation of every ordered configuration for four intermetallic phases (D8b, A12, A13 and P). The mixing energy of solid solutions (fcc, bcc, hcp) was calculated using the special quasi-random structure method. Calculations were performed with the help of the density functional theory, with and without spin polarization. From these results, in the frame of the Compound Energy Formalism using the Bragg-Williams approximation, the Fe-Re phase diagram has been computed without the use of adjustable parameters. Different thermodynamic parameters obtained experimentally and theoretically, as the site occupancies, are compared. The computed phase diagram presents several differences with the experimental one. To understand these differences, the influence of several parameters on the phase stability, such as the magnetic contribution has been evaluated.

  12. The Cu-Li-Sn Phase Diagram: Isopleths, Liquidus Projection and Reaction Scheme

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    Flandorfer, Hans

    2016-01-01

    The Cu-Li-Sn phase diagram was constructed based on XRD and DTA data of 60 different alloy compositions. Eight ternary phases and 14 binary solid phases form 44 invariant ternary reactions, which are illustrated by a Scheil-Schulz reaction scheme and a liquidus projection. Phase equilibria as a function of concentration and temperature are shown along nine isopleths. This report together with an earlier publication of our group provides for the first time comprehensive investigations of phase equilibria and respective phase diagrams. Most of the phase equilibria could be established based on our experimental results. Only in the Li-rich part where many binary and ternary compounds are present estimations had to be done which are all indicated by dashed lines. A stable ternary miscibility gap could be found which was predicted by modelling the liquid ternary phase in a recent work. The phase diagrams are a crucial input for material databases and thermodynamic optimizations regarding new anode materials for high-power Li-ion batteries. PMID:27788175

  13. Phase Diagram of the ABC Model on an Interval

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    Ayyer, A.; Carlen, E. A.; Lebowitz, J. L.; Mohanty, P. K.; Mukamel, D.; Speer, E. R.

    2009-12-01

    The three species asymmetric ABC model was initially defined on a ring by Evans, Kafri, Koduvely, and Mukamel, and the weakly asymmetric version was later studied by Clincy, Derrida, and Evans. Here the latter model is studied on a one-dimensional lattice of N sites with closed (zero flux) boundaries. In this geometry the local particle conserving dynamics satisfies detailed balance with respect to a canonical Gibbs measure with long range asymmetric pair interactions. This generalizes results for the ring case, where detailed balance holds, and in fact the steady state measure is known, only for the case of equal densities of the different species: in the latter case the stationary states of the system on a ring and on an interval are the same. We prove that in the limit N→∞ the scaled density profiles are given by (pieces of) the periodic trajectory of a particle moving in a quartic confining potential. We further prove uniqueness of the profiles, i.e., the existence of a single phase, in all regions of the parameter space (of average densities and temperature) except at low temperature with all densities equal; in this case a continuum of phases, differing by translation, coexist. The results for the equal density case apply also to the system on the ring, and there extend results of Clincy et al.

  14. Phase diagram of boron carbide with variable carbon composition

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    Yao, Sanxi; Gao, Qin; Widom, Michael

    2017-02-01

    Boron carbide exhibits intrinsic substitutional disorder over a broad composition range. The structure consists of 12-atom icosahedra placed at the vertices of a rhombohedral lattice, together with a 3-atom chain along the threefold axis. In the high-carbon limit, one or two carbon atoms can replace boron atoms on the icosahedra while the chains are primarily of type C-B-C. We fit an interatomic pair interaction model to density-functional-theory total energies to investigate the substitutional carbon disorder. Monte Carlo simulations with sampling improved by replica exchange and augmented by two-dimensional multiple histogram analysis predict three phases. The low-temperature, high-carbon-composition monoclinic C m structure disorders through a pair of phase transitions, first via an Ising-like transition to a monoclinic centrosymmetric state with space group C 2 /m , then via a first-order three-state Potts-like transition to the experimentally observed rhombohedral R 3 ¯m symmetry.

  15. Solid/Liquid phase diagram of the ammonium sulfate/maleic acid/water system.

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    Beyer, Keith D; Schroeder, Jason R; Pearson, Christian S

    2011-12-01

    We have studied the low temperature phase diagram and water activities of the ammonium sulfate/maleic acid/water system using differential scanning calorimetry and infrared spectroscopy of thin films. Using the results from our experiments, we have mapped the solid/liquid ternary phase diagram, determined the water activities based on the freezing point depression, and determined the ice/maleic acid phase boundary as well as the ternary eutectic composition and temperature. We also compare our results to the predictions of the extended AIM aerosol thermodynamics model and find good agreement for the ice melting points in the ice primary phase field of this system; however significant differences were found with respect to phase boundaries, maleic acid dissolution, and ammonium sulfate dissolution.

  16. Phase diagram of Fe-based superconductor Sr2 FeAs(Mg,Ti)O3

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    Ogino, Hiraku; Singh, Shiv Jee; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Kishio, Kohji; Shimoyama, Jun-Ichi

    2014-03-01

    In iron-based superconductors, many compounds having perovskite-type blocking layers such as Sr2FeAs(Mg,Ti)O3 and Ca4Fe2As2(Mg,Ti)3O8 were discovered. There compounds have chemical and structural varieties, and have much thicker blocking layers compared to other phases. Generally superconducting transitions appear without intentional carrier doping, and Tc reaches as high as 47 K. On the other hand, electronic state and electronic phase diagram of these compounds are much less studied compared to other phases, and there are no clear observation of antiferromagnetic ordering in these compounds. In this study, we have systematically investigated phase diagram of Sr2FeAs(Mg,Ti)O3 phase by controlling carriers through oxygen composition and post-annealing. Relationship between crystal structure, chemical compositions and physical properties will be discussed.

  17. 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.

  18. A new phase diagram for layered antiferromagnetic films.

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    Hellwig, Olav; Kirk, Taryl L; Kortright, Jeffrey B; Berger, Andreas; Fullerton, Eric E

    2003-02-01

    Magnetic multilayer films provide convenient model systems for studying the physics of antiferromagnetic films and surfaces. Here we report on the magnetic reversal and domain structure in antiferromagnetically coupled Co/Pt multilayers that are isomorphic to layered antiferromagnetic films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. We observe two distinct remanent states and reversal modes of the system. In mode 1 the magnetization in each layer reverses independently, producing an antiferromagnetic remanent state that shows full lateral correlation and vertical anticorrelation across the interlayers. In mode 2 the reversal in adjacent layers is locally synchronized with a remanent state that is vertically correlated but laterally anticorrelated in ferromagnetic stripe domains. Theoretical energy calculations of the two ground states identify a new phase boundary that is in good agreement with our experimental results.

  19. Block voter model: Phase diagram and critical behavior

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    Sampaio-Filho, C. I. N.; Moreira, F. G. B.

    2011-11-01

    We introduce and study the block voter model with noise on two-dimensional square lattices using Monte Carlo simulations and finite-size scaling techniques. The model is defined by an outflow dynamics where a central set of NPCS spins, here denoted by persuasive cluster spins (PCS), tries to influence the opinion of their neighboring counterparts. We consider the collective behavior of the entire system with varying PCS size. When NPCS>2, the system exhibits an order-disorder phase transition at a critical noise parameter qc which is a monotonically increasing function of the size of the persuasive cluster. We conclude that a larger PCS has more power of persuasion, when compared to a smaller one. It also seems that the resulting critical behavior is Ising-like independent of the range of interaction.

  20. The Cu-Sn phase diagram, Part I: New experimental results.

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    Fürtauer, S; Li, D; Cupid, D; Flandorfer, H

    2013-03-01

    Phase diagram investigation of the Cu-Sn system was carried out on twenty Cu-rich samples by thermal analysis (DTA), metallographic methods (EPMA/SEM-EDX) and crystallographic analysis (powder XRD, high temperature powder XRD). One main issue in this work was to investigate the high temperature phases beta (W-type) and gamma (BiF3-type) and to check the phase relations between them. In the high temperature powder XRD experiments the presence of the two-phase-field between the beta- and the gamma-phase could not be confirmed. Detailed study of primary literature together with our experimental results leads to a new phase diagram version with a higher order transformation between these two high temperature phases. The present work is designated as part I of our joint publication. The new findings described here have been included into a completely new thermodynamic assessment of the Cu-Sn phase diagram which is presented in part II.

  1. Phase diagram of a model of nanoparticles in electrolyte solutions.

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    Li, Xiaofei; Lettieri, S; Wentzel, N; Gunton, J D

    2008-10-28

    We obtain accurate fluid-fluid coexistence curves for a recent simple model of interacting nanoparticles that includes the effects of ion-dispersion forces. It has been proposed that these ion-dispersion forces provide at least a partial explanation for the Hofmeister effect [M. Bostrom et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 168103 (2001)]. We study a model of aluminum oxide nanoparticle [Deniz et al., Colloids Surf. A 319, 98 (2008)] for three different electrolyte solutions with added salt type being sodium chloride, sodium iodide, and a nonpolarizable salt. We observe that the fluid-fluid coexistence curves depend substantially on the identity of added salt; this provides an efficient way of tuning the phase behavior of nanoparticles. The methods we employ include finite-size scaling (FSS), multicanonical histogram reweighting, and Gibbs ensemble methods. We show that, as expected, all three cases belong to the Ising universality class. The scaling fields and critical point parameters are obtained in the thermodynamic limit of infinite system size by extrapolation of our FSS results.

  2. Phase diagram and segregation of Ag-Co nanoalloys: insights from theory and simulation.

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    Zhao, Zheng; Fisher, Adrian; Cheng, Daojian

    2016-03-18

    Understanding the phase diagram is the first step to identifying the structure-performance relationship of a material at the nanoscale. In this work, a modified nanothermodynamical model has been developed to predict the phase diagrams of Ag-Co nanoalloys with the size of 1 ∼ 100 nm, which also overcomes the difference in the predicted results between theory and simulation for the first time. Based on this modified model, the phase diagrams of Ag-Co nanoalloys with various polyhedral morphologies (tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, decahedron, dodecahedron, rhombic dodecahedron, truncated octahedron, cuboctahedron, and icosahedron) have been predicted, showing good agreement with molecular dynamics simulations at the nanoscale of 1 ∼ 4 nm. In addition, the surface segregation of Ag-Co nanoalloys has been predicted with a Co-rich core/Ag-rich surface, which is also consistent with the simulation results. Our results highlight a useful roadmap for bridging the difference between theory and simulation in the prediction of the phase diagram at the nanoscale, which will help both theorists and experimentalists.

  3. Phase diagram and segregation of Ag-Co nanoalloys: insights from theory and simulation

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    Zhao, Zheng; Fisher, Adrian; Cheng, Daojian

    2016-03-01

    Understanding the phase diagram is the first step to identifying the structure-performance relationship of a material at the nanoscale. In this work, a modified nanothermodynamical model has been developed to predict the phase diagrams of Ag-Co nanoalloys with the size of 1 ˜ 100 nm, which also overcomes the difference in the predicted results between theory and simulation for the first time. Based on this modified model, the phase diagrams of Ag-Co nanoalloys with various polyhedral morphologies (tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, decahedron, dodecahedron, rhombic dodecahedron, truncated octahedron, cuboctahedron, and icosahedron) have been predicted, showing good agreement with molecular dynamics simulations at the nanoscale of 1 ˜ 4 nm. In addition, the surface segregation of Ag-Co nanoalloys has been predicted with a Co-rich core/Ag-rich surface, which is also consistent with the simulation results. Our results highlight a useful roadmap for bridging the difference between theory and simulation in the prediction of the phase diagram at the nanoscale, which will help both theorists and experimentalists.

  4. COED Transactions, Vol. 8, No. 10, October 1976. The Computer Generation of Thermodynamic Phase Diagrams.

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    Jolls, Kenneth R.; And Others

    A technique is described for the generation of perspective views of three-dimensional models using computer graphics. The technique is applied to models of familiar thermodynamic phase diagrams and the results are presented for the ideal gas and van der Waals equations of state as well as the properties of liquid water and steam from the Steam…

  5. Microstructural evolution during aging of an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Kumar, K. S.; Brown, S. A.; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Alloys in the Al-Cu-Li Ag-Mg subsystem were developed that exhibit desirable combinations of strength and ductility. These Weldalite (trademark) alloys, are unique for Al-Cu-Li alloys in that with or without a prior cold stretching operation, they obtain excellent strength-ductility combinations upon natural and artificial aging. This is significant because it enables complex, near-net shape products such as forgings and super plastically formed parts to be heat treated to ultra-high strengths. On the other hand, commercial extrusions, rolled plates and sheets of other Al-Cu-Li alloys are typically subjected to a cold stretching operation before artificial aging to the highest strength tempers to introduce dislocations that provide low-energy nucleation sites for strengthening precipitates such as the T(sub 1) phase. The variation in yield strength (YS) with Li content in the near-peak aged condition for these Weldalite (trademark) alloys and the associated microstructures were examined, and the results are discussed.

  6. Three body interaction effects on the phase diagram of spinor bosons

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    Nabi, Sk Noor; Basu, Saurabh

    2016-10-01

    We include a three body density interaction in the Bose Hubbard model and study its effects on the phase diagram for spinor (S = 1) bosons on an optical lattice via a mean field theory. The Mott insulating (MI) phases are noted to stabilize, in the sense that the MI phases extend to larger values of the system parameters alongwith widening of the particle-hole excitation spectrum as the three body interaction term is included for both the polar (spin dependent interaction being positive) and the ferromagnetic (spin dependent interaction being negative) cases. Another remarkable feature emerges as the phase diagram corresponding to the ferromagnetic case becomes distinct from that of its spinless variant, which in the absence of the three body term is indistinguishable from that of the scalar particles. A strong coupling perturbation theory is employed to provide analytical support to the above results.

  7. Influence of finite volume and magnetic field effects on the QCD phase diagram

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    Magdy, Niseem; Csanád, M.; Lacey, Roy A.

    2017-02-01

    The 2 + 1 SU(3) Polyakov linear sigma model is used to investigate the respective influence of a finite volume and a magnetic field on the quark-hadron phase boundary in the plane of baryon chemical potential ({μ }B) versus temperature (T) of the quantum chromodynamics (QCD) phase diagram. The calculated results indicate sizable shifts of the quark-hadron phase boundary to lower values of ({μ }B {and} T) for increasing magnetic field strength, and an opposite shift to higher values of ({μ }B {and} T) for decreasing system volume. Such shifts could have important implications for the extraction of the thermodynamic properties of the QCD phase diagram from heavy ion data.

  8. Solid/liquid phase diagram of the ammonium sulfate/succinic acid/water system.

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    Pearson, Christian S; Beyer, Keith D

    2015-05-14

    We have studied the low-temperature phase diagram and water activities of the ammonium sulfate/succinic acid/water system using differential scanning calorimetry and infrared spectroscopy of thin films. Using the results from our experiments, we have mapped the solid/liquid ternary phase diagram, determined the water activities based on the freezing point depression, and determined the ice/succinic acid phase boundary as well as the ternary eutectic composition and temperature. We also compared our results to the predictions of the extended AIM aerosol thermodynamics model (E-AIM) and found good agreement for the ice melting points in the ice primary phase field of this system; however, differences were found with respect to succinic acid solubility temperatures. We also compared the results of this study with those of previous studies that we have published on ammonium sulfate/dicarboxylic acid/water systems.

  9. Quantum Monte Carlo study of the phase diagram of solid molecular hydrogen at extreme pressures.

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    Drummond, N D; Monserrat, Bartomeu; Lloyd-Williams, Jonathan H; López Ríos, P; Pickard, Chris J; Needs, R J

    2015-07-28

    Establishing the phase diagram of hydrogen is a major challenge for experimental and theoretical physics. Experiment alone cannot establish the atomic structure of solid hydrogen at high pressure, because hydrogen scatters X-rays only weakly. Instead, our understanding of the atomic structure is largely based on density functional theory (DFT). By comparing Raman spectra for low-energy structures found in DFT searches with experimental spectra, candidate atomic structures have been identified for each experimentally observed phase. Unfortunately, DFT predicts a metallic structure to be energetically favoured at a broad range of pressures up to 400 GPa, where it is known experimentally that hydrogen is non-metallic. Here we show that more advanced theoretical methods (diffusion quantum Monte Carlo calculations) find the metallic structure to be uncompetitive, and predict a phase diagram in reasonable agreement with experiment. This greatly strengthens the claim that the candidate atomic structures accurately model the experimentally observed phases.

  10. The topological pressure-temperature phase diagram and crystal structures of the dimorphic system spiperone.

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    Robert, B; Perrin, M-A; Coquerel, G; Céolin, R; Rietveld, I B

    2016-03-01

    The topological pressure-temperature phase diagram for the dimorphism of spiperone, a potent neuroleptic drug, has been constructed using literature data and improved crystal structures obtained with new crystallographic data from single-crystal X-ray diffraction at various temperatures. It is inferred that form II, which is the more dense form and exhibits the lower melting temperature, becomes the more stable phase under pressure. Under ambient conditions, form I is more stable.

  11. The phase diagram and transport properties for hydrogen-helium fluid planets

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    Stevenson, D. J.; Salpeter, E. E.

    1977-01-01

    The properties of pure hydrogen and helium are examined, taking into account metallic hydrogen, molecular hydrogen, and the molecular-metallic transition. Metallic hydrogen-helium mixtures are considered along with molecular hydrogen-helium mixtures, the total phase diagram, and minor constituents, including deuterium. The transport properties of the metallic and the molecular phase are also discussed, giving attention to electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, viscosity, self-diffusion, interdiffusion, radiative opacity, and second-order transport coefficients.

  12. Microfluidic exploration of the phase diagram of a surfactant/water binary system.

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    Leng, J; Joanicot, M; Ajdari, A

    2007-02-27

    We investigate the behavior of a binary surfactant solution (AOT/water) as it is progressively concentrated in microfluidic evaporators. We observe in time a succession of phase transitions from a dilute solution up to a dense state, which eventually grows and invades the microchannels. Analyzing these observations, we show that, with a few experiments and a limited amount of material, our microdevices permit a semiquantitative screening of the equilibrium phase diagram as well as a few kinetic observations.

  13. Phase diagrams of lipid mixtures relevant to the study of membrane rafts

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    Goñi, Félix M.; Alonso, Alicia; Bagatolli, Luis A.; Brown, Rhoderick E.; Marsh, Derek; Prieto, Manuel; Thewalt, Jenifer L.

    2008-01-01

    The present paper reviews the phase properties of phosphatidylcholine-sphingomyelin-cholesterol mixtures, that are often used as models for membrane “raft” microdomains. The available data based on X-ray, microscopic and spectroscopic observations, surface pressure and calorimetric measurements, and detergent solubilization assays, are critically evaluated and rationalized in terms of triangular phase diagrams. The remaining uncertainties are discussed specifically and separately from the data on which a consensus appears to exist. PMID:18952002

  14. Ternary phase diagram of model dentin adhesive exposed to over-wet environments.

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    Ye, Q; Park, J; Laurence, J S; Parthasarathy, R; Misra, A; Spencer, P

    2011-12-01

    When adhesives and/or composites are bonded to the tooth, water in the environment can interfere with proper interface formation. Formation of water blisters and phase separation at the adhesive/dentin interface have appeared as new types of bond defects. To better understand this problem, we determined the near-equilibrium partition of the hydrophobic/hydrophilic components when exposed to over-wet environments. Model methacrylate-based adhesives were mixed with different amounts of water to yield well-separated aqueous and resin phases. It was found that less than 0.1% BisGMA but nearly one-third of the HEMA diffused into the aqueous phase, leaving the remaining resin phase relatively hydrophobic. A partial phase diagram was created for the ternary BisGMA/HEMA/water system. All the experimental phase partitioning data were plotted, and the points lay on a binodal curve that separated the single-phase region from the two-phase region. We obtained the 3 tie lines by connecting the 2 points of each conjugate pair of the phase partitioning data from the 3 sets of tripartite mixtures. Information about solubility, water miscibility, distribution ratio, and phase partitioning behavior could be obtained quantitatively. This type of phase diagram will provide a more thorough understanding of current adhesive performance and elucidate directions for further improvement.

  15. Solid/liquid phase diagram of the ammonium sulfate/glutaric acid/water system.

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    Beyer, Keith D; Pearson, Christian S; Henningfield, Drew S

    2013-05-02

    We have studied the low temperature phase diagram and water activities of the ammonium sulfate/glutaric acid/water system using differential scanning calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy of thin films, and a new technique: differential scanning calorimetry-video microscopy. Using these techniques, we have determined that there is a temperature-dependent kinetic effect to the dissolution of glutaric acid in aqueous solution. We have mapped the solid/liquid ternary phase diagram, determined the water activities based on the freezing point depression, and determined the ice/glutaric acid phase boundary as well as the ternary eutectic composition and temperature. We have also modified our glutaric acid/water binary phase diagram previously published based on these new results. We compare our results for the ternary system to the predictions of the Extended AIM Aerosol Thermodynamics Model (E-AIM), and find good agreement for the ice melting points in the ice primary phase field of this system; however, significant differences were found with respect to phase boundaries, concentration and temperature of the ternary eutectic, and glutaric acid dissolution.

  16. The nucleation rate surfaces design over diagram of phase equilibria and their applications for computational chemistry

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    Anisimov, M. P.

    2016-12-01

    One can find in scientific literature a pretty fresh idea of the nucleation rate surfaces design over the diagrams of phase equilibria. That idea looks like profitable for the nucleation theory development and for various practical applications where predictions of theory have no high enough accuracy for today. The common thermodynamics has no real ability to predict parameters of the first order phase transition. Nucleation experiment can be provided in very local nucleation conditions even the nucleation takes place from the critical line (in two-component case) down to the absolute zero temperature limit and from zero nucleation rates at phase equilibria up to the spinodal conditions. Theory predictions have low reliability as a rule. The computational chemistry has chance to make solution of that problem easier when a set of the used axiomatic statements will adapt enough progressive assumptions [1]. Semiempirical design of the nucleation rate surfaces over diagrams of phase equilibria have a potential ability to provide a reasonable quality information on nucleation rate for each channel of nucleation. Consideration and using of the nucleation rate surface topologies to optimize synthesis of a given phase of the target material can be available when data base on nucleation rates over diagrams of phase equilibria will be created.

  17. Phase diagram and magnetic relaxation phenomena in Cu2OSeO3

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    Qian, F.; Wilhelm, H.; Aqeel, A.; Palstra, T. T. M.; Lefering, A. J. E.; Brück, E. H.; Pappas, C.

    2016-08-01

    We present an investigation of the magnetic-field-temperature phase diagram of Cu2OSeO3 based on dc magnetization and ac susceptibility measurements covering a broad frequency range of four orders of magnitude, from very low frequencies reaching 0.1 Hz up to 1 kHz. The experiments were performed in the vicinity of Tc=58.2 K and around the skyrmion lattice A phase. At the borders between the different phases the characteristic relaxation times reach several milliseconds and the relaxation is nonexponential. Consequently the borders between the different phases depend on the specific criteria and frequency used and an unambiguous determination is not possible.

  18. Martensitic transformation and phase diagram in ternary Co-V-Ga Heusler alloys

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    Xu, Xiao; Nagashima, Akihide; Nagasako, Makoto; Omori, Toshihiro; Kanomata, Takeshi; Kainuma, Ryosuke

    2017-03-01

    We report the martensitic transformation behavior in Co-V-Ga Heusler alloys. Thermoanalysis and thermomagnetization measurements were conducted to observe the martensitic transformation. By using a transmission electron microscope and an in situ X-ray diffractometer, martensitic transformation was found to occur from the L21 Heusler parent phase to the D022 martensite phase. Phase diagrams were determined for two pseudo-binary sections where martensitic transformation was detected. Magnetic properties, including the Curie temperatures and spontaneous magnetization of the parent phase, were also investigated. The magnetic properties showing behaviors different from those of NiMn-based alloys were found.

  19. Phase diagram of Bose-Fermi mixtures in one-dimensional optical lattices.

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    Pollet, Lode; Troyer, Matthias; Van Houcke, Kris; Rombouts, Stefan M A

    2006-05-19

    The ground state phase diagram of the one-dimensional Bose-Fermi Hubbard model is studied in the canonical ensemble using a quantum Monte Carlo method. We focus on the case where both species have half filling in order to maximize the pairing correlations between the bosons and the fermions. In case of equal hopping we distinguish among phase separation, a Luttinger liquid phase, and a phase characterized by strong singlet pairing between the species. True long-range density waves exist with unequal hopping amplitudes.

  20. State diagram of magnetostatic coupling phase-locked spin-torque oscillators

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    Zhang, Mengwei; Wang, Longze; Wei, Dan; Gao, Kai-Zhong

    2015-05-07

    The state diagram of magnetostatic coupling phase-locked spin torque oscillator (STO) with perpendicular reference layer and planar field generation layer (FGL) is studied by the macrospin model and the micromagnetic model. The state diagrams of current densities are calculated under various external fields. The simulation shows that there are two phase-lock current density regions. In the phase-locked STOs in low current region I, the spin configuration of FGL is uniform; in high current region II, the spin configuration of FGL is highly nonuniform. In addition, the results with different STOs separation L{sub s} are compared, and the coupling between two STOs is largely decreased when L{sub s} is increased from 40 nm to 60 nm.

  1. Effect of salt identity on the phase diagram for a globularprotein in aqueous electrolyte solution

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    Bostrom, Mathias; Tavares, Frederico W.; Ninham, Barry W.; Prausnitz, John M.

    2006-02-22

    Monte Carlo simulations are used to establish the potential of mean force between two globular proteins in an aqueous electrolyte solution. This potential includes nonelectrostatic contributions arising from dispersion forces first, between the globular proteins, and second, between ions in solution and between each ion and the globular protein. These latter contributions are missing from standard models. The potential of mean force, obtained from simulation, is fitted to an analytic equation. Using our analytic potential of mean force and Barker-Henderson perturbation theory, we obtain phase diagrams for lysozyme solutions that include stable and metastable fluid-fluid and solid-fluid phases when the electrolyte is 0.2 M NaSCN or NaI or NaCl. The nature of the electrolyte has a significant effect on the phase diagram.

  2. Origin of Invariant Gel Melting Temperatures in the c-T Phase Diagram of an Organogel.

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    Christ, Elliot; Blanc, Christophe; Al Ouahabi, Abdelaziz; Maurin, David; Le Parc, Rozenn; Bantignies, Jean-Louis; Guenet, Jean-Michel; Collin, Dominique; Mésini, Philippe J

    2016-05-17

    Binary c-T phase diagrams of organogelators in solvent are frequently simplified to two domains, gel and sol, even when the melting temperatures display two distinct regimes, an increase with T and a plateau. Herein, the c-T phase diagram of an organogelator in solvent is elucidated by rheology, DSC, optical microscopy, and transmitted light intensity measurements. We evidence a miscibility gap between the organogelator and the solvent above a threshold concentration, cL. In this domain the melting or the formation of the gel becomes a monotectic transformation, which explains why the corresponding temperatures are nonvariant above cL. As shown by further studies by variable temperature FTIR and NMR, different types of H-bonds drive both the liquid-liquid phase separation and the gelation.

  3. The coupling of thermochemistry and phase diagrams for group III-V semiconductor systems. Final report

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    Anderson, T.J.

    1998-07-21

    The project was directed at linking the thermochemical properties of III-V compound semiconductors systems with the reported phase diagrams. The solid-liquid phase equilibrium problem was formulated and three approaches to calculating the reduced standard state chemical potential were identified and values were calculated. In addition, thermochemical values for critical properties were measured using solid state electrochemical techniques. These values, along with the standard state chemical potentials and other available thermochemical and phase diagram data, were combined with a critical assessment of selected III-V systems. This work was culminated with a comprehensive assessment of all the III-V binary systems. A novel aspect of the experimental part of this project was the demonstration of the use of a liquid encapsulate to measure component activities by a solid state emf technique in liquid III-V systems that exhibit high vapor pressures at the measurement temperature.

  4. Magnetic hysteresis, compensation behaviors, and phase diagrams of bilayer honeycomb lattices

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    Ersin, Kantar

    2015-10-01

    Magnetic behaviors of the Ising system with bilayer honeycomb lattice (BHL) structure are studied by using the effective-field theory (EFT) with correlations. The effects of the interaction parameters on the magnetic properties of the system such as the hysteresis and compensation behaviors as well as phase diagrams are investigated. Moreover, when the hysteresis behaviors of the system are examined, single and double hysteresis loops are observed for various values of the interaction parameters. We obtain the L-, Q-, P-, and S-type compensation behaviors in the system. We also observe that the phase diagrams only exhibit the second-order phase transition. Hence, the system does not show the tricritical point (TCP).

  5. 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.

  6. Phase Diagram and Instability of Dense Neutral Three-Flavor Quark Matter

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    Fukushima, Kenji

    2006-07-11

    We address the phase structure of color superconducting quark matter at high quark density. Under the electric and color neutrality conditions there appear various phases as a result of the Fermi surface mismatch among different quark flavors induced by finite strange quark mass; the color-flavor locked (CFL) phase, the u-quark superconducting (uSC) phase, the d-quark superconducting (dSC) phase, the two-flavor superconducting (2SC) phase, and the unpaired quark matter (UQM). Besides, when the Fermi surface mismatch is large enough to surpass the gap energy, the gapless superconducting phase is expected. We discuss the chromomagnetic instability problem and explore the instability regions on the phase diagram.

  7. Pseudo-critical point in anomalous phase diagrams of simple plasma models

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    Chigvintsev, A. Yu; Iosilevskiy, I. L.; Noginova, L. Yu

    2016-11-01

    Anomalous phase diagrams in subclass of simplified (“non-associative”) Coulomb models is under discussion. The common feature of this subclass is absence on definition of individual correlations for charges of opposite sign. It is e.g. modified OCP of ions on uniformly compressible background of ideal Fermi-gas of electrons OCP(∼), or a superposition of two non-ideal OCP(∼) models of ions and electrons etc. In contrast to the ordinary OCP model on non-compressible (“rigid”) background OCP(#) two new phase transitions with upper critical point, boiling and sublimation, appear in OCP(∼) phase diagram in addition to the well-known Wigner crystallization. The point is that the topology of phase diagram in OCP(∼) becomes anomalous at high enough value of ionic charge number Z. Namely, the only one unified crystal- fluid phase transition without critical point exists as continuous superposition of melting and sublimation in OCP(∼) at the interval (Z 1 < Z < Z 2). The most remarkable is appearance of pseudo-critical points at both boundary values Z = Z 1 ≈ 35.5 and Z = Z 2 ≈ 40.0. It should be stressed that critical isotherm is exactly cubic in both these pseudo-critical points. In this study we have improved our previous calculations and utilized more complicated model components equation of state provided by Chabrier and Potekhin (1998 Phys. Rev. E 58 4941).

  8. Phase diagram of Ti50-xNi50+x : Crossover from martensite to strain glass

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    Zhang, Zhen; Wang, Yu; Wang, Dong; Zhou, Yumei; Otsuka, Kazuhiro; Ren, Xiaobing

    2010-06-01

    We systematically investigated the variation in transition behavior and physical properties over a wide excess Ni (acting as defect) concentration range (x=0-2.5) in Ti50-xNi50+x alloys. This enables the establishment of an updated quantitative phase diagram for this important system. The phase diagram shows not only the well-known parent phase and martensite phase but also a premartensitic state and a strain glass state. Our experiments were able to determine quantitatively the borders of these states, the latter two having been unclear so far. The new phase diagram shows that a crossover from martensite to strain glass occurs at x=1.3 , and the appearance of a “premartensitic phase” below a critical temperature Tnd for defect-containing compositions (x>0) . We propose that point defects (excess Ni here) play two roles in a ferroelastic/martensitic system: (i) changing the thermodynamic driving force for the formation of long-range strain order (martensite) and (ii) creating random local stress that favors a premartensitic nanostructure and strain glass. Our work enables a simple explanation for several long-standing puzzles, such as the appearance of premartensitic nanostructure, the vanishing of transition latent heat with increasing Ni content and the anomalous negative temperature coefficient of electrical resistivity in Ni-rich Ti-Ni alloys.

  9. The phase diagram of the square lattice bilayer Hubbard model: a variational Monte Carlo study

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    Rüger, Robert; Tocchio, Luca F.; Valentí, Roser; Gros, Claudius

    2014-03-01

    We investigate the phase diagram of the square lattice bilayer Hubbard model at half-filling with the variational Monte Carlo method for both the magnetic and the paramagnetic case as a function of the interlayer hopping {{t}_{\\bot }} and on-site Coulomb repulsion U. With this study we resolve some discrepancies in previous calculations based on the dynamical mean-field theory, and we are able to determine the nature of the phase transitions between metal, Mott insulator and band insulator. In the magnetic case we find only two phases: an antiferromagnetic Mott insulator at small {{t}_{\\bot }} for any value of U and a band insulator at large {{t}_{\\bot }}. At large U values we approach the Heisenberg limit. The paramagnetic phase diagram shows at small {{t}_{\\bot }} a metal to Mott insulator transition at moderate U values and a Mott to band insulator transition at larger U values. We also observe a re-entrant Mott insulator to metal transition and metal to band insulator transition for increasing {{t}_{\\bot }} in the range of 5.5t. Finally, we discuss the phase diagrams obtained in relation to findings from previous studies based on different many-body approaches.

  10. Identification of phases of various oil, surfactant/ co-surfactants and water system by ternary phase diagram.

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    Syed, Haroon K; Peh, Kok K

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this study was to select appropriate surfactants or blends of surfactants and oil to study the ternary phase diagram behavior and identify various phases obtained from the oil and surfactant/surfactant mixture combinations of different HLB. The phases include conventional emulsion, gel/viscous and transparent/translucent microemulsion. Pseudoternary phase diagrams of water, oil and S/Smix of various HLB values range of 9.65-15 were constructed by using water titration method at room temperature. Visual analysis, conductivity and dye dilution test (methylene blue) were performed after each addition and mixing of water, to identify phases as microemulsion, o/w or w/o emulsion (turbid/milky) and transparent gel/turbid viscous. High gel or viscous area was obtained with Tween 80 and surfactant mixture of Tween 80 and Span 80 with all oils. The results indicated that non-ionic surfactants and PG of different HLB values exhibited different pseudoternary phase diagram characteristics but no microemulsions originated from mineral and olive oils. The w/o emulsion occupied a large area in the ternary phase triangle when HLB value of the surfactant/Smix decreased. The o/w emulsion area was large with increasing HLB value of surfactant/Smix.

  11. Superuniversality of topological quantum phase transition and global phase diagram of dirty topological systems in three dimensions

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    Goswami, Pallab; Chakravarty, Sudip

    2017-02-01

    The quantum phase transition between two clean, noninteracting topologically distinct gapped states in three dimensions is governed by a massless Dirac fermion fixed point, irrespective of the underlying symmetry class, and this constitutes a remarkably simple example of superuniversality. For a sufficiently weak disorder strength, we show that the massless Dirac fixed point is at the heart of the robustness of superuniversality. We establish this by considering both perturbative and nonperturbative effects of disorder. The superuniversality breaks down at a critical strength of disorder, beyond which the topologically distinct localized phases become separated by a delocalized diffusive phase. In the global phase diagram, the disorder controlled fixed point where superuniversality is lost, serves as a multicritical point, where the delocalized diffusive and two topologically distinct localized phases meet and the nature of the localization-delocalization transition depends on the underlying symmetry class. Based on these features, we construct the global phase diagrams of noninteracting, dirty topological systems in three dimensions. We also establish a similar structure of the phase diagram and the superuniversality for weak disorder in higher spatial dimensions. By noting that 1 /r2 power-law correlated disorder acts as a marginal perturbation for massless Dirac fermions in any spatial dimension d , we have established a general renormalization group framework for addressing disorder driven critical phenomena for fixed spatial dimension d >2 .

  12. Application of quaternary phase diagrams to compound semiconductor processing. Progress report, April 1, 1988--December 31, 1988

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    Schwartzman, A.

    1988-12-31

    This paper considers the application of quaternary phase diagrams to understanding and predicting the behavior of II-VI thin film interfaces in photovoltaic devices under annealing conditions. Examples, listed in a table, include semiconductor/insulator/semiconductor (SIS) layered structures, II-VI/II-VI and III-V/II-VI epitaxial heterojunctions and oxidation of ternary compounds. Solid solubility is taken into account for quaternary phase diagrams of semiconductor systems. Using free energies of formation, a method to calculate the quaternary phase diagrams was developed. The Ga-As-II-VI and Cd-Te-Zn-O phase diagrams are reviewed as examples of quaternary phase diagrams without and with solid solubility.

  13. Phase diagram of androsterol-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine mixtures dispersed in excess water.

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    Gao, Wenying; Chen, Lin; Wu, Ruiguang; Yu, Zhiwu; Quinn, Peter J

    2008-07-17

    The effect of androsterol, whose structure resembles that of cholesterol but without the alkyl side chain, on the phase behavior of aqueous dispersions of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine has been studied to understand the role of the side chain played in the formation of ordered phases of the type observed in membrane rafts. Thermotropic changes in the structure of mixed dispersions and transition enthalpies have been examined by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. From these results a partial phase diagram of the binary system has been constructed. The three-phase line is determined to be 34.5 degrees C, which is 3-5 degrees C lower than that observed in binary mixtures of cholesterol, ergosterol, or stigmasterol with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine. The proportions of androsterol in mixtures representing the "left end point" and "right end point" of the three-phase line are 11.1 and 30.9 mol %, respectively. These proportions are greater than that seen in phase diagrams of other sterols codispersed with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine. We conclude that androsterol is less effective in promoting the formation of an ordered phase, and furthermore, this ordered phase is less compact than the normal lamellar liquid-ordered phase.

  14. Ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic orders of a phase-separated manganite probed throughout the B -T phase diagram

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    Windsor, Y. W.; Tanaka, Yoshikazu; Scagnoli, V.; Garganourakis, M.; de Souza, R. A.; Medarde, M.; Cheong, S.-W.; Staub, U.

    2016-12-01

    We employ resonant soft x-ray diffraction (RSXD) to isolate the signal from the CE-type antiferromagnetic phase of (La,Pr)1- xC axMn O3 (with x ≈3 /8 ), and follow only this phase through the known phases of the material in the B -T phase diagram. This material is known to exhibit a range of electronic ordering phenomena, most notably a metal-insulator transition (associated with colossal magnetoresistance) and phase separation between the antiferromagnetic phase and a ferromagnetic phase. Bulk magnetization measurements under the same B -T conditions were also conducted, giving a full picture of both phases for direct side-by-side comparison. The comparison specifically focuses on the metal-insulator transition. Upon magnetic field ramping to this transition, we find that the CE-type order undergoes a sharp quench at high temperatures (above phase coexistence temperatures) but that at lower temperatures, where the CE order is metastable, the transition broadens significantly. At the lowest temperatures, where a spin glass-type phase is expected, a slow annihilation of remanent CE domains is observed. Finally, a refined phase diagram is presented.

  15. Ground-State Phase Diagram of S = 2 Heisenberg Chains with Alternating Single-Site Anisotropy

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    Hida, Kazuo

    2014-03-01

    The ground-state phase diagram of S = 2 antiferromagnetic Heisenberg chains with coexisting uniform and alternating single-site anisotropies is investigated by the numerical exact diagonalization and density matrix renormalization group methods. We find the Haldane, large-D, Néel, period-doubled Néel, gapless spin fluid, quantized and partial ferrimagnetic phases. The Haldane phase is limited to the close neighborhood of the isotropic point. Within numerical accuracy, the transition from the gapless spin-fluid phase to the period-doubled Néel phase is a direct transition. Nevertheless, the presence of a narrow spin-gap phase between these two phases is suggested on the basis of the low-energy effective theory. The ferrimagnetic ground state is present in a wide parameter range. This suggests the realization of magnetized single-chain magnets with a uniform spin magnitude by controlling the environment of each magnetic ion without introducing ferromagnetic interactions.

  16. Shifting Phases for Patchy Particles - Effect of mutagenesis and chemical modification on the phase diagram of human gamma D crystallin

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    McManus, Jennifer J.; James, Susan; McNamara, Ruth; Quinn, Michelle

    2014-03-01

    Single mutations in human gamma D crystallin (HGD), a protein found in the eye lens are associated with several childhood cataracts. Phase diagrams for several of these protein mutants have been measured and reveal that phase boundaries are shifted compared with the native protein, leading to condensation of protein in a physiologically relevant regime. Using HGD as a model protein, we have constructed phase diagrams for double mutants of the protein, incorporating two single amino acid substitutions for which phase diagrams are already known. In doing so, the characteristics of each of the single mutations are maintained but both are now present in the same protein particle. While these proteins are not of interest physiologically, this strategy allows the controlled synthesis of nano-scale patchy particles in which features associated with a known phase behavior can be included. It can also provide a strategy for the controlled crystallisation of proteins. Phase boundaries also change after the chemical modification of the protein, through the covalent attachment of fluorescent labels, for example, and this will also be discussed. The authors acknowledge Science Foundation Ireland Stokes Lectureship and Grant 11/RFP.1/PHY/3165. The authors also acknowledge the Irish Research Council and the John and Pat Hume Scholarship.

  17. Phase Diagram of Continuous Binary Nanoalloys: Size, Shape, and Segregation Effects

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    Cui, Mingjin; Lu, Haiming; Jiang, Haiping; Cao, Zhenhua; Meng, Xiangkang

    2017-02-01

    The phase diagrams of continuous binary nanoalloys are important in providing guidance for material designs and industrial applications. However, experimental determination of the nano-phase diagram is scarce since calorimetric measurements remain quite challenging at the nanoscale. Based on the size-dependent cohesive energy model, we developed a unified nano-thermodynamic model to investigate the effects of the size, shape, and segregation on the phase diagrams of continuous binary nanoalloys. The liquidus/solidus dropped in temperature, two-phase zone was narrowed, and the degree of surface segregation decreased with decrease in the size or increase in the shape factor. The congruent melting point of Cu-Au nanoalloys with and without segregation is linearly shifted to higher Au component and lower temperature with decreasing size or increasing shape factor. By reviewing surface segregated element of different binary nanoalloys, two segregation rules based on the solid surface energy and atomic size have been identified. Moreover, the established model can be employed to describe other physicochemical properties of nanoalloys, e.g. the cohesive energy, catalytic activation energy, and order-disorder transition temperature, and the validity is supported by available other theoretical prediction, experimental data and molecular dynamic simulations results. This will help the experimentalists by guiding them in their attempts to design bimetallic nanocrystals with the desired properties.

  18. Equilibrium p-T Phase Diagram of Boron: Experimental Study and Thermodynamic Analysis

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    Solozhenko, Vladimir L.; Kurakevych, Oleksandr O.

    2013-01-01

    Solid-state phase transformations and melting of high-purity crystalline boron have been in situ and ex situ studied at pressures to 20 GPa in the 1500–2500 K temperature range where diffusion processes become fast and lead to formation of thermodynamically stable phases. The equilibrium phase diagram of boron has been constructed based on thermodynamic analysis of experimental and literature data. The high-temperature part of the diagram contains p-T domains of thermodynamic stability of rhombohedral β-B106, orthorhombic γ-B28, pseudo-cubic (tetragonal) t'-B52, and liquid boron (L). The positions of two triple points have been experimentally estimated, i.e. β–t'–L at ~ 8.0 GPa and ~ 2490 K; and β–γ–t' at ~ 9.6 GPa and ~ 2230 K. Finally, the proposed phase diagram explains all thermodynamic aspects of boron allotropy and significantly improves our understanding of the fifth element. PMID:23912523

  19. Phase Diagram of Continuous Binary Nanoalloys: Size, Shape, and Segregation Effects

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    Cui, Mingjin; Lu, Haiming; Jiang, Haiping; Cao, Zhenhua; Meng, Xiangkang

    2017-01-01

    The phase diagrams of continuous binary nanoalloys are important in providing guidance for material designs and industrial applications. However, experimental determination of the nano-phase diagram is scarce since calorimetric measurements remain quite challenging at the nanoscale. Based on the size-dependent cohesive energy model, we developed a unified nano-thermodynamic model to investigate the effects of the size, shape, and segregation on the phase diagrams of continuous binary nanoalloys. The liquidus/solidus dropped in temperature, two-phase zone was narrowed, and the degree of surface segregation decreased with decrease in the size or increase in the shape factor. The congruent melting point of Cu-Au nanoalloys with and without segregation is linearly shifted to higher Au component and lower temperature with decreasing size or increasing shape factor. By reviewing surface segregated element of different binary nanoalloys, two segregation rules based on the solid surface energy and atomic size have been identified. Moreover, the established model can be employed to describe other physicochemical properties of nanoalloys, e.g. the cohesive energy, catalytic activation energy, and order-disorder transition temperature, and the validity is supported by available other theoretical prediction, experimental data and molecular dynamic simulations results. This will help the experimentalists by guiding them in their attempts to design bimetallic nanocrystals with the desired properties. PMID:28169320

  20. Atomic density functional and diagram of structures in the phase field crystal model

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    Ankudinov, V. E.; Galenko, P. K.; Kropotin, N. V.; Krivilyov, M. D.

    2016-02-01

    The phase field crystal model provides a continual description of the atomic density over the diffusion time of reactions. We consider a homogeneous structure (liquid) and a perfect periodic crystal, which are constructed from the one-mode approximation of the phase field crystal model. A diagram of 2D structures is constructed from the analytic solutions of the model using atomic density functionals. The diagram predicts equilibrium atomic configurations for transitions from the metastable state and includes the domains of existence of homogeneous, triangular, and striped structures corresponding to a liquid, a body-centered cubic crystal, and a longitudinal cross section of cylindrical tubes. The method developed here is employed for constructing the diagram for the homogeneous liquid phase and the body-centered iron lattice. The expression for the free energy is derived analytically from density functional theory. The specific features of approximating the phase field crystal model are compared with the approximations and conclusions of the weak crystallization and 2D melting theories.

  1. A three-dimensional phase diagram of growth-induced surface instabilities

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    Wang, Qiming; Zhao, Xuanhe

    2015-03-01

    A variety of fascinating morphological patterns arise on surfaces of growing, developing or aging tissues, organs and microorganism colonies. These patterns can be classified into creases, wrinkles, folds, period-doubles, ridges and delaminated-buckles according to their distinctive topographical characteristics. One universal mechanism for the pattern formation has been long believed to be the mismatch strains between biological layers with different expanding or shrinking rates, which induce mechanical instabilities. However, a general model that accounts for the formation and evolution of these various surface-instability patterns still does not exist. Here, we take biological structures at their current states as thermodynamic systems, treat each instability pattern as a thermodynamic phase, and construct a unified phase diagram that can quantitatively predict various types of growth-induced surface instabilities. We further validate the phase diagram with our experiments on surface instabilities induced by mismatch strains as well as the reported data on growth-induced instabilities in various biological systems. The predicted wavelengths and amplitudes of various instability patterns match well with our experimental data. It is expected that the unified phase diagram will not only advance the understanding of biological morphogenesis, but also significantly facilitate the design of new materials and structures by rationally harnessing surface instabilities.

  2. A three-dimensional phase diagram of growth-induced surface instabilities.

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    Wang, Qiming; Zhao, Xuanhe

    2015-03-09

    A variety of fascinating morphological patterns arise on surfaces of growing, developing or aging tissues, organs and microorganism colonies. These patterns can be classified into creases, wrinkles, folds, period-doubles, ridges and delaminated-buckles according to their distinctive topographical characteristics. One universal mechanism for the pattern formation has been long believed to be the mismatch strains between biological layers with different expanding or shrinking rates, which induce mechanical instabilities. However, a general model that accounts for the formation and evolution of these various surface-instability patterns still does not exist. Here, we take biological structures at their current states as thermodynamic systems, treat each instability pattern as a thermodynamic phase, and construct a unified phase diagram that can quantitatively predict various types of growth-induced surface instabilities. We further validate the phase diagram with our experiments on surface instabilities induced by mismatch strains as well as the reported data on growth-induced instabilities in various biological systems. The predicted wavelengths and amplitudes of various instability patterns match well with our experimental data. It is expected that the unified phase diagram will not only advance the understanding of biological morphogenesis, but also significantly facilitate the design of new materials and structures by rationally harnessing surface instabilities.

  3. A three-dimensional phase diagram of growth-induced surface instabilities

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    Wang, Qiming; Zhao, Xuanhe

    2015-01-01

    A variety of fascinating morphological patterns arise on surfaces of growing, developing or aging tissues, organs and microorganism colonies. These patterns can be classified into creases, wrinkles, folds, period-doubles, ridges and delaminated-buckles according to their distinctive topographical characteristics. One universal mechanism for the pattern formation has been long believed to be the mismatch strains between biological layers with different expanding or shrinking rates, which induce mechanical instabilities. However, a general model that accounts for the formation and evolution of these various surface-instability patterns still does not exist. Here, we take biological structures at their current states as thermodynamic systems, treat each instability pattern as a thermodynamic phase, and construct a unified phase diagram that can quantitatively predict various types of growth-induced surface instabilities. We further validate the phase diagram with our experiments on surface instabilities induced by mismatch strains as well as the reported data on growth-induced instabilities in various biological systems. The predicted wavelengths and amplitudes of various instability patterns match well with our experimental data. It is expected that the unified phase diagram will not only advance the understanding of biological morphogenesis, but also significantly facilitate the design of new materials and structures by rationally harnessing surface instabilities. PMID:25748825

  4. Phase diagram of the CuO-Bi2SrO4 pseudobinary system

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    Nevriva, M.; Pollert, E.

    1994-08-01

    The study of the CuO-Bi2SrO4 pseudobinary phase diagram was carried out in order to determine the liquidus curves of CuO, Bi2SrO4 and Bi(2+x)Sr(2-y)CuO(6+gamma) phases occurring in this part of the BiO1.5-Sr-CuO ternary system. Particular attention was paid to the determination of the primary crystallization field of the latter phase with regard to its importance for the crystal growth.

  5. Binary Phase Diagram of the Manganese Oxide-Iron Oxide System

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    Crum, Jarrod V.; Riley, Brian J.; Vienna, John D.

    2009-10-01

    In this study, the MnOx-FeOx binary system was measured within a temperature range of 750 to 1590°C in an atmosphere of air. Multiple measurement methods were employed to accurately measure the phase boundaries, including isothermal heat-treatments followed by rapid quenching, dilatometery, differential thermal analyses with thermogravimetric analyses, and hot-stage X-ray diffraction (XRD). Phase assemblage in each sample was determined by XRD. Data were compared with literature, and a new, self consistent phase diagram was developed. The results are reported along with background information and a comparison with previously reported data.

  6. Quantum Phase Diagram of the t-J{sub z} Chain Model

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    Batista, C. D.; Ortiz, G.

    2000-11-27

    We present the quantum phase diagram of the one-dimensional t -J{sub z} model for arbitrary spin (integer or half-integer) and sign of the spin-spin interaction J{sub z} , using an exact mapping to a spinless fermion model that can be solved exactly using the Bethe ansatz. We discuss its superconducting phase as a function of hole doping {nu} . Motivated by the new paradigm of high temperature superconductivity, the stripe phase, we also consider the effect the antiferromagnetic background has on the t -J{sub z} chain intended to mimic the stripe segments.

  7. Quantum phase diagram of the t-J(z) chain model

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    Batista; Ortiz

    2000-11-27

    We present the quantum phase diagram of the one-dimensional t- J(z) model for arbitrary spin (integer or half-integer) and sign of the spin-spin interaction J(z), using an exact mapping to a spinless fermion model that can be solved exactly using the Bethe ansatz. We discuss its superconducting phase as a function of hole doping nu. Motivated by the new paradigm of high temperature superconductivity, the stripe phase, we also consider the effect the antiferromagnetic background has on the t- J(z) chain intended to mimic the stripe segments.

  8. Phase diagram of the two-fluid Lipkin model: A "butterfly" catastrophe

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    García-Ramos, J. E.; Pérez-Fernández, P.; Arias, J. M.; Freire, E.

    2016-03-01

    Background: In the past few decades quantum phase transitions have been of great interest in nuclear physics. In this context, two-fluid algebraic models are ideal systems to study how the concept of quantum phase transition evolves when moving into more complex systems, but the number of publications along this line has been scarce up to now. Purpose: We intend to determine the phase diagram of a two-fluid Lipkin model that resembles the nuclear proton-neutron interacting boson model Hamiltonian using both numerical results and analytic tools, i.e., catastrophe theory, and compare the mean-field results with exact diagonalizations for large systems. Method: The mean-field energy surface of a consistent-Q -like two-fluid Lipkin Hamiltonian is studied and compared with exact results coming from a direct diagonalization. The mean-field results are analyzed using the framework of catastrophe theory. Results: The phase diagram of the model is obtained and the order of the different phase-transition lines and surfaces is determined using a catastrophe theory analysis. Conclusions: There are two first-order surfaces in the phase diagram, one separating the spherical and the deformed shapes, while the other separates two different deformed phases. A second-order line, where the later surfaces merge, is found. This line finishes in a transition point with a divergence in the second-order derivative of the energy that corresponds to a tricritical point in the language of the Ginzburg-Landau theory for phase transitions.

  9. Thermodynamic functions, freezing transition, and phase diagram of dense carbon-oxygen mixtures in white dwarfs

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    Iyetomi, H.; Ogata, S.; Ichimaru, S.

    1989-07-01

    Equations of state for dense carbon-oxygen (C-O) binary-ionic mixtures (BIM's) appropriate to the interiors of white dwarfs are investigated through Monte Carlo simulations, by solution of relevant integral equations andvariational calculations in the density-functional formalism. It is thereby shown that the internal energies of the C-O BIM solids and fluids both obey precisely the linear mixing formulas. We then present an accurate calculation of the phase diagram associated with freezing transitions in such BIM materials, resulting in a novel prediction of an azeotropic diagram. Discontinuities of the mass density across the azeotropic phase boundaries areevaluated numerically for application to a study of white-dwarf evolution.

  10. Perturbative aspects of the phase diagram of QCD with heavy quarks

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    Serreau, Julien; Reinosa, Urko

    2017-03-01

    We report on recent progress in the description of the phase diagram of QCD with heavy quarks at nonzero temperature and chemical potential in the context of a modified perturbative approach. The latter is based on a simple massive extension of the QCD Lagrangian in the Landau-DeWitt gauge, the background field generalization of the Landau gauge. Here, the background field plays the role of an order parameter for the center symmetry, relevant for confinement-deconfinement transition. One-loop results in this approach give a fairly accurate description of the phase diagram both at real and imaginary chemical potential. We comment on issues related to the sign problem in continuum approaches. Based on works in collaboration with Matthieu Tissier and Nicolás Wschebor.

  11. 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

  12. Modification of the aluminium rich portion of the Nd-Al phase diagram

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    Kale, G.B.; Biswas, A.; Sharma, I.G.

    1997-10-01

    The phase diagrams of neodymium-aluminum binary systems have been studied extensively during the last three decades. Most common methods of preparation of Nd-Al alloy is by melting the component species according to the desired ratios followed by homogenization. However, these alloys can be prepared by other methods such as aluminothermic reduction of neodymium oxide or fused salt electrowinning. In the present work aluminothermic reduction of neodymium oxide with excess of aluminum was used to make the alloys. The melted alloys were characterized with the help of optical microscope, Electron Probe Micro Analyzer (EPMA) and by X-ray Diffractometer (XRD). Based on the results obtained, few modifications pertaining to aluminum rich side of neodymium-aluminum phase diagram are suggested.

  13. Studies on the phase diagram of Bi-Cr-O system

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    Meera, A. V.; Basu, Joysurya; Ganesan, Rajesh; Gnanasekaran, T.

    2017-04-01

    Isothermal cross sections of the ternary phase diagram of Bi-Cr-O system have been established at 500 and 750 °C. Existence of a new compound Bi22Cr18O60 was identified and it was characterized by XRD, SEM and TEM. Ternary phase diagram at 500 °C shows that no ternary compounds would coexist with liquid Bi at 500 °C. Only Cr2O3 and Bi2O3 would coexist with liquid Bi at this temperature. Equilibrations at 750 °C show that two ternary compounds, namely Bi22Cr18O60 and Bi38CrO60 can coexist with liquid Bi at this temperature and no other ternary compound would be stable in liquid Bi.

  14. Multi-scale modeling of the phase diagram of Human Immunoglobulin

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    Tuchman, Mark; Buldyrev, Sergey; Wang, Ying; Lomakin, Aleksey; Benedek, George B.

    2014-03-01

    Human Immunoglobulin antibodies IGg is a Y-shape trimer consisting of three folded protein globules, connected by two polypeptide hinges in random conformations linked by disulfide bonds. The solubility and crystallization phase diagrams of immunoglobulin are crucial in understanding various pathological conditions. It is experimentally known that the critical volume fraction of immunoglobulin is three times smaller than for typical globular proteins. In order to explain this phenomenon, we perform a multi-scale molecular dynamic (MD) simulations. First we produce all atom simulations of the hinges and compute the distribution of their end-to-end distances. Using these results we construct a simple effective bond potential and study a phase diagram of a system of three sticky hard-spheres linked by these bonds by discrete MD simulations. The results are in good agreement with the experiment.

  15. Mapping phase diagrams of supported lipid bilayers by atomic force microscopy.

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    Borrell, Jordi H; Montero, M Teresa; Domènech, Òscar

    2017-01-01

    In this work, we present the method followed to construct a pseudophase diagram of two phospholipids: 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-(1'-rac-glycerol). Two different techniques, DSC and AFM, have been used based in the determination of the onset (Tonset ) and completion (Toffset ) temperatures of the gel-to-liquid crystalline phases (Lβ →Lα ), the first from the endotherms from liposomes and the second from the topographic images of supported lipid bilayers. The features of both phase diagrams are discussed emphasizing the influence of Ca(2+) presence and the substrate (mica) on the transition undergone by the phospholipid mixture. Microsc. Res. Tech. 80:4-10, 2017. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Phase diagram of the isovalent phosphorous-substituted 122-type iron pnictides

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    Zhao, YuanYuan; Tai, Yuan -Yen; Ting, C. S.

    2015-05-11

    Recent experiments demonstrated that the isovalent doping system gives a similar phase diagram as the heterovalent doped cases. For example, with the phosphorous (P) doping, the magnetic order in BaFe2(As1–xPx)2 compound is first suppressed, then the superconductivity dome emerges to an extended doping region but eventually it disappears at large x. With the help of a minimal two-orbital model for both BaFe2As2 and BaFe2P2, together with the self-consistent lattice Bogoliubov-de Gennes (BdG) equation, we calculate the phase diagram against the P content x in which the doped isovalent P atoms are treated as impurities. Furthermore, we show that our numerical results can qualitatively compare with the experimental measurements.

  17. Phase diagram of the isovalent phosphorous-substituted 122-type iron pnictides

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    Zhao, YuanYuan; Tai, Yuan -Yen; Ting, C. S.

    2015-05-11

    Recent experiments demonstrated that the isovalent doping system gives a similar phase diagram as the heterovalent doped cases. For example, with the phosphorous (P) doping, the magnetic order in BaFe2(As1–xPx)2 compound is first suppressed, then the superconductivity dome emerges to an extended doping region but eventually it disappears at large x. With the help of a minimal two-orbital model for both BaFe2As2 and BaFe2P2, together with the self-consistent lattice Bogoliubov-de Gennes (BdG) equation, we calculate the phase diagram against the P content x in which the doped isovalent P atoms are treated as impurities. Furthermore, we show that our numericalmore » results can qualitatively compare with the experimental measurements.« less

  18. Au-Ge MEAM potential fitted to the binary phase diagram

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    Wang, Yanming; Santana, Adriano; Cai, Wei

    2017-02-01

    We have developed a modified embedded atom method potential for the gold-germanium (Au-Ge) binary system that is fitted to the experimental binary phase diagram. The phase diagram is obtained from the common tangent construction of the free energy curves calculated by the adiabatic switching method. While maintaining the accuracy of the melting points of pure Au and Ge, this potential reproduces the eutectic temperature, eutectic composition and the solubility of Ge in solid Au, all in good agreement with the experimental values. To demonstrate the self-consistency of the potential, we performed benchmark molecular dynamics simulations of Ge crystal growth and etching in contact with a Au-Ge liquid alloy.

  19. Qualitative modifications and new dynamic phases in the phase diagram of one-dimensional superconducting wires driven with electric currents

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    Kallush, Shimshon; Berger, Jorge

    2014-06-01

    After an initial transient period, the conduction regime in a one-dimensional superconducting wire that carries a fixed current is either normal, periodic, or stationary. The phase diagram for these possibilities was studied in Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 167003 (2007), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.167003 for particular values of the length and the material parameters. We have extended this study to arbitrary length and to a range of material parameters that includes realistic values. Variation of the length leads to scaling laws for the phase diagram. Variation of the material parameters leads to new qualitative features and new phases, including a parameter region in which all three regimes are possible.

  20. Magnetic phase diagram of dense holographic multiquarks in the quark-gluon plasma

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    Burikham, Piyabut

    2011-05-01

    We study phase diagram of the dense holographic gauge matter in the Sakai-Sugimoto model in the presence of the magnetic field above the deconfinement temperature. Even above the deconfinement, quarks could form colour bound states through the remaining strong interaction if the density is large. We demonstrate that in the presence of the magnetic field for a sufficiently large baryon density, the multiquark-pion gradient (MQ-∇ φ) phase is more thermodynamically preferred than the chiral-symmetric quark-gluon plasma. The phase diagrams between the holographic multiquark and the chiral-symmetric quark-gluon plasma phase are obtained at finite temperature and magnetic field. In the mixed MQ-∇ φ phase, the pion gradient induced by the external magnetic field is found to be a linear response for small and moderate field strengths. Its population ratio decreases as the density is raised and thus the multiquarks dominate the phase. Temperature dependence of the baryon chemical potential, the free energy and the linear pion gradient response of the multiquark phase are well approximated by a simple q analytic function sqrt {{1 - {{T^6}}/{T_0^6}}} inherited from the metric of the holographic background.

  1. Phase diagram of the uniaxial and biaxial soft-core Gay-Berne model

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    Berardi, Roberto; Lintuvuori, Juho S.; Wilson, Mark R.; Zannoni, Claudio

    2011-10-01

    Classical molecular dynamics simulations have been used to explore the phase diagrams for a family of attractive-repulsive soft-core Gay-Berne models [R. Berardi, C. Zannoni, J. S. Lintuvuori, and M. R. Wilson, J. Chem. Phys. 131, 174107 (2009)] and determine the effect of particle softness, i.e., of a moderately repulsive short-range interaction, on the order parameters and phase behaviour of model systems of uniaxial and biaxial ellipsoidal particles. We have found that isotropic, uniaxial, and biaxial nematic and smectic phases are obtained for the model. Extensive calculations of the nematic region of the phase diagram show that endowing mesogenic particles with such soft repulsive interactions affect the stability range of the nematic phases, and in the case of phase biaxiality it also shifts it to lower temperatures. For colloidal particles, stabilised by surface functionalisation, (e.g., with polymer chains), we suggest that it should be possible to tune liquid crystal behaviour to increase the range of stability of uniaxial and biaxial phases (by varying solvent quality). We calculate second virial coefficients and show that they are a useful means of characterising the change in effective softness for such systems. For thermotropic liquid crystals, the introduction of softness in the interactions between mesogens with overall biaxial shape (e.g., through appropriate conformational flexibility) could provide a pathway for the actual chemical synthesis of stable room-temperature biaxial nematics.

  2. A Preliminary Investigation of the Cr3Si-Mo Pseudo-Binary Phase Diagram

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    Dickerson, R. M.; Raj, S. V.; Locci, I. E.

    1995-01-01

    An investigation was undertaken to study the phase relations in Cr3Si alloyed with Mo varying from 10 to 83.5 wt. % of the material. Specimens were prepared from arc-melted buttons that were subsequently heat treated at 1673 K for 200 h and air quenched to room temperature to structures. Alloys containing more than 20 wt. % MO were primarily two-phase materials of M3Si and M5Si3, where M is (Cr,Mo). Three alloys contained less than 5% of a third phase, which also had the M5Si3 crystal structure. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) was performed on several specimens at temperatures up to 2073 K in order to determine a solidus curve for the M3Si phase. Since only one DTA peak was observed in each alloy, the M5Si3 phase must melt above 2073 K, the maximum temperature examined. A preliminary pseudo-binary phase diagram for (Cr,Mo)3Si and a portion of the 1673 K isothermal section of the Cr-Mo-Si ternary phase diagram are presented.

  3. Indium Helps Strengthen Al/Cu/Li Alloy

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    Blackburn, Linda B.; Starke, Edgar A., Jr.

    1992-01-01

    Experiments on Al/Cu/Li alloys focus specifically on strengthening effects of minor additions of In and Cd. Indium-bearing alloy combines low density with ability to achieve high strength through heat treatment alone. Tensile tests on peak-aged specimens indicated that alloy achieved yield strength approximately 15 percent higher than baseline alloy. Alloy highly suitable for processing to produce parts of nearly net shape, with particular applications in aircraft and aerospace vehicles.

  4. The ruthenium-yttrium system: An experimental calorimetric study with a phase diagram optimization

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    Selhaoui, N.; Bouirden, L.; Charles, J.; Gachon, J.C.; Kleppa, O.J.

    1998-07-01

    After an experimental determination of the standard enthalpies of formation of Ru{sub 0.67}Y{sub 0.33} and Ru{sub 0.286}Y{sub 0.714}, the Ru-Y system was numerically assessed with help of NANCYUN software to check the consistency between the experimental results and the phase diagram proposed in the literature.

  5. Isothermal Diagrams of Precipitation of Silicide and Aluminide Phases in Refractory Titanium Alloys

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    Popov, A. A.; Popova, M. A.

    2017-03-01

    Processes of precipitation of silicides and aluminides in commercial titanium alloys under different modes of heat treatment are studied. The effect of alloying on the types of precipitating particles is considered. The temperature ranges of formation of intermetallics are determined and the possible mechanisms of transformation of particles of different types are discussed. A schematic isothermal diagram of decomposition of metastable phases in refractory titanium alloys is suggested.

  6. New insights into the phase diagram of the copper oxide superconductors from electronic Raman scattering.

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    Sacuto, A; Gallais, Y; Cazayous, M; Méasson, M-A; Gu, G D; Colson, D

    2013-02-01

    The mechanism of unconventional superconductivity is still unknown despite over 25 years passing since the discovery of high-T(c) cuprate superconductors by Bednorz and Muller (1986 Z. Phys. B 64 189). Here, we explore the cuprate phase diagram by electronic Raman spectroscopy and shed light on the superconducting state in hole-doped curates, namely, how superconductivity and the critical temperature T(c) are affected by the pseudogap.

  7. Thermodynamic quantities and phase diagrams of spin-1 Blume-Capel bilayer Ising model

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    Kantar, Ersin; Ertaş, Mehmet

    2015-06-01

    An effective field theory with correlations has been used to study the critical behavior of the spin-1 Blume-Capel bilayer Ising model on a square lattice. The effects of the Hamiltonian parameters on thermodynamic quantities and phase diagrams are investigated in detail. We found that the system exhibits the first and the second order transitions as well as tricritical point. Furthermore, we have observed that the change of tricritical point values depends on interaction parameters.

  8. Universal mean-field phase diagram for biaxial nematics obtained from a minimax principle.

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    Bisi, Fulvio; Virga, Epifanio G; Gartland, Eugene C; De Matteis, Giovanni; Sonnet, André M; Durand, Georges E

    2006-05-01

    We study a class of quadratic Hamiltonians which describe both fully attractive and partly repulsive molecular interactions, characteristic of biaxial liquid crystal molecules. To treat the partly repulsive interactions we establish a minimax principle for the associated mean-field free energy. We show that the phase diagram described by Sonnet [Phys. Rev. E 67, 061701 (2003)] is universal. Our predictions are in good agreement with the recent observations on both V-shaped and tetrapodal molecules.

  9. Thin film phase diagram of iron nitrides grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Gölden, D.; Hildebrandt, E.; Alff, L.

    2017-01-01

    A low-temperature thin film phase diagram of the iron nitride system is established for the case of thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy and nitrided by a nitrogen radical source. A fine-tuning of the nitridation conditions allows for growth of α ‧ -Fe8Nx with increasing c / a -ratio and magnetic anisotropy with increasing x until almost phase pure α ‧ -Fe8N1 thin films are obtained. A further increase of nitrogen content below the phase decomposition temperature of α ‧ -Fe8N (180 °C) leads to a mixture of several phases that is also affected by the choice of substrate material and symmetry. At higher temperatures (350 °C), phase pure γ ‧ -Fe4N is the most stable phase.

  10. Phase diagram and thermal expansion measurements on the system URu2-xFexSi2.

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    Ran, Sheng; Wolowiec, Christian T; Jeon, Inho; Pouse, Naveen; Kanchanavatee, Noravee; White, Benjamin D; Huang, Kevin; Martien, Dinesh; DaPron, Tyler; Snow, David; Williamsen, Mark; Spagna, Stefano; Riseborough, Peter S; Maple, M Brian

    2016-11-22

    Thermal expansion, electrical resistivity, magnetization, and specific heat measurements were performed on URu2-xFexSi2 single crystals for various values of Fe concentration x in both the hidden-order (HO) and large-moment antiferromagnetic (LMAFM) regions of the phase diagram. Our results show that the paramagnetic (PM) to HO and LMAFM phase transitions are manifested differently in the thermal expansion coefficient. The uniaxial pressure derivatives of the HO/LMAFM transition temperature T0 change dramatically when crossing from the HO to the LMAFM phase. The energy gap also changes consistently when crossing the phase boundary. In addition, for Fe concentrations at xc ≈ 0.1, we observe two features in the thermal expansion upon cooling, one that appears to be associated with the transition from the PM to the HO phase and another one at lower temperature that may be due to the transition from the HO to the LMAFM phase.

  11. Phase diagram of aggregation of oppositely charged colloids in salty water.

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    Zhang, R; Shklovskii, B I

    2004-02-01

    Aggregation of two oppositely charged colloids in salty water is studied. We focus on the role of Coulomb interaction in strongly asymmetric systems in which the charge and size of one colloid is much larger than the other one. In the solution, each large colloid (macroion) attracts a certain number of oppositely charged small colloids (Z-ion) to form a complex. If the concentration ratio of the two colloids is such that complexes are not strongly charged, they condense in a macroscopic aggregate. As a result, the phase diagram in a plane of concentrations of two colloids consists of an aggregation domain sandwiched between two domains of stable solutions of complexes. The aggregation domain has a central part of total aggregation and two wings corresponding to partial aggregation. A quantitative theory of the phase diagram in the presence of monovalent salt is developed. It is shown that as the Debye-Hückel screening radius r(s) decreases, the aggregation domain grows, but the relative size of the partial aggregation domains becomes much smaller. As an important application of the theory, we consider solutions of long double-helix DNA with strongly charged positive spheres (artificial chromatin). We also consider implications of our theory for in vitro experiments with the natural chromatin. Finally, the effect of different shapes of macroions on the phase diagram is discussed.

  12. Magnetic phase diagram of quasi-2D quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnets with XY anisotropy

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    Xiao, Fan; Landee, Christopher; Turnbull, Mark; Fortune, Nathanael; Hannahs, Scott

    2012-02-01

    The magnetic phase diagram of a quasi-2D quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnetic compound Cu(pz)2(ClO4)2 [1] has been determined by experimental measurements; TN shows a strong field dependence. The data reveal the presence of a small (0.5%) amount of XY anisotropy. QMC simulations have been performed to examine the role of the anisotropy and the interlayer exchange (') upon the phase diagram [2,3]. Comparison of the QMC results with the experimental phase diagram will be presented. [4pt] [1] F. Xiao, F. M. Woodward, C. P. Landee, M. M. Turnbull, C. Mielke, N. Harrison, T. Lancaster, S. J. Blundell, P. J. Baker, P. Babkevich, and F. L. Pratt. Phys. Rev. B, 79(13): 134412 (2009) [0pt] [2] A. Cuccoli, T. Roscilde, R. Vaia, and P. Verrucchi. Phys. Rev. B, 68(6):060402 (2003). [0pt] [3] A. Cuccoli, T. Roscilde, R. Vaia, and P. Verrucchi. Phys. Rev. Lett., 90(16): 167205 (2003).

  13. Gold-copper nano-alloy, "Tumbaga", in the era of nano: phase diagram and segregation.

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    Guisbiers, Grégory; Mejia-Rosales, Sergio; Khanal, Subarna; Ruiz-Zepeda, Francisco; Whetten, Robert L; José-Yacaman, Miguel

    2014-11-12

    Gold-copper (Au-Cu) phases were employed already by pre-Columbian civilizations, essentially in decorative arts, whereas nowadays, they emerge in nanotechnology as an important catalyst. The knowledge of the phase diagram is critical to understanding the performance of a material. However, experimental determination of nanophase diagrams is rare because calorimetry remains quite challenging at the nanoscale; theoretical investigations, therefore, are welcomed. Using nanothermodynamics, this paper presents the phase diagrams of various polyhedral nanoparticles (tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, decahedron, dodecahedron, rhombic dodecahedron, truncated octahedron, cuboctahedron, and icosahedron) at sizes 4 and 10 nm. One finds, for all the shapes investigated, that the congruent melting point of these nanoparticles is shifted with respect to both size and composition (copper enrichment). Segregation reveals a gold enrichment at the surface, leading to a kind of core-shell structure, reminiscent of the historical artifacts. Finally, the most stable structures were determined to be the dodecahedron, truncated octahedron, and icosahedron with a Cu-rich core/Au-rich surface. The results of the thermodynamic approach are compared and supported by molecular-dynamics simulations and by electron-microscopy (EDX) observations.

  14. Dark energy in six nearby galaxy flows: Synthetic phase diagrams and self-similarity

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    Chernin, A. D.; Teerikorpi, P.; Dolgachev, V. P.; Kanter, A. A.; Domozhilova, L. M.; Valtonen, M. J.; Byrd, G. G.

    2012-09-01

    Outward flows of galaxies are observed around groups of galaxies on spatial scales of about 1 Mpc, and around galaxy clusters on scales of 10 Mpc. Using recent data from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), we have constructed two synthetic velocity-distance phase diagrams: one for four flows on galaxy-group scales and the other for two flows on cluster scales. It has been shown that, in both cases, the antigravity produced by the cosmic dark-energy background is stronger than the gravity produced by the matter in the outflow volume. The antigravity accelerates the flows and introduces a phase attractor that is common to all scales, corresponding to a linear velocity-distance relation (the local Hubble law). As a result, the bundle of outflow trajectories mostly follow the trajectory of the attractor. A comparison of the two diagrams reveals the universal self-similar nature of the outflows: their gross phase structure in dimensionless variables is essentially independent of their physical spatial scales, which differ by approximately a factor of 10 in the two diagrams.

  15. Automated discovery and construction of surface phase diagrams using machine learning

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    Ulissi, Zachary W.; Singh, Aayush R.; Tsai, Charlie; Nørskov, Jens K.

    2016-08-24

    Surface phase diagrams are necessary for understanding surface chemistry in electrochemical catalysis, where a range of adsorbates and coverages exist at varying applied potentials. These diagrams are typically constructed using intuition, which risks missing complex coverages and configurations at potentials of interest. More accurate cluster expansion methods are often difficult to implement quickly for new surfaces. We adopt a machine learning approach to rectify both issues. Using a Gaussian process regression model, the free energy of all possible adsorbate coverages for surfaces is predicted for a finite number of adsorption sites. Our result demonstrates a rational, simple, and systematic approach for generating accurate free-energy diagrams with reduced computational resources. Finally, the Pourbaix diagram for the IrO2(110) surface (with nine coverages from fully hydrogenated to fully oxygenated surfaces) is reconstructed using just 20 electronic structure relaxations, compared to approximately 90 using typical search methods. Similar efficiency is demonstrated for the MoS2 surface.

  16. Automated discovery and construction of surface phase diagrams using machine learning

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    Ulissi, Zachary W.; Singh, Aayush R.; Tsai, Charlie; ...

    2016-08-24

    Surface phase diagrams are necessary for understanding surface chemistry in electrochemical catalysis, where a range of adsorbates and coverages exist at varying applied potentials. These diagrams are typically constructed using intuition, which risks missing complex coverages and configurations at potentials of interest. More accurate cluster expansion methods are often difficult to implement quickly for new surfaces. We adopt a machine learning approach to rectify both issues. Using a Gaussian process regression model, the free energy of all possible adsorbate coverages for surfaces is predicted for a finite number of adsorption sites. Our result demonstrates a rational, simple, and systematic approachmore » for generating accurate free-energy diagrams with reduced computational resources. Finally, the Pourbaix diagram for the IrO2(110) surface (with nine coverages from fully hydrogenated to fully oxygenated surfaces) is reconstructed using just 20 electronic structure relaxations, compared to approximately 90 using typical search methods. Similar efficiency is demonstrated for the MoS2 surface.« less

  17. Anisotropic Phase diagram of the Frustrated spin chain β-TeVO4

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    Weickert, F.; Jaime, M.; Harrison, N.; Scott, B. L.; Leitmae, A.; Heinmaa, L.; Stern, R.; Janson, O.; Berger, H.; Rosner, H.; Tsirlin, A. A.

    We will present experimental as well as theoretical data on β-TeVO4 a candidate for the J1-J2 chain model with ferromagnetic J1 ~-18 K and antiferrromagnetic J2 ~48 K coupling constants. The T - H magnetic phase diagram is revealed by measurements of the magnetization, specific heat, magnetostriction, and thermal expansion on oriented single crystals at temperatures between 0.5 K and 50 K and in magnetic fields up to 50 T. The high field data were taken in a capacitor bank-driven pulsed magnet at NHMFL - LANL and complemented with measurements in a superconducting magnet. Our comprehensive study allows for the first time a detailed mapping of the phase diagram in both directions, H ll ab and H ll c. We find clear evidence for 5 different phases including full polarization of the magnetic moments above 23 T that is only weakly dependent on the crystal orientation. Surprisingly, the phase boundary at the saturation field splits into two distinct lines below 5 K. The magnetic phases occurring at fields below 10 T show significant magnetic anisotropy between H ll ab and H ll c. The nature of the different phases and regions in β-TeVO4 is still far from being understood, but our results will stimulate further research on this interesting model compound.

  18. Understanding the Phase Diagram of Self-Assembled Monolayers of Alkanethiolates on Gold

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    2016-01-01

    Alkanethiolate monolayers on gold are important both for applications in nanoscience as well as fundamental studies of adsorption and self-assembly at metal surfaces. While considerable experimental effort has been put into understanding the phase diagram of these systems, theoretical work based on density functional theory (DFT) has long been hampered by the inability of conventional exchange-correlation functionals to describe dispersive interactions. In this work, we combine dispersion-corrected DFT calculations using the new vdW-DF-CX functional with the ab initio thermodynamics method to study the stability of dense standing-up and low-coverage lying-down phases on Au(111). We demonstrate that the lying-down phase has a thermodynamic region of stability starting from thiolates with alkyl chains consisting of n ≈ 3 methylene units. This phase emerges as a consequence of a competition between dispersive chain–chain and chain–substrate interactions, where the strength of the latter varies more strongly with n. A phase diagram is derived under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions, detailing the phase transition temperatures of the system as a function of the chain length. The present work illustrates that accurate ab initio modeling of dispersive interactions is both feasible and essential for describing self-assembled monolayers. PMID:27313813

  19. Miscibility gap in the U-Nd-O phase diagram: a new approach of nuclear oxides in the environment?

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    Desgranges, L; Pontillon, Y; Matheron, P; Marcet, M; Simon, P; Guimbretière, G; Porcher, F

    2012-09-03

    To some extent, rare-earth-doped UO(2) is representative of an irradiated nuclear fuel. The two phases we observed previously in neodymium-doped UO(2) are now interpreted as the existence of a miscibility gap in the U-Nd-O phase diagram using new results obtained with Raman spectroscopy. Extrapolating the miscibility gap in the U-Nd-O phase diagram to irradiated UO(2) opens the path to a new understanding of nuclear oxides in the environment.

  20. Constraints on the merging of the transition lines at the tricritical point in a wing-structure phase diagram

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    Taufour, Valentin; Kaluarachchi, Udhara S.; Kogan, Vladimir G.

    2016-08-19

    Here, we consider the phase diagram of a ferromagnetic system driven to a quantum phase transition with a tuning parameter $p$. Before being suppressed, the transition becomes of the first order at a tricritical point, from which wings emerge under application of the magnetic field H in the T $-$ p $-$ H phase diagram. We show that the edge of the wings merge with tangent slopes at the tricritical point.

  1. Phase diagram and spin correlations of the Kitaev-Heisenberg model: Importance of quantum effects

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    Gotfryd, Dorota; Rusnačko, Juraj; Wohlfeld, Krzysztof; Jackeli, George; Chaloupka, Jiří; Oleś, Andrzej M.

    2017-01-01

    We explore the phase diagram of the Kitaev-Heisenberg model with nearest neighbor interactions on the honeycomb lattice using the exact diagonalization of finite systems combined with the cluster mean field approximation, and supplemented by the insights from analytic approaches: the linear spin-wave and second-order perturbation theories. This study confirms that by varying the balance between the Heisenberg and Kitaev term, frustrated exchange interactions stabilize in this model either one of four phases with magnetic long range order: Néel phase, ferromagnetic phase, and two other phases with coexisting antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic bonds, zigzag and stripy phase, or one of two distinct spin-liquid phases. Out of these latter disordered phases, the one with ferromagnetic Kitaev interactions has a substantially broader range of stability as the neighboring competing ordered phases, ferromagnetic and stripy, have very weak quantum fluctuations. Focusing on the quantum spin-liquid phases, we study spatial spin correlations and dynamic spin structure factor of the model by the exact diagonalization technique, and discuss the evolution of gapped low-energy spin response across the quantum phase transitions between the disordered spin liquid and phases with long range magnetic order.

  2. Zero-temperature phase diagram of the classical Kane-Mele-Heisenberg model

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    Zare, Mohammad H.; Fazileh, Farhad; Shahbazi, Farhad

    2013-06-01

    The classical phase diagram of the Kane-Mele-Heisenberg model is obtained using three complementary methods: Luttinger-Tisza, variational minimization, and the iterative minimization method. Six distinct phases were obtained in the space of the couplings. Three phases are commensurate with long-range ordering: planar Néel states in horizontal plane (phase I), planar states in the plane vertical to the horizontal plane (phase VI), and collinear states normal to the horizontal plane (phase II). However, the other three are infinitely degenerate due to the frustrating competition between the couplings, and they are characterized by a manifold of incommensurate wave vectors. These phases are planar helical states in a horizontal plane (phase III), planar helical states in a vertical plane (phase IV), and non-coplanar states (phase V). Employing the linear spin-wave analysis, it is found that the quantum fluctuations select a set of symmetrically equivalent states in phase III through the quantum order-by-disorder mechanism. Based on some heuristic arguments, it is argued that the same scenario may also occur in the other two frustrated phases VI and V.

  3. Phase Diagram of the One-Dimensional t-U-J Model with On-Bond Repulsion at Half Filling

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    Ding, Hanqin; Wang, Yanshen

    By using the bosonization approach and the renormalization group (RG) technique, we study the half-filled band one-dimensional t-U-J model with additional on-bond repulsion (W>0) in the weak-coupling regime. The presence of on-bond repulsion is responsible for realization of a metallic phase in the system, and the phase diagram is strongly controlled by the symmetry of the model. By analyzing the RG flow diagram and comparing order parameters, the phase boundaries are determined and the structure of the phase diagram is clarified. In the case of SU(2) ⊗ SU(2) symmetry, the phase diagram consists of a metallic phase characterized by a Luttinger liquid (LL) and two insulting phases characterized by the degenerate spin-density-wave (SDW) and the bond-charge-density-wave (BCDW). In the SU(2) ⊗ U(1)-symmetric case, the phase diagram contains two metallic phases: a LL and a Luther-Emery phase, and three insulating phases: the transverse SDW (SDW±), the longitudinal SDW (SDWz) and the dimerized BCDW. The insulating charge-density-wave and bond-spin-density-wave (BSDW) phases are always suppressed in the ground state. In addition, the system show a long-ranged order in the BCDW and SDWz phases.

  4. Phase diagrams of three-lane asymmetrically coupled exclusion process with Langmuir kinetics

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    Verma, Atul Kumar; Gupta, Arvind Kumar; Dhiman, Isha

    2015-11-01

    This letter studies a fully asymmetrically coupled three-lane totally asymmetric simple exclusion process with Langmuir kinetics under open boundary conditions. Phase diagrams and density profiles for different kinetic rates are obtained using a mean-field analysis along with a singular perturbation technique and are found to be in good agreement with Monte Carlo simulation results. Some mixed phases are observed in the middle lane resulting into bulk-induced phase transitions. We have found that a number of steady-state phases firstly increases then decreases with respect to an increase in lane changing rate. Critical values of the lane changing rate are identified at which the appearance or disappearance of certain phases is observed. We have identified the jumping effect in the position of shock in the middle lane with respect to an increase in the lane changing rate.

  5. Scratched-XY Universality and Phase Diagram of Disordered 1D Bosons in Optical Lattice

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    Yao, Zhiyuan; Pollet, Lode; Prokof'ev, Nikolay; Svistunov, Boris

    The superfluid-insulator quantum phase transition in a 1D system with weak links belongs to the so-called scratched-XY universality class, provided the irrenormalizable exponent ζ characterizing the distribution of weak links is smaller than 2 / 3 . With a combination of worm-algorithm Monte Carlo simulations and asymptotically exact analytics, we accurately trace the position of the scratched-XY critical line on the ground-state phase diagram of bosonic Hubbard model at unity filling. In particular, we reveal the location of the tricritical point separating the scratched-XY criticality from the Giamarchi-Schulz one.

  6. Phase diagram and criticality of the random anisotropy model in the large-N limit

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    Mouhanna, Dominique; Tarjus, Gilles

    2016-12-01

    We revisit the thermodynamic behavior of the random-anisotropy O(N ) model by investigating its large-N limit. We focus on the system at zero temperature where the mean-field-like artifacts of the large-N limit are less severe. We analyze the connection between the description in terms of self-consistent Schwinger-Dyson equations and the functional renormalization group. We provide a unified description of the phase diagram and critical behavior of the model and clarify the nature of the possible "glassy" phases. Finally we discuss the implications of our findings for the finite-N and finite-temperature systems.

  7. Mean-field phase diagram of disordered bosons in a lattice at nonzero temperature

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    Krutitsky, K. V.; Pelster, A.; Graham, R.

    2006-09-01

    Bosons in a periodic lattice with on-site disorder at low but nonzero temperatures are considered within a mean-field theory. The criteria used for the definition of the superfluid, Mott insulator and Bose glass are analysed. Since the compressibility never vanishes at nonzero temperatures, it cannot be used as a general criterion. We show that the phases are unambiguously distinguished by the superfluid density and the density of states of the low-energy excitations. The phase diagram of the system is calculated. It is shown that even a tiny temperature leads to a significant shift of the boundary between the Bose glass and superfluid.

  8. Tuning the phase diagrams: the miscibility studies of multilactate liquid crystalline compounds

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    Bubnov, Alexej; Tykarska, Marzena; Hamplová, Věra; Kurp, Katarzyna

    2016-09-01

    Design of binary and multicomponent liquid crystalline mixtures is a very powerful tool to reach the desired self-assembling properties. Beyond many advantages, this method has a distinct negativity - it is very material-consuming. While working with unique chiral materials in the research laboratory, this problem can be solved by applying miscibility study by the contact preparation method. In this work, the miscibility studies of lactic acid derivatives and non-chiral/chiral liquid crystalline molecules of different structure have been done in order to establish the phase diagrams. Special attention is focused on the ferro(antiferro)electric smectic phases.

  9. Phase diagram of the Pr-Mn-O system in composition-temperature-oxygen pressure coordinates

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    Vedmid', L. B.; Yankin, A. M.; Fedorova, O. M.; Kozin, V. M.

    2016-05-01

    The phase relations in the Pr-Mn-O system were studied by the static method at lowered oxygen pressure in combination with thermal analysis and high-temperature X-ray diffraction. The equilibrium oxygen pressure in dissociation of PrMn2O5 and PrMnO3 was measured, and the thermodynamic characteristics of formation of these compounds from elements were calculated. The P- T- x phase diagram of the Pr-Mn-O system was constructed in the "composition-oxygen pressure-temperature" coordinates.

  10. Phase diagram of tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide (TTAB) + water + octanol system with application of mechanical deformation

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    Yavuz, Aykut Evren; Masalci, Özgür; Kazanci, Nadide

    2014-11-01

    Morphological properties of tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide (TTAB) + water + octanol system in different concentrations have been studied. In the process, isotropic phase (L1) and nematic calamitic (NC), nematic discotic (ND), hexagonal E and lamellar D anizotropic mesophases have been determined by polarizing microscopy method and partial ternary phase diagram of the system set up. Textural properties of the anisotropic mesophases of the system have been discussed and their birefringence values measured. Mechanical deformation has been applied to the mesophases. The textural properties and the birefringence values have been observed to be changed by the deformation, after and before which changes have been compared.

  11. The ammonia-water phase diagram and its implications for icy satellites

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    Johnson, M. L.; Nicol, M.

    1986-01-01

    A Holzapfel-type diamond anvil cell is used to determine the NH3 - H2O phase diagram in the region from 0 to 33 mole percent NH3, 240 to 370 K, and 0 to 5 GPa. The following phases were identified: liquid; water ices Ih, III, V, VI, VII, and VIII; ammonia monohydrate, NH3.H2O; and ammonia dihydrate NH3.2H2O. Ammonia dihydrate becomes prominent at moderate pressures (less than 1 GPa), with planetologically significant implications, including the possibility of layering in Titan's magma ocean.

  12. Phase Diagram of Two-Dimensional Polar Condensates in a Magnetic Field

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    James, A. J. A.; Lamacraft, A.

    2011-04-08

    Spin-1 condensates in the polar (antiferromagnetic) phase in two dimensions are shown to undergo a transition of the Ising type, in addition to the expected Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) transition of half-vortices, due to the quadratic Zeeman effect. We establish the phase diagram in terms of temperature and the strength of the Zeeman effect using Monte Carlo simulations. When the Zeeman effect is sufficiently strong, the Ising and KT transitions meet. For very strong Zeeman field the remaining transition is of the familiar integer KT type.

  13. Thermochemistry and phase diagram studies in the copper(indium,gallium)selenium system

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    Ider, Muhsin

    Polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se2 and related semiconductors show great potential as alternative materials in production of high efficiency solar cells. This dissertation reports the experimental determination of Gibbs energy changes and phase diagram calculations for selected sections of the Cu-Ga-In-Se system. The Gibbs energy changes were measured with solid-state electrochemical cells and this data along with selected literature data were assessed and model parameters suggested. The homogeneity range of beta-Cu2-xSe was measured by coulometric titration and the thermodynamic properties for defect species estimated. The composition difference between the Se-rich and the Cu-rich boundaries was measured at 900K. A defect model was developed based on vacancy formation on the Cu sublattice. The gas phase equilibrium data for Cu-Se system and the results of a recent assessment of selenium unary system were used to predict defect concentrations. A thermodynamic description of the Cu2Se-In2Se 3 was obtained by optimization of the available phase equilibrium and thermodynamic information along with the direct results of EMF experiments. The Gibbs energy of formation of alpha-CuInSe2 was directly measured by a solid oxide galvanic cell experiment. The transformation enthalpy and Gibbs energy data for CuIn3Se5 and CuIn5Se 8 were estimated. The Redlich-Kister model with a 3-coefficient expression was employed to define the Gibbs energy of the liquid phase. The intermediate beta-CuIn 3Se5 and gamma-CuIn5Se8 phases were modeled with a 2-coefficient expansion of the Redlich-Kister model. The alpha and delta modifications of CuInSe2 phases were modeled with a specific sublattice model. A reasonable agreement between the model calculated values and the thermodynamic phase equilibrium data was achieved. The thermochemistry and phase diagram of GaSe system was critically studied. The activity of Ga was measured along the liquidus between 800--1000K. Selected invariant phase transition

  14. Modulated systems in external fields: Conditions for the presence of reentrant phase diagrams

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    Mendoza-Coto, Alejandro; Billoni, Orlando V.; Cannas, Sergio A.; Stariolo, Daniel A.

    2016-08-01

    We introduce a coarse-grained model capable of describing the phase behavior of two-dimensional ferromagnetic systems with competing exchange and dipolar interactions, as well as an external magnetic field. An improved expression for the mean-field entropic contribution allows us to compute the phase diagram in the whole temperature versus external field plane. We find that the topology of the phase diagram may be qualitatively different depending on the ratio between the strength of the competing interactions. In the regime relevant for ultrathin ferromagnetic films with perpendicular anisotropy we confirm the presence of inverse-symmetry breaking from a modulated phase to a homogeneous one as the temperature is lowered at constant magnetic field, as reported in experiments. For other values of the competing interactions we show that reentrance may be absent. Comparing thermodynamic quantities in both cases, as well as the evolution of magnetization profiles in the modulated phases, we conclude that the reentrant behavior is a consequence of the suppression of domain wall degrees of freedom at low temperatures at constant fields.

  15. Tuning the phase diagram of colloid-polymer mixtures via Yukawa interactions

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    González García, Álvaro; Tuinier, Remco

    2016-12-01

    Theory that predicts the phase behavior of interacting Yukawa spheres in a solution containing nonadsorbing polymer is presented. Our approach accounts for multiple overlap of depletion zones. It is found that additional Yukawa interactions beyond hard core interactions strongly affect the location and presence of coexistence regions and phase states. The theoretical phase diagrams are compared with Monte Carlo simulations. The agreement between the two approaches supports the validity of the theoretical approximations made and confirms that, by choosing the parameters of the interaction potentials, tuning of the binodals is possible. The critical end point characterizes the phase diagram topology. It is demonstrated how an additional Yukawa interaction shifts this point with respect to the hard sphere case. Provided a certain depletant-to-colloid size ratio for which a stable colloidal gas-liquid phase coexistence takes place for hard spheres, added direct interactions turn this into a metastable gas-liquid equilibrium. The opposite case, the induction of a stable gas-liquid coexistence where only fluid-solid was present for hard spheres, is also reported.

  16. Phase diagram of the CF{sub 4} monolayer and bilayer on graphite

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    Thomas, Petros; Hess, George B.

    2014-05-21

    We report an experimental study of physisorbed monolayers and bilayers of CF{sub 4} on graphite using infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy supplemented by ellipsometry. The symmetric C–F stretch mode ν{sub 3} near 1283 cm{sup −1} in the gas is strongly blue shifted in the film by dynamic dipole coupling. This blue shift provides a very sensitive measure of the inter-molecular spacing in the monolayer and, less directly, in the bilayer. We find that important corrections are necessary to the volumetric coverage scales used in previous heat capacity and x-ray diffraction studies of this system. This requires quantitative and some qualitative changes to the previously proposed phase diagram. We find evidence for a new phase transition in the middle of the hexagonal incommensurate region and construct new phase diagrams in both the variables coverage-temperature and chemical potential-temperature. We determine the compressibility and thermal expansion in the low-pressure hexagonal incommensurate phase and values for the entropy change in several phase transitions. Below about 55 K there is evidence of solution of up to 7% of an impurity, most likely CO, in our monolayer but not the bilayer film.

  17. γ- and α-Ce phase diagram: First-principle calculation

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    Lin, Zhang; Ying-Hua, Li; Xue-Mei, Li; Zu-Gen, Zhang; Xiang-Ping, Ye; Ling-Cang, Cai

    2016-03-01

    Controversies about the phase diagram for the isostructural γ ↔ α phase transition of cerium have long been standing out for several decades. To seek insight into the problems, high-precision equations of state (EOS) for γ- and α-cerium are constructed based on first-principle calculation. Versus previous works, the strong anharmonic effects of ion vibration and the variation of magnetism of γ-cerium are stressed. The new EOS generally agrees well with experimental data regarding thermodynamics, phase diagrams, and phase transitions. However, new EOS predicts that another part of phase boundary in pressure-temperature space may exist except for the commonly known boundary. In addition, the well-known critical point seems to be a critical point for γ-cerium to translate from a stable state to an unstable state. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11272293 and U1230201), the Defense Industrial Technology Development Program (Grant No. B1520132001), and the Foundation of National Key Laboratory of Shock Wave and Detonation Physics of China (Grant No. 9140C670301140C67283).

  18. An extended high pressure-temperature phase diagram of NaBH4.

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    George, Lyci; Drozd, Vadym; Couvy, Helene; Chen, Jiuhua; Saxena, Surendra K

    2009-08-21

    We have studied the structural stability of NaBH(4) under pressures up to 17 GPa and temperatures up to 673 K in a diamond anvil cell and formed an extended high P-T phase diagram using combined synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Even though few reports on phase diagram of NaBH(4) are found in current literature, up to our knowledge this is the first experimental work using diamond anvil cell in a wide pressure/temperature range. Bulk modulus, its temperature dependence, and thermal expansion coefficient for the ambient cubic phase of NaBH(4) are found to be 18.76(1) GPa, -0.0131 GPa K(-1), and 12.5x10(-5)+23.2x10(-8) T/K, respectively. We have also carried out Raman spectroscopic studies at room temperature up to 30 GPa to reinvestigate the phase transitions observed for NaBH(4). A comparative symmetry analysis also has been carried out for different phases of NaBH(4).

  19. The Bayesian approach to an internally consistent thermodynamic database: theory, database, and generation of phase diagrams

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    Chatterjee, Niranjan D.; Krüger, Ralf; Haller, Gerd; Olbricht, Walter

    An internally consistent thermodynamic dataset has been derived for 148 endmember phases (145 solids and 3 fluids) comprising the elements Li, Na, K, Be, Mg, Ca, Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Zn, Al, Si, C, H, and O. This has been achieved by simultaneous treatment of phase property (like standard enthalpy of formation, standard entropy, molar heat capacity, molar volume, thermal expansivity, bulk modulus etc.) and reaction reversal data by the Bayesian method. The theory underlying the approach, and the computational methods involved, are briefly outlined. (For the benefit of readers unfamiliar with inference statistics, the basic concepts of the Bayes method are also presented in such a way that they can be grasped intuitively.) Although not yet addressed, this method can be extended to refine the thermodynamic mixing properties of crystalline solutions. The sources of the input data, culled from the literature, are summarized in the Appendix. The resulting database is succinctly documented in this paper. It includes the enthalpies of formation and entropies, their uncertainties, and the correlation among them. The database allows calculation of P-T, T-XCO2, P-XCO2, and T-fO2 sections, with error propagation into the computed phase diagrams on a routine basis. A user-friendly computer program has been written to generate such phase diagrams. It is public domain software. The software and the thermodynamic database (which includes a complete documentation of the thermodynamic data above and beyond those listed (Table 2, here) may be downloaded from the web site http://homepage.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/niranjan.chatterjee/Index.htm. Examples of computed phase diagrams are given to illustrate the quality of the data and the capabilities of the software.

  20. Global phase diagram of two-dimensional Dirac fermions in random potentials

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    Ryu, S.; Mudry, C.; Ludwig, A. W. W.; Furusaki, A.

    2012-06-01

    Anderson localization is studied for two flavors of massless Dirac fermions in two-dimensional space perturbed by static disorder that is invariant under a chiral symmetry (chS) and a time-reversal symmetry (TRS) operation which, when squared, is equal either to plus or minus the identity. The former TRS (symmetry class BDI) can, for example, be realized when the Dirac fermions emerge from spinless fermions hopping on a two-dimensional lattice with a linear energy dispersion such as the honeycomb lattice (graphene) or the square lattice with π flux per plaquette. The latter TRS is realized by the surface states of three-dimensional Z2-topological band insulators in symmetry class CII. In the phase diagram parametrized by the disorder strengths, there is an infrared stable line of critical points for both symmetry classes BDI and CII. Here we discuss a “global phase diagram” in which disordered Dirac fermion systems in all three chiral symmetry classes, AIII, CII, and BDI, occur in four quadrants, sharing one corner which represents the clean Dirac fermion limit. This phase diagram also includes symmetry classes AII [e.g., appearing at the surface of a disordered three-dimensional Z2-topological band insulator in the spin-orbit (symplectic) symmetry class] and D (e.g., the random bond Ising model in two dimensions) as boundaries separating regions of the phase diagram belonging to the three chS classes AIII, BDI, and CII. Moreover, we argue that physics of Anderson localization in the CII phase can be presented in terms of a non-linear-σ model (NLσM) with a Z2-topological term. We thereby complete the derivation of topological or Wess-Zumino-Novikov-Witten terms in the NLσM description of disordered fermionic models in all ten symmetry classes relevant to Anderson localization in two spatial dimensions.

  1. Stability spectroscopy: recurring roton signatures in a dipolar-BEC phase diagram

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    Corson, John; Wilson, Ryan; Bohn, John

    2015-05-01

    When a strongly-dipolar Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) is tightly confined in either one or two dimensions, the excitation spectrum is predicted to exhibit a nontrivial local minimum, termed ``roton.'' Rotons have proven to be elusive in dipolar-BEC experiments, and it is therefore of interest to devise a straightforward scheme whereby rotons may be measured. We propose observing the stability of a dipolar BEC that is perturbed by a tunable optical lattice. When the stability is mapped in terms of lattice depth s and spacing λ, we find regularly-spaced features whose positions and periodicity are determined by the roton wavelength. In this sense, a measurement of the phase diagram represents a spectroscopic measurement of the roton itself. In quasi-two-dimensional geometry, the polarization tilt plays an important role in determining which features appear in the stability diagram.

  2. Phase diagram of rod-coil diblock copolymer melts by self-consistent field theory

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    Yan, Dadong; Tang, Jiuzhou; Jiang, Ying; Zhang, Xinghua; Chen, Jeff

    A unified phase diagram is presented for rod-coil diblock copolymer melts in the isotropic phase regime as a function of the asymmetric parameter. The study is based on free-energy calculation, which incorporates three-dimensional spatial variations of the volume fraction with angular dependence. The wormlike-chain model is used in a self-consistent field treatment. Body-centered cubic, A15, hexagonal, gyroid, and lamellar structures where the rod segments are packed inside the convex rod-coil interface are found stable. As the conformational asymmetric parameter increases, the A15 phase region expands and the gyroid phase region reduces. The stability of the structures is analyzed by concepts such as packing frustration, spinodal limit, and interfacial curvature.

  3. Predicting solubilisation features of ternary phase diagrams of fully dilutable lecithin linker microemulsions.

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    Nouraei, Mehdi; Acosta, Edgar J

    2017-06-01

    Fully dilutable microemulsions (μEs), used to design self-microemulsifying delivery system (SMEDS), are formulated as concentrate solutions containing oil and surfactants, without water. As water is added to dilute these systems, various μEs are produced (water-swollen reverse micelles, bicontinuous systems, and oil-swollen micelles), without the onset of phase separation. Currently, the formulation dilutable μEs follows a trial and error approach that has had a limited success. The objective of this work is to introduce the use of the hydrophilic-lipophilic-difference (HLD) and net-average-curvature (NAC) frameworks to predict the solubilisation features of ternary phase diagrams of lecithin-linker μEs and the use of these predictions to guide the formulation of dilutable μEs. To this end, the characteristic curvatures (Cc) of soybean lecithin (surfactant), glycerol monooleate (lipophilic linker) and polyglycerol caprylate (hydrophilic linker) and the equivalent alkane carbon number (EACN) of ethyl caprate (oil) were obtained via phase scans with reference surfactant-oil systems. These parameters were then used to calculate the HLD of lecithin-linkers-ethyl caprate microemulsions. The calculated HLDs were able to predict the phase transitions observed in the phase scans. The NAC was then used to fit and predict phase volumes obtained from salinity phase scans, and to predict the solubilisation features of ternary phase diagrams of the lecithin-linker formulations. The HLD-NAC predictions were reasonably accurate, and indicated that the largest region for dilutable μEs was obtained with slightly negative HLD values. The NAC framework also predicted, and explained, the changes in microemulsion properties along dilution lines.

  4. Phase diagram for Bi1-xCaxMnO3 (x < 0.5)

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    Qin, Yuhai; Tyson, Trevor; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Xu, Xiaonong

    2007-03-01

    The multiferroic BiMnO3 system, in which ferroelectronic and ferromagnetic orders can coexist, has attracted much research work in the past years for its potential technological applications. For the more general system Bi1-xCaxMnO3, the phase diagram for the Ca rich region (x > 0.4) has been established [1]. In order to understand the multiferroic behavior near the x=0 system, the hole-doped region (0phase diagram of Bi1-xCaxMnO3, by performing detailed structural (XRD and XAFS), magnetization (ZFC/FC) and electrical measurements on Bi1-xCaxMnO3 (0phase to the orthorhombic phase. This work is supported by NSF DMR-0512196. [1] H. Woo, T. A. Tyson, M. Croft, S. W. Cheong, and J. C. Woicik, Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 63, 134412/1 (2001).

  5. Phase diagram for Bi1-xCaxMnO3 (x < 0.4)

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    Qin, Yuhai; Tyson, Trevor; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Xu, Xiao-Nong

    2008-03-01

    The multiferroic BiMnO3 system, in which ferroelectronic and ferromagnetic orders can coexist, has attracted much research work in the past years for its potential technological applications. For the more general system Bi1-xCaxMnO3, the phase diagram for the Ca rich region (x > 0.4) has been established[1]. In order to understand the multiferroic behavior near the x=0 system, the hole-doped region (0phase diagram of Bi1-xCaxMnO3, by performing detailed structural (XRD and XAFS), magnetization (ZFC/FC) and electrical measurements on Bi1-xCaxMnO3 (0phase to the orthorhombic phase. This work is supported by NSF DMR-0512196 and DOE Grant DE-FG02-07ER46402. [1] H. Woo, et al, Phys. Rev. B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 63, 134412/1 (2001).

  6. Vapour-liquid phase diagram for an ionic fluid in a random porous medium.

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    Holovko, M F; Patsahan, O; Patsahan, T

    2016-10-19

    We study the vapour-liquid phase behaviour of an ionic fluid confined in a random porous matrix formed by uncharged hard sphere particles. The ionic fluid is modelled as an equimolar binary mixture of oppositely charged equisized hard spheres, the so-called restricted primitive model (RPM). Considering the matrix-fluid system as a partly-quenched model, we develop a theoretical approach which combines the method of collective variables with the extension of the scaled-particle theory (SPT) for a hard-sphere fluid confined in a disordered hard-sphere matrix. The approach allows us to formulate the perturbation theory using the SPT for the description of the thermodynamics of the reference system. The phase diagrams of the RPM in matrices of different porosities and for different size ratios of matrix and fluid particles are calculated in the random-phase approximation and also when the effects of higher-order correlations between ions are taken into account. Both approximations correctly reproduce the basic effects of porous media on the vapour-liquid phase diagram, i.e. with a decrease of porosity the critical point shifts towards lower fluid densities and lower temperatures and the coexistence region gets narrower. For the fixed matrix porosity, both the critical temperature and the critical density increase with an increase of size of matrix particles and tend to the critical values of the bulk RPM.

  7. Vapour-liquid phase diagram for an ionic fluid in a random porous medium

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    Holovko, M. F.; Patsahan, O.; Patsahan, T.

    2016-10-01

    We study the vapour-liquid phase behaviour of an ionic fluid confined in a random porous matrix formed by uncharged hard sphere particles. The ionic fluid is modelled as an equimolar binary mixture of oppositely charged equisized hard spheres, the so-called restricted primitive model (RPM). Considering the matrix-fluid system as a partly-quenched model, we develop a theoretical approach which combines the method of collective variables with the extension of the scaled-particle theory (SPT) for a hard-sphere fluid confined in a disordered hard-sphere matrix. The approach allows us to formulate the perturbation theory using the SPT for the description of the thermodynamics of the reference system. The phase diagrams of the RPM in matrices of different porosities and for different size ratios of matrix and fluid particles are calculated in the random-phase approximation and also when the effects of higher-order correlations between ions are taken into account. Both approximations correctly reproduce the basic effects of porous media on the vapour-liquid phase diagram, i.e. with a decrease of porosity the critical point shifts towards lower fluid densities and lower temperatures and the coexistence region gets narrower. For the fixed matrix porosity, both the critical temperature and the critical density increase with an increase of size of matrix particles and tend to the critical values of the bulk RPM.

  8. On the phase diagram of mercuric iodide near the stoichiometric composition

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    Hermon, H.; Roth, M.; Schieber, M.; Shamir, J. )

    1993-03-01

    The near-stoichiometric region of the HgI[sub 2] compound has been studied to update the phase diagram of the iodine - mercury system. Stoichiometry evaluation has been performed using Raman spectroscopy, to determine the Hg excess as Hg[sub 2]I[sub 2], and photometric analysis for determination of the iodine excess. The improved sensitivity of the methods has enabled to determine minute amounts of either mercury or iodine have been grown from the vapor phase at temperatures ranging from 58 to 200 C, and the results have been used for the completion of the phase diagram. The maximum amount of Hg dissolved in HgI[sub 2] is 720 ppm at 120 C, but at higher crystal growth temperatures the concentration is reduced due to the thermal decomposition of Hg[sub 2]I[sub 2]. Free iodine solubility in HgI[sub 2] at growth temperatures ranging from 70 to 120 C is 130 - 140 ppm, whereas above 130 C (the [alpha]-[beta] phase transition temperature) iodine solubility increases up to 210 ppm.

  9. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The dimer-trimer and monomer-trimer models for heterogeneous catalysis: a phase diagram study

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    Khan, K. M.; Basit, A.; Yaldram, K.

    2000-06-01

    The phase diagram of the dimer-trimer model has already been studied for Kagome and hexagonal lattices, the detail of which can be found in the literature. Here, we have studied the same model on a square lattice to look into the effect of lattice type on the phase diagram of the system. The steady reactive window width decreases significantly from 0.12 (for hexagonal lattice) to 0.02 for a square lattice. We have also studied a monomer-trimer model through Monte Carlo simulation. The effect of the lattice type on the phase diagram of the system is studied. The phase diagram qualitatively resembles that of the ZGB model. The lattice type has a significant effect on the steady reactive window width.

  10. Thermodynamics at the nanoscale: phase diagrams of nickel-carbon nanoclusters and equilibrium constants for phase transitions.

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    Engelmann, Yannick; Bogaerts, Annemie; Neyts, Erik C

    2014-10-21

    Using reactive molecular dynamics simulations, the melting behavior of nickel-carbon nanoclusters is examined. The phase diagrams of icosahedral and Wulff polyhedron clusters are determined using both the Lindemann index and the potential energy. Formulae are derived for calculating the equilibrium constants and the solid and liquid fractions during a phase transition, allowing more rational determination of the melting temperature with respect to the arbitrary Lindemann value. These results give more insight into the properties of nickel-carbon nanoclusters in general and can specifically be very useful for a better understanding of the synthesis of carbon nanotubes using the catalytic chemical vapor deposition method.

  11. Evaluation of the microstructure of Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg Weldalite (tm) alloys, part 4

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    Pickens, Joseph R.; Kumar, K. S.; Brown, S. A.; Gayle, Frank W.

    1991-01-01

    Weldalite (trademark) 049 is an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy designed to have ultrahigh strength and to serve in aerospace applications. The alloy displays significantly higher strength than competitive alloys in both naturally aged and artificially aged tempers. The strengthening phases in such tempers have been identified to, in part, explain the mechanical properties attained. In general, the alloy is strengthened by delta prime Al3Li and Guinier-Preston (GP) zones in the naturally aged tempers. In artificially aged tempers in slightly underaged conditions, strengthening is provided by several phases including GP zones, theta prime Al2Cu, S prime Al2CuMg, T(sub 1) Al2CuLi, and possibly a new phase. In the peak strength artificially aged tempers, T(sub 1) is the predominant strengthening phase.

  12. Phase diagram of a cyclic predator-prey model with neutral-pair exchange.

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    Guisoni, Nara C; Loscar, Ernesto S; Girardi, Mauricio

    2013-08-01

    In this paper we obtain the phase diagram of a four-species predator-prey lattice model by using the proposed gradient method. We consider cyclic transitions between consecutive states, representing invasion or predation, and allowed the exchange between neighboring neutral pairs. By applying a gradient in the invasion rate parameter one can see, in the same simulation, the presence of two symmetric absorbing phases, composed by neutral pairs, and an active phase that includes all four species. In this sense, the study of a single-valued interface and its fluctuations give the critical point of the irreversible phase transition and the corresponding universality classes. Also, the consideration of a multivalued interface and its fluctuations bring the percolation threshold. We show that the model presents two lines of irreversible first-order phase transition between the two absorbing phases and the active phase. Depending on the value of the system parameters, these lines can converge into a triple point, which is the beginning of a first-order irreversible line between the two absorbing phases, or end in two critical points belonging to the directed percolation universality class. Standard simulations for some characteristic values of the parameters confirm the order of the transitions as determined by the gradient method. Besides, below the triple point the model presents two standard percolation lines in the active phase and above a first-order percolation transition as already found in other similar models.

  13. Microstructural changes to AlCu6Ni1 alloy after prolonged annealing at elevated temperature.

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    Wierzbińska, M; Sieniawski, J

    2010-03-01

    This work presents results of microstructure examination of AlCu(6)Ni(1) aluminium alloy. The commercial AlCu(4)Ni(2)Mg(2) (M-309) alloy is widely used for elements of aircraft and automotive engines. Modification its chemical composition was aimed at improving the stability of mechanical properties of the alloy subjected to long-term exposure to high temperature. The alloy after standard T6 heat treatment (solution heat treated at 818 K/10 h/water quenched followed by ageing at 498 K/8 h/air cooled) was annealed for 150 h at elevated temperature of 573 K corresponding to the maximum value at which structural elements of jet piston engines made of aluminium alloys operate. It was found that applied heat treatment caused an increasing in the particles of hardening phase (theta'-Al(2)Cu) size. The significant growth of the length of theta'-Al(2)Cu precipitations was observed in particularly. Nevertheless, it did not strongly result in change of its shape - the 'crystallites' and 'rods' were still characteristic of hardening phase morphology. The phenomena of the growth of theta'-Al(2)Cu precipitates caused decreasing the mechanical properties of the alloy, what is the subject of further investigations by the authors.

  14. Phase diagram of oxygen adsorbed on Ni(111) and thermodynamic properties from first-principles

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    Lazo, C.; Keil, F. J.

    2009-06-01

    The thermodynamic properties and the surface phase diagram of O/Ni(111) have been calculated from Metropolis and Wang-Landau Monte Carlo simulations based on lateral interactions derived from density-functional theory (DFT) calculations. The DFT energies were mapped onto an Ising-like Hamiltonian according to the cluster expansion technique formalism. Both fcc and hcp adsorption sites were included in the Hamiltonian. Different criteria were used to evaluate competing parameter sets: cross-validation score CV, Mallow’s Cp statistics, and adjusted R2 statistics. The parameter space was searched using genetic algorithms in order to find optimum parameter sets. The different parameter sets obtained from different criteria lead essentially to the same transition temperatures. Excellent agreement is found when comparing the shape and the stability regions of the theoretical and the experimental (from the literature) phase diagrams. We investigate the nature of the p(2×2) and (3×3)R30° phase transitions at Θ=1/4 and 1/3 ML, respectively. Differences arise when comparing the values of the calculated and the experimental transition temperatures owing to imprecision in present-day DFT calculations.

  15. Constraints on the phase diagram of nonmolecular CO2 imposed by infrared spectroscopy

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    Santoro, Mario; Gorelli, Federico A.

    2009-11-01

    The investigation of the high-pressure phase diagram of CO2 , specifically in the nonmolecular forms, is a challenging experimental issue, due to the large metastability of this material. Here we report on the determination of the pressure threshold for forming nonmolecular CO2 from the molecular crystal, in the P-T range of 10-53 GPa and 296-715 K, respectively. The study is based on a large set of IR spectroscopy measurements, which allows to detect, with a high sensitivity, the onset of the formation of nonmolecular, amorphous carbonia. This metastable form is first formed in the attempts to obtain nonmolecular, crystalline CO2 , upon increasing pressure, for kinetic reasons. Therefore, it is identified an upper pressure bound for the real-phase boundary between the molecular solid and the nonmolecular, thermodynamically stable crystal, which results to be remarkably lower than those detected by other techniques. Also, it is shown how the hysteresis of the molecular-to-nonmolecular transformation is reduced upon increasing the temperature. The study adds constraints on the high-pressure, thermodynamic phase diagram of nonmolecular CO2 .

  16. The topological pressure-temperature phase diagram of ritonavir, an extraordinary case of crystalline dimorphism.

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    Céolin, R; Rietveld, I B

    2015-01-01

    A topological pressure-temperature phase diagram involving the phase relationships of ritonavir forms I and II has been constructed using experimental calorimetric and volumetric data available from the literature. The triple point I-II-liquid is located at a temperature of about 407 K and a pressure as extraordinarily small as 17.5 MPa (175 bar). Thus, the less soluble solid phase (form II) will become metastable on increasing pressure. At room temperature, form I becomes stable around 100 MPa indicating that form II may turn into form I at a relatively low pressure of 1000 bar, which may occur under processing conditions such as mixing or grinding. This case is a good example for which a proper thermodynamic evaluation trumps "rules of thumb" such as the density rule.

  17. Magnetic phase diagram of Y1-xTbxMn6Sn6 compounds

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    Bykov, A. A.; Chetverikov, Yu. O.; Moskvin, E. V.; Pirogov, A. N.; Grigoriev, S. V.

    2017-02-01

    The Y1-xTbxMn6Sn6 compounds (x=0, 0.175, 0.2, 0.225, 0.25) were studied by small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and paramagnetic neutron spin echo. The YMn6Sn6 compound is found to be a helimagnet in the whole temperature range below TN=310 K. Close to TN an additional peak of a Lorenz shape was observed at Q=0. The peak is thought to have originated from the ferromagnetic fluctuations of the magnetic Mn moment in the ab-plane of the hexagonal crystal structure. Compounds, in which Y is replaced by Tb, change their magnetic order with the increase of temperature: from easy cone ferromagnetic phase at low T through the helicoidal phase to the ferromagnetic fluctuation close to TN. Temperature-concentration phase diagram of Y1-xTbxMn6Sn6 is built on the basis of the obtained data.

  18. Phase diagram for controlled crystallization of calcium phosphate under acidic organic monolayers

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    Cui, F. Z.; Zhou, L. F.; Cui, H.; Ma, C. L.; Lu, H. B.; Li, H. D.

    1996-12-01

    The effect of ionic concentration and pH on matrix-regulated crystallization may be important in biomineralization processes and biomimetic synthesis of materials. This effect in the system of calcium phosphate solution under stearic acid monolayers was investigated. In experiments, the solution conditions ranged in concentration of Ca ion of 0.1-20mM and in pH of 5.3-7.0. It was found that at the initial stage of the controlled crystallization, the (0001)-oriented hydroxyapatite (HAp) precipitations under the acidic monolayers always occur. At solution conditions near the solubility isotherms of octacalcium phosphate (OCP) and dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCPD) in the solubility phase diagram, precipitations of OCP and DCPD phases can form together with HAp precipitation, respectively. Orientations of DCPD or OCP phase precipitations were irregular.

  19. Phase diagram of a two-dimensional large- Q Potts model in an external field

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    Tsai, Shan-Ho; Landau, D. P.

    2009-04-01

    We use a two-dimensional Wang-Landau sampling algorithm to map out the phase diagram of a Q-state Potts model with Q⩽10 in an external field H that couples to one state. Finite-size scaling analyses show that for large Q the first-order phase transition point at H=0 is in fact a triple point at which three first-order phase transition lines meet. One such line is restricted to H=0; another line has H⩽0. The third line, which starts at the H=0 triple point, ends at a critical point (T,H) which needs to be located in a two-dimensional parameter space. The critical field H(Q) is positive and decreases with decreasing Q, which is in qualitative agreement with previous predictions.

  20. Phase diagrams of charged colloidal rods: Can a uniaxial charge distribution break chiral symmetry?

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    Drwenski, Tara; Dussi, Simone; Hermes, Michiel; Dijkstra, Marjolein; van Roij, René

    2016-03-01

    We construct phase diagrams for charged rodlike colloids within the second-virial approximation as a function of rod concentration, salt concentration, and colloidal charge. Besides the expected isotropic-nematic transition, we also find parameter regimes with a coexistence between a nematic and a second, more highly aligned nematic phase including an isotropic-nematic-nematic triple point and a nematic-nematic critical point, which can all be explained in terms of the twisting effect. We compute the Frank elastic constants to see if the twist elastic constant can become negative, which would indicate the possibility of a cholesteric phase spontaneously forming. Although the twisting effect reduces the twist elastic constant, we find that it always remains positive. In addition, we find that for finite aspect-ratio rods the twist elastic constant is also always positive, such that there is no evidence of chiral symmetry breaking due to a uniaxial charge distribution.

  1. The phase diagram of molybdenum at extreme conditions and the role of local liquid structures

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    Ross, M

    2008-08-15

    Recent DAC measurements made of the Mo melting curve by the x-ray diffraction studies confirms that, up to at least 110 GPa (3300K) melting is directly from bcc to liquid, evidence that there is no basis for a speculated bcc-hcp or fcc transition. An examination of the Poisson Ratio, obtained from shock sound speed measurements, provides evidence that the 210 GPa (4100K) transition detected from shock experiments is a continuation of the bcc-liquid melting, but is from a bcc-to a solid-like mixed phase rather than to liquid. Calculations, modeled to include the free energy of liquid local structures, predict that the transition from the liquid to the mixed phase is near 150 GPa(3500K). The presence of local structures provides the simplest and most direct explanation for the Mo phase diagram, and the low melting slopes.

  2. Phase diagram with a region of liquid carbon-diamond metastable states

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    Basharin, A. Yu.; Dozhdikov, V. S.; Kirillin, A. V.; Turchaninov, M. A.; Fokin, L. R.

    2010-06-01

    Metastable cubic diamond has been found in the structure of solid carbon obtained by quenching of a liquid phase at a pressure (0.012 GPa) much lower than that corresponding to the existence of stable diamond. It is suggested that this metastable diamond is formed as a result of the recalescence of supercooled liquid carbon to the melting point ( T dm) of metastable diamond due to a lower energy barrier for the formation of diamond as compared to that of graphite. A comparison between the calculated Gibbs energies of metastable phases provided an estimate of T dm = 4160 ± 50 K. For the first time, metastable continuations of the curve of diamond melting at pressures of up to 0.012 GPa are constructed on the phase diagrams of carbon (according to various published data) using analytical curves described by a two-parametric Simon equation.

  3. Phase diagram of 4D field theories with chiral anomaly from holography

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    Ammon, Martin; Leiber, Julian; Macedo, Rodrigo P.

    2016-03-01

    Within gauge/gravity duality, we study the class of four dimensional CFTs with chiral anomaly described by Einstein-Maxwell-Chern-Simons theory in five dimensions. In particular we determine the phase diagram at finite temperature, chemical potential and magnetic field. At high temperatures the solution is given by an electrically and magnetically charged AdS Reissner-Nordstroem black brane. For sufficiently large Chern-Simons coupling and at sufficiently low temperatures and small magnetic fields, we find a new phase with helical order, breaking translational invariance spontaneously. For the Chern-Simons couplings studied, the phase transition is second order with mean field exponents. Since the entropy density vanishes in the limit of zero temperature we are confident that this is the true ground state which is the holographic version of a chiral magnetic spiral.

  4. Electrochemical investigation of the P2–NaxCoO2 phase diagram.

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    Berthelot, R; Carlier, D; Delmas, C

    2011-01-01

    Sodium layered oxides NaxCoO2 form one of the most fascinating low-dimensional and strongly correlated systems; in particular P2–NaxCoO2 exhibits various single-phase domains with different Na+/vacancy patterns depending on the sodium concentration. Here we used sodium batteries to clearly depict the P2–NaxCoO2 phase diagram for x≥0.50. By coupling the electrochemical process with an in situ X-ray diffraction experiment, we identified the succession of single-phase or two-phase domains appearing on sodium intercalation with a rather good accuracy compared with previous studies. We reported new single-phase domains and we underlined the thermal instability of some ordered phases from an electrochemical study at various temperatures. As each phase is characterized by the position of its Fermi level versus the Na+/Na couple, we showed that the synthesis of each material, even in large amounts, can be carried out electrochemically. The physical properties of the as-prepared Na1/2CoO2 and Na2/3CoO2 ordered phases were characterized and compared. Electrochemical processes are confirmed to be an accurate route to precisely investigate in a continuous way such a complex system and provide a new way to synthesize materials with a very narrow existence range.

  5. The phase diagram of NiSi under the conditions of small planetary interiors

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    Dobson, David P.; Hunt, Simon A.; Ahmed, Jabraan; Lord, Oliver T.; Wann, Elizabeth T. H.; Santangeli, James; Wood, Ian G.; Vočadlo, Lidunka; Walker, Andrew M.; Thomson, Andrew R.; Baron, Marzena A.; Mueller, Hans J.; Lathe, Christian; Whitaker, Matthew; Morard, Guillaume; Mezouar, Mohamed

    2016-12-01

    The phase diagram of NiSi has been determined using in situ synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction multi-anvil experiments to 19 GPa, with further preliminary results in the laser-heated diamond cell reported to 60 GPa. The low-pressure MnP-structured phase transforms to two different high-pressure phases depending on the temperature: the ε-FeSi structure is stable at temperatures above ∼1100 K and a previously reported distorted-CuTi structure (with Pmmn symmetry) is stable at lower temperature. The invariant point is located at 12.8 ± 0.2 GPa and 1100 ± 20 K. At higher pressures, ε-FeSi-structured NiSi transforms to the CsCl structure with CsCl-NiSi as the liquidus phase above 30 GPa. The Clapeyron slope of this transition is -67 MPa/K. The phase boundary between the ε-FeSi and Pmmn structured phases is nearly pressure independent implying there will be a second sub-solidus invariant point between CsCl, ε-FeSi and Pmmn structures at higher pressure than attained in this study. In addition to these stable phases, the MnP structure was observed to spontaneously transform at room temperature to a new orthorhombic structure (also with Pnma symmetry) which had been detailed in previous ab initio simulations. This new phase of NiSi is shown here to be metastable.

  6. The Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid with quantum impurity revisited: Critical line and phase diagram

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    Lee, Taejin

    2017-01-01

    We revisit the (1 + 1) dimensional field theoretical model, which describes the Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid (TLL), interacting with a static impurity at the origin of the half line. Applying the Fermi-Bose equivalence and finite conformal transformations only, we map the model onto the Schmid model. Some details of the bosonization procedure have been given. The critical line and the phase diagram of the model follow from the renormalization group analysis of the Schmid model. The obtained critical line of the model is a hyperbola in the parameter space of the two couplings of the TLL.

  7. Phase diagrams of the quantum XY spin glass model in a transverse field

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    Büttner, G.; Kopeć, T. K.; Usadel, K. D.

    1990-10-01

    The infinite range XY spin glass model in a transverse field Γ is investigated by means of the static approximation within the Trotter-Suzuki approach and thermo-field dynamics. The corresponding phase diagrams are obtained showing that a spin glass transition takes place for non-zero values of the transverse field up to a critical value. However, it is found that the results from both methods disagree considerably from recent calculations by De Cesare et al. on this model, performed by using the two-spin cluster approximation.

  8. Phase Diagram of a Three-Dimensional Antiferromagnet with Random Magnetic Anisotropy

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    Perez, Felio A.; Borisov, Pavel; Johnson, Trent A.; Stanescu, Tudor D.; Trappen, Robbyn; Holcomb, Mikel B.; Lederman, David; Fitzsimmons, M. R.; Aczel, Adam A.; Hong, Tao

    2015-03-04

    Three-dimensional (3D) antiferromagnets with random magnetic anisotropy (RMA) that were experimentally studied to date have competing two-dimensional and three-dimensional exchange interactions which can obscure the authentic effects of RMA. The magnetic phase diagram of FexNi1-xF2 epitaxial thin films with true random single-ion anisotropy was deduced from magnetometry and neutron scattering measurements and analyzed using mean field theory. Regions with uniaxial, oblique and easy plane anisotropies were identified. A RMA-induced glass region was discovered where a Griffiths-like breakdown of long-range spin order occurs.

  9. Phase diagram of a system of adipic, glutaric, and sebacic acids

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    Kolyado, A. V.; Alenova, S. M.; Garkushin, I. K.

    2016-06-01

    Adipic acid-glutaric acid, glutaric acid-sebacic acid, and adipic acid-sebacic acid binary systems are studied, along with an adipic acid-glutaric acid-sebacic acid ternary system. It is shown all of these systems are eutectic. Phase equilibria for the diagram elements of the binary systems and the ternary system are described. It is concluded that the above low-melting compounds can be recommended for use as working bodies in heat accumulators, and for preparing electrolytes used in the thin-layer anodic oxidation of aluminum alloys.

  10. Phase diagrams and dynamics of a computationally efficient map-based neuron model

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    Gonsalves, Jheniffer J.; Tragtenberg, Marcelo H. R.

    2017-01-01

    We introduce a new map-based neuron model derived from the dynamical perceptron family that has the best compromise between computational efficiency, analytical tractability, reduced parameter space and many dynamical behaviors. We calculate bifurcation and phase diagrams analytically and computationally that underpins a rich repertoire of autonomous and excitable dynamical behaviors. We report the existence of a new regime of cardiac spikes corresponding to nonchaotic aperiodic behavior. We compare the features of our model to standard neuron models currently available in the literature. PMID:28358843

  11. Phase diagram of the commensurate two-dimensional disordered Bose-Hubbard model.

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    Söyler, S G; Kiselev, M; Prokof'ev, N V; Svistunov, B V

    2011-10-28

    We establish the full ground state phase diagram of the disordered Bose-Hubbard model in two dimensions at a unity filling factor via quantum Monte Carlo simulations. Similarly to the three-dimensional case we observe extended superfluid regions persisting up to extremely large values of disorder and interaction strength which, however, have small superfluid fractions and thus low transition temperatures. In the vicinity of the superfluid-insulator transition of the pure system, we observe an unexpectedly weak--almost not resolvable--sensitivity of the critical interaction to the strength of (weak) disorder.

  12. Phase Diagram of a Three-Dimensional Antiferromagnet with Random Magnetic Anisotropy

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    Perez, Felio A.; Borisov, Pavel; Johnson, Trent A.; ...

    2015-03-04

    Three-dimensional (3D) antiferromagnets with random magnetic anisotropy (RMA) that were experimentally studied to date have competing two-dimensional and three-dimensional exchange interactions which can obscure the authentic effects of RMA. The magnetic phase diagram of FexNi1-xF2 epitaxial thin films with true random single-ion anisotropy was deduced from magnetometry and neutron scattering measurements and analyzed using mean field theory. Regions with uniaxial, oblique and easy plane anisotropies were identified. A RMA-induced glass region was discovered where a Griffiths-like breakdown of long-range spin order occurs.

  13. Metal-Hydrogen Phase Diagrams in the Vicinity of Melting Temperatures

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    Shapovalov, V.I.

    1999-01-06

    Hydrogen-metal interaction phenomena belong to the most exciting challenges of today's physical metallurgy and physics of solids due to the uncommon behavior of hydrogen in condensed media and to the need for understanding hydrogen's strong negative impact on properties of some high-strength steels and.alloys. The paper cites and summarizes research data on fundamental thermodynamic characteristics of hydrogen in some metals that absorb it endothermally at elevated temperatures. For a number of metal-hydrogen systems, information on some phase diagrams previously not available to the English-speaking scientific community is presented.

  14. Phase diagram of a non-signalized T-shaped intersection

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    Echab, H.; Lakouari, N.; Ez-Zahraouy, H.; Benyoussef, A.

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, we investigated a non-signalized T-shaped intersection using the cellular automata model under the open boundary condition. Two different priority rules at intersection are introduced (Rule 1, Rule 2) to eliminate the jam-packed state. Phase diagram and its variation with the ratios of right and/or left turning vehicles are investigated. The space-time and the density profiles are also studied. The simulation results indicate that the system does not show the same performance under different priority rules, where Rule 1 (resp. Rule 2) can be better than Rule 2 (resp. Rule 1) according to the ratios of turning vehicles.

  15. Phase diagram of the system with the repulsive shoulder potential in two dimensions: Density functional approach

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    Chumakov, E. S.; Fomin, Y. D.; Shangina, E. L.; Tareyeva, E. E.; Tsiok, E. N.; Ryzhov, V. N.

    2015-08-01

    In the framework of the density functional theory of freezing proposed in our previous works, we calculate the phase diagram of two-dimensional system of particles interacting through the repulsive shoulder potential. This potential consists of the hard core and repulsive shoulder of the larger radius. It is shown that at low densities the system melts through the continuous transition in accordance with the Kosterlitz-Thouless-Halperin-Nelson-Young (KTHNY) scenario, while at high densities the conventional first order transition takes place.

  16. Influence of trapping potentials on the phase diagram of bosonic atoms in optical lattices

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    Giampaolo, S.M.; Illuminati, F.; Mazzarella, G.; De Siena, S.

    2004-12-01

    We study the effect of external trapping potentials on the phase diagram of bosonic atoms in optical lattices. We introduce a generalized Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian that includes the structure of the energy levels of the trapping potential, and show that these levels are in general populated both at finite and zero temperature. We characterize the properties of the superfluid transition for this situation and compare them with those of the standard Bose-Hubbard description. We briefly discuss similar behaviors for fermionic systems.

  17. Construction of a DOPC/PSM/cholesterol phase diagram based on the fluorescence properties of trans-parinaric acid.

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    Nyholm, Thomas K M; Lindroos, Daniel; Westerlund, Bodil; Slotte, J Peter

    2011-07-05

    Cell membranes have a nonhomogenous lateral organization. Most information about such nonhomogenous mixing has been obtained from model membrane studies where defined lipid mixtures have been characterized. Various experimental approaches have been used to determine binary and ternary phase diagrams for systems under equilibrium conditions. Such phase diagrams are the most useful tools for understanding the lateral organization in cellular membranes. Here we have used the fluorescence properties of trans-parinaric acid (tPA) for phase diagram determination. The fluorescence intensity, anisotropy, and fluorescence lifetimes of tPA were measured in bilayers composed of one to three lipid components. All of these parameters could be used to determine the presence of liquid-ordered and gel phases in the samples. However, the clearest information about the phase state of the lipid bilayers was obtained from the fluorescence lifetimes of tPA. This is due to the fact that an intermediate-length lifetime was found in samples that contain a liquid-ordered phase and a long lifetime was found in samples that contained a gel phase, whereas tPA in the liquid-disordered phase has a markedly shorter fluorescence lifetime. On the basis of the measured fluorescence parameters, a phase diagram for the 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine/N-palmitoyl sphingomyelin/cholesterol system at 23 °C was prepared with a 5 mol % resolution. We conclude that tPA is a good fluorophore for probing the phase behavior of complex lipid mixtures, especially because multilamellar vesicles can be used. The determined phase diagram shows a clear resemblance to the microscopically determined phase diagram for the same system. However, there are also significant differences that likely are due to tPA's sensitivity to the presence of submicroscopic liquid-ordered and gel phase domains.

  18. Magnetic phase diagrams in the H-T plane of the magnetically strongest sigma-phase Fe-V compounds

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    Sikora, M.; Dubiel, S. M.

    2017-04-01

    Magnetization measurements were performed on two sigma-phase samples of Fe100-xVx (x=35.5, 34.1) vs. temperature, T, and in DC magnetic field, of various amplitudes. Using three characteristic temperatures, magnetic phase diagrams in the H-T plane have been designed testifying to a re-entrant character of magnetism. The ground magnetic state, a spin glass (SG), was evidenced to be composed of two sub phases: one with a weak irreversibility and the other with a strong irreversibility. Two critical lines were reconstructed within the SG state. Both of them show a crossover from the Gabay-Toulouse behavior (low field) to a linear and/or quasi-Almeida-Touless behavior. A strong difference in the effect of the applied magnetic field on the SG phase in the two samples was revealed.

  19. Structure and nanomechanical characteristics of Al-Cu-Mg-Si alloy with partly liquated grain boundaries upon heat treatment

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    Chikova, O. A.; Reznik, P. L.; Ovsyannikov, B. V.

    2016-12-01

    The microstructure, phase composition, and mechanical characteristics of the structural constituents of an Al-Cu-Mg-Si alloy in which the liquation of grain boundaries occurred during heat treatment have been studied. Bands of the (Al + Al15(Fe, Mn)3Si2) eutectics have been observed at the grain boundaries. An algorithm for calculating the additional pressure, which results from mechanical impact on the metal containing these bands has been described.

  20. Phase Diagram and Decomposition of 1,1-Diamino-2,2-Dinitroethene (FOX-7)

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    Tao, Yuchuan; Dreger, Zbigniew; Gupta, Yogendra

    2015-06-01

    To understand the reactive behavior of 1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethene (FOX-7) at the thermo-mechanical conditions relevant to shock-wave initiation, Raman and FTIR measurements were performed at high-pressures (HP) and high-temperatures (HT). Experiments were performed on single crystals of FOX-7 in a diamond anvil cell to 10 GPa and 800 K to provide the phase diagram and to gain insight into the HP decomposition mechanisms. Previous studies have demonstrated that the ambient structure of FOX-7 (alpha) transforms to beta and gamma phases at higher temperatures, and phase I (2 GPa) and II (4.5 GPa) at higher pressures. In this work, we determined the boundaries between these phases and the decomposition/melting curve. In particular, we found that: (i) both beta and gamma phases exist in a limited P-T domain (>386 K and <1 GPa), (ii) the transition between phase-I and phase-II takes place along the isobar, (iii) the decomposition temperature increases significantly with pressure (~ 25 K / GPa), and (iv) pressure inhibits the decomposition. Using FTIR spectroscopy, we observed that CO2 is the first dominating decomposition product, followed by N2O, NO2, HCN, and HNCO. Pressure effects on reaction kinetics will be presented along with the possible mechanisms of decomposition. Work supported by DOE/NNSA and ONR.

  1. The phase diagrams of iron-based superconductors: Theory and experiments

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    Martinelli, Alberto; Bernardini, Fabio; Massidda, Sandro

    2016-01-01

    Phase diagrams play a primary role in the understanding of materials properties. For iron-based superconductors (Fe-SC), the correct definition of their phase diagrams is crucial because of the close interplay between their crystallochemical and magnetic properties, on one side, and the possible coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity, on the other. The two most difficult issues for understanding the Fe-SC phase diagrams are: 1) the origin of the structural transformation taking place during cooling and its relationship with magnetism; 2) the correct description of the region where a crossover between the magnetic and superconducting electronic ground states takes place. Hence a proper and accurate definition of the structural, magnetic and electronic phase boundaries provides an extremely powerful tool for material scientists. For this reason, an exact definition of the thermodynamic phase fields characterizing the different structural and physical properties involved is needed, although it is not easy to obtain in many cases. Moreover, physical properties can often be strongly dependent on the occurrence of micro-structural and other local-scale features (lattice micro-strain, chemical fluctuations, domain walls, grain boundaries, defects), which, as a rule, are not described in a structural phase diagram. In this review, we critically summarize the results for the most studied 11-, 122- and 1111-type compound systems, providing a correlation between experimental evidence and theory. Les deux difficultés principales pour la compréhension des diagrammes de phase Fe-SC sont : 1) l'origine de la transformation structurelle ayant lieu pendant le refroidissement et sa relation avec le magnétisme ; 2) la description correcte de la région où survient un recouvrement entre les états fondamentaux électroniques, magnétiques et supraconducteur électronique survient. De ce fait, une définition appropriée et précise des frontières des phases structurelle

  2. Thermodynamic studies and the phase diagram of the Li-Mg system

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    Gasior, W.; Moser, Z.; Zakulski, W.; Schwitzgebel, G.

    1996-09-01

    By means of the electromotive force (emf) method of concentration cells of the following scheme: Li (1)/LiCl-LiF (eut) or LiCi-KCl (eut)/Li-Mg (1) or Li (1)/LiCl-LiF (eut)/Li-Mg (s). Li activities for liquid and solid alloys at the (Mg), (Li), and (Mg) + (Li) two-phase region of the Li-Mg system were determined. Liquid alloys were examined at temperatures from 638 to 889 K at various Li concentrations. The (Mg) solid solutions were investigated in two series: at constant temperatures between 773 and 876 K, with varying Li content, and at fixed Li concentrations, equal to 0.125 and 0.160 molar fractions, at different temperatures between 772 and 849 K. At the two-phase region, (Mg) + (Li), emf measurements were performed in the temperature range 773 to 838 K, with fixed Li concentrations equal to 0.20, 0.25, and 0.275 molar fractions. For (Li) solid alloys, experiments were done at temperatures 773 to 849 K for several constant Li concentrations, between 0.30 and 0.45 molar fractions, respectively. Studies on solid alloys enabled the authors also to determine the boundaries (Li)/[(Mg) + (Li)] and (Mg)/[(Mg) + (Li)] at temperatures 773 to 831 K. The resulting thermodynamic and phase boundary data of this study were used with other selected references for a critical assessment of the Li-Mg system. The Lukas BINGSS optimization program and BINFKT for the calculation of the thermodynamic functions and of the phase diagram were used. The calculated equilibrium phase diagram at temperatures below 750 K indicates a slightly lower solid solubility of Mg in (Li) in comparison with results from thermal analysis and the recently published Saunders evaluation.

  3. Thermodynamic studies and the phase diagram of the Li-Mg system

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    Gasior, W.; Moser, Z.; Zakulski, W.; Schwitzgebel, G.

    1996-09-01

    By means of the electromotive force (emf) method of concentration cells of the following scheme: Li (1) / LiCl-LiF (eut) or LiCi-KCl (eut) / Li-Mg (1) or Li (1) / LiCl-LiF (eut) / Li-Mg (s) Li activities for liquid and solid alloys at the (Mg), (Li), and (Mg) + (Li) two-phase region of the Li-Mg system were determined. Liquid alloys were examined at temperatures from 638 to 889 K at various Li concentrations. The (Mg) solid solutions were investigated in two series: at constant temperatures between 773 and 876 K, with varying Li content, and at fixed Li concentrations, equal to 0.125 and 0.160 molar fractions, at different temperatures between 772 and 849 K. At the two-phase region, (Mg) + (Li), emf measurements were performed in the temperature range 773 to 838 K, with fixed Li concentrations equal to 0.20, 0.25, and 0.275 molar fractions. For (Li) solid alloys, experiments were done at temperatures 773 to 849 K for several constant Li concentrations, between 0.30 to 0.45 molar fractions, respectively. Studies on solid alloys enabled us also to determine the boundaries (Li)/[(Mg) + (Li)] and (Mg)/[(Mg) + (Li)] at temperatures 773 to 831 K. The resulting thermodynamic and phase boundary data of this study were used with other selected references for a critical assessment of the Li-Mg system. The Lukas BINGSS optimization program and BINFKT for the calculation of the thermodynamic functions and of the phase diagram were used. The calculated equilibrium phase diagram at temperatures below 750 K indicates a slightly lower solid solubility of Mg in (Li) in comparison with results from thermal analysis and the recently published Saunders evaluation.

  4. Tensile Properties of Al-Cu 206 Cast Alloys with Various Iron Contents

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    Liu, K.; Cao, X.; Chen, X.-G.

    2014-05-01

    The Al-Cu 206 cast alloys with varying alloy compositions ( i.e., different levels of Fe, Mn, and Si) were investigated to evaluate the effect of the iron-rich intermetallics on the tensile properties. It is found that the tensile strength decreases with increasing iron content, but its overall loss is less than 10 pct over the range of 0.15 to 0.5 pct Fe at 0.3 pct Mn and 0.3 pct Si. At similar iron contents, the tensile properties of the alloys with dominant Chinese script iron-rich intermetallics are generally higher than those with the dominant platelet phase. In the solution and artificial overaging condition (T7), the tensile strength of the 206 cast alloys with more than 0.15 pct Fe is satisfactory, but the elongation does not sufficiently meet the minimum requirement of ductility (>7 pct) for critical automotive applications. However, it was found that both the required ductility and tensile strength can be reached at high Fe levels of 0.3 to 0.5 pct for the alloys with well-controlled alloy chemistry and microstructure in the solution and natural aging condition (T4), reinforcing the motivation for developing recyclable high-iron Al-Cu 206 cast alloys.

  5. Bounds and phase diagram of efficiency at maximum power for tight-coupling molecular motors.

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    Tu, Z C

    2013-02-01

    The efficiency at maximum power (EMP) for tight-coupling molecular motors is investigated within the framework of irreversible thermodynamics. It is found that the EMP depends merely on the constitutive relation between the thermodynamic current and force. The motors are classified into four generic types (linear, superlinear, sublinear, and mixed types) according to the characteristics of the constitutive relation, and then the corresponding ranges of the EMP for these four types of molecular motors are obtained. The exact bounds of the EMP are derived and expressed as the explicit functions of the free energy released by the fuel in each motor step. A phase diagram is constructed which clearly shows how the region where the parameters (the load distribution factor and the free energy released by the fuel in each motor step) are located can determine whether the value of the EMP is larger or smaller than 1/2. This phase diagram reveals that motors using ATP as fuel under physiological conditions can work at maximum power with higher efficiency (> 1/2) for a small load distribution factor (< 0.1).

  6. Universal features of the jamming phase diagram of wet granular materials.

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    Ebrahimnazhad Rahbari, S H; Khadem-Maaref, M; Seyed Yaghoubi, S K A

    2013-10-01

    We investigate the influence of the shape of a particle on the structure of the jamming phase diagram of wet granular materials. We compute the jamming phase diagram of wet dimers (two fused disks) and compare it with that of the wet disks. Amplitude of the external force at solidification, i.e., the jamming force F(s), is computed as a function of the packing fraction ϕ, the capillary bridge energy ɛ, and the aspect ratio of dimers α. Based on data collapse, an equation for amplitude of the external force at solidification F(s)(ϕ,ɛ,α) is derived. F(s) has scaling and logarithmic relations with ϕ and ɛ, respectively, exactly the same type reported for wet disks earlier. Interestingly, F(s) does not depend on the aspect ratio of dimers α. The only difference is that wet dimers are found to be more stiffer than wet disks. However, the similarities of the equations describing F(s)(ϕ,ɛ,α) of wet dimers and disks imply that there exists, yet unknown, universal aspects of mechanical response of wet granular materials to the external forces, independent from the particle shape. In addition, we study local orientation of particles and its statistical properties.

  7. Zero-temperature phase diagram of Bose-Fermi gaseous mixtures in optical lattices

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    Polak, T. P.; Kopec, T. K.

    2010-04-15

    We study the ground-state phase diagram of a mixture of bosonic and fermionic cold atoms confined on two- and three-dimensional optical lattices. The coupling between bosonic fluctuations and fermionic atoms can be attractive or repulsive and has similarities with electron-phonon coupling in crystals. We investigate behavior of the mixtures in the limit, where the Bogoliubov sound velocity that dictates bosonic dynamics is comparable to the Fermi velocity, hence the retardation effects are an important part of the physics. The dynamic Lindhard response function of the fermionic density to changes in the bosonic number of particles above some critical frequency can alter the sign, and consequently the interspecies interaction between particles becomes repulsive in contrast to the static limit (instantaneous and always attractive). Considering the above, we show that the structure of the phase diagrams crucially depends on the difference in masses of the bosons and fermions. We discuss the situations where integrating out the fermionic field provides an additional interaction that can decrease or increase bosonic coherence.

  8. Phase diagram, solubility limit and hydrodynamic properties of cellulose in binary solvents with ionic liquid.

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    Le, Kim Anh; Rudaz, Cyrielle; Budtova, Tatiana

    2014-05-25

    Cellulose solubility phase diagrams in two binary solvents based on 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (EmimAc) mixed with water and with dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) were built. The minimal amount of EmimAc molecules needed to dissolve cellulose is 2.5-3moles per anhydroglucose unit. This proportion allows calculation of the maximal cellulose concentration soluble in EmimAc-DMSO at any composition; in EmimAc it is around 25-27wt%. Water forms hydrogen bonds with EmimAc and thus competes with cellulose for ionic liquid; the solubility of cellulose in EmimAc-water is much lower than that in EmimAc-DMSO. Hydrodynamic properties of cellulose in two solvent systems were compared. In EmimAc-DMSO cellulose intrinsic viscosity practically does not depend on DMSO content as predicted by the phase diagram. The intrinsic viscosity in EmimAc-water first increases with water content due to cellulose self-aggregation and then abruptly decreases due to coagulation.

  9. Non-Doniach-type phase diagram of CeNiGe2

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    Holmes, A. T.; Muramatsu, T.; Kaczorowski, D.; Bukowski, Z.; Kagayama, T.; Shimizu, K.

    2012-01-01

    The heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeNiGe2 was investigated under pressure by resistivity and ac calorimetry up to 4 GPa and down to 40 mK. The two magnetic transitions found in both resistivity and specific heat at 0.1 GPa at TN1=3.95 and TN2=3.21 K are replaced by a single one at 0.7 GPa and 2.81 K. Increasing pressure initially reduces this further, however, at about 1.7 GPa, a new transition appears, accompanied by a marked change in the pressure dependence of the ordering temperatures, the temperature dependence of the resistivity, and the residual resistivity; the latter indicates a marked change in the quantum fluctuations present. There are signs that this new transition has some first-order character. The phase diagram of CeNiGe2 bears little resemblance to the Doniach phase diagram widely used to classify heavy-fermion compounds.

  10. The Ising-Anisotropic Kondo Lattice in a transverse field: EDMFT study and implications for the global phase diagram

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    Nica, Emilian Marius; Ingersent, Kevin; Si, Qimiao

    2015-03-01

    Heavy-fermion materials exhibit a rich variety of phase transitions. Of particular interest are quantum phase transitions and the associated breakdown of the Fermi liquid picture. A theoretical example of this is the Kondo destruction effect in the context of local quantum criticality. To capture this effect and others, a zero-temperature global phase diagram for heavy-fermion materials has been proposed. It incorporates the competition between the Kondo effect (promoted by exchange coupling JK) and the variable quantum fluctuations of the local-moment magnetism (parameterized by G). We investigate this competition in the Ising-anisotropic Kondo lattice with a transverse magnetic field, where the field serves to tune G. We determine a zero-temperature phase diagram of this model within the extended dynamical mean-field theory (EDMFT), and discuss the implications of our results for the global phase diagram of heavy-fermion systems.

  11. Ab initio construction of magnetic phase diagrams in alloys: The case of Fe1-xMnxPt

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    Pujari, B. S.; Larson, P.; Antropov, V. P.; ...

    2015-07-28

    A first-principles approach to the construction of concentration-temperature magnetic phase diagrams of metallic alloys is presented. The method employs self-consistent total energy calculations based on the coherent potential approximation for partially ordered and noncollinear magnetic states and is able to account for competing interactions and multiple magnetic phases. The application to the Fe1–xMnxPt “magnetic chameleon” system yields the sequence of magnetic phases at T = 0 and the c-T magnetic phase diagram in good agreement with experiment, and a new low-temperature phase is predicted at the Mn-rich end. The importance of non-Heisenberg interactions for the description of the magnetic phasemore » diagram is demonstrated.« less

  12. Stabilizing the hexagonal close packed structure of hard spheres with polymers: Phase diagram, structure, and dynamics.

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    Edison, John R; Dasgupta, Tonnishtha; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2016-08-07

    We study the phase behaviour of a binary mixture of colloidal hard spheres and freely jointed chains of beads using Monte Carlo simulations. Recently Panagiotopoulos and co-workers predicted [Nat. Commun. 5, 4472 (2014)] that the hexagonal close packed (HCP) structure of hard spheres can be stabilized in such a mixture due to the interplay between polymer and the void structure in the crystal phase. Their predictions were based on estimates of the free-energy penalty for adding a single hard polymer chain in the HCP and the competing face centered cubic (FCC) phase. Here we calculate the phase diagram using free-energy calculations of the full binary mixture and find a broad fluid-solid coexistence region and a metastable gas-liquid coexistence region. For the colloid-monomer size ratio considered in this work, we find that the HCP phase is only stable in a small window at relatively high polymer reservoir packing fractions, where the coexisting HCP phase is nearly close packed. Additionally we investigate the structure and dynamic behaviour of these mixtures.

  13. Ternary phase diagram of dipalmitoyl-PC/dilauroyl-PC/cholesterol: nanoscopic domain formation driven by cholesterol.

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    Feigenson, G W; Buboltz, J T

    2001-01-01

    A ternary phase diagram is proposed for the hydrated lamellar lipid mixture dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine/dilauroylphosphatidylcholine/cholesterol (DPPC/DLPC/cholesterol) at room temperature. The entire composition space has been thoroughly mapped by complementary experimental techniques, revealing interesting phase behavior that has not been previously described. Confocal fluorescence microscopy shows a regime of coexisting DPPC-rich ordered and DLPC-rich fluid lamellar phases, having an upper boundary at apparently constant cholesterol mole fraction chi(chol) approximately 0.16. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer experiments confirm the identification and extent of this two-phase regime and, furthermore, reveal a 1-phase regime between chi(chol) approximately 0.16 and 0.25, consisting of ordered and fluid nanoscopic domains. Dipyrene-PC excimer/monomer measurements confirm the new regime between chi(chol) approximately 0.16 and 0.25 and also show that rigidly ordered phases seem to disappear around chi(chol) approximately 0.25. This study should be considered as a step toward a more complete understanding of lateral heterogeneity within biomembranes. Cholesterol may play a role in domain separation on the nanometer scale. PMID:11371452

  14. Phase diagram of a bidispersed hard-rod lattice gas in two dimensions

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    Kundu, Joyjit; Stilck, Jürgen F.; Rajesh, R.

    2015-12-01

    We obtain, using extensive Monte Carlo simulations, virial expansion and a high-density perturbation expansion about the fully packed monodispersed phase, the phase diagram of a system of bidispersed hard rods on a square lattice. We show numerically that when the length of the longer rods is 7, two continuous transitions may exist as the density of the longer rods is increased, keeping the density of shorter rods fixed: first from a low-density isotropic phase to a nematic phase, and second from the nematic to a high-density isotropic phase. The difference between the critical densities of the two transitions decreases to zero at a critical density of the shorter rods so that the fully packed phase is disordered for any composition. When both the rod lengths are larger than 6, we observe the existence of two transitions along the fully packed line as the composition is varied. Low-density virial expansion, truncated at the second virial coefficient, reproduces features of the first transition. By developing a high-density perturbation expansion, we show that when one of the rods is long enough, there will be at least two isotropic-nematic transitions along the fully packed line as the composition is varied.

  15. Complex kinetics of fluctuating enzymes: phase diagram characterization of a minimal kinetic scheme.

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    Min, Wei; Jiang, Liang; Xie, X Sunney

    2010-05-03

    Enzyme molecules are dynamic entities with stochastic fluctuation in both protein conformation and enzymatic activity. However, such a notion of fluctuating enzymes, best characterized by recent single-molecule experiments, was not considered in the classic Michaelis-Menten (MM) kinetic scheme. Here we incorporate the fluctuation concept into the reversible MM scheme, and solve analytically all the possible kinetics (i.e., substrate concentration dependent enzymatic velocity) for a minimal model of fluctuating enzymes. Such a minimal model is found to display a variety of distinct kinetic behaviors (phases) in addition to the classic MM kinetics; excess substrate inhibition, sigmoidal kinetics, and concave biphasic kinetics. We find that all these kinetic phases are interrelated and unified under the framework of fluctuating enzymes and can be adequately described by a phase diagram that consists of two master parameters. Functionally, substrate inhibition, sigmoidal kinetics, and convex biphasic phases exhibit positive cooperativity, whereas concave biphasic phases display negative cooperativity. Remarkably, all these complex kinetics are produced by fluctuating enzymes with single substrate binding site, but the two conformations are, therefore, fundamentally different from the classic MWC and KNF models that require multiple subunit or binding sites. This model also suggests that, for a given enzyme/substrate pair, the non-MM behaviors could undergo transitions among different kinetic phases induced by varying product concentrations, owing to the fundamental Haldane symmetry in the reversible MM scheme.

  16. Phase diagram of dense two-color QCD within lattice simulations

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    Braguta, V. V.; Ilgenfritz, E.-M.; Kotov, A. Yu.; Molochkov, A. V.; Nikolaev, A. A.

    2017-03-01

    We present the results of a low-temperature scan of the phase diagram of dense two-color QCD with Nf = 2 quarks. The study is conducted using lattice simulation with rooted staggered quarks. At small chemical potential we observe the hadronic phase, where the theory is in a confining state, chiral symmetry is broken, the baryon density is zero and there is no diquark condensate. At the critical point μ = mπ/2 we observe the expected second order transition to Bose-Einstein condensation of scalar diquarks. In this phase the system is still in confinement in conjunction with nonzero baryon density, but the chiral symmetry is restored in the chiral limit. We have also found that in the first two phases the system is well described by chiral perturbation theory. For larger values of the chemical potential the system turns into another phase, where the relevant degrees of freedom are fermions residing inside the Fermi sphere, and the diquark condensation takes place on the Fermi surface. In this phase the system is still in confinement, chiral symmetry is restored and the system is very similar to the quarkyonic state predicted by SU(Nc) theory at large Nc.

  17. Study of the phase diagram of dense two-color QCD within lattice simulation

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    Braguta, V. V.; Ilgenfritz, E.-M.; Kotov, A. Yu.; Molochkov, A. V.; Nikolaev, A. A.

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we carry out a low-temperature scan of the phase diagram of dense two-color QCD with Nf=2 quarks. The study is conducted using lattice simulation with rooted staggered quarks. At small chemical potential, we observe the hadronic phase, where the theory is in a confining state, chiral symmetry is broken, the baryon density is zero, and there is no diquark condensate. At the critical point μ =mπ/2 , we observe the expected second-order transition to Bose-Einstein condensation of scalar diquarks. In this phase, the system is still in confinement in conjunction with nonzero baryon density, but the chiral symmetry is restored in the chiral limit. We have also found that in the first two phases the system is well described by chiral perturbation theory. For larger values of the chemical potential, the system turns into another phase, where the relevant degrees of freedom are fermions residing inside the Fermi sphere, and the diquark condensation takes place on the Fermi surface. In this phase, the system is still in confinement, chiral symmetry is restored, and the system is very similar to the quarkyonic state predicted by SU (Nc) theory at large Nc.

  18. Phase diagram of octapod-shaped nanocrystals in a quasi-two-dimensional planar geometry

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    Qi, Weikai; de Graaf, Joost; Qiao, Fen; Marras, Sergio; Manna, Liberato; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2013-04-01

    Recently, we reported the formation of crystalline monolayers consisting of octapod-shaped nanocrystals (so-called octapods) that had arranged in a square-lattice geometry through drop deposition and fast evaporation on a substrate [W. Qi, J. de Graaf, F. Qiao, S. Marras, L. Manna, and M. Dijkstra, Nano Lett. 12, 5299 (2012)], 10.1021/nl302620j. In this paper we give a more in-depth exposition on the Monte Carlo simulations in a quasi-two-dimensional (quasi-2D) geometry, by which we modelled the experimentally observed crystal structure formation. Using a simulation model for the octapods consisting of four hard interpenetrating spherocylinders, we considered the effect of the pod length-to-diameter ratio on the phase behavior and we constructed the full phase diagram. The methods we applied to establish the nature of the phase transitions between the various phases are discussed in detail. We also considered the possible existence of a Kosterlitz-Thouless-type phase transition between the isotropic liquid and hexagonal rotator phase for certain pod length-to-diameter ratios. Our methods may prove instrumental in guiding future simulation studies of similar anisotropic nanoparticles in confined geometries and monolayers.

  19. Spectroscopic Studies of Cyclopentane under Extreme Conditions and Implications for the P-T Phase Diagram

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    Ma, Chunli; Liu, Zhenxian; Cui, Qiliang; Hemley, Russell

    2013-06-01

    Infrared (IR) spectroscopy and Raman scattering combined with diamond anvil cell (DAC) and cryogenic techniques have been employed to investigate cyclopentane up to 4 GPa in the temperature range of 100-350 K and isothermal compression up to 84 GPa at room temperature. Four phases including liquid, plastic phases I and II, and truly crystalline phase III are clearly identified in the P-T range studied based on the changes of the ring breathing mode and CH2 rocking modes. The phase diagram is extended to the pressure and temperature range of 0 - 4.0 GPa and 105 - 350 K. Further compression at room temperature up to 84 GPa, another high-pressure phase (IV) is observed based on the appearance of low frequency peaks related to the lattice vibrational modes in the synchrotron far-IR spectra. The spectroscopic results indicate that cyclopentane persists the orientation ordered crystalline phase up to 84 GPa at room temperature. This work was supported by NSF (DMR-0805056; EAR 06-49658, COMPRES) and DOE/ NNSA (DE-FC03-03N00144, CDAC). NSLS is supported by the DOE/BES (DE-AC02-98CH10886).

  20. General phase diagram of multimodal ordered and disordered lasers in closed and open cavities.

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    Antenucci, F; Conti, C; Crisanti, A; Leuzzi, L

    2015-01-30

    We present a unified approach to the theory of multimodal laser cavities including a variable amount of structural disorder. A general mean-field theory is studied for waves in media with variable nonlinearity and randomness. Phase diagrams are reported in terms of optical power, degree of disorder, and degree of nonlinearity, tuning between closed and open cavity scenarios. In the thermodynamic limit of infinitely many modes, the theory predicts four distinct regimes: a continuous wave behavior for low power, a standard mode-locking laser regime for high power and weak disorder, a random laser for high pumped power and large disorder, and a novel intermediate regime of phase locking occurring in the presence of disorder but below the lasing threshold.

  1. 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.

  2. Phase Diagram of an Extended Quantum Dimer Model on the Hexagonal Lattice

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    Schlittler, Thiago; Barthel, Thomas; Misguich, Grégoire; Vidal, Julien; Mosseri, Rémy

    2015-11-01

    We introduce a quantum dimer model on the hexagonal lattice that, in addition to the standard three-dimer kinetic and potential terms, includes a competing potential part counting dimer-free hexagons. The zero-temperature phase diagram is studied by means of quantum Monte Carlo simulations, supplemented by variational arguments. It reveals some new crystalline phases and a cascade of transitions with rapidly changing flux (tilt in the height language). We analyze perturbatively the vicinity of the Rokhsar-Kivelson point, showing that this model has the microscopic ingredients needed for the "devil's staircase" scenario [Eduardo Fradkin et al. Phys. Rev. B 69, 224415 (2004)], and is therefore expected to produce fractal variations of the ground-state flux.

  3. Magnetization properties and vortex phase diagram of CuxTiSe2 single crystals

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    Husaníková, P.; Fedor, J.; Dérer, J.; Šoltýs, J.; Cambel, V.; Iavarone, M.; May, S. J.; Karapetrov, G.

    2013-11-01

    We have investigated the magnetization properties and flux dynamics of superconducting CuxTiSe2 single crystals within a wide range of copper concentrations. We find that the superconducting anisotropy is low and independent on copper concentration (γ˜1.7), except in the case of strongly underdoped samples (x≤0.06) that show a gradual increase in anisotropy to γ˜1.9. The vortex phase diagram in this material is characterized by a broad region of vortex liquid phase that is unusual for such a low-Tc superconductor with low anisotropy. Below the irreversibility line the vortex solid state supports relatively low critical current densities as compared to the depairing current limit (Jc/J0˜10-7). All this points out that local fluctuations in copper concentration have little effect on bulk pinning properties in this system.

  4. Transparent gels: study of their formation and assimilation of active ingredients through phase diagrams.

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    Comelles, F; Caelles, J; Parra, J L; Leal, J S

    1992-08-01

    Synopsis Multicomponent gel formulations capable of assimilating, simultaneously, several active ingredients of potential application in the cosmetic field were studied. The possibility of formation of a transparent gel was determined using a method which consisted in the optimization of several lipophilic basic compositions, composed of oil, a mixture of surfactants, a sunscreen agent, several vitamins and antioxidants situated in the base of a regular tetrahedron that symbolized the considered system. To this, a polar phase made of water, a cosolvent and urea in appropriate proportions and situated in the fourth vertex, was progressively added. It may be concluded, that the use of phase diagrams on cosmetic systems, constitutes a useful way to select the components and their mutual ratios, allowing an adaptation to the specific requested conditions of formulation.

  5. Phase diagrams of a finite superlattice with two disordered interfaces: Monte Carlo simulation

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    Feraoun, A.; Zaim, A.; Kerouad, M.

    2015-11-01

    The phase diagrams and the magnetic properties of an Ising finite superlattice with two disordered interfaces are investigated using Monte Carlo simulations based on Metropolis algorithm. The superlattice consists of k unit cells, where the unit cell contains L layers of spin-1/2 (A atoms), L layers of spin-1 (B atoms), and a disordered interface, with two layers in between, which is characterized by a random arrangement of A and B atoms Ap B1-p A1-p Bp with a negative A-B coupling. The A-A and B-B exchange coupling are considered ferromagnetic. We have investigated the effects of the thickness of the film, the crystal field interactions and the surface exchanges coupling on the magnetic properties. The obtained results show that the number of compensation points and the number of first-order phase transition lines depend strongly on the thickness, the probability p and the exchange interactions in the surfaces.

  6. Phase diagram of a disordered boson Hubbard model in two dimensions.

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    Lee, J W; Cha, M C; Kim, D

    2001-12-10

    We study the zero-temperature phase transition of a two-dimensional disordered boson Hubbard model. The phase diagram is constructed in terms of the disorder strength and the chemical potential. Via Monte Carlo simulations, we find a multicritical line separating the weak-disorder regime, where the Mott-insulator-to-superfluid transition occurs, from the strong-disorder regime, where the Bose-glass-to-superfluid transition occurs. On the multicritical line, the insulator-to-superfluid transition has the dynamical critical exponent z = 1.35+/-0.05 and the correlation length critical exponent nu = 0.67+/-0.03. We suggest that the proliferation of the particle-hole pairs screens out the weak-disorder effects.

  7. Predicting the phase diagram of two-dimensional colloidal systems with long-range interactions.

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    Mejía-Rosales, Sergio J; Gil-Villegas, Alejandro; Ivlev, Boris I; Ruiz-García, Jaime

    2006-11-09

    The phase diagram of a two-dimensional model system for colloidal particles at the air-water interface was determined using Monte Carlo computer simulations in the isothermic-isobaric ensemble. The micrometer-range binary colloidal interaction has been modeled by hard disklike particles interacting via a secondary minimum followed by a weaker longer-range repulsive maximum, both of the order of kBT. The repulsive part of the potential drives the clustering of particles at low densities and low temperatures. Pinned voids are formed at higher densities and intermediate values of the surface pressure. The analysis of isotherms, translational and orientational correlation functions as well as structure factor gives clear evidence of the presence of a melting first-order transition. However, the melting process can be also followed by a metastable route through a hexatic phase at low surface pressures and low temperatures, before crystalization occurs at higher surface pressure.

  8. Pseudo-phase Diagram of Cholesterol-Rich Filamentous, Helical Ribbon, and Crystal Microstructures

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    Miroshnikova, Y. A.; Elsenbeck, M.; Ou, Guanqing; Zastavker, Y. V.; Kashuri, K.; Iannacchione, G. S.

    2009-03-01

    Optical and calorimetric techniques are employed to study temperature and concentration dependence of three self-assembled microstructure types formed in Chemically Defined Lipid Concentrate (CDLC): filaments, helical ribbons, and crystals. CDLC consists of cholesterol, bilayer-forming amphiphiles, and micelle-forming amphiphiles in water, and is considered to be a model system for cholesterol crystallization in gallbladder bile. Phase contrast and DIC microscopy indicate the presence of all three microstructure types in all samples studied. Optically observed structural evolution indicates that filaments first bend to form helical ribbons followed by clustering and ``straightening'' of these structures into short and increasingly thickening filaments that dissolve with increasing temperature. Complementary calorimetric studies (differential-scanning and modulation) reveal thermal signatures that correspond to this observed structural evolution, which occurs throughout a large region of metastable chemical coexistence. These results suggest that a pseudo-phase diagram for the microstructures formed in CDLC may be developed to explain the observed behavior of the system.

  9. Phase Diagram of Collective Motion of Bacterial Cells in a Shallow Circular Pool

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    Wakita, Jun-ichi; Tsukamoto, Shota; Yamamoto, Ken; Katori, Makoto; Yamada, Yasuyuki

    2015-12-01

    The collective motion of bacterial cells in a shallow circular pool is systematically studied using the bacterial species Bacillus subtilis. The ratio of cell length to pool diameter (i.e., the reduced cell length) ranges from 0.06 to 0.43 in our experiments. Bacterial cells in a circular pool show various types of collective motion depending on the cell density in the pool and the reduced cell length. The motion is classified into six types, which we call random motion, turbulent motion, one-way rotational motion, two-way rotational motion, random oscillatory motion, and ordered oscillatory motion. Two critical values of reduced cell lengths are evaluated, at which drastic changes in collective motion are induced. A phase diagram is proposed in which the six phases are arranged.

  10. Experimental determination of the Cu-In-Pb ternary phase diagram

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    Bolcavage, A.; Kao, C.R.; Chang, Y.A.; Romig, A.D. Jr.

    1993-12-01

    Use of lead-indium solders in microelectronics packaging has increased over the last decade. Increased usage is due to improved properties, such as greater thermo-mechanical fatigue resistance, lower intermetallic formation rates with base metallizations, such as copper, and lower reflow temperatures. However, search of literature reveals no comprehensive studies on phase equilibrium relations between copper metal and lead-indium solder. Our effort involves a combination of experimental data acquisition and computer modeling to obtain the Cu-In-Pb ternary phase diagram. Isotherms and isopleths of interest at low temperatures are achieved by means of differential scanning calorimetry and electron probe microanalysis. Thermodynamic models of these sections served as a guide for efficient experimentation.

  11. Simultaneous Chiral Symmetry Restoration and Deconfinement Consequences for the QCD Phase Diagram

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    Klähn, Thomas; Fischer, Tobias; Hempel, Matthias

    2017-02-01

    For studies of quark matter in astrophysical scenarios, the thermodynamic bag model is commonly employed. Although successful, it does not account for dynamical chiral symmetry breaking and repulsions due to the vector interaction which is crucial to explain recent observations of massive, two solar mass neutron stars. In Klähn & Fischer we developed the novel vBag quark matter model which takes these effects into account. This article extends vBag to finite temperatures and isospin asymmetry. Another particular feature of vBag is the determination of the deconfinement bag constant {B}{dc} from a given hadronic equation of state in order to ensure that chiral and deconfinement transitions coincide. We discuss consequences of this novel approach for the phase transition construction, the phase diagram, and implications for protoneutron stars.

  12. A non-classical phase diagram for virus-bacterial co-evolution mediated by CRISPR

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    Han, Pu; Deem, Michael

    CRISPR is a newly discovered prokaryotic immune system. Bacteria and archaea with this system incorporate genetic material from invading viruses into their genomes, providing protection against future infection by similar viruses. Due to the cost of CRISPR, bacteria can lose the acquired immunity. We will show an intriguing phase diagram of the virus extinction probability, which when the rate of losing the acquired immunity is small, is more complex than that of the classic predator-prey model. As the CRISPR incorporates genetic material, viruses are under pressure to evolve to escape the recognition by CRISPR, and this co-evolution leads to a non-trivial phase structure that cannot be explained by the classical predator-prey model.

  13. Phase diagrams and water activities of aqueous dicarboxylic acid systems of atmospheric importance.

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    Beyer, Keith D; Friesen, Katherine; Bothe, Jameson R; Palet, Benjamin

    2008-11-20

    We have studied liquid/solid phase diagrams and water activities of the dicarboxylic acid/water binary systems for maleic, dl-malic, glutaric, and succinc acids using differential scanning calorimetry, infrared (IR) spectroscopy of thin films, and conductivity analysis of saturated solutions. For each binary system we report the measurements of the ice melting envelope, the acid dissolution envelope, and the ice/acid eutectic temperature and composition. Water activities have been determined by using the freezing point depression of ice. Additionally, an irreversible solid/solid phase transition for maleic acid was observed in both DSC and IR studies likely due to the conversion of a meta-stable crystal form of maleic acid to its most stable crystal form. In general we find good agreement with literature values for temperature-dependent acid solubilities.

  14. Topological phase diagram and saddle point singularity in a tunable topological crystalline insulator

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    Neupane, Madhab; Xu, Su-Yang; Sankar, R.; Gibson, Q.; Wang, Y. J.; Belopolski, I.; Alidoust, N.; Bian, G.; Shibayev, P. P.; Sanchez, D. S.; Ohtsubo, Y.; Taleb-Ibrahimi, A.; Tsai, W. -F.; Lin, H.; Durakiewicz, Tomasz; Cava, R. J.; Bansil, A.; Chou, F. C.; Hasan, M. Z.

    2015-08-20

    Here we report the evolution of the surface electronic structure and surface material properties of a topological crystalline insulator (TCI), Pb1${-}$xSnxSe, as a function of various material parameters including composition x, temperature T , and crystal structure. Our spectroscopic data demonstrate the electronic ground-state condition for the saddle point singularity, the tunability of surface chemical potential, and the surface states’ response to circularly polarized light. Our results show that each material parameter can tune the system between the trivial and topological phase in a distinct way, unlike that seen in Bi2Se3 and related compounds, leading to a rich topological phase diagram. Our systematic studies of the TCI Pb1${-}$xSnxSe are a valuable materials guide to realize new topological phenomena.

  15. Topological phase diagram and saddle point singularity in a tunable topological crystalline insulator

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    Neupane, Madhab; Xu, Su-Yang; Sankar, R.; ...

    2015-08-20

    Here we report the evolution of the surface electronic structure and surface material properties of a topological crystalline insulator (TCI), Pb1more » $${-}$$xSnxSe, as a function of various material parameters including composition x, temperature T , and crystal structure. Our spectroscopic data demonstrate the electronic ground-state condition for the saddle point singularity, the tunability of surface chemical potential, and the surface states’ response to circularly polarized light. Our results show that each material parameter can tune the system between the trivial and topological phase in a distinct way, unlike that seen in Bi2Se3 and related compounds, leading to a rich topological phase diagram. Our systematic studies of the TCI Pb1$${-}$$xSnxSe are a valuable materials guide to realize new topological phenomena.« less

  16. 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.

  17. Phase diagram of a graphene bilayer in the zero-energy Landau level

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    Knothe, Angelika; Jolicoeur, Thierry

    2016-12-01

    Bilayer graphene under a magnetic field has an octet of quasidegenerate levels due to spin, valley, and orbital degeneracies. This zero-energy Landau level is resolved into several incompressible states whose nature is still elusive. We use a Hartree-Fock treatment of a realistic tight-binding four-band model to understand the quantum ferromagnetism phenomena expected for integer fillings of the octet levels. We include the exchange interaction with filled Landau levels below the octet states. This Lamb-shift-like effect contributes to the orbital splitting of the octet. We give phase diagrams as a function of applied bias and magnetic field. Some of our findings are in agreement with experiments. We discuss the possible appearance of phases with orbital coherence.

  18. The Ni-rich part of the Al–Ge–Ni phase diagram

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    Jandl, Isabella; Reichmann, Thomas L.; Richter, Klaus W.

    2013-01-01

    The Ni-rich part of the ternary system Al–Ge–Ni (xNi > 50 at.%) was investigated by means of optical microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The two isothermal sections at 550 °C and 700 °C were determined. Within these two sections a new ternary phase, designated as τ4, AlyGe9−yNi13±x (hP66, Ga3Ge6Ni13-type) was detected and investigated by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Another ternary low temperature phase, τ5, was found only in the isothermal section at 550 °C around the composition AlGeNi4. This compound was found to crystallise in the Co2Si type structure (oP12, Pnma). The structure was identified by Rietveld refinement of powder data. The NiAs type (B8) phase based on binary Ge3Ni5 revealed an extended solid solubility of Al and the two isotypic compounds AlNi3 and GeNi3 form a complete solid solution. Based on DTA results, six vertical sections at 55, 60, 70, 75 and 80 at.% Ni and at a constant Al:Ni ratio of 1:3 were constructed. Furthermore, the liquidus surface projection and the reaction scheme (Scheil diagram) were completed by combining our results with previous results from the Ni-poor part of the phase diagram. Six invariant ternary reactions were identified in the Ni-rich part of the system. PMID:27087754

  19. Optimization of the thermodynamic properties and phase diagrams of P2O5-containing systems

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    Hudon, Pierre; Jung, In-Ho

    2014-05-01

    P2O5 is an important oxide component in the late stage products of numerous igneous rocks such as granites and pegmatites. Typically, P2O5 combines with CaO and crystallizes in the form of apatite, while in volatile-free conditions, Ca-whitlockite is formed. In spite of their interest, the thermodynamic properties and phase diagrams of P2O5-containg systems are not well known yet. In the case of the pure P2O5 for example, no experimental thermodynamic data are available for the liquid and the O and O' solid phases. As a result, we re-evaluated all the thermodynamic and phase diagram data of the P2O5 unary system [1]. Optimization of the thermodynamic properties and phase diagrams of the binary P2O5 systems was then performed including the Li2O-, Na2O-, MgO-, CaO-, BaO-, MnO-, FeO-, Fe2O3-, ZnO-, Al2O3-, and SiO2-P2O5 [2] systems. All available thermodynamic and phase equilibrium data were simultaneously reproduced in order to obtain a set of model equations for the Gibbs energies of all phases as functions of temperature and composition. In particular, the Gibbs energy of the liquid solution was described using the Modified Quasichemical Model [3-5] implemented in the FactSage software [6]. Thermodynamic modeling of the Li2O-Na2O-K2O-MgO-CaO-FeO-Fe2O3-Al2O3-SiO2 system, which include many granite-forming minerals such as nepheline, leucite, pyroxene, melilite, feldspar and spinel is currently in progress. [1] Jung, I.-H., Hudon, P. (2012) Thermodynamic assessment of P2O5. J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 95 (11), 3665-3672. [2] Rahman, M., Hudon, P. and Jung, I.-H. (2013) A coupled experimental study and thermodynamic modeling of the SiO2-P2O5 system. Metall. Mater. Trans. B, 44 (4), 837-852. [3] Pelton, A.D. and Blander, M. (1984) Computer-assisted analysis of the thermodynamic properties and phase diagrams of slags. Proc. AIME Symp. Metall. Slags Fluxes, TMS-AIME, 281-294. [4] Pelton, A.D. and Blander, M. (1986) Thermodynamic analysis of ordered liquid solutions by a modified

  20. Quantitative SAXS analysis of the P123/water/ethanol ternary phase diagram.

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    Soni, S S; Brotons, G; Bellour, M; Narayanan, T; Gibaud, A

    2006-08-10

    The ternary phase diagram of the amphiphilic triblock copolymer PEO-PPO-PEO ((EO)(20)(PO)(70)(EO)(20) commercialized under the generic name P123), water, and ethanol has been investigated at constant temperature (T = 23 degrees C) by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The microstructure resulting from the self-assembly of the PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymer varies from micelles in solution to various types of liquid crystalline phases such as cubic, 3D hexagonal close packed spheres (HCPS), 2D hexagonal, and lamellar when the concentration of the polymer is increased. In the isotropic liquid phase, the micellar structural parameters are obtained as a function of the water-ethanol ratio and block copolymer concentration by fitting the scattering data to a model involving core-shell form factor and a hard sphere structure factor of interaction. The micellar core, the aggregation number, and the hard sphere interaction radius decrease when increasing the ethanol/water ratio in the mixed solvent. We show that the fraction of ethanol present in the core is responsible for the swelling of the PPO blocks. In the different liquid crystalline phases, structural parameters such as lattice spacing, interfacial area of PEO block, and aggregation number are also evaluated. In addition to classical phases such as lamellar, 2D hexagonal, and liquid isotropic phases, we have observed a two-phase region in which cubic Fm3m and P6(3)mmc (hexagonally close packing of spheres (HCPS)) phases coexist. This appears at 30% (w/w) of P123 in pure water and with 5% (w/w) of ethanol. At 10% (w/w) ethanol, only the HCPS phase remains present.

  1. Phase diagram and neutron spin resonance of superconducting NaFe1 -xCuxAs

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    Tan, Guotai; Song, Yu; Zhang, Rui; Lin, Lifang; Xu, Zhuang; Tian, Long; Chi, Songxue; Graves-Brook, M. K.; Li, Shiliang; Dai, Pengcheng

    2017-02-01

    We use transport and neutron scattering to study the electronic phase diagram and spin excitations of NaFe1 -xCuxAs single crystals. Similar to Co- and Ni-doped NaFeAs, a bulk superconducting phase appears near x ≈2 % with the suppression of stripe-type magnetic order in NaFeAs. Upon further increasing Cu concentration the system becomes insulating, culminating in an antiferromagnetically ordered insulating phase near x ≈50 % . Using transport measurements, we demonstrate that the resistivity in NaFe1 -xCuxAs exhibits non-Fermi-liquid behavior near x ≈1.8 % . Our inelastic neutron scattering experiments reveal a single neutron spin resonance mode exhibiting weak dispersion along c axis in NaFe0.98Cu0.02As . The resonance is high in energy relative to the superconducting transition temperature Tc but weak in intensity, likely resulting from impurity effects. These results are similar to other iron pnictides superconductors despite that the superconducting phase in NaFe1 -xCuxAs is continuously connected to an antiferromagnetically ordered insulating phase near x ≈50 % with significant electronic correlations. Therefore, electron correlations is an important ingredient of superconductivity in NaFe1 -xCuxAs and other iron pnictides.

  2. The Structure and Phase Diagram of Chiral Alkyl-Serine Monolayers on Mercury

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    L Tamam; D Medina; T Menahem; Y Mastai; E Sloutskin; S Yefet; M Deutsch

    2011-12-31

    The structure of liquid-mercury-supported Langmuir films (LFs) of chiral serine-modified fatty acid molecules was studied as a function of length, n = 8-22 carbons, temperature, T = 5-25 C, and surface coverage, A {approx} 40-200 {angstrom}{sup 2} per molecule, for both homochiral and heterochiral compounds. Using surface pressure {pi}-area A isotherms and surface-specific synchrotron X-ray diffraction methods the phase diagram was determined in detail. No lateral order was found for phases comprising surface-parallel molecules, in contrast with unmodified fatty acid LFs on mercury. For phases comprising standing-up molecules, long range lateral order was found for n {>=} 12, but no order for n = 8. The molecules in the ordered phases are extended, and tilt rigidly by {approx}40{sup o} from the surface normal. The homochiral LFs pack in an oblique, single-molecule, unit cell. The heterochiral LFs pack in a body-centered rectangular unit cell, containing two molecules. Unlike unmodified fatty acid LFs, the structure of the standing-up phase does not vary with n, T or A. The interactions underlying these characteristics, and the role of chirality, are discussed.

  3. Phase diagram of ν =1/2 +1/2 bilayer bosons with interlayer couplings

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    Liu, Zhao; Vaezi, Abolhassan; Repellin, Cécile; Regnault, Nicolas

    2016-02-01

    We present the quantitative phase diagram of the bilayer bosonic fractional quantum Hall system on the torus geometry at total filling factor ν =1 in the lowest Landau level. We consider short-range interactions within and between the two layers, as well as the interlayer tunneling. In the fully polarized regime, we provide an updated detailed numerical analysis to establish the presence of the Moore-Read phase of both even and odd numbers of particles. In the actual bilayer situation, we find that both interlayer interactions and tunneling can provide the physical mechanism necessary for the low-energy physics to be driven by the fully polarized regime, thus leading to the emergence of the Moore-Read phase. Interlayer interactions favor a ferromagnetic phase when the system is SU (2 ) symmetric, while the interlayer tunneling acts as a Zeeman field polarizing the system. Besides the Moore-Read phase, the (220 ) Halperin state and the coupled Moore-Read state are also realized in this model. We study their stability against each other.

  4. Correlation between viscous-flow activation energy and phase diagram in four systems of Cu-based alloys

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    Ning, Shuang; Bian, Xiufang; Ren, Zhenfeng

    2010-09-01

    Activation energy is obtained from temperature dependence of viscosities by means of a fitting to the Arrhenius equation for liquid alloys of Cu-Sb, Cu-Te, Cu-Sn and Cu-Ag systems. We found that the changing trend of activation energy curves with concentration is similar to that of liquidus in the phase diagrams. Moreover, a maximum value of activation energy is in the composition range of the intermetallic phases and a minimum value of activation energy is located at the eutectic point. The correlation between the activation energy and the phase diagrams has been further discussed.

  5. Phase diagram of the Bose-Hubbard model with T{sub 3} symmetry

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    Rizzi, Matteo; Fazio, Rosario; Cataudella, Vittorio

    2006-04-01

    We study the quantum phase transition between the insulating and the globally coherent superfluid phases in the Bose-Hubbard model with T{sub 3} structure, the 'dice lattice'. Even in the absence of any frustration the superfluid phase is characterized by modulation of the order parameter on the different sublattices of the T{sub 3} structure. The zero-temperature critical point as a function of magnetic field shows the characteristic 'butterfly' form. At full frustration the superfluid region is strongly suppressed. In addition, due to the existence of the Aharonov-Bohm cages at f=1/2, we find some evidence for the existence of an intermediate insulating phase characterized by a zero superfluid stiffness but finite compressibility. In this intermediate phase bosons are localized due to the external frustration and the topology of the T{sub 3} lattice. We name this new phase the Aharonov-Bohm insulator. In the presence of charge frustration the phase diagram acquires the typical lobe structure. The form and hierarchy of the Mott insulating states with fractional fillings are dictated by the particular topology of the T{sub 3} lattice. The results presented were obtained by a variety of analytical methods: mean-field and variational techniques to approach the phase boundary from the superconducting side and a strongly coupled expansion appropriate for the Mott insulating region. In addition we performed quantum Monte Carlo simulations of the corresponding (2+1)-dimensional XY model to corroborate the analytical calculations with a more accurate quantitative analysis. We finally discuss experimental realization of the T{sub 3} lattice both with optical lattices and with Josephson junction arrays.

  6. Solidification behavior and structure of Al-Cu alloy welds

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    Brooks, J.A.; Li, M.; Yang, N.C.Y.

    1997-09-01

    The microsegregation behavior of electron beam (EB) and gas tungsten arc (GTA) welds of Al-Cu alloys covering a range from 0.19 to 7.74 wt% Cu were characterized for dendrite core concentrations and fraction eutectic solidification. Although a single weld speed of 12.7 mm/sec was used, some differences were observed in the segregation behavior of the two weld types. The microsegregation behavior was also modeled using a finite differences technique considering dendrite tip and eutectic undercooling and solid state diffusion. Fairly good agreement was observed between measured and calculated segregation behavior although differences between the two weld types could not be completely accounted for. The concept of dendrite tip undercooling was used to explain the formation of a single through thickness centerline grain in the higher alloy content GTA welds.

  7. How little data is enough? Phase-diagram analysis of sparsity-regularized X-ray computed tomography.

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    Jørgensen, J S; Sidky, E Y

    2015-06-13

    We introduce phase-diagram analysis, a standard tool in compressed sensing (CS), to the X-ray computed tomography (CT) community as a systematic method for determining how few projections suffice for accurate sparsity-regularized reconstruction. In CS, a phase diagram is a convenient way to study and express certain theoretical relations between sparsity and sufficient sampling. We adapt phase-diagram analysis for empirical use in X-ray CT for which the same theoretical results do not hold. We demonstrate in three case studies the potential of phase-diagram analysis for providing quantitative answers to questions of undersampling. First, we demonstrate that there are cases where X-ray CT empirically performs comparably with a near-optimal CS strategy, namely taking measurements with Gaussian sensing matrices. Second, we show that, in contrast to what might have been anticipated, taking randomized CT measurements does not lead to improved performance compared with standard structured sampling patterns. Finally, we show preliminary results of how well phase-diagram analysis can predict the sufficient number of projections for accurately reconstructing a large-scale image of a given sparsity by means of total-variation regularization.

  8. First principles calculation of phase diagrams of V-Nb, V-Ta and Nb-Ta alloys

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    Ravi, C.; Panigrahi, B. K.; Valsakumar, M. C.; Walle, A. Van de

    2012-06-05

    We report the solid state phase diagram of V-Nb, V-Ta and Nb-Ta alloys computed by combining the density functional theory total energies with the cluster expansion and Monte Carlo techniques. From the computed phase diagrams, we find that V-Nb and Nb-Ta alloys form continuous series of solid solutions and the solid solution phase is stable down to ambient temperatures, consistent with experiments. The calculated bcc V-Ta phase diagram exhibits complete miscibility. Since the current cluster expansion ignore V{sub 2}Ta phase, the chemical interaction due to relatively large electronegativity difference, which cause the ordering of V{sub 2}Ta phase from the bcc solid solution, appears to manifest by making the solid solution phase remain stable for the complete concentration range, down to ambient temperatures, perhaps with some short-range-order. This work further demonstrates the dominant role of constituent strains in the accurate calculation of phase diagram of alloys of constituents with significant size mismatches.

  9. Phase diagram and topological phases in the triangular lattice Kitaev-Hubbard model

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    Li, Kai; Yu, Shun-Li; Gu, Zhao-Long; Li, Jian-Xin

    2016-09-01

    We study the half-filled Hubbard model on a triangular lattice with spin-dependent Kitaev-like hopping. Using the variational cluster approach, we identify five phases: a metallic phase, a non-coplanar chiral magnetic order, a 120° magnetic order, a nonmagnetic insulator (NMI), and an interacting Chern insulator (CI) with a nonzero Chern number. The transition from CI to NMI is characterized by the change of the charge gap from an indirect band gap to a direct Mott gap. Based on the slave-rotor mean-field theory, the NMI phase is further suggested to be a gapless Mott insulator with a spinon Fermi surface or a fractionalized CI with nontrivial spinon topology, depending on the strength of the Kitaev-like hopping. Our work highlights the rising field in which interesting phases emerge from the interplay between band topology and Mott physics.

  10. High pressure–low temperature phase diagram of barium: Simplicity versus complexity

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    Desgreniers, Serge; Tse, John S.; Matsuoka, Takahiro; Ohishi, Yasuo

    2015-11-30

    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.

  11. Phase diagram of the layered oxide SnO: GW and electron-phonon studies

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    Chen, Peng-Jen; Jeng, Horng-Tay

    2015-01-01

    First-principles calculations are performed to study the electronic properties and the electron-phonon interactions of the layered oxide semiconductor SnO. In addition to the high hole mobility that makes SnO a promising material in electronics, it has recently been reported that the semimetallic phase under pressure is superconducting. The superconducting Tc curve exhibits a dome-like feature under pressure and reaches the maximum of 1.4 K at p = 9.2 GPa. Both its crystal structure and the dome-like Tc curve are reminiscent of the Fe-based superconductor FeSe. Motivated by this observation, we investigate the electronic, phonon, and their interactions in SnO using first-principles schemes. GW approximation is adopted to correct the underestimated band gaps, including real and continuous band gaps in the semiconducting and semimetallic phases. The phase diagram showing the semiconductor-to-semimetal transition and the Tc curve has been successfully reproduced. Detailed analysis of the electron-phonon interactions demonstrate the importance of the out-of-plane motions of O atoms and the Sn-s lone pairs for the superconductivity to occur. Our method combining GW and e-ph calculations can be further extended to the study of other materials that undergo insulator-to-superconductor phase transition. PMID:26553414

  12. Effect of disorder in the frustrated Ising FCC antiferromagnet: phase diagram and stretched exponential relaxation

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    Ngo, V. Thanh; Hoang, D. Tien; Diep, H. T.; Campbell, I. A.

    2014-04-01

    In this paper, we study the phase transition in a face-centered-cubic antiferromagnet with Ising spins as a function of the concentration p of ferromagnetic bonds randomly introduced into the system. Such a model describes the spin-glass phase at strong bond disorder. Using the standard Monte Carlo simulation and the powerful Wang-Landau flat-histogram method, we carry out in this work intensive simulations over the whole range of p. We show that the first-order transition disappears with a tiny amount of ferromagnetic bonds, namely p 0.01, in agreement with theories and simulations on other 3D models. The antiferromagnetic long-range order is also destroyed with a very small p (≃5%). With increasing p, the system changes into a spin glass and then to a ferromagnetic phase when p > 0.65. The phase diagram in the space (Tc, p) shows an asymmetry, unlike the case of the ±J Ising spin glass on the simple cubic lattice. We calculate the relaxation time around the spin-glass transition temperature and we show that the spin autocorrelation follows a stretched exponential relaxation law where the factor b is equal to ≃1/3 at the transition as suggested by the percolation-based theory. This value is in agreement with experiments performed on various spin glasses and with Monte Carlo simulations on different SG models.

  13. Equilibrium Liquid Crystal Phase Diagrams and Detection of Kinetic Arrest in Cellulose Nanocrystal Suspensions

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    Honorato Rios, Camila; Kuhnhold, Anja; Bruckner, Johanna; Dannert, Rick; Schilling, Tanja; Lagerwall, Jan

    2016-05-01

    The cholesteric liquid crystal self-assembly of water-suspended cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) into a helical arrangement was observed already more than 20 years ago and the phenomenon was used to produce iridescent solid films by evaporating the solvent or via sol-gel processing. Yet it remains challenging to produce optically uniform films and to control the pitch reproducibly, reflecting the complexity of the three-stage drying process that is followed in preparing the films. An equilibrium liquid crystal phase formation stage is followed by a non-equilibrium kinetic arrest, which in turn is followed by structural collapse as the remaining solvent is evaporated. Here we focus on the first of these stages, combining a set of systematic rheology and polarizing optics experiments with computer simulations to establish a detailed phase diagram of aqueous CNC suspensions with two different values of the surface charge, up to the concentration where kinetic arrest sets in. We also study the effect of varying ionic strength of the solvent. Within the cholesteric phase regime, we measure the equilibrium helical pitch as a function of the same parameters. We report a hitherto unnoticed change in character of the isotropic-cholesteric transition at increasing ionic strength, with a continuous weakening of the first-order character up to the point where phase coexistence is difficult to detect macroscopically due to substantial critical fluctuations.

  14. Electronic and magnetic phase diagram in KxFe2-ySe2 superconductors

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    Yan, Y. J.; Zhang, M.; Wang, A. F.; Ying, J. J.; Li, Z. Y.; Qin, W.; Luo, X. G.; Li, J. Q.; Hu, Jiangping; Chen, X. H.

    2012-01-01

    The correlation and competition between antiferromagnetism and superconductivity are one of the most fundamental issues in high temperature superconductors. Superconductivity in high temperature cuprate superconductors arises from suppressing an antiferromagnetic (AFM) Mott insulator1 while in iron-pnictide superconductors arises from AFM semimetals and can coexist with AFM orders23456789. This difference raises many intriguing debates on the relation between the two classes of high temperature superconductors. Recently, superconductivity at 32 K has been reported in iron-chalcogenide superconductors AxFe2−ySe2 (A = K, Rb, and Cs)101112. They have the same structure as that of iron-pnictide 122-system131415. Here, we report electronic and magnetic phase diagram of KxFe2−ySe2 system as a function of Fe valence. We find a superconducting phase sandwiched between two AFM insulating phases. The two insulating phases are characterized by two distinct superstructures caused by Fe vacancy orders with modulation wave vectors of q1 = (1/5, 3/5, 0) and q2 = (1/4, 3/4, 0), respectively. PMID:22355726

  15. Phase diagram of the layered oxide SnO: GW and electron-phonon studies.

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    Chen, Peng-Jen; Jeng, Horng-Tay

    2015-11-10

    First-principles calculations are performed to study the electronic properties and the electron-phonon interactions of the layered oxide semiconductor SnO. In addition to the high hole mobility that makes SnO a promising material in electronics, it has recently been reported that the semimetallic phase under pressure is superconducting. The superconducting Tc curve exhibits a dome-like feature under pressure and reaches the maximum of 1.4 K at p = 9.2 GPa. Both its crystal structure and the dome-like Tc curve are reminiscent of the Fe-based superconductor FeSe. Motivated by this observation, we investigate the electronic, phonon, and their interactions in SnO using first-principles schemes. GW approximation is adopted to correct the underestimated band gaps, including real and continuous band gaps in the semiconducting and semimetallic phases. The phase diagram showing the semiconductor-to-semimetal transition and the Tc curve has been successfully reproduced. Detailed analysis of the electron-phonon interactions demonstrate the importance of the out-of-plane motions of O atoms and the Sn-s lone pairs for the superconductivity to occur. Our method combining GW and e-ph calculations can be further extended to the study of other materials that undergo insulator-to-superconductor phase transition.

  16. Physiologically motivated multiplex Kuramoto model describes phase diagram of cortical activity.

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    Sadilek, Maximilian; Thurner, Stefan

    2015-05-21

    We derive a two-layer multiplex Kuramoto model from Wilson-Cowan type physiological equations that describe neural activity on a network of interconnected cortical regions. This is mathematically possible due to the existence of a unique, stable limit cycle, weak coupling, and inhibitory synaptic time delays. We study the phase diagram of this model numerically as a function of the inter-regional connection strength that is related to cerebral blood flow, and a phase shift parameter that is associated with synaptic GABA concentrations. We find three macroscopic phases of cortical activity: background activity (unsynchronized oscillations), epileptiform activity (highly synchronized oscillations) and resting-state activity (synchronized clusters/chaotic behaviour). Previous network models could hitherto not explain the existence of all three phases. We further observe a shift of the average oscillation frequency towards lower values together with the appearance of coherent slow oscillations at the transition from resting-state to epileptiform activity. This observation is fully in line with experimental data and could explain the influence of GABAergic drugs both on gamma oscillations and epileptic states. Compared to previous models for gamma oscillations and resting-state activity, the multiplex Kuramoto model not only provides a unifying framework, but also has a direct connection to measurable physiological parameters.

  17. Phase diagram kinetics for shape memory alloys: a robust finite element implementation

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    Gao, Xiujie; Qiao, Rui; Brinson, L. Catherine

    2007-12-01

    A physically based one-dimensional shape memory alloy (SMA) model is implemented into the finite element software ABAQUS via a user interface. Linearization of the SMA constitutive law together with complete transformation kinetics is performed and tabulated for implementation. Robust rules for transformation zones of the phase diagram are implemented and a new strategy for overlapping transformation zones is developed. The iteration algorithm, switching point updates and solution strategies are developed and are presented in detail. The code is validated via baseline simulations including the shape memory effect and pseudoelasticity and then further tested with complex loading paths. A hybrid composite with self-healing function is then simulated using the developed code. The example demonstrates the usefulness of the methods for the design and simulation of materials or structures actuated by SMA wires or ribbons.

  18. Experimental determination of the magnetic phase diagram of Gd/Fe multilayers

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    Hahn, W.; Loewenhaupt, M.; Huang, Y. Y.; Felcher, G. P.; Parkin, S. S. P.

    1995-12-01

    By combining magnetization, Kerr effect measurements, and polarized neutron reflectometry we have determined the magnetic state of [Fe 35 Å/Gd 50 Å]×15 multilayers at different points of the H-T phase diagram. We confirm the predictions of Camley and co-workers for an idealized magnetic superlattice with antiferromagnetic interfacial coupling. The magnetic moments of the Fe and Gd layers are opposite with those of Gd becoming larger below a compensating temperature. The magnetic moments are aligned parallel to the applied magnetic field below a certain value, and then they take a twisted arrangement as the field is increased. The transition may start from the surface or the interior, depending on whether the magnetization of the surface layer is oriented in or opposite to the field direction.

  19. Perspective on the phase diagram of cuprate high-temperature superconductors

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    Rybicki, Damian; Jurkutat, Michael; Reichardt, Steven; Kapusta, Czesław; Haase, Jürgen

    2016-01-01

    Universal scaling laws can guide the understanding of new phenomena, and for cuprate high-temperature superconductivity the influential Uemura relation showed, early on, that the maximum critical temperature of superconductivity correlates with the density of the superfluid measured at low temperatures. Here we show that the charge content of the bonding orbitals of copper and oxygen in the ubiquitous CuO2 plane, measured with nuclear magnetic resonance, reproduces this scaling. The charge transfer of the nominal copper hole to planar oxygen sets the maximum critical temperature. A three-dimensional phase diagram in terms of the charge content at copper as well as oxygen is introduced, which has the different cuprate families sorted with respect to their maximum critical temperature. We suggest that the critical temperature could be raised substantially if one were able to synthesize materials that lead to an increased planar oxygen hole content at the expense of that of planar copper. PMID:27150719

  20. Magnetic phase diagram of the antiferromagnetic cobalt tellurate Co3TeO6

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    Her, J. L.; Chou, C. C.; Matsuda, Y. H.; Kindo, K.; Berger, H.; Tseng, K. F.; Wang, C. W.; Li, W. H.; Yang, H. D.

    2011-12-01

    In this study, we measured the temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibility [χ(T)], ac magnetic susceptibility [χac(T)], specific heat [Cp(T)], and high-field magnetization [M(H)] of a newly synthesized single-crystalline material, Co3TeO6. Two transitions were observed in χ(T) and Cp(T) curves at values of TN1 and TN2 of approximately 26 and 18 K (H = 0), respectively. The high-field M(H) curves exhibited strong magnetic anisotropy and several field-induced transitions, suggesting that the magnetic ground state was complicated. Large spin-lattice coupling was evident by the large hysteresis in the M(H) curves and through analysis of the specific heat data. We propose herein an H-T phase diagram that is consistent with our experimental findings.

  1. Phase diagram for the transition from photonic crystals to dielectric metamaterials

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    Rybin, Mikhail V.; Filonov, Dmitry S.; Samusev, Kirill B.; Belov, Pavel A.; Kivshar, Yuri S.; Limonov, Mikhail F.

    2015-01-01

    Photonic crystals and dielectric metamaterials represent two different classes of artificial media but are often composed of similar structural elements. The question is how to distinguish these two types of periodic structures when their parameters, such as permittivity and lattice constant, vary continuously. Here we discuss transition between photonic crystals and dielectric metamaterials and introduce the concept of a phase diagram, based on the physics of Mie and Bragg resonances. We show that a periodic photonic structure transforms into a metamaterial when the Mie gap opens up below the lowest Bragg bandgap where the homogenization approach can be justified and the effective permeability becomes negative. Our theoretical approach is confirmed by microwave experiments for a metacrystal composed of tubes filled with heated water. This analysis yields deep insight into the properties of periodic structures, and provides a useful tool for designing different classes of electromagnetic materials with variable parameters. PMID:26626302

  2. Phase diagram of the classical Heisenberg model in a trimodal random field distribution

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    Santos-Filho, A.; Albuquerque, D. F. de; Santos-Filho, J. B.; Batista, T. S. Araujo

    2016-11-01

    The classical spin 1 / 2 Heisenberg model on a simple cubic lattice, with fluctuating bond interactions between nearest neighbors and in the presence of a random magnetic field, is investigated by effective field theory based on two-spin cluster. The random field is drawn from the asymmetric and anisotropic trimodal probability distribution. The fluctuating bond is extracted from the symmetric and anisotropic bimodal probability. We estimate the transition temperatures, and the phase diagram in the Tc- h, Tc- p and Tc - α planes. We observe that the temperature of the tricritical point decreases with the increase of disorder in exchange interactions until the system ceases to display tricritical behavior. The disorder of the interactions and reentrant phenomena depends on the trimodal distribution of the random field.

  3. Phase diagrams for the spatial public goods game with pool punishment

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    Szolnoki, Attila; Szabó, György; Perc, Matjaž

    2011-03-01

    The efficiency of institutionalized punishment is studied by evaluating the stationary states in the spatial public goods game comprising unconditional defectors, cooperators, and cooperating pool punishers as the three competing strategies. Fines and costs of pool punishment are considered as the two main parameters determining the stationary distributions of strategies on the square lattice. Each player collects a payoff from five five-person public goods games, and the evolution of strategies is subsequently governed by imitation based on pairwise comparisons at a low level of noise. The impact of pool punishment on the evolution of cooperation in structured populations is significantly different from that reported previously for peer punishment. Representative phase diagrams reveal remarkably rich behavior, depending also on the value of the synergy factor that characterizes the efficiency of investments payed into the common pool. Besides traditional single- and two-strategy stationary states, a rock-paper-scissors type of cyclic dominance can emerge in strikingly different ways.

  4. Two-dimensional Ising model with competing interactions: Phase diagram and low-temperature remanent disorder

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    O'Hare, A.; Kusmartsev, F. V.; Kugel, K. I.

    2009-01-01

    The two-dimensional Ising model with competing nearest-neighbor and diagonal interactions on the square lattice is studied by the transfer-matrix technique and by the Monte Carlo simulations. The phase diagram of this model is constructed with a special emphasis to the analysis of a glassy state arising as an order to disorder transition at low temperatures. Evidence of the glassy state (based, in particular, on the calculation of the average length of domain walls and on the Edwards-Anderson order parameter) and its characteristics are presented. It was shown that, in the frustrated Ising model, the domain-wall length correlates to the onset of the glassy state, that is, it may play the role of the order parameter for the Ising glass or for glasslike states in other frustrated magnetic systems.

  5. Liquid-vapor phase diagram and cluster formation of two-dimensional ionic fluids.

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    Méndez-Maldonado, Gloria Arlette; González-Melchor, Minerva; Alejandre, José

    2012-08-07

    Direct molecular dynamics simulations on interfaces at constant temperature are performed to obtain the liquid-vapor phase diagram of the two-dimensional soft primitive model, an equimolar mixture of equal size spheres carrying opposite charges. Constant temperature and pressure simulations are also carried out to check consistency with interface simulations results. In addition, an analysis of the cluster formation of mixtures of particles with charge asymmetry in the range 1:1 to 1:36 at low and high densities is performed. The number of free ions, when plotted as a function of the positive ion charge, Z(+), has an oscillatory behavior and is independent of the density. The formation of aggregates is analyzed in terms of the attraction and repulsion between ions.

  6. Devil's Staircase Phase Diagram of the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in the Thin-Torus Limit.

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    Rotondo, Pietro; Molinari, Luca Guido; Ratti, Piergiorgio; Gherardi, Marco

    2016-06-24

    After more than three decades, the fractional quantum Hall effect still poses challenges to contemporary physics. Recent experiments point toward a fractal scenario for the Hall resistivity as a function of the magnetic field. Here, we consider the so-called thin-torus limit of the Hamiltonian describing interacting electrons in a strong magnetic field, restricted to the lowest Landau level, and we show that it can be mapped onto a one-dimensional lattice gas with repulsive interactions, with the magnetic field playing the role of the chemical potential. The statistical mechanics of such models leads us to interpret the sequence of Hall plateaux as a fractal phase diagram whose landscape shows a qualitative agreement with experiments.

  7. Devil's Staircase Phase Diagram of the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in the Thin-Torus Limit

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    Rotondo, Pietro; Molinari, Luca Guido; Ratti, Piergiorgio; Gherardi, Marco

    2016-06-01

    After more than three decades, the fractional quantum Hall effect still poses challenges to contemporary physics. Recent experiments point toward a fractal scenario for the Hall resistivity as a function of the magnetic field. Here, we consider the so-called thin-torus limit of the Hamiltonian describing interacting electrons in a strong magnetic field, restricted to the lowest Landau level, and we show that it can be mapped onto a one-dimensional lattice gas with repulsive interactions, with the magnetic field playing the role of the chemical potential. The statistical mechanics of such models leads us to interpret the sequence of Hall plateaux as a fractal phase diagram whose landscape shows a qualitative agreement with experiments.

  8. Phase diagrams for the spatial public goods game with pool punishment.

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    Szolnoki, Attila; Szabó, György; Perc, Matjaž

    2011-03-01

    The efficiency of institutionalized punishment is studied by evaluating the stationary states in the spatial public goods game comprising unconditional defectors, cooperators, and cooperating pool punishers as the three competing strategies. Fines and costs of pool punishment are considered as the two main parameters determining the stationary distributions of strategies on the square lattice. Each player collects a payoff from five five-person public goods games, and the evolution of strategies is subsequently governed by imitation based on pairwise comparisons at a low level of noise. The impact of pool punishment on the evolution of cooperation in structured populations is significantly different from that reported previously for peer punishment. Representative phase diagrams reveal remarkably rich behavior, depending also on the value of the synergy factor that characterizes the efficiency of investments payed into the common pool. Besides traditional single- and two-strategy stationary states, a rock-paper-scissors type of cyclic dominance can emerge in strikingly different ways.

  9. Perspective on the phase diagram of cuprate high-temperature superconductors

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    Rybicki, Damian; Jurkutat, Michael; Reichardt, Steven; Kapusta, Czesław; Haase, Jürgen

    2016-05-01

    Universal scaling laws can guide the understanding of new phenomena, and for cuprate high-temperature superconductivity the influential Uemura relation showed, early on, that the maximum critical temperature of superconductivity correlates with the density of the superfluid measured at low temperatures. Here we show that the charge content of the bonding orbitals of copper and oxygen in the ubiquitous CuO2 plane, measured with nuclear magnetic resonance, reproduces this scaling. The charge transfer of the nominal copper hole to planar oxygen sets the maximum critical temperature. A three-dimensional phase diagram in terms of the charge content at copper as well as oxygen is introduced, which has the different cuprate families sorted with respect to their maximum critical temperature. We suggest that the critical temperature could be raised substantially if one were able to synthesize materials that lead to an increased planar oxygen hole content at the expense of that of planar copper.

  10. Phase diagram for ammonia-water mixtures at high pressures - Implications for icy satellites

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    Cynn, H. C.; Boone, S.; Koumvakalis, A.; Nicol, M.; Stevenson, D. J.

    1989-01-01

    The (NH3)x(H2O)1-x phase diagram for X from 0 to 0.50 has been reexamined at temperatures from 125 K to 400 K and at pressures from 6.0 GPa using diamond anvil cells, and the implications of the findings for icy satellites are addressed. Titan is likely to have a thicker NH3-H2O ocean than previously suspected, because the stability field of NH3-H2O is found to be smaller than previously supposed. The implications for methane and ammonia volcanism on Titan are briefly discussed. The experimentally observed reactivity between the liquid and iron may also have implications for planetary and satellite evolution.

  11. Pressure-Temperature-Field Phase Diagram in the Ferromagnet U3P4

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    Araki, Shingo; Hayashida, Minami; Nishiumi, Naoto; Manabe, Hiroki; Ikeda, Yoichi; Kobayashi, Tatsuo C.; Murata, Keizo; Inada, Yoshihiko; Wiśniewski, Piotr; Aoki, Dai; Ōnuki, Yoshichika; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Haga, Yoshinori

    2015-02-01

    The pressure-temperature-field phase diagram and quantum fluctuation effect were investigated in the itinerant ferromagnet U3P4 by resistivity, ac susceptibility, and Hall effect measurements under high pressure. The zero-temperature ferromagnetic-to-paramagnetic transition is located at Pc ˜ 4.0 GPa. The tricritical point exists at P* = 3.8 GPa and T* = 32 K, where the ferromagnetic transition changes from second- to first-order. As a quantum fluctuation effect, the low-temperature resistivity at Pc follows T5/3 dependence, which was theoretically described in the case of a three-dimensional ferromagnet. This result indicates that the ferromagnetic-to-paramagnetic transition at Pc may be considered as weakly first-order. Another critical behavior, the huge enhancement of ρ0 observed at Pc, cannot be interpreted as the ferromagnetic fluctuation effect. The Hall effect measurements suggest that the magnetic structure in the ordered state changes under high pressure.

  12. MIDAS, prototype Multivariate Interactive Digital Analysis System, phase 1. Volume 3: Wiring diagrams

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    Kriegler, F. J.; Christenson, D.; Gordon, M.; Kistler, R.; Lampert, S.; Marshall, R.; Mclaughlin, R.

    1974-01-01

    The Midas System is a third-generation, fast, multispectral recognition system able to keep pace with the large quantity and high rates of data acquisition from present and projected sensors. A principal objective of the MIDAS Program is to provide a system well interfaced with the human operator and thus to obtain large overall reductions in turn-around time and significant gains in throughput. The hardware and software generated in Phase I of the overall program are described. The system contains a mini-computer to control the various high-speed processing elements in the data path and a classifier which implements an all-digital prototype multivariate-Gaussian maximum likelihood decision algorithm operating at 2 x 100,000 pixels/sec. Sufficient hardware was developed to perform signature extraction from computer-compatible tapes, compute classifier coefficients, control the classifier operation, and diagnose operation. The MIDAS construction and wiring diagrams are given.

  13. Phase diagram for nanostructuring CaF(2) surfaces by slow highly charged ions.

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    El-Said, A S; Wilhelm, R A; Heller, R; Facsko, S; Lemell, C; Wachter, G; Burgdörfer, J; Ritter, R; Aumayr, F

    2012-09-14

    The impact of individual slow highly charged ions (HCI) on alkaline earth halide and alkali halide surfaces creates nano-scale surface modifications. For different materials and impact energies a wide variety of topographic alterations have been observed, ranging from regularly shaped pits to nanohillocks. We present experimental evidence for the creation of thermodynamically stable defect agglomerations initially hidden after irradiation but becoming visible as pits upon subsequent etching. A well defined threshold separating regions with and without etch-pit formation is found as a function of potential and kinetic energies of the projectile. Combining this novel type of surface defects with the previously identified hillock formation, a phase diagram for HCI induced surface restructuring emerges. The simulation of the energy deposition by the HCI in the crystal provides insight into the early stages of the dynamics of the surface modification and its dependence on the kinetic and potential energies.

  14. Nonlinear Magnetic Dynamics and The Switching Phase Diagrams in Spintronic Devices

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    Yan, Shu

    Spin-transfer torque induced magnetic switching, by which the spin-polarized current transfers its magnetic moment to the ferromagnetic layer and changes its magnetization, holds great promise towards faster and smaller magnetic bits in data-storage applications due to the lower power consumption and better scalability. We propose an analytic approach which can be used to calculate the switching phase diagram of a nanomagnetic system in the presence of both magnetic field and spin-transfer torque in an exact fashion. This method is applied to the study of switching conditions for the uniaxial, single domain magnetic layers in different spin-transfer devices. In a spin valve with spin polarization collinear with the easy axis, we get a modified Stoner-Wohlfarth astroid which represents many of the features that have been found in experiment. It also shows a self-crossing boundary and demonstrates a region with three stable equilibria. We demonstrate that the region of stable equilibria with energy near the maximum can be reached only through a narrow bottleneck in the field space, which sets a stringent requirement for magnetic field alignment in the experiments. Switching diagrams are then calculated for the setups with magnetic field not perfectly aligned with the easy axis. In a ferromagnet-heavy-metal bilayer device with strong spin Hall effect, the in plane current becomes spin-polarized and transfers its magnetic moment to the ferromagnetic layer by diffusion. The three-dimensional asymmetric phase diagram is calculated. In the case that the external field is confined in the vertical plane defined by the direction of the current and the easy axis, the spin-transfer torque shifts the conventional in-plane (IP) equilibria within the same plane, and also creates two out-of-plane (OOP) equilibria, one of which can be stable. The threshold switching currents for IP switching and OOP switching are discussed. We also address the magnetic switching processes. Damping

  15. Phase diagram of three-flavor quark matter under compact star constraints

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    Blaschke, D.; Fredriksson, S.; Sandin, F.; Grigorian, H.; Oeztas, A.M.

    2005-09-15

    The phase diagram of three-flavor quark matter under compact star constraints is investigated within a Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model. Global color and electric charge neutrality is imposed for {beta}-equilibrated superconducting quark matter. The constituent quark masses and the diquark condensates are determined self-consistently in the plane of temperature and quark chemical potential. Both strong and intermediate diquark coupling strengths are considered. We show that in both cases, gapless superconducting phases do not occur at temperatures relevant for compact star evolution, i.e., below T{approx}50 MeV. The stability and structure of isothermal quark star configurations are evaluated. For intermediate coupling, quark stars are composed of a mixed phase of normal (NQ) and two-flavor superconducting (2SC) quark matter up to a maximum mass of 1.21 M{sub {center_dot}}. At higher central densities, a phase transition to the three-flavor color flavor locked (CFL) phase occurs and the configurations become unstable. For the strong diquark coupling we find stable stars in the 2SC phase, with masses up to 1.33 M{sub {center_dot}}. A second family of more compact configurations (twins) with a CFL quark matter core and a 2SC shell is also found to be stable. The twins have masses in the range 1.30...1.33 M{sub {center_dot}}. We consider also hot isothermal configurations at temperature T=40 MeV. When the hot maximum mass configuration cools down, due to emission of photons and neutrinos, a mass defect of 0.1 M{sub {center_dot}} occurs and two final state configurations are possible.

  16. Misfit strain-temperature phase diagrams and domain stability of asymmetric ferroelectric capacitors: Thermodynamic calculation and phase-field simulation

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    Chen, W. J.; Zheng, Yue Wu, C. M.; Wang, B. Ma, D. C.

    2014-03-07

    Thermodynamic calculation and phase-field simulation have been conducted to investigate the misfit strain-temperature phase diagrams, dielectric property, and domain stability of asymmetric ferroelectric capacitors (FCs), with considering the effects of dissimilar screening properties and work function steps at the two interfaces. The distinct features of asymmetric FCs from their symmetric counterparts have been revealed and discussed. Polar states with nonzero out-of-plane polarization in parallel with the built-in field are found preferential to form in asymmetric FCs. Meanwhile, the built-in field breaks the degeneracy of states with out-of-plane polarization in anti-directions. This leads to the necessity of redefining phases according to the bistability of out-of-plane polarization. Moreover, the phase stability as well as the dielectric behavior can be significantly controlled by the properties of electrodes, misfit strain, and temperature. The phase-field simulation result also shows that polydomain instability would happen in asymmetric FCs as the equivalence of domain stability in anti-directions is destroyed.

  17. Effect of a prior stretch on the aging response of an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Kumar, K. S.; Brown, S. A.; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Recently, a family of Al-Cu-Li alloys containing minor amounts of Ag, Mg, and Zr and having desirable combinations of strength and toughness were developed. The Weldalite (trademark) alloys exhibit a unique characteristic in that with or without a prior stretch, they obtain significant strength-ductility combinations upon natural and artificial aging. The ultra-high strength (approximately 690 MPa yield strength) in the peak-aged tempers (T6 and T8) were primarily attributed to the extremely fine T(sub 1) (Al2CuLi) or T(sub 1)-type precipitates that occur in these alloys during artificial aging, whereas the significant natural aging response observed is attributed to strengthening from delta prime (Al3Li) and GP zones. In recent work, the aging behavior of an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy without a prior stretch was followed microstructurally from the T4 to the T6 condition. Commercial extrusions, rolled plates, and sheets of Al-Cu-Li alloys are typically subjected to a stretching operation before artificial aging to straighten the extrusions and, more importantly, introduce dislocations to simulate precipitation of strengthening phases such as T(sub 1) by providing relatively low-energy nucleation sites. The goals of this study are to examine the microstructure that evolves during aging of an alloy that was stretch after solution treatment and to compare the observations with those for the unstretched alloy.

  18. First-principles study of Al-Cu energetics and consequences on athermal formation of Cu-rich compounds

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    Besson, R.; Kwon, J.; Thuinet, L.; Avettand-Fènoël, M.-N.; Legris, A.

    2014-12-01

    In spite of its practical interest, the Al-Cu system remains largely unexplored, especially on its Cu-rich side. In order to improve the knowledge of this system, we perform a thorough ab initio study of fcc-based Al-Cu energetics, using the recently proposed M2BCE reciprocal-space cluster expansion approach. We demonstrate the existence of two clearly distinct composition domains, revealing complex ground-state properties. Below 50% Cu, the GP 2 -A l3Cu compound appears as highly favored, in agreement with the well-documented transformation sequence in Al-based alloys. Conversely, the domain between 50% and 80% Cu displays a much shallower landscape, characterized by the existence of a wealth of compounds undergoing fcc →bcc structural instabilities. While such "Bain paths" have been identified for a long time in iron-based alloys, our work gives evidence for their existence in the Al-Cu system. As a striking application, these instabilities provide plausible athermal mechanisms for the formation of Cu-rich phases, in particular for the unexpected emergence of γ1-A l4C u9 , a Hume-Rothery compound observed in various nonequilibrium conditions.

  19. Role of Fe and sign reversal of the Hall coefficient in quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe

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    Lindqvist, P.; Berger, C.; Klein, T.; Lanco, P.; Cyrot-Lackmann, F.; Calvayrac, Y.

    1993-07-01

    Electronic transport properties were measured for the stable icosahedral phase of Al-Cu-Fe for a large number of high-structural-quality samples of different compositions. At low temperature, the Hall coefficient RH and the conductivity σ are found to best correlate with the Fe content rather than with the electron per atom parameter which is usually used; RH changes sign at a concentration of 12.5 at. % Fe, where σ is at minimum. RH has a strong temperature dependence and can change sign with temperature. These features put the focus on the Fe d states and can be interpreted by a Hume-Rothery type of behavior including the sp-d hybridization effects.

  20. Microstructure-property relationships in Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg Weldalite (tm) alloys, part 2

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    Langan, T. J.; Pickens, J. R.

    1991-01-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of the ultrahigh strength Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy, Weldalite (tm) 049, were studied. Specifically, the microstructural features along with tensile strength, weldability, Young's modulus and fracture toughness were studied for Weldalite (tm) 049 type alloys with Li contents ranging from 1.3 to 1.9 wt. pct. The tensile properties of Weldalite 049 and Weldalite 049 reinforced with TiB2 particles fabricated using the XD (tm) process were also evaluated at cryogenic, room, and elevated temperatures. In addition, an experimental alloy, similar in composition to Weldalite 049 but without the Ag+Mg, was fabricated. The microstructure of this alloy was compared with that of Weldalite 049 in the T6 condition to assess the effect of Ag+Mg on nucleation of strengthening phases in the absence of cold work.

  1. Direct observation of atomic-scale origins of local dissolution in Al-Cu-Mg alloys

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    Zhang, B.; Wang, J.; Wu, B.; Oguzie, E. E.; Luo, K.; Ma, X. L.

    2016-12-01

    Atomistic chemical inhomogeneities are anticipated to induce dissimilarities in surface potentials, which control corrosion initiation of alloys at the atomic scale. Precise understanding of corrosion is therefore hampered by lack of definite information describing how atomistic heterogeneities regulate the process. Here, using high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) techniques, we systematically analyzed the Al20Cu2Mn3 second phase of 2024Al and successfully observed that atomic-scale segregation of Cu at defect sites induced preferential dissolution of the adjacent zones. We define an “atomic-scale galvanic cell”, composed of zones rich in Cu and its surrounding matrix. Our findings provide vital information linking atomic-scale microstructure and pitting mechanism, particularly for Al-Cu-Mg alloys. The resolution achieved also enables understanding of dealloying mechanisms and further streamlines our comprehension of the concept of general corrosion.

  2. Effect of homogenization process on the hardness of Zn-Al-Cu alloys

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    Villegas-Cardenas, Jose D.; Saucedo-Muñoz, Maribel L.; Lopez-Hirata, Victor M.; De Ita-De la Torre, Antonio; Avila-Davila, Erika O.; Gonzalez-Velazquez, Jorge Luis

    2015-10-01

    The effect of a homogenizing treatment on the hardness of as-cast Zn-Al-Cu alloys was investigated. Eight alloy compositions were prepared and homogenized at 350 °C for 180 h, and their Rockwell "B" hardness was subsequently measured. All the specimens were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and metallographically prepared for observation by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The results of the present work indicated that the hardness of both alloys (as-cast and homogenized) increased with increasing Al and Cu contents; this increased hardness is likely related to the presence of the θ and τ' phases. A regression equation was obtained to determine the hardness of the homogenized alloys as a function of their chemical composition and processing parameters, such as homogenization time and temperature, used in their preparation.

  3. Direct observation of atomic-scale origins of local dissolution in Al-Cu-Mg alloys

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    Zhang, B.; Wang, J.; Wu, B.; Oguzie, E. E.; Luo, K.; Ma, X. L.

    2016-01-01

    Atomistic chemical inhomogeneities are anticipated to induce dissimilarities in surface potentials, which control corrosion initiation of alloys at the atomic scale. Precise understanding of corrosion is therefore hampered by lack of definite information describing how atomistic heterogeneities regulate the process. Here, using high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) techniques, we systematically analyzed the Al20Cu2Mn3 second phase of 2024Al and successfully observed that atomic-scale segregation of Cu at defect sites induced preferential dissolution of the adjacent zones. We define an “atomic-scale galvanic cell”, composed of zones rich in Cu and its surrounding matrix. Our findings provide vital information linking atomic-scale microstructure and pitting mechanism, particularly for Al-Cu-Mg alloys. The resolution achieved also enables understanding of dealloying mechanisms and further streamlines our comprehension of the concept of general corrosion. PMID:28000750

  4. Phase diagram of the Kondo necklace model with planar and local anisotropies

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    Mendoza-Arenas, J. J.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.

    2010-12-01

    We use the density matrix renormalization group to study the quantum critical behavior of a one-dimensional Kondo necklace model with two anisotropies: η in the XY interaction of conduction spins and Δ in the local exchange between localized and conduction spins (characterized by J). To do so, we calculate the gap between the ground and the first excited state for different values of η and Δ as a function of J, and fit it to a Kosterlitz-Thouless tendency; the point in which the gap vanishes is the quantum critical point Jc. To support our results, we calculate correlation functions and structure factors near the obtained critical points. The use of entanglement measures, specifically the von Neumann block entropy, to identify the quantum phase transition is also presented. Then we build the phase diagram of the model: for every Δ considered, any value of η > 0 generates a quantum phase transition from a Kondo singlet to an antiferromagnetic state at a finite value of J, and as η diminishes, so does Jc; when Δ diminishes for a fixed η, Jc increases, favoring the antiferromagnetic state.

  5. 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.

  6. Phase Diagram and High-Temperature Superconductivity of Compressed Selenium Hydrides

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    Zhang, Shoutao; Wang, Yanchao; Zhang, Jurong; Liu, Hanyu; Zhong, Xin; Song, Hai-Feng; Yang, Guochun; Zhang, Lijun; Ma, Yanming

    2015-01-01

    Recent discovery of high-temperature superconductivity (Tc = 190 K) in sulfur hydrides at megabar pressures breaks the traditional belief on the Tc limit of 40 K for conventional superconductors, and opens up the doors in searching new high-temperature superconductors in compounds made up of light elements. Selenium is a sister and isoelectronic element of sulfur, with a larger atomic core and a weaker electronegativity. Whether selenium hydrides share similar high-temperature superconductivity remains elusive, but it is a subject of considerable interest. First-principles swarm structure predictions are performed in an effort to seek for energetically stable and metallic selenium hydrides at high pressures. We find the phase diagram of selenium hydrides is rather different from its sulfur analogy, which is indicated by the emergence of new phases and the change of relative stabilities. Three stable and metallic species with stoichiometries of HSe2, HSe and H3Se are identified above ~120 GPa and they all exhibit superconductive behaviors, of which the hydrogen-rich HSe and H3Se phases show high Tc in the range of 40–110 K. Our simulations established the high-temperature superconductive nature of selenium hydrides and provided useful route for experimental verification. PMID:26490223

  7. Electron states and the spin density wave phase diagram in Cr(1 1 0) films

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    Rotenberg, Eli; Freelon, B. K.; Koh, H.; Bostwick, A.; Rossnagel, K.; Schmid, Andreas; Kevan, S. D.

    2005-04-01

    Chromium films offer an excellent system to study the impact of dimensional confinement on physical properties associated with the spin-density-wave (SDW) ground state observed in bulk materials. These properties are also of some technological importance since chromium is a common component of thin film magnetic structures. We prepared chromium (1 1 0) films of high crystalline quality on a W(1 1 0) substrate with a wedge-shaped thickness profile so that the impact of confinement can be systematically studied. We have characterized these films using a combination of low-energy electron diffraction and microscopy as well as high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. We have probed the Fermi surface and the nesting vectors therein that are relevant to the SDW ground state. We find these to predict accurately the observed bulk SDW periodicity. We have also characterized the SDW periodicity in the film directly by measuring the splitting between backfolded bands, and we find that this periodicity deviates markedly from the bulk periodicity for thinner films at higher temperatures. We have systematically mapped the SDW incommensurability and phase diagram as a function of both film thickness and temperature. We find commensurate and incommensurate phases that are separated by nearly continuous transitions. Our results suggest a simple model to explain the delicate interplay between commensurate and incommensurate phases that involves a balance between SDW stabilization energy and surface and interface energetics.

  8. Electronic and magnetic phase diagram of superconductors, SmFeAsO1-xFx

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    Kamihara, Yoichi; Nomura, Takatoshi; Hirano, Masahiro; Kim, Jung Eun; Kato, Kenichi; Takata, Masaki; Kobayashi, Yasuhiro; Kitao, Shinji; Higashitaniguchi, Satoshi; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Seto, Makoto; Hosono, Hideo

    2010-03-01

    A crystallographic and magnetic phase diagram of SmFeAsO1-xFx is determined as a function of x in terms of temperature based on electrical transport and magnetization, synchrotron powder x-ray diffraction, 57Fe Mössbauer spectra (MS), and 149Sm nuclear resonant forward scattering (NRFS) measurements. MS revealed that the magnetic moments of Fe were aligned antiferromagnetically at ~144 K (TN(Fe)). The magnetic moment of Fe (MFe) is estimated to be 0.34 μB/Fe at 4.2 K for undoped SmFeAsO; MFe is quenched in superconducting F-doped SmFeAsO. 149Sm NRFS spectra revealed that the magnetic moments of Sm start to order antiferromagnetically at 5.6 K (undoped) and 4.4 K (TN(Sm)) (x=0.069). Results clearly indicate that the antiferromagnetic (AF) Sm sublattice coexists with the superconducting phase in SmFeAsO1-xFx below TN(Sm), while the AF Fe sublattice does not coexist with the superconducting phase.

  9. Phase Diagram and High-Temperature Superconductivity of Compressed Selenium Hydrides

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    Zhang, Shoutao; Wang, Yanchao; Zhang, Jurong; Liu, Hanyu; Zhong, Xin; Song, Hai-Feng; Yang, Guochun; Zhang, Lijun; Ma, Yanming

    2015-10-01

    Recent discovery of high-temperature superconductivity (Tc = 190 K) in sulfur hydrides at megabar pressures breaks the traditional belief on the Tc limit of 40 K for conventional superconductors, and opens up the doors in searching new high-temperature superconductors in compounds made up of light elements. Selenium is a sister and isoelectronic element of sulfur, with a larger atomic core and a weaker electronegativity. Whether selenium hydrides share similar high-temperature superconductivity remains elusive, but it is a subject of considerable interest. First-principles swarm structure predictions are performed in an effort to seek for energetically stable and metallic selenium hydrides at high pressures. We find the phase diagram of selenium hydrides is rather different from its sulfur analogy, which is indicated by the emergence of new phases and the change of relative stabilities. Three stable and metallic species with stoichiometries of HSe2, HSe and H3Se are identified above ~120 GPa and they all exhibit superconductive behaviors, of which the hydrogen-rich HSe and H3Se phases show high Tc in the range of 40-110 K. Our simulations established the high-temperature superconductive nature of selenium hydrides and provided useful route for experimental verification.

  10. Two-dimensional manganese oxide nanolayers on Pd(100): the surface phase diagram.

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    Li, F; Parteder, G; Allegretti, F; Franchini, C; Podloucky, R; Surnev, S; Netzer, F P

    2009-04-01

    Two-dimensional manganese oxide layers have been grown on Pd(100) and have been characterized by means of scanning tunnelling microscopy, low energy electron diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The complex surface phase diagram of MnO(x) on Pd(100) is reported, where nine different novel Mn oxide phases have been detected as a function of the chemical potential of oxygen μ(O). Three regions of the chemical potential of oxygen can be identified, in which structurally related oxide phases are formed, often in coexistence at the surface. The different regions of μ(O) are reflected in the oxidation states of the respective Mn oxide nanolayers as revealed by the Mn 2p and O 1s XPS binding energies. The MnO(x) nanolayers form two-dimensional wetting layers and it is speculated that they mediate the epitaxial growth of MnO on Pd(100) by providing structurally graded interfaces.

  11. ARPES study of the YBCO phase diagram by in-situ K evaporation

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    Fournier, D.; Levy, G.; McCheyney, J. L.; Bostwick, A.; Rotenberg, E.; Hardy, W. N.; Liang, R. X.; Bonn, D. A.; Elfimov, I. S.; Damascelli, A.

    2010-03-01

    The study of the YBCO phase diagram by ARPES has become of central interest since the observation of quantum oscillations in high-magnetic field [1]. However, until recently accessing the various electronic phases by photoemission has been hampered by the so-called polar catastrophe [2]. In this work, the overdoped metal (OD, p=0.37, Tc=0), the superconducting phase (OP, T

  12. Phase diagram of selectively cross-linked block copolymers shows chemically microstructured gel

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    von der Heydt, Alice; Zippelius, Annette

    2015-02-01

    We study analytically the intricate phase behavior of cross-linked AB diblock copolymer melts, which can undergo two main phase transitions due to quenched random constraints. Gelation, i.e., spatially random localisation of polymers forming a system-spanning cluster, is driven by increasing the number parameter μ of irreversible, type-selective cross-links between random pairs of A blocks. Self-assembly into a periodic pattern of A/B-rich microdomains (microphase separation) is controlled by the AB incompatibility χ inversely proportional to temperature. Our model aims to capture the system's essential microscopic features, including an ensemble of random networks that reflects spatial correlations at the instant of cross-linking. We identify suitable order parameters and derive a free-energy functional in the spirit of Landau theory that allows us to trace a phase diagram in the plane of μ and χ. Selective cross-links promote microphase separation at higher critical temperatures than in uncross-linked diblock copolymer melts. Microphase separation in the liquid state facilitates gelation, giving rise to a novel gel state whose chemical composition density mirrors the periodic AB pattern.

  13. Phase diagrams for three-strategy evolutionary prisoner's dilemma games on regular graphs.

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    Szolnoki, Attila; Perc, Matjaz; Szabó, György

    2009-11-01

    Evolutionary prisoner's dilemma games are studied with players located on square lattice and random regular graph defining four neighbors for each one. The players follow one of the three strategies: tit-for-tat, unconditional cooperation, and defection. The simplified payoff matrix is characterized by two parameters: the temptation b to choose defection and the cost c of inspection reducing the income of tit-for-tat. The strategy imitation from one of the neighbors is controlled by pairwise comparison at a fixed level of noise. Using Monte Carlo simulations and the extended versions of pair approximation we have evaluated the b-c phase diagrams indicating a rich plethora of phase transitions between stationary coexistence, absorbing, and oscillatory states, including continuous and discontinuous phase transitions. By reasonable costs the tit-for-tat strategy prevents extinction of cooperators across the whole span of b determining the prisoner's dilemma game, irrespective of the connectivity structure. We also demonstrate that the system can exhibit a repetitive succession of oscillatory and stationary states upon changing a single payoff value, which highlights the remarkable sensitivity of cyclical interactions on the parameters that define the strength of dominance.

  14. Superconducting phase diagram of InxWO3 synthesized by indium deintercalation

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    Bocarsly, Joshua D.; Hirai, Daigorou; Ali, M. N.; Cava, R. J.

    2013-07-01

    We report the superconducting phase diagram of the hexagonal tungsten bronze (HTB) InxWO3. The InxWO3 samples were prepared by indium deintercalation of the thermodynamically stable parent phase In0.33WO3. By employing this technique, a lowest indium content in the HTB phase of x \\sim 0.07 was achieved, which cannot be obtained by conventional solid-state reaction. In addition, accurately and reproducibly controlled indium content and homogeneous samples enable us to perform a systematic study of the physical properties of InxWO3. Most of the InxWO3 samples exhibit a superconducting transition and the highest transition temperature T_{\\text{c}} = 4.2\\text{K} in InxWO3 was observed at x= 0.11 . The indium content dependence of T_{\\text{c}}(x) shows remarkable similarities to other MxWO3 (M=\\text{K} and Rb) HTBs. Our results reveal the universality of physical properties in the HTB family and give a strategy to achieve higher T_{\\text{c}} in HTBs.

  15. Phase diagram of the ultrafast photoinduced insulator-metal transition in vanadium dioxide

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    Cocker, T. L.; Titova, L. V.; Fourmaux, S.; Holloway, G.; Bandulet, H.-C.; Brassard, D.; Kieffer, J.-C.; El Khakani, M. A.; Hegmann, F. A.

    2012-04-01

    We use time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy to probe the ultrafast dynamics of the insulator-metal phase transition induced by femtosecond laser pulses in a nanogranular vanadium dioxide (VO2) film. Based on the observed thresholds for characteristic transient terahertz dynamics, a phase diagram of critical pump fluence versus temperature for the insulator-metal phase transition in VO2 is established for the first time over a broad range of temperatures down to 17 K. We find that both Mott and Peierls mechanisms are present in the insulating state and that the photoinduced transition is nonthermal. We propose a critical-threshold model for the ultrafast photoinduced transition based on a critical density of electrons and a critical density of coherently excited phonons necessary for the structural transition to the metallic state. As a result, evidence is found at low temperatures for an intermediate metallic state wherein the Mott state is melted but the Peierls distortion remains intact, consistent with recent theoretical predictions. Finally, the observed terahertz conductivity dynamics above the photoinduced transition threshold reveal nucleation and growth of metallic nanodomains over picosecond time scales.

  16. Phase diagram of a semimetal in the magnetic ultra-quantum limit

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    Isidori, Aldo; Arnold, Frank; Kampert, Erik; Yager, Ben; Eschrig, Matthias; Saunders, John

    2015-03-01

    Semimetals like graphite have recently received compelling interest as they not only are able to host topologically non-trivial phases but also can be driven into the ultra-quantum limit by magnetic fields now achievable in modern-day laboratories. Thus, they provide insight into quantum-Hall physics and the physics of massless Dirac fermions in three dimensions. They also represent ideal model systems for studying magnetic-field driven density wave instabilities, as the onset field for such collective excitations is suppressed in semimetals. Using pulsed high-magnetic fields up to 60 T applied to a single crystal of natural Tanzanian graphite, we find a series of field-induced phase transitions into collinear charge-density wave states resulting from enhanced interactions between the lowest four Landau levels. By analysing magneto-transport data and calculating the renormalized Landau level structure at high fields, we establish the phase diagram of graphite in its ultra-quantum limit. Our results imply the existence of a topologically-protected chiral edge state at high fields supporting both charge and spin currents. We acknowledge the support of the HLD-HZDR, member of the European Magnetic Field Laboratory (EMFL), the Hubbard Theory Consortium, and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC Grant Nos. EP/H048375/1 and EP/J010618/1)

  17. Indications for a critical end point in the phase diagram for hot and dense nuclear matter.

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    Lacey, Roy A

    2015-04-10

    Excitation functions for the Gaussian emission source radii difference (R_{out}^{2}-R_{side}^{2}) obtained from two-pion interferometry measurements in Au+Au (sqrt[s_{NN}]=7.7-200  GeV) and Pb+Pb (sqrt[s_{NN}]=2.76  TeV) collisions are studied for a broad range of collision centralities. The observed nonmonotonic excitation functions validate the finite-size scaling patterns expected for the deconfinement phase transition and the critical end point (CEP), in the temperature versus baryon chemical potential (T,μ_{B}) plane of the nuclear matter phase diagram. A finite-size scaling (FSS) analysis of these data suggests a second order phase transition with the estimates T^{cep}∼165  MeV and μ_{B}^{cep}∼95  MeV for the location of the critical end point. The critical exponents (ν≈0.66 and γ≈1.2) extracted via the same FSS analysis place this CEP in the 3D Ising model universality class.

  18. Interpretation of high-temperature tensile properties by thermodynamically calculated equilibrium phase diagrams of heat-resistant austenitic cast steels

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    Jung, Seungmun; Sohn, Seok Su; Choi, Won-Mi; Lee, Byeong-Joo; Oh, Yong-Jun; Jang, Seongsik; Lee, Sunghak

    2017-01-01

    High-temperature tensile properties of three heat-resistant austenitic cast steels fabricated by varying W, Mo, and Al contents were interpreted by thermodynamically calculated equilibrium phase diagrams of austenite, ferrite, and carbides as well as microstructural analyses. A two-step calculation method was adopted to cast steel microstructures below the liquid dissolution temperature because the casting route was not an equilibrium state. Thermodynamically calculated fractions of equilibrium phases were well matched with experimentally measured fractions. Ferrites existed at room and high temperatures in both equilibrium phase diagrams and actual microstructures, which has not been reported in previous researches on austenitic cast steels. In the W2Mo1Al1 steel, 38% and 12% of ferrite existed in the equilibrium phase diagram and actual microstructure, respectively, and led to the void initiation and coalescence at ferrites and consequently to the serious deterioration of high-temperature strengths. The present equilibrium phase diagrams, besides detailed microstructural analyses, effectively evaluated the high-temperature performance by estimating high-temperature equilibrium phases, and provided an important idea on whether ferrite were formed or not in the heat-resistant austenitic cast steels.

  19. Competing orders and topology in the global phase diagram of pyrochlore iridates

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    Goswami, Pallab; Roy, Bitan; Das Sarma, Sankar

    2017-02-01

    Strong electronic interactions and spin-orbit coupling can be conducive for realizing novel broken symmetry phases supporting quasiparticles with nontrivial band topology. 227 pyrochlore iridates provide a suitable material platform for studying such emergent phenomena where both topology and competing orders play important roles. In contrast to the most members of this material class, which are thought to display "all-in-all-out" (AIAO) type magnetically ordered low-temperature insulating ground states, Pr2Ir2O7 remains metallic while exhibiting "spin-ice" (SI) correlations at low temperatures. Additionally, this is the only 227 iridate compound, which exhibits a large anomalous Hall effect (AHE) along the [1,1,1] direction below 1.5 K, without possessing any measurable magnetic moment. By focusing on the normal state of 227 iridates, described by a parabolic semimetal with quadratic band touching, we use renormalization group analysis, mean-field theory, and phenomenological Landau theory as three complementary methods to construct a global phase diagram in the presence of generic local interactions among itinerant electrons of Ir ions. While the global phase diagram supports several competing multipolar orders, motivated by the phenomenology of 227 iridates we particularly emphasize the competition between AIAO and SI orders and how it can cause a mixed phase with "three-in-one-out" (3I1O) spin configurations. In terms of topological properties of Weyl quasiparticles of the 3I1O state, we provide an explanation for the magnitude and the direction of the observed AHE in Pr2Ir2O7 . We propose a strain-induced enhancement of the onset temperature for AHE in thin films of Pr2Ir2O7 and additional experiments for studying competing orders in the vicinity of the metal-insulator transition. In addition to providing a theory for competing orders and magnetic properties of Pr2Ir2O7 , the theoretical framework developed in this work should also be useful for a better

  20. Phase diagram and phase transitions in ferroelectric tris-sarcosine calcium chloride and its brominated isomorphs

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    Jones, S. P. P.; Evans, D. M.; Carpenter, M. A.; Redfern, S. A. T.; Scott, J. F.; Straube, U.; Schmidt, V. H.

    2011-03-01

    Tris-sarcosine calcium chloride [(TSCC), (CH3NHCH2COOH)3CaCl2] is a uniaxial ferroelectric (FE) with a displacive second-order phase transition near Tc=130 K. A continuous range of solid solutions can be made by substituting Br for Cl, which lowers Tc to 0 K at ˜72% Br. Such a quantum critical point differs from that in pseudocubic FEs, such as O-18 SrTiO3 or doped KTaO3. For many years, this system was thought to have only two phases, paraelectric and FE, at ambient pressure. However, we find from dielectric and resonant ultrasound spectroscopy that there are four phase transitions in TSCC and in TSCC:Br (for 0 < Br < 40%): Order-disorder of the sarcosine methyl group at 185 K; displacive FE transition at 130 K (in pure TSCC); a second FE transition [previously hypothesized to be antiferroelectric (AFE) but probably not] at 64 K; and a new anomaly at ˜45 K which might be due to a phase transition or to Debye-like freezing of orientational disorder of some part of the sarcosine molecule. The probable sequence of structures is (upon cooling): Pnma with Z=4(D2h16) ambient 500 K > T > 185 K, disordered; Pnma with Z=4(D2h16)185K>T>130K (ordered); Pn21a with Z=4(C2v9)130K>T>64K (FE); P21a (C2h5) with Z =4, 64 K > T > 45 K (not AFE); T < 45 K, unknown structure. A sixth hexagonal structure at high temperatures (>500 K) is hypothesized to be D6h3(P63/mcm) with Z =2, but the samples decompose first at 503 K (230 °C).