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  1. Pressure induced Ag2Te polymorphs in conjunction with topological non trivial to metal transition

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    Zhu, J.; Oganov, A. R.; Feng, W. X.; Yao, Y. G.; Zhang, S. J.; Yu, X. H.; Zhu, J. L.; Yu, R. C.; Jin, C. Q.; Dai, X.; Fang, Z.; Zhao, Y. S.

    2016-08-01

    Silver telluride (Ag2Te) is well known as superionic conductor and topological insulator with polymorphs. Pressure induced three phase transitions in Ag2Te have been reported in previous. Here, we experimentally identified high pressure phase above 13 GPa of Ag2Te by using high pressure synchrotron x ray diffraction method in combination with evolutionary crystal structure prediction, showing it crystallizes into a monoclinic structure of space group C2/m with lattice parameters a = 6.081Å, b = 5.744Å, c = 6.797 Å, β = 105.53°. The electronic properties measurements of Ag2Te reveal that the topologically non-trivial semiconducting phase I and semimetallic phase II previously predicated by theory transformed into bulk metals for high pressure phases in consistent with the first principles calculations.

  2. First principles study of pressure induced polymorphic phase transition in KNO{sub 3}

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    Yedukondalu, N.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2015-06-24

    We report the structural, elastic, electronic, and vibrational properties of polymorphic phases II and III of KNO{sub 3} based on density functional theory (DFT). Using semi-empirical dispersion correction (DFT-D2) method, we predicted the correct thermodynamic ground state of KNO{sub 3} and the obtained ground state properties of the polymorphs are in good agreement with the experiments. We further used this method to calculate the elastic constants, IR and Raman spectra, vibrational frequencies and their assignment of these polymorphs. The calculated Tran Blaha-modified Becke Johnson (TB-mBJ) electronic structure shows that both the polymorphic phases are direct band gap insulators with mixed ionic and covalent bonding. Also the TB-mBJ band gaps are improved over standard DFT functionals which are comparable with the available experiments.

  3. The Pressure-Induced Polymorphic Transformations in Fluconazole.

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    Gorkovenko, Ekaterina A; Kichanov, Sergey E; Kozlenko, Denis P; Belushkin, Alexandr V; Wąsicki, Jan; Nawrocik, Wojciech; Mielcarek, Jadwiga; Dubrovinsky, Leonid S; Lathe, Christian; Savenko, Boris N

    2015-12-01

    The structural properties and Raman spectra of fluconazole have been studied by means of X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy at pressures up to 2.5 and 5.5 GPa, respectively. At a pressure of 0.8 GPa, a polymorphic phase transition from the initial form I to a new triclinic form VIII has been observed. At higher pressure of P = 3.2 GPa, possible transformation into another new polymorphic form IX has been detected. The unit cell parameters and volumes, and vibration modes as functions of pressure have been obtained for the different forms of fluconazole.

  4. Pressure-induced phase transition in CrO2.

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    Alptekin, Sebahaddin

    2015-12-01

    The ab initio constant pressure molecular dynamics technique and density functional theory with generalized gradient approximation (GGA) was used to study the pressure-induced phase transition of CrO2. The phase transition of the rutile (P42/mnm) to the orthorhombic CaCl2 (Pnnm) structure at 30 GPa was determined successfully in a constant pressure simulation. This phase transition was analyzed from total energy calculations and, from the enthalpy calculation, occurred at around 17 GPa. Structural properties such as bulk modules, lattice parameters and phase transition were compared with experimental results. The phase transition at 12 ± 3 GPa was in good agreement with experimental results, as was the phase transition from the orthorhombic CaCl2 (Pnnm) to the monoclinic (P21/c) structure also found at 35 GPa.

  5. Pressure-induced phase transitions and metallization in VO2

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    Bai, Ligang; Li, Quan; Corr, Serena A.; Meng, Yue; Park, Changyong; Sinogeikin, Stanislav V.; Ko, Changhyun; Wu, Junqiao; Shen, Guoyin

    2015-03-01

    We report the results of pressure-induced phase transitions and metallization in VO2 based on synchrotron x-ray diffraction, electrical resistivity, and Raman spectroscopy. Our isothermal compression experiments at room temperature and 383 K show that the room temperature monoclinic phase (M 1 ,P 21/c ) and the high-temperature rutile phase (R ,P 42/m n m ) of VO2 undergo phase transitions to a distorted M 1 monoclinic phase (M 1' ,P 21/c ) above 13.0 GPa and to an orthorhombic phase (CaCl2-like, P n n m ) above 13.7 GPa, respectively. Upon further compression, both high-pressure phases transform into a new phase (phase X ) above 34.3 and 38.3 GPa at room temperature and 383 K, respectively. The room temperature M 1 -M 1' phase transition structurally resembles the R -CaCl2 phase transition at 383 K, suggesting a second-order displacive type of transition. Contrary to previous studies, our electrical resistivity results, Raman measurements, as well as ab initio calculations indicate that the new phase X , rather than the M 1' phase, is responsible for the metallization under pressure. The metallization mechanism is discussed based on the proposed crystal structure.

  6. Pressure-induced phase transition of calcite and aragonite: A first principles study

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    Ukita, Masaya; Toyoura, Kazuaki; Nakamura, Atsutomo; Matsunaga, Katsuyuki

    2016-10-01

    The thermodynamic phase stabilities of calcite and aragonite have been investigated from lattice vibrational analyses based on first-principles calculations. Different pressure dependences in phonon feature were found between the two polymorphs, suggesting different physical origins of the pressure-induced phase transitions. In the most stable phase in calcite (calcite I), an imaginary phonon mode consisting of rotation of CO3 ions with slight displacement of Ca ions appears at the F point in the Brillouin zone above 0.8 GPa. Such a soft mode means that external pressure induces the lattice-dynamical instability of calcite I leading to the phase transition to calcite II. On the other hand, the origin of the phase transition in aragonite is not due to such a lattice-dynamical instability. The estimated thermodynamical properties indicate that a first-order phase transition occurs between aragonite and post-aragonite at 34.7 GPa, coinciding with the reported experimental value at room temperature (35 GPa).

  7. Pressure-induced phase transition and polymerization of tetracyanoethylene (TCNE)

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    Tomasino, Dane; Chen, Jing-Yin; Kim, Minesob; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2013-03-01

    We have studied the pressure-induced physical and chemical transformations of tetracyanoethylene (TCNE or C6N4) in diamond anvil cells using micro-Raman spectroscopy, laser-heating, emission spectroscopy, and synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The results indicate that TCNE in a quasi-hydrostatic condition undergoes a shear-induced phase transition at 10 GPa and then a chemical change to two-dimensional (2D) C=N polymers above 14 GPa. These phase and chemical transformations depend strongly on the state of stress in the sample and occur sluggishly in non-hydrostatic conditions over a large pressure range between 7 and 14 GPa. The x-ray diffraction data indicate that the phase transition occurs isostructurally within the monoclinic structure (P21/c) without any apparent volume discontinuity and the C=N polymer is highly disordered but remains stable to 60 GPa—the maximum pressure studied. On the other hand, laser-heating of the C=N polymer above 25 GPa further converts to a theoretically predicted 3D C-N network structure, evident from an emergence of new Raman νs(C-N) at 1404 cm-1 at 25 GPa and the visual appearance of translucent solid. The C-N product is, however, unstable upon pressure unloading below 10 GPa, resulting in a grayish powder that can be considered as nano-diamonds with high-nitrogen content at ambient pressure. The C-N product shows a strong emission line centered at 640 nm at 30 GPa, which linearly shifts toward shorter wavelength at the rate of -1.38 nm/GPa. We conjecture that the observed red shift upon unloading pressure is due to increase of defects in the C-N product and thereby weakening of C-N bonds.

  8. Elasticity and Pressure-induced Phase Transition in Coesite from Experiments and First Principle Calculations

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    Chen, T.; Wang, X.; Qi, X.; Ma, M.; Xu, Z.; Li, B.

    2015-12-01

    Coesite (space group C2/c) is a high-pressure polymorph of quartz. The behavior of coesite under pressure has long been of interest due to its abundance in the Earth's crust and mantle, and its relative simple chemistry but rich polymorphisms under elevated pressure and/or temperature conditions. A most recent Raman spectroscopy study reported two pressure-induced phase transitions at ~23 (coesite-II) and ~35 GPa, respectively. To further understand the properties of these pressure-induced phase transitions, we conducted X-ray diffraction experiments starting with coesite powder in a diamond anvil cell up to 31 GPa, and performed first-principle calculations on coesite, coesite-II (space group P21/n), and stishovite at 0 K up to 45 GPa. X-ray diffraction data show the formation of coesite-II at pressures above 20 GPa, which is consistent with first principles calculations that the enthalpy of coesite-II becomes lower than that of coesite above 21.4 GPa. Coesite is very anisotropic with the a-axis twice more compressible than the b- and c-axis. By comparison, coesite-II is less anisotropic, with a similar compressibility in a-, b-, and c-axis. As analyzed by a third-order Eulerian finite strain equation of state, the bulk modulus of coesite at 21.4 GPa is 180.6 GPa, and that of coesite-II is 140.8 GPa, indicating that coesite-II is much more compressible than coesite. If coesite-coesite-II transition occurs in cold subduction zones, it will change the elasticity as well as anisotropic properties of the subducted MORB, due to the different compressional behavior between coesite and coesite-II.

  9. Pressure induced phase transitions in ceramic compounds containing tetragonal zirconia

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    Sparks, R.G.; Pfeiffer, G.; Paesler, M.A.

    1988-12-01

    Stabilized tetragonal zirconia compounds exhibit a transformation toughening process in which stress applied to the material induces a crystallographic phase transition. The phase transition is accompanied by a volume expansion in the stressed region thereby dissipating stress and increasing the fracture strength of the material. The hydrostatic component of the stress required to induce the phase transition can be investigated by the use of a high pressure technique in combination with Micro-Raman spectroscopy. The intensity of Raman lines characteristic for the crystallographic phases can be used to calculate the amount of material that has undergone the transition as a function of pressure. It was found that pressures on the order of 2-5 kBar were sufficient to produce an almost complete transition from the original tetragonal to the less dense monoclinic phase; while a further increase in pressure caused a gradual reversal of the transition back to the original tetragonal structure.

  10. Pressure-induced reversible phase transition in thiourea dioxide crystal

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    Wang, Qinglei; Yan, Tingting; Zhu, Hongyang; Cui, Qiliang; Zou, Bo E-mail: zoubo@jlu.edu.cn; Wang, Kai E-mail: zoubo@jlu.edu.cn

    2015-06-28

    The effect of high pressure on the crystal structure of thiourea dioxide has been investigated by Raman spectroscopy and angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction (ADXRD) in a diamond anvil cell up to 10.3 GPa. The marked changes in the Raman spectra at 3.7 GPa strongly indicated a structural phase transition associated with the distortions of hydrogen bonding. There were no further changes up to the maximum pressure of 10.3 GPa and the observed transition was completely reversible when the system was brought back to ambient pressure. This transition was further confirmed by the changes of ADXRD spectra. The high-pressure phase was indexed and refined to an orthorhombic structure with a possible space group Pbam. The results from the first-principles calculations suggested that this phase transition was mainly related to the changes of hydrogen-bonded networks in thiourea dioxide.

  11. Pressure-induced isostructural transition in PdN2

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    Aberg, D; Erhart, P; Crowhurst, J; Zaug, J M; Goncharov, A F; Sadigh, B

    2010-03-05

    We show that a synthesized Pd-N compound crystallize into the pyrite structure by comparison of experimental and calculated Raman intensities. The decreasing Raman intensities with decreasing pressure is explained by a closing of the fundamental band gap. We further discuss the experimental decomposition of this compound at 11 GPa in terms of an isostructural transition within the pyrite structure.

  12. Pressure induced structural phase transition in IB transition metal nitrides compounds

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    Soni, Shubhangi; Kaurav, Netram; Jain, A.; Shah, S.; Choudhary, K. K.

    2015-06-01

    Transition metal mononitrides are known as refractory compounds, and they have, relatively, high hardness, brittleness, melting point, and superconducting transition temperature, and they also have interesting optical, electronic, catalytic, and magnetic properties. Evolution of structural properties would be an important step towards realizing the potential technological scenario of this material of class. In the present study, an effective interionic interaction potential (EIOP) is developed to investigate the pressure induced phase transitions in IB transition metal nitrides TMN [TM = Cu, Ag, and Au] compounds. The long range Coulomb, van der Waals (vdW) interaction and the short-range repulsive interaction upto second-neighbor ions within the Hafemeister and Flygare approach with modified ionic charge are properly incorporated in the EIOP. The vdW coefficients are computed following the Slater-Kirkwood variational method, as both the ions are polarizable. The estimated value of the phase transition pressure (Pt) and the magnitude of the discontinuity in volume at the transition pressure are consistent as compared to the reported data.

  13. Pressure induced structural phase transition in IB transition metal nitrides compounds

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    Soni, Shubhangi; Kaurav, Netram Jain, A.; Shah, S.; Choudhary, K. K.

    2015-06-24

    Transition metal mononitrides are known as refractory compounds, and they have, relatively, high hardness, brittleness, melting point, and superconducting transition temperature, and they also have interesting optical, electronic, catalytic, and magnetic properties. Evolution of structural properties would be an important step towards realizing the potential technological scenario of this material of class. In the present study, an effective interionic interaction potential (EIOP) is developed to investigate the pressure induced phase transitions in IB transition metal nitrides TMN [TM = Cu, Ag, and Au] compounds. The long range Coulomb, van der Waals (vdW) interaction and the short-range repulsive interaction upto second-neighbor ions within the Hafemeister and Flygare approach with modified ionic charge are properly incorporated in the EIOP. The vdW coefficients are computed following the Slater-Kirkwood variational method, as both the ions are polarizable. The estimated value of the phase transition pressure (Pt) and the magnitude of the discontinuity in volume at the transition pressure are consistent as compared to the reported data.

  14. Pressure-induced phase transitions of indium selenide

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    Rasmussen, Anya Marie

    In2Se3 has potential as a phase-change material for memory applications. Understanding its phase diagram is important to achieve controlled switching between phases. Pressure-dependent phase transitions of In2Se3 bulk powders and nanowire samples were studied at room temperature and at elevated temperatures using synchrotron x-ray diffraction and diamond-anvil cells (DACs). alpha-In2Se3 transforms into the beta phase at 0.7 GPa, an order of magnitude lower than phase-transition critical pressures in typical semiconductors. The bulk moduli are reported and the c/a ratio for the beta phase is shown to have a highly nonlinear dependence on pressure. gamma-In2Se3, metastable under ambient conditions, transforms into to the high-pressure beta phase between 2.8 GPa and 3.2 GPa in bulk powder samples and at slightly higher pressures, between 3.2 GPa and 3.7 GPa in nanowire samples. While the gamma phase bulk modulus is similar to that of the beta phase, the decrease due to pressure in the unit cell parameter ratio, c/a, is less than half the decrease seen in the beta phase. Using high-temperature DACs, we investigated how elevated temperatures and pressures affect the crystal structure of In 2Se3. From these measurements, the high-pressure beta phase was found to be metastable. The high-pressure beta phase transitions into the high-temperature beta phase at temperatures above 380 °C.

  15. Pressure induced phase transitions and equation of state of adamantane

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    Vijayakumar, V.; Garg, Alka B.; Godwal, B. K.; Sikka, S. K.

    2001-03-01

    Results of angle dispersive x-ray powder diffraction measurements under pressure up to 25 GPa on adamantane carried out at the synchrotron source SPRING-8 are reported. The disorder-order transition at 0.5 GPa in adamantane known earlier is reproduced with detailed structural information. For this ordered tetragonal (Pφ) of the two molecules within the cell about the c-axis increases from 8.5° to 10.5°. This is consistent with values determined from energy minimization in this pressure region. The anomaly in the pressure variation of c/a, and the failure of the constrained Rietveld refinement, occurring close to 9 GPa, are interpreted as due to distortion of the adamantane molecule when H...H distance decreases below the critical value of 1.9 Å. Above 16 GPa there is a subtle change in the diffraction pattern that indicates a transition to a closely related phase. Beyond 22 GPa, a monoclinic phase with one molecule per cell could only index the patterns. The ambient cubic phase is recovered on unloading indicating the absence of decomposition or polymerization. The results of high pressure x-ray diffraction experiments confirm the changes in the Raman spectra observed in the earlier measurements.

  16. Pressure-Induced Electronic Transition in Black Phosphorus.

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    Xiang, Z J; Ye, G J; Shang, C; Lei, B; Wang, N Z; Yang, K S; Liu, D Y; Meng, F B; Luo, X G; Zou, L J; Sun, Z; Zhang, Y; Chen, X H

    2015-10-30

    In a semimetal, both electrons and holes contribute to the density of states at the Fermi level. The small band overlaps and multiband effects engender novel electronic properties. We show that a moderate hydrostatic pressure effectively suppresses the band gap in the elemental semiconductor black phosphorus. An electronic topological transition takes place at approximately 1.2 GPa, above which black phosphorus evolves into a semimetal state that is characterized by a colossal positive magnetoresistance and a nonlinear field dependence of Hall resistivity. The Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations detected in magnetic field reveal the complex Fermi surface topology of the semimetallic phase. In particular, we find a nontrivial Berry phase in one Fermi surface that emerges in the semimetal state, as evidence of a Dirac-like dispersion. The observed semimetallic behavior greatly enriches the material property of black phosphorus and sets the stage for the exploration of novel electronic states in this material. PMID:26565480

  17. Isentropic Compression Loading of HMX and the Pressure-induced Phase Transition at 27 GPa

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    Hare, D E; Reisman, D B; Dick, J J; Forbes, J W

    2004-02-25

    The 27 GPa pressure-induced epsilon-phi phase transition in HMX is explored using the Isentropic Compression Experiment (ICE) technique at the Sandia National Laboratories Z-machine facility. Our data indicate that this phase transition is sluggish and if it does occur to any extent under the time scales (200-500 ns) and strain rates (5 x 10{sup 5}) typical of ICE loading conditions, the amount of conversion is small.

  18. Pressure-induced insulator-to-metal transition in α-SnWO4

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    Kuzmin, Alexei; Anspoks, Andris; Kalinko, Aleksandr; Timoshenko, Janis; Kalendarev, Robert; Nataf, Lucie; Baudelet, François; Irifune, Tetsuo; Roy, Pascale

    2016-05-01

    In-situ high-pressure W L1 and L3 edges x-ray absorption and mid-infrared spectroscopies complemented by first-principles calculations suggest the existence of pressure- induced insulator-to-metal transition in α-SnWO4 in the range of 5-7 GPa. Its origin is explained by a symmetrization of metal-oxygen octahedra due to a strong interaction of Sn 5s, W 5d and O 2p states along the b-axis direction, leading to a collapse of the band gap.

  19. Pressure-induced phase transition in wurtzite ZnTe: an ab initio study.

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    Alptekin, Sebahaddin

    2012-03-01

    A constant pressure ab initio MD technique and density functional theory with a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) was used to study the pressure-induced phase transition in wurtzite ZnTe. A first-order phase transition from the wurtzite structure to a Cmcm structure was successfully observed in a constant-pressure molecular dynamics simulation. This phase transformation was also analyzed using enthalpy calculations. We also investigated the stability of wurtzite (WZ) and zinc-blende (ZB) phases from energy-volume calculations, and found that both structures show quite similar equations of state and transform into a Cmcm structure at 16 GPa using enthalpy calculations, in agreement with experimental observations. The transition phase, lattice parameters and bulk properties we obtained are comparable with experimental and theoretical data.

  20. Pressure-induced structural transition of CdxZn1-xO alloys

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    Chen, Yabin; Zhang, Shuai; Gao, Weiwei; Ke, Feng; Yan, Jinyuan; Saha, Bivas; Ko, Changhyun; Suh, Joonki; Chen, Bin; Ager, Joel W.; Walukiewicz, Wladek; Jeanloz, Raymond; Wu, Junqiao

    2016-04-01

    CdxZn1-xO alloys, as a transparent conducting oxide, have recently attracted much attention for potential optoelectronic applications. In this letter, we report a hydrostatic pressure-induced phase transition of CdxZn1-xO alloys from the wurtzite to the rocksalt structure and its phase diagram probed using a diamond anvil cell. It is found that the transition pressure, determined by changes in optical and structural properties, depends sensitively on the composition. As the Cd content increases, the critical pressure decreases, until at x = 0.67 where the alloy is intrinsically stable in the rocksalt phase even at ambient pressure. The wurtzite phase is light emitting with a direct bandgap that slightly widens with increasing pressure, while the rocksalt phase has a much wider bandgap that is indirect. The pressure-sensitive light emission and phase transition may find potential applications in fields such as stress sensing and energy storage.

  1. Quantum Oscillation Signatures of Pressure-induced Topological Phase Transition in BiTeI

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    Park, Joonbum; Jin, Kyung-Hwan; Jo, Y. J.; Choi, E. S.; Kang, W.; Kampert, E.; Rhyee, J.-S.; Jhi, Seung-Hoon; Kim, Jun Sung

    2015-01-01

    We report the pressure-induced topological quantum phase transition of BiTeI single crystals using Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations of bulk Fermi surfaces. The sizes of the inner and the outer FSs of the Rashba-split bands exhibit opposite pressure dependence up to P = 3.35 GPa, indicating pressure-tunable Rashba effect. Above a critical pressure P ~ 2 GPa, the Shubnikov-de Haas frequency for the inner Fermi surface increases unusually with pressure, and the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations for the outer Fermi surface shows an abrupt phase shift. In comparison with band structure calculations, we find that these unusual behaviors originate from the Fermi surface shape change due to pressure-induced band inversion. These results clearly demonstrate that the topological quantum phase transition is intimately tied to the shape of bulk Fermi surfaces enclosing the time-reversal invariant momenta with band inversion. PMID:26522628

  2. Pressure-induced solidifications of liquid sulfur below and above λ-transition

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    Fei, Tang; Lin-Ji, Zhang; Feng-Liang, Liu; Fei, Sun; Wen-Ge, Yang; Jun-Long, Wang; Xiu-Ru, Liu; Ru, Shen

    2016-04-01

    Two kinds of glassy sulfurs are synthesized by the rapid compression method from liquid sulfur at temperatures below and above the λ -transition point. The glassy sulfur has different colors and transparencies, depending on temperature, which may inherit some structural information from the λ -transition. Raman spectrum studies of these samples show that a large fraction of polymeric chains exist in the glassy sulfur, even in the one solidified from T < T λ . We find that a higher compression rate instead of a higher temperature of the parent liquid captures more polymeric chains. Pressure-induced glassy sulfur presents high thermal stability compared with temperature quenched glassy sulfur and could transform into liquid sulfur directly without crystallization through an abnormal exothermic melting course. High energy x-ray diffraction is utilized to study the local order of the pressure-induced glassy sulfur. Project supported by the Joint Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. U1530402), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11004163), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 2682014ZT31), the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (Grant No. DE-NA0001974), and the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences (Grant Nos. DE-FG02-99ER45775 and DE-AC02-06CH11357).

  3. The atomistic simulation of pressure-induced phase transition in uranium mononitride

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    Tseplyaev, V. I.; Starikov, S. V.

    2016-11-01

    In this work we studied the pressure-induced phase transition between different structures of uranium mononitride: cubic Fm 3 bar m -structure and rhombohedral R 3 bar m -structure. We used molecular dynamics together with a new interatomic potential developed for this purpose. We estimated phase diagram of uranium mononitrde in a wide range of temperature and pressure using thermodynamic and mechanical criteria of stability. From simulations we see that at zero temperature the phase transition Fm 3 bar m → R 3 bar m takes place at pressure about 35 GPa, which agrees well with the available experimental and theoretical data. Results of the calculations show that the lattice of rhombohedral phase becomes close to cubic structure with increase in temperature.

  4. Pressure-induced structural transition in copper pyrazine dinitrate and implications for quantum magnetism

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    O'Neal, K. R.; Zhou, J.; Cherian, J. G.; Turnbull, M. M.; Landee, C. P.; Jena, P.; Liu, Z.; Musfeldt, J. L.

    2016-03-01

    We combined synchrotron-based infrared and Raman spectroscopies, diamond anvil cell techniques, and first principles calculations to unveil pressure-induced distortions in quasi-one-dimensional Cu(pyz)(NO3)2. The crossover at 0.7 GPa is local in nature whereas the transition at 5 GPa lowers symmetry from P m n a to P 2221 and is predicted to slightly increase magnetic dimensionality. Comparison with prior magnetoinfrared results reveals the striking role of out-of-plane bending of the pyrazine ligand, a finding that we discuss in terms of the possibility of using pressure to bias the magnetic quantum critical transition in this classic S =1 /2 antiferromagnet.

  5. Pressure-induced conformation transition of o-phenylene solvated in bulk hydrocarbons.

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    Riello, Massimo; Doni, Giovanni; Filip, Sorin V; Gold, Martin; De Vita, Alessandro

    2014-11-26

    The conformational behavior of o-phenylene 8-mers and 10-mers solvated in a series of linear alkane solvents by means of classical molecular dynamics and first-principles calculations was studied. Irrespective of the solvent used, we find that at ambient pressure the molecule sits in the well-defined close-helical arrangement previously observed in light polar solvents. However, for pressures greater than 50 atm, and for tetradecane or larger solvent molecules, our simulations predict that o-phenylene undergoes a conformational transition to an uncoiled, extended geometry with a 35% longer head-to-tail distance and a much larger overlap between its lateral aromatic ring groups. The free energy barrier for the transition was studied as a function of pressure and temperature for both solute molecules in butane and hexadecane. Gas-phase density functional theory-based nudged elastic band calculations on 8-mer and 10-mer o-phenylene were used to estimate how the pressure-induced transition energy barrier changes with solute length. Our results indicate that a sufficiently large solvent molecule size is the key factor enabling a configuration transition upon pressure changes and that longer solute molecules associate with higher conformation transition energy barriers. This suggests the possibility of designing systems in which a solute molecule can be selectively "activated" by a controlled conformation transition achieved at a predefined set of pressure and temperature conditions.

  6. Pressure-induced conformation transition of o-phenylene solvated in bulk hydrocarbons.

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    Riello, Massimo; Doni, Giovanni; Filip, Sorin V; Gold, Martin; De Vita, Alessandro

    2014-11-26

    The conformational behavior of o-phenylene 8-mers and 10-mers solvated in a series of linear alkane solvents by means of classical molecular dynamics and first-principles calculations was studied. Irrespective of the solvent used, we find that at ambient pressure the molecule sits in the well-defined close-helical arrangement previously observed in light polar solvents. However, for pressures greater than 50 atm, and for tetradecane or larger solvent molecules, our simulations predict that o-phenylene undergoes a conformational transition to an uncoiled, extended geometry with a 35% longer head-to-tail distance and a much larger overlap between its lateral aromatic ring groups. The free energy barrier for the transition was studied as a function of pressure and temperature for both solute molecules in butane and hexadecane. Gas-phase density functional theory-based nudged elastic band calculations on 8-mer and 10-mer o-phenylene were used to estimate how the pressure-induced transition energy barrier changes with solute length. Our results indicate that a sufficiently large solvent molecule size is the key factor enabling a configuration transition upon pressure changes and that longer solute molecules associate with higher conformation transition energy barriers. This suggests the possibility of designing systems in which a solute molecule can be selectively "activated" by a controlled conformation transition achieved at a predefined set of pressure and temperature conditions. PMID:25380225

  7. Observation of the transition state for pressure-induced BO₃→ BO₄ conversion in glass.

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    Edwards, Trenton; Endo, Takatsugu; Walton, Jeffrey H; Sen, Sabyasachi

    2014-08-29

    A fundamental mechanistic understanding of the pressure- and/or temperature-induced facile transformation of the coordination environment of boron is important for changing the physical properties of glass. We have used in situ high-pressure (up to 2 gigapascals) boron-11 solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in combination with ab initio calculations to investigate the nature of the transition state for the pressure-induced BO3→ BO4 conversion in a borosilicate glass at ambient temperature. The results indicate an anisotropic elastic deformation of the BO3 planar triangle, under isotropic stress, into a trigonal pyramid that likely serves as a precursor for the subsequent formation of a BO4 tetrahedron. PMID:25170146

  8. Mechanisms for pressure-induced crystal-crystal transition, amorphization, and devitrification of Snl4

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    Liu, Hanyu; Tse, John S.; Hu, Michael Y.; Bi, Wenli; Zhao, Jiyong; Alp, E. Ercan; Pasternak, Moshe; Taylor, R. Dean; Lashley, Jason C.

    2015-10-27

    The pressure-induced amorphization and subsequent recrystallization of SnI4 have been investigated using first principles molecular dynamics calculations together with high-pressure 119Sn nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering measurements. Above ~8 GPa, we observe a transformation from an ambient crystalline phase to an intermediate crystal structure and a subsequent recrystallization into a cubic phase at ~64 GPa. The crystalline-to-amorphous transition was identified on the basis of elastic compatibility criteria. The measured tin vibrational density of states shows large amplitude librations of SnI4 under ambient conditions. Although high pressure structures of SnI4 were thought to be determined by random packing of equal-sized spheres,more » we detected electron charge transfer in each phase. As a result, this charge transfer results in a crystal structure packing determined by larger than expected iodine atoms. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.« less

  9. Pressure-induced phase transitions in Pa metal from first-principles theory

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    Soederlind, P.; Eriksson, O.

    1997-11-01

    Protactinium metal is shown to undergo a phase transition to the {alpha}-U orthorhombic structure below 1 Mbar pressure. At higher pressures, the bct phase reenters in the phase diagram and at the highest pressures, an ideal hcp structure becomes stable. Hence, Pa undergoes a sequence of transitions; bct{r_arrow}{alpha}-U{r_arrow}bct{r_arrow}hcp, with the first transition taking place at 0.25 Mbar and the subsequent ones above 1 Mbar. The bct{r_arrow}{alpha}-U transition is triggered by the pressure-induced promotion of the spd valence states to 5f states. In this regard, Pa approaches uranium which at ambient conditions has one more 5f electron than Pa at similar conditions. At higher compression of Pa, the 5f band broadens and electrostatic interactions in combination with Born-Mayer repulsion become increasingly important and this drives Pa to gradually more close-packed structures. At ultrahigh pressures, the balance between electrostatic energy, Born-Mayer repulsion, and one-electron band energy stabilizes the hcp (ideal packing) structure. The electrostatic energy and Born-Mayer repulsion rule out open crystal structures under these conditions in Pa and between the close-packed structures, the hcp structure is shown to be stabilized by filling of the 5f band. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  10. Pressure induced structural phase transition of OsB{sub 2}: First-principles calculations

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    Ren Fengzhu; Wang Yuanxu; Lo, V.C.

    2010-04-15

    Orthorhombic OsB{sub 2} was synthesized at 1000 deg. C and its compressibility was measured by using the high-pressure X-ray diffraction in a Diacell diamond anvil cell from ambient pressure to 32 GPa [R.W. Cumberland, et al. (2005)]. First-principles calculations were performed to study the possibility of the phase transition of OsB{sub 2}. An analysis of the calculated enthalpy shows that orthorhombic OsB{sub 2} can transfer to the hexagonal phase at 10.8 GPa. The calculated results with the quasi-harmonic approximation indicate that this phase transition pressure is little affected by the thermal effect. The calculated phonon band structure shows that the hexagonal P 6{sub 3}/mmc structure (high-pressure phase) is stable for OsB{sub 2}. We expect the phase transition can be further confirmed by the experimental work. - Abstract: Graphical Abstract Legend (TOC Figure): Table of Contents Figure Pressure induced structural phase transition from the orthorhombic structure to the hexagonal one for OsB{sub 2} takes place under 10.8 GPa (0 K), 10.35 GPa (300, 1000 K) by the first-principles predictions.

  11. Microscopic origin of pressure-induced isosymmetric transitions in fluoromanganate cryolites

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    Charles, Nenian; Rondinelli, James M.

    2014-09-01

    Using first-principles density functional theory calculations, we investigate the hydrostatic pressure-induced reorientation of the Mn-F Jahn-Teller bond axis in the fluoride cryolite Na3MnF6. We find that a first-order isosymmetric phase transition (IPT) occurs between crystallographically equivalent monoclinic structures at approximately 2.15 GPa, consistent with earlier experimental studies. Mode-crystallography analyses of the pressure-dependent structures in the vicinity of the transition reveal a clear evolution of the Jahn-Teller bond distortions in cooperation with an asymmetrical stretching of the equatorial fluorine atoms in the MnF6 octahedral units. We identify a significant (70%) change in the orbital occupancy of the eg manifold of the 3d4 Mn(III) to be responsible for the transition, stabilizing one monoclinic P21/n variant over the other. The orbital reconstruction as a driving force for the transition is confirmed by analogous calculations of isostructural 3d0 Na3ScF6, which shows no evidence of an IPT up to 6.82 GPa.

  12. Pressure-induced transition in Tl{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}

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    Machon, Denis; Friese, Karen; Breczewski, Tomasz; Grzechnik, Andrzej

    2010-11-15

    Tl{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} has been studied under high-pressure by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and optical absorption measurements. A first-order phase transition is observed at 3.5{+-}0.5 GPa. The nature (ordered vs. disordered) of the high-pressure phase strongly depends on the local hydrostatic conditions. Optical absorption measurements tend to show that this transition is concomitant with an electronic structure transformation. Prior to the transition, single crystal X-ray diffraction shows that pressure induces interactions between MoO{sub 4} fragments and the Mo coordination number tends to increase. In addition, the stereoactivity of the lone-pair electrons on the three symmetrically independent Tl-sites is not uniform; while for two sites the stereoactivity decreases with increasing pressures for the third site the stereoactivity increases. - Graphical Abstract: (up) Structural evolutions of Tl{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} in the low-pressure phase. (Down) Optical properties of the high-pressure phase as a function of pressure. Display Omitted

  13. Pressure-induced phase transitions in acentric BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}

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    Mączka, Mirosław; Szymborska-Małek, Katarzyna; Sousa Pinheiro, Gardenia de; Cavalcante Freire, Paulo Tarso; Majchrowski, Andrzej

    2015-08-15

    High-pressure Raman scattering studies revealed that BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} is more compressible than calcite-type orthoborates and calcite, aragonite or dolomite carbonates. It undergoes a first-order reversible pressure-induced phase transition in the 3.9–4.4 GPa pressure range. Second structural change is observed at 9.2 GPa. The intermediate phase is most likely trigonal. However, Raman results suggest increase in the number of distinct BO{sub 3} groups from two in the ambient pressure phase to at least three in the intermediate phase. This intermediate phase is also strongly compressible and strong pressure dependence of the lattice modes proves that the main changes under pressure occur within the layers built from BaO{sub 6} and HfO{sub 6} octahedra. The second phase transition leads most likely to lowering of the trigonal symmetry, as evidenced by significant increase of the number of observed bands. The pressure coefficients of the Raman bands of the high-pressure phase are relatively small, suggesting more dense arrangement of the metal–oxygen polyhedra and BO{sub 3} groups in this phase. It is worth noting that the high-pressure phase was not reached in the second compression experiment up to 10 GPa. This behavior can be most likely attributed to worse hydrostatic conditions of the first experiment. - Graphical abstract: Raman spectra of BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} recorded at different pressures during compression showing onset of pressure-induced phase transitions. - Highlights: • High-pressure Raman spectra were measured for BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2.} • BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} undergoes a reversible first-order phase transition at 3.9–4.4 GPa into a trigonal phase. • The intermediate trigonal phase is strongly compressible second structural transformation is observed at 9.2 GPa under non-perfect hydrostatic conditions.

  14. Pressure-induced phase transitions in acentric BaHf(BO3)2

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    Mączka, Mirosław; Szymborska-Małek, Katarzyna; Sousa Pinheiro, Gardenia de; Cavalcante Freire, Paulo Tarso; Majchrowski, Andrzej

    2015-08-01

    High-pressure Raman scattering studies revealed that BaHf(BO3)2 is more compressible than calcite-type orthoborates and calcite, aragonite or dolomite carbonates. It undergoes a first-order reversible pressure-induced phase transition in the 3.9-4.4 GPa pressure range. Second structural change is observed at 9.2 GPa. The intermediate phase is most likely trigonal. However, Raman results suggest increase in the number of distinct BO3 groups from two in the ambient pressure phase to at least three in the intermediate phase. This intermediate phase is also strongly compressible and strong pressure dependence of the lattice modes proves that the main changes under pressure occur within the layers built from BaO6 and HfO6 octahedra. The second phase transition leads most likely to lowering of the trigonal symmetry, as evidenced by significant increase of the number of observed bands. The pressure coefficients of the Raman bands of the high-pressure phase are relatively small, suggesting more dense arrangement of the metal-oxygen polyhedra and BO3 groups in this phase. It is worth noting that the high-pressure phase was not reached in the second compression experiment up to 10 GPa. This behavior can be most likely attributed to worse hydrostatic conditions of the first experiment.

  15. Pressure-induced electronic topological transition in Sb2S3

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    Sorb, Y. A.; Rajaji, V.; Malavi, P. S.; Subbarao, U.; Halappa, P.; Peter, S. C.; Karmakar, S.; Narayana, C.

    2016-01-01

    We report the high-pressure vibrational properties and a pressure-induced electronic topological transition in the wide bandgap semiconductor Sb2S3 (E g  =  1.7-1.8 eV) using Raman spectroscopy, resistivity and x-ray diffraction (XRD) studies. In this report, high-pressure Raman spectroscopy and resistivity studies of Sb2S3 have been carried out to 22 GPa and 11 GPa, respectively. We observed the softening of phonon modes A\\text{g}2 , A\\text{g}3 and B 2g and a sharp anomaly in their line widths at 4 GPa. The resistivity studies corroborate this anomaly around similar pressures. The changes in resistivity as well as Raman line widths can be ascribed to the strong phonon-phonon coupling, indicating clear evidence of isostructural electronic topological transition in Sb2S3. The previously reported pressure dependence of a/c ratio plot obtained also showed a minimum at ~5 GPa consistent with our high-pressure Raman and resistivity results.

  16. The pressure induced B1-B2 phase transition of alkaline halides and alkaline earth chalcogenides. A first principles investigation

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    Potzel, Oliver; Taubmann, Gerhard

    2011-05-15

    In this work, we considered the pressure induced B1-B2 phase transition of AB compounds. The DFT calculations were carried out for 11 alkaline halides, 11 alkaline earth chalcogenides and the lanthanide pnictide CeP. For both the B1 and the B2 structures of each compound, the energy was calculated as a function of the cell volume. The transition pressure, the bulk moduli and their pressure derivatives were obtained from the corresponding equations of state. The transition path of the Buerger mechanism was described using roots of the transition matrix. We correlated the computed enthalpies of activation to some structure defining properties of the compounds. A fair correlation to Pearsons hardness of the ions was observed. -- Graphical abstract: Pressure induced transition from the B1 structure (left) via the transition state (middle) to the B2 structure (right). Display Omitted highlights: > Pressure induced phase transitions in AB compounds were considered. > Alkaline halides and alkaline earth chalcogenides were treated. > DFT calculations with periodic boundary conditions were applied. > The transition path was described by roots of the transition matrix. > The enthalpy of activation was calculated for numerous compounds.

  17. Pressure-Induced Glass Transition Probed via the Mobility of Coumarin 1 Fluorescent Molecule.

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    Bonetti, Marco

    2016-05-12

    The route to form a glass is generally achieved upon cooling where the slowing down might be interpreted as the trapping of molecules in potential wells. On the other hand, isothermal compression induces a glassy state by modifying the molecular packing ending in jamming. Here, we focus on how isothermal compression perturbs the mobility of a probe molecule in three different host liquids up to the pressure-induced glass transition. By use of the fluorescence recovery technique, the diffusion of the fluorescent molecule Coumarin 1 (C1) is measured in poly(propylene glycol) (PPG-1000M and -2700M), in the fragile van der Waals propylene carbonate (PC), and in hydrogen-bonded methanol and ethanol. High pressures up to 6 GPa are obtained with a diamond anvil cell. In PC at a pressure ∼1.3 GPa close to the glass-transition pressure, the diffusion coefficient of C1 follows an Arrhenius behavior with an ∼5 orders of magnitude increase of the diffusive time. No decoupling from the Stokes-Einstein equation is noticed. A similar exponential behavior is measured in ethanol and methanol but extended to different pressure ranges up to 2.5 and 6.2 GPa, respectively. In PPG-1000M a decoupling from the Stokes-Einstein relation is observed between 0.3 and 0.8 GPa that could be related to a modification of the interaction between polymer segments and the probe molecule. These results might indicate that interaction between probe and dynamic heterogeneities become less important under applied pressure, unlike in the temperature-induced glass transition. PMID:27110923

  18. Pressure-induced structural phase transition in AlN:Mg and AlN:Co nanowires

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    Xu, Yongsheng; Zhu, Hongyang; Ma, Chunli; Zhu, Pinwen; Cong, Ridong; Wu, Xiaoxin; Gao, Wei; Cui, Qiliang

    2013-06-15

    High-pressure behaviors of AlN:Mg and AlN:Co nanowires have been investigated by in situ angle dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction up to 41.5 GPa and 38.2 GPa, respectively. Their corresponding pressure-induced wurtzite-to-rocksalt phase transitions start at 17.7 GPa and 15.0 GPa and complete at 33.2 GPa and 31.0 GPa, respectively. The phase-transition routes are not affected by the doped ions, while the phase transition pressures are lower than that of pure AlN nanowires. The distinct high-pressure behaviors are ascribed to the doped ions, which reduce the formation energy of cation vacancies and induce Al vacancies defects together with substitution defects, resulting in lattice distortion and affecting structural stability and phase transition pressure. - Graphical abstract: The high-pressure behaviors of AlN:Mg and AlN:Co nanowires have been investigated by in situ angle dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction. - Highlights: • The high-pressure behaviors of AlN:Mg and AlN:Co nanowires have been investigated. • The pressure-induced wurtzite-to-rocksalt phase transitions have been observed. • The phase transition pressures are lower than that of pure AlN nanowires. • The distinct high-pressure behaviors are ascribed to the dopants. • The vacancy defects and substitution defects influence structural stability.

  19. Pressure-induced phase transitions in rubidium azide: Studied by in-situ x-ray diffraction

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    Li, Dongmei; Wu, Xiaoxin; Jiang, Junru; Zhang, Jian; Cui, Qiliang; Zhu, Hongyang; Wang, Xiaoli

    2014-08-18

    We present the in-situ X-ray diffraction studies of RbN{sub 3} up to 42.0 GPa at room temperature to supplement the high pressure exploration of alkali azides. Two pressure-induced phase transitions of α-RbN{sub 3} → γ-RbN{sub 3} → δ-RbN{sub 3} were revealed at 6.5 and 16.0 GPa, respectively. During the phase transition of α-RbN{sub 3} → γ-RbN{sub 3}, lattice symmetry decreases from a fourfold to a twofold axis accompanied by a rearrangement of azide anions. The γ-RbN{sub 3} was identified to be a monoclinic structure with C2/m space group. Upon further compression, an orthogonal arrangement of azide anions becomes energetically favorable for δ-RbN{sub 3}. The compressibility of α-RbN{sub 3} is anisotropic due to the orientation of azide anions. The bulk modulus of α-RbN{sub 3} is 18.4 GPa, quite close to those of KN{sub 3} and CsN{sub 3}. By comparing the phase transition pressures of alkali azides, their ionic character is found to play a key role in pressure-induced phase transitions.

  20. Pressure-induced structural phase transition in AlN:Mg and AlN:Co nanowires

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    Xu, Yongsheng; Zhu, Hongyang; Ma, Chunli; Zhu, Pinwen; Cong, Ridong; Wu, Xiaoxin; Gao, Wei; Cui, Qiliang

    2013-06-01

    High-pressure behaviors of AlN:Mg and AlN:Co nanowires have been investigated by in situ angle dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction up to 41.5 GPa and 38.2 GPa, respectively. Their corresponding pressure-induced wurtzite-to-rocksalt phase transitions start at 17.7 GPa and 15.0 GPa and complete at 33.2 GPa and 31.0 GPa, respectively. The phase-transition routes are not affected by the doped ions, while the phase transition pressures are lower than that of pure AlN nanowires. The distinct high-pressure behaviors are ascribed to the doped ions, which reduce the formation energy of cation vacancies and induce Al vacancies defects together with substitution defects, resulting in lattice distortion and affecting structural stability and phase transition pressure.

  1. RAYLEIGH-TAYLOR STRENGTH EXPERIMENTS OF THE PRESSURE-INDUCED alpha->epsilon->alpha' PHASE TRANSITION IN IRON

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    Belof, J L; Cavallo, R M; Olson, R T; King, R S; Gray, G T; Holtkamp, D B; Chen, S R; Rudd, R E; Barton, N R; Arsenlis, A; Remington, B A; Park, H; Prisbrey, S T; Vitello, P A; Bazan, G; Mikaelian, K O; Comley, A J; Maddox, B R; May, M J

    2011-08-10

    We present here the first dynamic Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) strength measurement of a material undergoing solid-solid phase transition. Iron is quasi-isentropically driven across the pressure-induced bcc ({alpha}-Fe) {yields} hcp ({var_epsilon}-Fe) phase transition and the dynamic strength of the {alpha}, {var_epsilon} and reverted {alpha}{prime} phases have been determined via proton radiography of the resulting Rayleigh-Taylor unstable interface between the iron target and high-explosive products. Simultaneous velocimetry measurements of the iron free surface yield the phase transition dynamics and, in conjunction with detailed hydrodynamic simulations, allow for determination of the strength of the distinct phases of iron. Forward analysis of the experiment via hydrodynamic simulations reveals significant strength enhancement of the dynamically-generated {var_epsilon}-Fe and reverted {alpha}{prime}-Fe, comparable in magnitude to the strength of austenitic stainless steels.

  2. Magnetic-field- and pressure-induced quantum phase transition in CsFeCl3 proved via magnetization measurements

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    Kurita, Nobuyuki; Tanaka, Hidekazu

    2016-09-01

    We have performed magnetization measurements of the gapped quantum magnet CsFeCl3 at temperatures (T ) down to 0.5 K at ambient pressure and down to 1.8 K at hydrostatic pressures (P ) of up to 1.5 GPa. The lower-field (H ) phase boundary of the field-induced ordered phase at ambient pressure is found to follow the power-law behavior expressed by the formula HN(T ) -Hc∝TNϕ . The application of pressure extends the phase boundary to both a lower field and higher temperature. Above the critical pressure Pc˜0.9 GPa, the transition field HN associated with the excitation gap becomes zero, and a signature of the magnetic phase transition is found in the T dependence of magnetization in a very low applied field. This suggests that CsFeCl3 exhibits a pressure-induced magnetic phase transition at Pc.

  3. Pressure-induced hydration and order-disorder transition in a synthetic potassium gallosilicate zeolite with gismondine topology.

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    Lee, Yongjae; Kim, Sun Jin; Kao, Chi-Chang; Vogt, Thomas

    2008-03-01

    Two high-pressure phases of a potassium gallosilicate with a gismondine framework (K-GaSi-GIS) were characterized using Rietveld refinements of in-situ high-pressure, high-resolution synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data. The observed response of the K-GaSi-GIS framework under hydrostatic pressure is a gradual flattening of the so-called "double crankshaft" structural chain units. At pressures below 1.0(1) GPa, additional water molecules from the hydrostatic pressure-transmitting medium are inserted into the potassium-water guest network ("pressure-induced hydration") resulting in a "super-hydrated" high-pressure phase I. As the flattening of the double crankshaft structural units in the GIS framework continues above 1.6 GPa, the ellipticity of the cross-linking 8-ring windows is reduced below a certain threshold, and a disordering of the potassium-water guest structure along the 8-ring channel, characteristic of a disordered high-pressure phase II, is observed. The concerted framework distortion and guest network disordering accommodates the increased hydration level while maintaining the seven-fold coordination environment of the potassium cations to framework oxygen atoms and water molecules. We have thus established the atomistic details of a guest-host order-disorder transition under pressure-induced hydration conditions in a zeolite with GIS framework and compared it to other zeolites during pressure-induced hydration. We find that the structural changes mediated by the extra-framework cations and their coordination environment under PIH conditions are at the core of these different mechanisms and are driving the changes in the ellipticity of pore openings, order-disorder and disorder-order transitions, and framework distortions. PMID:18266365

  4. Enhanced electron transport in Nb-doped TiO2 nanoparticles via pressure-induced phase transitions.

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    Lü, Xujie; Yang, Wenge; Quan, Zewei; Lin, Tianquan; Bai, Ligang; Wang, Lin; Huang, Fuqiang; Zhao, Yusheng

    2014-01-01

    Anatase TiO2 is one of the most important energy materials but suffers from poor electrical conductivity. Nb doping has been considered as an effective way to improve its performance in the applications of photocatalysis, solar cells, Li batteries, and transparent conducting oxide films. Here, we report the further enhancement of electron transport in Nb-doped TiO2 nanoparticles via pressure-induced phase transitions. The phase transition behavior and influence of Nb doping in anatase Nb-TiO2 have been systematically investigated by in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The bulk moduli are determined to be 179.5, 163.3, 148.3, and 139.0 GPa for 0, 2.5, 5.0, and 10.0 mol % Nb-doped TiO2, respectively. The Nb-concentration-dependent stiffness variation has been demonstrated: samples with higher Nb concentrations have lower stiffness. In situ resistance measurements reveal an increase of 40% in conductivity of quenched Nb-TiO2 in comparison to the pristine anatase phase. The pressure-induced conductivity evolution is discussed in detail in terms of the packing factor model, which provides direct evidence for the rationality of the correlation of packing factors with electron transport in semiconductors. Pressure-treated Nb-doped TiO2 with unique properties surpassing those in the anatase phase holds great promise for energy-related applications.

  5. Crystallization and transitions of sulfamerazine polymorphs.

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    Zhang, Geoff G Z; Gu, Chonghui; Zell, Mark T; Burkhardt, R Todd; Munson, Eric J; Grant, David J W

    2002-04-01

    A bulk powder of sulfamerazine polymorph II in a narrow distribution of particle size was prepared for the first time. The two known sulfamerazine polymorphs, I and II, were physically characterized by optical microscopy, powder X-ray diffractometry, differential scanning calorimetry, carbon-13 solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and measurements of aqueous solubility and density. The thermodynamics and kinetics of the transition between the polymorphs was examined under various pharmaceutically relevant conditions, such as heating, cooling, milling, compaction, and contact with solvents. The two polymorphs were found to be enantiotropes with slow kinetics of interconversion. The thermodynamic transition temperature lies between 51 and 54 degrees C, with polymorph II stable at lower temperatures. Ostwald's Rule of Stages explains the crystallization of the polymorphs from various solvents and may account for the delay in the discovery of polymorph II. PMID:11948548

  6. Pressure-induced phase transitions of β-type pyrochlore CsTaWO6

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    Zhang, F. X.; Tracy, C. L.; Shamblin, J.; Palomares, R. I.; Lang, M.; Park, S.; Park, C.; Tkachev, S.; Ewing, R. C.

    2016-09-30

    The β-type pyrochlore CsTaWO6 was studied by synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman scattering methods up to pressures of 43 GPa using a diamond anvil cell (DAC). With increasing pressure, the cubic pyrochlore in space group of Fd-3¯m with combining macron]m transforms to an orthorhombic structure (space group: Pnma) at 5.9 GPa and then to a monoclinic structure (space group: P21/c) at ~18 GPa. The structural evolution in CsTaWO6 is a continuous process and experimental results suggest that the initial cubic phase has a tetragonal distortion at ambient conditions. Both XRD and Raman measurements indicate that the pressure-induced phase transitionsmore » in CsTaWO6 are reversible. Lastly, these results may provide a structural explanation of previous experimental resistivity measurement results for the isostructural superconductor K(Cs)Os2O6 at high pressure conditions.« less

  7. Pressure-induced pseudoatom bonding collapse and isosymmetric phase transition in Zr{sub 2}Cu: First-principles predictions

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    Ning, Jinliang; Zhang, Xinyu E-mail: riping@ysu.edu.cn; Zhang, Suhong; Sun, Na; Wang, Limin; Ma, Mingzhen; Liu, Riping E-mail: riping@ysu.edu.cn

    2013-12-21

    The structural evolution of tetragonal Zr{sub 2}Cu has been investigated under high pressures up to 70 GPa by means of density functional theory. Our calculations predict a pressure-induced isosymmetric transition where the tetragonal symmetry (I4/mmm) is retained during the entire compression as well as decompression process while its axial ratio (c/a) undergoes a transition from ∼3.5 to ∼4.2 at around 35 GPa with a hysteresis width of about 4 GPa accompanied by an obvious volume collapse of 1.8% and anomalous elastic properties such as weak mechanical stability, dramatically high elastic anisotropy, and low Young's modulus. Crystallographically, the tetragonal axial ratio shift renders this transition analogous to a simple bcc-to-fcc structural transition, which implies it might be densification-driven. Electronically, the ambient Zr{sub 2}Cu is uncovered with an intriguing pseudo BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}-type structure, which upon the phase transition undergoes an electron density topological change and collapses to an atomic-sandwich-like structure. The pseudo BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}-type structure is demonstrated to be shaped by hybridized dxz + yz electronic states below Fermi level, while the high pressure straight Zr-Zr bonding is accommodated by electronic states near Fermi level with dx{sup 2} − y{sup 2} dominant features.

  8. Mechanisms for pressure-induced crystal-crystal transition, amorphization, and devitrification of SnI{sub 4}

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    Liu, H.; Tse, J. S.; Hu, M. Y.; Bi, W.; Zhao, J.; Alp, E. E.; Pasternak, M.; Taylor, R. D.; Lashley, J. C.

    2015-10-28

    The pressure-induced amorphization and subsequent recrystallization of SnI{sub 4} have been investigated using first principles molecular dynamics calculations together with high-pressure {sup 119}Sn nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering measurements. Above ∼8 GPa, we observe a transformation from an ambient crystalline phase to an intermediate crystal structure and a subsequent recrystallization into a cubic phase at ∼64 GPa. The crystalline-to-amorphous transition was identified on the basis of elastic compatibility criteria. The measured tin vibrational density of states shows large amplitude librations of SnI{sub 4} under ambient conditions. Although high pressure structures of SnI{sub 4} were thought to be determined by random packing of equal-sized spheres, we detected electron charge transfer in each phase. This charge transfer results in a crystal structure packing determined by larger than expected iodine atoms.

  9. Mechanisms for pressure-induced crystal-crystal transition, amorphization, and devitrification of Snl4

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    Liu, Hanyu; Tse, John S.; Hu, Michael Y.; Bi, Wenli; Zhao, Jiyong; Alp, E. Ercan; Pasternak, Moshe; Taylor, R. Dean; Lashley, Jason C.

    2015-10-27

    The pressure-induced amorphization and subsequent recrystallization of SnI4 have been investigated using first principles molecular dynamics calculations together with high-pressure 119Sn nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering measurements. Above ~8 GPa, we observe a transformation from an ambient crystalline phase to an intermediate crystal structure and a subsequent recrystallization into a cubic phase at ~64 GPa. The crystalline-to-amorphous transition was identified on the basis of elastic compatibility criteria. The measured tin vibrational density of states shows large amplitude librations of SnI4 under ambient conditions. Although high pressure structures of SnI4 were thought to be determined by random packing of equal-sized spheres, we detected electron charge transfer in each phase. As a result, this charge transfer results in a crystal structure packing determined by larger than expected iodine atoms. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

  10. Structural response in FeCl2 (iron chloride) to pressure-induced electro-magnetic transitions

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    Taylor, R D; Rozenberg, G Kh; Pasternak, M P; Gorodetsky, P; Xu, W M; Dubrovinsky, L S; Le Bihan, T L

    2009-01-01

    High pressure (HP) synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies were carried out in FeCl{sub 2} together with resistivity (R) studies, at various temperatures and pressures to 65 GPa using diamond anvil cells. This work follows a previous HP {sup 57}Fe Mossbauer study in which two pressure-induced (PI) electronic transitions were found interpreted as: (i) quenching of the orbital-term contribution to the hyperfine field concurring with a tilting of the magnetic moment by 55 degrees and (ii) collapse of the magnetism concurring with a sharp decrease of the isomer shift (IS). The R(P,T) studies affirm that the cause the collapse of the magnetism is a PI p-d correlation breakdown, leading to an insulator-metal transition at {approx}45 GPa and is not due to a spi-Ir,crossover (S=2 {yields} S=0). The structure response to the pressure evolution of the two electronic phase transitions starting at low pressures (LP), through an intermediate phase (IP) 30-57 GPa, and culminating in a high-pressure phase (HP), P >32 GPa, can clearly be quantified. The IP-HP phases coexist through the 32-57 GPa range in which the HP abundance increases monotonically at the expense of the IP phase. At the LP-IP interface no volume change is detected, yet the c-axis increases and the a-axis shrinks by 0.21 Angstroms and 0.13 Angstroms, respectively. The fit of the equation of state of the combined LP-IP phases yields a bulk modulus K{sub 0} = 35.3(1.8) GPa. The intralayer CI-CI distances increases, but no change is observed in Fe-CI bond-length nor are there substantial changes in the interlayer spacing. The pressure-induced electronic IP-HP transition leads to a first-order structural phase transition characterized by a decrease in Fe-CI bond length and an abrupt drop in V(P) by {approx}3.5% accompanying the correlation breakdown. In this transition no symmetry change is detected,and the XRD data could be satisfactorily fitted with the CdI{sub 2} structure. The bulk modulus of the HP phase is

  11. Structure and pressure-induced ferroelectric phase transition in antiphase domain boundaries of strontium titanate from first principles

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    Kvasov, Alexander; Tagantsev, Alexander K.; Setter, Nava

    2016-08-01

    In this work, using zero kelvin ab initio calculations, we revisit the structure and ferroelectric phase transition in antiphase domain boundaries (APBs) in SrTiO3 (STO), which has been previously addressed in terms of a phenomenological approach. We confirmed the main qualitative conclusion of the phenomenological results that APBs normal to the rotation axis of the oxygen octahedra ("easy" walls) do not exhibit the transition while those parallel to the rotation axis ("hard" walls) do. However, we found the structure of the hard walls to be close to the Ising type in contrast to the phenomenological prediction of the nearly Néel type. We simulated a pressure-induced phase transition in the hard wall. Combining the results of simulation and experimental data on STO, we evaluated the pressure sensitivity of the ferroelectricity in the hard wall at low temperatures to show that it can be suppressed with very small pressure (a few kbar). We also roughly estimated the ferroelectric transition temperature in the hard wall corroborating the result of the phenomenological treatment.

  12. Pressure-induced Td to 1T' structural phase transition in WTe2

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    Zhou, Yonghui; Chen, Xuliang; Li, Nana; Zhang, Ranran; Wang, Xuefei; An, Chao; Zhou, Ying; Pan, Xingchen; Song, Fengqi; Wang, Baigeng; Yang, Wenge; Yang, Zhaorong; Zhang, Yuheng

    2016-07-01

    WTe2 is provoking immense interest owing to its extraordinary properties, such as large positive magnetoresistance, pressure-driven superconductivity and possible type-II Weyl semimetal state. Here we report results of high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman and electrical transport measurements on WTe2. Both the XRD and Raman results reveal a structural transition upon compression, starting at 6.0 GPa and completing above 15.5 GPa. We have determined that the high-pressure lattice symmetry is monoclinic 1T' with space group of P21/m. This transition is related to a lateral sliding of adjacent Te-W-Te layers and results in a collapse of the unit cell volume by ˜20.5%. The structural transition also casts a pressure range with the broadened superconducting transition, where the zero resistance disappears.

  13. In situ observation of the pressure-induced phase transitions of portlandite and influential factors on the pressure response

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    Iizuka, R.; Komatsu, K.; Kagi, H.; Nakano, S.

    2010-12-01

    Pressure-induced structural changes in portlandite, Ca(OH)2, draw attentions as a model system for understanding the behavior of hydrogen bonding in solids. There still remains a discrepancy in the pressure response of portlandite among the previous studies. A crystal-to-crystal phase transition or a pressure-induced amorphization occurs at 8-12 GPa at room temperature in powder samples in various pressure transmitting media [Meade and Jeanloz. 1990; Catalli et al., 2008 etc.], whereas a single crystal transforms to a high-pressure (high-P) form at 6 GPa [Ekbundit et al., 1996]. So far, the relationship between the phase transition mechanism and influential factors as possible driving forces, such as the grain size, the hydrostatic condition and the isotope effect, has not been fully established yet. In this study, pressure-responses of synthesized single crystals and powder of portlandite were investigated using diamond anvil cells under quasi-hydrostatic conditions. Powder samples of Ca(OH)2 were synthesized by dissolving CaO in H2O. Single crystal was obtained by recrystallization from the synthesized powder sample with excess H2O on the glass plates in a desiccator. Raman spectra, IR spectra and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements were conducted up to 25 GPa using a 4:1 methanol-ethanol mixture or helium was used as a pressure medium. Applied pressure and the hydrostaticity were estimated by ruby fluorescence. Angle-dispersive powder X-ray diffraction patterns were measured at the beamline 18C, Photon Factory, KEK. Single crystal XRD was measured using a micro focused X-ray diffractometer (MicroMax-007, Rigaku) with confocal multi layer mirrors. Our results show that both the grain size and the hydrostaticity serve independently as influential factors on the phase transition pressure and the process toward the subsequent amorphization. We first observed the difference in the phase transition pressure between Ca(OH)2 and Ca(OD)2 single crystals in helium

  14. Pressure-Induced Antiferromagnetic Transition and Phase Diagram in FeSe

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    Terashima, Taichi; Kikugawa, Naoki; Kasahara, Shigeru; Watashige, Tatsuya; Shibauchi, Takasada; Matsuda, Yuji; Wolf, Thomas; Böhmer, Anna E.; Hardy, Frédéric; Meingast, Christoph; Löhneysen, Hilbert v.; Uji, Shinya

    2015-06-01

    We report measurements of resistance and ac magnetic susceptibility on FeSe single crystals under high pressure up to 27.2 kbar. The structural phase transition is quickly suppressed with pressure, and the associated anomaly is not seen above ˜18 kbar. The superconducting transition temperature evolves nonmonotonically with pressure, showing a minimum at ˜12 kbar. We find another anomaly at 21.2 K at 11.6 kbar. This anomaly most likely corresponds to the antiferromagnetic phase transition found in μSR measurements [M. Bendele et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 087003 (2010)]. The antiferromagnetic and superconducting transition temperatures both increase with pressure up to ˜25 kbar and then level off. The width of the superconducting transition anomalously broadens in the pressure range where the antiferromagnetism coexists.

  15. Pressure induced structural phase transition of OsB 2: First-principles calculations

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    Ren, Fengzhu; Wang, Yuanxu; Lo, V. C.

    2010-04-01

    Orthorhombic OsB 2 was synthesized at 1000 °C and its compressibility was measured by using the high-pressure X-ray diffraction in a Diacell diamond anvil cell from ambient pressure to 32 GPa [R.W. Cumberland, et al. (2005)]. First-principles calculations were performed to study the possibility of the phase transition of OsB 2. An analysis of the calculated enthalpy shows that orthorhombic OsB 2 can transfer to the hexagonal phase at 10.8 GPa. The calculated results with the quasi-harmonic approximation indicate that this phase transition pressure is little affected by the thermal effect. The calculated phonon band structure shows that the hexagonal P 6 3/ mmc structure (high-pressure phase) is stable for OsB 2. We expect the phase transition can be further confirmed by the experimental work.

  16. Pressure-Induced Tricritical Behavior of the SmA-Cho Transition in COC

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    Shichijyo, Shiro; Okamoto, Toshiyuki; Takemura, Tetuo

    1982-09-01

    The tricritical nature of the smectic-A-cholesteric (SmA-Cho) transition in cholesteryl oleyl carbonate (COC) was investigated by several methods. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and volume measurement showed the existence of a tricritical point at 3.1± 0.1× 103 kg/cm2 and 74°C, where the first-order transition converted to the second-order one. The dynamic properties were studied by ultrasonic measurement, and the differences in the transition processes were observed with a polarized microscope. Spherulites were observed in the smectic-A phase above the tricritical point. The structure of the spherulites and the morphology effects are discussed.

  17. Pressure-induced volume collapse and structural phase transitions in SrRuO{sub 3}

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    Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Fabbris, Gilberto; Chmaissem, Omar; Mitchell, J.F.; Zheng, H.; Haskel, Daniel

    2013-09-15

    We report on the low temperature (6 K) structural properties of SrRuO{sub 3} under quasi-hydrostatic pressure studied by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction in a diamond anvil cell. First principle calculations predict a first-order perovskite (Pv) to post-perovskite (pPv) phase transition at ∼40 GPa accompanied by a 1.9% volume collapse. Our results rule out the occurrence of a pPv phase to 54 GPa. Instead, we find a Pv to monoclinic to triclinic sequence of phase transitions. The monoclinic to triclinic phase transition at ∼38 GPa is accompanied by a 3.5% volume collapse. X-ray absorption spectroscopy indicates that this volume collapse is not accompanied by a change in Ru valence state. Our results should help guide improvements to theoretical treatments of this and other correlated d-electron systems based on density functional theory. - Graphical abstract: Unit cell volume as a function of pressure (T=6 K). Black squares and red circles correspond to Ne and He pressure media, respectively. Blue dashed lines are fit to the data before the volume collapse using a second-order Birch–Murnaghan equation of state excluding (lower curve) and including (upper curve) neutron diffraction data for the low temperature, ambient pressure volume. Dashed lines denote structural phase boundaries. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Crystal structure of SrRuO3 was studied under high pressure up to 54 GPa. • Pv to monoclinic to triclinic sequence of phase transitions was observed. • Transition to triclinic phase at ∼38 GPa is accompanied by a 3.5% volume collapse. • Volume collapse in SrRuO3 is not driven by a change in Ru valence state. • Pv-to-pPv phase transition predicted by DFT at 40 Gpa is not observed up to 54 GPa.

  18. Pressure-Induced Structural Transition and Enhancement of Energy Gap of CuAlO2

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    Nakanishi, Akitaka

    2011-02-01

    By using first-principles calculations, we studied the stable crystal structures and energy gaps of CuAlO2 under high pressure. Our simulation shows that CuAlO2 transforms from a delafossite structure to a leaning delafossite structure. The critical pressure of the transition was determined to be 60 GPa. The energy gap of CuAlO2 increases through the structural transition due to the enhanced covalency of Cu 3d and O 2p states. We found that a chalcopyrite structure does not appear as a stable structure under high pressure.

  19. Pressure-induced magnetic transitions with change of the orbital configuration in dimerised systems

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    Korotin, Dmitry M.; Anisimov, Vladimir I.; Streltsov, Sergey V.

    2016-01-01

    We suggest a possible scenario for magnetic transition under pressure in dimerised systems where electrons are localised on molecular orbitals. The mechanism of transition is not related with competition between kinetic energy and on-site Coulomb repulsion as in Mott-Hubbard systems, or between crystal-field splitting and intra-atomic exchange as in classical atomic spin-state transitions. Instead, it is driven by the change of bonding-antibonding splitting on part of the molecular orbitals. In the magnetic systems with few half-filled molecular orbitals external pressure may result in increase of the bonding-antibonding splitting and localise all electrons on low-lying molecular orbitals suppressing net magnetic moment of the system. We give examples of the systems, where this or inverse transition may occur and by means of ab initio band structure calculations predict that it can be observed in α−MoCl4 at pressure P ~ 11 GPa. PMID:27189206

  20. Pressure-induced semiconducting to metallic transition in multilayered molybdenum disulphide.

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    Nayak, Avinash P; Bhattacharyya, Swastibrata; Zhu, Jie; Liu, Jin; Wu, Xiang; Pandey, Tribhuwan; Jin, Changqing; Singh, Abhishek K; Akinwande, Deji; Lin, Jung-Fu

    2014-01-01

    Molybdenum disulphide is a layered transition metal dichalcogenide that has recently raised considerable interest due to its unique semiconducting and opto-electronic properties. Although several theoretical studies have suggested an electronic phase transition in molybdenum disulphide, there has been a lack of experimental evidence. Here we report comprehensive studies on the pressure-dependent electronic, vibrational, optical and structural properties of multilayered molybdenum disulphide up to 35 GPa. Our experimental results reveal a structural lattice distortion followed by an electronic transition from a semiconducting to metallic state at ~19 GPa, which is confirmed by ab initio calculations. The metallization arises from the overlap of the valance and conduction bands owing to sulphur-sulphur interactions as the interlayer spacing reduces. The electronic transition affords modulation of the opto-electronic gain in molybdenum disulphide. This pressure-tuned behaviour can enable the development of novel devices with multiple phenomena involving the strong coupling of the mechanical, electrical and optical properties of layered nanomaterials.

  1. Pressure induced magnetic and semiconductor–metal phase transitions in Cr2MoO6

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    San-Dong, Guo

    2016-05-01

    We investigate magnetic ordering and electronic structures of Cr2MoO6 under hydrostatic pressure. To overcome the band gap problem, the modified Becke and Johnson exchange potential is used to investigate the electronic structures of Cr2MoO6. The insulating nature at the experimental crystal structure is produced, with a band gap of 1.04 eV, and the magnetic moment of the Cr atom is 2.50 μ B, compared to an experimental value of about 2.47 μ B. The calculated results show that an antiferromagnetic inter-bilayer coupling–ferromagnetic intra-bilayer coupling to a ferromagnetic inter-bilayer coupling–antiferromagnetic intra-bilayer coupling phase transition is produced with the pressure increasing. The magnetic phase transition is simultaneously accompanied by a semiconductor–metal phase transition. The magnetic phase transition can be explained by the Mo–O hybridization strength, and ferromagnetic coupling between two Cr atoms can be understood by empty Mo-d bands perturbing the nearest O-p orbital. Project supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 2015XKMS073).

  2. Pressure induced magnetic and semiconductor-metal phase transitions in Cr2MoO6

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    San-Dong, Guo

    2016-05-01

    We investigate magnetic ordering and electronic structures of Cr2MoO6 under hydrostatic pressure. To overcome the band gap problem, the modified Becke and Johnson exchange potential is used to investigate the electronic structures of Cr2MoO6. The insulating nature at the experimental crystal structure is produced, with a band gap of 1.04 eV, and the magnetic moment of the Cr atom is 2.50 μ B, compared to an experimental value of about 2.47 μ B. The calculated results show that an antiferromagnetic inter-bilayer coupling-ferromagnetic intra-bilayer coupling to a ferromagnetic inter-bilayer coupling-antiferromagnetic intra-bilayer coupling phase transition is produced with the pressure increasing. The magnetic phase transition is simultaneously accompanied by a semiconductor-metal phase transition. The magnetic phase transition can be explained by the Mo-O hybridization strength, and ferromagnetic coupling between two Cr atoms can be understood by empty Mo-d bands perturbing the nearest O-p orbital. Project supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 2015XKMS073).

  3. Theoretical investigation of pressure-induced structural transitions in americium using GGA+U and hybrid density functional theory methods

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    Verma, Ashok K.; Modak, P.; Sharma, Surinder M.; Svane, A.; Christensen, N. E.; Sikka, S. K.

    2013-07-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed for americium (Am) metal using the generalized gradient approximation + orbital-dependent onsite Coulomb repulsion via Hubbard interaction (GGA+U) and hybrid density functional theory (HYB-DFT) methods to investigate various ground state properties and pressure-induced structural transitions. Both methods yield equilibrium volume and bulk modulus in good agreement with the experimental results. The GGA+spin orbit coupling+U method reproduced all structural transitions under pressure correctly, but the HYB-DFT method failed to reproduce the observed Am-I to Am-II transition. Good agreement was found between calculated and experimental equations of states for all phases, but the first three phases need larger U (α) parameters (where α represents the fraction of Hartree-Fock exchange energy replacing the DFT exchange energy) than the fourth phase in order to match the experimental data. Thus, neither the GGA+U nor the HYB-DFT methods are able to describe the energetics of Am metal properly in the entire pressure range from 0 GPa to 50 GPa with a single choice of their respective U and α parameters. Low binding-energy peaks in the experimental photoemission spectrum at ambient pressure relate, for some parameter choices, well to peak positions in the calculated density of states function of Am-I.

  4. A pressure-induced, magnetic transition in pyrrhotite: Implications for the formation pressure of meteorites and diamonds

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    Gilder, S. A.; Egli, R.; Hochleitner, R.; Roud, S. C.; Volk, M.; Le Goff, M.; de Wit, M.

    2010-12-01

    Meteorites and diamonds encounter high-pressures during their geologic histories. These materials commonly contain magnetic inclusions of pyrrhotite, and because magnetic properties are sensitive to strain, pyrrhotite can potentially record the shock or formation pressures of its host. Moreover, pyrrhotite undergoes a pressure-induced phase transition between 1.6 and 6.2 GPa, but the magnetic signature of this transition is poorly known. Here we report magnetic measurements performed at high-pressures on single and multi-domain pyrrhotite. A magnetic hysteresis model based on our observations suggests that multidomain pyrrhotite transforms into single domain-like material, and once in the single domain state, hysteresis loops become progressively squarer and then squatter with increasing pressure, until they ultimately collapse approaching the paramagnetic state at the transition. The ratio of the bulk magnetic coercive force to magnetic remanence for pure pyrrhotite is reversible with pressure and follows a logarithmic law as a function of pressure, which can be used as a magnetic barometer for natural systems.

  5. Pressure Induced Structural Phase Transition of ScC and YC: A FP-LAPW Study

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    Soni, Pooja; Pagare, G.; Chouhan, S. S.; Sanyal, S. P.; Rajagopalan, M.

    2011-07-01

    The full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method has been used to investigate systematically the structural and electronic properties of non-magnetic NaCl-type ScC and YC. We predict a B1 to B2 structural phase transition at 127.8 and 80.4 GPa for ScC and YC, respectively and the structural parameters such as lattice constant, bulk modulus are reported. The band structures and density of states at ambient as well as at high pressure are computed. Our results are in good agreement with available experimental and theoretical data. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first quantitative theoretical prediction of the structural phase transition of ScC and YC, for which no experimental work has been reported so far.

  6. Pressure induced metallization with absence of structural transition in layered molybdenum diselenide

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    Zhao, Zhao; Zhang, Haijun; Yuan, Hongtao; Wang, Shibing; Lin, Yu; Zeng, Qiaoshi; Xu, Gang; Liu, Zhenxian; Solanki, G. K.; Patel, K. D.; et al

    2015-06-19

    Layered transition-metal dichalcogenides have emerged as exciting material systems with atomically thin geometries and unique electronic properties. Pressure is a powerful tool for continuously tuning their crystal and electronic structures away from the pristine states. Here, we systematically investigated the pressurized behavior of MoSe2 up to ~60 GPa using multiple experimental techniques and ab-initio calculations. MoSe2 evolves from an anisotropic two-dimensional layered network to a three-dimensional structure without a structural transition, which is a complete contrast to MoS2. The role of the chalcogenide anions in stabilizing different layered patterns is underscored by our layer sliding calculations. MoSe2 possesses highly tunablemore » transport properties under pressure, determined by the gradual narrowing of its band-gap followed by metallization. The continuous tuning of its electronic structure and band-gap in the range of visible light to infrared suggest possible energy-variable optoelectronics applications in pressurized transition-metal dichalcogenides.« less

  7. Pressure induced metallization with absence of structural transition in layered molybdenum diselenide

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    Zhao, Zhao; Zhang, Haijun; Yuan, Hongtao; Wang, Shibing; Lin, Yu; Zeng, Qiaoshi; Xu, Gang; Liu, Zhenxian; Solanki, G. K.; Patel, K. D.; Cui, Yi; Hwang, Harold Y.; Mao, Wendy L.

    2015-01-01

    Layered transition-metal dichalcogenides have emerged as exciting material systems with atomically thin geometries and unique electronic properties. Pressure is a powerful tool for continuously tuning their crystal and electronic structures away from the pristine states. Here, we systematically investigated the pressurized behavior of MoSe2 up to ∼60 GPa using multiple experimental techniques and ab-initio calculations. MoSe2 evolves from an anisotropic two-dimensional layered network to a three-dimensional structure without a structural transition, which is a complete contrast to MoS2. The role of the chalcogenide anions in stabilizing different layered patterns is underscored by our layer sliding calculations. MoSe2 possesses highly tunable transport properties under pressure, determined by the gradual narrowing of its band-gap followed by metallization. The continuous tuning of its electronic structure and band-gap in the range of visible light to infrared suggest possible energy-variable optoelectronics applications in pressurized transition-metal dichalcogenides. PMID:26088416

  8. Pressure induced metallization with absence of structural transition in layered molybdenum diselenide

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    Zhao, Zhao; Zhang, Haijun; Yuan, Hongtao; Wang, Shibing; Lin, Yu; Zeng, Qiaoshi; Xu, Gang; Liu, Zhenxian; Solanki, G. K.; Patel, K. D.; Cui, Yi; Hwang, Harold Y.; Mao, Wendy L.

    2015-06-19

    Layered transition-metal dichalcogenides have emerged as exciting material systems with atomically thin geometries and unique electronic properties. Pressure is a powerful tool for continuously tuning their crystal and electronic structures away from the pristine states. Here, we systematically investigated the pressurized behavior of MoSe2 up to ~60 GPa using multiple experimental techniques and ab-initio calculations. MoSe2 evolves from an anisotropic two-dimensional layered network to a three-dimensional structure without a structural transition, which is a complete contrast to MoS2. The role of the chalcogenide anions in stabilizing different layered patterns is underscored by our layer sliding calculations. MoSe2 possesses highly tunable transport properties under pressure, determined by the gradual narrowing of its band-gap followed by metallization. The continuous tuning of its electronic structure and band-gap in the range of visible light to infrared suggest possible energy-variable optoelectronics applications in pressurized transition-metal dichalcogenides.

  9. Pressure-Induced Irreversible Phase Transition in the Energetic Material Urea Nitrate

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    Li, Shourui; Zou, Bo

    2013-06-01

    The behavior of energetic material Urea Nitrate ((NH2)2 COH+ . NO3-,UN) has been investigated up to the pressure of ~26 GPa. UN exhibits the typical supramolecular structure with uronium cation and nitrate anion held together by multiple hydrogen bonds in the layer. Both Raman and XRD data provide obvious evidence for the distorted phase transition in the pressure range ~9-15 GPa. Further analysis indicates phase II has Pc symmetry. The mechanism for the phase transition involves collapse of the initial 2D supramolecular structure to 3D hydrogen-bonded networks in phase Pc. Importantly, the transition is irreversible and leads to a large reduction in volume on release of pressure. The density in phase Pc has been increased by ~11.8% compared to the phase P21/ c under ambient conditions and therefore phase Pc is expected to have much higher detonation power. This study opens new opportunities for preparing energetic materials with high density combining supramolecular chemistry with high-pressure techniques. Corresponding author. E-mail: zoubo@jlu.edu.cn This work is supported by National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (Nos. 91227202, and 21073071).

  10. Pressure induced magneto-structural phase transitions in layered RMn2X2 compounds (invited)

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    Kennedy, Shane; Wang, Jianli; Campbell, Stewart; Hofmann, Michael; Dou, Shixue

    2014-05-01

    We have studied a range of pseudo-ternaries derived from the parent compound PrMn2Ge2, substituting for each constituent element with a smaller one to contract the lattice. This enables us to observe the magneto-elastic transitions that occur as the Mn-Mn nearest neighbour distance is reduced and to assess the role of Pr on the magnetism. Here, we report on the PrMn2Ge2-xSix, Pr1-xYxMn2Ge2, and PrMn2-xFexGe2 systems. The pressure produced by chemical substitution in these pseudo-ternaries is inherently non-uniform, with local pressure variations dependent on the local atomic distribution. We find that concentrated chemical substitution on the R or X site (e.g., in Pr0.5Y0.5Mn2Ge2 and PrMn2Ge0.8Si1.2) can produce a separation into two distinct magnetic phases, canted ferromagnetic and canted antiferromagnetic, with a commensurate phase gap in the crystalline lattice. This phase gap is a consequence of the combination of phase separation and spontaneous magnetostriction, which is positive on transition to the canted ferromagnetic phase and negative on transition to the canted antiferromagnetic phase. Our results show that co-existence of canted ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases depends on chemical pressure from the rare earth and metalloid sites, on local lattice strain distributions and on applied magnetic field. We demonstrate that the effects of chemical pressure bear close resemblance to those of mechanical pressure on the parent compound.

  11. The atomistic simulation of pressure-induced phase transition in uranium mononitride

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    Tseplyaev, V. I.; Starikov, S. V.

    2015-11-01

    Phase transition in uranium mononitride (UN) at high pressure has been studied using molecular dynamics. At low pressure, UN has the cubic structure like NaCl (with the space group Fm3̅m). The research based on Gibbs energy calculation shows that cubic UN turns into rhombohedral face-centered structure (with the space group R3̅m) at pressure about 32 GPa. It is shown that parameters of R3̅m-structure change at increasing of the pressure. At various pressures, the parameters of structures with isotropic stress tensor are different.

  12. Pressure-induced kinetics of the α to ω transition in zirconium

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    Jacobsen, M. K.; Velisavljevic, N.; Sinogeikin, S. V.

    2015-07-14

    Diamond anvil cells (DAC) coupled with x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements are one of the primary techniques for investigating structural stability of materials at high pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions. DAC-XRD has been predominantly used to resolve structural information at set P-T conditions and, consequently, provides P-T phase diagram information on a broad range of materials. With advances in large scale synchrotron x-ray facilities and corresponding x-ray diagnostic capabilities, it is now becoming possible to perform sub-second time resolved measurements on micron sized DAC samples. As a result, there is an opportunity to gain valuable information about the kinetics of structural phase transformations and extend our understanding of material behavior at high P-T conditions. Using DAC-XRD time resolved measurements, we have investigated the kinetics of the α to ω transformation in zirconium. We observe a clear time and pressure dependence in the martensitic α-ω transition as a function of pressure-jump, i.e., drive pressure. The resulting data are fit using available kinetics models, which can provide further insight into transformation mechanism that influence transformation kinetics. Our results help shed light on the discrepancies observed in previous measurements of the α-ω transition pressure in zirconium.

  13. Spiral magnetic order and pressure-induced superconductivity in transition metal compounds

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    Wang, Yishu; Feng, Yejun; Cheng, J.-G.; Wu, W.; Luo, J. L.; Rosenbaum, T. F.

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic and superconducting ground states can compete, cooperate and coexist. MnP provides a compelling and potentially generalizable example of a material where superconductivity and magnetism may be intertwined. Using a synchrotron-based non-resonant X-ray magnetic diffraction technique, we reveal a spiral spin order in MnP and trace its pressure evolution towards superconducting order via measurements in a diamond anvil cell. Judging from the magnetostriction, ordered moments vanish at the quantum phase transition as pressure increases the electron kinetic energy. Spins remain local in the disordered phase, and the promotion of superconductivity is likely to emerge from an enhanced coupling to residual spiral spin fluctuations and their concomitant suppression of phonon-mediated superconductivity. As the pitch of the spiral order varies across the 3d transition metal compounds in the MnP family, the magnetic ground state switches between antiferromagnet and ferromagnet, providing an additional tuning parameter in probing spin-fluctuation-induced superconductivity. PMID:27708255

  14. Spiral magnetic order and pressure-induced superconductivity in transition metal compounds

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    Wang, Yishu; Feng, Yejun; Cheng, J.-G.; Wu, W.; Luo, J. L.; Rosenbaum, T. F.

    2016-10-01

    Magnetic and superconducting ground states can compete, cooperate and coexist. MnP provides a compelling and potentially generalizable example of a material where superconductivity and magnetism may be intertwined. Using a synchrotron-based non-resonant X-ray magnetic diffraction technique, we reveal a spiral spin order in MnP and trace its pressure evolution towards superconducting order via measurements in a diamond anvil cell. Judging from the magnetostriction, ordered moments vanish at the quantum phase transition as pressure increases the electron kinetic energy. Spins remain local in the disordered phase, and the promotion of superconductivity is likely to emerge from an enhanced coupling to residual spiral spin fluctuations and their concomitant suppression of phonon-mediated superconductivity. As the pitch of the spiral order varies across the 3d transition metal compounds in the MnP family, the magnetic ground state switches between antiferromagnet and ferromagnet, providing an additional tuning parameter in probing spin-fluctuation-induced superconductivity.

  15. Pressure induced phase transition and thermo-physical properties in LuX (X = N, P)

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    Sahoo, B. D.; Mukherjee, D.; Joshi, K. D.; Kaushik, T. C.; Gupta, Satish C.

    2016-04-01

    Detailed total energy calculations have been performed in lutetium pnictides (LuX, where X = N, P) to understand their high pressure structural stability. In LuN, the ambient rocksalt type structure (B1 phase) transforms to a tetragonal structure (B10 phase) at ˜240 GPa; whereas in LuP the orthorhombic structure (B33, space group Cmcm) emerges as a high pressure structure above 48 GPa. Both the transitions are found to be of first-order type with volume discontinuities of ˜6% and 8.2%, respectively. The high pressure phases B10 and B33 are found to be stable up to 400 GPa, respectively. Further, the structural stability predicted from static lattice calculations has been supported by lattice dynamical stability analysis. The present calculations rule out the B1 to B2 (CsCl type) structural phase transitions predicted to occur at 241 GPa in LuN and at 98 GPa in LuP by previous all-electron calculations (Gupta and Bhat 2013 J. Mol. Model 19 5343-54). The temperature dependence of several thermo-physical properties such as volume, bulk modulus, specific heat and thermal expansion coefficient of the rocksalt structure of these compounds calculated in the present study, using quasi-harmonic approximation, awaits confirmation by experimental studies.

  16. X-ray diagnosis of the pressure induced Mott nonmetal-metal transition.

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    Lévy, A; Dorchies, F; Benuzzi-Mounaix, A; Ravasio, A; Festa, F; Recoules, V; Peyrusse, O; Amadou, N; Brambrink, E; Hall, T; Koenig, M; Mazevet, S

    2012-02-01

    The evolution of the K-edge x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) spectrum is investigated for an aluminum plasma expanding from the solid density down to 0.5  g/cm{3}, with temperatures lying from 5 down to 2 eV. The dense plasma is generated by nanosecond laser-induced shock compression. These conditions correspond to the density-temperature region where a metal-nonmetal transition occurs as the density decreases. This transition is directly observed in XANES spectra measurements through the progressive formation of a preedge structure for densities around 1.6  g/cm{3}. Ab initio calculations based on density functional theory and a jellium model have been efficiently tested through direct comparison with the experimental measurements and show that this preedge corresponds to the relocalization of the 3p atomic orbital as the system evolves from a dense plasma toward a partially ionized atomic fluid. PMID:22400937

  17. Pressure-Induced Antifluorite-to-Anticotunnite Phase Transition in Lithium Oxide

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    Lazicki, A; Yoo, C; Evans, W J; Pickett, W E

    2006-04-12

    Using synchrotron angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction (ADXD) and Raman spectroscopy on samples of Li{sub 2}O pressurized in a diamond anvil cell, we observed a reversible phase change from the cubic antifluorite ({alpha}, Fm-3m) to orthorhombic anticotunnite ({beta}, Pnma) phase at 50({+-}5) GPa at ambient temperature. This transition is accompanied by a relatively large volume collapse of 5.4 ({+-}0.8)% and large hysteresis upon pressure reversal (P{sub down} at {approx} 25 GPa). Contrary to a recent study, our data suggest that the high-pressure {beta}-phase (B{sub o} = 188 {+-} 12 GPa) is substantially stiffer than the low-pressure {alpha}-phase (B{sub o} = 90 {+-} 1 GPa). A relatively strong and pressure-dependent preferred orientation in {beta}-Li{sub 2}O is observed. The present result is in accordance with the systematic behavior of antifluorite-to-anticotunnite phase transitions occurring in the alkali-metal sulfides.

  18. Pressure-induced phase transitions in LnTe (Ln=La, Gd, Ho, Yb) and AmTe.

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    Zvoriste-Walters, C E; Heathman, S; Klimczuk, T

    2013-07-01

    The structural behaviour under compression of different lanthanide (La, Gd, Ho, Yb) and actinide (Am) monochalcogenides is studied by means of in situ high-pressure x-ray diffraction. All the investigated compounds crystallize at ambient conditions within a cubic (B1) NaCl-type structure but show different behaviours at high pressures. LaTe and AmTe undergo B1 to B2 (CsCl-type structure) phase transitions, starting at 9 GPa and 12 GPa, respectively. The high-pressure phase of AmTe exhibits an electronic transition, identified by an anomaly in the compression curve which is accompanied by a sample colour change. The other three monochalcogenides studied here show clear evidence of decomposition and amorphization under pressure and are, to the best of our knowledge, the first in the LnTe series to show a pressure-induced amorphization. The bulk moduli of all B1-type structure compounds are calculated using the third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state.

  19. Dynamics of iron atoms across the pressure-induced Invar transition in Pd{sub 3}Fe.

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    Winterrose, M. L.; Mauger, L.; Halevy, I.; Yue, A. F.; Lucas, M. S.; Munoz, J. A.; Tan, H.; Xiao, Y.; Chow, P.; Sturhahn, W.; Toellner, T.S.; Alp, E. E.; Fultz, B.

    2011-04-01

    The {sup 57}Fe phonon partial density of states (PDOS) in L1{sub 2}-ordered Pd{sub 3}Fe was studied at high pressures by nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (NRIXS) measurements and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The NRIXS spectra showed that the stiffening of the {sup 57}Fe PDOS with decreasing volume was slower from 12 to 24 GPa owing to the pressure-induced Invar transition in Pd{sub 3}Fe, with a change from a high-moment ferromagnetic (FM) state to a low-moment (LM) state observed by nuclear forward scattering. Force constants obtained from fitting to a Born-von Karman model showed a relative softening of the first-nearest-neighbor (1NN) Fe-Pd longitudinal force constants at the magnetic transition. For the FM low-pressure state, the DFT calculations gave a PDOS and 1NN longitudinal force constants in good agreement with experiment, but discrepancies for the high-pressure LM state suggest the presence of short-range magnetic order.

  20. Pressure induced structural phase transition in actinide mono-bismuthides: Ab initio calculations

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    Pataiya, J.; Makode, C.; Aynyas, M.; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2013-06-01

    The structural and electronic properties of mono-bismuthides of Plutonium and Americium have been investigated using tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). From present study with the help of total energy calculations it is found that PuBi and AmBi are stable in NaCl - type structure under ambient pressure. The structure stability of PuBi and AmBi changes under the application of pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B2-phase) structure for these phospides in the pressure range of 45 - 4.5 GPa for PuBi and AmBi respectively. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in good agreement with experimental and theoretical work.

  1. Pressure Induced Structural Phase Transition in Actinide Monophospides: Ab Initio Calculations

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    Makode, Chandrabhan; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2011-07-01

    The structural and electronic properties of monophospides of Thorium, Uranium and Neptunium have been investigated using tight binding linear muffin-in-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). From present study with the help of total energy calculations it is found that ThP, UP and NpP are stable in NaCl- type structure under ambient pressure. The structure stability of ThP, UP and NpP changes under the application of pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B2-phase) structure for these phospides in the pressure range of 37.0-24.0 GPa (ThP to NpP). The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in good agreement with experimental and theoretical work.

  2. Pressure-induced transition from localized electron toward band antiferromagnetism in LaMnO(3).

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    Zhou, J-S; Goodenough, J B

    2002-08-19

    The temperature dependence of the ac susceptibility under pressure has been used to track the Néel temperature T(N) of the Mott insulators LaMnO3, CaMnO3, and YCrO3. Bloch's rule relating T(N) to volume V, viz., alpha=dlog(T(N)/dlog(V=-3.3, is obeyed in YCrO3 and CaMnO3; it fails in LaMnO3. This breakdown is interpreted to be due to a sharp increase in the factor [U(-1)+(2Delta)(-1)] entering the superexchange perturbation formula. A first-order change at 7 kbar indicates that the transition from localized-electron to band magnetism is not smooth.

  3. Pressure-Induced Structural Phase Transition in CeNi: X-ray and Neutron Scattering Studies and First-Principles Calculations

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    Mirmelstein, A.; Podlesnyak, Andrey A.; dos Santos, Antonio M.; Ehlers, Georg; Kerbel, O.; Matvienko, V.; Sefat, A. S.; Saporov, B.; Halder, G. J.; Tobin, J. G.

    2015-08-03

    The pressure-induced structural phase transition in the intermediate-valence compound CeNi has been investigated by x-ray and neutron powder diffraction techniques. It is shown that the structure of the pressure-induced CeNi phase (phases) can be described in terms of the Pnma space group. Equations of state for CeNi on both sides of the phase transition are derived and an approximate P-T phase diagram is suggested for P<8 GPa and T<300 K. The observed Cmcm→Pnma structural transition is then analyzed using density functional theory calculations, which successfully reproduce the ground state volume, the phase transition pressure, and the volume collapse associated withmore » the phase transition.« less

  4. Pressure-Induced Structural Phase Transition in CeNi: X-ray and Neutron Scattering Studies and First-Principles Calculations

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    Mirmelstein, A.; Podlesnyak, Andrey A.; dos Santos, Antonio M.; Ehlers, Georg; Kerbel, O.; Matvienko, V.; Sefat, A. S.; Saporov, B.; Halder, G. J.; Tobin, J. G.

    2015-08-03

    The pressure-induced structural phase transition in the intermediate-valence compound CeNi has been investigated by x-ray and neutron powder diffraction techniques. It is shown that the structure of the pressure-induced CeNi phase (phases) can be described in terms of the Pnma space group. Equations of state for CeNi on both sides of the phase transition are derived and an approximate P-T phase diagram is suggested for P<8 GPa and T<300 K. The observed Cmcm→Pnma structural transition is then analyzed using density functional theory calculations, which successfully reproduce the ground state volume, the phase transition pressure, and the volume collapse associated with the phase transition.

  5. Pressure-induced oversaturation and phase transition in zeolitic imidazolate frameworks with remarkable mechanical stability.

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    Zhao, Pu; Bennett, Thomas D; Casati, Nicola P M; Lampronti, Giulio I; Moggach, Stephen A; Redfern, Simon A T

    2015-03-14

    Zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) 7 and 9 are excellent candidates for CO2 adsorption and storage. Here, high-pressure X-ray diffraction is used to further understand their potential in realistic industrial applications. ZIF-7 and ZIF-9 are shown be able to withstand high hydrostatic pressures whilst retaining their porosity and structural integrity through a new ferroelastic phase transition. This stability is attributed to the presence of sterically large organic ligands. Results confirm the notable influence of guest occupancy on the response of ZIFs to pressure; oversaturation of ZIFs with solvent molecules greatly decreases their compressibility and increases their resistance to amorphisation. By comparing the behaviours of both ZIFs under high pressure, it is demonstrated that their mechanical stability is not affected by metal substitution. The evacuated ZIF-7 phase, ZIF-7-II, is shown to be able to recover to the ZIF-7 structure with excellent resistance to pressure. Examining the pressure-related structural behaviours of ZIF-7 and ZIF-9, we have assessed the great industrial potential of ZIFs.

  6. Pressure responses of portlandite and H-D isotope effects on pressure-induced phase transitions

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    Iizuka, Riko; Kagi, Hiroyuki; Komatsu, Kazuki; Ushijima, Daichi; Nakano, Satoshi; Sano-Furukawa, Asami; Nagai, Takaya; Yagi, Takehiko

    2011-12-01

    The pressure responses of portlandite and the isotope effect on the phase transition were investigated at room temperature from single-crystal Raman and IR spectra and from powder X-ray diffraction using diamond anvil cells under quasi-hydrostatic conditions in a helium pressure-transmitting medium. Phase transformation and subsequent peak broadening (partial amorphization) observed from the Raman and IR spectra of Ca(OH)2 occurred at lower pressures than those of Ca(OD)2. In contrast, no isotope effect was found on the volume and axial compressions observed from powder X-ray diffraction patterns. X-ray diffraction lines attributable to the high-pressure phase remained up to 28.5 GPa, suggesting no total amorphization in a helium pressure medium within the examined pressure region. These results suggest that the H-D isotope effect is engendered in the local environment surrounding H(D) atoms. Moreover, the ratio of sample-to-methanol-ethanol pressure medium (i.e., packing density) in the sample chamber had a significant effect on the increase in the half widths of the diffraction lines, even at pressures below the hydrostatic limit of the pressure medium.

  7. Theoretical investigation of La monopnictides: Electronic properties and pressure-induced phase transition

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    Yan, X. Z.; Chen, Y. M.; Kuang, X. Y.; Xiang, S. K.

    2014-08-28

    The NaCl-type La monopnictides are proper reference materials for the study of strongly correlated rare-earth pnictides. Yet, despite the simple crystal structure of this system, traditional density functional theory (DFT) calculations have dramatic failures in describing their electronic properties: DFT severely underestimates the band gaps and thus predicts incorrect transport characters of them. Here, we perform a corrected DFT calculation to rectify this failure. Our results show that LaN, LaP, and LaAs are semiconductor with band gaps of 0.82, 0.25, and 0.12 eV, respectively, and LaSb is semimetallic with an overlap of conduction and valence bands approximately 0.28 eV, in agreement with the available experiments. Additionally, under high-pressure, we find that LaN displays a new sequence of phase-transition, B1 → anti-B10 → B2, which is different from the previous theoretical predictions but consistent with the recent experiment.

  8. Pressure induced structural phase transition and electronic properties of actinide monophospides: Ab-initio calculations

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    Makode, Chandrabhan; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2011-09-01

    We have investigated the structural and electronic properties of monophospides of thorium, uranium and neptunium. The total energy as a function of volume is obtained by means of the self-consistent tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). From the present study with the help of total energy calculations it is found that ThP, UP and NpP are stable in NaCl-type structure at ambient pressure. The structural stability of ThP, UP and NpP changes under the application of pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B 1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B 2-phase) structure for these phospides in the pressure range of 37.0-24.0 GPa (ThP-NpP). We also calculate lattice parameter ( a0), bulk modulus ( B0), band structure and density of states. From energy band diagram it is observed that ThP, UP and NpP exhibit metallic behavior. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in good agreement with experimental and theoretical work.

  9. Pressure-induced continuous phase transition of charge-density-wave state in a linear-chain complex

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    Kuroda, Noritaka; Sakai, Masamichi; Nishina, Yuichiro; Sasaki, Kazuo

    1992-05-01

    [Pt(en)2][Pt(en)2Cl2](ClO4)4 (en=ethylenediamine) is found to undergo a novel phase transition from the charge-density-wave (CDW) state to a new phase under hydrostatic pressure. The new phase appears at 3 GPa and coexists with the CDW state up to 6 GPa, at least. The volume ratio between the two coexisting phases measured by Raman scattering spectroscopy changes continuously with pressure. The result is discussed in terms of the theoretical approach to the polymorphic phase transition developed recently by Bassler, Sasaki, and Griffiths. It is suggested that kink solitons play an important role in this phase transition.

  10. A coupled cluster and Møller-Plesset perturbation theory study of the pressure induced phase transition in the LiH crystal

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    Grüneis, Andreas

    2015-09-14

    We employ Hartree–Fock, second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation, coupled cluster singles and doubles (CCSD) as well as CCSD plus perturbative triples (CCSD(T)) theory to study the pressure induced transition from the rocksalt to the cesium chloride crystal structure in LiH. We show that the calculated transition pressure converges rapidly in this series of increasingly accurate many-electron wave function based theories. Using CCSD(T) theory, we predict a transition pressure for the structural phase transition in the LiH crystal of 340 GPa. Furthermore, we investigate the potential energy surface for this transition in the parameter space of the Buerger path.

  11. Statistical mechanical analysis of Raman spectroscopic order parameter changes in pressure-induced lipid bilayer phase transitions.

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    Yager, P; Peticolas, W L

    1980-01-01

    The statistical mechanical cluster theory of Fisher as applied by Kanehisa and Tsong to phospholipid bilayers is modified to describe the effects of hydrostatic pressure on the state of an aqueous dispersion of the phospholipid dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine. A high pressure Raman scattering cell has been built to obtain the Raman spectra of aqueous dispersions of phospholipids as a function of the applied hydrostatic pressure from 0 to 100 atmospheres. Predicted thermal and pressure-induced phase transitions are compared with an experimentally obtained Raman order parameter derived from the ratio of two bands in the C-H stretching region of the Raman spectrum of the sample. The parameters of the theory are adjusted to obtain a satisfactory fit of the Raman order parameter versus temperature. The theory is then found to give an excellent prediction of the observed pressure dependence of the Raman order parameter with no changes in the adjustable parameters. The implications of the success of the theoretical fit is discussed. Particularly of interest is the rather high value of the critical temperature, Tc, for lipid bilayers which is predicted by the model. PMID:6894876

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  13. Mechanism of Pressure-Induced Phase Transitions, Amorphization, and Absorption-Edge Shift in Photovoltaic Methylammonium Lead Iodide.

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    Szafrański, Marek; Katrusiak, Andrzej

    2016-09-01

    Our single-crystal X-ray diffraction study of methylammonium lead triiodide, MAPbI3, provides the first comprehensive structural information on the tetragonal phase II in the pressure range to 0.35 GPa, on the cubic phase IV stable between 0.35 and 2.5 GPa, and on the isostructural cubic phase V observed above 2.5 GPa, which undergoes a gradual amorphization. The optical absorption study confirms that up to 0.35 GPa, the absorption edge of MAPbI3 is red-shifted, allowing an extension of spectral absorption. The transitions to phases IV and V are associated with the abrupt blue shifts of the absorption edge. The strong increase of the energy gap in phase V result in a spectacular color change of the crystal from black to red around 3.5 GPa. The optical changes have been correlated with the pressure-induced strain of the MAPbI3 inorganic framework and its frustration, triggered by methylammonium cations trapped at random orientations in the squeezed voids. PMID:27538989

  14. Pressure-induced electronic and magnetic phase transitions in a Mott insulator: Ti-doped C a3R u2O7 bilayer ruthenate

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    Zou, T.; Cao, H. B.; Liu, G. Q.; Peng, J.; Gottschalk, M.; Zhu, M.; Zhao, Y.; Leão, J. B.; Tian, W.; Mao, Z. Q.; Ke, X.

    2016-07-01

    We report the hydrostatic pressure-induced electronic and magnetic phase transitions in a Mott insulator, a bilayer ruthenate C a3(Ru0.97Ti0.03 ) 2O7 , via electronic transport and single crystal neutron diffraction measurements. The system undergoes an insulator-metal transition at a very small hydrostatic pressure ≈0.04 GPa, followed by a magnetic phase transition around 0.3 GPa, suggesting that the low energy charge fluctuation and magnetic ordering couple to the pressure separately in this compound. The a b initio calculations show that the suppressed Ru O6 flattening induced by the pressure reduces the orbital polarization and gives rise to an insulator-metal transition preceding the magnetic phase transition.

  15. Exact matrix treatment of an osmotic ensemble model of adsorption and pressure induced structural transitions in metal organic frameworks.

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    Dunne, Lawrence J; Manos, George

    2016-03-14

    Here we present an exactly treated quasi-one dimensional statistical mechanical osmotic ensemble model of pressure and adsorption induced breathing structural transformations of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The treatment uses a transfer matrix method. The model successfully reproduces the gas and pressure induced structural changes which are observed experimentally in MOFs. The model treatment presented here is a significant step towards analytical statistical mechanical treatments of flexible metal-organic frameworks.

  16. X-Ray Diffraction and Mössbauer Spectroscopy Studies of Pressure-Induced Phase Transitions in a Mixed-Valence Trinuclear Iron Complex.

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    Madsen, Solveig R; Gunnlaugsson, Haraldur P; Moggach, Stephen A; Eikeland, Espen; Wu, Lai-Chin; Leupold, Olaf; Overgaard, Jacob; Iversen, Bo B

    2016-07-01

    The mixed-valence complex Fe3 O(cyanoacetate)6 (H2 O)3 (1) has been studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis at pressures up to 5.3(1) GPa and by (synchrotron) Mössbauer spectroscopy at pressures up to 8(1) GPa. Crystal structure refinements were possible up to 4.0(1) GPa. In this pressure range, 1 undergoes two pressure-induced phase transitions. The first phase transition at around 3 GPa is isosymmetric and involves a 60° rotation of 50 % of the cyanoacetate ligands. The second phase transition at around 4 GPa reduces the symmetry from rhombohedral to triclinic. Mössbauer spectra show that the complex becomes partially valence-trapped after the second phase transition. This sluggish pressure-induced valence-trapping is in contrast to the very abrupt valence-trapping observed when compound 1 is cooled from 130 to 120 K at ambient pressure. PMID:27245642

  17. First-Principles Studies of Pressure-Induced Structural and Insulator-To Transitions in Alkaline-Earth Dicarbides MC2 (M = Ca, Sr and Ba)

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    Jiang, Li-Na

    2013-12-01

    Pressure-induced phase transitions in MC2 (M = Ca, Sr and Ba) are investigated by using the first-principles plane wave pseudopotential method within the generalized gradient approximation. The first-order phase transition from tetragonal phase (CaC2-type, space group I4/mmm) to rhombohedral (CsCl-type, space group R/line{3}m) structure is predicted to occur at 22.2, 10.0 and 3.6 GPa, respectively, and transition pressure point of BaC2 agrees well with recent theoretical works. Based on the electronic analysis, the ionic Ca-C bond character becomes stronger with increasing pressure in both I4/mmm and R/line{3}m phases. In particular, there will occur a transition from insulator to metal with increasing pressure due to the reason that the calculated band gap gets narrower and finally closes at some high pressure.

  18. Pressure-induced isostructural phase transition and correlation of FeAs coordination with the superconducting properties of 111-type Na(1-x)FeAs.

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    Liu, Qingqing; Yu, Xiaohui; Wang, Xiancheng; Deng, Zheng; Lv, Yuxi; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Sijia; Liu, Haozhe; Yang, Wenge; Wang, Lin; Mao, Hokwang; Shen, Guoyin; Lu, Zhong-Yi; Ren, Yang; Chen, Zhiqiang; Lin, Zhijun; Zhao, Yusheng; Jin, Changqing

    2011-05-25

    The effect of pressure on the crystalline structure and superconducting transition temperature (T(c)) of the 111-type Na(1-x)FeAs system using in situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and diamond anvil cell techniques is studied. A pressure-induced tetragonal to tetragonal isostructural phase transition was found. The systematic evolution of the FeAs(4) tetrahedron as a function of pressure based on Rietveld refinements on the powder X-ray diffraction patterns was obtained. The nonmonotonic T(c)(P) behavior of Na(1-x)FeAs is found to correlate with the anomalies of the distance between the anion (As) and the iron layer as well as the bond angle of As-Fe-As for the two tetragonal phases. This behavior provides the key structural information in understanding the origin of the pressure dependence of T(c) for 111-type iron pnictide superconductors. A pressure-induced structural phase transition is also observed at 20 GPa.

  19. Pressure-induced isostructural phase transition and correlation of FeAs coordination with the superconducting properties of 111-type Na

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    Liu, Qingqing; Yu, Xiaohui; Wang, Xiancheng; Deng, Zheng; Lv, Yuxi; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Sijia; Liu, Haozhe; Yang, Wenge; Wang, Lin; Mao, Hokwang; Shen, Guoyin; Lu, Zhong-Yi; Ren, Yang; Chen, Zhiqiang; Lin, Zhijun; Zhao, Yusheng; Jin, Changqing

    2011-05-25

    The effect of pressure on the crystalline structure and superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) of the 111-type Na{sub 1–x}FeAs system using in situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and diamond anvil cell techniques is studied. A pressure-induced tetragonal to tetragonal isostructural phase transition was found. The systematic evolution of the FeAs{sub 4} tetrahedron as a function of pressure based on Rietveld refinements on the powder X-ray diffraction patterns was obtained. The nonmonotonic T{sub c}(P) behavior of Na{sub 1–x}FeAs is found to correlate with the anomalies of the distance between the anion (As) and the iron layer as well as the bond angle of As–Fe–As for the two tetragonal phases. This behavior provides the key structural information in understanding the origin of the pressure dependence of T{sub c} for 111-type iron pnictide superconductors. A pressure-induced structural phase transition is also observed at 20 GPa.

  20. Study of pressure induced polyamorphic transition in Ce-based ternary BMG using in situ x-ray scattering and electrical conductivity measurement

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    Chen, J.; Ma, C.; Tang, R.; Li, L.; Liu, H.; Gao, C.; Yang, W.

    2015-12-01

    In situ high energy x-ray scattering and electrical conductivity measurements on Ce70Al10Cu20 bulk metallic glass have been conducted using a diamond anvil cell (DAC) in conjunction with synchrotron x-rays or a laboratory electrical measurement system. The relative volumetric change (V/V0) as a function of pressure is inferred using the first sharp diffraction peak (FSDP) and the universal fractional noncubic power law[1]. The result indicates a pressure-induced polyamorphic transition at about 4 GPa in the ternary system. While the observed pressure of such polyamorphic transition in the Ce-base binary BMG is not very sensitive to its composition based on some of the previous studies[2, 3], this study indicates that such transition pressure increases considerably when a new component is added to the system. In the electrical conductivity measurement, a significant resistance change was observed in the pressure range coupled to polyamorphic transition. More discussions will be given regarding the electrical conductivity behavior of this system under high pressure to illustrate the delocalization of 4f electrons as the origin of the observed polyamorphic transition. References: 1. Zeng Q, Kono Y, Lin Y, Zeng Z, Wang J, Sinogeikin SV, Park C, Meng Y, Yang W, Mao H-K (2014) Universal fractional noncubic power law for density of metallic glasses. Physical Review Letters 112: 185502-185502 2. Zeng Q-S, Ding Y, Mao WL, Yang W, Sinogeikin SV, Shu J, Mao H-K, Jiang JZ (2010) Origin of pressure-induced polyamorphism in Ce75Al25 metallic glass. Physical Review Letters 104: 105702-105702 3. Sheng HW, Liu HZ, Cheng YQ, Wen J, Lee PL, Luo WK, Shastri SD, Ma E (2007) Polyamorphism in a metallic glass. Nature Materials DOI: 10.1038/nmat1839.

  1. Pressure-Induced Mott Transition Followed by a 24-K Superconducting Phase in BaFe2S3

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    Yamauchi, Touru; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Ueda, Yutaka; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2015-12-01

    We performed high-pressure study for a Mott insulator BaFe2S3 , by measuring dc resistivity and ac susceptibility up to 15 GPa. We found that the antiferromagnetic insulating state at the ambient pressure is transformed into a metallic state at the critical pressure, Pc=10 GPa , and the superconductivity with the optimum Tc=24 K emerges above Pc. Furthermore, we found that the metal-insulator transition (Mott transition) boundary terminates at a critical point around 10 GPa and 75 K. The obtained pressure-temperature (P -T ) phase diagram is similar to those of the organic and fullerene compounds; namely, BaFe2S3 is the first inorganic superconductor in the vicinity of bandwidth control type Mott transition.

  2. Siderite at lower mantle conditions and the effects of the pressure-induced spin-pairing transition

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    Lavina, B.; Dera, P.; Downs, R.T.; Prakapenka, V.; Rivers, M.; Sutton, S.; Nicol, M.

    2010-05-04

    Siderite (FeCO{sub 3}) forms a complete solid solution with magnesite (MgCO{sub 3}), the most likely candidate for a mantle carbonate. Our experiments with natural siderite reveal spin pairing of d-orbital electrons of Fe{sup 2+} at 43 GPa, as evidenced by a sharp volume collapse of about 10%. The initially colorless crystals assume an intense green color after the transition, which progressively turns to red above 60 GPa. We present clear evidence for the instability of an intermediate spin state in siderite at ambient temperature. At the transition pressure, domains of high and low spin siderite coexist. The unit cell volume difference between magnesite and siderite is significantly decreased by the spin transition, enhancing the solubility between the two calcite-type minerals. A siderite component in magnesite at lower mantle pressure would significantly increase its density and slightly increase the carbonate bulk modulus.

  3. Pressure-Induced Phase Transition in Guanidinium Perchlorate: A Supramolecular Structure Directed by Hydrogen Bonding and Electrostatic Interactions

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    Li, Shourui; Li, Qian; Wang, Kai; Tan, Xiao; Zhou, Mi; Li, Bing; Liu, Bingbing; Zou, Guangtian; Zou, Bo

    2012-01-20

    In situ Raman spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments have been performed to investigate the response of guanidinium perchlorate (C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}{sup +} {center_dot} ClO{sub 4}{sup -}, GP) to high pressures of {approx}11 GPa. GP exhibits a typical supramolecular structure of two-dimensional (2D) hydrogen-bonded ionic networks at ambient conditions. A subtle phase transition, accompanied by the symmetry transformation from R3m to C2, has been confirmed by obvious changes in both Raman and XRD patterns at 4.5 GPa. The phase transition is attributed to the competition between hydrogen bonds and close packing of the supramolecular structure at high pressure. Hydrogen bonds have been demonstrated to evolve into a distorted state through the phase transition, accompanied by the reduction in separation of oppositely charged ions in adjacent sheet motifs. A detailed mechanism of the phase transition, as well as the cooperativity between hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions, is discussed by virtue of the local nature of the structure.

  4. Pressure-induced phase transitions of exposed curved surface nano-TiO2 with high photocatalytic activity

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    Huang, Yanwei; Chen, Fengjiao; Li, Xin; Yuan, Ye; Dong, Haini; Samanta, Sudeshna; Yu, Zhenhai; Rahman, Saqib; Zhang, Jun; Yang, Ke; Yan, Shuai; Wang, Lin

    2016-06-01

    We report a unique phase transition in compressed exposed curved surface nano-TiO2 with high photocatalytic activity using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman Spectroscopy. High-pressure studies indicate that the anatase phase starts to transform into baddeleyite phase upon compression at 19.4 GPa, and completely transforms into the baddeleyite phase above 24.6 GPa. Upon decompression, the baddeleyite phase was maintained until the pressure was released to 6.4 GPa and then transformed into the α-PbO2 phase at 2.7 GPa. Together with the results of high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and the pressure-volume relationship, this phase transition's characteristics during the compression-decompression cycle demonstrate that the truncated biconic morphology possessed excellent stability. This study may provide an insight to the mechanisms of stability for high photocatalytic activity of nano-TiO2.

  5. Revisit of Pressure-Induced Phase Transition in PbSe: Crystal Structure, and Thermoelastic and Electrical Properties.

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    Wang, Shanmin; Zang, Chengpeng; Wang, Yongkun; Wang, Liping; Zhang, Jianzhong; Childs, Christian; Ge, Hui; Xu, Hongwu; Chen, Haiyan; He, Duanwei; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-05-18

    Lead selenide, PbSe, an important lead chalcogenide semiconductor, has been investigated using in-situ high-pressure/high-temperature synchrotron X-ray diffraction and electrical resistivity measurements. For the first time, high-quality X-ray diffraction data were collected for the intermediate orthorhombic PbSe. Combined with ab initio calculations, we find a Cmcm, InI-type symmetry for the intermediate phase, which is structurally more favorable than the anti-GeS-type Pnma. At room temperature, the onset of the cubic-orthorhombic transition was observed at ∼3.5 GPa with a ∼3.4% volume reduction. At an elevated temperature of 1000 K, the reversed orthorhombic-to-cubic transition was observed at 6.12 GPa, indicating a positive Clapeyron slope for the phase boundary. Interestingly, phase-transition induced elastic softening in PbSe was also observed, which can be mainly attributed to the loosely bonded trigonal prisms along the b-axis in the Cmcm structure. In a comparison with the cubic phase, orthorhombic PbSe exhibits a large negative pressure dependence of electrical resistivity. In addition, thermoelastic properties of orthorhombic PbSe have been derived from isothermal compression data, such as the temperature derivative of bulk modulus and thermally induced pressure. PMID:25938257

  6. Pressure induced tetragonal to monoclinic transition in RbN{sub 3} studied from first principles theory

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    Vaitheeswaran, G. Babu, K. Ramesh

    2014-04-24

    Alkali metal azides are well known for their application as explosives and gas generators. They are used as precursors in synthesis of polymeric nitrogen, an ultimate green high energy density material. Among the alkali metal azides, rubidium azide RbN{sub 3} crystallizes in tetragonal structure with linear azide ions arranged in layers and binds through weak dispersive interactions. In this present work, we have studied the structural stability, electronic structure and optical properties of solid RbN{sub 3} by using van der Waals corrected density functional theory. We find that the ambient tetragonal structure undergoes a structural transition to monoclinic structure at 0.72 GPa, which is in good agreement with the experimental transition pressure of less than 1 GPa. The phonon frequencies at the gamma point are calculated and found that the lattice mode Eg softens under pressure which may supports the structural phase transition. The electronic band structure and optical properties are calculated by using Tran Blaha-modified Becke Johnson (TB-mBJ) functional and found that solid RbN{sub 3} is an insulator with a gap of 5.976 eV and the optical absorption starts with the UV light of wave length 207.5 nm.

  7. Pressure-induced changes in the electron density distribution in α-Ge near the α-β transition

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    Li, Rui; Liu, Jing; Bai, Ligang; Shen, Guoyin; Tse, John S.

    2015-08-17

    Electron density distributions in α-Ge have been determined under high pressure using maximum entropy method with structure factors obtained from single crystal synchrotron x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell. The results show that the sp{sup 3} bonding is enhanced with increasing pressure up to 7.7(1) GPa. At higher pressures but below the α-β transition pressure of 11.0(1) GPa, the sp{sup 3}-like electron distribution progressively weakens with a concomitant increase of d-orbitals hybridization. The participation of d-orbitals in the electronic structure is supported by Ge Kβ{sub 2} (4p-1s) x-ray emission spectroscopy measurements showing the reduction of 4s character in the valence band at pressures far below the α-β transition. The gradual increase of d-orbitals in the valence level in the stability field of α-Ge is directly related to the eventual structural transition.

  8. Rivastigmine hydrogen tartrate polymorphs: Solid-state characterisation of transition and polymorphic conversion via milling

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    Amaro, Maria Inês; Simon, Alice; Cabral, Lúcio Mendes; de Sousa, Valéria Pereira; Healy, Anne Marie

    2015-11-01

    Rivastigmine (RHT) is an active pharmaceutical ingredient that is used for the treatment of mild to moderately severe dementia in Alzheimer's disease, and is known to present two polymorphic forms and to amorphise upon granulation. To date there is no information in the scientific or patent literature on polymorphic transition and stability. Hence, the aim of the current study was to gain a fundamental understanding of the polymorphic forms by (1) evaluating RHT thermodynamic stability (monotropy or enantiotropy) and (2) investigating the potential for polymorphic transformation upon milling. The two polymorphic and amorphous forms were characterised using X-ray powder diffractometry, thermal analyses, infra-red spectroscopy and water sorption analysis. The polymorphic transition was found to be spontaneous (ΔG0 < 0) and exothermic (ΔH0 < 0), indicative of a monotropic polymorph pair. The kinetic studies showed a fast initial polymorphic transition characterised by a heterogeneous nucleation, followed by a slow crystal growth. Ball milling can be used to promote the polymorphic transition and for the production of RHT amorphous form.

  9. Pressure induced magneto-structural phase transitions in layered RMn{sub 2}X{sub 2} compounds (invited)

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    Kennedy, Shane; Wang, Jianli; Campbell, Stewart; Hofmann, Michael; Dou, Shixue

    2014-05-07

    We have studied a range of pseudo-ternaries derived from the parent compound PrMn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}, substituting for each constituent element with a smaller one to contract the lattice. This enables us to observe the magneto-elastic transitions that occur as the Mn-Mn nearest neighbour distance is reduced and to assess the role of Pr on the magnetism. Here, we report on the PrMn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2−x}Si{sub x}, Pr{sub 1−x}Y{sub x}Mn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}, and PrMn{sub 2−x}Fe{sub x}Ge{sub 2} systems. The pressure produced by chemical substitution in these pseudo-ternaries is inherently non-uniform, with local pressure variations dependent on the local atomic distribution. We find that concentrated chemical substitution on the R or X site (e.g., in Pr{sub 0.5}Y{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} and PrMn{sub 2}Ge{sub 0.8}Si{sub 1.2}) can produce a separation into two distinct magnetic phases, canted ferromagnetic and canted antiferromagnetic, with a commensurate phase gap in the crystalline lattice. This phase gap is a consequence of the combination of phase separation and spontaneous magnetostriction, which is positive on transition to the canted ferromagnetic phase and negative on transition to the canted antiferromagnetic phase. Our results show that co-existence of canted ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases depends on chemical pressure from the rare earth and metalloid sites, on local lattice strain distributions and on applied magnetic field. We demonstrate that the effects of chemical pressure bear close resemblance to those of mechanical pressure on the parent compound.

  10. Pressure-induced phase transition and electrical properties of thermoelectric Al-doped Mg{sub 2}Si

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    Zhao, Jianbao; Tse, John S.; Liu, Zhenxian; Gordon, Robert A.; Takarabe, Kenichi; Reid, Joel

    2015-10-14

    A recent study has shown the thermoelectric performance of Al-doped Mg{sub 2}Si materials can be significantly enhanced at moderate pressure. To understand the cause of this phenomenon, we have performed in situ angle dispersive X-ray diffraction and infrared reflectivity measurements up to 17 GPa at room temperature. Contrary to previous experiment, using helium as a pressure transmission medium, no structural transformation was observed in pure Mg{sub 2}Si. In contrast, a phase transition from cubic anti-fluorite (Fm-3m) to orthorhombic anti-cotunnite (Pnma) was observed in the Al-doped sample at 10 GPa. Infrared reflectivity measurements show the electrical conductivity increases with pressure and is further enhanced after the phase transition. The electron density of states at the Fermi level computed form density functional calculations predict a maximum thermoelectric power factor at 1.9 GPa, which is in good agreement with the experimental observation.

  11. Pressure-induced phase transition in La1–xSmxO0.5F0.5BiS2

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    Fang, Y.; Yazici, D.; White, B. D.; Maple, M. B.

    2015-09-15

    Electrical resistivity measurements on La1–xSmxO0.5F0.5BiS2 (x = 0.1, 0.3, 0.6, 0.8) have been performed under applied pressures up to 2.6 GPa from 2 K to room temperature. The superconducting transition temperature Tc of each sample significantly increases at a Sm-concentration dependent pressure Pt, indicating a pressure-induced phase transition from a low-Tc to a high-Tc phase. At ambient pressure, Tc increases dramatically from 2.8 K at x = 0.1 to 5.4 K at x = 0.8; however, the Tc values at P > Pt decrease slightly with x and Pt shifts to higher pressures with Sm substitution. In the normal state,more » semiconducting-like behavior is suppressed and metallic conduction is induced with increasing pressure in all of the samples. Furthermore, these results suggest that the pressure dependence of Tc for the BiS2-based superconductors is related to the lattice parameters at ambient pressure and enable us to estimate the evolution of Tc for SmO0.5F0.5BiS2 under pressure.« less

  12. Pressure-induced superconductivity and structural transitions in Ba(Fe0.9Ru0.1)2As2

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    Uhoya, Walter O.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Vohra, Yogesh K.; Sefat, Athena S.; Weir, Samuel T.

    2014-03-01

    Electrical transport and structural characterizations of isoelectronically substituted Ba(Fe0.9Ru0.1)2As2 have been performed as a function of pressure up to ~30 GPa and temperature down to ~10 K using designer diamond anvil cell. Similar to undoped members of the AFe2As2 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) family, Ba(Fe0.9Ru0.1)2As2 shows anomalous a-lattice parameter expansion with increasing pressure and a concurrent ThCr2Si2 type isostructural (I4/mmm) phase transition from tetragonal (T) phase to a collapsed tetragonal (cT) phase occurring between 12 and 17 GPa where the a is maximum. Above 17 GPa, the material remains in the cT phase up to 30 GPa at 200 K. The resistance measurements show evidence of pressure-induced zero resistance that may be indicative of high-temperature superconductivity for pressures above 3.9 GPa. The onset of the resistive transition temperature decreases gradually with increasing pressure before completely disappearing for pressures above ~10.6 GPa near the T-cT transition. We have determined the crystal structure of the high-Tc phase of Ru-doped BaFe2As2 to remain as tetragonal (I4/mmm) by analyzing the X-ray diffraction pattern obtained at 10 K and 9.7 ± 0.7 GPa, as opposed to inferring the structural transition from electrical resistance measurement, as in a previous report [S.K. Kim, M.S. Torikachvili, E. Colombier, A. Thaler, S.L. Bud'ko, P.C. Canfield, Phys. Rev. B 84, 134525 (2011)].

  13. Prediction of Pressure-Induced Structural Transition and Mechanical Properties of MgY from First-Principles Calculations

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    Pu, Chun-Ying; Xun, Xian-Chao; Song, Hai-Zhen; Zhang, Fei-Wu; Lu, Zhi-Wen; Zhou, Da-Wei

    2016-01-01

    Using the particle swarm optimization algorithm on crystal structure prediction, we first predict that MgY alloy undergoes a first-order phase transition from CsCl phase to P4/NMM phase at about 55 GPa with a small volume collapse of 2.63%. The dynamical stability of P4/NMM phase at 55 GPa is evaluated by the phonon spectrum calculation and the electronic structure is discussed. The elastic constants are calculated, after which the bulk moduli, shear moduli, Young's modui, and Debye temperature are derived. The brittleness/ductile behavior, and anisotropy of two phases under pressure are discussed in details. Our results show that external pressure can change the brittle behavior to ductile at 10 GPa for CsCl phase and improve the ductility of MgY alloy. As pressure increases, the elastic anisotropy in shear of CsCl phase decreases, while that of P4/NMM phase remains nearly constant. The elastic anisotropic constructions of the directional dependences of reciprocals of bulk modulus and Young's modulus are also calculated and discussed. Supported by the Henan Joint Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. U1304612, U1404608, the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 51501093, 51374132, and the Special Fund of the Theoretical Physics of China under Grant No. 11247222, Postdoctoral Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 2015M581767, and Young Core Instructor Foundation of Henan Province under Grant No. 2015GGJS-122

  14. Pressure-induced phase-transition and improvement of the microdielectric properties in yttrium-doped SrZrO3

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    Dai, Lidong; Wu, Lei; Li, Heping; Hu, Haiying; Zhuang, Yukai; Liu, Kaixiang

    2016-06-01

    In this study, the effect of pressure on undoped and 5% yttrium-doped SrZrO3 (SZY0 and SZY5) were conducted from the ambient condition to ∼25 \\text{GPa} with a diamond anvil cell. The comparison of the high-pressure Raman spectra of SZY0 and SZY5 indicate that SZY0 displays a rigid structure without any structural modification, whereas for SZY5 a structural transition at ∼15 \\text{GPa} is revealed. Some characteristic physical parameters such as bulk conductivities, grain boundary conductivities, Warburg diffusion coefficient, transference number and bulk relaxation frequency were determined by the high-pressure impedance spectroscopy data. An obvious discontinuous inflexion point (at ∼13 \\text{GPa} ) for SZY5 sample is observable which was also verified the phase-transition of the Raman spectroscopy results. A mixed conduction mechanism for both SZY0 and SZY5 are coexisting for both SZY0 and SZY5 in a wide pressure range. The pressure-induced phase-transition of SZY5 would result in an inversion of conduction mechanism that is characterized by the dominant charge carriers transformation from electron to ion. The Maxwell-Wagner relaxation arising at the interfaces of grain and grain boundary indicates that Y-doping and pressure could make the ions diffusion much easier through the boundaries and finally enhance the dielectric performance of the sample. It is suggested that pressure could be a useful tool to manipulate the microstructure and dielectric performance of polycrystal through altering the grain boundary distribution.

  15. Pressure-induced structural changes and insulator-metal transition in layered bismuth triiodide, BiI3: a combined experimental and theoretical study.

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    Devidas, T R; Chandra Shekar, N V; Sundar, C S; Chithaiah, P; Sorb, Y A; Bhadram, V S; Chandrabhas, N; Pal, K; Waghmare, U V; Rao, C N R

    2014-07-01

    Noting that BiI3 and the well-known topological insulator (TI) Bi2Se3 have the same high symmetry parent structures, and that it is desirable to find a wide-band gap TI, we determine here the effects of pressure on the structure, phonons and electronic properties of rhombohedral BiI3. We report a pressure-induced insulator-metal transition near 1.5 GPa, using high pressure electrical resistivity and Raman measurements. X-ray diffraction studies, as a function of pressure, reveal a structural peculiarity of the BiI3 crystal, with a drastic drop in c/a ratio at 1.5 GPa, and a structural phase transition from rhombohedral to monoclinic structure at 8.8 GPa. Interestingly, the metallic phase, at relatively low pressures, exhibits minimal resistivity at low temperatures, similar to that in Bi2Se3. We corroborate these findings with first-principles calculations and suggest that the drop in the resistivity of BiI3 in the 1-3 GPa range of pressure arises possibly from the appearance of an intermediate crystal phase with a lower band-gap and hexagonal crystal structure. Calculated Born effective charges reveal the presence of metallic states in the structural vicinity of rhombohedral BiI3. Changes in the topology of the electronic bands of BiI3 with pressure, and a sharp decrease in the c/a ratio below 2 GPa, are shown to give rise to changes in the slope of phonon frequencies near that pressure.

  16. Pressure induced crystallization in amorphous silicon

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    Pandey, K. K.; Garg, Nandini; Shanavas, K. V.; Sharma, Surinder M.; Sikka, S. K.

    2011-06-01

    We have investigated the high pressure behavior of amorphous silicon (a-Si) using x-ray diffraction and Raman scattering techniques. Our experiments show that a-Si undergoes a polyamorphous transition from the low density amorphous to the high density amorphous phase, followed by pressure induced crystallization to the primitive hexagonal (ph) phase. On the release path, the sequence of observed phase transitions depends on whether the pressure is reduced slowly or rapidly. Using the results of our first principles calculations, pressure induced preferential crystallization to the ph phase is explained in terms of a thermodynamic model based on phenomenological random nucleation and the growth process.

  17. Raman scattering studies of pressure-induced phase transitions in perovskite formates [(CH3)2NH2][Mg(HCOO)3] and [(CH3)2NH2][Cd(HCOO)3

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    Mączka, M.; Almeida da Silva, T.; Paraguassu, W.; Pereira da Silva, K.

    2016-03-01

    Pressure-dependent Raman studies were preformed on two dimethylammonium metal formates, [(CH3)2NH2][Mg(HCOO)3] (DMMg) and [(CH3)2NH2][Cd(HCOO)3] (DMCd). They revealed three pressure-induced transitions in the DMMg near 2.2, 4.0 and 5.6 GPa. These transitions are associated with significant distortion of the anionic framework and the phase transition at 5.6 GPa has also great impact on the DMA+ cation. The DMCd undergoes two pressure-induced phase transitions. The first transition occurred between 1.2 and 2.0 GPa and the second one near 3.6 GPa. The first transition leads to subtle structural changes associated with distortion of anionic framework and the later leads to significant distortion of the framework. In contrast to the DMMg, the third transition associated with distortion of DMA+ cation is not observed for the DMCd up to 7.8 GPa. This difference can be most likely associated with larger volume of the cavity occupied by DMA+ cation in the DMCd and thus weaker interactions between anionic framework and DMA+ cations.

  18. Pressure-induced shallow-to-deep donor-state transition in 119doped GaAs observed by Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Gibart, P.; Williamson, D. L.; Moser, J.; Basmaji, P.

    1990-08-01

    The Sn DX center in GaAs, a deep donor state of Sn, has been observed by Mössbauer measurements at high pressure. The size of the pressure-induced Sn DX Mössbauer resonance compared to the net conduction-electron concentration at zero pressure provides evidence that the Sn DX center localizes two or three electrons in the ground state.

  19. Atomistic origins of pressure-induced changes in the O K -edge x-ray Raman scattering features of Si O2 and MgSi O3 polymorphs: Insights from ab initio calculations

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    Yi, Yoo Soo; Lee, Sung Keun

    2016-09-01

    Despite its fundamental importance in condensed matter physics and geophysical implications, establishing the systematic and direct link between the pressure-induced structural changes in crystalline and noncrystalline low-z oxides and their corresponding evolution in O K -edge core-electron excitation features under extreme compression has been challenging. Here we calculated the site-resolved partial density of states and O K -edge x-ray Raman scattering (XRS) spectra for two of the important oxide phases in the Earth's lower mantle, MgSi O3 bridgmanite and post-bridgmanite, up to 120 GPa using ab initio calculations, revealing the electronic origins of the O K -edge features for oxides under compression. The absorption threshold (EA) and band gap increase linearly with a decrease in the O-O distance in diverse Si O2 and MgSi O3 high-pressure phases [EA(eV ) ≈-10.9 dO-O(Å ) +34.4 ] , providing a predictive relationship between the EA and the O-O distances in the oxide at high pressure. Despite densification, upon isobaric phase transition from bridgmanite to post-bridgmanite at 120 GPa, a decrease in band gap results in a decrease in edge energy because of an increase in O-O distance. The oxygen proximity is a useful structural proxy of oxide densification upon compression, as it explains the pressure-induced changes in O K -edge XRS features of crystalline and amorphous Si O2 and MgSi O3 at high pressures. These results can be applied to studies of the pressure-bonding transitions in a wide range of oxides under extreme compression.

  20. Rotation-Induced Polymorphic Transitions in Bacterial Flagella

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    Vogel, Reinhard; Stark, Holger

    2013-04-01

    Bacteria propel themselves with the help of rotating helical flagella. They change their swimming direction during tumbling events in order to increase, for example, their supply of nutrients (chemotaxis). During tumbling a bacterial flagellum assumes different polymorphic states. Based on a continuum model for the motor-flagellum system, we demonstrate that a changing motor torque can initiate these polymorphic transformations. In particular, we investigate the run-and-stop tumble strategy of Rhodobacter sphaeroides which uses a coiled-to-normal transition in its single flagellum. We also show that torque reversal in single-flagellated Escherichia coli generates a normal-to-curly I transition as observed for tumbling E. coli that swim with a bundle of several flagella.

  1. Pressure-induced interband optical transitions in an InAs0.8P0.2/InP quantum wire

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    Saravanan, S.; Peter, A. John; Lee, Chang Woo

    2015-12-01

    Hydrostatic pressure-induced exciton binding energy in an InAs0.8P0.2/InP quantum well wire is investigated taking into account the geometrical confinement effect. Numerical calculations are carried out using variational approach within the single-band effective-mass approximation. The compressive strain contribution to the confinement potential is included throughout the calculations. The energy difference of the ground and the first excited state is found with the consideration of spatial confinement effect in the influence of pressure. The second-order susceptibility of harmonic generation is carried out using the compact density method. The optical gain as a function of incident photon energy is computed in the presence of the hydrostatic pressure. The result shows that the range of wavelength for the potential applications of telecommunications (1.3-1.55 μm) can be obtained by the application of the hydrostatic pressure. We believe that the obtained results can be applied for tuning the ranges of fibre optical wavelength in telecommunications.

  2. Effects of Pressure-Induced Membrane Phase Transitions on Inactivation of HorA, an ATP-Dependent Multidrug Resistance Transporter, in Lactobacillus plantarum

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    Ulmer, H. M.; Herberhold, H.; Fahsel, S.; Gänzle, M. G.; Winter, R.; Vogel, R. F.

    2002-01-01

    The effects of pressure on cultures of Lactobacillus plantarum were characterized by determination of the viability and activity of HorA, an ATP-binding cassette multidrug resistance transporter. Changes in the membrane composition of L. plantarum induced by different growth temperatures were determined. Furthermore, the effect of the growth temperature of a culture on pressure inactivation at 200 MPa was determined. Cells were characterized by plate counts on selective and nonselective agar after pressure treatment, and HorA activity was measured by ethidium bromide efflux. Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy and Laurdan fluorescence spectroscopy provided information about the thermodynamic phase state of the cytoplasmic membrane during pressure treatment. A pressure-temperature diagram for cell membranes was established. Cells grown at 37°C and pressure treated at 15°C lost >99% of HorA activity and viable cell counts within 36 and 120 min, respectively. The membranes of these cells were in the gel phase region at ambient pressure. In contrast, cells grown at 15°C and pressure treated at 37°C lost >99% of HorA activity and viable cell counts within 4 and 8 min, respectively. The membranes of these cells were in the liquid crystalline phase region at ambient pressure. The kinetic analysis of inactivation of L. plantarum provided further evidence that inactivation of HorA is a crucial step during pressure-induced cell death. Comparison of the biological findings and the membrane state during pressure treatment led to the conclusion that the inactivation of cells and membrane enzymes strongly depends on the thermodynamic properties of the membrane. Pressure treatment of cells with a liquid crystalline membrane at 0.1 MPa resulted in HorA inactivation and cell death more rapid than those of cells with a gel phase membrane at 0.1 MPa. PMID:11872454

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

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    Vattré, A.; Denoual, C.

    2016-07-01

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

  4. Study of B1 (NaCl-type) to B2 (CsCl-type) pressure-induced structural phase transition in BaS, BaSe and BaTe using first-principles computations

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    Khare, Sanjay; Zhou, Xiuquan; Roehl, Jason L.; Lind, Cora

    2013-03-01

    We have studied the pressure-induced phase transitions from NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) structure in BaS, BaSe and BaTe by using ab initio density functional theory computations in the local density approximation. The Buerger and WTM[2] mechanisms were explored by mapping the enthalpy contours in two and four dimensional configuration space for the two mechanisms, respectively. Transition pressures for BaS, BaSe and BaTe were determined to be 5.5 GPa, 4.9 GPa and 3.4 GPa, respectively. From these configuration space landscapes, a low enthalpy barrier path was constructed for the transitions to proceed at three different pressures. We obtained barriers of 0.18, 0.16 and 0.15 eV/pair (17.4, 15.4 and 14.5 kJ/mol) for the Buerger mechanism and 0.13, 0.13 and 0.12 eV/pair (12.5, 12.5 and 11.6 kJ/mol) for the WTM mechanism at the transition pressures for BaS, BaSe and BaTe, respectively, indicating that the WTM mechanism is slightly more favorable in these compounds. We describe the difference of the two mechanisms by differences in their symmetry and atomic coordination. National Science Foundation (#DMR 1005911, #DMR 0705464, #CMMI 1234777 and CNS 0855134), Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC).

  5. Study of B1 (NaCl-type) to B2 (CsCl-type) pressure-induced structural phase transition in BaS, BaSe and BaTe using ab initio computations

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    Zhou, X.; Roehl, J. L.; Lind, C.; Khare, S. V.

    2013-02-01

    We have studied the pressure-induced phase transitions from NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) structure in BaS, BaSe and BaTe by using ab initio density functional theory computations in the local density approximation. The Buerger and WTM mechanisms were explored by mapping the enthalpy contours in two- and four-dimensional configuration space for the two mechanisms, respectively. Transition pressures for BaS, BaSe and BaTe were determined to be 5.5 GPa, 4.9 GPa and 3.4 GPa, respectively. From these configuration space landscapes, a low enthalpy barrier path was constructed for the transitions to proceed at three different pressures. We obtained barriers of 0.18, 0.16 and 0.15 eV/pair (17.4, 15.4 and 14.5 kJ mol-1) for the Buerger mechanism and 0.13, 0.13 and 0.12 eV/pair (12.5, 12.5 and 11.6 kJ mol-1) for the WTM mechanism at the transition pressures for BaS, BaSe and BaTe, respectively, indicating that the WTM mechanism is slightly more favorable in these compounds. We describe the difference between the two mechanisms by differences in their symmetry and atomic coordination.

  6. A shock pressure induced phase transition from liquid to solid of cyclohexane using time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy

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    Oguchi, Shiro; Sato, Akira; Kondo, Ken-Ichi; Nakamura, Kazutaka

    2007-06-01

    The liquid-solid phase transition of cyclohexane has been studied under laser shock compression up to 3.8 GPa by using nanosecond time-resolved Coherent Anti-stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS) and laser shock compression. The shock wave is generated by irradiation of 10 ns pulsed laser beam on the plasma confinement target and its pressure is estimated from a particle velocity, which is measured by optically recording velocity interferometer system (ORVIS). Higher frequency shift of the Raman peaks (ring-breathing, C-C stretching, and CH2 twist modes) was observed at high pressure. At 3.8 GPa, splitting of the peak (CH2 twist mode) due to change in symmetry of surrounding molecules, which corresponds to phase transition to solid IV, was observed at delay time of 20 ns. Rapid liquid-solid phase transition has been directly observed to occur within 20 ns.

  7. Pressure-Induced Zircon-Type to Scheelite-Type Phase Transition in Orthophosphates YbPO4 and LuPO4

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    Zhang, F.; Maik, L; Ewing, R; Lian, J; Wang, Z; Hu, J; Boatner, L

    2008-01-01

    The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO4 and LuPO4, were studied by in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) at pressures up to 52 and 43 GPa, respectively. A reversible phase transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type was found at not, vert, similar22 GPa for YbPO4 and 19 GPa for LuPO4. Coinciding with the transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type, there is a not, vert, similar 10% reduction in volume and a significant increase in the bulk modulus for both compounds.

  8. Hydrostatic pressure tuned magneto-structural transition and occurrence of pressure induced exchange bias effect in Mn0.85Fe0.15NiGe alloy

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    Dutta, P.; Pramanick, S.; Das, D.; Chatterjee, S.

    2016-09-01

    The magnetic and magneto-functional behavior of a Fe-doped MnNiGe alloy with nominal composition Mn0.85Fe0.15NiGe have been investigated in ambient as well as in high pressure conditions. The alloy undergoes a first order martensitic phase transition (MPT) around 200 K and also shows a large conventional magnetocaloric effect (MCE) ( Δ S∼ -21 J kg‑1 K‑1 for magnetic field (H) changing from 0–50 kOe) around the transition in ambient conditions. The application of external hydrostatic pressure (P) results in a shift in MPT towards the lower temperature and a clear decrease in the saturation moment of the alloy at 5 K. The peak value of MCE is also found to decrease with increasing external P (∼18 J kg‑1 K‑1 decrease in Δ S has been observed for P  =  12.5 kbar). The most interesting observation is the occurrence of the exchange bias effect (EBE) on application of external P. The competing ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interaction in the presence of external P plays the pivotal role towards the observation of P induced EBE.

  9. Hydrostatic pressure tuned magneto-structural transition and occurrence of pressure induced exchange bias effect in Mn0.85Fe0.15NiGe alloy

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    Dutta, P.; Pramanick, S.; Das, D.; Chatterjee, S.

    2016-09-01

    The magnetic and magneto-functional behavior of a Fe-doped MnNiGe alloy with nominal composition Mn0.85Fe0.15NiGe have been investigated in ambient as well as in high pressure conditions. The alloy undergoes a first order martensitic phase transition (MPT) around 200 K and also shows a large conventional magnetocaloric effect (MCE) ( Δ S˜ -21 J kg-1 K-1 for magnetic field (H) changing from 0-50 kOe) around the transition in ambient conditions. The application of external hydrostatic pressure (P) results in a shift in MPT towards the lower temperature and a clear decrease in the saturation moment of the alloy at 5 K. The peak value of MCE is also found to decrease with increasing external P (˜18 J kg-1 K-1 decrease in Δ S has been observed for P  =  12.5 kbar). The most interesting observation is the occurrence of the exchange bias effect (EBE) on application of external P. The competing ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interaction in the presence of external P plays the pivotal role towards the observation of P induced EBE.

  10. A DFT study of pressure-induced phase transitions, structural and electronic properties of Cu2ZnSnS4

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    Zhao, Yifen; Li, Decong; Liu, Zuming

    2016-06-01

    The structural properties, phase transitions, and electronic structures of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) in the three structures have been researched using the first-principles density functional theory (DFT). The results indicate that the energies of stannite (ST) and pre-mixed Cu-Au (PMCA) CZTS are higher than those of kesterite (KS) CZTS, indicating that the KS CZTS is more stable. We found the phase transition pressure between the KS and ST structures of CZTS is about 32 GPa. Moreover, for KS- and PMCA-CZTS, there exists in the mischcrystal phase between 52 GPa and 65 GPa. The band structures show that the KS- and ST-CZTS are direct band gap semiconductors. The band gaps of three-type CZTS increase with increasing pressure, and the maximum band gap of KS and ST structures for CZTS occurs at 50 GPa. However, PMCA CZTS possesses metal property. Furthermore, the PMCA CZTS translates from metal to the indirect semiconductor with increasing pressure. The results play an important role in future experimental and theoretical work for CZTS materials.

  11. Pressure-induced symmetry-lowering transition in dense nitrogen to layered polymeric nitrogen (LP-N) with colossal Raman intensity.

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    Tomasino, Dane; Kim, Minseob; Smith, Jesse; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2014-11-14

    We present the discovery of a novel nitrogen phase synthesized using laser-heated diamond anvil cells at pressures between 120-180 GPa well above the stability field of cubic gauche (cg)-N. This new phase is characterized by its singly bonded, layered polymeric (LP) structure similar to the predicted Pba2 and two colossal Raman bands (at ∼1000 and 1300  cm^{-1} at 150 GPa), arising from two groups of highly polarized nitrogen atoms in the bulk and surface of the layer, respectively. The present result also provides a new constraint for the nitrogen phase diagram, highlighting an unusual symmetry-lowering 3D cg-N to 2D LP-N transition and thereby the enhanced electrostatic contribution to the stabilization of this densely packed LP-N (ρ=4.85  g/cm^{3} at 120 GPa).

  12. Pressure-induced metallization of silane

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    Chen,X.; Struzhkin, V.; Song, Y.; Goncharov, A.; Ahart, M.; Liu, Z.; Mao, H.; Hemley, R.

    2008-01-01

    There is a great interest in electronic transitions in hydrogen-rich materials under extreme conditions. It has been recently suggested that the group IVa hydrides such as methane (CH4), silane (SiH4), and germane (GeH4) become metallic at far lower pressures than pure hydrogen at equivalent densities because the hydrogen is chemically compressed in group IVa hydride compounds. Here we report measurements of Raman and infrared spectra of silane under pressure. We find that SiH4 undergoes three phase transitions before becoming opaque at 27-30 GPa. The vibrational spectra indicate the material transforms to a polymeric (framework) structure in this higher pressure range. Room-temperature infrared reflectivity data reveal that the material exhibits Drude-like metallic behavior above 60 GPa, indicating the onset of pressure-induced metallization.

  13. An Exercise in X-Ray Diffraction Using the Polymorphic Transition of Nickel Chromite.

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    Chipman, David W.

    1980-01-01

    Describes a laboratory experiment appropriate for a course in either x-ray crystallography or mineralogy. The experiment permits the direct observation of a polymorphic transition in nickel chromite without the use of a special heating stage or heating camera. (Author/GS)

  14. The kinetics of the polymorphic transition of the α-form of 2,4,6,8,10,12-hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane

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    Chukanov, N. V.; Zakharov, V. V.; Korsunskii, B. L.; Raevskii, A. V.; Nedel'Ko, V. V.; Vozchikova, S. A.; Larikova, T. S.; Golovina, N. I.; Aldoshin, S. M.

    2009-01-01

    The α → γ polymorphic transition in hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane was studied by optical microscopy, calorimetry, IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, and X-ray diffraction. The thermal effect of the transition was determined. The kinetics of the process is complex because of the relation between structural rearrangement and transition with the removal of water stabilizing the structure of the α polymorph. Depending on the morphological characteristics of the initial sample, the polymorphic transition can follow a frontal-heterogeneous mechanism (single crystal → polycrystalline aggregate) or a quasi-homogeneous mechanism (single crystal → single crystal).

  15. Shock induced polymorphic transition in quartz, carbon, and boron nitride

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    Tan, Hua; Ahrens, Thomas J.

    1990-01-01

    The model proposed by Ahrens (1988) to explain the mechanism of the polymorphism in silicates is revised, and the revised model is applied to the quartz/stishovite, graphite/diamond, and graphite-boron nitride (g-BN) phase transformations. In this model, a key assumption is that transformation to a high-density amorphous or possibly liquid phase which rapidly crystallized to the high-pressure phase is triggered by the high temperatures in the shear band and upon crossing the metastable extension of a melting curve. Good agreement between the calcualted results and published data is obtained. The present theory predicts the standard entropy for cubic BN to be 0.4-0.5 J/g K.

  16. Polymorphic transitions in n-hydrocarbon-water and n-alcohol-water binary systems

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    Mirgorod, Yu. A.

    2014-08-01

    The mixing of hydrocarbons and alcohols in an excess of water is explained by polymorphic transitions similar to crystallization in an ensemble of water clusters. Enthalpies of transitions of 4.90 ± 0.07 and 2.2 ± 0.3 kJ/mol are obtained for solutions of hydrocarbons and alcohols in an excess of water, respectively. It is concluded that the mixing of water in an excess of hydrocarbons and alcohols is similar to evaporation (the breaking of H-bonds) with an enthalpy of 34 ± 1.4 kJ/mol. It is established that a polymorphic transition occurs between two binodals, and is accompanied by the emergence of microphases (concentration fluctuations) of alcohols in water. Binodals and spinodals in an excess of water and alcohol coincide for butyl and other higher alcohols.

  17. Pressure-induced transformation plasticity of H(2)O ice.

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    Dunand, D C; Schuh, C; Goldsby, D L

    2001-01-22

    Transformation plasticity is a deformation mechanism which occurs during phase transformation of an externally stressed material. Pressure-induced transformation plasticity of ice could be relevant to the geology of the moons of the outer solar system, and has long been postulated to occur in olivine in the earth's interior. In the present work, ice specimens were subjected to isostatic pressure cycling between 0 and 300 MPa to induce reversible polymorphic transformation between ice I and II at 230 K. When a small uniaxial compressive stress was applied during cycling, the specimens exhibited a compressive strain (as large as 18.5% after a single cycle) proportional to the applied stress, in agreement with observations and theory for transformation plasticity of metals induced by polymorphic thermal cycling. PMID:11177908

  18. Improved tabletability after a polymorphic transition of delta-mannitol during twin screw granulation.

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    Vanhoorne, V; Bekaert, B; Peeters, E; De Beer, T; Remon, J-P; Vervaet, C

    2016-06-15

    In most formulations processed via continuous twin screw granulation microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and/or lactose are used as excipients, but mannitol is also a preferred excipient for wet granulation and tableting due to its non-hygroscopicity and inertness. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to investigate the influence of process parameters on critical quality attributes of granules (moisture content, solid state, morphology, size distribution, specific surface area, friability, flowability and hygroscopicity) and tablets (tensile strength and friability) after twin screw granulation of δ-mannitol. The δ-polymorph was selected since a moisture-induced transformation to β-mannitol was observed during batch wet granulation, which exhibited a unique morphology with a large surface area and improved tabletability. A full factorial experimental design was performed, varying screw speed (400-900rpm), granulation temperature (25-40°C), number of kneading elements (6 or 12) and liquid-to-solid (L/S) ratio, on the granulation unit of a ConsiGma™-25 line (a continuous powder-to-tablet manufacturing system). After tray drying the granules were milled and tableted. The results showed that the polymorphic transition from δ- to β-mannitol also occurred during twin screw granulation, although the residence time and L/S ratios were much lower in continuous twin screw granulation compared to batch processing. However, the polymorphic transition was not complete in all experiments and depended on the L/S ratio, screw speed and number of kneading elements. Nevertheless all granules exhibited the unique morphology linked to the polymorphic transition and had a superior tabletability compared to granules produced with β-mannitol as starting material. This was attributed to enhanced plastic deformation of the granules manufactured using δ-mannitol as starting material. In addition, it was concluded that mannitol was granulated via a different mechanism than

  19. Pressure-induced phase transitions and correlation between structure and superconductivity in iron-based superconductor Ce(O(0.84)F(0.16))FeAs.

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    Zhao, Jinggeng; Liu, Haozhe; Ehm, Lars; Dong, Dawei; Chen, Zhiqiang; Liu, Qingqing; Hu, Wanzheng; Wang, Nanlin; Jin, Changqing

    2013-07-15

    High-pressure angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction experiments on iron-based superconductor Ce(O(0.84)F(0.16))FeAs were performed up to 54.9 GPa at room temperature. A tetragonal to tetragonal isostructural phase transition starts at about 13.9 GPa, and a new high-pressure phase has been found above 33.8 GPa. At pressures above 19.9 GPa, Ce(O(0.84)F(0.16))FeAs completely transforms to a high-pressure tetragonal phase, which remains in the same tetragonal structure with a larger a-axis and smaller c-axis than those of the low-pressure tetragonal phase. The structure analysis shows a discontinuity in the pressure dependences of the Fe-As and Ce-(O, F) bond distances, as well as the As-Fe-As and Ce-(O, F)-Ce bond angles in the transition region, which correlates with the change in T(c) of this compound upon compression. The isostructural phase transition in Ce(O(0.84)F(0.16))FeAs leads to a drastic drop in the superconducting transition temperature T(c) and restricts the superconductivity at low temperature. For the 1111-type iron-based superconductors, the structure evolution and following superconductivity changes under compression are related to the radius of lanthanide cations in the charge reservoir layer.

  20. Pressure induced insulator-metal transition and giant negative piezoresistance in Pr0.6Ca0.4Mn0.96Al0.04O3 polycrystal

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    Arumugam, S.; Thiyagarajan, R.; Kalaiselvan, G.; Sivaprakash, P.

    2016-11-01

    The effect of external hydrostatic pressure (P) on the magnetization (M) and resistivity (ρ) properties of charge-orbital (CO) ordered-insulating phase-separated manganite Pr0.6Ca0.4Mn0.96Al0.04O3 system is reported here. At ambient P, CO ordering transition and spin-canting in the AFM are observed at 223 K and 55 K respectively in M(T) and ρ(T) measurements. Application of P increases simultaneously the magnitude of magnetization (M) and transition temperature, and weakens the CO ordering in M(T) measurements up to 0.98 GPa. During ρ(T) measurements, P induces an insulator-metallic transition (TIM) at 1.02 GPa, and further increase of P up to 2.84 GPa leads to increase of TIM (dTIM/dP =21.6 K/GPa). ρ at TIM is reduced about three orders of magnitude at 2.84 GPa, and leads to the giant negative piezoresistance (~98%). These results are analyzed separately in two temperature regions i.e., below and above TIM by power function equation and small polaronic hopping model respectively. It is understood from these analyses that the application of P suppresses the Jahn-Teller distortions, electron-electron and electron-magnon scattering factors, and induces the insulator-metal transition in Pr0.6Ca0.4Mn0.96Al0.04O3 system.

  1. Irreversibility of pressure induced boron speciation change in glass.

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    Smedskjaer, Morten M; Youngman, Randall E; Striepe, Simon; Potuzak, Marcel; Bauer, Ute; Deubener, Joachim; Behrens, Harald; Mauro, John C; Yue, Yuanzheng

    2014-01-01

    It is known that the coordination number (CN) of atoms or ions in many materials increases through application of sufficiently high pressure. This also applies to glassy materials. In boron-containing glasses, trigonal BO3 units can be transformed into tetrahedral BO4 under pressure. However, one of the key questions is whether the pressure-quenched CN change in glass is reversible upon annealing below the ambient glass transition temperature (Tg). Here we address this issue by performing (11)B NMR measurements on a soda lime borate glass that has been pressure-quenched at ~0.6 GPa near Tg. The results show a remarkable phenomenon, i.e., upon annealing at 0.9Tg the pressure-induced change in CN remains unchanged, while the pressurised values of macroscopic properties such as density, refractive index, and hardness are relaxing. This suggests that the pressure-induced changes in macroscopic properties of soda lime borate glasses compressed up to ~0.6 GPa are not attributed to changes in the short-range order in the glass, but rather to changes in overall atomic packing density and medium-range structures.

  2. Irreversibility of Pressure Induced Boron Speciation Change in Glass

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    Smedskjaer, Morten M.; Youngman, Randall E.; Striepe, Simon; Potuzak, Marcel; Bauer, Ute; Deubener, Joachim; Behrens, Harald; Mauro, John C.; Yue, Yuanzheng

    2014-01-01

    It is known that the coordination number (CN) of atoms or ions in many materials increases through application of sufficiently high pressure. This also applies to glassy materials. In boron-containing glasses, trigonal BO3 units can be transformed into tetrahedral BO4 under pressure. However, one of the key questions is whether the pressure-quenched CN change in glass is reversible upon annealing below the ambient glass transition temperature (Tg). Here we address this issue by performing 11B NMR measurements on a soda lime borate glass that has been pressure-quenched at ~0.6 GPa near Tg. The results show a remarkable phenomenon, i.e., upon annealing at 0.9Tg the pressure-induced change in CN remains unchanged, while the pressurised values of macroscopic properties such as density, refractive index, and hardness are relaxing. This suggests that the pressure-induced changes in macroscopic properties of soda lime borate glasses compressed up to ~0.6 GPa are not attributed to changes in the short-range order in the glass, but rather to changes in overall atomic packing density and medium-range structures. PMID:24442182

  3. Pressure-induced transformations in molecular crystals

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    Taylor, R.D.; Hearne, G.R. |; Pasternak, M.P.

    1995-09-01

    A review is given on the unique features of the Moessbauer spectroscopy (MS) which by virtue of the quadrupole interaction and the lattice dynamics allows one to characterize some structural properties in the pressure-induced amorphous state of molecular crystals. Experiments were performed in GeI{sub 4}, SnI{sub 4} and SnBr{sub 4} by means of {sup 119}Sn and {sup 129}I MS with pressures to 35 GPa at cryogenic temperatures using diamond anvil cells.

  4. Crystalline Morphology and Polymorphic Phase Transitions in Electrospun Nylon-6 Nanofibers

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    Liu,Y.; Cui, L.; Guan, F.; Gao, Y.; Hedin, N.; Zhu, L.; Fong, H.

    2007-01-01

    Uniform nylon-6 nanofibers with diameters around 200 nm were prepared by electrospinning. Polymorphic phase transitions and crystal orientation of nylon-6 in unconfined (i.e., as-electrospun) and a high T{sub g} (340 C) polyimide confined nanofibers were studied. Similar to melt-spun nylon-6 fibers, electrospun nylon-6 nanofibers also exhibited predominant, metastable {gamma}-crystalline form, and the {gamma}-crystal (chain) axes preferentially oriented parallel to the fiber axis. Upon annealing above 150 C, {gamma}-form crystals gradually melted and recrystallized into thermodynamically stable {alpha}-form crystals, which ultimately melted at 220 C. Release of surface tension accompanied this melt-recrystallization process, as revealed by differential scanning calorimetry. For confined nanofibers, both the melt-recrystallization and surface tension release processes were substantially depressed; {gamma}-form crystals did not melt and recrystallize into {alpha}-form crystals until 210 C, only 10 C below the T{sub m} at 220 C. After complete melting of nanoconfined crystals at 240 C and recrystallization at 100 C, only {alpha}-form crystals oriented perpendicular to the nanofiber axis were obtained. In the polyimide-confined nanofibers, the Brill transition (from the monoclinic {alpha}-form to a high-temperature monoclinic form) was observed at 180-190 C, which was at least 20 C higher than that in unconfined nylon-6 at {approx}160 C. This, again, was attributed to the confinement effect.

  5. Nature of Pressure-induced Insulating States in Simple Metals

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    Naumov, Ivan; Hemley, Russell

    As experimentally established, all the alkali metals and heavy alkaline earth metals (Ca, Sr and Ba) become progressively less conductive on compression, at least up to some critical limit over a broad pressure range. Of these metals, Li and Na clearly undergo pressure-induced metal-insulator transitions, which may also be called reverse Mott transitions. Here, using group theory arguments and first-principles calculations, we show that such transitions can be understood in terms of band representations introduced by Zak. The valence bands in the insulating states are described by simple and composite band representations constructed from localized Wannier functions centered on points unoccupied by atoms. The character of the Wannier functions is closely related to the degree of s-p(-d) hybridization and reflects multi-center chemical bonding in these insulating states. The conditions under which an insulating state is allowed for structures having an integer number of atoms per primitive unit cell as well as re-entrant (i.e., metal-insulator-metal) transition sequences are detailed, resulting in predictions of semimetallic phases with flat surface states. The general principles developed are tested and applied to the alkali and alkaline earth metals, including elements where high-pressure insulating phases have been identified or reported (e.g., Li, Na, and Ca). This research was supported by EFree, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences under Award DESC0001057.

  6. Pressure-Induced Foaming of Metals

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    García-Moreno, Francisco; Mukherjee, Manas; Jiménez, Catalina; Banhart, John

    2015-05-01

    Pressure-induced foaming (PIF) of metals is a foaming technique in which blowing agent free compacted metal powders are foamed. The method consists of heating hot-compacted metallic precursors to above their melting temperature under gas overpressure and foaming them by pressure release. This study focuses on PIF of Al99.7 and AlSi7 alloys under both air or Ar and overpressures up to 9 bar. In situ x-ray radioscopy allows us to follow the foaming process and to perform quantitative analyses of expansion, foam morphology, and coalescence rate. Mass spectrometry helps to identify hydrogen as the foaming gas. Adsorbates on the former powder particles are found to be the primary gas source. Various advantages of this new method are identified and discussed.

  7. Radiation-pressure-induced nonlinearity in microdroplets.

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    Zhang, Peng; Jung, Sunghwan; Lee, Aram; Xu, Yong

    2015-12-01

    High quality (Q) factor whispering gallery modes (WGMs) can induce nonlinear effects in liquid droplets through mechanisms such as radiation pressure, Kerr nonlinearity, and thermal effects. However, such nonlinear effects, especially those due to radiation pressure, have yet to be thoroughly investigated and compared in the literature. In this study, we present an analytical approach that can exactly calculate the droplet deformation induced by the radiation pressure. The accuracy of the analytical approach is confirmed through numerical analyses based on the boundary element method. We show that the nonlinear optofluidic effect induced by the radiation pressure is stronger than the Kerr effect and the thermal effect under a large variety of realistic conditions. Using liquids with ultralow and experimentally attainable interfacial tension, we further confirm the prediction that it may only take a few photons to produce measurable WGM resonance shift through radiation-pressure-induced droplet deformation. PMID:26764829

  8. Crystalline Morphology and Polymorphic Phase Transitions in Electrospun Nylon 6 Nanofibers.

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    Liu, Yi; Cui, Li; Guan, Fangxiao; Gao, Yi; Hedin, Nyle E; Zhu, Lei; Fong, Hao

    2007-01-01

    Uniform nylon 6 nanofibers with diameters around 200 nm were prepared by electrospinning. Polymorphic phase transitions and crystal orientation of nylon 6 in unconfined (i.e., as-electrospun) and a high T(g) (340 degrees C) polyimide confined nanofibers were studied. Similar to melt-spun nylon 6 fibers, electrospun nylon 6 nanofibers also exhibited predominant, meta-stable gamma crystalline form, and the gamma-crystal (chain) axes preferentially oriented parallel to the fiber axis. Upon annealing above 150 degrees C, gamma-form crystals gradually melted and recrystallized into the thermodynamically stable alpha-form crystals, which ultimately melted at 220 degrees C. Release of surface tension accompanied this melt-recrystallization process, as revealed by differential scanning calorimetry. For confined nanofibers, both the melt-recrystallization and surface tension release processes were substantially depressed; gamma-form crystals did not melt and recrystallize into alpha-form crystals until 210 degrees C, only 10 degrees C below the T(m) at 220 degrees C. After complete melting of nano-confined crystals at 240 degrees C and recrystallization at 100 degrees C, only alpha-form crystals oriented perpendicular to the nanofiber axis were obtained. In the polyimide-confined nanofibers, the Brill transition (from the monoclinic alpha-form to a high temperature monoclinic form) was observed at 180-190 degrees C, which was at least 20 degrees C higher than that in unconfined nylon 6 at approximately 160 degrees C. This, again, was attributed to the confinement effect.

  9. Pressure induced phase transition in defect chalcopyrite compounds

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    Meenakshi, S.

    2012-07-01

    The large band gap semiconducting compounds of the type AIIB2IIIC4VI crystallizing in the defect chalcopyrite (DCP) tetragonal structure are of great technological interest and have potential applications in non linear optical and photovoltaic devices. These compounds contain a crystallographically ordered array of vacancies (stoichiometric voids) in the cation sublattice and exhibit several interesting physical and chemical properties. The presence of the vacancies facilitates the doping of these compounds by impurities and has stimulated investigations about occurrence of order-disorder effects in the cation sublattice. In this presentation our recent experimental results on the high pressure investigations on some of the defect chalcopyrite compounds would be discussed.

  10. Trichoscopy of Noncicatricial Pressure-induced Alopecia Resembling Alopecia Areata.

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    Papaiordanou, Francine; da Silveira, Bruno Rebelo Lages; Piñeiro-Maceira, Juan; Pirmez, Rodrigo

    2016-01-01

    Pressure-induced alopecia is an unusual cause of hair loss, and reports of its trichoscopic features are scarce. In this paper, we describe a case of pressure-induced alopecia in which trichoscopic and histopathological findings overlap with those described for alopecia areata. PMID:27601865

  11. Trichoscopy of Noncicatricial Pressure-induced Alopecia Resembling Alopecia Areata

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    Papaiordanou, Francine; da Silveira, Bruno Rebelo Lages; Piñeiro-Maceira, Juan; Pirmez, Rodrigo

    2016-01-01

    Pressure-induced alopecia is an unusual cause of hair loss, and reports of its trichoscopic features are scarce. In this paper, we describe a case of pressure-induced alopecia in which trichoscopic and histopathological findings overlap with those described for alopecia areata. PMID:27601865

  12. Pressure-induced decomposition of indium hydroxide.

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    Gurlo, Aleksander; Dzivenko, Dmytro; Andrade, Miria; Riedel, Ralf; Lauterbach, Stefan; Kleebe, Hans-Joachim

    2010-09-15

    A static pressure-induced decomposition of indium hydroxide into metallic indium that takes place at ambient temperature is reported. The lattice parameter of c-In(OH)(3) decreased upon compression from 7.977(2) to approximately 7.45 A at 34 GPa, corresponding to a decrease in specific volume of approximately 18%. Fitting the second-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state to the obtained compression data gave a bulk modulus of 99 +/- 3 GPa for c-In(OH)(3). The c-In(OH)(3) crystals with a size of approximately 100 nm are comminuted upon compression, as indicated by the grain-size reduction reflected in broadening of the diffraction reflections and the appearance of smaller (approximately 5 nm) incoherently oriented domains in TEM. The rapid decompression of compressed c-In(OH)(3) leads to partial decomposition of indium hydroxide into metallic indium, mainly as a result of localized stress gradients caused by relaxation of the highly disordered indium sublattice in indium hydroxide. This partial decomposition of indium hydroxide into metallic indium is irreversible, as confirmed by angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy imaging, Raman scattering, and FTIR spectroscopy. Recovered c-In(OH)(3) samples become completely black and nontransparent and show typical features of metals, i.e., a falling absorption in the 100-250 cm(-1) region accompanied by a featureless spectrum in the 250-2500 cm(-1) region in the Raman spectrum and Drude-like absorption of free electrons in the region of 4000-8000 cm(-1) in the FTIR spectrum. These features were not observed in the initial c-In(OH)(3), which is a typical white wide-band-gap semiconductor.

  13. Pressure-induced recovery of Fourier's law in one-dimensional momentum-conserving systems.

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    Sato, Dye Sk

    2016-07-01

    We report the two typical models of normal heat conduction in one-dimensional momentum-conserving systems. They show the Arrhenius and the non-Arrhenius temperature dependence. We construct the two corresponding phenomenologies, transition-state theory of thermally activated dissociation and the pressure-induced crossover between two fixed points in fluctuating hydrodynamics. Compressibility yields the ballistic fixed point, whose scaling is observed in Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) β lattices. PMID:27575085

  14. Pressure-induced recovery of Fourier's law in one-dimensional momentum-conserving systems

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    Sato, Dye SK

    2016-07-01

    We report the two typical models of normal heat conduction in one-dimensional momentum-conserving systems. They show the Arrhenius and the non-Arrhenius temperature dependence. We construct the two corresponding phenomenologies, transition-state theory of thermally activated dissociation and the pressure-induced crossover between two fixed points in fluctuating hydrodynamics. Compressibility yields the ballistic fixed point, whose scaling is observed in Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) β lattices.

  15. Pressure-induced hydrogen bonding: structure of D2S phase I'

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    Loveday; Nelmes; Klotz; Besson; Hamel

    2000-07-31

    The full structure of the high-pressure cubic phase I' of hydrogen sulfide has been solved using neutron diffraction data. The molecules are partially rotationally disordered about the <111> axes, as in phase II at ambient pressure but with markedly greater nonuniformity of the toroidal D distribution. The changes in structure at the II-->I' transition signal the onset of significant pressure-induced hydrogen bonding.

  16. Pressure-induced metallization of molybdenum disulfide.

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    Chi, Zhen-Hua; Zhao, Xiao-Miao; Zhang, Haidong; Goncharov, Alexander F; Lobanov, Sergey S; Kagayama, Tomoko; Sakata, Masafumi; Chen, Xiao-Jia

    2014-07-18

    X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and electrical conductivity measurements of molybdenum disulfide MoS(2) are performed at pressures up to 81 GPa in diamond anvil cells. Above 20 GPa, we find discontinuous changes in Raman spectra and x-ray diffraction patterns which provide evidence for isostructural phase transition from 2H(c) to 2H(a) modification through layer sliding previously predicted theoretically. This first-order transition, which is completed around 40 GPa, is characterized by a collapse in the c-lattice parameter and volume and also by changes in interlayer bonding. After the phase transition completion, MoS(2) becomes metallic. The reversibility of the phase transition is identified from all these techniques. PMID:25083660

  17. The impact of room temperature polymorphism in K doped NaTaO3 on structural phase transition behaviour

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    Arulnesan, Shamanthini William; Kayser, Paula; Kennedy, Brendan J.; Knight, Kevin S.

    2016-06-01

    Temperature dependent high resolution neutron diffraction studies demonstrate that the sequence and temperatures of the crystallographic phase transitions in NaTaO3 are not impacted by doping with 1% K to form Na0.99K0.01TaO3. Rietveld analysis of the neutron diffraction data shows the structural transitions to be: Pbnm ↔ 723       K Cmcm ↔ 803   K P 4 / nbm ↔ 893   K Pm 3 bar m . The two orthorhombic polymorphs, Pbnm and Cmcm, differ fundamentally in the distortion and tilting of the octahedra, such that they cannot be obtained from each other via a continuous phase transition resulting in their co-existence between RT and 723 K. Chemical doping, does however, dramatically impact on the amount of the metastable Cmcm phase observed at room temperature.

  18. Pressure-induced amorphization of La{sub 1/3}TaO{sub 3}

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    Noked, O.; Melchior, A.; Shuker, R.; Livneh, T.; Steininger, R.; Kennedy, B.J.; Sterer, E.

    2013-06-15

    La{sub 1/3}TaO{sub 3}, an A-site cation deficient perovskite, has been studied under pressure by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. It undergoes irreversible pressure induced amorphization at P=18.5 GPa. An almost linear unit cell volume decrease vs. pressure is observed from ambient pressure up to the phase transition. The Raman spectroscopy also shows amorphization at the same pressure, with positive shifts of all modes as a function of pressure. The pressure dependence of the E{sub g} and A{sub 1g} Raman modes arising from the octahedral oxygen network is discussed. - Graphical abstract: La{sub 1/3}Tao{sub 3} exhibits linear pressure–volume relation until irreversible pressure induced amorphization at 18.5 Gpa. - Highlights: • La{sub 1/3}TaO{sub 3} has been studied under pressure by synchrotron XRD and Raman spectroscopy. • La{sub 1/3}TaO{sub 3} undergoes irreversible pressure induced amorphization around 18.5 GPa. • The transition is manifested in both XRD and Raman measurements. • A linear P–V relation is observed from ambient pressure up to the phase transition.

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

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    Cui, Tian

    2013-06-01

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

  20. Pressure-induced amorphization and orientational disorder in potash alum

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    Sakuntala, T.; Arora, Akhilesh K.; Shekar, N. V. Chandra; Sahu, P. Ch

    2000-05-01

    Pressure-induced amorphization in potassium aluminium sulphate dodecahydrate (potash alum) has been studied using Raman spectroscopy in a diamond anvil cell up to a pressure of 15 GPa. In potash alum, some of the sulphate ions are misoriented with their S-O bond pointing towards potassium rather than aluminium, leading to an `orientational disorder' which ranges from 10 to 24% at ambient conditions. The disorder is quantified from the intensities of the Raman lines characteristic of the two orientations. The samples with low initial disorder exhibit a sequence of two structural phase transitions occurring at 1.5 and 9 GPa respectively. The phase above 1.5 GPa, which could be pressure quenched to ambient conditions, is found to be free from orientational disorder. On the other hand, in the samples with high initial disorder, the disorder is found to grow as a function of pressure and beyond a critical value the system turns amorphous, which is confirmed from the disappearance of sharp diffraction peaks. In view of these results it is apparent that the orientational disorder is the driving mechanism of amorphization in potash alum. The different initial disorders in different samples are believed to arise from a combination of a dynamic disorder (equilibrium) and a static disorder arising from the defects. This defect could possibly be a missing molecule in the water octahedra around the potassium ion.

  1. Pressure induced reactions amongst calcium aluminate hydrate phases

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    Moon, Ju-hyuk; Oh, Jae Eun; Balonis, Magdalena; Glasser, Fredrik P.; Clark, Simon M.; Monteiro, Paulo J.M.

    2011-06-15

    The compressibilities of two AFm phases (straetlingite and calcium hemicarboaluminate hydrate) and hydrogarnet were obtained up to 5 GPa by using synchrotron high-pressure X-ray powder diffraction with a diamond anvil cell. The AFm phases show abrupt volume contraction regardless of the molecular size of the pressure-transmitting media. This volume discontinuity could be associated to a structural transition or to the movement of the weakly bound interlayer water molecules in the AFm structure. The experimental results seem to indicate that the pressure-induced dehydration is the dominant mechanism especially with hygroscopic pressure medium. The Birch-Murnaghan equation of state was used to compute the bulk modulus of the minerals. Due to the discontinuity in the pressure-volume diagram, a two stage bulk modulus of each AFm phase was calculated. The abnormal volume compressibility for the AFm phases caused a significant change to their bulk modulus. The reliability of this experiment is verified by comparing the bulk modulus of hydrogarnet with previous studies.

  2. Pressure-induced polyamorphism in salty water.

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    Bove, L E; Klotz, S; Philippe, J; Saitta, A M

    2011-03-25

    We investigated the metastable phase diagram of an ionic salt aqueous solution, LiCl:6D₂O, at high pressure and low temperature by neutron diffraction measurements and computer simulations. We show that the presence of salt triggers a stepwise transformation, under annealing at high pressure, to a new very high-density amorphous form. The transition occurs abruptly at 120 K and 2 GPa, is reversible, and is characterized by a sizeable enthalpy release. Simulations suggest that the polyamorphic transition is linked to a local structural reorganization of water molecules around the Li ions. PMID:21517327

  3. Pressure-induced exotic states in rare earth hexaborides.

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    Sun, Liling; Wu, Qi

    2016-08-01

    Finding the exotic phenomena in strongly correlated electron systems (SCESs) and understanding the corresponding microphysics have long been the research frontiers of condensed matter physics. The remarkable examples for the intriguing phenomena discovered in past years include unconventional superconductivity, heavy Fermion behaviors, giant magneto-resistance and so on. A fascinating type of rare earth hexaboride RB6 (R  =  Sm, Yb, Eu and Ce) belongs to a strongly correlated electron system (SCES), but shows unusual ambient-pressure and high-pressure behaviors beyond the phenomena mentioned above. Particularly, the recent discovery of the coexistence of an unusual metallic surface state and an insulating bulk state in SmB6, known to be a Kondo insulator decades ago, by theoretical calculations and many experimental measurements creates new interest for the investigation of the RB6. This significant progress encourages people to revisit the RB6 with an attempt to establish a new physics that links the SCES and the unusual metallic surface state which is a common feature of a topological insulator (TI). It is well known that pressure has the capability of tuning the electronic structure and modifying the ground state of solids, or even inducing a quantum phase transition which is one of the kernel issues in studies of SCESs. In this brief review, we will describe the progress in high pressure studies on the RB6 based on our knowledge and research interests, mainly focusing on the pressure-induced phenomena in YbB6 and SmB6, especially on the quantum phase transitions and their connections with the valence state of the rare earth ions. Moreover, some related high-pressure results obtained from CeB6 and EuB6 are also included. Finally, a summary is given in the conclusions and perspectives section. PMID:27376406

  4. Pressure-induced exotic states in rare earth hexaborides

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    Sun, Liling; Wu, Qi

    2016-08-01

    Finding the exotic phenomena in strongly correlated electron systems (SCESs) and understanding the corresponding microphysics have long been the research frontiers of condensed matter physics. The remarkable examples for the intriguing phenomena discovered in past years include unconventional superconductivity, heavy Fermion behaviors, giant magneto-resistance and so on. A fascinating type of rare earth hexaboride RB6 (R  =  Sm, Yb, Eu and Ce) belongs to a strongly correlated electron system (SCES), but shows unusual ambient-pressure and high-pressure behaviors beyond the phenomena mentioned above. Particularly, the recent discovery of the coexistence of an unusual metallic surface state and an insulating bulk state in SmB6, known to be a Kondo insulator decades ago, by theoretical calculations and many experimental measurements creates new interest for the investigation of the RB6. This significant progress encourages people to revisit the RB6 with an attempt to establish a new physics that links the SCES and the unusual metallic surface state which is a common feature of a topological insulator (TI). It is well known that pressure has the capability of tuning the electronic structure and modifying the ground state of solids, or even inducing a quantum phase transition which is one of the kernel issues in studies of SCESs. In this brief review, we will describe the progress in high pressure studies on the RB6 based on our knowledge and research interests, mainly focusing on the pressure-induced phenomena in YbB6 and SmB6, especially on the quantum phase transitions and their connections with the valence state of the rare earth ions. Moreover, some related high-pressure results obtained from CeB6 and EuB6 are also included. Finally, a summary is given in the conclusions and perspectives section.

  5. Pressure-induced phase transformations during femtosecond-laser doping of silicon

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    Smith, Matthew J.; Lin, Yu-Ting; Sher, Meng-Ju; Winkler, Mark T.; Mazur, Eric; Gradečak, Silvija

    2011-09-01

    Silicon hyperdoped with chalcogens via femtosecond-laser irradiation exhibits unique near-unity sub-bandgap absorptance extending into the infrared region. The intense light-matter interactions that occur during femtosecond-laser doping produce pressure waves sufficient to induce phase transformations in silicon, resulting in the formation of metastable polymorphic phases, but their exact formation mechanism and influence on the doping process are still unknown. We report direct observations of these phases, describe their formation and distribution, and consider their potential impact on sub-bandgap absorptance. Specifically, the transformation from diamond cubic Si-I to pressure-induced polymorphic crystal structures (amorphous Si, Si-XII, and Si-III) during femtosecond-laser irradiation was investigated using scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Amorphous Si, Si-XII, and Si-III were found to form in femtosecond-laser doped silicon regardless of the presence of a gaseous or thin-film dopant precursor. The rate of pressure loading and unloading induced by femtosecond-laser irradiation kinetically limits the formation of pressure-induced phases, producing regions of amorphous Si 20 to 200 nm in size and nanocrystals of Si-XII and Si-III. The surface texturing that occurs during femtosecond-laser irradiation produces inhomogeneous pressure distributions across the surface and causes delayed development of high-pressure silicon polymorphs over many laser pulses. Finally, we find that the polymorph phases disappear during annealing more rapidly than the sub-bandgap absorptance decreases, enabling us to decouple these two processes through post-treatment annealing.

  6. Polymorphisms in GSTT1 and p53 and urinary transitional cell carcinoma in south-western Taiwan: a preliminary study.

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    Chen, Y-C; Xu, L; Guo, Y-L L; Su, H-J J; Smith, T J; Ryan, L M; Lee, M-S; Christiani, D C

    2004-01-01

    Little is known about the relevance of genetic polymorphisms to arsenic-related bladder cancer. A preliminary case-control study was conducted to explore the association between genetic polymorphisms of GSTT1, p53 codon 72 and bladder cancer in southern Taiwan, a former high arsenic exposure area. Fifty-nine urinary transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) patients from a referral centre in south-western Taiwan and 81 community controls matched on residence were recruited from 1996 to 1999. A questionnaire was administered to obtain arsenic exposure and general health information. Genotypes of p53 codon 72 and GSTT1 were analysed by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymerase. The combined variant genotypes (heterozygous or homozygous variant) of p53 codon 72 and GSTT1 null were observed in 29% of cases and in 44% of controls, respectively. In this preliminary study, bladder cancer risk was slightly elevated for subjects carrying the variant genotype of p53 codon 72 or in subjects carrying the GSTT1 null genotype. Variants in p53 codon 72 increased the risk of bladder cancer among smokers. However, the results were not statistically significant and larger confirmatory studies are needed to clarify the role of candidate gene polymorphisms and bladder cancer risk in arsenic exposed populations.

  7. Pressure-induced superconductivity in topological parent compound Bi2Te3

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    Zhang, J. L.; Zhang, S. J.; Weng, H. M.; Zhang, W.; Yang, L. X.; Liu, Q. Q.; Feng, S. M.; Wang, X. C.; Yu, R. C.; Cao, L. Z.; Wang, L.; Yang, W. G.; Liu, H. Z.; Zhao, W. Y.; Zhang, S. C.; Dai, X.; Fang, Z.; Jin, C. Q.

    2011-01-04

    We report a successful observation of pressure-induced superconductivity in a topological compound Bi₂Te₃ with Tc of ~3 K between 3 to 6 GPa. The combined high-pressure structure investigations with synchrotron radiation indicated that the superconductivity occurred at the ambient phase without crystal structure phase transition. The Hall effects measurements indicated the hole-type carrier in the pressure-induced superconducting Bi₂Te₃ single crystal. Consequently, the first-principles calculations based on the structural data obtained by the Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction patterns at high pressure showed that the electronic structure under pressure remained topologically nontrivial. The results suggested that topological superconductivity can be realized in Bi₂Te₃ due to the proximity effect between superconducting bulk states and Dirac-type surface states. We also discuss the possibility that the bulk state could be a topological superconductor.

  8. Polymorphic single crystal {r_reversible} single crystal transition in K{sub 0.975}Rb{sub 0.025}NO{sub 3}

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    Asadov, Yu. G. Nasirov, E. V.

    2010-09-15

    Polymorphic transformations in K{sub 0.975}Rb{sub 0.025}NO{sub 3} single crystals have been investigated by optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The equilibrium temperature between modifications II and III has been determined. It is established that the crystal growth at II {r_reversible} III polymorphic transitions is accompanied by the formation and growth of daughter-modification nuclei in the matrix crystal.

  9. Structure family and polymorphous phase transition in the compounds with soft sublattice: Cu2Se as an example

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    Qiu, Wujie; Lu, Ping; Yuan, Xun; Xu, Fangfang; Wu, Lihua; Ke, Xuezhi; Liu, Huili; Yang, Jiong; Shi, Xun; Chen, Lidong; Yang, Jihui; Zhang, Wenqing

    2016-05-01

    Quite a few interesting but controversial phenomena, such as simple chemical composition but complex structures, well-defined high-temperature cubic structure but intriguing phase transition, coexist in Cu2Se, originating from the relatively rigid Se framework and "soft" Cu sublattice. However, the electrical transport properties are almost uninfluenced by such complex substructures, which make Cu2Se a promising high-performance thermoelectric compound with extremely low thermal conductivity and good power factor. Our work reveals that the crystal structure of Cu2Se at the temperature below the phase-transition point (˜400 K) should have a group of candidate structures that all contain a Se-dominated face-centered-cubic-like layered framework but nearly random site occupancy of atoms from the "soft" Cu sublattice. The energy differences among those structures are very low, implying the coexistence of various structures and thus an intrinsic structure complexity with a Se-based framework. Detailed analyses indicate that observed structures should be a random stacking of those representative structure units. The transition energy barriers between each two of those structures are estimated to be zero, leading to a polymorphous phase transition of Cu2Se at increasing temperature. Those are all consistent with experimental observations.

  10. Structure family and polymorphous phase transition in the compounds with soft sublattice: Cu2Se as an example.

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    Qiu, Wujie; Lu, Ping; Yuan, Xun; Xu, Fangfang; Wu, Lihua; Ke, Xuezhi; Liu, Huili; Yang, Jiong; Shi, Xun; Chen, Lidong; Yang, Jihui; Zhang, Wenqing

    2016-05-21

    Quite a few interesting but controversial phenomena, such as simple chemical composition but complex structures, well-defined high-temperature cubic structure but intriguing phase transition, coexist in Cu2Se, originating from the relatively rigid Se framework and "soft" Cu sublattice. However, the electrical transport properties are almost uninfluenced by such complex substructures, which make Cu2Se a promising high-performance thermoelectric compound with extremely low thermal conductivity and good power factor. Our work reveals that the crystal structure of Cu2Se at the temperature below the phase-transition point (∼400 K) should have a group of candidate structures that all contain a Se-dominated face-centered-cubic-like layered framework but nearly random site occupancy of atoms from the "soft" Cu sublattice. The energy differences among those structures are very low, implying the coexistence of various structures and thus an intrinsic structure complexity with a Se-based framework. Detailed analyses indicate that observed structures should be a random stacking of those representative structure units. The transition energy barriers between each two of those structures are estimated to be zero, leading to a polymorphous phase transition of Cu2Se at increasing temperature. Those are all consistent with experimental observations. PMID:27208953

  11. Pressure-induced superconductivity in europium metal

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    Debessai, M.; Matsuoka, T.; Hamlin, J.J.; Bi, W.; Meng, Y.; Shimizu, K.; Schilling, J.S.

    2010-05-24

    Of the 52 known elemental superconductors among the 92 naturally occurring elements in the periodic table, fully 22 only become superconducting under sufficiently high pressure. In the rare-earth metals, the strong local magnetic moments originating from the 4f shell suppress superconductivity. For Eu, however, Johansson and Rosengren have suggested that sufficiently high pressures should promote one of its 4f electrons into the conduction band, changing Eu from a strongly magnetic (J=7/2) 4f{sup 7}-state into a weak Van Vleck paramagnetic (J=0) 4f{sup 6}-state, thus opening the door for superconductivity, as in Am (5f{sup 6}). We report that Eu becomes superconducting above 1.8 K for pressures exceeding 80 GPa, T{sub c} increasing linearly with pressure to 142 GPa at the rate +15 mK/GPa. Eu thus becomes the 53rd elemental superconductor in the periodic table. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies to 92 GPa at ambient temperature reveal four structural phase transitions.

  12. Order-parameter-aided temperature-accelerated sampling for the exploration of crystal polymorphism and solid-liquid phase transitions

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    Yu, Tang-Qing Vanden-Eijnden, Eric; Chen, Pei-Yang; Chen, Ming; Samanta, Amit; Tuckerman, Mark

    2014-06-07

    The problem of predicting polymorphism in atomic and molecular crystals constitutes a significant challenge both experimentally and theoretically. From the theoretical viewpoint, polymorphism prediction falls into the general class of problems characterized by an underlying rough energy landscape, and consequently, free energy based enhanced sampling approaches can be brought to bear on the problem. In this paper, we build on a scheme previously introduced by two of the authors in which the lengths and angles of the supercell are targeted for enhanced sampling via temperature accelerated adiabatic free energy dynamics [T. Q. Yu and M. E. Tuckerman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 015701 (2011)]. Here, that framework is expanded to include general order parameters that distinguish different crystalline arrangements as target collective variables for enhanced sampling. The resulting free energy surface, being of quite high dimension, is nontrivial to reconstruct, and we discuss one particular strategy for performing the free energy analysis. The method is applied to the study of polymorphism in xenon crystals at high pressure and temperature using the Steinhardt order parameters without and with the supercell included in the set of collective variables. The expected fcc and bcc structures are obtained, and when the supercell parameters are included as collective variables, we also find several new structures, including fcc states with hcp stacking faults. We also apply the new method to the solid-liquid phase transition in copper at 1300 K using the same Steinhardt order parameters. Our method is able to melt and refreeze the system repeatedly, and the free energy profile can be obtained with high efficiency.

  13. Order-parameter-aided temperature-accelerated sampling for the exploration of crystal polymorphism and solid-liquid phase transitions

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    Yu, Tang-Qing; Chen, Pei-Yang; Chen, Ming; Samanta, Amit; Vanden-Eijnden, Eric; Tuckerman, Mark

    2014-06-01

    The problem of predicting polymorphism in atomic and molecular crystals constitutes a significant challenge both experimentally and theoretically. From the theoretical viewpoint, polymorphism prediction falls into the general class of problems characterized by an underlying rough energy landscape, and consequently, free energy based enhanced sampling approaches can be brought to bear on the problem. In this paper, we build on a scheme previously introduced by two of the authors in which the lengths and angles of the supercell are targeted for enhanced sampling via temperature accelerated adiabatic free energy dynamics [T. Q. Yu and M. E. Tuckerman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 015701 (2011)]. Here, that framework is expanded to include general order parameters that distinguish different crystalline arrangements as target collective variables for enhanced sampling. The resulting free energy surface, being of quite high dimension, is nontrivial to reconstruct, and we discuss one particular strategy for performing the free energy analysis. The method is applied to the study of polymorphism in xenon crystals at high pressure and temperature using the Steinhardt order parameters without and with the supercell included in the set of collective variables. The expected fcc and bcc structures are obtained, and when the supercell parameters are included as collective variables, we also find several new structures, including fcc states with hcp stacking faults. We also apply the new method to the solid-liquid phase transition in copper at 1300 K using the same Steinhardt order parameters. Our method is able to melt and refreeze the system repeatedly, and the free energy profile can be obtained with high efficiency.

  14. Effect of CD44 gene polymorphisms on risk of transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder in Taiwan.

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    Weng, Wei-Chun; Huang, Yu-Hui; Yang, Shun-Fa; Wang, Shian-Shiang; Kuo, Wu-Hsien; Hsueh, Chao-Wen; Huang, Ching-Hsuan; Chou, Ying-Erh

    2016-05-01

    The carcinogenesis of transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the urinary bladder involves etiological factors, such as ethnicity, the environment, genetics, and diet. Cluster of differentiation (CD44), a well-known tumor marker, plays a crucial role in regulating tumor cell differentiation and metastasis. This study investigated the effect of CD44 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on TCC risk and clinicopathological characteristics. Five SNPs of CD44 were analyzed through real-time polymerase chain reaction in 275 patients with TCC and 275 participants without cancer. In this study, we observed that CD44 rs187115 polymorphism carriers with the genotype of at least one G were associated with TCC risk. Furthermore, TCC patients who carried at least one G allele at CD44 rs187115 had a higher stage risk than did patients carrying the wild-type allele (p < 0.05). In addition, The AATAC or GACGC haplotype among the five CD44 sites was also associated with a reduced risk of TCC. In conclusion, our results suggest that CD44 SNPs influence the risk of TCC. Patients with CD44 rs187115 variant genotypes (AG + GG) exhibited a higher risk of TCC; these patients may possess chemoresistance to developing late-stage TCC compared with those with the wild-type genotype. The CD44 rs187115 SNP may predict poor prognosis in patients with TCC.

  15. Single crystal X-ray diffraction study of a mixed-valence gold compound, Cs{sub 2}Au{sup I}Au{sup III}Cl{sub 6} under high pressures up to 18 GPa: Pressure-induced phase transition coupled with gold valence transition

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    Matsushita, Nobuyuki Ahsbahs, Hans; Hafner, Stefan S.; Kojima, Norimichi

    2007-04-15

    We performed the single-crystal X-ray diffraction study of a perovskite-type gold mixed-valence compound, Cs{sub 2}Au{sup I}Au{sup III}Cl{sub 6}, under high pressures up to 18 GPa by using a diamond-anvil-cell with helium gas as an ideal hydrostatic pressure-transmitting medium. The lattice parameters and the variable atomic positional parameters were obtained with reasonable accuracy at various pressures. A structural phase transition at ca. 12.5 GPa from I4/mmm to Pm3m was found. The lattice parameters a {sub 0} and c {sub 0}, denoted in the tetragonal cell setting, result in the relationship 2{sup 1/2} a {sub 0}=c {sub 0}, and the superstructure reflections h k l (l is odd), caused by the shift of the Cl ions from the midpoint of the Au ions, disappeared at pressures above the phase transition. Both elongated [Au{sup III}Cl{sub 6}] and compressed [Au{sup I}Cl{sub 6}] octahedra in the low-pressure phase smoothly approach regular octahedra with increasing pressure. Above the structural phase transition at 12.5 GPa, all the [AuCl{sub 6}] octahedra are crystallographically equivalent, which shows that the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition accompanies the valence transition from the Au{sup I}/Au{sup III} mixed-valence state to the Au{sup II} single-valence state. - Graphical abstract: Single-crystal X-ray diffraction study under high pressures up to 18 GPa by using a diamond-anvil-cell with helium gas as an ideal hydrostatic pressure medium has revealed that a perovskite-type gold mixed-valence compound, Cs{sub 2}Au{sup I}Au{sup III}Cl{sub 6}, exhibits the structural phase transition from tetragonal to cubic at 12.5 GPa accompanying gold valence transition.

  16. Polymorphic transition of solid-fats dispersed systems — its characterization by a novel method and scanning electron microscopy observation

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    Hirokawa, Norio; Ueda, Masahiro; Harano, Yoshio

    1994-08-01

    Solid-fats dispersed systems, such as margarine, butter and cacao-butter, were characterized by a novel method based on liquid permeation under pressure, for the simultaneous measurement of a solid-content ɛ p and an average diameter dp of solid particles (fats crystals) in them. Further, micro-structures of these systems were observed by a scanning electron microscope (SEM). As the result, it has been clarified that the spherical fats crystals of several μm in size appeared in the initial solid-fats products are agglomerates of fine particles of ca. 0.1 μm and that these fine particles are uniformly redispersed during an annealing treatment accompanying the reduction of ɛ p and dp. It is strongly suggested that this phenomenon is caused by a transition of fat crystals into a more stable polymorph.

  17. Dramatically Different Conductivity Properties of Metal-Organic Framework Polymorphs of Tl(TCNQ): An Unexpected Room-Temperature Crystal-to-Crystal Phase Transition

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    Avendano, Carolina; Zhang, Zhongyue; Ota, Akira; Zhao, Hanhua; Dunbar, Kim R

    2012-02-07

    Tl(TCNQ) polymorphs with very different charge-transport properties have been isolated, one of which undergoes a remarkable crystal-to-crystal phase transition to the second phase when exposed to ambient water vapor (see picture; TCNQ=tetracyanoquinodimethane).

  18. Pressure-induced polyamorphism in a main-group metallic glass

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    Wu, Min; Lou, Hongbo; Tse, John S.; Liu, Hanyu; Pan, Yuanming; Takahama, Kazushi; Matsuoka, Takahiro; Shimizu, Katsuya; Jiang, Jianzhong

    2016-08-01

    The mechanism of pressure-induced amorphous-to-amorphous transitions (AATs) in metallic glasses (MGs) has been a subject of intense research. Most AATs in MGs were found in lanthanide-based alloys and shown to originate from 4 f orbital delocalization. Recently, evidence of an unexpected AAT in the main-group Ca-Al MGs was reported without a satisfactory explanation. Here, based on the results of first-principles molecular dynamics calculations, the suggested AAT at 12-15 GPa in the C a72.7A l27.3 MG is confirmed. Contrary to the common belief that the coordinate of metallic glasses with close packing cannot be increased further, the coordination around Al atoms is found to increase suddenly at the transition as a consequence of atomic migration and the aggregation of Al atoms. This transition originates from pressure-enhanced bonding between Ca 3 d and Al 3 p orbitals and is confirmed by the good agreement on the predicted and measured electrical conductivities. The theoretical analysis not only uncovers a mechanism of pressure-induced AAT in main-group MGs, but it can be generalized to establish a different perspective to guide the understanding of transformation phenomena in compressed MGs.

  19. Polymorphism, phase transitions, and thermal expansion of K3Lu(PO4)2

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    Farmer, James Matthew; Boatner, Lynn A; Chakoumakos, Bryan C; Rawn, Claudia J.; Mandrus, D.; Bryan, Jeff C.

    2014-01-01

    Alkali rare-earth double phosphates have been studied for use as long-wavelength scintillators for -ray detection using Si photodiodes. Single-crystal and powder x-ray diffraction (XRD) and powder neutron diffraction have been used to study the structure as a function of temperature. K3Lu(PO4)2 crystallizes with a hexagonal unit cell at room temperature, space group P 3. The Lu ion is six-coordinated to the oxygen atoms of the phosphate groups. Two lower-temperature phases were characterized using single-crystal XRD and powder neutron diffraction. The first transition occurs at 230 K with a transformation to a monoclinic P21/m space group symmetry, and the Lu retains six coordination. The second phase transition occurs at 130 K, with a large change in the cell volume, keeping the same P21/m space group symmetry; however, one of the phosphate groups rotates to increase the coordination of the Lu ion to seven. This is an unusual example of an isosymmetric phase transition with a coordination change, driven by temperature. High-temperature powder neutron diffraction and high-temperature powder XRD have been used to study the thermal expansion of K3Lu(PO4)2 and indicate a large thermal expansion anisotropy. The crystallographic axes with largest changes account for the structural collapse, which rotates the phosphate group to increase the Lu coordination. The lowest temperature form of K3Lu(PO4)2 is the same as the room temperature form for all the lighter RE compounds of the same type, which is not surprising, given the lighter (larger) RE ions would prefer a higher coordination number.

  20. Polymorphism in glassy silicon: Inherited from liquid-liquid phase transition in supercooled liquid

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    Zhang, Shiliang; Wang, Li-Min; Zhang, Xinyu; Qi, Li; Zhang, Suhong; Ma, Mingzhen; Liu, Riping

    2015-02-01

    Combining molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and Voronoi polyhedral analyses, we discussed the microstructure evolution in liquid and glassy silicon during cooling by focusing on the fraction of various clusters. Liquid-liquid phase transition (LLPT) is detected in supercooled liquid silicon However, freezing the high-density liquid (HDL) to the glassy state is not achieved as the quenching rate goes up to 1014 K/s. The polyamorphism in glassy silicon is found to be mainly associated with low-density liquid (LDL).

  1. Microsatellite and single-nucleotide polymorphisms indicate recurrent transitions to asexuality in a microsporidian parasite.

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    Haag, K L; Sheikh-Jabbari, E; Ben-Ami, F; Ebert, D

    2013-05-01

    Assessing the mode of reproduction of microparasites remains a difficult task because direct evidence for sexual processes is often absent and the biological covariates of sex and asex are poorly known. Species with geographically divergent modes of reproduction offer the possibility to explore some of these covariates, for example, the influence of life-history traits, mode of transmission and life-cycle complexity. Here, we present a phylogeographical study of a microsporidian parasite, which allows us to relate population genetic structure and mode of reproduction to its geographically diverged life histories. We show that in microsporidians from the genus Hamiltosporidium, that use the cladoceran Daphnia as host, an epidemic population structure has evolved, most probably since the last Ice Age. We partially sequenced three housekeeping genes (alpha tubulin, beta tubulin and hsp70) and genotyped seven microsatellite loci in 51 Hamiltosporidium isolates sampled within Europe and the Middle East. We found two phylogenetically related asexual parasite lines, one each from Fennoscandia and Israel, which share the unique ability of being transmitted both vertically and horizontally from Daphnia to Daphnia. The sexual forms cannot transmit horizontally among Daphnia, but presumably have a complex life cycle with a second host species. In spite of the similarities between the two asexual lineages, a clustering analysis based on microsatellite polymorphisms shows that asexual Fennoscandian parasites do not share ancestry with any other Hamiltosporidium that we have sampled. Moreover, allele sequence divergence at the hsp70 locus is twice as large in Fennoscandian than in Israeli parasites. Our results indicate that asexual reproduction evolved twice independently, first in Fennoscandian and more recently in the Israeli parasites. We conclude that the independent origin of asexuality in these two populations is associated with the altered parasite mode of transmission

  2. Pressure-induced depolarization and resonance in Raman scattering of single-crystalline boron carbide

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    Guo Junjie; Zhang Ling; Fujita, Takeshi; Chen Mingwei; Goto, Takashi

    2010-02-01

    We report polarized and resonant Raman scattering of single-crystal boron carbide (B{sub 4}C) at high pressures. Significant intensity enhancements of 270 and 1086 cm{sup -1} Raman bands of B{sub 4}C have been observed at quasihydrostatic pressures higher than approx20 GPa. The pressure-induced intensity change of the 1086 cm{sup -1} band is mainly due to the resonance between excitation energy and electronic transition, whereas the intensity change of 270 cm{sup -1} band is caused by the depolarization effect. Importantly, the first-order phase transition has not been found at high quasihydrostatic pressures and all the Raman intensity changes along with the corresponding high-pressure lattice distortion can be recovered during unloading.

  3. Pressure-induced phase transition in La1xSmxO0.5F0.5BiS2

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    Fang, Y.; Yazici, D.; White, B. D.; Maple, M. B.

    2015-09-15

    Electrical resistivity measurements on La1–xSmxO0.5F0.5BiS2 (x = 0.1, 0.3, 0.6, 0.8) have been performed under applied pressures up to 2.6 GPa from 2 K to room temperature. The superconducting transition temperature Tc of each sample significantly increases at a Sm-concentration dependent pressure Pt, indicating a pressure-induced phase transition from a low-Tc to a high-Tc phase. At ambient pressure, Tc increases dramatically from 2.8 K at x = 0.1 to 5.4 K at x = 0.8; however, the Tc values at P > Pt decrease slightly with x and Pt shifts to higher pressures with Sm substitution. In the normal state, semiconducting-like behavior is suppressed and metallic conduction is induced with increasing pressure in all of the samples. Furthermore, these results suggest that the pressure dependence of Tc for the BiS2-based superconductors is related to the lattice parameters at ambient pressure and enable us to estimate the evolution of Tc for SmO0.5F0.5BiS2 under pressure.

  4. Polymorphism and phase transitions of K_3Lu(PO_4)_2

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    Farmer, J. Matt; Boatner, Lynn A.; Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; Mandrus, David; Jin, Rongying

    2001-03-01

    Alkali lanthanide double phosphates have been studied for uses as long-wavelength scintillators for γ-ray detection using Si photodiodes. This family of compounds exhibits layered crystal structures, in the sequence lanthanide, phosphate alkali, alkali, alkali - phosphate. Current research has focused on K_3Lu(PO_4)_2. At room temperature, this compound is hexagonal, P 3 space group symmetry. The Lu ion is six-coordinated to the oxygen atoms of the phosphate groups. Our group has recently characterized two lower-temperature phases of K_3Lu(PO_4)2 using single-crystal XRD and powder neutron diffraction. The first transition occurs at 230 K, with a transformation to monoclinic P 2_1/m space group symmetry, and the Lu still retains six coordination. Another transition occurs at 130 K, with a small change in the cell volume, keeping the same P 2_1/m space group symmetry; however, one of the phosphate groups rotates to increase the coordination of the Lu ion to seven. This new structure is isostructural with the room-temperature form of K_3Yb(PO_4)_2. A heat capacity versus temperature study of K_3Lu(PO_4)2 confirms the transformations and indicates a large thermal hysteresis as the crystals are thermally cycled between 15 and 295 K. Research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC05-00OR22725 with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed by UT-Battelle, LLC.

  5. Deformation across length scales in polyolefines: effect of the chain microstructure on the polymorphism, phase transitions and morphological changes

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    Auriemma, Finizia; De Rosa, Claudio; di Girolamo, Rocco; Malafronte, Anna; Scoti, Miriam

    The transformations related to phase changes of the crystals, and at lamellar length scales by effect of tensile deformation are studied in the case of some isotactic polypropylene samples having high molecular mass, polydispersity index ~2, and stereodefects at different concentrations and with a uniform distribution, The stress induced transformations are followed in real time during stretching through wide and small angle X-ray scattering measurements. The data analysis evidences that during the transformations of the spherulitic into the fibrillar morphology, stress-induced phase transitions occurring during plastic deformation are regulated by the same factors that govern the textural and morphological changes, that is the ability of the entangled amorphous chains to transmit the stress and the intrinsic stability of the lamellar crystals. Since the relative stability of the different polymorphic forms involved in the structural transformations and the intrinsic flexibility of the chains depend on the stereoregularity, precise correlations between the stereoregularity of the chains, and the deformation behavior are outlined, paving the way for understanding the material properties at molecular level.

  6. Pressure-induced phase and chemical transformations of lithium peroxide (Li2O2).

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    Dunuwille, Mihindra; Kim, Minseob; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2016-08-28

    We present the pressure-induced phase/chemical changes of lithium peroxide (Li2O2) to 63 GPa using diamond anvil cells, confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy, and synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The Raman data show the emergence of the major vibrational peaks associated with O2 above 30 GPa, indicating the subsequent pressure-induced reversible chemical decomposition (disassociation) in dense Li2O2. The x-ray diffraction data of Li2O2, on the other hand, show no dramatic structural change but remain well within a P63/mmc structure to 63 GPa. Nevertheless, the Rietveld refinement indicates a subtle change in the structural order parameter z of the oxygen position O (13, 23, z) at around 35 GPa, which can be considered as a second-order, isostructural phase transition. The nearest oxygen-oxygen distance collapses from 1.56 Å at ambient condition to 1.48 Å at 63 GPa, resulting in a more ionic character of this layered crystal lattice, 3Li(+)+(LiO2)3 (3-). This structural change in turn advocates that Li2O2 decomposes to 2Li and O2, further augmented by the densification in specific molar volumes. PMID:27586935

  7. Origin of pressure-induced crystallization of Ce75Al25 metallic glass.

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    Wu, Min; Tse, John S; Wang, S Y; Wang, C Z; Jiang, J Z

    2015-03-09

    Phase transitions in amorphous alloys under pressure are an important fundamental problem. Here we report on a first-principles study that reproduces the recently discovered pressure-induced crystallization of amorphous Ce100-xAlx (x<25) alloys and reveals an atomistic transformation mechanism. Contrary to common belief, pressure-induced devitrification of an amorphous Ce-Al alloy is not due to the Ce 4f delocalization that is expected to bring the size of Ce atoms closer to that of Al atoms. Our theoretical results show that the Bader volume of Ce is always larger than that of Al. A continuous increase in the relative Ce/Al Bader volume leads to favourable conditions for forming a close-packed structure at high pressure. The results also show that the Hume-Rothery rules are not applicable to describe the structures of substitutional alloys at high pressure. This study provides a new perspective on the electron distribution in lanthanide alloys under the application of pressure.

  8. Pressure-induced phase and chemical transformations of lithium peroxide (Li2O2)

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    Dunuwille, Mihindra; Kim, Minseob; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2016-08-01

    We present the pressure-induced phase/chemical changes of lithium peroxide (Li2O2) to 63 GPa using diamond anvil cells, confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy, and synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The Raman data show the emergence of the major vibrational peaks associated with O2 above 30 GPa, indicating the subsequent pressure-induced reversible chemical decomposition (disassociation) in dense Li2O2. The x-ray diffraction data of Li2O2, on the other hand, show no dramatic structural change but remain well within a P63/mmc structure to 63 GPa. Nevertheless, the Rietveld refinement indicates a subtle change in the structural order parameter z of the oxygen position O (1/3, 2/3, z) at around 35 GPa, which can be considered as a second-order, isostructural phase transition. The nearest oxygen-oxygen distance collapses from 1.56 Å at ambient condition to 1.48 Å at 63 GPa, resulting in a more ionic character of this layered crystal lattice, 3Li++(LiO2)3 3 -. This structural change in turn advocates that Li2O2 decomposes to 2Li and O2, further augmented by the densification in specific molar volumes.

  9. Pressure-Induced Metallization and Superconductivity in InP and InN

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    Iyakutti, K.; Rejila, V.; Rajarajeswari, M.; Nirmala Louis, C.; Mahalakshmi, S.

    The electronic band structure, structural phase transition, metallization and superconducting transition of cubic zinc blende-type indium phosphide (InP) and indium nitride (InN), under pressure, are studied using TB-LMTO method. These indium compounds become metals and superconductors under high pressure but before that they undergo structural phase transition from ZnS to NaCl structure. The ground-state properties and band gap values are compared with the experimental and previous theoretical results. From our analysis, it is found that the metallization pressure increases with increase of lattice constant. The superconducting transition temperatures (Tc) of InP and InN are obtained as a function of pressure for both the ZnS and NaCl structures and these compounds are identified as pressure-induced superconductors. When pressure is increased Tc increases in both the normal (ZnS) and high pressure (NaCl) structures. The dependence of Tc on electron-phonon mass enhancement factor λ shows that InP and InN are electron-phonon mediated superconductors. The non-occurrence of metallization, phase transition and onset of superconductivity simultaneously in InP and InN are confirmed.

  10. Barocaloric effect and the pressure induced solid state refrigerator

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    de Oliveira, N. A.

    2011-03-01

    The current refrigerators are based on the heating and cooling of fluids under external pressure variation. The great inconvenience of this refrigeration technology is the damage caused to the environment by the refrigerant fluids. In this paper, we discuss the magnetic barocaloric effect, i.e., the heating or cooling of magnetic materials under pressure variation and its application in the construction of refrigerators using solid magnetic compounds as refrigerant materials and pressure as the external agent. The discussion presented in this paper points out that such a pressure induced solid state refrigerator can be very interesting because it is not harmful to the environment and can exhibit a good performance.

  11. Investigations of pressure induced structural phase transformations in pentaerythritol

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    Garg, Nandini; Sharma, Surinder M.; Sikka, S. K.

    2005-10-01

    We have investigated the pressure induced structural changes in pentaerythritol {2,2-bis-(hydroxymethyl)-1,3-propanediol} with the help of X-ray diffraction studies. Our results show that this compound undergoes transformations to a lower symmetry phase between 5.2-5.9 GPa. It further undergoes phase transformations at ˜8.5 and ˜11 GPa; eventually evolving to a disordered phase beyond 14-15 GPa in agreement with our earlier Raman studies. On release of pressure from 18.5 GPa, the compound transforms back to the initial tetragonal phase.

  12. Ab initio study of pressure induced structural and electronic properties in TmPo

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    Makode, Chandrabhan Pataiya, Jagdish; Sanyal, Sankar P.; Panwar, Y. S.; Aynyas, Mahendra

    2015-06-24

    We report an ab initio calculation of pressure induced structural phase transition and electronic properties of Thulium Polonide (TmPo).The total energy as a function of volume is obtained by means of self-consistent tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). It is found that TmPo is stable in NaCl-type (B{sub 1}-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B{sub 2}-phase) structure of this compound in the pressure range of 7.0 GPa. We also calculate the lattice parameter (a{sub 0}), bulk modulus (B{sub 0}), band structure and density of states. From energy diagram it is observed that TmPo exhibit metallic behavior. The calculated values of equilibrium lattice parameter and bulk modulus are in general good agreement.

  13. Pressure Induced Bonding Changes in Carbon Dioxide: Six Fold Coordinated CO2

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    Iota, V; Jenei, Z; Klepeis, J P; Evans, W J; Yoo, C

    2008-02-08

    In this LDRD, we examined in detail the pressure-induced bonding and local coordination changes leading to the molecular {yields} associated {yields} extended-solid transitions in carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}). We studied the progressive delocalization of electrons from the C=O molecular double bond at high pressures and temperatures, and determined the phase stability and physical properties of a new extended-solid CO{sub 2} phase (VI). We find that the new CO{sub 2} phase VI is based on a network of six-fold coordinated (octahedral) CO{sub 6} structures similar to the ultra-hard SiO{sub 2} phase stishovite.

  14. Pressure-induced elastic softening of monocrystalline zirconium tungstate at 300K

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    Pantea, C.; Migliori, A.; Littlewood, P. B.; Zhao, Y.; Ledbetter, H.; Lashley, J. C.; Kimura, T.; van Duijn, J.; Kowach, G. R.

    2006-06-01

    The elastic tensor of monocrystalline ZrW2O8 was determined near 300K as a function of pressure, using pulse-echo ultrasound in a large-volume moissanite anvil cell. An unusual decrease in bulk modulus with increased pressure was observed. A framework-solid-based nonlinear model with many degrees of freedom predicts the observed behavior. We also observe that ReO3 , a similar framework solid but lacking the necessary degrees of freedom, fails to display softening. Additionally, the pressure-induced phase transition from α-ZrW2O8 (cubic) to γ-ZrW2O8 (orthorhombic) is found to take place at ≈0.5GPa , a result confirmed by Raman spectroscopy.

  15. Pressure-Induced Unconventional Superconducting Phase in the Topological Insulator Bi2Se3

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    Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Syers, P. S.; Hope, A. P.; Butch, N. P.; Jeffries, J. R.; Weir, S. T.; Hamlin, J. J.; Maple, M. B.; Vohra, Y. K.; Paglione, J.

    2013-08-01

    Simultaneous low-temperature electrical resistivity and Hall effect measurements were performed on single-crystalline Bi2Se3 under applied pressures up to 50 GPa. As a function of pressure, superconductivity is observed to onset above 11 GPa with a transition temperature Tc and upper critical field Hc2 that both increase with pressure up to 30 GPa, where they reach maximum values of 7 K and 4 T, respectively. Upon further pressure increase, Tc remains anomalously constant up to the highest achieved pressure. Conversely, the carrier concentration increases continuously with pressure, including a tenfold increase over the pressure range where Tc remains constant. Together with a quasilinear temperature dependence of Hc2 that exceeds the orbital and Pauli limits, the anomalously stagnant pressure dependence of Tc points to an unconventional pressure-induced pairing state in Bi2Se3 that is unique among the superconducting topological insulators.

  16. Pressure-induced amorphizations of silica analogues: A probe of the relationship between order and disorder

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    Hammack, W.S.

    1993-02-01

    Purpose of these of high pressure investigations is to determine the relationship between order and disorder in amorphous materials using high pressure techniques were used. High pressure x-ray diffraction, electron transmission microscopy, and Raman scattering. Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) at Ithaca was used to measure x-ray diffraction patterns using Energy-Dispersive X-ray Diffraction. It was shown that the structural ordering in pressure-amorphized solids can be described as defects in curved-space. High-resolution transmissions electron microscopy showed that pressure-amorphized alpha-quartz lacks periodicity at the atomic level. Study of a silicate mineral shows that pressure-induced amorphizations occur because of an impeded phase transition.

  17. Pressure-induced K-Λ crossing in monolayer WSe2

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    Ye, Yanxia; Dou, Xiuming; Ding, Kun; Jiang, Desheng; Yang, Fuhua; Sun, Baoquan

    2016-05-01

    The energy band structures and related room temperature exciton transitions of monolayer and bilayer tungsten diselenide (WSe2) are investigated using photoluminescence (PL) spectra under hydrostatic pressure up to 5.42 GPa. For monolayer WSe2, it is found that the conduction band Λ valley is 70 +/- 30 meV higher than the K valley at zero pressure, and the K-Λ valley crossover happens at a pressure of approximately 2.25 GPa. The PL peak of exciton related to the direct K-K interband transition in monolayer and bilayer WSe2 shows a pressure-induced blue-shift at the rates of 31.5 +/- 0.6 and 27 +/- 1 meV GPa-1, respectively. The indirect Λ-K interband transition for monolayer and bilayer WSe2 exhibits a distinctly different pressure response. The pressure coefficient is as small as -3 +/- 6 meV GPa-1 for monolayer, but a much larger value of -22 +/- 1 meV GPa-1 for bilayer WSe2, indicating that the interlayer coupling has a strong effect on the electronic states at the Λ valley.The energy band structures and related room temperature exciton transitions of monolayer and bilayer tungsten diselenide (WSe2) are investigated using photoluminescence (PL) spectra under hydrostatic pressure up to 5.42 GPa. For monolayer WSe2, it is found that the conduction band Λ valley is 70 +/- 30 meV higher than the K valley at zero pressure, and the K-Λ valley crossover happens at a pressure of approximately 2.25 GPa. The PL peak of exciton related to the direct K-K interband transition in monolayer and bilayer WSe2 shows a pressure-induced blue-shift at the rates of 31.5 +/- 0.6 and 27 +/- 1 meV GPa-1, respectively. The indirect Λ-K interband transition for monolayer and bilayer WSe2 exhibits a distinctly different pressure response. The pressure coefficient is as small as -3 +/- 6 meV GPa-1 for monolayer, but a much larger value of -22 +/- 1 meV GPa-1 for bilayer WSe2, indicating that the interlayer coupling has a strong effect on the electronic states at the Λ valley

  18. Pressure-induced crossing of the core levels in 5 d metals

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    Tal, Alexey A.; Katsnelson, Mikhail I.; Ekholm, Marcus; Jönsson, H. Johan M.; Dubrovinsky, Leonid; Dubrovinskaia, Natalia; Abrikosov, Igor A.

    2016-05-01

    A pressure-induced interaction between core electrons, the core-level crossing (CLC) transition, has been observed in hcp Os at P ≈400 GPa [L. Dubrovinsky et al., Nature (London) 525, 226 (2015)], 10.1038/nature14681. By carrying out a systematic theoretical study for all metals of the 5 d series (Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, Au) we have found that the CLC transition is a general effect for this series of metals. While in Pt it occurs at ≈1500 GPa , at a pressure substantially higher than in Os, in Ir it occurs already at 80 GPa. Moreover, we predict that in Re the CLC transition may take place already at ambient pressure. We explain the effect of the CLC and analyze the shift of the transition pressure across the series within the Thomas-Fermi model. In particular, we show that the effect has many common features with the atomic collapse in rare-earth elements.

  19. Radiation pressure induced difference-sideband generation beyond linearized description

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    Xiong, Hao; Fan, Yu-Wan; Yang, Xiaoxue; Wu, Ying

    2016-08-01

    We investigate radiation-pressure induced generation of the frequency components at the difference-sideband in an optomechanical system, which beyond the conventional linearized description of optomechanical interactions between cavity fields and the mechanical oscillation. We analytically calculate amplitudes of these signals, and identify a simple square-root law for both the upper and lower difference-sideband generation which can describe the dependence of the intensities of these signals on the pump power. Further calculation shows that difference-sideband generation can be greatly enhanced via achieving the matching conditions. The effect of difference-sideband generation, which may have potential application for manipulation of light, is especially suited for on-chip optomechanical devices, where nonlinear optomechanical interaction in the weak coupling regime is within current experimental reach.

  20. Pressure-induced K-Λ crossing in monolayer WSe2.

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    Ye, Yanxia; Dou, Xiuming; Ding, Kun; Jiang, Desheng; Yang, Fuhua; Sun, Baoquan

    2016-05-19

    The energy band structures and related room temperature exciton transitions of monolayer and bilayer tungsten diselenide (WSe2) are investigated using photoluminescence (PL) spectra under hydrostatic pressure up to 5.42 GPa. For monolayer WSe2, it is found that the conduction band Λ valley is 70 ± 30 meV higher than the K valley at zero pressure, and the K-Λ valley crossover happens at a pressure of approximately 2.25 GPa. The PL peak of exciton related to the direct K-K interband transition in monolayer and bilayer WSe2 shows a pressure-induced blue-shift at the rates of 31.5 ± 0.6 and 27 ± 1 meV GPa(-1), respectively. The indirect Λ-K interband transition for monolayer and bilayer WSe2 exhibits a distinctly different pressure response. The pressure coefficient is as small as -3 ± 6 meV GPa(-1) for monolayer, but a much larger value of -22 ± 1 meV GPa(-1) for bilayer WSe2, indicating that the interlayer coupling has a strong effect on the electronic states at the Λ valley. PMID:27165632

  1. Pressure-induced transformations in LiCl-H2O at 77 K.

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    Ruiz, G N; Bove, L E; Corti, H R; Loerting, T

    2014-09-14

    A systematic study of the properties of high-density amorphous ice (HDA) in the presence of increasing amounts of salt is missing, especially because it is challenging to avoid ice crystallization upon cooling the pressurized liquid. In order to be able to study HDA also in the presence of small amounts of salt, we have investigated the transformation behaviour of quenched aqueous LiCl solutions (mole fraction x < 0.25) upon pressurization in a piston-cylinder setup at 77 K. The sample properties were characterized by in situ dilatometry under high pressure conditions and after recovery by ex situ powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) at ambient pressure. Two regimes can be identified, with a rather sharp switch at about x = 0.12. At x < 0.12 the samples show the phenomenology also known for pure water samples. They are composed mainly of hexagonal ice (Ih) and experience pressure-induced amorphization to HDA at P > 1 GPa. The observed densification is consistent with the idea that a freeze concentrated LiCl solution of x = 0.14 (R = 6) segregates, which transforms to the glassy state upon cooling, and that the densification is only due to the Ih → HDA transition. Also the XRD patterns and DSC scans are almost unaffected by the presence of the segregated glassy LiCl solution. Upon heating at ambient pressure HDA experiences the polyamorphic transition to low-density amorphous ice (LDA) at ∼120 K, even at x ∼ 0.10. Based on the latent heat evolved in the transition we suggest that almost all water in the sample transforms to an LDA-like state, even the water in the vicinity of the ions. The glassy LiCl solution acts as a spectator that does not shift the transformation temperature significantly and experiences a glass-to-liquid transition at ∼140 K prior to the crystallization to cubic ice. By contrast, at x > 0.12 the phenomenology completely changes and is now dominated by the salt. Hexagonal ice no longer forms upon

  2. Probing and Modeling of Pressure-induced Structural Transformation in Oxide Melts at High Pressure

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    Cody, G.; Lee, S.; Mysen, B.; Fei, Y.; Eng, P.

    2008-12-01

    Pressure-induced bonding transitions in oxide melts give improved prospects for the non-linear pressure dependence of their macroscopic transport properties in the earth's interior. The inherent difficulties of current experimental technologies, however, pose major challenges for probing structural changes of prototypical model oxide melts at high pressure, making it one of the unsolved problems in geophysics. Recent advances in element specific experimental probe of local structures, such as high resolution solid- state NMR and x-ray Raman scattering unveils new structural insights into the pressure-induced changes in the bonding nature (either gradual or abrupt) of the archetypal oxides melts (e.g. Lee SK et al. Proc. Nat. Aca. Sci. 2008, 105, 7925; Lee SK et al. J. Phys. Chem. B. 2008 in press). Here, we report recent progress that we have made using these techniques. Non-random spatial distribution of aluminum in oxide glasses were for the first time revealed via through-space correlation NMR spectroscopy: four, five, six coordinated aluminums have differential proximity among each other but favoring the formation of clusters mainly composed of six coordinated Al. While silicate glasses studied here exhibit a general trend of decreasing non-bridging oxygen fraction with pressure, the details of their pressure dependence is significantly affected by the composition of melts, such as Na/Si, Si/Al ratio as well as types of network modifying cations. We account for these differences with a conceptual model that utilizes pressure flexibility (the resistance to structural changes with increased pressurization). An oxide melts with a large pressure flexibility, thus, may undergo a gradual structural transformation. In contrast, a melts with the opposite behavior undergoes an abrupt coordination transformation. The observed information of connectivity among network forming cations was used to calculate the crystal-melt partitioning coefficient and activity of silica in

  3. Compression and pressure-induced amorphization of Co(OH)2 characterized by infrared vibrational spectroscopy

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    Nguyen, Jeffrey H.; Kruger, Michael B.; Jeanloz, Raymond

    1994-02-01

    The infrared-active (A2u) O-H vibration of Co(OH)2 decreases in frequency under hydrostatic compression to 51 GPa at 290 K. Similarly, the bond anharmonicity, determined from the ν1-->ν2 absorption-band difference, increases by more than a factor of 2 between 0 and 20 GPa. Both changes are attributed to an increase in the O-H bond length due to enhanced hydrogen bonding under pressure. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the fundamental absorption band increases abruptly by ~100 cm-1 at 11.2 (+/-0.3) GPa, and continues to increase at a rate of ~3.3 cm-1/GPa up to 36 GPa. Above 36 (+/-2) GPa and below the onset of amorphization, the FWHM changes at a slower rate, 0.8 (+/-0.1) cm-1/GPa. The abrupt change in FWHM is reversible on decompression, and is interpreted in terms of a pressure-induced crystal-to-glass transition exhibiting a small hysteresis compared to similar compounds. The rapid variation in FWHM above the transition pressure suggests that the amorphous structure is continuously modified between 11.3 and 36 GPa.

  4. Transdermal deferoxamine prevents pressure-induced diabetic ulcers.

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    Duscher, Dominik; Neofytou, Evgenios; Wong, Victor W; Maan, Zeshaan N; Rennert, Robert C; Inayathullah, Mohammed; Januszyk, Michael; Rodrigues, Melanie; Malkovskiy, Andrey V; Whitmore, Arnetha J; Walmsley, Graham G; Galvez, Michael G; Whittam, Alexander J; Brownlee, Michael; Rajadas, Jayakumar; Gurtner, Geoffrey C

    2015-01-01

    There is a high mortality in patients with diabetes and severe pressure ulcers. For example, chronic pressure sores of the heels often lead to limb loss in diabetic patients. A major factor underlying this is reduced neovascularization caused by impaired activity of the transcription factor hypoxia inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1α). In diabetes, HIF-1α function is compromised by a high glucose-induced and reactive oxygen species-mediated modification of its coactivator p300, leading to impaired HIF-1α transactivation. We examined whether local enhancement of HIF-1α activity would improve diabetic wound healing and minimize the severity of diabetic ulcers. To improve HIF-1α activity we designed a transdermal drug delivery system (TDDS) containing the FDA-approved small molecule deferoxamine (DFO), an iron chelator that increases HIF-1α transactivation in diabetes by preventing iron-catalyzed reactive oxygen stress. Applying this TDDS to a pressure-induced ulcer model in diabetic mice, we found that transdermal delivery of DFO significantly improved wound healing. Unexpectedly, prophylactic application of this transdermal delivery system also prevented diabetic ulcer formation. DFO-treated wounds demonstrated increased collagen density, improved neovascularization, and reduction of free radical formation, leading to decreased cell death. These findings suggest that transdermal delivery of DFO provides a targeted means to both prevent ulcer formation and accelerate diabetic wound healing with the potential for rapid clinical translation.

  5. Transdermal deferoxamine prevents pressure-induced diabetic ulcers

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    Duscher, Dominik; Neofytou, Evgenios; Wong, Victor W.; Maan, Zeshaan N.; Rennert, Robert C.; Januszyk, Michael; Rodrigues, Melanie; Malkovskiy, Andrey V.; Whitmore, Arnetha J.; Galvez, Michael G.; Whittam, Alexander J.; Brownlee, Michael; Rajadas, Jayakumar; Gurtner, Geoffrey C.

    2015-01-01

    There is a high mortality in patients with diabetes and severe pressure ulcers. For example, chronic pressure sores of the heels often lead to limb loss in diabetic patients. A major factor underlying this is reduced neovascularization caused by impaired activity of the transcription factor hypoxia inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1α). In diabetes, HIF-1α function is compromised by a high glucose-induced and reactive oxygen species-mediated modification of its coactivator p300, leading to impaired HIF-1α transactivation. We examined whether local enhancement of HIF-1α activity would improve diabetic wound healing and minimize the severity of diabetic ulcers. To improve HIF-1α activity we designed a transdermal drug delivery system (TDDS) containing the FDA-approved small molecule deferoxamine (DFO), an iron chelator that increases HIF-1α transactivation in diabetes by preventing iron-catalyzed reactive oxygen stress. Applying this TDDS to a pressure-induced ulcer model in diabetic mice, we found that transdermal delivery of DFO significantly improved wound healing. Unexpectedly, prophylactic application of this transdermal delivery system also prevented diabetic ulcer formation. DFO-treated wounds demonstrated increased collagen density, improved neovascularization, and reduction of free radical formation, leading to decreased cell death. These findings suggest that transdermal delivery of DFO provides a targeted means to both prevent ulcer formation and accelerate diabetic wound healing with the potential for rapid clinical translation. PMID:25535360

  6. Pressure-induced activity loss in solid state catalase.

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    Wurster, D E; Ternik, R L

    1995-02-01

    The pressure-induced reductions in the activities of a number of enzymes in the solution state, and more recently in the solid state, have been reported. To further investigate the effect of pressure on proteins in the solid state, the enzyme catalase was used as a model. Compacts containing 150.0 +/- 0.2 mg of catalase powder were prepared on instrumented laboratory presses using various compaction pressures between 0 and 669 MPa. After compaction, a spectrophotometric assay was utilized to determine the pseudo-first-order rate constants for the catalase-catalyzed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide. These rate constants were used to calculate the change in catalase activity. Results indicated a loss in catalase activity of up to 30% at compaction pressures of 251 MPa or greater. While the mechanism which produces the loss of enzyme activity is not clear, a strong linear correlation between enzyme activity and compaction pressure was seen over the range of pressures (0-251 MPa) where the decrease in activity occurred. In addition, compact densities were calculated and correlated to enzyme activity values. This correlation did not appear to be as strong. PMID:7738799

  7. High-pressure-induced water penetration into 3-isopropylmalate dehydrogenase

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    Nagae, Takayuki; Kawamura, Takashi; Chavas, Leonard M. G.; Niwa, Ken; Hasegawa, Masashi; Kato, Chiaki; Watanabe, Nobuhisa

    2012-03-01

    Structures of 3-isopropylmalate dehydrogenase were determined at pressures ranging from 0.1 to 650 MPa. Comparison of these structures gives a detailed picture of the swelling of a cavity at the dimer interface and the generation of a new cleft on the molecular surface, which are accompanied by water penetration. Hydrostatic pressure induces structural changes in proteins, including denaturation, the mechanism of which has been attributed to water penetration into the protein interior. In this study, structures of 3-isopropylmalate dehydrogenase (IPMDH) from Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 were determined at about 2 Å resolution under pressures ranging from 0.1 to 650 MPa using a diamond anvil cell (DAC). Although most of the protein cavities are monotonically compressed as the pressure increases, the volume of one particular cavity at the dimer interface increases at pressures over 340 MPa. In parallel with this volume increase, water penetration into the cavity could be observed at pressures over 410 MPa. In addition, the generation of a new cleft on the molecular surface accompanied by water penetration could also be observed at pressures over 580 MPa. These water-penetration phenomena are considered to be initial steps in the pressure-denaturation process of IPMDH.

  8. Critical behavior of resistivity in the pressure-induced first to second order transition in Pr{sub 0.6}Ca{sub 0.4}Mn{sub 0.96}B{sub 0.04}O{sub 3} (B=Co and Cr) polycrystals

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    Thiyagarajan, R.; Arumugam, S.; Mahendiran, R.

    2015-06-24

    We have investigated the hydrostatic pressure (P) dependence of the resistivity on Pr{sub 0.6}Ca{sub 0.4}Mn{sub 0.96}B{sub 0.04}O{sub 3} (B = Co and Cr) polycrystals. At ambient pressure, the temperature dependence of resistivity [ρ(T)] of both the samples show a first order paramagnetic insulator-ferromagnetic metallic transition at T=T{sub IM}. The application of P on both the samples increases the T{sub IM}, reduces the resistivity, and suppresses the hysteresis width, indicating a crossover from first to second order transition. The critical pressure, where the first-second order crossover takes place, are 2.02 and 2.40 GPa for Co and Cr doped samples respectively. The critical property of both systems around second order transition is investigated using Fisher-Langer relation and Suezaki-Mori method. The estimated critical exponents are close to the three-dimensional Heisenberg model for the Co doped sample suggesting short range interaction, and the exponents for the Cr doped sample follow the mean field theory suggesting long range ferromagnetic order. Further, the application of P suppresses the high temperature resistivity by reducing high temperature polarons in the case of the Cr doped sample, but it does not happen for the Co doped sample. The application of P helps to examine the stability of polarons in the high temperature regime.

  9. Pressure-induced isostructural phase transition of a metal-organic framework Co2(4,4'-bpy)3(NO3)4·xH2O

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    Zhou, Mi; Wang, Kai; Men, Zhiwei; Sun, Chenglin; Li, Zhanlong; Liu, Bingbing; Zou, Guangtian; Zou, Bo

    2014-07-17

    Based on the 4,4'-bipyridine organic linker, metal–organic frameworks of Co2(4,4'-bpy)3(NO3)4·xH2O (CB-MOF) have been prepared. The pressure-dependent structure evolution of CB-MOF has been investigated up to 11 GPa. An isostructural phase transition was observed at about 6 GPa followed by negative compressibility along the b axis.

  10. Transitions.

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    Field, David; And Others

    1992-01-01

    Includes four articles: "Career Aspirations" (Field); "Making the Transition to a New Curriculum" (Baker, Householder); "How about a 'Work to School' Transition?" (Glasberg); and "Technological Improvisation: Bringing CNC to Woodworking" (Charles, McDuffie). (SK)

  11. Air-broadened Lorentz halfwidths and pressure-induced line shifts in the nu(4) band of C-13H4

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    Devi, V. Malathy; Benner, D. Chris; Rinsland, Curtis P.; Smith, Mary Ann H.

    1988-01-01

    Air-broadened halfwidths and pressure-induced line shifts in the nu(4) fundamental of C-13H4 were determined from spectra recorded at room temperature and at 0.01/cm resolution using a Fourier transform spectrometer. Halfwidths and pressure shifts were determined for over 180 transitions belonging to J-double prime values of less than or = to 16. Comparisons of air-broadened halfwidths and pressure-induced line shifts made for identical transitions in the nu(4) bands of C-12H4 and C-13H4 have shown that C-13H4 air-broadened halfwidths are about 5 percent smaller than the corresponding C-12H4 halfwidths, and the pressure shifts for C-13H4 lines are about 5-15 percent larger than those for C-12H4.

  12. Electric field-induced phase transitions in Li-modified Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 3} at the polymorphic phase boundary

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    Iamsasri, Thanakorn; Jones, Jacob L.; Tutuncu, Goknur; Uthaisar, Chunmanus; Pojprapai, Soodkhet; Wongsaenmai, Supattra

    2015-01-14

    The electric field-induced phase transitions in Li-modified Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 3} at the polymorphic phase boundary (PPB) were observed using in situ X-ray diffraction. The ratio of monoclinic to tetragonal phase fraction was used as an indicator of the extent and reversibility of the phase transitions. The reversibility of the phase transition was greater in compositions further from the PPB. These results demonstrate that the field-induced phase transition is one of the origins of high piezoelectric properties in lead-free ferroelectric materials.

  13. Pressure Induced Superconductivity in CaFe2As2

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    Milton S. Torikachvili; Sergey L. Bud'ko; Ni Ni; Paul Canfield

    2008-08-01

    CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} has been found to be exceptionally sensitive to the application of hydrostatic pressure and can be tuned to reveal all the salient features associated with FeAs superconductivity without introducing any disorder. The ambient pressure, 170 K, structural/magnetic, first-order phase transition is suppressed to 128 K by 3.5 kbar. At 5.5 kbar a new transition is detected at 104 K, increasing to above 300 K by 19 kbar. A low temperature, superconducting dome (T{sub c} {approx} 12 K) is centered around 5 kbar, extending down to 2.3 kbar and up to 8.6 kbar. This superconducting phase appears to exist when the low pressure transition is suppressed sufficiently, but before the high pressure transition has reduced the resistivity too dramatically.

  14. Pressure induced metallization of the perovskite Sr{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 7}

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    Rozenberg, G.K.; Machavariani, G.Y.; Pasternak, M.P.; Milner, A.P.; Hearne, G.R.; Taylor, R.D.; Adler, P.

    1998-12-31

    Electrical, magnetic and structural properties of the antiferromagnetic semiconductor Sr{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 7} (Fe{sup 4+}, d{sup 4}) were probed by resistance, Moessbauer spectroscopy (MS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements to P {approximately} 40 GPa using diamond-anvil cells. A sluggish pressure-induced insulator-metal transition is observed with a clear incipient metallic state at P {ge} 20 GPa. The Fe(IV) 3d magnetic moments remain unaltered across the transition as deduced from MS, and XRD studies show no structural symmetry change to 40 GPa. The results are consistent with carrier delocalization due to p-p gap closure e.g., ligand-to-ligand charge transfer that does not involve the d-states and structural symmetry changes.

  15. Pressure-induced superconductivity in Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe2As2

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    Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Malone, Walter; Uhoya, Walter; Mitchell, Jonathan E.; Vohra, Yogesh K.; Wenger, Lowell E.; Sefat, Athena S.; Weir, S. T.

    2012-12-01

    High-pressure electrical resistance measurements have been performed on single crystal Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe2As2 platelets to pressures of 16 GPa and temperatures down to 10 K using designer diamond anvils under quasi-hydrostatic conditions with an insulating steatite pressure medium. The resistance measurements show evidence of pressure-induced superconductivity with an onset transition temperature at ˜31 K and zero resistance at ˜22 K for a pressure of 3.3 GPa. The transition temperature decreases gradually with increasing pressure before completely disappearing for pressures above 12 GPa. The present results provide experimental evidence that a solid solution of two 122-type materials, i.e., Ba1-xSrxFe2As2 (0 < x < 1), can also exhibit superconductivity under high pressure.

  16. A widespread chromosomal inversion polymorphism contributes to a major life-history transition, local adaptation, and reproductive isolation.

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    Lowry, David B; Willis, John H

    2010-09-28

    The role of chromosomal inversions in adaptation and speciation is controversial. Historically, inversions were thought to contribute to these processes either by directly causing hybrid sterility or by facilitating the maintenance of co-adapted gene complexes. Because inversions suppress recombination when heterozygous, a recently proposed local adaptation mechanism predicts that they will spread if they capture alleles at multiple loci involved in divergent adaptation to contrasting environments. Many empirical studies have found inversion polymorphisms linked to putatively adaptive phenotypes or distributed along environmental clines. However, direct involvement of an inversion in local adaptation and consequent ecological reproductive isolation has not to our knowledge been demonstrated in nature. In this study, we discovered that a chromosomal inversion polymorphism is geographically widespread, and we test the extent to which it contributes to adaptation and reproductive isolation under natural field conditions. Replicated crosses between the prezygotically reproductively isolated annual and perennial ecotypes of the yellow monkeyflower, Mimulus guttatus, revealed that alternative chromosomal inversion arrangements are associated with life-history divergence over thousands of kilometers across North America. The inversion polymorphism affected adaptive flowering time divergence and other morphological traits in all replicated crosses between four pairs of annual and perennial populations. To determine if the inversion contributes to adaptation and reproductive isolation in natural populations, we conducted a novel reciprocal transplant experiment involving outbred lines, where alternative arrangements of the inversion were reciprocally introgressed into the genetic backgrounds of each ecotype. Our results demonstrate for the first time in nature the contribution of an inversion to adaptation, an annual/perennial life-history shift, and multiple reproductive

  17. Pressure-induced variation of structural, elastic, vibrational, electronic, thermodynamic properties and hardness of Ruthenium Carbides

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    Gopalakrishna Pillai, Harikrishnan; Kulangara Madam, Ajith; Natarajan, Sathish; Chandra, Sharat; Mundachali Cheruvalath, Valsakumar

    2016-07-01

    Three of the five structures obtained from the evolutionary algorithm based structure search of Ruthenium Carbide systems in the stoichiometries RuC, Ru2C and Ru3C are relaxed at different pressures in the range 0-200 GPa and the pressure-induced variation of their structural, elastic, dynamical, electronic and thermodynamic properties as well as hardness is investigated in detail. No structural transition is present for these systems in this pressure range. RuC-Zinc blende is mechanically and dynamically unstable close to 100 GPa. RuC-Rhombohedral and Ru3C-Hexagonal retain mechanical and dynamical stability up to 200 GPa. For all three systems the electronic bands and density of states spread out with pressure and the band gap increases with pressure for the semiconducting RuC-Zinc blende. From the computed IR spectrum of RuC-Zinc blende at 50 GPa it is noted that the IR frequency increases with pressure. Using a semi-empirical model for hardness it is estimated that hardness of all three systems consistently increases with pressure. The hardness of RuC-Zinc blende increases towards the superhard regime up to the limiting pressure of its mechanical stability while that of RuC-Rhombohedral becomes 30 GPa at the pressure of 150 GPa.

  18. Pressure Induced Enhancement of Superconductivity in LaRu2P2

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    Li, Baoxuan; Lu, Pengchao; Liu, Jianzhong; Sun, Jian; Li, Sheng; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2016-04-01

    To explore new superconductors beyond the copper-based and iron-based systems is very important. The Ru element locates just below the Fe in the periodic table and behaves like the Fe in many ways. One of the common thread to induce high temperature superconductivity is to introduce moderate correlation into the system. In this paper, we report the significant enhancement of superconducting transition temperature from 3.8 K to 5.8 K by using a pressure only of 1.74 ± 0.05 GPa in LaRu2P2 which has an iso-structure of the iron-based 122 superconductors. The ab-initio calculation shows that the superconductivity in LaRu2P2 at ambient pressure can be explained by the McMillan’s theory with strong electron-phonon coupling. However, it is difficult to interpret the enhancement of Tc versus pressure within this picture. Detailed analysis of the pressure induced evolution of resistivity and upper critical field Hc2(T) reveals that the increase of Tc with pressure may be accompanied by the involvement of extra electron-boson interaction. This suggests that the Ru-based system has some commonality as the Fe-based superconductors.

  19. Pressure Induced Enhancement of Superconductivity in LaRu2P2.

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    Li, Baoxuan; Lu, Pengchao; Liu, Jianzhong; Sun, Jian; Li, Sheng; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2016-01-01

    To explore new superconductors beyond the copper-based and iron-based systems is very important. The Ru element locates just below the Fe in the periodic table and behaves like the Fe in many ways. One of the common thread to induce high temperature superconductivity is to introduce moderate correlation into the system. In this paper, we report the significant enhancement of superconducting transition temperature from 3.8 K to 5.8 K by using a pressure only of 1.74 ± 0.05 GPa in LaRu2P2 which has an iso-structure of the iron-based 122 superconductors. The ab-initio calculation shows that the superconductivity in LaRu2P2 at ambient pressure can be explained by the McMillan's theory with strong electron-phonon coupling. However, it is difficult to interpret the enhancement of Tc versus pressure within this picture. Detailed analysis of the pressure induced evolution of resistivity and upper critical field Hc2(T) reveals that the increase of Tc with pressure may be accompanied by the involvement of extra electron-boson interaction. This suggests that the Ru-based system has some commonality as the Fe-based superconductors. PMID:27086696

  20. Pressure Induced Enhancement of Superconductivity in LaRu2P2.

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    Li, Baoxuan; Lu, Pengchao; Liu, Jianzhong; Sun, Jian; Li, Sheng; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2016-04-18

    To explore new superconductors beyond the copper-based and iron-based systems is very important. The Ru element locates just below the Fe in the periodic table and behaves like the Fe in many ways. One of the common thread to induce high temperature superconductivity is to introduce moderate correlation into the system. In this paper, we report the significant enhancement of superconducting transition temperature from 3.8 K to 5.8 K by using a pressure only of 1.74 ± 0.05 GPa in LaRu2P2 which has an iso-structure of the iron-based 122 superconductors. The ab-initio calculation shows that the superconductivity in LaRu2P2 at ambient pressure can be explained by the McMillan's theory with strong electron-phonon coupling. However, it is difficult to interpret the enhancement of Tc versus pressure within this picture. Detailed analysis of the pressure induced evolution of resistivity and upper critical field Hc2(T) reveals that the increase of Tc with pressure may be accompanied by the involvement of extra electron-boson interaction. This suggests that the Ru-based system has some commonality as the Fe-based superconductors.

  1. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of pressure-induced phase transformation of BeO

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    Xiao, H. Y.; Duan, G.; Zu, X. T.; Weber, W. J.

    2011-05-05

    Ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) method has been used to study high pressure-induced phase transformation in BeO based on the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Both methods show that the wurtzite (WZ) and zinc blende (ZB) BeO transforms to the rocksalt (RS) structure smoothly at high pressure. The transition pressures obtained from the LDA method are about 40 GPa larger than the GGA result for both WZ → RS and ZB → RS phase transformations, and the phase transformation mechanisms revealed by the LDA and GGA methods are different. For WZ → RS phase transformations both mechanisms obtained from the LDA and GGA methods are not comparable to the previous ab initio MD simulations of WZ BeO at 700 GPa based on the GGA method. It is suggested that the phase transformation mechanisms of BeO revealed by the ab initio MD simulations are affected remarkably by the exchange–correlation functional employed and the way of applying pressure.

  2. Low-temperature baroplastic processing of graphene-based polymer composites by pressure-induced flow

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    Tang, Wei; He, Cheng-en; Wang, Yuanzhen; Yang, Yingkui; Pong Tsui, Chi

    2014-08-01

    Two-stage emulsion polymerization was employed to synthesize nanoparticles consisting of a low glass transition temperature core of poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PBA) and a glassy poly(methyl methylacrylate) (PMMA) shell. Incorporation of graphene oxide (GO) into the PBA-PMMA latex produced GO/PBA-PMMA composites after demulsification and graphene/PBA-PMMA composites after chemical reduction of GO. The as-prepared powdery materials were processed into thin films by compression molding at room temperature as the result of a pressure-induced mixing mechanism of microphase-separated baroplastics. The presence of oxygen-containing groups for GO sheets contributed to better dispersion and stronger interface with the matrix, thereby showing greater reinforcement efficiency toward polymers compared to graphene sheets. In addition, both Young's modulus and yield strength for all materials increased with applied pressure and processing time due to better flowability, processability and cohesion at higher pressure and longer time. Low-temperature processing under pressure is of significance for energy conservation, recyclability and environmental protection during plastic processing.

  3. Pressure-Induced Structural and Optical Properties of Organometal Halide Perovskite-Based Formamidinium Lead Bromide.

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    Wang, Lingrui; Wang, Kai; Zou, Bo

    2016-07-01

    Organometal halide perovskites (OMHPs) are attracting an ever-growing scientific interest as photovoltaic materials with moderate cost and compelling properties. In this Letter, pressure-induced optical and structural changes of OMHP-based formamidinium lead bromide (FAPbBr3) were systematically investigated. We studied the pressure dependence of optical absorption and photoluminescence, both of which showed piezochromism. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction indicated that FAPbBr3 underwent two phase transitions and subsequent amorphization, leading directly to the bandgap evolution with redshift followed by blueshift during compression. Raman experiments illustrated the high pressure behavior of organic cation and the surrounding inorganic octahedra. Additionally, the effect of cation size and the different intermolecular interactions between organic cation and inorganic octahedra result in the fact that FAPbBr3 is less compressible than the reported methylammonium lead bromide (MAPbBr3). High pressure studies of the structural evolution and optical properties of OMHPs provide important clues in optimizing photovoltaic performance and help to design novel OMHPs with higher stimuli-resistant ability. PMID:27321024

  4. Pressure Induced Enhancement of Superconductivity in LaRu2P2

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    Li, Baoxuan; Liu, Jianzhong; Sun, Jian; Li, Sheng; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2016-01-01

    To explore new superconductors beyond the copper-based and iron-based systems is very important. The Ru element locates just below the Fe in the periodic table and behaves like the Fe in many ways. One of the common thread to induce high temperature superconductivity is to introduce moderate correlation into the system. In this paper, we report the significant enhancement of superconducting transition temperature from 3.8 K to 5.8 K by using a pressure only of 1.74 ± 0.05 GPa in LaRu2P2 which has an iso-structure of the iron-based 122 superconductors. The ab-initio calculation shows that the superconductivity in LaRu2P2 at ambient pressure can be explained by the McMillan’s theory with strong electron-phonon coupling. However, it is difficult to interpret the enhancement of Tc versus pressure within this picture. Detailed analysis of the pressure induced evolution of resistivity and upper critical field Hc2(T) reveals that the increase of Tc with pressure may be accompanied by the involvement of extra electron-boson interaction. This suggests that the Ru-based system has some commonality as the Fe-based superconductors. PMID:27086696

  5. Ice Ih anomalies: Thermal contraction, anomalous volume isotope effect, and pressure-induced amorphization.

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    Salim, Michael A; Willow, Soohaeng Yoo; Hirata, So

    2016-05-28

    Ice Ih displays several anomalous thermodynamic properties such as thermal contraction at low temperatures, an anomalous volume isotope effect (VIE) rendering the volume of D2O ice greater than that of H2O ice, and a pressure-induced transition to the high-density amorphous (HDA) phase. Furthermore, the anomalous VIE increases with temperature, despite its quantum-mechanical origin. Here, embedded-fragment ab initio second-order many-body perturbation (MP2) theory in the quasiharmonic approximation (QHA) is applied to the Gibbs energy of an infinite, proton-disordered crystal of ice Ih at wide ranges of temperatures and pressures. The quantum effect of nuclei moving in anharmonic potentials is taken into account from first principles without any empirical or nonsystematic approximation to either the electronic or vibrational Hamiltonian. MP2 predicts quantitatively correctly the thermal contraction at low temperatures, which is confirmed to originate from the volume-contracting hydrogen-bond bending modes (acoustic phonons). It qualitatively reproduces (but underestimates) the thermal expansion at higher temperatures, caused by the volume-expanding hydrogen-bond stretching (and to a lesser extent librational) modes. The anomalous VIE is found to be the result of subtle cancellations among closely competing isotope effects on volume from all modes. Consequently, even ab initio MP2 with the aug-cc-pVDZ and aug-cc-pVTZ basis sets has difficulty reproducing this anomaly, yielding qualitatively varied predictions of the sign of the VIE depending on such computational details as the choice of the embedding field. However, the temperature growth of the anomalous VIE is reproduced robustly and is ascribed to the librational modes. These solid-state MP2 calculations, as well as MP2 Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics, find a volume collapse and a loss of symmetry and long-range order in ice Ih upon pressure loading of 2.35 GPa or higher. Concomitantly, rapid softening of

  6. Ice Ih anomalies: Thermal contraction, anomalous volume isotope effect, and pressure-induced amorphization

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    Salim, Michael A.; Willow, Soohaeng Yoo; Hirata, So

    2016-05-01

    Ice Ih displays several anomalous thermodynamic properties such as thermal contraction at low temperatures, an anomalous volume isotope effect (VIE) rendering the volume of D2O ice greater than that of H2O ice, and a pressure-induced transition to the high-density amorphous (HDA) phase. Furthermore, the anomalous VIE increases with temperature, despite its quantum-mechanical origin. Here, embedded-fragment ab initio second-order many-body perturbation (MP2) theory in the quasiharmonic approximation (QHA) is applied to the Gibbs energy of an infinite, proton-disordered crystal of ice Ih at wide ranges of temperatures and pressures. The quantum effect of nuclei moving in anharmonic potentials is taken into account from first principles without any empirical or nonsystematic approximation to either the electronic or vibrational Hamiltonian. MP2 predicts quantitatively correctly the thermal contraction at low temperatures, which is confirmed to originate from the volume-contracting hydrogen-bond bending modes (acoustic phonons). It qualitatively reproduces (but underestimates) the thermal expansion at higher temperatures, caused by the volume-expanding hydrogen-bond stretching (and to a lesser extent librational) modes. The anomalous VIE is found to be the result of subtle cancellations among closely competing isotope effects on volume from all modes. Consequently, even ab initio MP2 with the aug-cc-pVDZ and aug-cc-pVTZ basis sets has difficulty reproducing this anomaly, yielding qualitatively varied predictions of the sign of the VIE depending on such computational details as the choice of the embedding field. However, the temperature growth of the anomalous VIE is reproduced robustly and is ascribed to the librational modes. These solid-state MP2 calculations, as well as MP2 Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics, find a volume collapse and a loss of symmetry and long-range order in ice Ih upon pressure loading of 2.35 GPa or higher. Concomitantly, rapid softening of

  7. Pressure-induced volume expansion of zeolites in the natrolite family.

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    Lee, Yongjae; Vogt, Thomas; Hriljac, Joseph A; Parise, John B; Artioli, Gilberto

    2002-05-15

    Powder diffraction patterns of the zeolites natrolite (Na(16)Al(16)Si(24)O(80).16H(2)O), mesolite (Na(5.33)Ca(5.33)Al(16)Si(24)O(80).21.33H(2)O), scolecite (Ca(8)Al(16)Si(24)O(80).24H(2)O), and a gallosilicate analogue of natrolite (K(16)Ga(16)Si(24)O(80).12H(2)O), all crystallizing with a natrolite framework topology, were measured as a function of pressure up to 5.0 GPa with use of a diamond-anvil cell and a 200 microm focused monochromatic synchrotron X-ray beam. Under the hydrostatic conditions mediated by an alcohol and water mixture, all these materials showed an abrupt volume expansion (ca. 2.5% in natrolite) between 0.8 and 1.5 GPa without altering the framework topology. Rietveld refinements using the data collected on natrolite show that the anomalous swelling is due to the selective sorption of water from the pressure-transmission fluid expanding the channels along the a- and b-unit cell axes. This gives rise to a "superhydrated" phase of natrolite with an approximate formula of Na(16)Al(16)Si(24)O(80).32H(2)O, which contains hydrogen-bonded helical water nanotubes along the channels. In mesolite, which at ambient pressure is composed of ordered layers of sodium- and calcium-containing channels in a 1:2 ratio along the b-axis, this anomalous swelling is accompanied by a loss of the superlattice reflections (b(mesolite) = 3b(natrolite)). This suggests a pressure-induced order-disorder transition involving the motions of sodium and calcium cations either through cross-channel diffusion or within the respective channels. The powder diffraction data of scolecite, a monoclinic analogue of natrolite where all sodium cations are substituted by calcium and water molecules, reveal a reversible pressure-induced partial amorphization under hydrostatic conditions. Unlike the 2-dimensional swelling observed in natrolite and mesolite, the volume expansion of the potassium gallosilicate natrolite is 3-dimensional and includes the lengthening of the channel axis. In

  8. Pressure-induced collapsed-tetragonal phase in SrCo2As2

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    Jayasekara, W. T.; Kaluarachchi, U. S.; Ueland, B. G.; Pandey, Abhishek; Lee, Y. B.; Taufour, V.; Sapkota, A.; Kothapalli, K.; Sangeetha, N. S.; Fabbris, G.; et al

    2015-12-08

    We present high-energy x-ray diffraction data under applied pressures up to p = 29GPa, neutron diffraction measurements up to p = 1.1GPa, and electrical resistance measurements up to p = 5.9GPa, on SrCo2As2. Our x-ray diffraction data demonstrate that there is a first-order transition between the tetragonal (T) and collapsed-tetragonal (cT) phases, with an onset above approximately 6 GPa at T = 7K. The pressure for the onset of the cT phase and the range of coexistence between the T and cT phases appears to be nearly temperature independent. The compressibility along the a axis is the same for themore » T and cT phases, whereas, along the c axis, the cT phase is significantly stiffer, which may be due to the formation of an As-As bond in the cT phase. Our resistivity measurements found no evidence of superconductivity in SrCo2As2 for p ≤ 5.9 GPa and T ≥ 1.8 K. The resistivity data also show signatures consistent with a pressure-induced phase transition for p ≳ 5.5 GPa. Single-crystal neutron diffraction measurements performed up to 1.1 GPa in the T phase found no evidence of stripe-type or A-type antiferromagnetic ordering down to 10 K. Spin-polarized total-energy calculations demonstrate that the cT phase is the stable phase at high pressure with a ca ratio of 2.54. As a result, these calculations indicate that the cT phase of SrCo2As2 should manifest either A-type antiferromagnetic or ferromagnetic order.« less

  9. Pressure-induced collapsed-tetragonal phase in SrCo2As2

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    Jayasekara, W. T.; Kaluarachchi, U. S.; Ueland, B.; Pandey, Abhishek; Lee, Y. B.; Taufour, V.; Sapkota, A.; Kothapalli, K.; Sangeetha, N. S.; Feng, Yejun

    2015-12-08

    We present high-energy x-ray diffraction data under applied pressures up to p = 29 GPa, neutron diffraction measurements up to p = 1.1GPa, and electrical resistance measurements up to p = 5.9GPa, on SrCo2As2. Our x-ray diffraction data demonstrate that there is a first-order transition between the tetragonal (T) and collapsed-tetragonal (cT) phases, with an onset above approximately 6 GPa at T = 7K. The pressure for the onset of the cT phase and the range of coexistence between the T and cT phases appears to be nearly temperature independent. The compressibility along the a axis is the same for the T and cT phases, whereas, along the c axis, the cT phase is significantly stiffer, which may be due to the formation of an As-As bond in the cT phase. Our resistivity measurements found no evidence of superconductivity in SrCo2As2 for p 5.9 GPa and T 1.8 K. The resistivity data also show signatures consistent with a pressure-induced phase transition for p 5.5 GPa. Single-crystal neutron diffraction measurements performed up to 1.1 GPa in the T phase found no evidence of stripe-type or A-type antiferromagnetic ordering down to 10 K. Spin-polarized total-energy calculations demonstrate that the cT phase is the stable phase at high pressure with a c a ratio of 2.54. Furthermore, these calculations indicate that the cT phase of SrCo2As2 should manifest either A-type antiferromagnetic or ferromagnetic order.

  10. Pressure-induced change of the electronic state in the tetragonal phase of CaFe2As2

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    Sakaguchi, Yui; Ikeda, Shugo; Kuse, Tetsuji; Kobayashi, Hisao

    2014-07-01

    We have investigated the electronic states of single-crystal CaFe2As2 under hydrostatic pressure using 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetization measurements. The center shift and the quadrupole splitting were refined from observed 57Fe Mössbauer spectra using the single-crystalline sample under pressure at room temperature. A discontinuous decrease in the pressure dependence of the refined center shift was observed at 0.33 GPa without any anomaly in the pressure dependence of the refined quadrupole splitting, indicating a purely electronic state change in CaFe2As2 with a tetragonal structure. Such a change is shown to be reflected in the peak-like anomalies observed in the pressure dependences of the magnetic susceptibility at 0.26 GPa above 150 K. Our results reveal that this pressure-induced electronic state change suppresses the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural phase transition accompanied by an antiferromagnetic ordering. We further observed superconductivity in CaFe2As2 below ˜8 K around 0.33 GPa although our sample was not in a single phase at this pressure. These findings suggest that the electronic state change observed in CaFe2As2 with the tetragonal structure is relevant to the appearance of the pressure-induced superconductivity in AFe2As2.

  11. Transits

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    Gilliland, Ronald L.

    Transits of the planets Mercury and especially Venus have been exciting events in the development of astronomy over the past few hundred years. Just two years ago the first transiting extra-solar planet, HD 209458b, was discovered, and subsequent studies during transit have contributed fundamental new knowledge. From the photometric light curve during transit one obtains a basic confirmation that the radial velocity detected object is indeed a planet by allowing precise determination of its mass and radius relative to these stellar quantities. From study of spectroscopic changes during transit it has been possible to probe for individual components of the transiting planets atmosphere. Planet transits are likely to become a primary tool for detection of new planets, especially other Earth-like planets with the Kepler Discovery Mission. Looking ahead, the additional aperture of the James Webb Space Space Telescope promises to allow the first possibility of studying the atmosphere of extra-solar Earth-analogue planets, perhaps even providing the first evidence of direct relevance to the search for signs of life on other planets.

  12. Pressure-induced structural transformation of CaC2.

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    Wang, Lu; Huang, Xiaoli; Li, Da; Huang, Yanping; Bao, Kuo; Li, Fangfei; Wu, Gang; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2016-05-21

    The high pressure structural changes of calcium carbide CaC2 have been investigated with Raman spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature. At ambient conditions, two forms of CaC2 co-exist. Above 4.9 GPa, monoclinic CaC2-ii diminished indicating the structural phase transition from CaC2-ii to CaC2-i. At about 7.0 GPa, both XRD patterns and Raman spectra confirmed that CaC2-i transforms into a metallic Cmcm structure which contains polymeric carbon chains. Along with the phase transition, the isolated C2 dumbbells are polymerized into zigzag chains resulting in a large volume collapse with 22.4%. Above 30.0 GPa, the XRD patterns of CaC2 become featureless and remain featureless upon decompression, suggesting an irreversible amorphization of CaC2.

  13. Pressure-induced structural transformation of CaC2

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    Wang, Lu; Huang, Xiaoli; Li, Da; Huang, Yanping; Bao, Kuo; Li, Fangfei; Wu, Gang; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2016-05-01

    The high pressure structural changes of calcium carbide CaC2 have been investigated with Raman spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature. At ambient conditions, two forms of CaC2 co-exist. Above 4.9 GPa, monoclinic CaC2-ii diminished indicating the structural phase transition from CaC2-ii to CaC2-i. At about 7.0 GPa, both XRD patterns and Raman spectra confirmed that CaC2-i transforms into a metallic Cmcm structure which contains polymeric carbon chains. Along with the phase transition, the isolated C2 dumbbells are polymerized into zigzag chains resulting in a large volume collapse with 22.4%. Above 30.0 GPa, the XRD patterns of CaC2 become featureless and remain featureless upon decompression, suggesting an irreversible amorphization of CaC2.

  14. First Principle Calculations of the Electronic Structure, Phase Transition and Properties of ZrSiO4 Polymorphs

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    Du, Jincheng; Devanathan, Ram; Corrales, L Rene; Weber, William J

    2012-01-01

    First principle periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to understand the electronic structure, chemical bonding, phase transition, and physical properties of the zircon (in the chemical composition of ZrSiO4) and its high pressure phase reidite. Temperature effect on phase transition and thermal-mechanical properties such as heat capacity and bulk modulus have been studied by combining the equation of states obtained from DFT calculations with the quasi-harmonic Debye model to take into account the entropy contribution to free energy. Local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) DFT functionals have been systematically compared in predicting the structure and property of this material. It is found that the LDA functional provides a better description of the equilibrium structure and bulk modulus, while GGA predicts a transition pressure closer to experimental values. Both functionals correctly predict the relative stability of the two phases, with GGA giving slightly larger energy differences. The calculated band structures show that both zircon and reidite have indirect bandgaps and the reidite phase has a narrower bandgap than the zircon phase. The atomic charges determined using the Bader method show that bonding in reidite has a stronger covalent character.

  15. Pressure-induced metathesis reaction to sequester Cs.

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    Im, Junhyuck; Seoung, Donghoon; Lee, Seung Yeop; Blom, Douglas A; Vogt, Thomas; Kao, Chi-Chang; Lee, Yongjae

    2015-01-01

    We report here a pressure-driven metathesis reaction where Ag-exchanged natrolite (Ag16Al16Si24O80·16H2O, Ag-NAT) is pressurized in an aqueous CsI solution, resulting in the exchange of Ag(+) by Cs(+) in the natrolite framework forming Cs16Al16Si24O80·16H2O (Cs-NAT-I) and, above 0.5 GPa, its high-pressure polymorph (Cs-NAT-II). During the initial cation exchange, the precipitation of AgI occurs. Additional pressure and heat at 2 GPa and 160 °C transforms Cs-NAT-II to a pollucite-related, highly dense, and water-free triclinic phase with nominal composition CsAlSi2O6. At ambient temperature after pressure release, the Cs remains sequestered in a now monoclinic pollucite phase at close to 40 wt % and a favorably low Cs leaching rate under back-exchange conditions. This process thus efficiently combines the pressure-driven separation of Cs and I at ambient temperature with the subsequent sequestration of Cs under moderate pressures and temperatures in its preferred waste form suitable for long-term storage at ambient conditions. The zeolite pollucite CsAlSi2O6·H2O has been identified as a potential host material for nuclear waste remediation of anthropogenic (137)Cs due to its chemical and thermal stability, low leaching rate, and the large amount of Cs it can contain. The new water-free pollucite phase we characterize during our process will not display radiolysis of water during longterm storage while maintaining the Cs content and low leaching rate. PMID:25515673

  16. Reversible switching between pressure-induced amorphization and thermal-driven recrystallization in VO2(B) nanosheets.

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    Wang, Yonggang; Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Wenge; Wen, Ting; Pravica, Michael; Liu, Zhenxian; Hou, Mingqiang; Fei, Yingwei; Kang, Lei; Lin, Zheshuai; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2016-01-01

    Pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) and thermal-driven recrystallization have been observed in many crystalline materials. However, controllable switching between PIA and a metastable phase has not been described yet, due to the challenge to establish feasible switching methods to control the pressure and temperature precisely. Here, we demonstrate a reversible switching between PIA and thermally-driven recrystallization of VO2(B) nanosheets. Comprehensive in situ experiments are performed to establish the precise conditions of the reversible phase transformations, which are normally hindered but occur with stimuli beyond the energy barrier. Spectral evidence and theoretical calculations reveal the pressure-structure relationship and the role of flexible VOx polyhedra in the structural switching process. Anomalous resistivity evolution and the participation of spin in the reversible phase transition are observed for the first time. Our findings have significant implications for the design of phase switching devices and the exploration of hidden amorphous materials. PMID:27426219

  17. Reversible switching between pressure-induced amorphization and thermal-driven recrystallization in VO2(B) nanosheets.

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    Wang, Yonggang; Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Wenge; Wen, Ting; Pravica, Michael; Liu, Zhenxian; Hou, Mingqiang; Fei, Yingwei; Kang, Lei; Lin, Zheshuai; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2016-07-18

    Pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) and thermal-driven recrystallization have been observed in many crystalline materials. However, controllable switching between PIA and a metastable phase has not been described yet, due to the challenge to establish feasible switching methods to control the pressure and temperature precisely. Here, we demonstrate a reversible switching between PIA and thermally-driven recrystallization of VO2(B) nanosheets. Comprehensive in situ experiments are performed to establish the precise conditions of the reversible phase transformations, which are normally hindered but occur with stimuli beyond the energy barrier. Spectral evidence and theoretical calculations reveal the pressure-structure relationship and the role of flexible VOx polyhedra in the structural switching process. Anomalous resistivity evolution and the participation of spin in the reversible phase transition are observed for the first time. Our findings have significant implications for the design of phase switching devices and the exploration of hidden amorphous materials.

  18. Pressure-induced densification in GeO{sub 2} glass: A transmission x-ray microscopy study

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    Lin, Yu Zeng, Qiaoshi; Yang, Wenge; Mao, Wendy L.

    2013-12-23

    Nanoscale transmission x-ray microscopy measurements have been performed to determine the effect of pressure (P) on the volume (V) change in GeO{sub 2} glass up to 38.5 GPa. The P-V data show a continuous increase upon compression, indicating that the density-driven structural transformation is a gradual process. Over the pressure range studied, a transition is observed at approximately 10–13 GPa, where the material displays distinct compression behaviors. The pressure-induced densification that involves the coordination number change has been discussed. Using this newly developed high-pressure imaging technique with tens of nanometer resolution, we have provided a direct and unequivocal way for measuring density of amorphous materials to much higher pressures with accuracy rivaling x-ray diffraction of crystalline solids.

  19. Effect of disorder on the pressure-induced superconducting state of CeAu 2Si 2

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    Ren, Z.; Giriat, G.; Scheerer, G. W.; Lapertot, G.; Jaccard, D.

    2015-03-01

    CeAu2Si2 is a newly discovered pressure-induced heavy fermion superconductor, which shows very unusual interplay between superconductivity and magnetism under pressure. Here we compare the results of high-pressure measurements on single-crystalline CeAu2Si2 samples with different levels of disorder. It is found that while the magnetic properties are essentially sample independent, superconductivity is rapidly suppressed when the residual resistivity of the sample increases. We show that the depression of bulk Tc can be well understood in terms of pair breaking by nonmagnetic disorder, which strongly suggests an unconventional pairing state in pressurized CeAu2Si2 . Furthermore, increasing the level of disorder leads to the emergence of another phase transition at T* within the magnetic phase, which might be in competition with superconductivity.

  20. Reversible switching between pressure-induced amorphization and thermal-driven recrystallization in VO2(B) nanosheets

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    Wang, Yonggang; Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Wenge; Wen, Ting; Pravica, Michael; Liu, Zhenxian; Hou, Mingqiang; Fei, Yingwei; Kang, Lei; Lin, Zheshuai; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2016-07-01

    Pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) and thermal-driven recrystallization have been observed in many crystalline materials. However, controllable switching between PIA and a metastable phase has not been described yet, due to the challenge to establish feasible switching methods to control the pressure and temperature precisely. Here, we demonstrate a reversible switching between PIA and thermally-driven recrystallization of VO2(B) nanosheets. Comprehensive in situ experiments are performed to establish the precise conditions of the reversible phase transformations, which are normally hindered but occur with stimuli beyond the energy barrier. Spectral evidence and theoretical calculations reveal the pressure-structure relationship and the role of flexible VOx polyhedra in the structural switching process. Anomalous resistivity evolution and the participation of spin in the reversible phase transition are observed for the first time. Our findings have significant implications for the design of phase switching devices and the exploration of hidden amorphous materials.

  1. Pressure-induced amorphization of charge ordered spinel AlV{sub 2}O{sub 4} at low temperature

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    Malavi, Pallavi S. Karmakar, S. Sharma, S. M.; Maurizio, P.

    2014-04-24

    Structural properties of charge ordered spinel AlV{sub 2}O{sub 4} have been investigated under high pressure at low temperature (80K) by synchrotron based x-ray diffraction measurements. It is observed that upon increasing pressure the structure becomes progressively disordered due to the distortion of the AlO{sub 4} tetrahedral unit and undergoes amorphization above ∼12 GPa. While releasing pressure, the rhombohedral phase is only partially recovered at a much lower pressure (below 5 GPa). Within the stability of the rhombohedral phase, the distortion in the vanadium heptamer increases monotonically with pressure, suggesting enhanced charge ordering. This result is in sharp contrast with the recent observation of pressure-induced frustration in the charge ordered state leading to structural transition to the cubic phase at room temperature [JPCM 25, 292201, 2013].

  2. Reversible switching between pressure-induced amorphization and thermal-driven recrystallization in VO2(B) nanosheets

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    Wang, Yonggang; Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Wenge; Wen, Ting; Pravica, Michael; Liu, Zhenxian; Hou, Mingqiang; Fei, Yingwei; Kang, Lei; Lin, Zheshuai; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2016-01-01

    Pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) and thermal-driven recrystallization have been observed in many crystalline materials. However, controllable switching between PIA and a metastable phase has not been described yet, due to the challenge to establish feasible switching methods to control the pressure and temperature precisely. Here, we demonstrate a reversible switching between PIA and thermally-driven recrystallization of VO2(B) nanosheets. Comprehensive in situ experiments are performed to establish the precise conditions of the reversible phase transformations, which are normally hindered but occur with stimuli beyond the energy barrier. Spectral evidence and theoretical calculations reveal the pressure–structure relationship and the role of flexible VOx polyhedra in the structural switching process. Anomalous resistivity evolution and the participation of spin in the reversible phase transition are observed for the first time. Our findings have significant implications for the design of phase switching devices and the exploration of hidden amorphous materials. PMID:27426219

  3. Reversible switching between pressure-induced amorphization and thermal-driven recrystallization in VO2(B) nanosheets

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    Wang, Yonggang; Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Wenge; Wen, Ting; Pravica, Michael; Liu, Zhenxian; Hou, Mingqiang; Fei, Yingwei; Kang, Lei; Lin, Zheshuai; et al

    2016-07-18

    Pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) and thermal-driven recrystallization have been observed in many crystalline materials. However, controllable switching between PIA and a metastable phase has not been described yet, due to the challenge to establish feasible switching methods to control the pressure and temperature precisely. Here, we demonstrate a reversible switching between PIA and thermally-driven recrystallization of VO2(B) nanosheets. Comprehensive in situ experiments are performed to establish the precise conditions of the reversible phase transformations, which are normally hindered but occur with stimuli beyond the energy barrier. Spectral evidence and theoretical calculations reveal the pressure–structure relationship and the role of flexible VOxmore » polyhedra in the structural switching process. Anomalous resistivity evolution and the participation of spin in the reversible phase transition are observed for the first time. Lastly, our findings have significant implications for the design of phase switching devices and the exploration of hidden amorphous materials.« less

  4. Polymorphic phase transition among the titania crystal structures using a solution-based approach: from precursor chemistry to nucleation process

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    Kumar, S. Girish; Rao, K. S. R. Koteswara

    2014-09-01

    Nanocrystalline titania are a robust candidate for various functional applications owing to its non-toxicity, cheap availability, ease of preparation and exceptional photochemical as well as thermal stability. The uniqueness in each lattice structure of titania leads to multifaceted physico-chemical and opto-electronic properties, which yield different functionalities and thus influence their performances in various green energy applications. The high temperature treatment for crystallizing titania triggers inevitable particle growth and the destruction of delicate nanostructural features. Thus, the preparation of crystalline titania with tunable phase/particle size/morphology at low to moderate temperatures using a solution-based approach has paved the way for further exciting areas of research. In this focused review, titania synthesis from hydrothermal/solvothermal method, conventional sol-gel method and sol-gel-assisted method via ultrasonication, photoillumination and ILs, thermolysis and microemulsion routes are discussed. These wet chemical methods have broader visibility, since multiple reaction parameters, such as precursor chemistry, surfactants, chelating agents, solvents, mineralizer, pH of the solution, aging time, reaction temperature/time, inorganic electrolytes, can be easily manipulated to tune the final physical structure. This review sheds light on the stabilization/phase transformation pathways of titania polymorphs like anatase, rutile, brookite and TiO2(B) under a variety of reaction conditions. The driving force for crystallization arising from complex species in solution coupled with pH of the solution and ion species facilitating the orientation of octahedral resulting in a crystalline phase are reviewed in detail. In addition to titanium halide/alkoxide, the nucleation of titania from other precursors like peroxo and layered titanates are also discussed. The non-aqueous route and ball milling-induced titania transformation is briefly

  5. Pressure induced structural transitions in Lead Chalcogenides and its influence on thermoelectric properties

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    Petersen, John; Spinks, Michael; Borges, Pablo; Scolfaro, Luisa

    2012-03-01

    Lead chalcogenides, most notably PbTe and PbSe, have become an active area of research due to their thermoelectric (TE) properties. The high figure of merit (ZT) of these materials has brought much attention to them, due to their ability to convert waste heat into electricity, with a possible application being in engine exhaust. Here, we examine the effects of altering the lattice parameter on total ground state energy and the band gap using first principles calculations performed within Density Functional Theory and the Projector Augmented Wave approach and the Vienna Ab-initio Simulation Package (VASP-PAW) code. Both PbTe and PbSe, in NaCl, orthorhombic, and CsCl structures are considered. It is found that altering the lattice parameter, which is analogous to applying external pressure on the material experimentally, has notable effects on both ground state energy and the band gap. The implications of this behavior in the TE properties of these materials are analyzed.

  6. Incorporation of uranium in pyrochlore oxides and pressure-induced phase transitions

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    Zhang, F.X.; Lang, M.; Tracy, C.; Ewing, R.C.; Gregg, D.J.; Lumpkin, G.R.

    2014-11-15

    Uranium-doped gadolinium zirconates with pyrochlore structure were studied at ambient and high-pressure conditions up to 40 GPa. The bonding environment of uranium in the structure was determined by x-ray photoelectron and Raman spectroscopies and x-ray diffraction. The uranium valence for samples prepared in air is mainly U{sup 6+}, but U{sup 4+} is present in pyrochlores fabricated in an argon atmosphere. Rietveld refinement of the XRD pattern suggests that uranium ions in pyrochlores are on the 16d site in 6-fold coordination with oxygen. At pressures greater than 22 GPa, the pyrochlore structure transformed to a cotunnite-type phase. The cotunnite high-pressure phase transformed to a defect fluorite structure on the release of pressure. - Graphical abstract: In U-bearing pyrochlore, U ions mainly occupy the 16d site and replace the smaller Zr{sup 4+}, part of the oxygen will occupy the 8b site, which is empty to most pyrochlores. At pressure of 22 GPa, the pyrochlore lattice is not stable and transforms to a cotunnite-type structure. The high-pressure structure is not stable and transform to a fluorite or back to the pyrochlore structure when pressure is released. - Highlights: • We found that U ions mainly occupy the smaller cation site in U-bearing pyrochlore. • Pyrochlore structure is not stable at pressure of more than 20 GPa. • The quenched sample has a pyrochlore or a disordered fluorite structure.

  7. Pressure-induced stiffness of Au nanoparticles to 71 GPa under quasi-hydrostatic loading.

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    Hong, Xinguo; Duffy, Thomas S; Ehm, Lars; Weidner, Donald J

    2015-12-01

    The compressibility of nanocrystalline gold (n-Au, 20 nm) has been studied by x-ray total scattering using high-energy monochromatic x-rays in the diamond anvil cell under quasi-hydrostatic conditions up to 71 GPa. The bulk modulus, K0, of the n-Au obtained from fitting to a Vinet equation of state is ~196(3) GPa, which is about 17% higher than for the corresponding bulk materials (K0: 167 GPa). At low pressures (<7 GPa), the compression behavior of n-Au shows little difference from that of bulk Au. With increasing pressure, the compressive behavior of n-Au gradually deviates from the equation of state (EOS) of bulk gold. Analysis of the pair distribution function, peak broadening and Rietveld refinement reveals that the microstructure of n-Au is nearly a single-grain/domain at ambient conditions, but undergoes substantial pressure-induced reduction in grain size until 10 GPa. The results indicate that the nature of the internal microstructure in n-Au is associated with the observed EOS difference from bulk Au at high pressure. Full-pattern analysis confirms that significant changes in grain size, stacking faults, grain orientation and texture occur in n-Au at high pressure. We have observed direct experimental evidence of a transition in compressional mechanism for n-Au at ~20 GPa, i.e. from a deformation dominated by nucleation and motion of lattice dislocations (dislocation-mediated) to a prominent grain boundary mediated response to external pressure. The internal microstructure inside the nanoparticle (nanocrystallinity) plays a critical role for the macro-mechanical properties of nano-Au. PMID:26570982

  8. Pressure-induced topological phases of KNa2Bi

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    Sklyadneva, I. Yu.; Rusinov, I. P.; Heid, R.; Bohnen, K.-P.; Echenique, P. M.; Chulkov, E. V.

    2016-04-01

    We report an ab initio study of the effect of hydrostatic pressure and uniaxial strain on electronic properties of KNa2Bi, a cubic bialkali bismuthide. It is found that this zero-gap semimetal with an inverted band structure at the Brillouin zone center can be driven into various topological phases under proper external pressure. We show that upon hydrostatic compression KNa2Bi turns into a trivial semiconductor with a conical Dirac-type dispersion of electronic bands at the point of the topological transition while the breaking of cubic symmetry by applying a uniaxial strain converts the compound into a topological insulator or into a three-dimensional Dirac semimetal with nontrivial surface Fermi arcs depending on the sign of strain. The calculated phonon dispersions show that KNa2Bi is dynamically stable both in the cubic structure (at any considered pressures) and in the tetragonal phase (under uniaxial strain).

  9. Pressure-induced topological phases of KNa2Bi

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    Sklyadneva, I. Yu.; Rusinov, I. P.; Heid, R.; Bohnen, K.-P.; Echenique, P. M.; Chulkov, E. V.

    2016-01-01

    We report an ab initio study of the effect of hydrostatic pressure and uniaxial strain on electronic properties of KNa2Bi, a cubic bialkali bismuthide. It is found that this zero-gap semimetal with an inverted band structure at the Brillouin zone center can be driven into various topological phases under proper external pressure. We show that upon hydrostatic compression KNa2Bi turns into a trivial semiconductor with a conical Dirac-type dispersion of electronic bands at the point of the topological transition while the breaking of cubic symmetry by applying a uniaxial strain converts the compound into a topological insulator or into a three-dimensional Dirac semimetal with nontrivial surface Fermi arcs depending on the sign of strain. The calculated phonon dispersions show that KNa2Bi is dynamically stable both in the cubic structure (at any considered pressures) and in the tetragonal phase (under uniaxial strain). PMID:27064116

  10. Pressure-induced transformations in computer simulations of glassy water.

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    Chiu, Janet; Starr, Francis W; Giovambattista, Nicolas

    2013-11-14

    Glassy water occurs in at least two broad categories: low-density amorphous (LDA) and high-density amorphous (HDA) solid water. We perform out-of-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations to study the transformations of glassy water using the ST2 model. Specifically, we study the known (i) compression-induced LDA-to-HDA, (ii) decompression-induced HDA-to-LDA, and (iii) compression-induced hexagonal ice-to-HDA transformations. We study each transformation for a broad range of compression/decompression temperatures, enabling us to construct a "P-T phase diagram" for glassy water. The resulting phase diagram shows the same qualitative features reported from experiments. While many simulations have probed the liquid-state phase behavior, comparatively little work has examined the transitions of glassy water. We examine how the glass transformations relate to the (first-order) liquid-liquid phase transition previously reported for this model. Specifically, our results support the hypothesis that the liquid-liquid spinodal lines, between a low-density and high-density liquid, are extensions of the LDA-HDA transformation lines in the limit of slow compression. Extending decompression runs to negative pressures, we locate the sublimation lines for both LDA and hyperquenched glassy water (HGW), and find that HGW is relatively more stable to the vapor. Additionally, we observe spontaneous crystallization of HDA at high pressure to ice VII. Experiments have also seen crystallization of HDA, but to ice XII. Finally, we contrast the structure of LDA and HDA for the ST2 model with experiments. We find that while the radial distribution functions (RDFs) of LDA are similar to those observed in experiments, considerable differences exist between the HDA RDFs of ST2 water and experiment. The differences in HDA structure, as well as the formation of ice VII (a tetrahedral crystal), are a consequence of ST2 overemphasizing the tetrahedral character of water. PMID:24320281

  11. The quality of high pressure-induced and heat-induced yuzu marmalade

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    Kuwada, Hiroko; Jibu, Yuri; Teramoto, Ai; Fuchigami, Michiko

    2010-12-01

    Yuzu is a typical Japanese citrus with a desirable smell. The objectives of this study are to establish a process for pressure-induced marmalade (without both heating or the addition of pectin) and compare it with heat-induced marmalade. Sliced peel (flavedo) was soaked in 2% citric acid solution (pH 2.0). Albedo, endocarp and juice sacs were homogenized with 0.3% citric acid solution (pH 2.5). After soaking for 24 h, these were mixed and 50% or 60% sucrose of the total weight was added, then pressurized at 500 MPa or boiled (process A). Process B: all processing was done at pH 2.7. Peel of high pressure-induced marmalade maintained a natural color. Flavedo in heat-induced marmalade was softer than that of pressure-induced marmalade. There was no difference in viscosity between heat-induced and high pressure-induced marmalade. High pressure-induced marmalade with 50% sugar was preferred by a sensory test because fresh flavor and color were maintained.

  12. Pressure-induced polymerization of P(CN)3

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    Gou, Huiyang; Yonke, Brendan L.; Epshteyn, Albert; Kim, Duck Young; Smith, Jesse S.; Strobel, Timothy A.

    2015-05-01

    Motivated to explore the formation of novel extended carbon-nitrogen solids via well-defined molecular precursor pathways, we studied the chemical reactivity of highly pure phosphorous tricyanide, P(CN)3, under conditions of high pressure at room temperature. Raman and infrared (IR) spectroscopic measurements reveal a series of phase transformations below 10 GPa, and several low-frequency vibrational modes are reported for the first time. Synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction measurements taken during compression show that molecular P(CN)3 is highly compressible, with a bulk modulus of 10.0 ± 0.3 GPa, and polymerizes into an amorphous solid above ˜10.0 GPa. Raman and IR spectra, together with first-principles molecular-dynamics simulations, show that the amorphization transition is associated with polymerization of the cyanide groups into CN bonds with predominantly sp2 character, similar to known carbon nitrides, resulting in a novel phosphorous carbon nitride (PCN) polymeric phase, which is recoverable to ambient pressure.

  13. Pressure-induced polymerization of P(CN){sub 3}

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    Gou, Huiyang E-mail: tstrobel@ciw.edu; Kim, Duck Young; Strobel, Timothy A. E-mail: tstrobel@ciw.edu; Yonke, Brendan L.; Epshteyn, Albert; Smith, Jesse S.

    2015-05-21

    Motivated to explore the formation of novel extended carbon-nitrogen solids via well-defined molecular precursor pathways, we studied the chemical reactivity of highly pure phosphorous tricyanide, P(CN){sub 3}, under conditions of high pressure at room temperature. Raman and infrared (IR) spectroscopic measurements reveal a series of phase transformations below 10 GPa, and several low-frequency vibrational modes are reported for the first time. Synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction measurements taken during compression show that molecular P(CN){sub 3} is highly compressible, with a bulk modulus of 10.0 ± 0.3 GPa, and polymerizes into an amorphous solid above ∼10.0 GPa. Raman and IR spectra, together with first-principles molecular-dynamics simulations, show that the amorphization transition is associated with polymerization of the cyanide groups into CN bonds with predominantly sp{sup 2} character, similar to known carbon nitrides, resulting in a novel phosphorous carbon nitride (PCN) polymeric phase, which is recoverable to ambient pressure.

  14. Shock pressures induced in condensed matter by laser ablation

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    Swift, Damian C.; Tierney, Thomas E.; Kopp, Roger A.; Gammel, J. Tinka

    2004-03-01

    The Trident laser was used to induce shock waves in samples of solid elements, with atomic numbers ranging from Be to Au, using pulses of 527 nm light around 1 ns long with irradiances of the order of 0.1 to 10 PW/m2. States induced by the resulting ablation process were investigated using laser Doppler velocimetry to measure the velocity history of the opposite surface. By varying the energy in the laser pulse, relations were inferred between the irradiance and the induced pressure. For samples in vacuo, an irradiance constant in time does not produce a constant pressure. Radiation hydrodynamics simulations were used to investigate the relationship between the precise pulse shape and the pressure history. In this regime of time and irradiance, it was possible to reproduce the experimental data to within their uncertainty by including conductivity-dependent deposition of laser energy, heat conduction, gray radiation diffusion, and three temperature hydrodynamics in the treatment of the plasma, with ionizations calculated using the Thomas-Fermi equation. States induced in the solid sample were fairly insensitive to the details of modeling in the plasma, so Hugoniot points may be estimated from experiments of this type given a reasonable model of the plasma. More useful applications include the generation of dynamic loading to investigate compressive strength and phase transitions, and for sample recovery.

  15. Pressure-induced collapsed-tetragonal phase in SrCo2As2 at ambient temperature

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    Jayasekara, W. T.; Kaluarachchi, U. S.; Ueland, B. G.; Pandey, A.; Lee, Y. B.; Taufour, V.; Sapkota, A.; Kothapalli, K.; Sangeetha, N. S.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Harmon, B. N.; Canfield, P. C.; Johnston, D. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.; Fabbris, G.; Feng, Y.; Veiga, L. S. I.; Dos Santos, A. M.

    Our recent high-energy (HE) high-pressure (HP) x-ray powder diffraction measurements on tetragonal (T) SrCo2As2 have revealed a first-order pressure-induced structural phase transition to a collapsed tetragonal (cT) phase with a reduction in c by -7.9% and the c / a ratio by -9.9%. The T and cT phases coexist for applied pressures 6 GPa to 18 GPa at 7 K. Resistance measurements up to 5.9 GPa and down to 1.8 K signatures likely associated with the cT phase above 5.5 GPa and found no evidence for superconductivity. Neutron diffraction data show no evidence of magnetic order up to 1.1 GPa. Here, we show that the T to cT transition occurs around 6.8 GPa at ambient temperature, and that the transition is nearly temperature-independent from 300 K down to 7 K, which indicates a steep p - T phase line. Work at Ames Lab. was supported by US DOE, BES, DMSE under DE-AC02-07CH11358. This research used resources at the APS and ORNL, US DOE, SC, User Facilities.

  16. Pressure-induced constriction is inhibited in a mouse model of reduced betaENaC.

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    VanLandingham, Lauren G; Gannon, Kimberly P; Drummond, Heather A

    2009-09-01

    Recent studies suggest certain epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC) proteins may be components of mechanosensitive ion channel complexes in vascular smooth muscle cells that contribute to pressure-induced constriction in middle cerebral arteries (MCA). However, the role of a specific ENaC protein, betaENaC, in pressure-induced constriction of MCAs has not been determined. The goal of this study was to determine whether pressure-induced constriction in the MCA is altered in a mouse model with reduced levels of betaENaC. Using quantitative immunofluorescence, we found whole cell betaENaC labeling in cerebral vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) was suppressed 46% in betaENaC homozygous mutant (m/m) mice compared with wild-type littermates (+/+). MCAs from betaENaC +/+ and m/m mice were isolated and placed in a vessel chamber for myographic analysis. Arteries from betaENaC+/+ mice constricted to stepwise increases in perfusion pressure and developed maximal tone of 10 +/- 2% at 90 mmHg (n = 5). In contrast, MCAs from betaENaC m/m mice developed significantly less tone (4 +/- 1% at 90 mmHg, n = 5). Vasoconstrictor responses to KCl (4-80 mM) were identical between genotypes and responses to phenylephrine (10(-7)-10(-4) M) were marginally altered, suggesting that reduced levels of VSMC betaENaC specifically inhibit pressure-induced constriction. Our findings indicate betaENaC is required for normal pressure-induced constriction in the MCA and provide further support for the hypothesis that betaENaC proteins are components of a mechanosensor in VSMCs. PMID:19553501

  17. Pressure-induced phase transformations of PbCO3 by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy

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    Gao, Jing; Wu, Xiang; Qin, Shan; Li, Yan-chun

    2016-01-01

    By employing synchrotron radiation, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, the high pressure structural transformations of lead carbonate PbCO3 was investigated in diamond anvil cells up to ∼50 GPa at room temperature. Three pressure-induced transitions have been observed at ∼8.5, ∼15 and ∼26 GPa, respectively. The transition from PbCO3-I to PbCO3-II is a displacive transformation featured with anti-rotation of [CO3]2- triangles. PbCO3-II is a metastable phase because the [CO3]2- groups are in a unfixed state until they reach the equilibrium positions in PbCO3-III. PbCO3-III adopts a monoclinic symmetry with primitive lattice, and tendentiously exhibits a more compressible b-axis relative to c-axis. Isothermal pressure-volume relationship of PbCO3-III is well described by the Birch-Murnaghan equation of state with K0 = 131(4) GPa, ? (fixed) and V0 = 246(1) Å3. However, little information on the crystal structure of PbCO3-IV can be extracted from the present experiment. The transformation process of PbCO3 exhibits similarity to that of calcite and dolomite.

  18. Evidence of the pressure-induced conductivity switching of yttrium-doped SrTiO3.

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    Dai, LiDong; Wu, Lei; Li, HePing; Hu, HaiYing; Zhuang, YuKai; Liu, KaiXiang

    2016-11-30

    The electrical transport properties of undoped and yttrium-doped strontium titanate (Sr(Ti1 - x Y x )O3 - δ , x  =  0, 0.02) under high pressure were investigated with in situ impedance spectroscopy measurements. A pressure-induced conductivity switching for undoped and 2 mole% Y-doped strontium titanate is observed at around ~10.0 and 7.0 GPa respectively, which are caused by a cubic to tetragonal I4/mcm phase transition. The decrease of the phase transition point of 2 mole% Y-doped strontium titanate can be attributed to larger Y(3+) atoms occupying the B-site and the creation of more oxygen vacancies, which lead to octahedra tilting and symmetry breaking. The results of the voltage-bias dependence of grain-boundary impedance of undoped and 2 mole% Y-doped strontium titanate at different pressures revealed that Schottky-type potential barriers formed at grain boundaries are the key factor for the accumulation of oxygen vacancy at the interface under pressure. PMID:27633181

  19. Evidence of the pressure-induced conductivity switching of yttrium-doped SrTiO3

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    Dai, LiDong; Wu, Lei; Li, HePing; Hu, HaiYing; Zhuang, YuKai; Liu, KaiXiang

    2016-11-01

    The electrical transport properties of undoped and yttrium-doped strontium titanate (Sr(Ti1 - x Y x )O3 - δ , x  =  0, 0.02) under high pressure were investigated with in situ impedance spectroscopy measurements. A pressure-induced conductivity switching for undoped and 2 mole% Y-doped strontium titanate is observed at around ~10.0 and 7.0 GPa respectively, which are caused by a cubic to tetragonal I4/mcm phase transition. The decrease of the phase transition point of 2 mole% Y-doped strontium titanate can be attributed to larger Y3+ atoms occupying the B-site and the creation of more oxygen vacancies, which lead to octahedra tilting and symmetry breaking. The results of the voltage-bias dependence of grain-boundary impedance of undoped and 2 mole% Y-doped strontium titanate at different pressures revealed that Schottky-type potential barriers formed at grain boundaries are the key factor for the accumulation of oxygen vacancy at the interface under pressure.

  20. Measurements of argon broadened Lorentz width and pressure-induced line shift coefficients in the nu4 band of (C-12)H4

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    Rinsland, Curtis P.; Smith, Mary Ann H.; Devi, V. Malathy; Benner, D. Chris

    1989-01-01

    Room temperature argon broadened halfwidth and pressure-induced line shift coefficients have been determined for 118 transitions in the nu4 band of (C-12)H4 from analysis of high resolution laboratory absorption spectra recorded with the McMath Fourier transform spectrometer operated on Kitt Peak by the National Solar Observatory. Transitions up to J-double-prime = 12 have been measured using a nonlinear least-squares spectral fitting procedure. The variation of the measured halfwidth coefficients with symmetry type and rotational quantum number is very similar to that measured previously for N2 and air broadening, but the absolute values of the argon broadening coefficients are all smaller. On average, the ratio of the argon broadened halfwidth coefficient to the corresponding N2 broadened halfwidth coefficient is 0.877 + or - 0.017 (2 Sigma). More than 95 percent of the pressure-induced shifts are negative with values ranging from -0.0081 to +0.0055/cm atm. The pressure shifts in argon are nearly equal to corresponding values measured previously in N2 and air.

  1. Zeta-Fe2O3--A new stable polymorph in iron(III) oxide family.

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    Tuček, Jiří; Machala, Libor; Ono, Shigeaki; Namai, Asuka; Yoshikiyo, Marie; Imoto, Kenta; Tokoro, Hiroko; Ohkoshi, Shin-ichi; Zbořil, Radek

    2015-10-15

    Iron(III) oxide shows a polymorphism, characteristic of existence of phases with the same chemical composition but distinct crystal structures and, hence, physical properties. Four crystalline phases of iron(III) oxide have previously been identified: α-Fe2O3 (hematite), β-Fe2O3, γ-Fe2O3 (maghemite), and ε-Fe2O3. All four iron(III) oxide phases easily undergo various phase transformations in response to heating or pressure treatment, usually forming hexagonal α-Fe2O3, which is the most thermodynamically stable Fe2O3 polymorph under ambient conditions. Here, from synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments, we report the formation of a new iron(III) oxide polymorph that we have termed ζ-Fe2O3 and which evolved during pressure treatment of cubic β-Fe2O3 (Ia3 space group) at pressures above 30 GPa. Importantly, ζ-Fe2O3 is maintained after pressure release and represents the first monoclinic Fe2O3 polymorph (I2/a space group) that is stable at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. ζ-Fe2O3 behaves as an antiferromagnet with a Néel transition temperature of ~69 K. The complex mechanism of pressure-induced transformation of β-Fe2O3, involving also the formation of Rh2O3-II-type Fe2O3 and post-perovskite-Fe2O3 structure, is suggested and discussed with respect to a bimodal size distribution of precursor nanoparticles.

  2. Pressure-induced Transformations of Dense Carbonyl Sulfide to Singly Bonded Amorphous Metallic Solid.

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    Kim, Minseob; Dias, Ranga; Ohishi, Yasuo; Matsuoka, Takehiro; Chen, Jing-Yin; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2016-01-01

    The application of pressure, internal or external, transforms molecular solids into non-molecular extended network solids with diverse crystal structures and electronic properties. These transformations can be understood in terms of pressure-induced electron delocalization; however, the governing mechanisms are complex because of strong lattice strains, phase metastability and path dependent phase behaviors. Here, we present the pressure-induced transformations of linear OCS (R3m, Phase I) to bent OCS (Cm, Phase II) at 9 GPa; an amorphous, one-dimensional (1D) polymer at 20 GPa (Phase III); and an extended 3D network above ~35 GPa (Phase IV) that metallizes at ~105 GPa. These results underscore the significance of long-range dipole interactions in dense OCS, leading to an extended molecular alloy that can be considered a chemical intermediate of its two end members, CO2 and CS2. PMID:27527241

  3. Pressure-induced Transformations of Dense Carbonyl Sulfide to Singly Bonded Amorphous Metallic Solid

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    Kim, Minseob; Dias, Ranga; Ohishi, Yasuo; Matsuoka, Takehiro; Chen, Jing-Yin; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2016-01-01

    The application of pressure, internal or external, transforms molecular solids into non-molecular extended network solids with diverse crystal structures and electronic properties. These transformations can be understood in terms of pressure-induced electron delocalization; however, the governing mechanisms are complex because of strong lattice strains, phase metastability and path dependent phase behaviors. Here, we present the pressure-induced transformations of linear OCS (R3m, Phase I) to bent OCS (Cm, Phase II) at 9 GPa; an amorphous, one-dimensional (1D) polymer at 20 GPa (Phase III); and an extended 3D network above ~35 GPa (Phase IV) that metallizes at ~105 GPa. These results underscore the significance of long-range dipole interactions in dense OCS, leading to an extended molecular alloy that can be considered a chemical intermediate of its two end members, CO2 and CS2. PMID:27527241

  4. Pressure-Induced New Topological Weyl Semimetal Phase in TaAs

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    Zhou, Yonghui; Lu, Pengchao; Du, Yongping; Zhu, Xiangde; Zhang, Ganghua; Zhang, Ranran; Shao, Dexi; Chen, Xuliang; Wang, Xuefei; Tian, Mingliang; Sun, Jian; Wan, Xiangang; Yang, Zhaorong; Yang, Wenge; Zhang, Yuheng; Xing, Dingyu

    2016-09-01

    We report a new pressure-induced phase in TaAs with different Weyl fermions than the ambient structure with the aid of theoretical calculations, experimental transport and synchrotron structure investigations up to 53 GPa. We show that TaAs transforms from an ambient I 41m d phase (t -TaAs ) to a high-pressure hexagonal P -6 m 2 (h -TaAs ) phase at 14 GPa, along with changes of the electronic state from containing 24 Weyl nodes distributed at two energy levels to possessing 12 Weyl nodes at an isoenergy level, which substantially reduces the interference between the surface and bulk states. The new pressure-induced phase can be reserved upon releasing pressure to ambient condition, which allows one to study the exotic behavior of a single set of Weyl fermions, such as the interplay between surface states and other properties.

  5. Pressure-induced Transformations of Dense Carbonyl Sulfide to Singly Bonded Amorphous Metallic Solid

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    Kim, Minseob; Dias, Ranga; Ohishi, Yasuo; Matsuoka, Takehiro; Chen, Jing-Yin; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2016-08-01

    The application of pressure, internal or external, transforms molecular solids into non-molecular extended network solids with diverse crystal structures and electronic properties. These transformations can be understood in terms of pressure-induced electron delocalization; however, the governing mechanisms are complex because of strong lattice strains, phase metastability and path dependent phase behaviors. Here, we present the pressure-induced transformations of linear OCS (R3m, Phase I) to bent OCS (Cm, Phase II) at 9 GPa an amorphous, one-dimensional (1D) polymer at 20 GPa (Phase III); and an extended 3D network above ~35 GPa (Phase IV) that metallizes at ~105 GPa. These results underscore the significance of long-range dipole interactions in dense OCS, leading to an extended molecular alloy that can be considered a chemical intermediate of its two end members, CO2 and CS2.

  6. Pressure-Dependent Polymorphism and Band-Gap Tuning of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite.

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    Jiang, Shaojie; Fang, Yanan; Li, Ruipeng; Xiao, Hai; Crowley, Jason; Wang, Chenyu; White, Timothy J; Goddard, William A; Wang, Zhongwu; Baikie, Tom; Fang, Jiye

    2016-05-23

    We report the pressure-induced crystallographic transitions and optical behavior of MAPbI3 (MA=methylammonium) using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and laser-excited photoluminescence spectroscopy, supported by density functional theory (DFT) calculations using the hybrid functional B3PW91 with spin-orbit coupling. The tetragonal polymorph determined at ambient pressure transforms to a ReO3 -type cubic phase at 0.3 GPa. Upon continuous compression to 2.7 GPa this cubic polymorph converts into a putative orthorhombic structure. Beyond 4.7 GPa it separates into crystalline and amorphous fractions. During decompression, this phase-mixed material undergoes distinct restoration pathways depending on the peak pressure. In situ pressure photoluminescence investigation suggests a reduction in band gap with increasing pressure up to ≈0.3 GPa and then an increase in band gap up to a pressure of 2.7 GPa, in excellent agreement with our DFT calculation prediction. PMID:27101324

  7. Combined system for the compensation of the solar pressure-induced disturbing torque for geostationary satellites

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    Shmatov, S. I.; Mordvinkin, A. S.

    2014-12-01

    The problem is considered of determining the shape and dimensions of the passive component in a combined system for offsetting the solar pressure-induced disturbing torque for geostationary spacecraft with asymmetrical solar arrays. The problem statement, numerical solution algorithm, and calculated results are presented. The resulting shape, the study suggests, not only has the required compensation properties but is also the most efficient from the standpoint of manufacture and functional reliability.

  8. Segregation behavior in a stationary vertical zone with converging interfaces - Pressure-induced segregation effects

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    Kim, K. M.; Witt, A. F.; Gatos, H. C.

    1974-01-01

    Crystal growth and segregation were investigated in a confined vertical melt zone in which the upper solid-melt interface advanced under destabilizing and the lower interface under stabilizing thermal gradients. A technique reported by Kim et al. (1972) was used in the study. The experimental results are discussed, giving attention to interface morphology and growth rate and questions of dopant segregation. Dopant inhomogeneities formed simultaneously in both advancing interfaces can be explained on the basis of pressure induced segregation effects.

  9. Pressure-Induced Charge Transfer Doping of Monolayer Graphene/MoS2 Heterostructure.

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    Pandey, Tribhuwan; Nayak, Avinash P; Liu, Jin; Moran, Samuel T; Kim, Joon-Seok; Li, Lain-Jong; Lin, Jung-Fu; Akinwande, Deji; Singh, Abhishek K

    2016-08-01

    A unique way of achieving controllable, pressure-induced charge transfer doping in the graphene/MoS2 heterostructure is proposed. The charge transfer causes an upward shift in the Dirac point with respect to Fermi level at a rate of 15.7 meV GPa(-1) as a function of applied hydrostatic pressure, leading to heavy p-type doping in graphene. The doping was confirmed by I2D /IG measurements. PMID:27323330

  10. Pressure-induced amorphous-to-amorphous configuration change in Ca-Al metallic glasses

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    Lou, H. B.; Fang, Y. K.; Zeng, Q. S.; Lu, Y. H.; Wang, X. D.; Cao, Q. P.; Yang, K.; Yu, X. H.; Zheng, L.; Zhao, Y. D.; Chu, W. S.; Hu, T. D.; Wu, Z. Y.; Ahuja, R.; Jiang, J. Z.

    2012-01-01

    Pressure-induced amorphous-to-amorphous configuration changes in Ca-Al metallic glasses (MGs) were studied by performing in-situ room-temperature high-pressure x-ray diffraction up to about 40 GPa. Changes in compressibility at about 18 GPa, 15.5 GPa and 7.5 GPa during compression are detected in Ca80Al20, Ca72.7Al27.3, and Ca66.4Al33.6 MGs, respectively, whereas no clear change has been detected in the Ca50Al50 MG. The transfer of s electrons into d orbitals under pressure, reported for the pressure-induced phase transformations in pure polycrystalline Ca, is suggested to explain the observation of an amorphous-to-amorphous configuration change in this Ca-Al MG system. Results presented here show that the pressure induced amorphous-to-amorphous configuration is not limited to f electron-containing MGs. PMID:22530094

  11. Origin of Pressure-induced Superconducting Phase in KxFe2-ySe2 studied by Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy.

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    Yamamoto, Yoshiya; Yamaoka, Hitoshi; Tanaka, Masashi; Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Toshinori; Takano, Yoshihiko; Lin, Jung-Fu; Fujita, Hidenori; Kagayama, Tomoko; Shimizu, Katsuya; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Ishii, Hirofumi; Liao, Yen-Fa; Tsuei, Ku-Ding; Mizuki, Jun'ichiro

    2016-01-01

    Pressure dependence of the electronic and crystal structures of KxFe2-ySe2, which has pressure-induced two superconducting domes of SC I and SC II, was investigated by x-ray emission spectroscopy and diffraction. X-ray diffraction data show that compressibility along the c-axis changes around 12 GPa, where a new superconducting phase of SC II appears. This suggests a possible tetragonal to collapsed tetragonal phase transition. X-ray emission spectroscopy data also shows the change in the electronic structure around 12 GPa. These results can be explained by the scenario that the two SC domes under pressure originate from the change of Fermi surface topology. Our results here show the pronounced increase of the density of states near the Fermi surface under pressure with a structural phase transition, which can help address our fundamental understanding for the appearance of the SC II phase.

  12. Origin of Pressure-induced Superconducting Phase in KxFe2-ySe2 studied by Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy.

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    Yamamoto, Yoshiya; Yamaoka, Hitoshi; Tanaka, Masashi; Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Toshinori; Takano, Yoshihiko; Lin, Jung-Fu; Fujita, Hidenori; Kagayama, Tomoko; Shimizu, Katsuya; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Ishii, Hirofumi; Liao, Yen-Fa; Tsuei, Ku-Ding; Mizuki, Jun'ichiro

    2016-01-01

    Pressure dependence of the electronic and crystal structures of KxFe2-ySe2, which has pressure-induced two superconducting domes of SC I and SC II, was investigated by x-ray emission spectroscopy and diffraction. X-ray diffraction data show that compressibility along the c-axis changes around 12 GPa, where a new superconducting phase of SC II appears. This suggests a possible tetragonal to collapsed tetragonal phase transition. X-ray emission spectroscopy data also shows the change in the electronic structure around 12 GPa. These results can be explained by the scenario that the two SC domes under pressure originate from the change of Fermi surface topology. Our results here show the pronounced increase of the density of states near the Fermi surface under pressure with a structural phase transition, which can help address our fundamental understanding for the appearance of the SC II phase. PMID:27499373

  13. Origin of Pressure-induced Superconducting Phase in KxFe2−ySe2 studied by Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy

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    Yamamoto, Yoshiya; Yamaoka, Hitoshi; Tanaka, Masashi; Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Toshinori; Takano, Yoshihiko; Lin, Jung-Fu; Fujita, Hidenori; Kagayama, Tomoko; Shimizu, Katsuya; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Ishii, Hirofumi; Liao, Yen-Fa; Tsuei, Ku-Ding; Mizuki, Jun’ichiro

    2016-01-01

    Pressure dependence of the electronic and crystal structures of KxFe2−ySe2, which has pressure-induced two superconducting domes of SC I and SC II, was investigated by x-ray emission spectroscopy and diffraction. X-ray diffraction data show that compressibility along the c-axis changes around 12 GPa, where a new superconducting phase of SC II appears. This suggests a possible tetragonal to collapsed tetragonal phase transition. X-ray emission spectroscopy data also shows the change in the electronic structure around 12 GPa. These results can be explained by the scenario that the two SC domes under pressure originate from the change of Fermi surface topology. Our results here show the pronounced increase of the density of states near the Fermi surface under pressure with a structural phase transition, which can help address our fundamental understanding for the appearance of the SC II phase. PMID:27499373

  14. Origin of Pressure-induced Superconducting Phase in KxFe2‑ySe2 studied by Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy

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    Yamamoto, Yoshiya; Yamaoka, Hitoshi; Tanaka, Masashi; Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Toshinori; Takano, Yoshihiko; Lin, Jung-Fu; Fujita, Hidenori; Kagayama, Tomoko; Shimizu, Katsuya; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Ishii, Hirofumi; Liao, Yen-Fa; Tsuei, Ku-Ding; Mizuki, Jun’Ichiro

    2016-08-01

    Pressure dependence of the electronic and crystal structures of KxFe2‑ySe2, which has pressure-induced two superconducting domes of SC I and SC II, was investigated by x-ray emission spectroscopy and diffraction. X-ray diffraction data show that compressibility along the c-axis changes around 12 GPa, where a new superconducting phase of SC II appears. This suggests a possible tetragonal to collapsed tetragonal phase transition. X-ray emission spectroscopy data also shows the change in the electronic structure around 12 GPa. These results can be explained by the scenario that the two SC domes under pressure originate from the change of Fermi surface topology. Our results here show the pronounced increase of the density of states near the Fermi surface under pressure with a structural phase transition, which can help address our fundamental understanding for the appearance of the SC II phase.

  15. Pressure-induced superconductivity in the iron-based ladder material BaFe2S3.

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    Takahashi, Hiroki; Sugimoto, Akira; Nambu, Yusuke; Yamauchi, Touru; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Kawakami, Takateru; Avdeev, Maxim; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Du, Fei; Kawashima, Chizuru; Soeda, Hideto; Nakano, Satoshi; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Ueda, Yutaka; Sato, Taku J; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2015-10-01

    All the iron-based superconductors identified so far share a square lattice composed of Fe atoms as a common feature, despite having different crystal structures. In copper-based materials, the superconducting phase emerges not only in square-lattice structures but also in ladder structures. Yet iron-based superconductors without a square-lattice motif have not been found, despite being actively sought out. Here, we report the discovery of pressure-induced superconductivity in the iron-based spin-ladder material BaFe2S3, a Mott insulator with striped-type magnetic ordering below ∼120 K. On the application of pressure this compound exhibits a metal-insulator transition at about 11 GPa, followed by the appearance of superconductivity below Tc = 14 K, right after the onset of the metallic phase. Our findings indicate that iron-based ladder compounds represent promising material platforms, in particular for studying the fundamentals of iron-based superconductivity.

  16. Enhanced critical current density in the pressure-induced magnetic state of the high-temperature superconductor FeSe

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    Jung, Soon-Gil; Kang, Ji-Hoon; Park, Eunsung; Lee, Sangyun; Lin, Jiunn-Yuan; Chareev, Dmitriy A.; Vasiliev, Alexander N.; Park, Tuson

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the relation of the critical current density (Jc) and the remarkably increased superconducting transition temperature (Tc) for the FeSe single crystals under pressures up to 2.43 GPa, where the Tc is increased by ~8 K/GPa. The critical current density corresponding to the free flux flow is monotonically enhanced by pressure which is due to the increase in Tc, whereas the depinning critical current density at which the vortex starts to move is more influenced by the pressure-induced magnetic state compared to the increase of Tc. Unlike other high-Tc superconductors, FeSe is not magnetic, but superconducting at ambient pressure. Above a critical pressure where magnetic state is induced and coexists with superconductivity, the depinning Jc abruptly increases even though the increase of the zero-resistivity Tc is negligible, directly indicating that the flux pinning property compared to the Tc enhancement is a more crucial factor for an achievement of a large Jc. In addition, the sharp increase in Jc in the coexisting superconducting phase of FeSe demonstrates that vortices can be effectively trapped by the competing antiferromagnetic order, even though its antagonistic nature against superconductivity is well documented. These results provide new guidance toward technological applications of high-temperature superconductors. PMID:26548444

  17. Pressure-induced superconductivity in the iron-based ladder material BaFe2S3.

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    Takahashi, Hiroki; Sugimoto, Akira; Nambu, Yusuke; Yamauchi, Touru; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Kawakami, Takateru; Avdeev, Maxim; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Du, Fei; Kawashima, Chizuru; Soeda, Hideto; Nakano, Satoshi; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Ueda, Yutaka; Sato, Taku J; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2015-10-01

    All the iron-based superconductors identified so far share a square lattice composed of Fe atoms as a common feature, despite having different crystal structures. In copper-based materials, the superconducting phase emerges not only in square-lattice structures but also in ladder structures. Yet iron-based superconductors without a square-lattice motif have not been found, despite being actively sought out. Here, we report the discovery of pressure-induced superconductivity in the iron-based spin-ladder material BaFe2S3, a Mott insulator with striped-type magnetic ordering below ∼120 K. On the application of pressure this compound exhibits a metal-insulator transition at about 11 GPa, followed by the appearance of superconductivity below Tc = 14 K, right after the onset of the metallic phase. Our findings indicate that iron-based ladder compounds represent promising material platforms, in particular for studying the fundamentals of iron-based superconductivity. PMID:26191659

  18. Enhanced critical current density in the pressure-induced magnetic state of the high-temperature superconductor FeSe.

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    Jung, Soon-Gil; Kang, Ji-Hoon; Park, Eunsung; Lee, Sangyun; Lin, Jiunn-Yuan; Chareev, Dmitriy A; Vasiliev, Alexander N; Park, Tuson

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the relation of the critical current density (Jc) and the remarkably increased superconducting transition temperature (Tc) for the FeSe single crystals under pressures up to 2.43 GPa, where the Tc is increased by ~8 K/GPa. The critical current density corresponding to the free flux flow is monotonically enhanced by pressure which is due to the increase in Tc, whereas the depinning critical current density at which the vortex starts to move is more influenced by the pressure-induced magnetic state compared to the increase of Tc. Unlike other high-Tc superconductors, FeSe is not magnetic, but superconducting at ambient pressure. Above a critical pressure where magnetic state is induced and coexists with superconductivity, the depinning Jc abruptly increases even though the increase of the zero-resistivity Tc is negligible, directly indicating that the flux pinning property compared to the Tc enhancement is a more crucial factor for an achievement of a large Jc. In addition, the sharp increase in Jc in the coexisting superconducting phase of FeSe demonstrates that vortices can be effectively trapped by the competing antiferromagnetic order, even though its antagonistic nature against superconductivity is well documented. These results provide new guidance toward technological applications of high-temperature superconductors. PMID:26548444

  19. Pressure induced polymerization of acetylide anions in CaC2 and 107 fold enhancement of electrical conductivity

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    Zheng, Haiyan; Wang, Lijuan; Li, Kuo; Yang, Youyou; Wang, Yajie; Wu, Jiajia; Dong, Xiao; Wang, Chun -Hai; Tulk, Christopher A.; Molaison, Jamie J.; et al

    2016-08-17

    Transformation between different types of carbon–carbon bonding in carbides often results in a dramatic change of physical and chemical properties. Under external pressure, unsaturated carbon atoms form new covalent bonds regardless of the electrostatic repulsion. It was predicted that calcium acetylide (also known as calcium carbide, CaC2) polymerizes to form calcium polyacetylide, calcium polyacenide and calcium graphenide under high pressure. In this work, the phase transitions of CaC2 under external pressure were systematically investigated, and the amorphous phase was studied in detail for the first time. Polycarbide anions like C66– are identified with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and several other techniques,more » which evidences the pressure induced polymerization of the acetylide anions and suggests the existence of the polyacenide fragment. Additionally, the process of polymerization is accompanied with a 107 fold enhancement of the electrical conductivity. As a result, the polymerization of acetylide anions demonstrates that high pressure compression is a viable route to synthesize novel metal polycarbides and materials with extended carbon networks, while shedding light on the synthesis of more complicated metal organics.« less

  20. Pressure-induced enhancement of ferroelectricity in multiferroic RMn2O5 (R=Tb,Dy,Ho)

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    Dela Cruz, C. R.; Lorenz, B.; Sun, Y. Y.; Wang, Y.; Park, S.; Cheong, S.-W.; Gospodinov, M. M.; Chu, C. W.

    2007-11-01

    Measurements of ferroelectric polarization and dielectric constant were done on RMn2O5 (R=Tb,Dy,Ho) with applied hydrostatic pressures of up to 18kbar . At ambient pressure, distinctive anomalies were observed in the temperature profile of both physical properties at critical temperatures marking the onset of long range antiferromegnetic order (TN1) and ferroelectricity (TC1) , as well as at temperatures when anomalous changes in the polarization, dielectric constant, and spin wave commensurability have been previously reported. In particular, the step in the dielectric constant at low temperatures (TC2) , associated with both a drop in the ferroelectric polarization and an incommensurate magnetic structure, was shown to be suddenly quenched upon passing an R -dependent critical pressure. This was shown to correlate with the stabilization of the high ferroelectric polarization state, which is coincident with the commensurate magnetic structure. The observation is suggested to be due to a pressure-induced phase transition into a commensurate magnetic structure, as exemplified by the pressure-temperature (p-T) phase diagrams constructed in this work. The p-T phase diagrams are determined for all three compounds.

  1. Pressure-induced amorphization in orthorhombic Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}: An intrinsic character of crystal

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    Li, Quanjun; Zhang, Huafang; Cheng, Benyuan; Liu, Ran; Liu, Bo; Zou, Bo; Cui, Tian; Liu, Bingbing; Liu, Jing; Chen, Zhiqiang

    2014-05-21

    The phase transition of orthorhombic Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} was investigated by in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The orthorhombic phase transforms into an amorphous form completely at 24.7 GPa. A bulk modulus B{sub 0} = 139 (9) GPa for the orthorhombic Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} is derived from the P-V data. We suggest that the pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) in Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} can be attributed to the unstability of the a axis under high pressure leads to the connections of polyhedral breaking down and even triggers disorder of the whole crystal frame. These results demonstrate that the PIA is an intrinsic character of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} which depends on its orthorhombic crystal structure rather than nanosize effects. This study provides a new kind of bulk material for investigating PIA in metal oxides.

  2. Structural and magnetic phase diagram of CrAs and its relationship with pressure-induced superconductivity

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    Shen, Yao; Wang, Qisi; Hao, Yiqing; Pan, Bingying; Feng, Yu; Huang, Qingzhen; Harriger, L. W.; Leao, J. B.; Zhao, Yang; Chisnell, R. M.; Lynn, J. W.; Cao, Huibo; Hu, Jiangping; Zhao, Jun

    2016-02-01

    We use neutron diffraction to study the structure and magnetic phase diagram of the newly discovered pressure-induced superconductor CrAs. Unlike most magnetic unconventional superconductors where the magnetic moment direction barely changes upon doping, here we show that CrAs exhibits a spin reorientation from the a b plane to the a c plane, along with an abrupt drop of the magnetic propagation vector at a critical pressure (Pc≈0.6 GPa). This magnetic phase transition, accompanied by a lattice anomaly, coincides with the emergence of bulk superconductivity. With further increasing pressure, the magnetic order completely disappears near the optimal Tc regime (P ≈0.94 GPa). Moreover, the Cr magnetic moments tend to be aligned antiparallel between nearest neighbors with increasing pressure toward the optimal superconductivity regime. Our findings suggest that the noncollinear helimagnetic order is strongly coupled to structural and electronic degrees of freedom, and that the antiferromagnetic correlations between nearest neighbors might be essential for superconductivity.

  3. Field-induced quantum critical point in the pressure-induced superconductor CeRhIn5

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    Bauer, Eric D; Park, Tuson; Tokiwa, Yoshifumi; Ronning, Filip; Lee, Han O; Movshovich, Roman; Thompson, Joe D

    2009-01-01

    When subjected to pressure, the prototypical heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn{sub 5} becomes superconducting, forming a broad dome of superconductivity centered around 2.35 GPa (=P2) with maximal T{sub c} of 2.3 K. Above the superconducting dome, the normal state shows strange metallic behaviors, including a divergence in the specific heat and a sub-T-linear electrical resistivity. The discovery of a field-induced magnetic phase that coexists with superconductivity for a range of pressures P {le} P2 has been interpreted as evidence for a quantum phase transition, which could explain the non-Fenni liquid behavior observed in the normal state. Here we report electrical resistivity measurements of CeRhIn{sub 5} under magnetic field at P2, where the resistivity is sub-T-linear for fields less than H{sub c2}(0) and a T{sup 2}-coefficient A found above H{sub c2}(0) diverges as H{sub c2} is approached. These results are similar to the field-induced quantum critical compound Ce-CoIn{sub 5} and confirm the presence of a quantum critical point in the pressure-induced superconductor CeRhIn{sub 5}.

  4. Effects of crystallization temperature of poly(vinylidene fluoride) on crystal modification and phase transition of poly(butylene adipate) in their blends: a novel approach for polymorphic control.

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    Yang, Jinjun; Pan, Pengju; Hua, Lei; Feng, Xin; Yue, Junjie; Ge, Yanhui; Inoue, Yoshio

    2012-02-01

    Effects of the isothermal crystallization temperatures of poly(vinylidene fluoride), T(IC,PVDF), on polymorphic crystalline structure, phase transition, fractional crystallization, and enzymatic degradation of poly(butylene adipate) (PBA) in crystalline/crystalline blends have been investigated. The crystal modifications of PBA can be regulated by T(IC,PVDF). Lower T(IC,PVDF) (e.g., 80 °C) facilitates the formation of PBA α crystals in both the isothermal and nonisothermal melt crystallizations and also favors the β-to-α phase transition of PBA upon annealing at elevated temperatures. This might be attributable to the decreased equilibrium melting temperature of PBA when T(IC,PVDF) is decreased. Higher T(IC,PVDF) is favorable for the fractional crystallization of PBA, which tends to segregate in the interlamellar regions of the PVDF matrix under these conditions. PBA shows faster enzymatic degradation in the blends with a lower T(IC,PVDF) than those with a higher T(IC,PVDF), attributable to the preferential formation of α crystals at a lower T(IC,PVDF). This study provides a new method to control the crystal modification and physical properties of polymorphic polymers in their blend systems.

  5. Pressure-induced phonon freezing in the ZnSeS II-VI mixed crystal: phonon-polaritons and ab initio calculations

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    Hajj Hussein, R.; Pagès, O.; Polian, A.; Postnikov, A. V.; Dicko, H.; Firszt, F.; Strzałkowski, K.; Paszkowicz, W.; Broch, L.; Ravy, S.; Fertey, P.

    2016-05-01

    Near-forward Raman scattering combined with ab initio phonon and bond length calculations is used to study the ‘phonon-polariton’ transverse optical modes (with mixed electrical-mechanical character) of the II-VI ZnSe1-x S x mixed crystal under pressure. The goal of the study is to determine the pressure dependence of the poorly-resolved percolation-type Zn-S Raman doublet of the three oscillator [1  ×  (Zn-Se), 2  ×  (Zn-S)] ZnSe0.68S0.32 mixed crystal, which exhibits a phase transition at approximately the same pressure as its two end compounds (~14 GPa, zincblende  →  rocksalt), as determined by high-pressure x-ray diffraction. We find that the intensity of the lower Zn-S sub-mode of ZnSe0.68S0.32, due to Zn-S bonds vibrating in their own (S-like) environment, decreases under pressure (Raman scattering), whereas its frequency progressively converges onto that of the upper Zn-S sub-mode, due to Zn-S vibrations in the foreign (Se-like) environment (ab initio calculations). Ultimately, only the latter sub-mode survives. A similar ‘phonon freezing’ was earlier evidenced with the well-resolved percolation-type Be-Se doublet of Zn1-x Be x Se (Pradhan et al 2010 Phys. Rev. B 81 115207), that exhibits a large contrast in the pressure-induced structural transitions of its end compounds. We deduce that the above collapse/convergence process is intrinsic to the percolation doublet of a short bond under pressure, at least in a ZnSe-based mixed crystal, and not due to any pressure-induced structural transition.

  6. Design of highly birefringent fibers to optimize or minimize pressure-induced birefringence

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    Chiang, K. S.; Wong, D.

    1991-07-01

    A simple formula is derived to describe the effect of radial pressure on the birefringence in a coated birefringent optical fiber. Both plastic and metal coating materials are studied. Theoretical analysis shows that the pressure-induced birefringence in the fiber is determined mainly by the elastic properties of the fiber glasses and is rather insensitive to the coating material and thickness. The condition for zero pressure sensitivity is found to be strictly independent of the coating parameters. The use of boron-doped stress-applying sections to optimize the pressure sensitivity of a silica fiber is discussed.

  7. Temporal Behavior of Radiation-Pressure-Induced Vibrations of an Optical Microcavity Phonon Mode

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    Carmon, Tal; Rokhsari, Hossein; Yang, Lan; Kippenberg, Tobias J.; Vahala, Kerry J.

    2005-06-01

    We analyze experimentally and theoretically mechanical oscillation within an optical cavity stimulated by the pressure of circulating optical radiation. The resulting radio frequency cavity vibrations (phonon mode) cause modulation of the incident, continuous-wave (cw) input pump beam. Furthermore, with increasing cw pump power, an evolution from sinusoidal modulation to random oscillations is observed in the pump power coupled from the resonator. The temporal evolution with pump power is studied, and agreement was found with theory. In addition to applications in quantum optomechanics, the present work suggests that radiation-pressure-induced effects can establish a practical limit for the miniaturization of optical silica microcavities.

  8. Pressure-induced preferential growth of nanocrystals in amorphous Nd(9)Fe(85)B(6).

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    Wu, Wei; Li, Wei; Sun, Hongyu; Li, Hui; Li, Xiaohong; Liu, Baoting; Zhang, Xiangyi

    2008-07-16

    Control over the growth and crystallographic orientation of nanocrystals in amorphous alloys is of particular importance for the development of advanced nanocrystalline materials. In the present study, Nd(2)Fe(14)B nanocrystals with a strong crystallographic texture along the [410] direction have been produced in Nd-lean amorphous Nd(9)Fe(85)B(6) under a high pressure of 6 GPa at 923 K. This is attributed to the high pressure inducing the preferential growth of Nd(2)Fe(14)B nanocrystals in the alloy. The present study demonstrates the potential application of high-pressure technology in controlling nanocrystalline orientation in amorphous alloys.

  9. Zeta-Fe2O3 – A new stable polymorph in iron(III) oxide family

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    Tuček, Jiří; Machala, Libor; Ono, Shigeaki; Namai, Asuka; Yoshikiyo, Marie; Imoto, Kenta; Tokoro, Hiroko; Ohkoshi, Shin-ichi; Zbořil, Radek

    2015-01-01

    Iron(III) oxide shows a polymorphism, characteristic of existence of phases with the same chemical composition but distinct crystal structures and, hence, physical properties. Four crystalline phases of iron(III) oxide have previously been identified: α-Fe2O3 (hematite), β-Fe2O3, γ-Fe2O3 (maghemite), and ε-Fe2O3. All four iron(III) oxide phases easily undergo various phase transformations in response to heating or pressure treatment, usually forming hexagonal α-Fe2O3, which is the most thermodynamically stable Fe2O3 polymorph under ambient conditions. Here, from synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments, we report the formation of a new iron(III) oxide polymorph that we have termed ζ-Fe2O3 and which evolved during pressure treatment of cubic β-Fe2O3 ( space group) at pressures above 30 GPa. Importantly, ζ-Fe2O3 is maintained after pressure release and represents the first monoclinic Fe2O3 polymorph (I2/a space group) that is stable at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. ζ-Fe2O3 behaves as an antiferromagnet with a Néel transition temperature of ~69 K. The complex mechanism of pressure-induced transformation of β-Fe2O3, involving also the formation of Rh2O3-II-type Fe2O3 and post-perovskite-Fe2O3 structure, is suggested and discussed with respect to a bimodal size distribution of precursor nanoparticles. PMID:26469883

  10. Aging Exacerbates Pressure-Induced Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress in Mouse Cerebral Arteries.

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    Springo, Zsolt; Tarantini, Stefano; Toth, Peter; Tucsek, Zsuzsanna; Koller, Akos; Sonntag, William E; Csiszar, Anna; Ungvari, Zoltan

    2015-11-01

    Epidemiological studies demonstrate that in addition to the increased prevalence of hypertension in old patients, the deleterious cerebrovascular effects of hypertension (including atherosclerosis, stroke, and vascular cognitive impairment) are also exacerbated in elderly individuals. The cellular mechanisms by which aging and hypertension interact to promote cerebrovascular pathologies are not well understood. To test the hypothesis that aging exacerbates high pressure-induced mitochondrial oxidative stress, we exposed isolated segments of the middle cerebral arteries of young (3 months) and aged (24 months) C57BL/6 mice to 60 or 140 mmHg intraluminal pressure and assessed changes in mitochondrial reactive oxygen species production using a mitochondria-targeted redox-sensitive fluorescent indicator dye (MitoSox) by confocal microscopy. Perinuclear MitoSox fluorescence was significantly stronger in high pressure-exposed middle cerebral arteries compared with middle cerebral arteries of the same animals exposed to 60 mmHg, indicating that high pressure increases mitochondrial reactive oxygen species production in the smooth muscle cells of cerebral arteries. Comparison of young and aged middle cerebral arteries showed that aging exacerbates high pressure-induced mitochondrial reactive oxygen species production in cerebral arteries. We propose that increased mechanosensitive mitochondrial oxidative stress may potentially exacerbate cerebrovascular injury and vascular inflammation in aging.

  11. Pressure induced manifold enhancement of Li-kinetics in FCC fullerene.

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    Das, Deya; Han, Sang Soo; Lee, Kwang-Ryeol; Singh, Abhishek K

    2014-10-21

    The reduction of the diffusion energy barrier for Li in electrodes is one of the required criteria to achieve better performances in Li ion batteries. Using density functional theory based calculations, we report a pressure induced manifold enhancement of Li-kinetics in bulk FCC fullerene. Scanning of the potential energy surface reveals a diffusion path with a low energy barrier of 0.62 eV, which reduces further under the application of hydrostatic pressure. The pressure induced reduction in the diffusion barrier continues till a uniform volume strain of 17.7% is reached. Further enhancement of strain increases the barrier due to the repulsion caused by C-C bond formation between two neighbouring fullerenes. The decrease in the barrier is attributed to the combined effect of charge transfer triggered by the enhanced interaction of Li with the fullerene as well as the change in profile of the local potential, which becomes more attractive for Li. The lowering of the barrier leads to an enhancement of two orders of magnitude in Li diffusivity at room temperature making pressurized bulk fullerene a promising artificial solid electrolyte interface (SEI) for a faster rechargeable battery.

  12. On the Pressure-Induced Loss of Crystallinity in Zinc- and Calcium-Phosphates

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    Shakhvorostov, D.; Mosey, N; Munoz-Paniagua, D; Pereira, G; Song, Y; Kasrai, M; Norton, P; Müser, M

    2008-01-01

    A recently suggested mechanism for the stress memory of various metal phosphates is investigated experimentally. Based on first-principles simulations [N. J. Mosey et al., Science 307, 1612 (2005)], it had been argued that atoms with flexible coordination, such as zinc or heavy-metal cations, act as network-forming agents, undergoing irreversible pressure-induced changes in bonding that lead to increased connectivity between phosphate anions. In the present study, orthophosphates of zinc and calcium were exposed to high pressures on surfaces and in diamond anvil cells. An additional set of first-principles simulations was accomplished on ?-orthophosphate of zinc, which suggested that this material was already cross-linked before compression but that it nevertheless underwent a reversible coordination change under pressure in agreement with the experimental results presented here. Raman spectra indicate an irreversible, pressure-induced loss of long-range crystallinity. The pressures required to induce these changes are around 7 GPa for the zinc phosphates, while they are close to 21 GPa for the calcium phosphates. Hydrogenation of the metal phosphate lowers the threshold pressure by approximately 2-3 GPa in both cases. Moreover, ?-orthophosphate of zinc could be partially amorphisized under nonisotropic pressure on copper foils.

  13. Pressure-induced amorphizations of silica analogues: A probe of the relationship between order and disorder. Progress report, August 1, 1992--July 31, 1993

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    Hammack, W.S.

    1993-02-01

    Purpose of these of high pressure investigations is to determine the relationship between order and disorder in amorphous materials using high pressure techniques were used. High pressure x-ray diffraction, electron transmission microscopy, and Raman scattering. Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) at Ithaca was used to measure x-ray diffraction patterns using Energy-Dispersive X-ray Diffraction. It was shown that the structural ordering in pressure-amorphized solids can be described as defects in curved-space. High-resolution transmissions electron microscopy showed that pressure-amorphized alpha-quartz lacks periodicity at the atomic level. Study of a silicate mineral shows that pressure-induced amorphizations occur because of an impeded phase transition.

  14. Pressure-induced stiffness of Au nanoparticles to 71 GPa under quasi-hydrostatic loading

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    Hong, Xinguo; Duffy, Thomas S.; Ehm, Lars; Weidner, Donald J.

    2015-12-01

    The compressibility of nanocrystalline gold (n-Au, 20 nm) has been studied by x-ray total scattering using high-energy monochromatic x-rays in the diamond anvil cell under quasi-hydrostatic conditions up to 71 GPa. The bulk modulus, K 0, of the n-Au obtained from fitting to a Vinet equation of state is ~196(3) GPa, which is about 17% higher than for the corresponding bulk materials (K 0: 167 GPa). At low pressures (<7 GPa), the compression behavior of n-Au shows little difference from that of bulk Au. With increasing pressure, the compressive behavior of n-Au gradually deviates from the equation of state (EOS) of bulk gold. Analysis of the pair distribution function, peak broadening and Rietveld refinement reveals that the microstructure of n-Au is nearly a single-grain/domain at ambient conditions, but undergoes substantial pressure-induced reduction in grain size until 10 GPa. The results indicate that the nature of the internal microstructure in n-Au is associated with the observed EOS difference from bulk Au at high pressure. Full-pattern analysis confirms that significant changes in grain size, stacking faults, grain orientation and texture occur in n-Au at high pressure. We have observed direct experimental evidence of a transition in compressional mechanism for n-Au at ~20 GPa, i.e. from a deformation dominated by nucleation and motion of lattice dislocations (dislocation-mediated) to a prominent grain boundary mediated response to external pressure. The internal microstructure inside the nanoparticle (nanocrystallinity) plays a critical role for the macro-mechanical properties of nano-Au.

  15. Elastic behavior and pressure-induced structure evolution of topaz up to 45 GPa

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    Gatta, G. D.; Morgenroth, W.; Dera, P.; Petitgirard, S.; Liermann, H.-P.

    2014-09-01

    The behavior of a natural topaz, Al2.00Si1.05O4.00(OH0.26F1.75), has been investigated by means of in situ single-crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction up to 45 GPa. No phase transition or change in the compressional regime has been observed within the pressure-range investigated. The compressional behavior was described with a third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state (III-BM-EoS). The III-BM-EoS parameters, simultaneously refined using the data weighted by the uncertainties in P and V, are as follows: K V = 158(4) GPa and K V ' = 3.3(3). The confidence ellipse at 68.3 % (Δχ2 = 2.30, 1σ) was calculated starting from the variance-covariance matrix of K V and K' obtained from the III-BM-EoS least-square procedure. The ellipse is elongated with a negative slope, indicating a negative correlation of the parameters K V and K V ', with K V = 158 ± 6 GPa and K V ' = 3.3 ± 4. A linearized III-BM-EoS was used to obtain the axial-EoS parameters (at room- P), yielding: K( a) = 146(5) GPa [ β a = 1/(3 K( a)) = 0.00228(6) GPa-1] and K'( a) = 4.6(3) for the a-axis; K( b) = 220(4) GPa [ β b = 0.00152(4) GPa-1] and K'( b) = 2.6(3) for the b-axis; K( c) = 132(4) GPa [ β c = 0.00252(7) GPa-1] and K'( c) = 3.3(3) for the c-axis. The elastic anisotropy of topaz at room- P can be expressed as: K( a): K( b): K( c) = 1.10:1.67:1.00 ( β a: β b: β c = 1.50:1.00:1.66). A series of structure refinements have been performed based on the intensity data collected at high pressure, showing that the P-induced structure evolution at the atomic scale is mainly represented by polyhedral compression along with inter-polyhedral tilting. A comparative analysis of the elastic behavior and P/ T-stability of topaz polymorphs and "phase egg" (i.e., AlSiO3OH) is carried out.

  16. Low-Temperature Polymorphic Phase Transition in a Crystalline Tripeptide l-Ala-l-Pro-Gly·H2O Revealed by Adiabatic Calorimetry

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    Markin, Alexey V.; Markhasin, Evgeny; Sologubov, Semen S.; Ni, Qing Zhe; Smirnova, Natalia N.; Griffin, Robert G.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate application of precise adiabatic vacuun calorimetry to observation of phase transition in the tripeptide l-alanyl-l-prolyl-glycine monohydrate (APG) from 6 to 320 K and report the standard thermodynamic properties of the tripeptide in the entire range. Thus, the heat capacity of APG was measured by adiabatic vacuun calorimetry in the above temperature range. The tripeptide exhibits a reversible first-order solid-to-solid phase transition characterized by strong thermal hysteresis. We report the standard thermodynamic characteristics of this transition and show that differential scanning calorimetry can reliably characterize the observed phase transition with <5 mg of the sample. Additionally, the standard entropy of formation from the elemental substances and the standard entropy of hypothetical reaction of synthesis from the amino acids at 298.15 K were calculated for the studied tripeptide. PMID:25588051

  17. Electronic structure of carbon dioxide under pressure and insights into the molecular-to-nonmolecular transition.

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    Shieh, Sean R; Jarrige, Ignace; Wu, Min; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Tse, John S; Mi, Zhongying; Kaci, Linada; Jiang, Jian-Zhong; Cai, Yong Q

    2013-11-12

    Knowledge of the high-pressure behavior of carbon dioxide (CO2), an important planetary material found in Venus, Earth, and Mars, is vital to the study of the evolution and dynamics of the planetary interiors as well as to the fundamental understanding of the C-O bonding and interaction between the molecules. Recent studies have revealed a number of crystalline polymorphs (CO2-I to -VII) and an amorphous phase under high pressure-temperature conditions. Nevertheless, the reported phase stability field and transition pressures at room temperature are poorly defined, especially for the amorphous phase. Here we shed light on the successive pressure-induced local structural changes and the molecular-to-nonmolecular transition of CO2 at room temperature by performing an in situ study of the local electronic structure using X-ray Raman scattering, aided by first-principle exciton calculations. We show that the transition from CO2-I to CO2-III was initiated at around 7.4 GPa, and completed at about 17 GPa. The present study also shows that at ~37 GPa, molecular CO2 starts to polymerize to an extended structure with fourfold coordinated carbon and minor CO3 and CO-like species. The observed pressure is more than 10 GPa below previously reported. The disappearance of the minority species at 63(± 3) GPa suggests that a previously unknown phase transition within the nonmolecular phase of CO2 has occurred. PMID:24167283

  18. Suckdown, fountain lift, and pressures induced on several tandem jet V/STOL configurations

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    Bellavia, David C.; Wardwell, Douglas A.; Corsiglia, Victor R.; Kuhn, Richard E.

    1991-01-01

    As part of a program to improve the methods for predicting the suckdown and hot gas ingestion for jet V/STOL aircraft in ground effect, a data base is being created that provides a systematic variation of parameters so that a new empirical prediction procedure can be developed. The first series of tests in this program was completed. Suckdown, fountain lift, and pressures induced on several two-jet V/STOL configurations are described. It is one of three reports that present the data obtained from tests conducted at Lockheed Aeronautical Systems-Rye Canyon Facility and in the High Bay area of the 40 by 80 foot wind tunnel complex at NASA Ames Research Center.

  19. A method for reducing pressure-induced deformation in silicone microfluidics.

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    Inglis, David W

    2010-01-01

    Poly(dimethylsiloxane) or PDMS is an excellent material for replica molding, widely used in microfluidics research. Its low elastic modulus, or high deformability, assists its release from challenging molds, such as those with high feature density, high aspect ratios, and even negative sidewalls. However, owing to the same properties, PDMS-based microfluidic devices stretch and change shape when fluid is pushed or pulled through them. This paper shows how severe this change can be and gives a simple method for limiting this change that sacrifices few of the desirable characteristics of PDMS. A thin layer of PDMS between two rigid glass substrates is shown to drastically reduce pressure-induced shape changes while preserving deformability during mold separation and gas permeability. PMID:20697573

  20. Pressure-induced dehydration and the structure of ammonia hemihydrate-II

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    Wilson, C. W.; Bull, C. L.; Stinton, G.; Loveday, J. S.

    2012-03-01

    The structure of the crystalline ammonia-bearing phase formed when ammonia monohydrate liquid is compressed to 3.5(1) GPa at ambient temperature has been solved from a combination of synchrotron x-ray single-crystal and neutron powder-diffraction studies. The solution reveals that rather than having the ammonia monohydrate (AMH) composition as had been previously thought, the structure has an ammonia hemihydrate composition. The structure is monoclinic with spacegroup P21/c and lattice parameters a = 3.3584(5) Å, b = 9.215(1) Å, c = 8.933(1) Å and β = 94.331(8)° at 3.5(1) GPa. The atomic arrangement has a crowned hexagonal arrangement and is a layered structure with long N-D⋯N hydrogen bonds linking the layers. The existence of pressure-induced dehydration of AMH may have important consequences for the behaviour and differentiation of icy planets and satellites.

  1. Kinetics of microstructure formation of high-pressure induced gel from a whey protein isolate

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    He, Jin-Song; Yang, Hongwei; Zhu, Wanpeng; Mu, Tai-Hua

    2010-03-01

    The kinetic process of pressure-induced gelation of whey protein isolate (WPI) solutions was studied using in situ light scattering. The relationship of the logarithm of scattered light intensity (I) versus time (t) was linear after the induced time and could be described by the Cahn-Hilliard linear theory. With increasing time, the scattered intensity deviated from the exponential relationship, and the time evolution of the scattered light intensity maximum Im and the corresponding wavenumber qm could be described in terms of the power-law relationship as Im~fβ and qm~f-α, respectively. These results indicated that phase separation occurred during the gelation of WPI solutions under high pressure.

  2. Chemical trend of pressure-induced metallization in alkaline earth hydrides

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    Zhang, Sijia; Chen, Xiao-Jia; Zhang, Rui-Qin; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2010-09-02

    The pressure-induced metallization of alkaline earth hydrides was systematically investigated using ab initio methods. While BeH{sub 2} and MgH{sub 2} present different semimetallic phases, CaH{sub 2}, SrH{sub 2}, and BaH{sub 2} share the same metallic phase (P6/mmm). The metallization pressure shows an attractive decrease with each increment of metal radius, and this trend is well correlated with both the electronegativity of alkaline earth metals and the band gap of alkaline earth hydrides at ambient pressure. Our results are consistent with current experimental data, and the obtained trend has significant implications for designing and engineering metallic hydrides for energy applications.

  3. Measurement of radiation-pressure-induced optomechanical dynamics in a suspended Fabry-Perot cavity

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    Corbitt, Thomas; Ottaway, David; Innerhofer, Edith; Pelc, Jason; Mavalvala, Nergis

    2006-08-15

    We report on experimental observation of radiation-pressure induced effects in a high-power optical cavity. These effects play an important role in next-generation gravitational wave detectors, as well as in quantum nondemolition interferometers. We measure the properties of an optical spring, created by coupling of an intense laser field to the pendulum mode of a suspended mirror, and also the parametric instability (PI) that arises from the coupling between acoustic modes of the cavity mirrors and the cavity optical mode. We measure an unprecedented optical rigidity of K=(3.08{+-}0.09)x10{sup 4} N/m, corresponding to an optical rigidity that is 6000 times stiffer than the mechanical stiffness, and PI strength R{approx_equal}3. We measure the unstable nature of the optical spring resonance, and demonstrate that the PI can be stabilized by feedback to the frequency of the laser source.

  4. Pressure-induced amorphization of a dense coordination polymer and its impact on proton conductivity

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    Umeyama, Daiki; Hagi, Keisuke; Ogiwara, Naoki; Horike, Satoshi E-mail: kitagawa@icems.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Tassel, Cedric; Kageyama, Hiroshi; Higo, Yuji; Kitagawa, Susumu E-mail: kitagawa@icems.kyoto-u.ac.jp

    2014-12-01

    The proton conductivity of a dense coordination polymer (CP) was investigated under high-pressure conditions. Impedance measurements under high pressures revealed that the proton conductivity of the CP decreased more than 1000-fold at pressures of 3–7 GPa and that the activation energy for proton conduction almost doubled compared with that at ambient pressure. A synchrotron X-ray study under high pressure identified the amorphization process of the CP during compression, which rationally explains the decrease in conductivity and increase in activation energy. This phenomenon is categorized as reversible pressure-induced amorphization of a dense CP and is regarded as a demonstration of the coupling of the mechanical and electrical properties of a CP.

  5. Parallel molecular dynamics simulations of pressure-induced structural transformations in cadmium selenide nanocrystals

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    Lee, Nicholas Jabari Ouma

    Parallel molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are performed to investigate pressure-induced solid-to-solid structural phase transformations in cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanorods. The effects of the size and shape of nanorods on different aspects of structural phase transformations are studied. Simulations are based on interatomic potentials validated extensively by experiments. Simulations range from 105 to 106 atoms. These simulations are enabled by highly scalable algorithms executed on massively parallel Beowulf computing architectures. Pressure-induced structural transformations are studied using a hydrostatic pressure medium simulated by atoms interacting via Lennard-Jones potential. Four single-crystal CdSe nanorods, each 44A in diameter but varying in length, in the range between 44A and 600A, are studied independently in two sets of simulations. The first simulation is the downstroke simulation, where each rod is embedded in the pressure medium and subjected to increasing pressure during which it undergoes a forward transformation from a 4-fold coordinated wurtzite (WZ) crystal structure to a 6-fold coordinated rocksalt (RS) crystal structure. In the second so-called upstroke simulation, the pressure on the rods is decreased and a reverse transformation from 6-fold RS to a 4-fold coordinated phase is observed. The transformation pressure in the forward transformation depends on the nanorod size, with longer rods transforming at lower pressures close to the bulk transformation pressure. Spatially-resolved structural analyses, including pair-distributions, atomic-coordinations and bond-angle distributions, indicate nucleation begins at the surface of nanorods and spreads inward. The transformation results in a single RS domain, in agreement with experiments. The microscopic mechanism for transformation is observed to be the same as for bulk CdSe. A nanorod size dependency is also found in reverse structural transformations, with longer nanorods transforming more

  6. Multispectrum Analysis of 12CH4 in the v4 Band: I. Air-Broadened Half Widths, Pressure-Induced Shifts, Temperature Dependences and Line Mixing

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    Smith, MaryAnn H.; Benner, D. Chris; Predoi-Cross, Adriana; Venkataraman, Malathy Devi

    2009-01-01

    Lorentz air-broadened half widths, pressure-induced shifts and their temperature dependences have been measured for over 430 transitions (allowed and forbidden) in the v4 band of (CH4)-12 over the temperature range 210 to 314 K. A multispectrum non linear least squares fitting technique was used to simultaneously fit a large number of high-resolution (0.006 to 0.01/cm) absorption spectra of pure methane and mixtures of methane diluted with dry air. Line mixing was detected for pairs of A-, E-, and F-species transitions in the P- and R-branch manifolds and quantified using the off-diagonal relaxation matrix elements formalism. The measured parameters are compared to air- and N2-broadened values reported in the literature for the v4 and other bands. The dependence of the various spectral line parameters upon the tetrahedral symmetry species and rotational quantum numbers of the transitions is discussed. All data used in the present work were recorded using the McMath-Pierce Fourier transform spectrometer located at the National Solar Observatory on Kitt Peak.

  7. Air- and Self-Broadened Half Widths, Pressure-Induced Shifts, and Line Mixing in the Nu(sub 2) Band of (12)CH4

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    Smith, M. A. H.; Benner, D. Chris; Pedroi-Cross, A.; Devi, V. Malathy

    2013-01-01

    Lorentz self- and air-broadened half width and pressure-induced shift coefficients and their dependences on temperature have been measured from laboratory absorption spectra for nearly 130 transitions in the nu(sub 2) band of (12)CH4. In addition line mixing coefficients (using the relaxation matrix element formalism) for both self- and airbroadening were experimentally determined for the first time for a small number of transitions in this band. Accurate line positions and absolute line intensities were also determined. These parameters were obtained by analyzing high-resolution (approx. 0.003 to 0.01 per cm) laboratory spectra of high-purity natural CH4 and air-broadened CH4 recorded at temperatures between 226 and 297 K using the McMath-Pierce Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) located at the National Solar Observatory on Kitt Peak, Arizona. A multispectrum nonlinear least squares technique was used to fit short (5-15 per cm) spectral intervals in 24-29 spectra simultaneously. Parameters were determined for nu(sub 2) transitions up to J" = 16. The variations of the measured broadening and shift parameters with the rotational quantum number index and tetrahedral symmetry species are examined. The present results are also compared with previous measurements available in the literature.

  8. Melting of Transition Metals

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    Ross, M; Japel, S; Boehler, R

    2005-04-11

    We review the transition melting studies carried out at Mainz, and describe a recently developed model used to explain that the relatively low melting slopes are due to the partially filled d-bands, and the persistence of the pressure induced s-d transition. The basic tenets of the model have now been reconfirmed by new measurements for Cu and Ni. The measurements show that Cu which has a filled 3d-band, has a melt slope that is about 2.5 greater than its neighbor Ni. In the case of Mo, the apparent discrepancy of DAC melting measurements with shock melting can be explained by accounting for the change in melt slope due to the bcc-cp transition observed in the shock studies. The Fe melt curve is revisited. The possible relevance of the Jahn-Teller effect and recently observed transition metal melts with Icosahedral Short-Range Order (ISRO) is discussed.

  9. Persistent Fe moments in the normal-state collapsed-tetragonal phase of the pressure-induced superconductor Ca0.67Sr0.33Fe2As2

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    Jeffries, J. R.; Butch, N. P.; Lipp, M. J.; Bradley, J. A.; Kirshenbaum, K.; Saha, S. R.; Paglione, J.; Kenney-Benson, C.; Xiao, Y.; Chow, P.; Evans, W. J.

    2014-10-01

    Using nonresonant Fe Kβ x-ray emission spectroscopy, we reveal that Sr substitution into CaFe2As2 decouples the Fe moment from the volume collapse transition, yielding a collapsed-tetragonal, paramagnetic normal state out of which superconductivity develops. X-ray diffraction measurements implicate the c-axis lattice parameter as the controlling criterion for the Fe moment, promoting a generic description for the appearance of pressure-induced superconductivity in the alkaline-earth-based 122 ferropnictides (AFe2As2). The evolution of Tc with pressure lends support to theories for superconductivity involving unconventional pairing mediated by magnetic fluctuations.

  10. MATERIALS THAT SHRINK ON HEATING: PRESSURE-INDUCED PHASE TRANSITIONS IN NEGATIVE THERMAL EXPANSION MATERIALS, AND THEIR ENERGETICS

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    Varga, Tamas

    2011-09-01

    Despite the fact that all chemical bonds expand on heating, a small class of materials shrinks when heated. These, so called negative thermal expansion (NTE) materials, are a unique class of materials with some exotic properties. The present chapter offers insight into the structural aspects of pressure- (or temperature-) induced phase transformations, and the energetics of those changes in these fascinating materials, in particular NTE compound cubic ZrW2O8, orthorhombic Sc2W3O12 and Sc2Mo3O12, as well as other members of the 'scandium tungstate family'. In subsequent sections, (i) combined in situ high-pressure synchrotron XRD and XAS studies of NTE material ZrW2O8; (ii) an in situ high-pressure synchrotron XRD study of Sc2W3O12, Sc2Mo3O12, and Al2W3O12; and (iii) thermochemical studies of the above materials are presented and discussed. In all of these studies, chemical bonds change, sometimes break and new ones form. Correlations between structure, chemistry, and energetics are revealed. It is also shown that (iv) NTE materials are good candidates as precursors to make novel solid state materials, such as the conducting Sc0.67WO4, using high-pressure, high-temperature synthesis, through modification of bonding and electronic structure, and thus provide vast opportunities for scientific exploration.

  11. Pressure-induced transformations in glassy water: A computer simulation study using the TIP4P/2005 model

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    Wong, Jessina; Jahn, David A.; Giovambattista, Nicolas

    2015-08-01

    We study the pressure-induced transformations between low-density amorphous (LDA) and high-density amorphous (HDA) ice by performing out-of-equilibrium molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We employ the TIP4P/2005 water model and show that this model reproduces qualitatively the LDA-HDA transformations observed experimentally. Specifically, the TIP4P/2005 model reproduces remarkably well the (i) structure (OO, OH, and HH radial distribution functions) and (ii) densities of LDA and HDA at P = 0.1 MPa and T = 80 K, as well as (iii) the qualitative behavior of ρ(P) during compression-induced LDA-to-HDA and decompression-induced HDA-to-LDA transformations. At the rates explored, the HDA-to-LDA transformation is less pronounced than in experiments. By studying the LDA-HDA transformations for a broad range of compression/decompression temperatures, we construct a "P-T phase diagram" for glassy water that is consistent with experiments and remarkably similar to that reported previously for ST2 water. This phase diagram is not inconsistent with the possibility of TIP4P/2005 water exhibiting a liquid-liquid phase transition at low temperatures. A comparison with previous MD simulation studies of SPC/E and ST2 water as well as experiments indicates that, overall, the TIP4P/2005 model performs better than the SPC/E and ST2 models. The effects of cooling and compression rates as well as aging on our MD simulations results are also discussed. The MD results are qualitatively robust under variations of cooling/compression rates (accessible in simulations) and are not affected by aging the hyperquenched glass for at least 1 μs. A byproduct of this work is the calculation of TIP4P/2005 water's diffusion coefficient D(T) at P = 0.1 MPa. It is found that, for T ≥ 210 K, D(T) ≈ (T - TMCT)-γ as predicted by mode coupling theory and in agreement with experiments. For TIP4P/2005 water, TMCT = 209 K and γ = 2.14, very close to the corresponding experimental values TMCT = 221 K

  12. The pressure-induced, lactose-dependent changes in the composition and size of casein micelles.

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    Wang, Pengjie; Jin, Shaoming; Guo, Huiyuan; Zhao, Liang; Ren, Fazheng

    2015-04-15

    The effects of lactose on the changes in the composition and size of casein micelles induced by high-pressure treatment and the related mechanism of action were investigated. Dispersions of ultracentrifuged casein micelle pellets with 0-10% (w/v) lactose were subjected to high pressure (400 MPa) at 20 °C for 40 min. The results indicated that the level of non-sedimentable caseins was positively related to the amount of lactose added prior to pressure treatment, and negatively correlated to the size. A mechanism for the pressure-induced, lactose-dependent changes in the casein micelles is proposed. Lactose inhibits the hydrophobic interactions between the micellar fragments during or after pressure release, through the hydrophilic layer formed by their hydrogen bonds around the micellar fragments. In addition, lactose does not favour the association between calcium and the casein aggregates after pressure release. Due to these two functions, lactose inhibited the formation of larger micelles after pressure treatment.

  13. Pressure-induced Co2+ photoluminescence quenching in MgAl2O4

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    Nataf, Lucie; Rodríguez, Fernando; Valiente, Rafael

    2012-09-01

    This work investigates the electronic structure and photoluminescence (PL) of Co2+-doped MgAl2O4 and their pressure dependence by time-resolved spectroscopy. The variations of the visible absorption band and its associated emission at 663 nm (τ = 130 ns at ambient conditions) with pressure/temperature can be explained on the basis of a configurational energy model. It provides an interpretation for both the electronic structure and the excited-state phenomena yielding photoluminescence emission and the subsequent quenching. We show that there is an excited-state crossover (ESCO) [4T1(P)↔2E(G)] at ambient pressure, which is responsible for the evolution of the emission spectrum from a broadband emission between 300 K and 100 K to a narrow-line emission at lower temperatures. Contrary to expectations from the Tanabe-Sugano diagram, instead of enhancing ESCO phenomena, pressure reduces PL and even suppresses it (PL quenching) above 6 GPa. We explain such variations in terms of pressure-induced nonradiative relaxation to lower excited states: 2E(G)→4T1(F). The variation of PL intensity and its associated lifetime with pressure supports the proposed interpretation.

  14. Causal Correlation Functions and Fourier Transforms: Application in Calculating Pressure Induced Shifts

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    Ma, Q.; Tipping, R. H.; Lavrentieva, N. N.

    2012-06-01

    By adopting a concept from signal processing, instead of starting from the correlation functions which are even, one considers the causal correlation functions whose Fourier transforms become complex. Their real and imaginary parts multiplied by 2 are the Fourier transforms of the original correlations and the subsequent Hilbert transforms, respectively. Thus, by taking this step one can complete the two previously needed transforms. However, to obviate performing the Cauchy principal integrations required in the Hilbert transforms is the greatest advantage. Meanwhile, because the causal correlations are well-bounded within the time domain and band limited in the frequency domain, one can replace their Fourier transforms by the discrete Fourier transforms and the latter can be carried out with the FFT algorithm. This replacement is justified by sampling theory because the Fourier transforms can be derived from the discrete Fourier transforms with the Nyquis rate without any distortions. We apply this method in calculating pressure induced shifts of H_2O lines and obtain more reliable values. By comparing the calculated shifts with those in HITRAN 2008 and by screening both of them with the pair identity and the smooth variation rules, one can conclude many of shift values in HITRAN are not correct. Q. Ma, R. H. Tipping, and N. N. Lavrentieva, JQSRT dio:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2012.02.012 (2012).

  15. High-pressure-induced water penetration into 3-­isopropylmalate dehydrogenase

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    Nagae, Takayuki; Kawamura, Takashi; Chavas, Leonard M. G.; Niwa, Ken; Hasegawa, Masashi; Kato, Chiaki; Watanabe, Nobuhisa

    2012-01-01

    Hydrostatic pressure induces structural changes in proteins, including denaturation, the mechanism of which has been attributed to water penetration into the protein interior. In this study, structures of 3-isopropylmalate dehydrogenase (IPMDH) from Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 were determined at about 2 Å resolution under pressures ranging from 0.1 to 650 MPa using a diamond anvil cell (DAC). Although most of the protein cavities are monotonically compressed as the pressure increases, the volume of one particular cavity at the dimer interface increases at pressures over 340 MPa. In parallel with this volume increase, water penetration into the cavity could be observed at pressures over 410 MPa. In addition, the generation of a new cleft on the molecular surface accompanied by water penetration could also be observed at pressures over 580 MPa. These water-penetration phenomena are considered to be initial steps in the pressure-denaturation process of IPMDH. PMID:22349232

  16. Pressure-induced reversal between thermal contraction and expansion in ferroelectric PbTiO3.

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    Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Jianzhong; Xu, Hongwu; Vogel, Sven C; Jin, Changqing; Frantti, Johannes; Zhao, Yusheng

    2014-01-01

    Materials with zero/near zero thermal expansion coefficients are technologically important for applications in thermal management and engineering. To date, this class of materials can only be produced by chemical routes, either by changing chemical compositions or by composting materials with positive and negative thermal expansion. Here, we report for the first time a physical route to achieve near zero thermal expansion through application of pressure. In the stability field of tetragonal PbTiO3 we observed pressure-induced reversals between thermal contraction and expansion between ambient pressure and 0.9 GPa. This hybrid behavior leads to a mathematically infinite number of crossover points in the pressure-volume-temperature space and near-zero thermal expansion coefficients comparable to or even smaller than those attained by chemical routes. The observed pressures for this unusual phenomenon are within a small range of 0.1-0.9 GPa, potentially feasible for designing stress-engineered materials, such as thin films and nano-crystals, for thermal management applications.

  17. Fabrication of high performance thin-film transistors via pressure-induced nucleation

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    Kang, Myung-Koo; Kim, Si Joon; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2014-01-01

    We report a method to improve the performance of polycrystalline Si (poly-Si) thin-film transistors (TFTs) via pressure-induced nucleation (PIN). During the PIN process, spatial variation in the local solidification temperature occurs because of a non-uniform pressure distribution during laser irradiation of the amorphous Si layer, which is capped with an SiO2 layer. This leads to a four-fold increase in the grain size of the poly-Si thin-films formed using the PIN process, compared with those formed using conventional excimer laser annealing. We find that thin films with optimal electrical properties can be achieved with a reduction in the number of laser irradiations from 20 to 6, as well as the preservation of the interface between the poly-Si and the SiO2 gate insulator. This interface preservation becomes possible to remove the cleaning process prior to gate insulator deposition, and we report devices with a field-effect mobility greater than 160 cm2/Vs. PMID:25358809

  18. Pressure-induced reversal between thermal contraction and expansion in ferroelectric PbTiO3

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    Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Jianzhong; Xu, Hongwu; Vogel, Sven C.; Jin, Changqing; Frantti, Johannes; Zhao, Yusheng

    2014-01-01

    Materials with zero/near zero thermal expansion coefficients are technologically important for applications in thermal management and engineering. To date, this class of materials can only be produced by chemical routes, either by changing chemical compositions or by composting materials with positive and negative thermal expansion. Here, we report for the first time a physical route to achieve near zero thermal expansion through application of pressure. In the stability field of tetragonal PbTiO3 we observed pressure-induced reversals between thermal contraction and expansion between ambient pressure and 0.9 GPa. This hybrid behavior leads to a mathematically infinite number of crossover points in the pressure-volume-temperature space and near-zero thermal expansion coefficients comparable to or even smaller than those attained by chemical routes. The observed pressures for this unusual phenomenon are within a small range of 0.1-0.9 GPa, potentially feasible for designing stress-engineered materials, such as thin films and nano-crystals, for thermal management applications.

  19. Pressure-induced reversal between thermal contraction and expansion in ferroelectric PbTiO3

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    Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Jianzhong; Xu, Hongwu; Vogel, Sven C.; Jin, Changqing; Frantti, Johannes; Zhao, Yusheng

    2014-01-01

    Materials with zero/near zero thermal expansion coefficients are technologically important for applications in thermal management and engineering. To date, this class of materials can only be produced by chemical routes, either by changing chemical compositions or by composting materials with positive and negative thermal expansion. Here, we report for the first time a physical route to achieve near zero thermal expansion through application of pressure. In the stability field of tetragonal PbTiO3 we observed pressure-induced reversals between thermal contraction and expansion between ambient pressure and 0.9 GPa. This hybrid behavior leads to a mathematically infinite number of crossover points in the pressure-volume-temperature space and near-zero thermal expansion coefficients comparable to or even smaller than those attained by chemical routes. The observed pressures for this unusual phenomenon are within a small range of 0.1–0.9 GPa, potentially feasible for designing stress-engineered materials, such as thin films and nano-crystals, for thermal management applications. PMID:24424396

  20. Hydrostatic pressure-induced conformational changes in phosphatidylcholine headgroups: a 2H NMR study.

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    Bonev, B B; Morrow, M R

    1995-01-01

    The effects of pressure and temperature on 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine and 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine headgroup conformations were examined using deuterium nuclear magnetic resonance. Isothermal compression was found to produce a decrease in the choline alpha deuteron quadrupole splitting and increases in the choline beta and gamma deuteron quadrupole splittings. A similar counterdirectional change, seen in the presence of positive surface charge, has been attributed to tilting of the headgroup away from the bilayer surface in response to the torque exerted on the phosphocholine dipole by positive surface charges. The direction of the change in headgroup deuteron quadrupole splitting is consistent with the pressure-induced reduction in area per lipid in the liquid crystalline phase, which can be inferred from the ordering of phospholipid acyl chains under comparable conditions. The temperature dependences of the headgroup deuteron quadrupole splittings were also examined. It was found that at elevated pressure, the alpha splitting was insensitive to temperature, whereas the beta and gamma splittings decreased. The response of the beta deuteron splitting to temperature was found to be weaker at elevated pressure than at ambient pressure. PMID:8527666

  1. Hydrostatic pressure-induced conformational changes in phosphatidylcholine headgroups: a 2H NMR study.

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    Bonev, B B; Morrow, M R

    1995-08-01

    The effects of pressure and temperature on 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine and 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine headgroup conformations were examined using deuterium nuclear magnetic resonance. Isothermal compression was found to produce a decrease in the choline alpha deuteron quadrupole splitting and increases in the choline beta and gamma deuteron quadrupole splittings. A similar counterdirectional change, seen in the presence of positive surface charge, has been attributed to tilting of the headgroup away from the bilayer surface in response to the torque exerted on the phosphocholine dipole by positive surface charges. The direction of the change in headgroup deuteron quadrupole splitting is consistent with the pressure-induced reduction in area per lipid in the liquid crystalline phase, which can be inferred from the ordering of phospholipid acyl chains under comparable conditions. The temperature dependences of the headgroup deuteron quadrupole splittings were also examined. It was found that at elevated pressure, the alpha splitting was insensitive to temperature, whereas the beta and gamma splittings decreased. The response of the beta deuteron splitting to temperature was found to be weaker at elevated pressure than at ambient pressure. PMID:8527666

  2. Pressure-Induced Changes in the Structure and Function of the Kinesin-Microtubule Complex

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    Nishiyama, Masayoshi; Kimura, Yoshifumi; Nishiyama, Yoshio; Terazima, Masahide

    2009-01-01

    Kinesin-1 is an ATP-driven molecular motor that “walks” along a microtubule by working two heads in a “hand-over-hand” fashion. The stepping motion is well-coordinated by intermolecular interactions between the kinesin head and microtubule, and is sensitively changed by applied forces. We demonstrate that hydrostatic pressure works as an inhibitory action on kinesin motility. We developed a high-pressure microscope that enables the application of hydrostatic pressures of up to 200 MPa (2000 bar). Under high-pressure conditions, taxol-stabilized microtubules were shortened from both ends at the same speed. The sliding velocity of kinesin motors was reversibly changed by pressure, and reached half-maximal value at ∼100 MPa. The pressure-velocity relationship was very close to the force-velocity relationship of single kinesin molecules, suggesting a similar inhibitory mechanism on kinesin motility. Further analysis showed that the pressure mainly affects the stepping motion, but not the ATP binding reaction. The application of pressure is thought to enhance the structural fluctuation and/or association of water molecules with the exposed regions of the kinesin head and microtubule. These pressure-induced effects could prevent kinesin motors from completing the stepping motion. PMID:19186149

  3. Causal Correlation Functions and Fourier Transforms: Application in Calculating Pressure Induced Shifts

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    Ma, Q.; Tipping, R. H.; Lavrentieva, N. N.

    2012-01-01

    By adopting a concept from signal processing, instead of starting from the correlation functions which are even, one considers the causal correlation functions whose Fourier transforms become complex. Their real and imaginary parts multiplied by 2 are the Fourier transforms of the original correlations and the subsequent Hilbert transforms, respectively. Thus, by taking this step one can complete the two previously needed transforms. However, to obviate performing the Cauchy principal integrations required in the Hilbert transforms is the greatest advantage. Meanwhile, because the causal correlations are well-bounded within the time domain and band limited in the frequency domain, one can replace their Fourier transforms by the discrete Fourier transforms and the latter can be carried out with the FFT algorithm. This replacement is justified by sampling theory because the Fourier transforms can be derived from the discrete Fourier transforms with the Nyquis rate without any distortions. We apply this method in calculating pressure induced shifts of H2O lines and obtain more reliable values. By comparing the calculated shifts with those in HITRAN 2008 and by screening both of them with the pair identity and the smooth variation rules, one can conclude many of shift values in HITRAN are not correct.

  4. Pressure-induced polymerization of carbon monoxide: disproportionation and synthesis of an energetic lactonic polymer

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    Evans, W J; Lipp, M J; Yoo, C; Herberg, J L; Maxwell, R S; Nicol, M F

    2005-10-04

    We have studied pressure-induced chemical reactions in carbon monoxide using both a diamond-anvil cell and a modified large volume press. Our spectroscopic data reveal that carbon monoxide disproportionates into molecular CO{sub 2} and a solid lactone-type polymer; photochemically above 3.2 GPa, thermochemically above 5 GPa at 300K, or at 3 GPa and {approx}2000K as achieved by laser heating. The solid product can be recovered at ambient conditions with a high degree of conversion, measured to be up to 95% of the original CO. Its fundamental chemical structure includes {beta}-lactone and conjugated C=C, which can be considered a severely modified polymeric carbon suboxide with open ladders and smaller five-membered rings. The polymer is metastable at ambient conditions, spontaneously liberating CO{sub 2} gases exothermically. We find that the recovered polymer has a high energy density, 1-8 KJ/g, and is very combustible. We estimate the density of recovered CO polymer to be at least 1.65 g/cm cm{sup 3}.

  5. Pressure-induced reversal between thermal contraction and expansion in ferroelectric PbTiO3.

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    Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Jianzhong; Xu, Hongwu; Vogel, Sven C; Jin, Changqing; Frantti, Johannes; Zhao, Yusheng

    2014-01-01

    Materials with zero/near zero thermal expansion coefficients are technologically important for applications in thermal management and engineering. To date, this class of materials can only be produced by chemical routes, either by changing chemical compositions or by composting materials with positive and negative thermal expansion. Here, we report for the first time a physical route to achieve near zero thermal expansion through application of pressure. In the stability field of tetragonal PbTiO3 we observed pressure-induced reversals between thermal contraction and expansion between ambient pressure and 0.9 GPa. This hybrid behavior leads to a mathematically infinite number of crossover points in the pressure-volume-temperature space and near-zero thermal expansion coefficients comparable to or even smaller than those attained by chemical routes. The observed pressures for this unusual phenomenon are within a small range of 0.1-0.9 GPa, potentially feasible for designing stress-engineered materials, such as thin films and nano-crystals, for thermal management applications. PMID:24424396

  6. Pressure-induced frustration in charge ordered spinel AlV₂O₄.

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    Kalavathi, S; Raju, Selva Vennila; Williams, Quentin; Sahu, P Ch; Sastry, V S; Sahu, H K

    2013-07-24

    AlV2O4 is the only spinel compound so far known that exists in the charge ordered state at room temperature. It is known to transform to a charge frustrated cubic spinel structure above 427 ° C. The presence of multivalent V ions in the pyrochlore lattice of the cubic spinel phase brings about the charge frustration that is relieved in the room temperature rhombohedral phase by the clustering of vanadium into a heptamer molecular unit along with a lone V atom. The present work is the first demonstration of pressure-induced frustration in the charge ordered state of AlV2O4. Synchrotron powder x-ray diffraction studies carried out at room temperature on AlV2O4 subjected to high pressure in a diamond anvil cell show that the charge ordered rhombohedral phase becomes unstable under the application of pressure and transforms to the frustrated cubic spinel structure. The frustration is found to be present even after pressure recovery. The possible role of pressure on vanadium t2g orbitals in understanding these observations is discussed.

  7. Hypoosmotic- and pressure-induced membrane stretch activate TRPC5 channels

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    Gomis, Ana; Soriano, Sergio; Belmonte, Carlos; Viana, Félix

    2008-01-01

    Transient receptor potential (TRP) channels mediate a wide array of sensory functions. We investigated the role of TRPC5, a poorly characterized channel widely expressed in the central and peripheral nervous system, as a potential osmosensory protein. Here we show that hypoosmotic stimulation activates TRPC5 channels resulting in a large calcium influx. The response to osmotically induced membrane stretch is blocked by GsMTx-4, an inhibitor of stretch activated ion channels. Direct hypoosmotic activation of TRPC5 is independent of phospholipase C function. However, the osmotic response is inhibited in a cell line in which PIP2 levels are reduced by regulated overexpression of a lipid phosphatase. The response was restored by increasing intracellular PIP2 levels through the patch pipette. The mechano-sensitivity of the channel was probed in the whole-cell configuration by application of steps of positive pressure through the patch pipette. Pressure-induced membrane stretch also activated TRPC5 channels, suggesting its role as a transducer of osmo-mechanical stimuli. We also demonstrated the expression of TRPC5 in sensory neurones which together with the osmo-mechanical characteristics of TRPC5 channels suggest its putative role in mechanosensory transduction events. PMID:18832422

  8. Pressure-induced chemistry in a nitrogen-hydrogen host-guest structure

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    Spaulding, Dylan K.; Weck, Gunnar; Loubeyre, Paul; Datchi, Fréderic; Dumas, Paul; Hanfland, Michael

    2014-12-01

    New topochemistry in simple molecular systems can be explored at high pressure. Here we examine the binary nitrogen/hydrogen system using Raman spectroscopy, synchrotron X-ray diffraction, synchrotron infrared microspectroscopy and visual observation. We find a eutectic-type binary phase diagram with two stable high-pressure van der Waals compounds, which we identify as (N2)6(H2)7 and N2(H2)2. The former represents a new type of van der Waals host-guest compound in which hydrogen molecules are contained within channels in a nitrogen lattice. This compound shows evidence for a gradual, pressure-induced change in bonding from van der Waals to ionic interactions near 50 GPa, forming an amorphous dinitrogen network containing ionized ammonia in a room-temperature analogue of the Haber-Bosch process. Hydrazine is recovered on decompression. The nitrogen-hydrogen system demonstrates the potential for new pressure-driven chemistry in high-pressure structures and the promise of tailoring molecular interactions for materials synthesis.

  9. Buoyancy and Pressure Induced Flow of Hot Gases in Vertical Shafts with Natural and Forced Ventilation

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    Jaluria, Yogesh; Tamm, Gunnar Olavi

    2014-11-01

    An experimental investigation was conducted to study buoyancy and pressure induced flow of hot gases in vertical shafts to model smoke propagation in elevator and ventilation shafts of high rise building fires. Various configurations were tested with regard to natural and forced ventilation imposed at the upper and lower surfaces of the vertical shaft. The aspect ratio was taken at a typical value of 6. From a lower vent, the inlet conditions for smoke and hot gases were varied in terms of the Reynolds and Grashof numbers. The forced ventilation at the upper or lower boundary was of the same order as the bulk shaft flow. Measurements were taken within the shaft to allow a detailed study of the steady state flow and thermal fields established for various shaft configurations and inlet conditions, from which optimal means for smoke alleviation in high rise building fires may be developed. Results indicated a wall plume as the primary transport mechanism for smoke propagating from the inlet towards the exhaust region. Recirculation and entrainment dominated at high inlet Grashof number flows, while increased inlet Reynolds numbers allowed greater mixing in the shaft. The development and stability of these flow patterns and their effects on the smoke behavior were assessed for several shaft configurations with different inlet conditions. The comparisons indicated that the fastest smoke removal and lowest overall shaft temperatures occur for a configuration with natural ventilation at the top surface and forced ventilation up from the shaft bottom.

  10. Pressure-induced frustration in charge ordered spinel AlV2O4

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    Kalavathi, S.; Vennila Raju, Selva; Williams, Quentin; Sahu, P. Ch; Sastry, V. S.; Sahu, H. K.

    2013-07-01

    AlV2O4 is the only spinel compound so far known that exists in the charge ordered state at room temperature. It is known to transform to a charge frustrated cubic spinel structure above 427 ° C. The presence of multivalent V ions in the pyrochlore lattice of the cubic spinel phase brings about the charge frustration that is relieved in the room temperature rhombohedral phase by the clustering of vanadium into a heptamer molecular unit along with a lone V atom. The present work is the first demonstration of pressure-induced frustration in the charge ordered state of AlV2O4. Synchrotron powder x-ray diffraction studies carried out at room temperature on AlV2O4 subjected to high pressure in a diamond anvil cell show that the charge ordered rhombohedral phase becomes unstable under the application of pressure and transforms to the frustrated cubic spinel structure. The frustration is found to be present even after pressure recovery. The possible role of pressure on vanadium t2g orbitals in understanding these observations is discussed.

  11. In vivo near-infrared spectral detection of pressure-induced changes in breast tissue

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    Jiang, Shudong; Pogue, Brian W.; Paulsen, Keith D.; Kogel, Christine; Poplack, Steven P.

    2003-07-01

    A diffuse near-infrared tomography system was used to measure dynamic changes in the absolute optical properties of the human breast that were induced through pressure applied to the tissue surface. Results from five subjects show that absorption and scattering coefficients changed measurably when pressure was increased and that these relative changes correlated with the subjects' body-mass index, indicating that the effect depends on tissue composition. Fitting the absolute absorption and scattering coefficients at six wavelengths to the molar absorption spectra of the three predominant chromophores revealed that both the average total hemoglobin and oxygen saturation increased by 10%, while water concentration decreased by more than 12%. These changes indicate that the pressure-induced variation is likely due to water displacement and vascular volume increase in the region being imaged, for mild application of pressure to the breast. These results suggest that the pressure applied during optical measurements of tissue may alter the tissue physiology, and care should be taken to factor this effect into the design of optical medical instrumentation. In addition, the technique provides a unique approach to measuring tissue elastic changes in vivo in the female breast and may offer a new method for dynamic contrast imaging based on elasto-optical measurements.

  12. In vivo monitoring of external pressure induced hemodynamics in skin tissue using optical coherence tomography angiography

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    Choi, Woo June; Wang, Hequn; Wang, Ruikang K.

    2015-03-01

    Characterization of the relationship between external pressure and blood flow is important in the examination of pressure-induced disturbance in tissue microcirculation. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography is a promising imaging technique, capable of providing the noninvasive extraction of functional vessels within the skin tissue with capillary-scale resolution. Here, we present a feasibility study of OCT angiography to monitor effect of external pressures on blood perfusion in human skin tissue in vivo. Graded external pressure is loaded normal to the surface of the nailfold tissue of a healthy human. The incremental loading is applied step by step and then followed by an immediate release. Concurrent OCT imaging of the nailfold is performed during the pre/post loading. Blood perfusion images including baseline (at pre-loading) and corresponding tissue strain maps are calculated from 3D OCT dataset obtained at the different applied pressures, allowing visualization of capillary perfusion events at stressed nailfold tissue. The results indicate that the perfusion progressively decreases with the constant increase of tissue strain. Reactive hyperemia is occurred right after the removal of the pressure corresponding to quick drop of the increased strain. The perfusion is returned to the baseline level after a few minutes. These findings suggest that OCT microangiography may have great potential for quantitatively assessing tissue microcirculation in the locally pressed tissue in vivo.

  13. High pressure induced changes in beef muscle proteome: correlation with quality parameters.

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    Marcos, Begonya; Mullen, Anne Maria

    2014-05-01

    The relationship between pressure induced changes on individual proteins and selected quality parameters in bovine longissimus thoracis et lumborum (LTL) muscle was studied. Pressures ranging from 200 to 600 MPa at 20°C were used. High pressure processing (HPP) at pressures above 200 MPa induced strong modifications of protein solubility, meat colour and water holding capacity (WHC). The protein profiles of non-treated and pressure treated meat were observed using two dimensional electrophoresis. Proteins showing significant differences in abundance among treatments were identified by mass spectrometry. Pressure levels above 200 MPa strongly modified bovine LTL proteome with main effects being insolubilisation of sarcoplasmic proteins and solubilisation of myofibrillar proteins. Sarcoplasmic proteins were more susceptible to HPP effects than myofibrillar. Individual protein changes were significantly correlated with protein solubility, L, b and WHC, providing further insights into the mechanistic processes underlying HPP influence on quality and providing the basis for the future development of protein markers to assess the quality of processed meats.

  14. Pressure-induced chemistry in a nitrogen-hydrogen host-guest structure.

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    Spaulding, Dylan K; Weck, Gunnar; Loubeyre, Paul; Datchi, Fréderic; Dumas, Paul; Hanfland, Michael

    2014-01-01

    New topochemistry in simple molecular systems can be explored at high pressure. Here we examine the binary nitrogen/hydrogen system using Raman spectroscopy, synchrotron X-ray diffraction, synchrotron infrared microspectroscopy and visual observation. We find a eutectic-type binary phase diagram with two stable high-pressure van der Waals compounds, which we identify as (N2)6(H2)7 and N2(H2)2. The former represents a new type of van der Waals host-guest compound in which hydrogen molecules are contained within channels in a nitrogen lattice. This compound shows evidence for a gradual, pressure-induced change in bonding from van der Waals to ionic interactions near 50 GPa, forming an amorphous dinitrogen network containing ionized ammonia in a room-temperature analogue of the Haber-Bosch process. Hydrazine is recovered on decompression. The nitrogen-hydrogen system demonstrates the potential for new pressure-driven chemistry in high-pressure structures and the promise of tailoring molecular interactions for materials synthesis. PMID:25484135

  15. Accelerated speciation in colour-polymorphic birds.

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    Hugall, Andrew F; Stuart-Fox, Devi

    2012-05-09

    Colour polymorphism exemplifies extreme morphological diversity within populations. It is taxonomically widespread but generally rare. Theory suggests that where colour polymorphism does occur, processes generating and maintaining it can promote speciation but the generality of this claim is unclear. Here we confirm, using species-level molecular phylogenies for five families of non-passerine birds, that colour polymorphism is associated with accelerated speciation rates in the three groups in which polymorphism is most prevalent. In all five groups, colour polymorphism is lost at a significantly greater rate than it is gained. Thus, the general rarity and phylogenetic dispersion of colour polymorphism is accounted for by a combination of higher speciation rate and higher transition rate from polymorphism to monomorphism, consistent with theoretical models where speciation is driven by fixation of one or more morphs. This is corroborated by evidence from a species-level molecular phylogeny of passerines, incorporating 4,128 (66.5%) extant species, that polymorphic species tend to be younger than monomorphic species. Our results provide empirical support for the general proposition, dating from classical evolutionary theory, that colour polymorphism can increase speciation rates.

  16. Crystal Polymorphs of Barbital: News about a Classic Polymorphic System

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    2013-01-01

    Barbital is a hypnotic agent that has been intensely studied for many decades. The aim of this work was to establish a clear and comprehensible picture of its polymorphic system. Four of the six known solid forms of barbital (denoted I0, III, IV, and V) were characterized by various analytical techniques, and the thermodynamic relationships between the polymorph phases were established. The obtained data permitted the construction of the first semischematic energy/temperature diagram for the barbital system. The modifications I0, III, and V are enantiotropically related to one another. Polymorph IV is enantiotropically related to V and monotropically related to the other two forms. The transition points for the pairs I0/III, I0/V, and III/IV lie below 20 °C, and the transition point for IV/V is above 20 °C. At room temperature, the order of thermodynamic stability is I0 > III > V > IV. The metastable modification III is present in commercial samples and has a high kinetic stability. The solid-state NMR spectra provide information on aspects of crystallography (viz., the asymmetric units and the nature of hydrogen bonding). The known correlation between specific N–H···O=C hydrogen bonding motifs of barbiturates and certain IR characteristics was used to predict the H-bonded pattern of polymorph IV. PMID:24283960

  17. A novel method to detect pressure-induced sensor attenuations (PISA) in an artificial pancreas.

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    Baysal, Nihat; Cameron, Fraser; Buckingham, Bruce A; Wilson, Darrell M; Chase, H Peter; Maahs, David M; Bequette, B Wayne

    2014-11-01

    Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) provide real-time interstitial glucose concentrations that are essential for automated treatment of individuals with type 1 diabetes. Miscalibration, noise spikes, dropouts, or pressure applied to the site (e.g., lying on the site while sleeping) can cause inaccurate glucose signals, which could lead to inappropriate insulin dosing decisions. These studies focus on the problem of pressure-induced sensor attenuations (PISAs) that occur overnight and can cause undesirable pump shut-offs in a predictive low glucose suspend system. The algorithm presented here uses real-time CGM readings without knowledge of meals, insulin doses, activity, sensor recalibrations, or fingerstick measurements. The real-time PISA detection technique was tested on outpatient "in-home" data from a predictive low-glucose suspend trial with over 1125 nights of data. A total of 178 sets were created by using different parameters for the PISA detection algorithm to illustrate its range of available performance. The tracings were reviewed via a web-based analysis tool by an engineer with an extensive expertise on analyzing clinical datasets and ~3% of the CGM readings were marked as PISA events which were used as the gold standard. It is shown that 88.34% of the PISAs were successfully detected by the algorithm, and the percentage of false detections could be reduced to 1.70% by altering the algorithm parameters. Use of the proposed PISA detection method can result in a significant decrease in undesirable pump suspensions overnight, and may lead to lower overnight mean glucose levels while still achieving a low risk of hypoglycemia.

  18. Pressure-induced hemolysis of in vivo aged human erythrocytes is enhanced by inhibition of water transport via aquaporin-1

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    Yamaguchi, Takeo; Miyauchi, Shin; Isahara, Yasuyuki

    2013-06-01

    Human erythrocytes are fractionated into young, intermediate, and old cells according to their densities. Pressure-induced hemolysis reflects sensitively membrane perturbations. Therefore, the hemolysis of erythrocytes at 200 MPa was examined using fractionated cells. Pressure-induced hemolysis of old (or in vivo aged) erythrocytes was enhanced, compared with those of young and intermediate cells which showed the same hemolytic values. Flow cytometric analysis showed less fragmentation of old erythrocytes under pressure. Moreover, the water transport through the membrane was suppressed in old erythrocytes than intermediate ones. The low permeability of water in old erythrocytes was confirmed by osmotic hemolysis using a hypotonic buffer. These results suggest that water transport via aquaporin-1 (AQP1) is inhibited in old erythrocytes. As the number of AQP1 molecules remained constant in old erythrocytes, the function of AQP1 may be reduced.

  19. Multi-Length Scale Modeling of High-Pressure-Induced Phase Transformations in Soda-Lime Glass

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    Grujicic, M.; Bell, W. C.; Glomski, P. S.; Pandurangan, B.; Cheeseman, B. A.; Fountzoulas, C.; Patel, P.

    2011-10-01

    Molecular-level modeling and simulations are employed to study room-temperature micro-structural and mechanical response of soda-lime glass when subjected to high (i.e., several giga-Pascal) uniaxial-strain stresses/pressure. The results obtained revealed the occurrence of an irreversible phase-transformation at ca. 4 GPa which was associated with a (permanent) 3-7% volume reduction. Close examination of molecular-level topology revealed that the pressure-induced phase transformation in question is associated with an increase in the average coordination number of the silicon atoms, and the creation of two- to fourfold (smaller, high packing-density) Si-O rings. The associated loading and unloading axial-stress versus specific-volume isotherms were next converted into the corresponding loading Hugoniot and unloading isentrope axial-stress versus specific-volume relations. These were subsequently used to analyze the role of the pressure-induced phase-transformation/irreversible-densification in mitigating the effects of blast and ballistic impact loading onto a prototypical glass plate used in monolithic and laminated transparent armor applications. The results of this part of the study revealed that pressure-induced phase-transformation can provide several beneficial effects such as lowering of the loading/unloading stress-rates and stresses, shock/release-wave dispersion, and energy absorption associated with the study of phase-transformation.

  20. Pressure-induced loss of electronic interlayer state and metallization in the ionic solid Li[subscript 3]N: Experiment and theory

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    Lazicki, A.; Yoo, C.W.; Evans, W.J.; Hu, M.Y.; Chow, P.; Pickett, W.E.

    2008-12-08

    Results of x-ray diffraction and nitrogen K-edge x-ray Raman scattering (XRS) investigations of the crystal and electronic structure of ionic compound Li{sub 3}N across two high-pressure phase transitions [A. Lazicki et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 165503 (2005)] are interpreted using density-functional theory. A low-energy peak in the XRS spectrum which is observed in both low-pressure hexagonal phases of Li3N and absent in the high-pressure cubic phase is found to originate from an interlayer band similar to the important free-electron-like state present in the graphite and graphite intercalated systems, but not observed previously in ionic insulators. XRS detection of the interlayer state is made possible because of its strong hybridization with the nitrogen p bands. A pressure-induced increase in the band gap of the high-pressure cubic phase of Li{sub 3}N is explained by the differing pressure dependencies of different quantum-number bands and is shown to be a feature of several low-Z closed-shell ionic materials.

  1. Study of MgxCd1-xO applying density functional theory: Stability, structural phase transition and electronic properties

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    Joshi, K. B.; Paliwal, U.; Galav, K. L.; Trivedi, D. K.; Bredow, T.

    2013-08-01

    Stability of B1 and B2 phases of MgxCd1-xO is studied by calculating the formation energy within the framework of density functional theory applying the crystalline-orbital program package. Structural and electronic properties of the two polymorphs are reported for x=0.25, 0.50 and 0.75. The equilibrium lattice constants and bulk moduli are computed. Enthalpy calculations show pressure induced B1→B2 phase transitions at 92 GPa, 138 GPa and 212 GPa, respectively, for Mg0.25Cd0.75O, Mg0.50Cd0.50O and Mg0.75Cd0.25O compositions. Formation energy of ternary oxides in the B1 phase is negative with respect to mixing of B2-MgO with B1-CdO. Mixing B1-MgO with B2-CdO also leads to negative formation energy in Cd rich B1 phase ternary oxides (0≤x≤0.5). Band structure calculations predict direct band gaps in the B1 phase and indirect band gaps in the B2 phase ternary oxides. Mulliken population analysis is performed for the two polymorphs to study the charge transfer.

  2. Some aspects of pressure-induced ω → β transformation in group IVB elements

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    Joshi, K. D.; Jyoti, G.; Gupta, Satish C.; Sikka, S. K.

    2002-11-01

    The ω (hexagonal) to β (bcc) transformation in Zr and Hf occurs at 30 and 71 GPa under static pressures. This transition has not been found in Ti up to 87 GPa. On the basis of full-potential linearized augmented plane wave calculations aided with thermal and entropy correction we predict an ω → β transition in Ti at around 102 GPa along the 300 K isotherm. In addition to this, we calculate the ω → β transitions in Zr and Hf at around 27 and 65 GPa respectively, which are in excellent agreement with the experimental values. The ω → β transition pressures, 102, 27 and 65 GPa for Ti, Zr and Hf respectively, do not follow the trend implied by the principle of corresponding states. We have analysed the causes for this anomalous trend. We observe that the ω → β transition depends on how the increased d-population due to s-d transfer under pressure is distributed in the different d-substates. For example, at ambient conditions, the bcc phase is unstable and the difference between the average charges in the bcc stabilizing d-t2g state and the destabilizing d-eg state are 0.008, 0.082 and 0.013 for Ti, Zr and Hf respectively. Compression increases this difference and stabilizes the bcc structure when it becomes about 0.1. The charge transfer needed for stabilizing the β structure is highest for Ti followed by Hf and then Zr, in line with the trend in transition pressures.

  3. A Dynamic Pressure Component in UHP Whiteschists from the Dora-Maira Massif (Western Alps, Italy) Revealed By Pressure-Induced Incipient Amorphization of Quartz

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    Frezzotti, M. L.; Palmeri, R.; Godard, G.; Ferrando, S.; Compagnoni, R.

    2014-12-01

    We report the micro-Raman evidence for pressure-induced incipient amorphization of quartz in the UHP Brossasco-Isasca Unit (Dora-Maira Massif, Italian western Alps). Fifteen quartz inclusions in garnet were studied that comprise single crystals and aggregates of two-to-four crystals, along with one matrix crystal in a strain shadow. Palisade quartz, from coesite inversion, is also observed in garnet. The straight alignment of inclusions in prograde garnet indicates that quartz grew during garnet growth at about 650°C and 2.8 GPa, from HP to UHP metamorphic conditions. In single quartz crystals, disordering of lattice and densification (i.e., diaplectic glass) are revealed by two additional bands in Raman spectra: the former at 480 cm-1, derived from tetrahedral densified SiO2 amorphous phase composed of four-membered rings, and the latter at 605 cm-1, from defect structures involving partially broken SiO2 bonds. At the P-T metamorphic conditions of garnet growth, coesite is the thermodynamically stable form of crystalline silica. The existence of a lower enthalpy configuration, however, is a necessary but not sufficient condition for phase transition at constant pressure. If a kinetically accessible path is not available for the transition to ensue, metastable denser amorphous phase is formed instead. Amorphization of α-quartz requires experimental (or theoretical) lithostatic (hydrostatic) pressures > 15 GPa, while in presence of deviatoric stresses (i.e., non-lithostatic conditions), required pressures are lowered down to ≤ 5 GPa, at room temperature. Previous numerical geodynamic models suggested that in UHP terranes tectonic overpressure, greater than up to 0.3 GPa the lithostatic one, may be locally present (Gerya et al., 2008, Lithos, 103, 236-256). Our study confirms the presence of transitory pressure deviations from lithostatic values during prograde UHP metamorphism on a time scale that allows minerals to record these pressures.

  4. Strong cooperative coupling of pressure-induced magnetic order and nematicity in FeSe

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    Kothapalli, K.; Böhmer, A. E.; Jayasekara, W. T.; Ueland, B. G.; Das, P.; Sapkota, A.; Taufour, V.; Xiao, Y.; Alp, E.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.

    2016-09-01

    A hallmark of the iron-based superconductors is the strong coupling between magnetic, structural and electronic degrees of freedom. However, a universal picture of the normal state properties of these compounds has been confounded by recent investigations of FeSe where the nematic (structural) and magnetic transitions appear to be decoupled. Here, using synchrotron-based high-energy x-ray diffraction and time-domain Mössbauer spectroscopy, we show that nematicity and magnetism in FeSe under applied pressure are indeed strongly coupled. Distinct structural and magnetic transitions are observed for pressures between 1.0 and 1.7 GPa and merge into a single first-order transition for pressures >~1.7 GPa, reminiscent of what has been found for the evolution of these transitions in the prototypical system Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2. Our results are consistent with a spin-driven mechanism for nematic order in FeSe and provide an important step towards a universal description of the normal state properties of the iron-based superconductors.

  5. Strong cooperative coupling of pressure-induced magnetic order and nematicity in FeSe.

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    Kothapalli, K; Böhmer, A E; Jayasekara, W T; Ueland, B G; Das, P; Sapkota, A; Taufour, V; Xiao, Y; Alp, E; Bud'ko, S L; Canfield, P C; Kreyssig, A; Goldman, A I

    2016-01-01

    A hallmark of the iron-based superconductors is the strong coupling between magnetic, structural and electronic degrees of freedom. However, a universal picture of the normal state properties of these compounds has been confounded by recent investigations of FeSe where the nematic (structural) and magnetic transitions appear to be decoupled. Here, using synchrotron-based high-energy x-ray diffraction and time-domain Mössbauer spectroscopy, we show that nematicity and magnetism in FeSe under applied pressure are indeed strongly coupled. Distinct structural and magnetic transitions are observed for pressures between 1.0 and 1.7 GPa and merge into a single first-order transition for pressures ≳1.7 GPa, reminiscent of what has been found for the evolution of these transitions in the prototypical system Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2. Our results are consistent with a spin-driven mechanism for nematic order in FeSe and provide an important step towards a universal description of the normal state properties of the iron-based superconductors. PMID:27582003

  6. Strong cooperative coupling of pressure-induced magnetic order and nematicity in FeSe

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    Kothapalli, K.; Böhmer, A. E.; Jayasekara, W. T.; Ueland, B. G.; Das, P.; Sapkota, A.; Taufour, V.; Xiao, Y.; Alp, E.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.

    2016-01-01

    A hallmark of the iron-based superconductors is the strong coupling between magnetic, structural and electronic degrees of freedom. However, a universal picture of the normal state properties of these compounds has been confounded by recent investigations of FeSe where the nematic (structural) and magnetic transitions appear to be decoupled. Here, using synchrotron-based high-energy x-ray diffraction and time-domain Mössbauer spectroscopy, we show that nematicity and magnetism in FeSe under applied pressure are indeed strongly coupled. Distinct structural and magnetic transitions are observed for pressures between 1.0 and 1.7 GPa and merge into a single first-order transition for pressures ≳1.7 GPa, reminiscent of what has been found for the evolution of these transitions in the prototypical system Ba(Fe1−xCox)2As2. Our results are consistent with a spin-driven mechanism for nematic order in FeSe and provide an important step towards a universal description of the normal state properties of the iron-based superconductors. PMID:27582003

  7. Pressure-Induced Confined Metal from the Mott Insulator Sr_{3}Ir_{2}O_{7}.

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    Ding, Yang; Yang, Liuxiang; Chen, Cheng-Chien; Kim, Heung-Sik; Han, Myung Joon; Luo, Wei; Feng, Zhenxing; Upton, Mary; Casa, Diego; Kim, Jungho; Gog, Thomas; Zeng, Zhidan; Cao, Gang; Mao, Ho-Kwang; van Veenendaal, Michel

    2016-05-27

    The spin-orbit Mott insulator Sr_{3}Ir_{2}O_{7} provides a fascinating playground to explore insulator-metal transition driven by intertwined charge, spin, and lattice degrees of freedom. Here, we report high-pressure electric resistance and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering measurements on single-crystal Sr_{3}Ir_{2}O_{7} up to 63-65 GPa at 300 K. The material becomes a confined metal at 59.5 GPa, showing metallicity in the ab plane but an insulating behavior along the c axis. Such an unusual phenomenon resembles the strange metal phase in cuprate superconductors. Since there is no sign of the collapse of spin-orbit or Coulomb interactions in x-ray measurements, this novel insulator-metal transition is potentially driven by a first-order structural change at nearby pressures. Our discovery points to a new approach for synthesizing functional materials. PMID:27284666

  8. Pressure-Induced Confined Metal from the Mott Insulator Sr3 Ir2 O7

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    Ding, Yang; Yang, Liuxiang; Chen, Cheng-Chien; Kim, Heung-Sik; Han, Myung Joon; Luo, Wei; Feng, Zhenxing; Upton, Mary; Casa, Diego; Kim, Jungho; Gog, Thomas; Zeng, Zhidan; Cao, Gang; Mao, Ho-kwang; van Veenendaal, Michel

    2016-05-01

    The spin-orbit Mott insulator Sr3Ir2O7 provides a fascinating playground to explore insulator-metal transition driven by intertwined charge, spin, and lattice degrees of freedom. Here, we report high-pressure electric resistance and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering measurements on single-crystal Sr3Ir2O7 up to 63-65 GPa at 300 K. The material becomes a confined metal at 59.5 GPa, showing metallicity in the a b plane but an insulating behavior along the c axis. Such an unusual phenomenon resembles the strange metal phase in cuprate superconductors. Since there is no sign of the collapse of spin-orbit or Coulomb interactions in x-ray measurements, this novel insulator-metal transition is potentially driven by a first-order structural change at nearby pressures. Our discovery points to a new approach for synthesizing functional materials.

  9. Pressure-induced superconductivity in a three-dimensional topological material ZrTe5.

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    Zhou, Yonghui; Wu, Juefei; Ning, Wei; Li, Nana; Du, Yongping; Chen, Xuliang; Zhang, Ranran; Chi, Zhenhua; Wang, Xuefei; Zhu, Xiangde; Lu, Pengchao; Ji, Cheng; Wan, Xiangang; Yang, Zhaorong; Sun, Jian; Yang, Wenge; Tian, Mingliang; Zhang, Yuheng; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2016-03-15

    As a new type of topological materials, ZrTe5 shows many exotic properties under extreme conditions. Using resistance and ac magnetic susceptibility measurements under high pressure, while the resistance anomaly near 128 K is completely suppressed at 6.2 GPa, a fully superconducting transition emerges. The superconducting transition temperature Tc increases with applied pressure, and reaches a maximum of 4.0 K at 14.6 GPa, followed by a slight drop but remaining almost constant value up to 68.5 GPa. At pressures above 21.2 GPa, a second superconducting phase with the maximum Tc of about 6.0 K appears and coexists with the original one to the maximum pressure studied in this work. In situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy combined with theoretical calculations indicate the observed two-stage superconducting behavior is correlated to the structural phase transition from ambient Cmcm phase to high-pressure C2/m phase around 6 GPa, and to a mixture of two high-pressure phases of C2/m and P-1 above 20 GPa. The combination of structure, transport measurement, and theoretical calculations enable a complete understanding of the emerging exotic properties in 3D topological materials under extreme environments.

  10. Pressure-induced superconductivity in a three-dimensional topological material ZrTe5

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    Zhou, Yonghui; Wu, Juefei; Ning, Wei; Li, Nana; Du, Yongping; Chen, Xuliang; Zhang, Ranran; Chi, Zhenhua; Wang, Xuefei; Zhu, Xiangde; Lu, Pengchao; Ji, Cheng; Wan, Xiangang; Yang, Zhaorong; Sun, Jian; Yang, Wenge; Tian, Mingliang; Zhang, Yuheng; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2016-01-01

    As a new type of topological materials, ZrTe5 shows many exotic properties under extreme conditions. Using resistance and ac magnetic susceptibility measurements under high pressure, while the resistance anomaly near 128 K is completely suppressed at 6.2 GPa, a fully superconducting transition emerges. The superconducting transition temperature Tc increases with applied pressure, and reaches a maximum of 4.0 K at 14.6 GPa, followed by a slight drop but remaining almost constant value up to 68.5 GPa. At pressures above 21.2 GPa, a second superconducting phase with the maximum Tc of about 6.0 K appears and coexists with the original one to the maximum pressure studied in this work. In situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy combined with theoretical calculations indicate the observed two-stage superconducting behavior is correlated to the structural phase transition from ambient Cmcm phase to high-pressure C2/m phase around 6 GPa, and to a mixture of two high-pressure phases of C2/m and P-1 above 20 GPa. The combination of structure, transport measurement, and theoretical calculations enable a complete understanding of the emerging exotic properties in 3D topological materials under extreme environments. PMID:26929327

  11. Kinetic Trapping of Metastable Amino Acid Polymorphs

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    2015-01-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy measurements indicate that inkjet-printed racemic solutions of amino acids can produce nanocrystals trapped in metastable polymorph forms upon rapid solvent evaporation. Polymorphism impacts the composition, distribution, and physico-kinetic properties of organic solids, with energetic arguments favoring the most stable polymorph. In this study, unfavored noncentrosymmetric crystal forms were observed by SHG microscopy. Polarization-dependent SHG measurement and synchrotron X-ray microdiffraction analysis of individual printed drops are consistent with formation of homochiral crystal production. Fundamentally, these results provide evidence supporting the ubiquity of Ostwald’s Rule of Stages, describing the hypothesized transitioning of crystals between metastable polymorphic forms in the early stages of crystal formation. Practically, the presence of homochiral metastable forms has implications on chiral resolution and on solid form preparations relying on rapid solvent evaporation. PMID:24451055

  12. Pressure-Induced Alterations in PEDF and PEDF-R Expression: Implications for Neuroprotective Signaling in Glaucoma

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    Lee, Sean J; Duncan, D’Anne S; Echevarria, Franklin D; McLaughlin, William M; Hatcher, Jeremy B; Sappington, Rebecca M

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Alterations in neuron-glia signaling are implicated in glaucoma, a neurodegenerative disease characterized by retinal ganglion cell (RGC) death. Pigment epithelium derived factor (PEDF) is a secreted protein with potential neuroprotective qualities in retinal disease, including chronic ocular hypertension. Here we sought to determine whether moderate, short-term elevations in IOP alter PEDF signaling and whether pressure-induced PEDF signaling directly impacts RGC apoptosis. Methods In retina from naïve mice and mice with unilateral, microbead-induced glaucoma, we examined expression and cell type-specific localization of PEDF and its receptor (PEDF-R), using quantitative PCR and immunohistochemistry. Using primary cultures of purified RGCs and Müller cells, we examined cell type-specific expression of PEDF in response to 48 hours of elevated hydrostatic pressure, using multiplex ELISA and immunocytochemistry. We also measured pressure-induced apoptosis of RGCs in the presence or absence of atglistatin, a potent and selective inhibitor of PEDF-R, and recombinant PEDF, using TUNEL assays. Results PEDF and PEDF-R are constitutively expressed in naïve retina, primarily in the ganglion cell and nerve fiber layers. Elevated IOP increases PEDF and PEDF-R expression, particularly associated with RGCs and Müller cells. Elevated pressure in vitro increased PEDF secretion by 6-fold in RGCs and trended towards an increase in expression by Müller cells, as compared to ambient pressure. This was accompanied by changes in the subcellular localization of PEDF-R in both cell types. Inhibition of PEDF signaling with atglistatin increased pressure-induced apoptosis in RGCs and treatment with recombinant PEDF inhibited pressure-induced apoptosis, both in a dose-dependent manner. Conclusion Our findings suggest that moderate, short-term elevations in IOP promote PEDF signaling via up-regulation of both PEDF and PEDF-R. Based on in vivo and in vitro studies, this PEDF

  13. Search for pressure-induced superconductivity in CeFeAsO and CeFePO iron pnictides

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    Zocco, D. A.; Baumbach, R. E.; Hamlin, J. J.; Janoschek, M.; Lum, I. K.; McGuire, Michael A; Safa-Sefat, Athena; Sales, Brian C; Jin, Rongying; Mandrus, David; Jeffries, J. R.; Weir, S. T.; Vohra, Y. K.; Maple, M. B.

    2011-01-01

    The CeFeAsO and CeFePO iron pnictide compounds were studied via electrical transport measurements under high pressure. In CeFeAsO polycrystals, the magnetic phases involving the Fe and Ce ions coexist for hydrostatically applied pressures up to 15 GPa, and with no signs of pressure-induced superconductivity up to 50 GPa for the less hydrostatic pressure techniques. For the CeFePO single crystals, pressure further stabilizes the Kondo screening of the Ce 4f-electron magnetic moments.

  14. Pressure-induced quenching of the charge-density-wave state observed by x-ray diffraction

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    Sacchetti, A.

    2010-05-03

    We report an x-ray diffraction study on the charge-density-wave (CDW) LaTe{sub 3} and CeTe{sub 3} compounds as a function of pressure. We extract the lattice constants and the CDW modulation wave-vector, and provide direct evidence for a pressure-induced quenching of the CDW phase. We observe subtle differences between the chemical and mechanical compression of the lattice. We account for these with a scenario where the effective dimensionality in these CDW systems is dependent on the type of lattice compression and has a direct impact on the degree of Fermi surface nesting and on the strength of fluctuation effects.

  15. Glass polymorphism in glycerol–water mixtures: II. Experimental studies

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    Bachler, Johannes; Fuentes-Landete, Violeta; Jahn, David A.; Wong, Jessina; Giovambattista, Nicolas

    2016-01-01

    We report a detailed experimental study of (i) pressure-induced transformations in glycerol–water mixtures at T = 77 K and P = 0–1.8 GPa, and (ii) heating-induced transformations of glycerol–water mixtures recovered at 1 atm and T = 77 K. Our samples are prepared by cooling the solutions at ambient pressure at various cooling rates (100 K s–1–10 K h–1) and for the whole range of glycerol mole fractions, χ g. Depending on concentration and cooling rates, cooling leads to samples containing amorphous ice (χ g ≥ 0.20), ice (χ g ≤ 0.32), and/or “distorted ice” (0 < χ g ≤ 0.38). Upon compression, we find that (a) fully vitrified samples at χ g ≥ 0.20 do not show glass polymorphism, in agreement with previous works; (b) samples containing ice show pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) leading to the formation of high-density amorphous ice (HDA). PIA of ice domains within the glycerol–water mixtures is shown to be possible only up to χ g ≈ 0.32 (T = 77 K). This is rather surprising since it has been known that at χ g < 0.38, cooling leads to phase-separated samples with ice and maximally freeze-concentrated solution of χ g ≈ 0.38. Accordingly, in the range 0.32 < χ g < 0.38, we suggest that the water domains freeze into an interfacial ice, i.e., a highly-distorted form of layered ice, which is unable to transform to HDA upon compression. Upon heating samples recovered at 1 atm, we observe a rich phase behavior. Differential scanning calorimetry indicates that only at χ g ≤ 0.15, the water domains within the sample exhibit polyamorphism, i.e., the HDA-to-LDA (low-density amorphous ice) transformation. At 0.15 < χ g ≤ 0.38, samples contain ice, interfacial ice, and/or HDA domains. All samples (χ g ≤ 0.38) show: the crystallization of amorphous ice domains, followed by the glass transition of the vitrified glycerol–water domains and, finally, the melting of ice at high temperatures. Our work exemplifies the complex

  16. Glass polymorphism in glycerol-water mixtures: II. Experimental studies.

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    Bachler, Johannes; Fuentes-Landete, Violeta; Jahn, David A; Wong, Jessina; Giovambattista, Nicolas; Loerting, Thomas

    2016-04-28

    We report a detailed experimental study of (i) pressure-induced transformations in glycerol-water mixtures at T = 77 K and P = 0-1.8 GPa, and (ii) heating-induced transformations of glycerol-water mixtures recovered at 1 atm and T = 77 K. Our samples are prepared by cooling the solutions at ambient pressure at various cooling rates (100 K s(-1)-10 K h(-1)) and for the whole range of glycerol mole fractions, χ(g). Depending on concentration and cooling rates, cooling leads to samples containing amorphous ice (χg ≥ 0.20), ice (χ(g) ≤ 0.32), and/or "distorted ice" (0 < χ(g) ≤ 0.38). Upon compression, we find that (a) fully vitrified samples at χ(g) ≥ 0.20 do not show glass polymorphism, in agreement with previous works; (b) samples containing ice show pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) leading to the formation of high-density amorphous ice (HDA). PIA of ice domains within the glycerol-water mixtures is shown to be possible only up to χ(g) ≈ 0.32 (T = 77 K). This is rather surprising since it has been known that at χ(g) < 0.38, cooling leads to phase-separated samples with ice and maximally freeze-concentrated solution of χ(g) ≈ 0.38. Accordingly, in the range 0.32 < χ(g) < 0.38, we suggest that the water domains freeze into an interfacial ice, i.e., a highly-distorted form of layered ice, which is unable to transform to HDA upon compression. Upon heating samples recovered at 1 atm, we observe a rich phase behavior. Differential scanning calorimetry indicates that only at χ(g) ≤ 0.15, the water domains within the sample exhibit polyamorphism, i.e., the HDA-to-LDA (low-density amorphous ice) transformation. At 0.15 < χ(g) ≤ 0.38, samples contain ice, interfacial ice, and/or HDA domains. All samples (χ(g) ≤ 0.38) show: the crystallization of amorphous ice domains, followed by the glass transition of the vitrified glycerol-water domains and, finally, the melting of ice at high temperatures. Our work exemplifies the complex "phase" behavior

  17. Glass polymorphism in glycerol-water mixtures: II. Experimental studies.

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    Bachler, Johannes; Fuentes-Landete, Violeta; Jahn, David A; Wong, Jessina; Giovambattista, Nicolas; Loerting, Thomas

    2016-04-28

    We report a detailed experimental study of (i) pressure-induced transformations in glycerol-water mixtures at T = 77 K and P = 0-1.8 GPa, and (ii) heating-induced transformations of glycerol-water mixtures recovered at 1 atm and T = 77 K. Our samples are prepared by cooling the solutions at ambient pressure at various cooling rates (100 K s(-1)-10 K h(-1)) and for the whole range of glycerol mole fractions, χ(g). Depending on concentration and cooling rates, cooling leads to samples containing amorphous ice (χg ≥ 0.20), ice (χ(g) ≤ 0.32), and/or "distorted ice" (0 < χ(g) ≤ 0.38). Upon compression, we find that (a) fully vitrified samples at χ(g) ≥ 0.20 do not show glass polymorphism, in agreement with previous works; (b) samples containing ice show pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) leading to the formation of high-density amorphous ice (HDA). PIA of ice domains within the glycerol-water mixtures is shown to be possible only up to χ(g) ≈ 0.32 (T = 77 K). This is rather surprising since it has been known that at χ(g) < 0.38, cooling leads to phase-separated samples with ice and maximally freeze-concentrated solution of χ(g) ≈ 0.38. Accordingly, in the range 0.32 < χ(g) < 0.38, we suggest that the water domains freeze into an interfacial ice, i.e., a highly-distorted form of layered ice, which is unable to transform to HDA upon compression. Upon heating samples recovered at 1 atm, we observe a rich phase behavior. Differential scanning calorimetry indicates that only at χ(g) ≤ 0.15, the water domains within the sample exhibit polyamorphism, i.e., the HDA-to-LDA (low-density amorphous ice) transformation. At 0.15 < χ(g) ≤ 0.38, samples contain ice, interfacial ice, and/or HDA domains. All samples (χ(g) ≤ 0.38) show: the crystallization of amorphous ice domains, followed by the glass transition of the vitrified glycerol-water domains and, finally, the melting of ice at high temperatures. Our work exemplifies the complex "phase" behavior

  18. Surface pressure-induced layer growth of a monolayer at the air-water interface

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    Fang, J.Y.; Uphaus, R.A. )

    1994-04-01

    Spread monolayers containing a nematic liquid crystal and stearic acid were characterized at various mole fractions by determination of surface pressure-area isotherms at the air-water interface. The surface-composition phase diagrams indicate that compression induces a new phase transition in the films, which changes from a mixed monolayer to a supermonomolecular system. X-ray diffraction and optical absorption spectra demonstrate that the supermolecular array consists of an island liquid crystal monolayer and a uniform stearic acid monolayer. 12 refs., 7 figs.

  19. Synthesis, Structure, and Pressure-Induced Polymerization of Li 3 Fe(CN) 6 Accompanied with Enhanced Conductivity

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    Li, Kuo; Zheng, Haiyan; Hattori, Takanori; Sano-Furukawa, Asami; Tulk, Christopher A.; Molaison, Jamie; Feygenson, Mikhail; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Yang, Wenge; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2015-11-17

    By providing a new route to synthesize inorganic/organic conductors with tunable composition and properties, pressure-induced polymerization of charged triple-bond monomers like acetylide and cyanide could lead to formation of a conductive metal–carbon network composite. The industry application of this promising synthetic method is mainly limited by the reaction pressure needed, which is often too high to be reached for gram amounts of sample. Here we successfully synthesized highly conductive Li3Fe(CN)6 at maximum pressure around 5 GPa and used in situ diagnostic tools to follow the structural and functional transformations of the sample, including in situ X-ray and neutron diffraction andmore » Raman and impedance spectroscopy, along with the neutron pair distribution function measurement on the recovered sample. The cyanide anions start to react around 1 GPa and bond to each other irreversibly at around 5 GPa, which are the lowest reaction pressures in all known metal cyanides and within the technologically achievable pressure range for industrial production. Moreover, the conductivity of the polymer is above 10–3 S·cm–1, which reaches the range of conductive polymers. Our investigation suggests that the pressure-induced polymerization route is practicable for synthesizing some types of functional conductive materials for industrial use, and further research like doping and heating can hence be motivated to synthesize novel materials under lower pressure and with better performances.« less

  20. Temperature-pressure-induced solid-solid <100> to <110> reorientation in FCC metallic nanowire: a molecular dynamic study.

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    Sutrakar, Vijay Kumar; Roy Mahapatra, D; Pillai, A C R

    2012-01-11

    Atomistic simulation of initial <100> oriented FCC Cu nanowires shows a novel coupled temperature-pressure dependent reorientation from <100> to <110> phase. A temperature-pressure-induced solid-solid <100> to <110> reorientation diagram is generated for Cu nanowire with varying cross-sectional sizes. A critical pressure is reported for Cu nanowires with varying cross-sectional sizes, above which an initial <100> oriented nanowire shows temperature independent reorientation into the <110> phase. The effect of surface stresses on the <100> to <110> reorientation is also studied. The results indicate that above a critical cross-sectional size for a given temperature-pressure, <100> to <110> reorientation is not possible. It is also reported here that for a given applied pressure, an increase in temperature is required for the <100> to <110> reorientation with increasing cross-sectional size of the nanowire. The temperature-pressure-induced solid-solid <100> to <110> reorientation diagram reported in the present paper could further be used as guidelines for controlling the reorientations/shape memory in nano-scale applications of FCC metallic nanowires.

  1. Giant pressure-induced volume collapse in the pyrite mineral MnS2

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    Kimber, Simon A. J.; Salamat, Ashkan; Evans, Shaun R.; Jeschke, Harald O.; Muthukumar, Kaliappan; Tomić, Milan; Salvat-Pujol, Francesc; Valentí, Roser; Kaisheva, Maria V.; Zizak, Ivo; Chatterji, Tapan

    2014-01-01

    Dramatic volume collapses under pressure are fundamental to geochemistry and of increasing importance to fields as diverse as hydrogen storage and high-temperature superconductivity. In transition metal materials, collapses are usually driven by so-called spin-state transitions, the interplay between the single-ion crystal field and the size of the magnetic moment. Here we show that the classical mineral hauerite (MnS2) undergoes an unprecedented collapse driven by a conceptually different magnetic mechanism. Using synchrotron X-ray diffraction we show that cold compression induces the formation of a disordered intermediate. However, using an evolutionary algorithm we predict a new structure with edge-sharing chains. This is confirmed as the thermodynamic ground state using in situ laser heating. We show that magnetism is globally absent in the new phase, as low-spin quantum moments are quenched by dimerization. Our results show how the emergence of metal–metal bonding can stabilize giant spin-lattice coupling in Earth’s minerals. PMID:24706831

  2. Pressure-induced structures of Si-doped HfO{sub 2}

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    Fancher, Chris M.; Nelson, Matthew; Jones, Jacob L.; Zhao, Lili; Bai, Ligang; Shen, Guoyin

    2015-06-21

    The effect of hydrostatic pressure on the structure of Si-doped HfO{sub 2} (Si:HfO{sub 2}) was studied by using a diamond anvil cell in combination with high-energy X-ray diffraction at a synchrotron source. Diffraction data were measured in situ during compression up to pressures of 31 GPa. Si:HfO{sub 2} with 3, 5, and 9 at. % Si were found to undergo a monoclinic to orthorhombic transition at pressures between 7 and 15 GPa. Whole pattern analysis was carried out using nonpolar (Pbca) and polar (Pca2{sub 1}) crystallographic models to investigate the symmetry of the observed high-pressure orthorhombic phase. Rietveld refinement results cannot discriminate a reliable difference between the Pbca and Pca2{sub 1} structures as they nearly equally model the measured diffraction data. The pressure dependent lattice parameters, relative volume, and spontaneous strain are reported.

  3. Pressure-induced structural changes in NH{sub 4}Br

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    Huang, Yanping; Huang, Xiaoli; Li, Wenbo; Wang, Lu; Wu, Gang; Zhao, Zhonglong; Duan, Defang; Bao, Kuo; Zhou, Qiang; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2015-08-14

    We report angle dispersive X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and Raman spectroscopy on NH{sub 4}Br up to 70.0 GPa at room temperature. Three thermodynamically stable phases (phases II, IV, and V) are confirmed and a new possible phase (phase VI) of P2{sub 1}/m symmetry is proposed whose structure was established from Rietveld refinement of synchrotron XRD data for the first time. The phase sequence observed in NH{sub 4}Br is in accordance with phase II → IV → V → VI. Phase V transforms into phase VI at about 57.8 GPa with a huge volume reduction of 30%. Still, the intramolecular distances are analyzed to better understand the nature of structures. The H–H interactions become markedly more important as the N–Br distances are compacted, which is probably the reason of the kink of symmetric stretching band (ν{sub 1}) at the transition pressure.

  4. Pressure-induced amorphization of ionic liquid [HMIM][PF6

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    Ren, Yufen; Li, Haining; Zhu, Xiang; Chen, Liucheng; Su, Lei; Yang, Kun; Yang, Guoqiang; Wang, Hua

    2015-06-01

    Phase behavior of ionic liquid [HMIM][PF6] has been investigated under high pressure up to 5.6 GPa at room temperature. The results indicated that [HMIM][PF6] might experience a phase transition at about 3.4 GPa upon compression, which could be identified as solidification to superpressurized glass by ruby R1 line broadening measurement and synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns. For conformational equilibrium, the fraction of all-anti (AAAA) conformer increased upon compression, while the conformational change was independent of temperature. These facts indicated that there were large differences of the structure in response to the extreme conditions, especially in the structure of the cation.

  5. Magnetic Precursor of the Pressure-Induced Superconductivity in Fe-Ladder Compounds

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    Chi, Songxue; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Cao, Huibo; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Hashizume, Kazuki; Aoyama, Takuya; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2016-07-01

    The pressure effects on the antiferromagentic orders in iron-based ladder compounds CsFe2Se3 and BaFe2S3 have been studied using neutron diffraction. With identical crystal structure and similar magnetic structures, the two compounds exhibit highly contrasting magnetic behaviors under moderate external pressures. In CsFe2Se3 the ladders are brought much closer to each other by pressure, but the stripe-type magnetic order shows no observable change. In contrast, the stripe order in BaFe2S3 undergoes a quantum phase transition where an abrupt increase of Néel temperature by more than 50% occurs at about 1 GPa, accompanied by a jump in the ordered moment. With its spin structure unchanged, BaFe2S3 enters an enhanced magnetic phase that bears the characteristics of an orbital selective Mott phase, which is the true neighbor of superconductivity emerging at higher pressures.

  6. Pressure-Induced Invar Behavior in Pd[subscript 3]Fe

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    Winterrose, M.L.; Lucas, M.S.; Yue, A.F.; Halevy, I.; Mauger, L.; Muñoz, J.A.; Hu, Jingzhu; Lerche, M.; Fultz, B.

    2009-06-17

    Synchrotron x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements, nuclear forward scattering (NFS) measurements, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed on L1{sub 2}-ordered Pd{sub 3}Fe. Measurements were performed at 300 K at pressures up to 33 GPa, and at 7 GPa at temperatures up to 650 K. The NFS revealed a collapse of the Fe57 magnetic moment between 8.9 and 12.3 GPa at 300 K, coinciding with a transition in bulk modulus found by XRD. Heating the sample under a pressure of 7 GPa showed negligible thermal expansion from 300 to 523 K, demonstrating Invar behavior. Zero-temperature DFT calculations identified a ferromagnetic ground state and showed several antiferromagnetic states had comparable energies at pressures above 20 GPa.

  7. Magnetic Precursor of the Pressure-Induced Superconductivity in Fe-Ladder Compounds

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    Chi, Songxue; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Cao, Huibo; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Hashizume, Kazuki; Aoyama, Takuya; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2016-07-21

    We studied the pressure effects on the antiferromagentic orders in iron-based ladder compounds CsFemore » $_2$Se$_3$ and BaFe$_2$S$_3$ using single crytal neutron diffraction technique. With identical crystal structure and similar magnetic structures, the two compounds exhibit highly contrasting magnetic behaviors under moderate external pressures. In CsFe$_2$Se$_3$ the ladders are brought much closer to each other by pressure, but the stripe-type of magnetic order shows no observable change. Furthermore, the stripe order in BaFe$_2$S$_3$, undergoes a quantum phase transition where an abrupt increase of $$N\\acute{e}el$$ temperature by more than 50$$\\%$$ occurs at about 1 GPa, accompanied by a jump in ordered moment. Finally, with its spin structure unchanged, BaFe$_2$S$_3$ enters an enhanced magnetic phase that bears the characteristics of an orbital selective Mott phase, which is the true herald for superconductivity emerging at higher pressures.« less

  8. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K.; Ruegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A.; Sefat, Athena S.; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; et al

    2015-09-08

    We report that the recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p ≃ 3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p ≃ 7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc ≃ 1.2 K which decreasesmore » upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5≲ p ≲ 7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with Tc3.2 as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs.« less

  9. Pressure-induced changes in the electronic structure of americium metal

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    Soderlind, P; Moore, K T; Landa, A; Bradley, J A

    2011-02-25

    We have conducted electronic-structure calculations for Am metal under pressure to investigate the behavior of the 5f-electron states. Density-functional theory (DFT) does not reproduce the experimental photoemission spectra for the ground-state phase where the 5f electrons are localized, but the theory is expected to be correct when 5f delocalization occurs under pressure. The DFT prediction is that peak structures of the 5f valence band will merge closer to the Fermi level during compression indicating presence of itinerant 5f electrons. Existence of such 5f bands is argued to be a prerequisite for the phase transitions, particularly to the primitive orthorhombic AmIV phase, but does not agree with modern dynamical-mean-field theory (DMFT) results. Our DFT model further suggests insignificant changes of the 5f valence under pressure in agreement with recent resonant x-ray emission spectroscopy, but in contradiction to the DMFT predictions. The influence of pressure on the 5f valency in the actinides is discussed and is shown to depend in a non-trivial fashion on 5f band position and occupation relative to the spd valence bands.

  10. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs.

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K; Rüegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A; Sefat, Athena S; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D; Morenzoni, Elvezio

    2015-01-01

    The recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p ≃ 3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p ≃ 7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc ≃ 1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5 < or ~  p < or ~ 7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with Tc(3.2) as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs. PMID:26346548

  11. Hydrostatic pressure induced three-dimensional Dirac semimetal in black phosphorus

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    Gong, Peng-Lai; Liu, Da-Yong; Yang, Kai-Shuai; Xiang, Zi-Ji; Chen, Xian-Hui; Zeng, Zhi; Shen, Shun-Qing; Zou, Liang-Jian

    2016-05-01

    We present the first-principles studies on the hydrostatic pressure effect of the electronic properties of black phosphorus. We show that the energy bands crossover around the critical pressure Pc=1.23 GPa; with increasing pressure, the band reversal occurs at the Z point and evolves into 4 twofold-degenerate Dirac cones around the Z point, suggesting that pressured black phosphorus is a 3D Dirac semimetal. With further increasing pressure the Dirac cones in the Γ -Z line move toward the Γ point and evolve into two hole-type Fermi pockets, and those in the Z -M lines move toward the M point and evolve into two tiny electron-type Fermi pockets, and a band above the Z -M line sinks below EF and contributes four electron-type pockets. A clear Lifshitz transition occurs at Pc from semiconductor to 3D Dirac semimetal. Such a 3D Dirac semimetal is protected by the nonsymmorphic space symmetry of bulk black phosphorus. These suggest the bright perspective of black phosphorus for optoelectronic and electronic devices due to its easy modulation by pressure.

  12. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K.; Ruegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A.; Sefat, Athena S.; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; Morenzoni, Elvezio

    2015-09-08

    We report that the recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p ≃ 3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p ≃ 7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc ≃ 1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5≲ p ≲ 7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with Tc3.2 as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs.

  13. Pressure-Induced Enhanced Magnetic Anisotropy in Mn(N(CN)2)2

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    Quintero, P. A.; Rajan, D.; Peprah, M. K.; Brinzari, T. V.; Fishman, Randy Scott; Talham, Daniel R.; Meisel, Mark W.

    2015-01-01

    Using DC and AC magnetometry, the pressure dependence of the magnetization of the threedimensional antiferromagnetic coordination polymer Mn(N(CN)2)2 was studied up to 12 kbar and down to 8 K. The magnetic transition temperature, Tc, increases dramatically with applied pressure (P), where a change from Tc(P = ambient) = 16:0 K to Tc(P = 12:1 kbar) = 23:5 K was observed. In addition, a marked difference in the magnetic behavior is observed above and below 7.1 kbar. Specifically, for P < 7:1 kbar, the differences between the field-cooled and zero-field-cooled (fc-zfc) magnetizations, the coercive field, and the remanent magnetization decrease with increasing pressure. However, for P > 7:1 kbar, the behavior is inverted. Additionally, for P > 8:6 kbar, minor hysteresis loops are observed. All of these effects are evidence of the increase of the superexchange interaction and the appearance of an enhanced exchange anisotropy with applied pressure.

  14. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K.; Rüegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A.; Sefat, Athena S.; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; Morenzoni, Elvezio

    2015-01-01

    The recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p  3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p  7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc  1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5  p  7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs. PMID:26346548

  15. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs.

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K; Rüegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A; Sefat, Athena S; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D; Morenzoni, Elvezio

    2015-09-08

    The recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p ≃ 3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p ≃ 7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc ≃ 1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5 < or ~  p < or ~ 7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with Tc(3.2) as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs.

  16. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K.; Rüegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A.; Sefat, Athena S.; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; Morenzoni, Elvezio

    2015-09-01

    The recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p  3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p  7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc  1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5  p  7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs.

  17. Magnetic Precursor of the Pressure-Induced Superconductivity in Fe-Ladder Compounds.

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    Chi, Songxue; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Cao, Huibo; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Hashizume, Kazuki; Aoyama, Takuya; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2016-07-22

    The pressure effects on the antiferromagentic orders in iron-based ladder compounds CsFe_{2}Se_{3} and BaFe_{2}S_{3} have been studied using neutron diffraction. With identical crystal structure and similar magnetic structures, the two compounds exhibit highly contrasting magnetic behaviors under moderate external pressures. In CsFe_{2}Se_{3} the ladders are brought much closer to each other by pressure, but the stripe-type magnetic order shows no observable change. In contrast, the stripe order in BaFe_{2}S_{3} undergoes a quantum phase transition where an abrupt increase of Néel temperature by more than 50% occurs at about 1 GPa, accompanied by a jump in the ordered moment. With its spin structure unchanged, BaFe_{2}S_{3} enters an enhanced magnetic phase that bears the characteristics of an orbital selective Mott phase, which is the true neighbor of superconductivity emerging at higher pressures. PMID:27494496

  18. Pressure induced structural transformation in Gd2Ti2O7 and Gd2Zr2O7

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    Xiao, H. Y.; Weber, W. J.

    2011-01-01

    Ab initio total energy calculations have been performed to study the phase stability of Gd2Ti2O7 and Gd2Zr2O7 pyrochlores over the pressure range from 0 to 60 GPa. Both compounds are unstable under pressure, and phase transformations to the defect-cotunnite structure are predicted. The phase transformation pressure of 43.6 GPa for Gd2Ti2O7 is considerably larger than the value of 13 GPa for Gd2Zr2O7, in good agreement with experiments. The decreased structural stability of Gd2Zr2O7 under pressure, relative to Gd2Ti2O7, is a consequence of the lower compressibility of the langZr-Orang bond and the higher compressibility of the langGd-Orang bond. In addition, the Gd 4f electrons are found to have only a small effect in determining the pressure induced phase transformation.

  19. Pressure-Induced Concurrent Transformation to an Amorphous and Crystalline Phase in Berlinite-Type FePO{sub 4}

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    Pasternak, M.P.; Rozenberg, G.K.; Milner, A.P.; Amanowicz, M.; Zhou, T.; Schwarz, U.; Syassen, K.; Dean Taylor, R.; Hanfland, M.; Brister, K.

    1997-12-01

    X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, and M{umlt o}ssbauer spectroscopy provide a diverse description of the high pressure behavior of berlinite-type FePO{sub 4} . At a pressure of 2.5(5) GPa, a transformation to a coexisting new crystalline (chp) and amorphous (ahp) phase is observed with about equal abundance. The chp phase is identified as a VCrO{sub 4} type, where Fe{sup III } and P{sup V} ions, respectively, are sixfold and fourfold coordinated. In the 6{endash}25GPa range and after decompression, the relative abundance of the chp and ahp phases remains unchanged. These phenomena of concurrent amorphous and crystalline transformations at low hydrostatic pressure and stable abundance ratio over a large pressure range are unique in pressure-induced structural transformations of SiO{sub 2} analogs. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  20. Polymorphism Control in Nanostructured Metal Oxides

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    Sood, Shantanu

    Polymorphic phase transformations are common to all nanocrystalline binary metal oxides. The polymorphic nature of such metal oxides makes available a large number of phases with differing crystal structures, each stable under certain conditions of temperature, pressure, and/or particle size. These different crystal structures translate to unique physical and chemical properties for each structural class of polymorphs. Thus predicting when polymorphic phase transitions are likely to occur becomes important to the synthesis of stable functional materials with desired properties. Theoretical calculations using a heuristic approach have resulted in an accurate estimation of the critical particle size predicting metastable to stable phase transitions. This formula is applied to different case studies: for anatase to rutile titania; gamma-Alumina to alpha-Alumina; and tetragonal to monoclinic zirconia. The theoretical values calculated have been seen to be very close to the experimental results from the literature. Manifestation of the effect of phase transitions in nanostructured metal oxides was provided in the study of metastable to stable phase transitions in WO3. Nanowires of tungsten trioxide have been synthesized in-situ inside an electron microscope. Such structure of tungsten trioxide result due to a metastable to stable phase transformation, from the cubic to the monoclinic phase. The transformation is massive and complete. The structures formed are unique one-dimensional nanowires. Such a method can be scaled inside any equipment equipped with an electron gun, for example lithography systems either using STEM or E-beam lithography. Another study on nanowire formation in binary metal oxides involved the synthesis of stable orthorhombic MoO3 by means of blend electrospinning. Both a traditional single jet electrospinning set up and a novel high-throughput process to get high aspect ratio nanowires. The latter is a jet-controlled and flow controlled

  1. Polymorphous computing fabric

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    Wolinski, Christophe Czeslaw; Gokhale, Maya B.; McCabe, Kevin Peter

    2011-01-18

    Fabric-based computing systems and methods are disclosed. A fabric-based computing system can include a polymorphous computing fabric that can be customized on a per application basis and a host processor in communication with said polymorphous computing fabric. The polymorphous computing fabric includes a cellular architecture that can be highly parameterized to enable a customized synthesis of fabric instances for a variety of enhanced application performances thereof. A global memory concept can also be included that provides the host processor random access to all variables and instructions associated with the polymorphous computing fabric.

  2. The old problems of glass and the glass transition, and the many new twists.

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    Angell, C A

    1995-01-01

    In this paper I review the ways in which the glassy state is obtained both in nature and in materials science and highlight a "new twist"--the recent recognition of polymorphism within the glassy state. The formation of glass by continuous cooling (viscous slowdown) is then examined, the strong/fragile liquids classification is reviewed, and a new twist-the possibility that the slowdown is a result of an avoided critical point-is noted. The three canonical characteristics of relaxing liquids are correlated through the fragility. As a further new twist, the conversion of strong liquids to fragile liquids by pressure-induced coordination number increases is demonstrated. It is then shown that, for comparable systems, it is possible to have the same conversion accomplished via a first-order transition within the liquid state during quenching. This occurs in the systems in which "polyamorphism" (polymorphism in the glassy state) is observed, and the whole phenomenology is accounted for by Poole's bond-modified van der Waals model. The sudden loss of some liquid degrees of freedom through such weak first-order transitions is then related to the polyamorphic transition between native and denatured hydrated proteins, since the latter are also glass-forming systems--water-plasticized, hydrogen bond-cross-linked chain polymers (and single molecule glass formers). The circle is closed with a final new twist by noting that a short time scale phenomenon much studied by protein physicists-namely, the onset of a sharp change in d/dT ( is the Debye-Waller factor)--is general for glass-forming liquids, including computer-simulated strong and fragile ionic liquids, and is closely correlated with the experimental glass transition temperature. The latter thus originates in strong anharmonicity in certain components of the vibrational density of states, which permits the system to access the multiple minima of its configuration space. The connection between the anharmonicity

  3. Pressure-Induced Amorphization and Phase Transformations in LiAlSiO4 β-eucryptite

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    Zelinskas, M. V.; Zhang, J.

    2002-12-01

    It has been well-established that β-eucryptite (LiAlSiO4), a structural derivative of β-quartz (SiO2), exhibits negative thermal expansion along the c axis and near-zero volume thermal expansion over a wide temperature range of 300-1400 K. This behavior makes this compound a good candidate for testing model predications of a connection between negative thermal expansion and pressure-induced amorphizaation. Such a connection, as already demonstrated in compounds such as ice, silicon, and ZrW2O8, may help extend our understanding of the underlying mechanisms. In this study, β-eucryptite has been investigated under static compression up to 25 GPa using in-situ x-ray diffraction and quenching techniques. High-pressure x-ray diffraction patterns revealed that β-eucryptite underwent progressive amorphization at pressures above 3 GPa and became complete amorphous at 19 GPa. Quench experiments showed that, at pressures of 7.5, 14, and 17 GPa, the original crystalline phase was retained after pressure release. A complete amorphous phase, however, was recovered in the experiment conducted at 25 GPa. The observed amorphization at relatively low pressures extends previous model predictions for tetrahedrally bonded networks, which are restricted to compounds exhibiting negative volume thermal expansion. In addition, β-eucryptite does not appear to have structural memory when it becomes complete amorphous. For comparison, there seems to exist some non-deformable units within the partially amorphous β-eucryptite samples that allow the reversion back to the ordered state. β-eucryptite has also been studied at high pressure and temperature. At 1173 K and 11 GPa, β-eucryptite was decomposed to a mixture of spodumene (LiAlSi2O6) and LiAlO2. At 14-16 GPa and 1273 K, the two phases were recombined into a single phase with a spinel structure. At 22 GPa and 1673 K, we observed a mixture of oxides, MgO, Al2O3, and a new phase of Li2O. These observations suggest that the pressure-induced

  4. Study of Mg{sub x}Cd{sub 1−x}O applying density functional theory: Stability, structural phase transition and electronic properties

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    Joshi, K.B.; Paliwal, U.; Galav, K.L.; Trivedi, D.K.; Bredow, T.

    2013-08-15

    Stability of B1 and B2 phases of Mg{sub x}Cd{sub 1−x}O is studied by calculating the formation energy within the framework of density functional theory applying the crystalline-orbital program package. Structural and electronic properties of the two polymorphs are reported for x=0.25, 0.50 and 0.75. The equilibrium lattice constants and bulk moduli are computed. Enthalpy calculations show pressure induced B1→B2 phase transitions at 92 GPa, 138 GPa and 212 GPa, respectively, for Mg{sub 0.25}Cd{sub 0.75}O, Mg{sub 0.50}Cd{sub 0.50}O and Mg{sub 0.75}Cd{sub 0.25}O compositions. Formation energy of ternary oxides in the B1 phase is negative with respect to mixing of B2-MgO with B1-CdO. Mixing B1-MgO with B2-CdO also leads to negative formation energy in Cd rich B1 phase ternary oxides (0≤x≤0.5). Band structure calculations predict direct band gaps in the B1 phase and indirect band gaps in the B2 phase ternary oxides. Mulliken population analysis is performed for the two polymorphs to study the charge transfer. - Graphical abstract: Diagram reveals trends in formation energy while mixing B2-MgO with B1-CdO to form B1-Mg{sub x}Cd{sub 1−x}O. Formation energies obtained from mixing isostructural and nonisostructural components are also shown. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Lattice constants and bulk moduli are computed for Mg{sub 0.25}Cd{sub 0.75}O, Mg{sub 0.50}Cd{sub 0.50}O and Mg{sub 0.75}Cd{sub 0.25}O compositions. • Enthalpy calculations signify pressure induced B1→B2 phase transitions at 92 GPa, 138 GPa and 212 GPa, respectively, in Mg{sub 0.25}Cd{sub 0.75}O, Mg{sub 0.50}Cd{sub 0.50}O and Mg{sub 0.75}Cd{sub 0.25}O. • Band structure calculations predict direct band gaps in the B1 phase ternary oxides. • In the B2 phase ternary oxides band structure calculations show valence band maximum along the Γ–X direction and the conduction band minimum at the Γ point of symmetry.

  5. A first-principles study of pressure-induced phase transformation in a rare-earth formate framework.

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    Bhat, Soumya S; Li, Wei; Cheetham, Anthony K; Waghmare, Umesh V; Ramamurty, Upadrasta

    2016-07-28

    Among the panoply of exciting properties that metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) exhibit, fully reversible pressure-induced phase transformations (PIPTs) are particularly interesting as they intrinsically relate to the flexibility of MOFs. Recently, a number of MOFs have been reported to exhibit this feature, which is attributed to bond rearrangement with applied pressure. However, the experimental assessment of whether a given MOF exhibits PIPT or not requires sophisticated instruments as well as detailed structural investigations. Can we capture such low pressure transformations through simulations is the question we seek to answer in this paper. For this, we have performed first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory, on a MOF, [tmenH2][Y(HCOO)4]2 (tmenH2(2+) = N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediammonium). The estimated lattice constants for both the parent and product phases of the PIPT agree well with the earlier experimental results available for the same MOF with erbium. Importantly, the results confirm the observed PIPT, and thus provide theoretical corroborative evidence for the experimental findings. Our calculations offer insights into the energetics involved and reveal that the less dense phase is energetically more stable than the denser phase. From detailed analyses of the two phases, we correlate the changes in bonding and electronic structure across the PIPT with elastic and electronic conduction behavior that can be verified experimentally, to develop a deeper understanding of the PIPT in MOFs. PMID:27355370

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  7. Pressure-Induced Reentrant Phase Behavior in the Poly(N- vinyl-2-pyrrolidone)-Water System

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    Sun, T.; King, H. E., Jr.

    1996-03-01

    Water is an unusual solvent, and the role of hydrogen bonding in solvation has been explored for years through use of chemical denaturation agents. Pressure denaturation can be even more informative. One significant advantage is its reversibility. Non-ionic polymers in water, similar to protein molecules, reflect the hydrogen bonding through changes in conformation under the influence of changing pressure. We explore this through phase separation and dynamic light scattering experiments performed on aqueous solutions of poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone). A re-entrant phase behavior was discovered, in which phase separation occurs both at high and low T at any given pressure. Through light scattering experiments we show that this unusual behavior arises from a pressure-induced decline in solvation as pressure is increased up to a critical pressure. Further evidence for the importance of hydrogen bonding is seen at high concentrations, where polymer-polymer interactions are important. Inter-chain hydrogen bonding produces aggregation, and pressure denaturation causes a completely reversible suppression of these aggregates.

  8. High-Pressure Geoscience Special Feature: Dynamic pressure-induced dendritic and shock crystal growth of ice VI

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    Lee, Geun Woo; Evans, William J.; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2007-05-01

    Crystal growth mechanisms are crucial to understanding the complexity of crystal morphologies in nature and advanced technological materials, such as the faceting and dendrites found in snowflakes and the microstructure and associated strength properties of structural and icy planetary materials. In this article, we present observations of pressure-induced ice VI crystal growth, which have been predicted theoretically, but had never been observed experimentally to our knowledge. Under modulated pressure conditions in a dynamic-diamond anvil cell, rough single ice VI crystal initially grows into well defined octahedral crystal facets. However, as the compression rate increases, the crystal surface dramatically changes from rough to facet, and from convex to concave because of a surface instability, and thereby the growth rate suddenly increases by an order of magnitude. Depending on the compression rate, this discontinuous jump in crystal growth rate or "shock crystal growth" eventually produces 2D carpet-type fractal morphology, and moreover dendrites form under sinusoidal compression, whose crystal morphologies are remarkably similar to those predicted in theoretical simulations under a temperature gradient field. The observed strong dependence of the growth mechanism on compression rate, therefore, suggests a different approach to developing a comprehensive understanding of crystal growth dynamics.

  9. A liquid-liquid transition can exist in monatomic transition metals with a positive melting slope

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    Lee, Byeongchan; Lee, Geun Woo

    2016-01-01

    Liquid-liquid transitions under high pressure are found in many elemental materials, but the transitions are known to be associated with either sp-valent materials or f-valent rare-earth elements, in which the maximum or a negative slope in the melting line is readily suggestive of the transition. Here we find a liquid-liquid transition with a positive melting slope in transition metal Ti from structural, electronic, and thermodynamic studies using ab-initio molecular dynamics calculations, showing diffusion anomaly, but no density anomaly. The origin of the transition in liquid Ti is a pressure-induced increase of local structures containing very short bonds with directionality in electronic configurations. This behavior appears to be characteristic of the early transition metals. In contrast, the late transition metal liquid Ni does not show the L-L transition with pressure. This result suggests that the possibility of the L-L transition decreases from early to late transition metals as electronic structures of late transition metals barely have a Jahn-Teller effect and bond directionality. Our results generalize that a phase transition in disordered materials is found with any valence band regardless of the sign of the melting slope, but related to the symmetry of electronic structures of constituent elements. PMID:27762334

  10. Shear waves in the diamond-anvil cell reveal pressure-induced instability in (Mg,Fe)O.

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    Jacobsen, Steven D; Spetzler, Hartmut; Reichmann, Hans J; Smyth, Joseph R

    2004-04-20

    The emerging picture of Earth's deep interior from seismic tomography indicates more complexity than previously thought. The presence of lateral anisotropy and heterogeneity in Earth's mantle highlights the need for fully anisotropic elasticity data from mineral physics. A breakthrough in high-frequency (gigahertz) ultrasound has resulted in transmission of pure-mode elastic shear waves into a high-pressure diamond-anvil cell using a P-to-S elastic-wave conversion. The full elastic tensor (c(ij)) of high-pressure minerals or metals can be measured at extreme conditions without optical constraints. Here we report the effects of pressure and composition on shear-wave velocities in the major lower-mantle oxide, magnesiowüstite-(Mg,Fe)O. Magnesiowüstite containing more than approximately 50% iron exhibits pressure-induced c(44) shear-mode softening, indicating an instability in the rocksalt structure. The oxide closer to expected lower-mantle compositions ( approximately 20% iron) shows increasing shear velocities more similar to MgO, indicating that it also should have a wide pressure-stability field. A complete sign reversal in the c(44) pressure derivative points to a change in the topology of the (Mg,Fe)O phase diagram at approximately 50-60% iron. The relative stability of Mg-rich (Mg,Fe)O and the strong compositional dependence of shear-wave velocities (and partial differential c(44)/ partial differential P) in (Mg,Fe)O implies that seismic heterogeneity in Earth's lower mantle may result from compositional variations rather than phase changes in (Mg,Fe)O.

  11. Pressure Induced Changes in Adaptive Immune Function in Belugas (Delphinapterus leucas); Implications for Dive Physiology and Health

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    Thompson, Laura A.; Romano, Tracy A.

    2016-01-01

    Increased pressure, associated with diving, can alter cell function through several mechanisms and has been shown to impact immune functions performed by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in humans. While marine mammals possess specific adaptations which protect them from dive related injury, it is unknown how their immune system is adapted to the challenges associated with diving. The purpose of this study was to measure PBMC activation (IL2R expression) and Concanavalin A induced lymphocyte proliferation (BrdU incorporation) in belugas following in vitro pressure exposures during baseline, Out of Water Examination (OWE) and capture/release conditions. Beluga blood samples (n = 4) were obtained from animals at the Mystic Aquarium and from free ranging animals in Alaska (n = 9). Human blood samples (n = 4) (Biological Specialty Corporation) were run for comparison. In vivo catecholamines and cortisol were measured in belugas to characterize the neuroendocrine response. Comparison of cellular responses between controls and pressure exposed cells, between conditions in belugas, between belugas and humans as well as between dive profiles, were run using mixed generalized linear models (α = 0.05). Cortisol was significantly higher in Bristol Bay belugas and OWE samples as compared with baseline for aquarium animals. Both IL2R expression and proliferation displayed significant pressure induced changes, and these responses varied between conditions in belugas. Both belugas and humans displayed increased IL2R expression, while lymphocyte proliferation decreased for aquarium animals and increased for humans and Bristol Bay belugas. Results suggest beluga PBMC function is altered during diving and changes may represent dive adaptation as the response differs from humans, a non-dive adapted mammal. In addition, characteristics of a dive (i.e., duration, depth) as well as neuroendocrine activity can alter the response of beluga cells, potentially impacting the

  12. CFD Study of the Hydrocarbon Boost Low-Pressure Inducer and Kicker in the Presence of a Circumferential Groove

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    Coker, Robert

    2011-01-01

    Results are presented of a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study done in support of Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) sub-scale water flow experiments of the Hydrocarbon Boost (HCB) Oxidizer Turbopump (OTP) being developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Aerojet. A circumferential groove may be added to the pump to reduce synchronous cavitation and subsequent bearing loads at a minimal performance cost. However, the energy may reappear as high order cavitation (HOC) that spans a relatively large frequency range. Thus, HOC may have implications for the full-scale OTP inducer in terms of reduced structural margin at higher mode frequencies. Simulations using the LOCI/Stream CFD program were conducted in order to explore the fluid dynamical impact of the groove on the low-pressure inducer and kicker. It was found that the circumferential groove has minimal head performance impact, but causes back-flowing high-swirl fluid to interact with the nearly-axial incoming fluid just above the inducer blades. The high-shear interface between the fluids is Kelvin-Helmholtz unstable, resulting in trains of low pressure regions or 'pearls' forming near the upstream edge of the groove. When the static pressure in these regions becomes low enough and they get cut by the blade leading edge, HOC is thought to occur. Although further work is required, the numerical models indicate that HOC will occur in the runbox of the AFRL/Aerojet HCB OTP. Comparisons to the ongoing water flow experiments will be discussed, as well as possible designs that may mitigate HOC while continuing to reduce synchronous cavitation. December 2011 MSS/LPS/SPS Joint Subcommittee Meeting ABSTRACT SUBMITTAL FORM

  13. Four new polymorphic forms of suplatast tosilate.

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    Nagai, Keiko; Ushio, Takanori; Miura, Hidenori; Nakamura, Takashi; Moribe, Kunikazu; Yamamoto, Keiji

    2014-01-01

    We found four new polymorphic forms (γ-, ε-, ζ-, and η-forms) of suplatast tosilate (ST) by recrystallization and seeding with ST-analogous compounds; three polymorphic forms (α-, β-, and δ-forms) of ST have been previously reported. The physicochemical properties of these new forms were investigated using infrared (IR) spectroscopy, solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and powder X-ray diffractometry. The presence of hydrogen bonds in the new forms was assessed from the IR and solid-state NMR spectra. The crystal structures of the ε- and η-forms were determined from their powder X-ray diffraction data using the direct space approach and the Monte Carlo method, followed by Rietveld refinement. The structures determined for the ε- and η-forms supported the presence of hydrogen bonds between the ST molecules, as the IR and solid-state NMR spectra indicated. The thermodynamic characteristics of the seven polymorphic forms were evaluated by determining the solubility of each form. The α-form was the most insoluble in 2-propanol at 35°C, and was thus concluded to be the most stable form. The ε-form was the most soluble, and a polymorphic transition from the ε- to the α-form was observed during solubility testing. PMID:24211359

  14. Absence of nematic order in the pressure-induced intermediate phase of the iron-based superconductor B a0.85K0.15F e2A s2

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    Zheng, Yan; Tam, Pok Man; Hou, Jianqiang; Böhmer, Anna E.; Wolf, Thomas; Meingast, Christoph; Lortz, Rolf

    2016-03-01

    The hole doped Fe-based superconductors B a1-xAxF e2A s2 (where A =Na or K) show a particularly rich phase diagram. It was observed that an intermediate reentrant tetragonal phase, in which the C4 fourfold rotational symmetry is restored, forms within the orthorhombic antiferromagnetically ordered stripe-type spin density wave state above the superconducting transition [S. Avci et al., Nat. Commun. 5, 3845 (2014);, 10.1038/ncomms4845 A. E. Böhmer et al., Nat. Commun. 6, 7911 (2015), 10.1038/ncomms8911]. A similar intermediate phase was reported to appear if pressure is applied to underdoped B a1-xKxF e2A s2 [E. Hassinger et al., Phys. Rev. B 86, 140502(R) (2012), 10.1103/PhysRevB.86.140502]. Here we report data of the electric resistivity, Hall effect, specific heat, and the thermoelectric Nernst and Seebeck coefficients measured on a B a0.85K0.15F e2A s2 single crystal under pressure up to 5.5 GPa. The data reveal a coexistence of the intermediate phase with filamentary superconductivity. The Nernst coefficient shows a large signature of nematic order that coincides with the stripe-type spin density wave state up to optimal pressure. In the pressure-induced intermediate phase the nematic order is removed, thus confirming that its nature is a reentrant tetragonal phase.

  15. Iron spin transition in Earth's mantle

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    Speziale, S.; Milner, A.; Lee, V. E.; Clark, S. M.; Pasternak, M. P.; Jeanloz, R.

    2015-02-06

    High-pressure Mössbauer spectroscopy on several compositions across the (Mg,Fe)O magnesiowüstite solid solution confirms that ferrous iron (Fe2+) undergoes a high-spin to low-spin transition at pressures and for compositions relevant to the bulk of the Earth's mantle. High-resolution x-ray diffraction measurements document a volume change of 4–5% across the pressure-induced spin transition, which is thus expected to cause seismological anomalies in the lower mantle. The spin transition can lead to dissociation of Fe-bearing phases such as magnesiowüstite, and it reveals an unexpected richness in mineral properties and phase equilibria for the Earth's deep interior.

  16. Indomethacin polymorphs: Experimental and conformational analysis.

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    Aceves-Hernandez, J M; Nicolás-Vázquez, I; Aceves, F J; Hinojosa-Torres, J; Paz, M; Castaño, V M

    2009-07-01

    Thermal analysis of indomethacin alpha and gamma polymorphs presents a temperature transition at 429.2 and 435.8 K, respectively, although with X-ray diffraction or near infra-red spectroscopy phase transformations were not registered. DSC method for the indomethacin amorphous solid shows an endothermic event; however, the conformational analysis at higher temperature shows a rotational change which may explain such endothermic peak. By heating the gamma polymorph at 483 K (210 degrees C) for 30 min and then quenching into liquid nitrogen the amorphous solid was obtained. The alpha form shows the highest intrinsic dissolution rate, while the lowest rate was for the amorphous indomethacin. Theoretical calculations (ab initio, Hartree-Fock and density functional theory, DFT) indicate that the double interaction is responsible for the observed difference in solubility.

  17. Disappearing Polymorphs Revisited

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    Bučar, Dejan-Krešimir; Lancaster, Robert W; Bernstein, Joel

    2015-01-01

    Nearly twenty years ago, Dunitz and Bernstein described a selection of intriguing cases of polymorphs that disappear. The inability to obtain a crystal form that has previously been prepared is indeed a frustrating and potentially serious problem for solid-state scientists. This Review discusses recent occurrences and examples of disappearing polymorphs (as well as the emergence of elusive crystal forms) to demonstrate the enduring relevance of this troublesome, but always captivating, phenomenon in solid-state research. A number of these instances have been central issues in patent litigations. This Review, therefore, also highlights the complex relationship between crystal chemistry and the law. PMID:26031248

  18. Simplicity in Pressure-induced Structural Change in Multi-component Silicate Melts in Earth's Interiors: Insights from Multi-nuclear NMR and Multi-edge Inelastic X-ray Scattering

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    Lee, S.

    2011-12-01

    The chemical differentiation of the primary mantle was controlled by the properties of silicate melts at high pressure. These properties vary non-linearly with changes in pressure. Whereas the key to understanding these complex and non-linear changes in melt properties is the degree of melt-polymerization [e.g. non-bridging oxygen (NBO) fraction] at high pressure, the nature of changes in the melt structure at high pressures remains poorly constrained. While the NBO fraction at 1 atm is often regarded as a chemical constraint from which other properties of melt structure are predicted, the systematic relation between NBO fraction at high pressure and melt composition has not been available. The advances in multi-nuclear NMR and multi-edge inelastic x-ray scattering allow us to obtain details of the pressure-induced changes in the degree of melt polymerization and cation coordination number in multi-component melts up to 40 GPa (e.g. Lee Proc. Nat. Aca. Sci. 2011, 108, 6847; Sol. St. NMR. 2010, 38, 45; Lee et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2009, 103, 095501; Proc. Nat. Aca. Sci. 2008, 105, 7925). Here, we show that the fraction of highly coordinated Al in multi-component silicate melts at a given pressure vary nonlinearly with variations of NBO/T: [5,6]Al fraction at 8 GPa increases with decreasing degree of melt polymerization from ~8% for fully polymerized albite melt (NBO/T=0) to ~37% for partially depolymerized melt (NBO/T=0.29). Then it gradually decreases to ~15% with further increase in NBO/T of 0.67. This observed trend at a given pressure indicates competing densification mechanisms involving steric hindrance vs. changes of NBO fraction in the silicate melts. Furthermore, we also show that NBO fraction of silicate melts decreases slightly with increasing pressure at lower pressures but it abruptly increases with a further increase in pressure, regardless of composition. By introducing the transition pressure in which the NBO fraction is expected to be 50% of the

  19. Pressure-induced collapsed-tetragonal phase in SrCo2As2

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    Jayasekara, W. T.; Kaluarachchi, U. S.; Ueland, B. G.; Pandey, Abhishek; Lee, Y. B.; Taufour, V.; Sapkota, A.; Kothapalli, K.; Sangeetha, N. S.; Fabbris, G.; Veiga, L. S. I.; Feng, Yejun; dos Santos, A. M.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Harmon, B. N.; Canfield, P. C.; Johnston, D. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.

    2015-12-08

    We present high-energy x-ray diffraction data under applied pressures up to p = 29GPa, neutron diffraction measurements up to p = 1.1GPa, and electrical resistance measurements up to p = 5.9GPa, on SrCo2As2. Our x-ray diffraction data demonstrate that there is a first-order transition between the tetragonal (T) and collapsed-tetragonal (cT) phases, with an onset above approximately 6 GPa at T = 7K. The pressure for the onset of the cT phase and the range of coexistence between the T and cT phases appears to be nearly temperature independent. The compressibility along the a axis is the same for the T and cT phases, whereas, along the c axis, the cT phase is significantly stiffer, which may be due to the formation of an As-As bond in the cT phase. Our resistivity measurements found no evidence of superconductivity in SrCo2As2 for p ≤ 5.9 GPa and T ≥ 1.8 K. The resistivity data also show signatures consistent with a pressure-induced phase transition for p ≳ 5.5 GPa. Single-crystal neutron diffraction measurements performed up to 1.1 GPa in the T phase found no evidence of stripe-type or A-type antiferromagnetic ordering down to 10 K. Spin-polarized total-energy calculations demonstrate that the cT phase is the stable phase at high pressure with a ca ratio of 2.54. As a result, these calculations indicate that the cT phase of SrCo2As2 should manifest either A-type antiferromagnetic or ferromagnetic order.

  20. Enzyme polymorphisms in Canarium

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    Fifty-two accessions of Canarium involving seven species, C. ovatum, C. album, C. megalanthum, C. harveyi, C. indicum, C. mehenbethene, and C. odontophyllum were studied for isozyme polymorphisms. Starch gel electrophoresis with a histidine-citrate buffer system (pH 6.5) was employed to assay six en...

  1. Polymorphous Perversity in Texts

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    Johnson-Eilola, Johndan

    2012-01-01

    Here's the tricky part: If we teach ourselves and our students that texts are made to be broken apart, remixed, remade, do we lose the polymorphous perversity that brought us pleasure in the first place? Does the pleasure of transgression evaporate when the borders are opened?

  2. Polymorphism of sorbitol

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    Nezzal, Amale; Aerts, Luc; Verspaille, Marleen; Henderickx, Geert; Redl, Andreas

    2009-07-01

    The polymorphism of sorbitol was investigated, confirming the existence of four anhydrous crystalline phases plus the hydrate. The crystallised melt (CM), the alpha form, and the gamma form were obtained via a dry route. The CM was confirmed to be a crystalline state with a spherulite morphology. The alpha form was obtained via direct conversion from the CM, in contrast to more complicated routes previously reported, and was found to have a very high crystallinity. Gamma crystals were obtained by seeding the melt at high temperature; however, crystallinity was clearly less than for alpha crystals. Despite its lower crystallinity, the gamma polymorph was found to be the most stable of the anhydrous crystalline forms; this was confirmed by its high melting point and low hygroscopicity. In contrast, the alpha polymorph has a relatively high melting point but lacks moisture stability at high relative humidity. The hydrate form has the same resistance to moisture as the gamma form, but melts at a lower temperature. The combination of both a high melting point and high stability in the presence of water makes the gamma polymorph best suited for confectionary applications.

  3. Investigation of Uranium Polymorphs

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    Sweet, Lucas E.; Henager, Charles H.; Hu, Shenyang Y.; Johnson, Timothy J.; Meier, David E.; Peper, Shane M.; Schwantes, Jon M.

    2011-08-01

    The UO3-water system is complex and has not been fully characterized, even though these species are common throughout the nuclear fuel cycle. As an example, most production schemes for UO3 result in a mixture of up to six or more different polymorphic phases, and small differences in these conditions will affect phase genesis that ultimately result in measureable changes to the end product. As a result, this feature of the UO3-water system may be useful as a means for determining process history. This research effort attempts to better characterize the UO3-water system with a variety of optical techniques for the purpose of developing some predictive capability for estimating process history in polymorphic phases of unknown origin. Three commercially relevant preparation methods for the production of UO3 were explored. Previously unreported low temperature routes to β- and γ-UO3 were discovered. Raman and fluorescence spectroscopic libraries were established for pure and mixed polymorphic forms of UO3 in addition to the common hydrolysis products of UO3. An advantage of the sensitivity of optical fluorescence microscopy over XRD has been demonstrated. Preliminary aging studies of the α and γ forms of UO3 have been conducted. In addition, development of a 3-D phase field model used to predict phase genesis of the system was initiated. Thermodynamic and structural constants that will feed the model have been gathered from the literature for most of the UO3 polymorphic phases.

  4. Polymorphism of 4-bromobenzophenone.

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    Strzhemechny, Mikhail A; Baumer, Vyacheslav N; Avdeenko, Anatoli A; Pyshkin, Oleg S; Romashkin, Roman V; Buravtseva, Lyubov M

    2007-04-01

    A combination of single-crystal and powder X-ray diffractometry was used to study the structure of two polymorphs of 4-bromobenzophenone over the temperature range from 100 to 300 K. One of the polymorphs of the title compound was known previously and its structure has been determined at room temperature [Ebbinghaus et al. (1997). Z. Kristallogr. 212, 339-340]. Two crystal growth methods were employed, one of which (a modification of the Bridgman-Stockbarger technique) resulted in single crystals of a previously unknown structure. The basic physical properties of the stable polymorph are: growth method, from 2-propanol solutions or gradient sublimation; space group, monoclinic P2(1)/c; melting point, T(m) = 355.2 K; X-ray density (at 100 K), D(x) = 1.646 g cm(-3). The same properties of the metastable polymorph (triclinic P\\overline 1 ) are: growth method, modified Bridgman-Stockbarger method; X-ray density (at 100 K), D(x) = 1.645 g cm(-3); T(m) = 354 K. Thermograms suggest that the melting of the metastable form is accompanied by at least a partial crystallization presumably into the monoclinic form; the transformation is therefore monotropic. Analysis of short distances in both polymorphs shows that numerous weak hydrogen bonds of the C-H...pi type ensure additional stabilization within the respective planes normal to the longest dimension of the molecules. The strong temperature dependence of the lattice constants and of the weak bond distances in the monoclinic form suggest that the weak bond interactions might be responsible for both the large thermal expansion within plane bc and the considerable thermal expansion anisotropy. PMID:17374940

  5. Transition Planning

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    Statfeld, Jenna L.

    2011-01-01

    Post-school transition is the movement of a child with disabilities from school to activities that occur after the completion of school. This paper provides information about: (1) post-school transition; (2) transition plan; (3) transition services; (4) transition planning; (5) vocational rehabilitation services; (6) services that are available…

  6. Superconducting Bi2Te: Pressure-induced universality in the (Bi2)m(Bi2Te3)n series

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    Stillwell, Ryan L.; Jeffries, Jason R.; Jenei, Zsolt; Weir, Samuel T.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2016-03-09

    Using high-pressure magnetotransport techniques we have discovered superconductivity in Bi2Te, a member of the infinitely adaptive (Bi2)m(Bi2Te3)n series, whose end members, Bi and Bi2Te3, can be tuned to display topological surface states or superconductivity. Bi2Te has a maximum Tc = 8.6 K at P = 14.5 GPa and goes through multiple high pressure phase transitions, ultimately collapsing into a bcc structure that suggests a universal behavior across the series. High-pressure magnetoresistance and Hall measurements suggest a semi-metal to metal transition near 5.4 GPa, which accompanies the hexagonal to intermediate phase transition seen via x-ray diffraction measurements. In addition, the linearitymore » of Hc2 (T) exceeds the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg limit, even in the extreme spin-orbit scattering limit, yet is consistent with other strong spin-orbit materials. Furthermore, considering these results in combination with similar reports on strong spin-orbit scattering materials seen in the literature, we suggest the need for a new theory that can address the unconventional nature of their superconducting states.« less

  7. A DFT study on the correlation between topology and Bader charges: Part IV, on the change of atomic charges in polymorphic transitions - A case study on CaCl2

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    Beck, Horst P.

    2016-02-01

    Referring to the experimental results of high pressure experiments of Léger et al. (1998) we have calculated the energies of all phases observed for CaCl2 within the DFT formalism using the VASP package, and we have retrieved enthalpies and transition pressures. All phases can be considerably compressed or dilated without much change in energy. This energetic "softness" could even be quantified. We classify the high temperature TiO2-type structure and the PbCl2-type one at highest pressures as the energetically "softest" ones and the SrI2-type one as the "hardest". We furthermore discuss the energy density (E/V) of the different phases and redefine it as a fictive cohesive pressure within these structures. Pursuing our earlier approaches we have analysed the charges of the atoms in the different CaCl2 phases and their change on compression or dilation. On comparing the gradients of the charge curves we define a sort of "charge hardness" which will generally depend on the type of cation-anion pair but also on their topological connection in the respective structures. We speculate that exhausting the "charge softness or hardness" of individual ions in such arrangements may initiate the structural reorganization at the transition pressures.

  8. Epitaxial stabilization and phase instability of VO2 polymorphs

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    Lee, Shinbuhm; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Keum, Jong K.; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2016-01-20

    The VO2 polymorphs, i.e., VO2(A), VO2(B), VO2(M1) and VO2(R), have a wide spectrum of functionalities useful for many potential applications in information and energy technologies. However, synthesis of phase pure materials, especially in thin film forms, has been a challenging task due to the fact that the VO2 polymorphs are closely related to each other in a thermodynamic framework. Here, we report epitaxial stabilization of the VO2 polymorphs to synthesize high quality single crystalline thin films and study the phase stability of these metastable materials. We selectively deposit all the phases on various perovskite substrates with different crystallographic orientations. Bymore » investigating the phase instability, phonon modes and transport behaviours, not only do we find distinctively contrasting physical properties of the VO2 polymorphs, but that the polymorphs can be on the verge of phase transitions when heated as low as ~400 °C. In conclusion, our successful epitaxy of both VO2(A) and VO2(B) phases, which are rarely studied due to the lack of phase pure materials, will open the door to the fundamental studies of VO2 polymorphs for potential applications in advanced electronic and energy devices.« less

  9. Epitaxial stabilization and phase instability of VO2 polymorphs

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    Lee, Shinbuhm; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Keum, Jong K.; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2016-01-01

    The VO2 polymorphs, i.e., VO2(A), VO2(B), VO2(M1) and VO2(R), have a wide spectrum of functionalities useful for many potential applications in information and energy technologies. However, synthesis of phase pure materials, especially in thin film forms, has been a challenging task due to the fact that the VO2 polymorphs are closely related to each other in a thermodynamic framework. Here, we report epitaxial stabilization of the VO2 polymorphs to synthesize high quality single crystalline thin films and study the phase stability of these metastable materials. We selectively deposit all the phases on various perovskite substrates with different crystallographic orientations. By investigating the phase instability, phonon modes and transport behaviours, not only do we find distinctively contrasting physical properties of the VO2 polymorphs, but that the polymorphs can be on the verge of phase transitions when heated as low as ~400 °C. Our successful epitaxy of both VO2(A) and VO2(B) phases, which are rarely studied due to the lack of phase pure materials, will open the door to the fundamental studies of VO2 polymorphs for potential applications in advanced electronic and energy devices.

  10. Epitaxial stabilization and phase instability of VO2 polymorphs

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    Lee, Shinbuhm; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Keum, Jong K.; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2016-01-01

    The VO2 polymorphs, i.e., VO2(A), VO2(B), VO2(M1) and VO2(R), have a wide spectrum of functionalities useful for many potential applications in information and energy technologies. However, synthesis of phase pure materials, especially in thin film forms, has been a challenging task due to the fact that the VO2 polymorphs are closely related to each other in a thermodynamic framework. Here, we report epitaxial stabilization of the VO2 polymorphs to synthesize high quality single crystalline thin films and study the phase stability of these metastable materials. We selectively deposit all the phases on various perovskite substrates with different crystallographic orientations. By investigating the phase instability, phonon modes and transport behaviours, not only do we find distinctively contrasting physical properties of the VO2 polymorphs, but that the polymorphs can be on the verge of phase transitions when heated as low as ~400 °C. Our successful epitaxy of both VO2(A) and VO2(B) phases, which are rarely studied due to the lack of phase pure materials, will open the door to the fundamental studies of VO2 polymorphs for potential applications in advanced electronic and energy devices. PMID:26787259

  11. Polymorphism of phosphoric oxide

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    Hill, W.L.; Faust, G.T.; Hendricks, S.B.

    1943-01-01

    The melting points and monotropic relationship of three crystalline forms of phosphoric oxide were determined by the method of quenching. Previous vapor pressure data are discussed and interpreted to establish a pressure-temperature diagram (70 to 600??) for the one-component system. The system involves three triple points, at which solid, liquid and vapor (P4O10) coexist in equilibrium, namely: 420?? and 360 cm., 562?? and 43.7 cm. and 580?? and 55.5 cm., corresponding to the hexagonal, orthorhombic and stable polymorphs, respectively, and at least two distinct liquids, one a stable polymer of the other, which are identified with the melting of the stable form and the hexagonal modification, respectively. Indices of refraction of the polymorphs and glasses were determined. The density and the thermal, hygroscopic and structural properties of the several phases are discussed.

  12. [Polymorphs of clopidogrel bisulfate].

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    Liu, Yi; Huang, Hai-Wei; Wu, Jian-Min; Shi, Ya-Qin; Yang, La-Hu

    2013-08-01

    This paper is to report the polymorphism of raw materials of clopidogrel bisulfate at home and abroad. By the analysis of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and powder X-ray diffraction (p-XRD), samples are roughly classified into two groups, except one patent material. And the differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) examination showed more detailed information for these materials. The results of the study could provide comprehensive basis for the quality evaluation of clopidogrel bisulfate. PMID:24187849

  13. Synthesis, Structure, and Pressure-Induced Polymerization of Li 3 Fe(CN) 6 Accompanied with Enhanced Conductivity

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    Li, Kuo; Zheng, Haiyan; Hattori, Takanori; Sano-Furukawa, Asami; Tulk, Christopher A.; Molaison, Jamie; Feygenson, Mikhail; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Yang, Wenge; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2015-11-17

    By providing a new route to synthesize inorganic/organic conductors with tunable composition and properties, pressure-induced polymerization of charged triple-bond monomers like acetylide and cyanide could lead to formation of a conductive metal–carbon network composite. The industry application of this promising synthetic method is mainly limited by the reaction pressure needed, which is often too high to be reached for gram amounts of sample. Here we successfully synthesized highly conductive Li3Fe(CN)6 at maximum pressure around 5 GPa and used in situ diagnostic tools to follow the structural and functional transformations of the sample, including in situ X-ray and neutron diffraction and Raman and impedance spectroscopy, along with the neutron pair distribution function measurement on the recovered sample. The cyanide anions start to react around 1 GPa and bond to each other irreversibly at around 5 GPa, which are the lowest reaction pressures in all known metal cyanides and within the technologically achievable pressure range for industrial production. Moreover, the conductivity of the polymer is above 10–3 S·cm–1, which reaches the range of conductive polymers. Our investigation suggests that the pressure-induced polymerization route is practicable for synthesizing some types of functional conductive materials for industrial use, and further research like doping and heating can hence be motivated to synthesize novel materials under lower pressure and with better performances.

  14. Pressure-induced improvement of grain boundary properties in yttrium-doped BaZrO3

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    Wu, Lei; Dai, LiDong; Li, HePing; Zhuang, YuKai; Liu, KaiXiang

    2016-09-01

    Yttrium-doped BaZrO3 (BZY) is a promising electrolyte for intermediate-temperature protonic ceramic fuel cells. However, BZY exhibits a high resistance because of the blocking effect of the grain boundaries. In this study, the effect of pressure on undoped and 5% yttrium-doped BaZrO3 (BZY0 and BZY5) were investigated at 0.45–24.01 GPa and 273–673 K with a diamond anvil cell. Their bulk, grain boundary, and total electrical conductivities were determined by impedance spectroscopy and direct-current resistance measurement. Both samples tended to show increasing electrical conductivity with increasing pressure, although each showed a discontinuous inflexion point (at ~14.54 GPa for BZY0 and at ~11.11 GPa for BZY5) indicating a phase transition from a cubic to a tetragonal structure. The samples showed a 3.43 GPa difference in the onset pressure of the structure change. Characteristic parameters, including space charge potential, relaxation frequency, and transport activation energy, were obtained before and after the phase transition. The results suggest that pressure significantly improves oxygen ion conduction in acceptor-doped perovskites oxides.

  15. Pressure-induced improvement of grain boundary properties in yttrium-doped BaZrO3

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    Wu, Lei; Dai, LiDong; Li, HePing; Zhuang, YuKai; Liu, KaiXiang

    2016-09-01

    Yttrium-doped BaZrO3 (BZY) is a promising electrolyte for intermediate-temperature protonic ceramic fuel cells. However, BZY exhibits a high resistance because of the blocking effect of the grain boundaries. In this study, the effect of pressure on undoped and 5% yttrium-doped BaZrO3 (BZY0 and BZY5) were investigated at 0.45-24.01 GPa and 273-673 K with a diamond anvil cell. Their bulk, grain boundary, and total electrical conductivities were determined by impedance spectroscopy and direct-current resistance measurement. Both samples tended to show increasing electrical conductivity with increasing pressure, although each showed a discontinuous inflexion point (at ~14.54 GPa for BZY0 and at ~11.11 GPa for BZY5) indicating a phase transition from a cubic to a tetragonal structure. The samples showed a 3.43 GPa difference in the onset pressure of the structure change. Characteristic parameters, including space charge potential, relaxation frequency, and transport activation energy, were obtained before and after the phase transition. The results suggest that pressure significantly improves oxygen ion conduction in acceptor-doped perovskites oxides.

  16. Pressure-induced changes in the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of RMn2Ge2 (R=Sm,Gd)

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    Kumar, Pramod; Suresh, K. G.; Nigam, A. K.; Magnus, A.; Coelho, A. A.; Gama, S.

    2008-06-01

    We have studied the variation of magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of polycrystalline compounds SmMn2Ge2 and GdMn2Ge2 as a function of applied hydrostatic pressure. The magnetic transition temperatures are found to change considerably with pressure. The temperature regime of existence of antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering is found to increase with pressure, in both the compounds. In SmMn2Ge2 , the sign of the magnetocaloric effect at the low-temperature ferromagnetic (FM)-AFM transition changes with pressure. The isothermal magnetic entropy change in this compound is found to increase by about 20 times as the pressure is increased from the ambient value to 6.8 kbar. Effect of pressure in GdMn2Ge2 is less compared to that in SmMn2Ge2 . The variations in the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties are attributed to the changes in the magnetic state of the Mn sublattice under pressure. The difference in R-Mn coupling in Sm and Gd compounds is also found to play a role in determining the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties, both at ambient as well as under applied pressures.

  17. An Experiment in Physical Chemistry: Polymorphism and Phase Stability in Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

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    Myrick, Michael L.; Baranowski, Megan; Profeta, Luisa T. M.

    2010-01-01

    Differential scanning calorimetry analyses of two easily prepared polymorphs of acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol) are recorded. The density of the forms can be found in the literature. Rules for heats of transition, heats of fusion, and density, as well as methods for determining the solid-solid transition temperature between the forms,…

  18. Transiting Exoplanets

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    Haswell, Carole A.

    2010-07-01

    1. Our solar system from afar; 2. Exoplanet discoveries by the transit method; 3. What the transit lightcurve tells us; 4. The transiting exoplanet population; 5. Transmission spectroscopy and Rossiter-McLaughlin effect; 6. Secondary eclipses and phase variations; 7. Transit timing variations and orbital dynamics; 8. Brave new worlds: the future; Index.

  19. Vibrational dependence of pressure induced spectral linewidths and line shifts - Application of the infinite order sudden scattering approximation

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    Green, S.

    1979-01-01

    The infinite order sudden (IOS) approximation to molecular rotation is applied to simplify the theory of linewidths and shifts in vibration-rotation spectra. This approximation is expected to be most accurate for hard, short-range collisions and is therefore complementary to Anderson theory which is best for weak, glancing collisions. The IOS approximation predicts identical linewidths and shifts for P- and R-branch transitions with the same line number. It also predicts zero line shifts for pure rotational spectra. The dependence of linewidths and shifts on vibrational band is seen to be due mainly to variation in diagonal vibrational matrix elements of the intermolecular potential. Calculations are performed for the 0-0, 0-1, and 0-2 bands of CO perturbed by He, using a theoretical interaction potential with no semiempirical or adjustable parameters; results are in satisfactory accord with experimental data.

  20. HP and HT Polymorphism of AlPO4 and its Solubility in SiO2 -Stishovite : Implication for Phosphorus Geochemistry

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    Brunet, F.; Irifune, T.; Sanehira, T.; Yamazaki, D.; Shinmei, T.

    2004-12-01

    The understanding of phosphorus behavior in the deep Earth requires to evaluate the ability of minor phosphorus to be incorporated in the octahedral site of high-pressure mineral structures. For that purpose, we studied the solubility of AlPO4 in SiO2-stishovite, the extend of which will indicate the phosphorus affinity for octahedral oxygen coordination. The choice of those compounds was also motivated by their importance in material sciences (e.g. pressure induced amorphization properties). Synthetic AlPO4 (berlinite) as well as a 1 to 2 molar mixture of AlPO4 (berlinite) : SiO4 (quartz) where encapsulated separately in a Pt container and held together at 1600° C, 18 GPa (4.5 h) in the 2000-ton split-sphere apparatus at GRC (Matsuyama, Japan). In the second capsule, micrometer-size stishovite crystals could be analyzed using the electron microprobe and revealed around 0.5 wt.% P2O5 (balanced by Al2O3). Berlinite, in the first capsule, totally reacted at HP and HT into a form which could not be quenched. This result was the incentive for a characterization of AlPO4 polymorphism using in-situ HP-HT x-ray diffraction (Spring 8, BL04B1). Upon compression in the MgO-based assembly, the diffraction pattern of AlPO4 berlinite showed indication of partial amorphization in keeping with the non-hydrostatic nature of the pressure cell at room temperature. Upon the first heating stage, crystallization of another AlPO4 polymorph had occurred at 600° C, 6.9 GPa (gold scale) in a first experiment and 900° C, 17.3 GPa in a second one. The corresponding diffraction pattern could be indexed in the InPO4 -structure (Cmcm) where Al is octahedrally coordinated whereas P is fourfold. No other transformation was identified up to 21 GPa, 1600° C. Although, no rutile-type structure was observed for AlPO4 up to 21 GPa, phosphorus, which is likely to be stored in garnet down to the transition zone, is expected to be further incorporated into silicate structures to greater depths.

  1. High-pressure polymorphism of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin): Raman spectroscopy

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    Crowell, Ethan L.; Dreger, Zbigniew A.; Gupta, Yogendra M.

    2015-02-01

    Micro-Raman spectroscopy was used to elucidate the high-pressure polymorphic behavior of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), an important pharmaceutical compound known as aspirin. Using a diamond anvil cell (DAC), single crystals of the two polymorphic phases of aspirin existing at ambient conditions (ASA-I and ASA-II) were compressed to 10 GPa. We found that ASA-I does not transform to ASA-II, but instead transforms to a new phase (ASA-III) above ∼2 GPa. It is demonstrated that this transformation primarily introduces structural changes in the bonding and arrangement of the acetyl groups and is reversible upon the release of pressure. In contrast, a less dense ASA-II shows no transition in the pressure range studied, though it appears to exhibit a disordered structure above 7 GPa. Our results suggest that ASA-III is the most stable polymorph of aspirin at high pressures.

  2. Phase stabilisation of hexagonal barium titanate doped with transition metals: A computational study

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    Dawson, J.A.; Freeman, C.L.; Harding, J.H.; Sinclair, D.C.

    2013-04-15

    Interatomic potentials recently developed for the modelling of BaTiO{sub 3} have been used to explore the stabilisation of the hexagonal polymorph of BaTiO{sub 3} by doping with transition metals (namely Mn, Co, Fe and Ni) at the Ti-site. Classical simulations have been completed on both the cubic and hexagonal polymorphs to investigate the energetic consequences of transition metal doping on each polymorph. Ti-site charge compensation mechanisms have been used for the multi-valent transition metal ions and cluster binding energies have been considered. Simulations show a significant energetic gain when doping occurs at Ti sites in the face sharing dimers (Ti{sub 2} sites) of the hexagonal polymorph compared with the doping of the cubic polymorph. This energetic difference between the two polymorphs is true for all transition metals tested and all charge states and in the case of tri- and tetra-valent dopants negative solution energies are found for the hexagonal polymorph suggesting actual polymorph stabilisation occurs with the incorporation of these ions as observed experimentally. Oxidation during incorporation of Ni{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions has also been considered. - Graphical abstract: The representation of the strongest binding energy clusters for tri-valent dopants—(a) Ti{sub 2}/O{sub 1} cluster and (b) Ti{sub 2}/O{sub 2} cluster. Highlights: ► Classical simulations show a significant energetic gain when doping occurs at Ti sites in the face sharing dimers (Ti2 sites) of the hexagonal polymorph compared with the doping of the cubic polymorph. ► This energetic difference between the two polymorphs is true for all transition metals tested and all charge states. ► In the case of tri- and tetra- valent dopants negative solution energies are found for the hexagonal polymorph suggesting actual polymorph stabilisation occurs with the incorporation of these ions.

  3. On the generation of secondary motion in circular to rectangular transition ducts

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    Demuren, A. O.

    1993-01-01

    A computer code has been developed for the calculation of three-dimensional turbulent flow in circular to rectangular transition ducts. The governing equations are written in a general curvilinear coordinate system so that all singly-connected geometrical configurations can be accommodated. Turbulence closure is through the standard k-epsilon model or a Reynolds stress closure model. Computed results show qualitative agreement with experimental data. Pressure-induced secondary flow is the dominant mode through the transition, but turbulence-induced secondary flow becomes prominent some distance downstream of the transition.

  4. Pressure-induced gap closing and metallization of MoSe2 and MoTe2

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    Rifliková, Michaela; MartoÅák, Roman; Tosatti, Erio

    2014-07-01

    Layered molybdenum dichalchogenides are semiconductors whose gap is controlled by delicate interlayer interactions. The gap tends to drop together with the interlayer distance, suggesting collapse and metallization under pressure. We predict, based on first-principles calculations, that layered semiconductors 2Hc-MoSe2 and 2Hc-MoTe2 should undergo metallization at pressures between 28 and 40 GPa (MoSe2) and 13 and 19 GPa (MoTe2). Unlike MoS2 where a 2Hc → 2Ha layer-sliding transition is known to take place, these two materials appear to preserve the original 2Hc layered structure at least up to 100 GPa and to increasingly resist lubric layer sliding under pressure. Similar to metallized MoS2, they are predicted to exhibit a low density of states at the Fermi level, and presumably very modest superconducting temperatures, if any. We also study the β-MoTe2 structure, metastable with a higher enthalpy than 2Hc-MoTe2. Despite its ready semimetallic and (weakly) superconducting character already at zero pressure, metallicity is not expected to increase dramatically with pressure.

  5. High pressure induced coordination evolution in chain compound Li{sub 2}CuO{sub 2}

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    You Shujie; Li Zhi; Yang Liuxiang; Dong Cheng; Chen Liangcheng; Jin Changqing; Hu Jingzhu; Shen, Guoyin; Mao Hokwang

    2009-11-15

    Using diamond anvil cell technique with angle dispersive X-ray diffraction (ADXD) of synchrotron radiation and electrical conductivity measurements, we have observed that CuO{sub 2} chain compound Li{sub 2}CuO{sub 2} transforms from ambient orthorhombic symmetry into a new phase at above 5.4 GPa and room temperature. The new phase was found to be of monoclinic structure with an increased oxygen coordination number of Cu{sup 2+} from four at ambient to six at high pressure that provides a structural basis of the evolution of principle physical properties. The high pressure phase of Li{sub 2}CuO{sub 2} is discussed in line with the first principle calculations. - Graphical abstract: Li{sub 2}CuO{sub 2} undergoes a first-order transition from the ambient orthorhombic to a monoclinic phase at above 5.4 GPa with coordination change from four-square to six-octahedron.

  6. Stability of Hydrogen-Bonded Supramolecular Architecture under High Pressure Conditions: Pressure-Induced Amorphization in Melamine−Boric Acid Adduct

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    Wang, K.; Duan, D; Wang, R; Lin, A; Cui, Q; Liu, B; Cui, T; Zou, B; Zhang, X; et. al.

    2009-01-01

    The effects of high pressure on the structural stability of the melamine-boric acid adduct (C3N6H6 2H3BO3, M 2B), a three-dimensional hydrogen-bonded supramolecular architecture, were studied by in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. M 2B exhibited a high compressibility and a strong anisotropic compression, which can be explained by the layerlike crystal packing. Furthermore, evolution of XRD patterns and Raman spectra indicated that the M 2B crystal undergoes a reversible pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) at 18 GPa. The mechanism for the PIA was attributed to the competition between close packing and long-range order. Ab initio calculations were also performed to account for the behavior of hydrogen bonding under high pressure.

  7. Liquid-Liquid Phase Transitions of Phosphorus via Constant-Pressure First-Principles Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Morishita, Tetsuya

    2001-09-01

    Pressure-induced phase transitions in liquid phosphorus have been studied by constant-pressure first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. By compressing a low-pressure liquid which consists of the tetrahedral P4 molecules, a structural phase transition from the molecular to polymeric liquid (a high-pressure phase) observed in the recent experiment by Katayama et al. [Nature (London) 403, 170 (2000)] was successfully realized. It is found that this transition is caused by a breakup of the tetrahedral molecules with large volume contraction. The same transition is also realized by heating. This indicates that only the polymeric liquid can stably exist at high temperature.

  8. Polymorphic control of inhalation microparticles prepared by crystallization.

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    Murnane, Darragh; Marriott, Christopher; Martin, Gary P

    2008-09-01

    Milling processes are known to cause polymorphic transition in enantiotropic systems and the micronization process employed to produce microparticles for inhalation formulations has been reported to result in solid-state damage. The aim of the current work was to investigate the polymorphism of salmeterol xinafoate (SX) following antisolvent micronization from poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) solvents and compare this to the properties of SX conventionally crystallized and micronized. Powder X-ray diffraction revealed that SX crystallized predominantly as the SX form I polymorph following rapid precipitation from PEG solvents and cooling crystallization from propan-2-ol. Thermo-kinetic analysis using a modified Avrami-Erofe'ev equation was applied to differential scanning calorimetric thermographs of crystallized and micronized SX. The kinetic analysis revealed that SX crystallized from PEG solvents underwent significantly less or no re-crystallization of SX form II from the melt. A polymorphic transition was identified upon heating ball-milled SX, although the untreated material was resistant to such transformation. The thermal behaviour of SX crystallized from PEG solvents was consistent with a lower degree of crystal lattice disorder and higher enantiotropic purity than SX crystallized from propan-2-ol; the same was also true when comparing SX before and after micronization.

  9. Probing and modeling of pressure-induced coordination transformation in borate glasses: Inelastic x-ray scattering study at high pressure

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    Lee, Sung Keun; Eng, Peter J.; Mao, Ho-kwang; Shu, Jinfu

    2009-01-15

    Here, we report on the in situ synchrotron inelastic x-ray scattering spectra of Na-borate glasses at high pressure up to 25 GPa. The pressure-induced boron coordination transformation from {sup [3]}B to {sup [4]}B is linear with pressure characterized by a single value of ({partial_derivative}{sup [3]}B/{partial_derivative}P){sub T}. Previous studies of Li-borate and pure-borate glasses show a nonlinear transformation with multiple ({partial_derivative}{sup [3]}B/{partial_derivative}P){sub T} values for different pressure ranges, revealing the important role cation field strength plays in densification and pressure-induced structural changes. Considering the distribution of the energy difference beween low- and high-pressure states ({Delta}{var_epsilon}) in the energy landscape and the variance of the ratio {Delta}{var_epsilon} to its pressure gradient ({partial_derivative}{Delta}{var_epsilon}/{partial_derivative}P){sub T} as a measure of network flexibility with pressure, an amorphous system with a large variance in {Delta}{var_epsilon} at 1 atm and/or a small ({partial_derivative}{Delta}{var_epsilon}/{partial_derivative}P){sub T} may undergo a gradual coordination transformation (e.g., Na borates). In contrast, a system with the opposite behavior (e.g., Li borates) undergoes an abrupt coordination transformation. The results and concepts of this study thus can shed light on opportunities to study the effect of composition on the nature of densification in low-z oxide and other archetypal glasses and melts.

  10. Polymorphism of dinitro[tris(2-aminoethyl)amine]cobalt(III) chloride.

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    Guzei, Ilia A; Arderne, Charmaine

    2015-08-01

    Three polymorphs of bis(nitrito-κN)[tris(2-aminoethyl)amine-κ(4)N,N',N'',N''']cobalt(III) chloride, [Co(NO2)2(C6H18N4)]Cl, have been structurally characterized in the 100-300 K temperature range. Two orthorhombic polymorphs are related by a solid-state enantiotropic order-disorder k2 phase transition at ca 152 K. The third, monoclinic, polymorph crystallizes as a nonmerohedral twin. In the structure of the high-temperature (300 K) orthorhombic polymorph, the Co(III) complex cation resides on a crystallographic mirror plane, whereas the Cl(-) anion occupies a crystallographic twofold axis. In the unit cell of the monoclinic polymorph, the cationic Co(III) complex is in a general position, whose charge is balanced by two halves of two Cl(-) anions, each residing on a crystallographic twofold axis.

  11. Model of cohesive properties and structural phase transitions in non-metallic solids

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    Majewski, J.A.; Vogl, P.

    1986-01-01

    We have developed a simple, yet microscopic and universal model for cohesive properties of solids. This model explains the physical mechanisms determining the chemical and predicts semiquantitatively static and dynamic cohesive properties. It predicts a substantial softening of the long-wavelength transverse optical phonons across the pressure induced phase transition from the zincblenda to rocksalt structure in II-VI compounds. The origin of this softening is shown to be closely related to ferroelectricity.

  12. Polymorphic Electronic Circuits

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    Stoica, Adrian

    2004-01-01

    Polymorphic electronics is a nascent technological discipline that involves, among other things, designing the same circuit to perform different analog and/or digital functions under different conditions. For example, a circuit can be designed to function as an OR gate or an AND gate, depending on the temperature (see figure). Polymorphic electronics can also be considered a subset of polytronics, which is a broader technological discipline in which optical and possibly other information- processing systems could also be designed to perform multiple functions. Polytronics is an outgrowth of evolvable hardware (EHW). The basic concepts and some specific implementations of EHW were described in a number of previous NASA Tech Briefs articles. To recapitulate: The essence of EHW is to design, construct, and test a sequence of populations of circuits that function as incrementally better solutions of a given design problem through the selective, repetitive connection and/or disconnection of capacitors, transistors, amplifiers, inverters, and/or other circuit building blocks. The evolution is guided by a search-and-optimization algorithm (in particular, a genetic algorithm) that operates in the space of possible circuits to find a circuit that exhibits an acceptably close approximation of the desired functionality. The evolved circuits can be tested by computational simulation (in which case the evolution is said to be extrinsic), tested in real hardware (in which case the evolution is said to be intrinsic), or tested in random sequences of computational simulation and real hardware (in which case the evolution is said to be mixtrinsic).

  13. Pressure-tuning micro-Raman spectra of artists' pigments: α- and β-copper phthalocyanine polymorphs.

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    Beaulieu-Houle, Guillaume; Gilson, Denis F R; Butler, Ian S

    2014-01-01

    The two polymorphs of copper phthalocyanine, α- and β-CuPc, have been examined by micro-Raman spectroscopy at pressures approaching 5.0 GPa. The metastable α-polymorph does not exhibit any structural changes, while the more thermodynamically stable β-polymorph does exhibit a reversible phase transition at 2.0 GPa. The pressure dependences (dν/dP) for a selected number of vibrational modes are reported. Two regions of the Raman spectra, 800-900 cm(-1) and 1100-1200 cm(-1), are sensitive to pressure such that they can be used as indicators of the polymorphic form.

  14. Photo-and pressure-induced transformations in the linear orthorhombic polymer of C{sub 60}

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    Meletov, K. P. Davydov, V. A.; Arvanitidis, J.; Christofilos, D.; Andrikopoulos, K. S.; Kourouklis, G. A.

    2008-10-15

    Stability of the linear orthorhombic polymer of C{sub 60} under pressure and laser irradiation is studied by Raman scattering and X-ray diffraction measurements. The Raman spectrum at ambient pressure remains unchanged, in the time scale of the experiment, up to an intensity of 3200 W/cm{sup 2} of the 514.5 nm line of an Ar{sup +} laser, but irreversible changes are observed at higher intensities. The Raman spectra recorded at increased pressure show similar irreversible changes even at the laser intensity as low as 470 W/cm{sup 2}. The X-ray diffraction and Raman measurements of the pressure-treated samples, performed after pressure release, show that the nonirradiated material does not exhibit any changes in the crystal structure and phonon spectra. This behavior indicates a pressure-enhanced photo-induced transformation to a new polymeric phase characterized by a Raman spectrum that differs from those of the other known polymeric phases of C{sub 60}. The Raman spectra of the phototransformed linear orthorhombic polymer of C{sub 60} were measured at a pressure of up to 29 GPa. The pressure dependence of the Raman mode frequencies show singularities near 4 GPa and 15 GPa, respectively, related to a reversible phase transition and an irreversible transformation to a metastable disordered phase. The diffuse Raman spectrum of the disordered phase does not exhibit substantial changes with an increase in pressure up to 29 GPa. The high-pressure phase transforms to a mixture of pristine and dimerized C{sub 60}, after pressure release and exposure to ambient conditions for 30 h.

  15. Single crystal growth in spin-coated films of polymorphic phthalocyanine derivative under solvent vapor

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    Higashi, T.; Ohmori, M.; Ramananarivo, M. F.; Fujii, A. Ozaki, M.

    2015-12-01

    The effects of solvent vapor on spin-coated films of a polymorphic phthalocyanine derivative were investigated. Growth of single crystal films via redissolving organic films under solvent vapor was revealed by in situ microscopic observations of the films. X-ray diffraction measurement of the films after exposing to solvent vapor revealed the phase transition of polymorphs under solvent vapor. The direction of crystal growth was clarified by measuring the crystal orientation in a grown monodomain film. The mechanism of crystal growth based on redissolving organic films under solvent vapor was discussed in terms of the different solubilities of the polymorphs.

  16. Polymorphic Evolutionary Games.

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    Fishman, Michael A

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, I present an analytical framework for polymorphic evolutionary games suitable for explicitly modeling evolutionary processes in diploid populations with sexual reproduction. The principal aspect of the proposed approach is adding diploid genetics cum sexual recombination to a traditional evolutionary game, and switching from phenotypes to haplotypes as the new game׳s pure strategies. Here, the relevant pure strategy׳s payoffs derived by summing the payoffs of all the phenotypes capable of producing gametes containing that particular haplotype weighted by the pertinent probabilities. The resulting game is structurally identical to the familiar Evolutionary Games with non-linear pure strategy payoffs (Hofbauer and Sigmund, 1998. Cambridge University Press), and can be analyzed in terms of an established analytical framework for such games. And these results can be translated into the terms of genotypic, and whence, phenotypic evolutionary stability pertinent to the original game.

  17. Gene Polymorphisms in Chronic Periodontitis

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    Laine, Marja L.; Loos, Bruno G.; Crielaard, W.

    2010-01-01

    We aimed to conduct a review of the literature for gene polymorphisms associated with chronic periodontitis (CP) susceptibility. A comprehensive search of the literature in English was performed using the keywords: periodontitis, periodontal disease, combined with the words genes, mutation, or polymorphism. Candidate gene polymorphism studies with a case-control design and reported genotype frequencies in CP patients were searched and reviewed. There is growing evidence that polymorphisms in the IL1, IL6, IL10, vitamin D receptor, and CD14 genes may be associated with CP in certain populations. However, carriage rates of the rare (R)-allele of any polymorphism varied considerably among studies and most of the studies appeared under-powered and did not correct for other risk factors. Larger cohorts, well-defined phenotypes, control for other risk factors, and analysis of multiple genes and polymorphisms within the same pathway are needed to get a more comprehensive insight into the contribution of gene polymorphisms in CP. PMID:20339487

  18. Liquid-Liquid Phase Transition in Nanoconfined Silicon Carbide.

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    Wu, Weikang; Zhang, Leining; Liu, Sida; Ren, Hongru; Zhou, Xuyan; Li, Hui

    2016-03-01

    We report theoretical evidence of a liquid-liquid phase transition (LLPT) in liquid silicon carbide under nanoslit confinement. The LLPT is characterized by layering transitions induced by confinement and pressure, accompanying the rapid change in density. During the layering transition, the proportional distribution of tetracoordinated and pentacoordinated structures exhibits remarkable change. The tricoordinated structures lead to the microphase separation between silicon (with the dominant tricoordinated, tetracoordinated, and pentacoordinated structures) and carbon (with the dominant tricoordinated structures) in the layer close to the walls. A strong layer separation between silicon atoms and carbon atoms is induced by strong wall-liquid forces. Importantly, the pressure confinement phase diagram with negative slopes for LLPT lines indicates that, under high pressure, the LLPT is mainly confinement-induced, but under low pressure, it becomes dominantly pressure-induced.

  19. High pressure structural phase transition in uranium monochalcogenides

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    Srivastava, A. K.; Kumari, Samiksha; Gupta, B. R. K.

    2010-01-01

    The pressure induced phase transition in uranium monochalcogenides, UX (X = S, Se, and Te) is studied by two-body potential approach. It is found that US, USe and UTe undergo a structural phase transition from NaCl (B1) type to CsCl (B2) type at 78.5, 21 and 9.5 GPa, respectively, which is in good agreement with the recent experimental data. In addition, second-order elastic constants (SOECs) (C 11, C 12 and C 14) have been calculated which can be used to establish the nature of the forces in these materials. The present study shows that the considered two-body potential model can be used to predict the phase transition pressure in UX compounds provided the strength and hardness parameters in B1 and B2 phases are different.

  20. Liquid-Liquid Phase Transition in Nanoconfined Silicon Carbide.

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    Wu, Weikang; Zhang, Leining; Liu, Sida; Ren, Hongru; Zhou, Xuyan; Li, Hui

    2016-03-01

    We report theoretical evidence of a liquid-liquid phase transition (LLPT) in liquid silicon carbide under nanoslit confinement. The LLPT is characterized by layering transitions induced by confinement and pressure, accompanying the rapid change in density. During the layering transition, the proportional distribution of tetracoordinated and pentacoordinated structures exhibits remarkable change. The tricoordinated structures lead to the microphase separation between silicon (with the dominant tricoordinated, tetracoordinated, and pentacoordinated structures) and carbon (with the dominant tricoordinated structures) in the layer close to the walls. A strong layer separation between silicon atoms and carbon atoms is induced by strong wall-liquid forces. Importantly, the pressure confinement phase diagram with negative slopes for LLPT lines indicates that, under high pressure, the LLPT is mainly confinement-induced, but under low pressure, it becomes dominantly pressure-induced. PMID:26859609

  1. High pressure phase transition in group III nitrides compounds

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

    2016-05-01

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

  2. Conventional empirical law reverses in the phase transitions of 122-type iron-based superconductors

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    Yu, Zhenhai; Wang, Lin; Wang, Luhong; Liu, Haozhe; Zhao, Jinggeng; Li, Chunyu; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Wu, Wei; Luo, Jianlin; Wang, Nanlin; Yang, Ke; Zhao, Yusheng; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2014-01-01

    Phase transition of solid-state materials is a fundamental research topic in condensed matter physics, materials science and geophysics. It has been well accepted and widely proven that isostructural compounds containing different cations undergo same pressure-induced phase transitions but at progressively lower pressures as the cation radii increases. However, we discovered that this conventional law reverses in the structural transitions in 122-type iron-based superconductors. In this report, a combined low temperature and high pressure X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement has identified the phase transition curves among the tetragonal (T), orthorhombic (O) and the collapsed-tetragonal (cT) phases in the structural phase diagram of the iron-based superconductor AFe2As2 (A = Ca, Sr, Eu, and Ba). The cation radii dependence of the phase transition pressure (T → cT) shows an opposite trend in which the compounds with larger ambient radii cations have a higher transition pressure. PMID:25417655

  3. Conventional empirical law reverses in the phase transitions of 122-type iron-based superconductors.

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    Yu, Zhenhai; Wang, Lin; Wang, Luhong; Liu, Haozhe; Zhao, Jinggeng; Li, Chunyu; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Wu, Wei; Luo, Jianlin; Wang, Nanlin; Yang, Ke; Zhao, Yusheng; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2014-01-01

    Phase transition of solid-state materials is a fundamental research topic in condensed matter physics, materials science and geophysics. It has been well accepted and widely proven that isostructural compounds containing different cations undergo same pressure-induced phase transitions but at progressively lower pressures as the cation radii increases. However, we discovered that this conventional law reverses in the structural transitions in 122-type iron-based superconductors. In this report, a combined low temperature and high pressure X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement has identified the phase transition curves among the tetragonal (T), orthorhombic (O) and the collapsed-tetragonal (cT) phases in the structural phase diagram of the iron-based superconductor AFe2As2 (A = Ca, Sr, Eu, and Ba). The cation radii dependence of the phase transition pressure (T → cT) shows an opposite trend in which the compounds with larger ambient radii cations have a higher transition pressure. PMID:25417655

  4. Preferential Nucleation during Polymorphic Transformations

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    Sharma, H.; Sietsma, J.; Offerman, S. E.

    2016-01-01

    Polymorphism is the ability of a solid material to exist in more than one phase or crystal structure. Polymorphism may occur in metals, alloys, ceramics, minerals, polymers, and pharmaceutical substances. Unresolved are the conditions for preferential nucleation during polymorphic transformations in which structural relationships or special crystallographic orientation relationships (OR’s) form between the nucleus and surrounding matrix grains. We measured in-situ and simultaneously the nucleation rates of grains that have zero, one, two, three and four special OR’s with the surrounding parent grains. These experiments show a trend in which the activation energy for nucleation becomes smaller – and therefore nucleation more probable - with increasing number of special OR’s. These insights contribute to steering the processing of polymorphic materials with tailored properties, since preferential nucleation affects which crystal structure forms, the average grain size and texture of the material, and thereby - to a large extent - the final properties of the material. PMID:27484579

  5. Preferential Nucleation during Polymorphic Transformations

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    Sharma, H.; Sietsma, J.; Offerman, S. E.

    2016-08-01

    Polymorphism is the ability of a solid material to exist in more than one phase or crystal structure. Polymorphism may occur in metals, alloys, ceramics, minerals, polymers, and pharmaceutical substances. Unresolved are the conditions for preferential nucleation during polymorphic transformations in which structural relationships or special crystallographic orientation relationships (OR’s) form between the nucleus and surrounding matrix grains. We measured in-situ and simultaneously the nucleation rates of grains that have zero, one, two, three and four special OR’s with the surrounding parent grains. These experiments show a trend in which the activation energy for nucleation becomes smaller – and therefore nucleation more probable - with increasing number of special OR’s. These insights contribute to steering the processing of polymorphic materials with tailored properties, since preferential nucleation affects which crystal structure forms, the average grain size and texture of the material, and thereby - to a large extent - the final properties of the material.

  6. Preferential Nucleation during Polymorphic Transformations.

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    Sharma, H; Sietsma, J; Offerman, S E

    2016-08-03

    Polymorphism is the ability of a solid material to exist in more than one phase or crystal structure. Polymorphism may occur in metals, alloys, ceramics, minerals, polymers, and pharmaceutical substances. Unresolved are the conditions for preferential nucleation during polymorphic transformations in which structural relationships or special crystallographic orientation relationships (OR's) form between the nucleus and surrounding matrix grains. We measured in-situ and simultaneously the nucleation rates of grains that have zero, one, two, three and four special OR's with the surrounding parent grains. These experiments show a trend in which the activation energy for nucleation becomes smaller - and therefore nucleation more probable - with increasing number of special OR's. These insights contribute to steering the processing of polymorphic materials with tailored properties, since preferential nucleation affects which crystal structure forms, the average grain size and texture of the material, and thereby - to a large extent - the final properties of the material.

  7. Preferential Nucleation during Polymorphic Transformations.

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    Sharma, H; Sietsma, J; Offerman, S E

    2016-01-01

    Polymorphism is the ability of a solid material to exist in more than one phase or crystal structure. Polymorphism may occur in metals, alloys, ceramics, minerals, polymers, and pharmaceutical substances. Unresolved are the conditions for preferential nucleation during polymorphic transformations in which structural relationships or special crystallographic orientation relationships (OR's) form between the nucleus and surrounding matrix grains. We measured in-situ and simultaneously the nucleation rates of grains that have zero, one, two, three and four special OR's with the surrounding parent grains. These experiments show a trend in which the activation energy for nucleation becomes smaller - and therefore nucleation more probable - with increasing number of special OR's. These insights contribute to steering the processing of polymorphic materials with tailored properties, since preferential nucleation affects which crystal structure forms, the average grain size and texture of the material, and thereby - to a large extent - the final properties of the material. PMID:27484579

  8. Continuity of states between the cholesteric → line hexatic transition and the condensation transition in DNA solutions

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    Yasar, Selcuk; Podgornik, Rudolf; Valle-Orero, Jessica; Johnson, Mark R.; Parsegian, V. Adrian

    2014-11-05

    A new method of finely temperature-tuning osmotic pressure allows one to identify the cholesteric → line hexatic transition of oriented or unoriented long-fragment DNA bundles in monovalent salt solutions as first order, with a small but finite volume discontinuity. This transition is similar to the osmotic pressure-induced expanded → condensed DNA transition in polyvalent salt solutions at small enough polyvalent salt concentrations. Therefore there exists a continuity of states between the two. This finding with the corresponding empirical equation of state, effectively relates the phase diagram of DNA solutions for monovalent salts to that for polyvalent salts and sheds some light on the complicated interactions between DNA molecules at high densities.

  9. Continuity of states between the cholesteric → line hexatic transition and the condensation transition in DNA solutions

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    Yasar, Selcuk; Podgornik, Rudolf; Valle-Orero, Jessica; Johnson, Mark R.; Parsegian, V. Adrian

    2014-11-05

    A new method of finely temperature-tuning osmotic pressure allows one to identify the cholesteric → line hexatic transition of oriented or unoriented long-fragment DNA bundles in monovalent salt solutions as first order, with a small but finite volume discontinuity. This transition is similar to the osmotic pressure-induced expanded → condensed DNA transition in polyvalent salt solutions at small enough polyvalent salt concentrations. Therefore there exists a continuity of states between the two. This finding with the corresponding empirical equation of state, effectively relates the phase diagram of DNA solutions for monovalent salts to that for polyvalent salts and sheds somemore » light on the complicated interactions between DNA molecules at high densities.« less

  10. Continuity of states between the cholesteric → line hexatic transition and the condensation transition in DNA solutions

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    Yasar, Selcuk; Podgornik, Rudolf; Valle-Orero, Jessica; Johnson, Mark R.; Parsegian, V. Adrian

    2014-11-01

    A new method of finely temperature-tuning osmotic pressure allows one to identify the cholesteric --> line hexatic transition of oriented or unoriented long-fragment DNA bundles in monovalent salt solutions as first order, with a small but finite volume discontinuity. This transition is similar to the osmotic pressure-induced expanded --> condensed DNA transition in polyvalent salt solutions at small enough polyvalent salt concentrations. Therefore there exists a continuity of states between the two. This finding, together with the corresponding empirical equation of state, effectively relates the phase diagram of DNA solutions for monovalent salts to that for polyvalent salts and sheds some light on the complicated interactions between DNA molecules at high densities.

  11. Genetic polymorphisms and disease prevention.

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    Mahoney, Martin C

    2007-06-15

    Building upon the resources of traditional epidemiology, molecular epidemiology has extended our understanding that disease risk varies based not only upon acquired factors (e.g., exposures, behaviors, demographics), but also as a function of inherited factors (e.g., genetic polymorphisms). Individual susceptibility to cancer is influenced by polymorphisms in phase I enzymes (e.g., activation), phase 2 enzymes (e.g., detoxification), defects in the repair of DNA damage and other cancer susceptibility genes. Because tobacco use and nutrition represent behaviors/exposures which account for a significant number of cancer cases and deaths, these two factors are used to illustrate the relationship between genetic polymorphisms and disease prevention. Susceptibility to the health risks of smoking appears to be influenced by genetic factors that impact initiation, dependence, and nicotine metabolism. Nutrient metabolism also involves polymorphic enzyme pathways and gene-nutrient interactions may influence cancer risk. While the discipline of molecular epidemiology continues to face methodologic challenges related to the need to study large numbers of subjects, current knowledge can be applied to prevention activities. Genetic polymorphisms, and other molecular markers, can be used to develop clinical prevention studies targeted to unique subsets of persons at the highest risk of developing disease. Knowledge about the relationships between polymorphisms and disease outcomes can also be used for reinforcing healthy lifestyles, motivating positive behavior changes, helping to target medical therapy, and aiding in better focusing surveillance activities. PMID:17252563

  12. New polymorphous computing fabric.

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    Wolinski, C.; Gokhale, M.; McCabe, K. P.

    2002-01-01

    This paper introduces a new polymorphous computing Fabric well suited to DSP and Image Processing and describes its implementation on a Configurable System on a Chip (CSOC). The architecture is highly parameterized and enables customization of the synthesized Fabric to achieve high performance for a specific class of application. For this reason it can be considered to be a generic model for hardware accelerator synthesis from a high level specification. Another important innovation is the Fabric uses a global memory concept, which gives the host processor random access to all the variables and instructions on the Fabric. The Fabric supports different computing models including MIMD, SPMD and systolic flow and permits dynamic reconfiguration. We present a specific implementation of a bank of FIR filters on a Fabric composed of 52 cells on the Altera Excalibur ARM running at 33 MHz. The theoretical performance of this Fabric is 1.8 GMACh. For the FIR application we obtain 1.6 GMAC/s real performance. Some automatic tools have been developed like the tool to provide a host access utility and assembler.

  13. Pressure-Induced Amorphization of Small Pore Zeolites—the Role of Cation-H2O Topology and Anti-glass Formation

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    Chan Hwang, Gil; Joo Shin, Tae; Blom, Douglas A.; Vogt, Thomas; Lee, Yongjae

    2015-01-01

    Systematic studies of pressure-induced amorphization of natrolites (PIA) containing monovalent extra-framework cations (EFC) Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+, Cs+ allow us to assess the role of two different EFC-H2O configurations within the pores of a zeolite: one arrangement has H2O molecules (NATI) and the other the EFC (NATII) in closer proximity to the aluminosilicate framework. We show that NATI materials have a lower onset pressure of PIA than the NATII materials containing Rb and Cs as EFC. The onset pressure of amorphization (PA) of NATII materials increases linearly with the size of the EFC, whereas their initial bulk moduli (P1 phase) decrease linearly. Only Cs- and Rb-NAT reveal a phase separation into a dense form (P2 phase) under pressure. High-Angle Annular Dark Field Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (HAADF-STEM) imaging shows that after recovery from pressures near 25 and 20 GPa long-range ordered Rb-Rb and Cs-Cs correlations continue to be present over length scales up to 100 nm while short-range ordering of the aluminosilicate framework is significantly reduced—this opens a new way to form anti-glass structures. PMID:26455345

  14. The role of stoichiometric vacancy periodicity in pressure-induced amorphization of the Ga{sub 2}SeTe{sub 2} semiconductor alloy

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    Abdul-Jabbar, N. M.; Kalkan, B.; MacDowell, A. A.; Huang, G.-Y.; Gronsky, R.; Bourret-Courchesne, E. D.; Wirth, B. D.

    2014-08-04

    We observe that pressure-induced amorphization of Ga{sub 2}SeTe{sub 2} (a III-VI semiconductor) is directly influenced by the periodicity of its intrinsic defect structures. Specimens with periodic and semi-periodic two-dimensional vacancy structures become amorphous around 10–11 GPa in contrast to those with aperiodic structures, which amorphize around 7–8 GPa. The result is an instance of altering material phase-change properties via rearrangement of stoichiometric vacancies as opposed to adjusting their concentrations. Based on our experimental findings, we posit that periodic two-dimensional vacancy structures in Ga{sub 2}SeTe{sub 2} provide an energetically preferred crystal lattice that is less prone to collapse under applied pressure. This is corroborated through first-principles electronic structure calculations, which demonstrate that the energy stability of III-VI structures under hydrostatic pressure is highly dependent on the configuration of intrinsic vacancies.

  15. Effect of environment on pressure-induced emission of benzophenone, 4,4{prime}-dichlorobenzophenone, and 4-(dimethylamino)benzaldehyde in solid media

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    Dreger, Z.A.; Drickamer, H.G.

    1997-02-20

    The pressure-induced emission of three aromatic carbonyls - benzophenone (BP), 4,4{prime}-dichlorobenzophenone (DCBP), and 4-(dimethylamino)benzaldehyde (DMABA) - dissolved in solid polymers and also in their crystalline state has been studied. Under pressure all compounds dissolved in polymers reveal a significant enhancement of the luminescence emission in the low-pressure region. The degree of increase is strongly dependent on the type of polymer. DMABA exhibits both fluorescence and phosphorescence, whereas BP and DCBP molecules show only phosphorescence. For all these molecules a model based on the increase with increasing pressure of the amount of {pi},{pi}{sup *} character in the initially predominately n,{pi}{sup *} triplet state is proposed to account for the observed increase of the emission intensity. In the case of DMABA it is proposed that the increase of the {pi},{pi}{sup *} character in the triplet state increases the emission intensity in two concurrent steps: by an increase of the radiative rate from the triplet state and by a decrease of the intersystem crossing rate between singlet and triplet states. The first factor increases phosphorescence intensity, and the second one effects the fluorescence. In the case of BP and DCBP, where the intersystem crossing process is very fast, the increase of pressure increases mainly the radiative rate of the lowest triplet state. 22 refs., 8 figs.

  16. A comparative in vitro study of the digestibility of heat- and high pressure-induced gels prepared from industrial milk whey proteins

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    He, Jin-Song; Mu, Tai-Hua; Wang, Juan

    2013-06-01

    We undertook this study to compare the digestibility of heat- and high pressure-induced gels produced from whey protein isolate (WPI). To simulate in vivo gastrointestinal digestion of WPI gels, a pepsin-trypsin digestion system was used. The in vitro protein digestibility of WPI gels induced by high pressure (400 MPa and 30 min; P-gel) and those induced by heat (80°C and 30 min; H-gel) was compared using a protein concentration of 0.14 g mL-1. The in vitro protein digestibility of P-gels was significantly greater than that of H-gels (p<0.05). The size-exclusion chromatography profiles of the hydrolysates showed that the P-gel generated more and smaller peptides than natural WPI and H-gels. Furthermore, Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis showed some soluble disulfide-mediated aggregation in the P-gel, while there was more insoluble aggregation in the H-gel than the P-gel. The P-gel was more sensitive to proteinase than the H-gel, which was related to the content of S-S bonds, and this in turn could be attributed to the differences in the gelation mechanism between the H-gel and P-gel.

  17. Transitional Care

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    Naylor, Mary; Keating, Stacen A.

    2008-01-01

    Transitional care encompasses a broad range of services and environments designed to promote the safe and timely passage of patients between levels of health care and across care settings. High-quality transitional care is especially important for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and complex therapeutic regimens, as well as for their…

  18. Newborn transition.

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    Graves, Barbara W; Haley, Mary Mumford

    2013-01-01

    The transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life is a complex adaptation. Although, in a sense, the entire time in utero is in preparation for this transition, there are many specific anatomic and physiologic changes that take place in the weeks and days leading up to labor that facilitate a healthy transition. Some, including increasing pulmonary vasculature and blood flow, are part of an ongoing process of maturation. Others, such as a reversal in the lung from secreting fluid to absorbing fluid and the secretion of pulmonary surfactant, are associated with the hormonal milieu that occurs when spontaneous labor is impending. Interventions such as elective cesarean birth or induction of labor may interfere with this preparation for birth. Postnatal interventions such as immediate clamping of the umbilical cord and oropharyngeal suction may also compromise the normal process of newborn transition. This article reviews the physiology of the fetal to newborn transition and explores interventions that may facilitate or hinder the optimal process.

  19. Polymorphism complexity and handedness inversion in serum albumin amyloid fibrils.

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    Usov, Ivan; Adamcik, Jozef; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2013-12-23

    Protein-based amyloid fibrils can show a great variety of polymorphic structures within the same protein precursor, although the origins of these structural homologues remain poorly understood. In this work we investigate the fibrillation of bovine serum albumin--a model globular protein--and we follow the polymorphic evolution by a statistical analysis of high-resolution atomic force microscopy images, complemented, at larger length scales, by concepts based on polymer physics formalism. We identify six distinct classes of coexisting amyloid fibrils, including flexible left-handed twisted ribbons, rigid right-handed helical ribbons and nanotubes. We show that the rigid fibrils originate from flexible fibrils through two diverse polymorphic transitions, first, via a single-fibril transformation when the flexible left-handed twisted ribbons turn into the helical left-handed ribbons, to finally evolve into nanotube-like structures, and second, via a double-fibril transformation when two flexible left-handed twisted ribbons wind together resulting in a right-handed twisted ribbon, followed by a rigid right-handed helical ribbon polymorphic conformation. Hence, the change in handedness occurs with an increase in the level of the fibril's structural organization. PMID:24171389

  20. Pressure induced ageing of polymers

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    Emri, I.; Knauss, W. G.

    1988-01-01

    The nonlinearly viscoelastic response of an amorphous homopolymer is considered under aspects of time dependent free volume behavior. In contrast to linearly viscoelastic solids, this model couples shear and volume deformation through a shift function which influences the rate of molecular relaxation or creep. Sample computations produce all those qualitative features one observes normally in uniaxial tension including the rate dependent formation of a yield point as a consequence of the history of an imposed pressure.

  1. Structural Polymorphism in Amyloids

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    Jones, Eric M.; Wu, Bo; Surewicz, Krystyna; Nadaud, Philippe S.; Helmus, Jonathan J.; Chen, Shugui; Jaroniec, Christopher P.; Surewicz, Witold K.

    2011-01-01

    The C-terminally-truncated human prion protein variant Y145Stop (or PrP23–144), associated with a familial prion disease, provides a valuable model for studying the fundamental properties of protein amyloids. In previous solid-state NMR experiments, we established that the β-sheet core of the PrP23–144 amyloid is composed of two β-strand regions encompassing residues ∼113–125 and ∼130–140. The former segment contains a highly conserved hydrophobic palindrome sequence, 113AGAAAAGA120, which has been considered essential to PrP conformational conversion. Here, we examine the role of this segment in fibrillization of PrP23–144 using a deletion variant, Δ113–120 PrP23–144, in which the palindrome sequence is missing. Surprisingly, we find that deletion of the palindrome sequence affects neither the amyloidogenicity nor the polymerization kinetics of PrP23–144, although it does alter amyloid conformation and morphology. Using two-dimensional and three-dimensional solid-state NMR methods, we find that Δ113–120 PrP23–144 fibrils contain an altered β-core extended N-terminally to residue ∼106, encompassing residues not present in the core of wild-type PrP23–144 fibrils. The C-terminal β-strand of the core, however, is similar in both fibril types. Collectively, these data indicate that amyloid cores of PrP23–144 variants contain “essential” (i.e. nucleation-determining) and “nonessential” regions, with the latter being “movable” in amino acid sequence space. These findings reveal an intriguing new mechanism for structural polymorphism in amyloids and suggest a potential means for modulating the physicochemical properties of amyloid fibrils without compromising their polymerization characteristics. PMID:22002245

  2. Measuring free-energy difference between crystal polymorphs through eutectic melting.

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    Yu, Lian; Huang, Jun; Jones, Karen J

    2005-10-27

    We describe a method to measure the free-energy difference, DeltaG, between crystal polymorphs from their calorimetric data of eutectic melting with a common additive. The use of different additives yields DeltaG as a function of temperature. The method is suitable for crystals that chemically decompose or physically transform before melting. It applies to not only true polymorphs but also pairs of racemate and conglomerate of resolvable enantiomers. We illustrate the method with the polymorphs of glycine, d-mannitol, and tazofelone and report a new value (123 degrees C) for the enantiotropic transition temperature of alpha and gamma glycine. We show how different additives (including a liquid additive, water) can be used for different compounds. The DeltaG data thus obtained are important for structure-stability studies and controlling crystallization in polymorphic systems.

  3. Physical and Chemical Aspects of Pharmaceutical Solids: Fundamentals of Polymorphs, Hydrates and Solvates

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    Reutzel-Edens, Susan

    2007-03-01

    Crystal polymorphs are solid phases of a given compound resulting from the possibility of at least two different arrangements of the molecules of that compound in the solid state. Solvates form when the solvent is incorporated in the crystal structure of a compound; hydrates form when water is the solvent of crystallization. The potential effects of crystal polymorphism and hydration on the quality and performance of drug products is widely recognized by the pharmaceutical industry. Investigations of crystal polymorphism and hydration are usually conducted early in drug development to optimize the physical properties of a pharmaceutical solid. Although the thermodynamically most stable crystal form is generally selected for commercial development to mitigate the risk of undesired phase transformations, form selection oftentimes involves a compromise among different physical properties of various drug crystal forms. Controlling polymorph (or hydrate) appearance must be accomplished through careful evaluation of both thermodynamic (tendency toward the formation of more stable crystal forms) and kinetic parameters (which lead to the formation of metastable forms) in the crystallization process. In this presentation, fundamental aspects of polymorphs and solvates (hydrates) will be explored. Particular attention will be given to the structure and stability relationships between polymorphs and hydrates, kinetic vs. thermodynamic transitions, and the impact of polymorphism and hydration on the chemical and physical stability of an active pharmaceutical ingredient.

  4. Polymorphism in Bi2(SO4)3

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    Subban, Chinmayee V.; Rousse, Gwenaëlle; Courty, Matthieu; Barboux, Philippe; Tarascon, Jean-Marie

    2014-12-01

    A new polymorph of Bi2(SO4)3 was prepared by reaction of LiBiO2 with H2SO4 and its crystal structure was solved from X-ray powder diffraction. This new polymorph crystallizes in C2/c space group with lattice parameters a = 17.3383(3) Å, b = 6.77803(12) Å, c = 8.30978(13) Å, β = 101.4300(12)°. Bi2(SO4)3 presents a layered structure made of SO4 sulfate groups and signs of stereochemically active Bi3+ lone pairs. The new Bi2(SO4)3 absorbs water to form Bi2(H2O)2(SO4)2(OH)2 through an intermediate Bi2O(OH)2SO4 phase, and the transition is reversible when heated under vacuum.

  5. Comparative Hydrodynamics of Bacterial Polymorphism

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    Spagnolie, Saverio E.; Lauga, Eric

    2011-02-01

    Most bacteria swim through fluids by rotating helical flagella which can take one of 12 distinct polymorphic shapes, the most common of which is the normal form used during forward swimming runs. To shed light on the prevalence of the normal form in locomotion, we gather all available experimental measurements of the various polymorphic forms and compute their intrinsic hydrodynamic efficiencies. The normal helical form is found to be the most efficient of the 12 polymorphic forms by a significant margin—a conclusion valid for both the peritrichous and polar flagellar families, and robust to a change in the effective flagellum diameter or length. Hence, although energetic costs of locomotion are small for bacteria, fluid mechanical forces may have played a significant role in the evolution of the flagellum.

  6. Theoretical study of B3-to-B1 phase transition in ZnS

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    Li, Qiang; Zhang, Rui; Lv, Tianquan; Cao, Qilong

    2016-10-01

    The pressure-induced phase transformation from B3 to B1 structures in ZnS using first-principle projector-augmented wave method is studied. To understand the nature and driving force behind the transition, the interesting properties in both phases, including enthalpy, phonon dispersion curves and elastic constants, are systematically investigated. The results show that the calculated transition pressure is within the range of 16.33 GPa to 19.04 GPa, which is in good agreement with the available experimental and theoretical data. The transition process can be viewed as the appearance and disappearance of very slight lattice distortion accompanied by the movement of Zn and S atoms along the [111] crystallographic axis. The physical driving force of the B3-B1 phase transition is confirmed to be a coupling effect between the mechanical instability of B3 phase under pressure and the softening acoustic phonon mode resulting from the pressure-induced lattice deformation. For B1 phase, it is further predicted that a new phase transition takes place at about 59.9 GPa.

  7. Genetics Home Reference: catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia

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    ... for This Page Cerrone M, Napolitano C, Priori SG. Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia: A paradigm to understand ... on PubMed Central Liu N, Ruan Y, Priori SG. Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2008 ...

  8. Reinvestigation of high pressure polymorphism in hafnium metal

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    Pandey, K. K. Sharma, Surinder M.; Gyanchandani, Jyoti; Dey, G. K.; Somayazulu, M.; Sikka, S. K.

    2014-06-21

    There has been a recent controversy about the high pressure polymorphism of Hafnium (Hf). Unlike, the earlier known α→ω structural transition at 38 ± 8 GPa, at ambient temperature, Hrubiak et al. [J. Appl. Phys. 111, 112612 (2012)] did not observe it till 51 GPa. They observed this transition only at elevated temperatures. We have reinvestigated the room temperature phase diagram of Hf, employing x-ray diffraction (XRD) and DFT based first principles calculations. Experimental investigations have been carried out on several pure and impure Hf samples and also with different pressure transmitting media. Besides demonstrating the significant role of impurity levels on the high pressure phase diagram of Hf, our studies re-establish room temperature α→ω transition at high pressures, even in quasi-hydrostatic environment. We observed this transition in pure Hf with equilibrium transition pressure P{sub o} = 44.5 GPa; however, with large hysteresis. The structural sequence, transition pressures, the lattice parameters, the c/a ratio and its variation with compression for the α and ω phases as predicted by our ab-initio scalar relativistic (SR) calculations are found to be in good agreement with our experimental results of pure Hf.

  9. Reinvestigation of high pressure polymorphism in hafnium metal

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    Pandey, K. K.; Gyanchandani, Jyoti; Somayazulu, M.; Dey, G. K.; Sharma, Surinder M.; Sikka, S. K.

    2014-06-01

    There has been a recent controversy about the high pressure polymorphism of Hafnium (Hf). Unlike, the earlier known α→ω structural transition at 38 ± 8 GPa, at ambient temperature, Hrubiak et al. [J. Appl. Phys. 111, 112612 (2012)] did not observe it till 51 GPa. They observed this transition only at elevated temperatures. We have reinvestigated the room temperature phase diagram of Hf, employing x-ray diffraction (XRD) and DFT based first principles calculations. Experimental investigations have been carried out on several pure and impure Hf samples and also with different pressure transmitting media. Besides demonstrating the significant role of impurity levels on the high pressure phase diagram of Hf, our studies re-establish room temperature α→ω transition at high pressures, even in quasi-hydrostatic environment. We observed this transition in pure Hf with equilibrium transition pressure Po = 44.5 GPa; however, with large hysteresis. The structural sequence, transition pressures, the lattice parameters, the c/a ratio and its variation with compression for the α and ω phases as predicted by our ab-initio scalar relativistic (SR) calculations are found to be in good agreement with our experimental results of pure Hf.

  10. Association between TNF-α promoter polymorphism and Helicobacter pylori cagA subtype infection

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    Yea, S; Yang, Y; Jang, W; Lee, Y; Bae, H; Paik, K

    2001-01-01

    Aims—To assess the importance of tumour necrosis factor α (TNF-α) promoter polymorphism in relation to infection with the cytotoxin associated gene A (cagA) subtype of Helicobacter pylori within a dyspeptic Korean population. Methods—Eighty three patients with gastric disease and 113 healthy controls were studied. The DNA from gastric biopsy specimens was analysed by H pylori specific and cagA specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR). To characterise TNF-α polymorphism at positions -308 and -238, PCR based restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis was performed. Results—Helicobacter pylori infection was closely correlated with G to A transition at position -308 of the TNF-α promoter when compared with healthy controls (odds ratio (OR), 2.912; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.082 to 7.836; p = 0.034). Although TNF-α -308 polymorphism in patients with H pylori was not significantly different from that in patients without H pylori, the -308A polymorphism was strongly associated with H pylori cagA subtype infection when compared with the polymorphism in cagA negative H pylori infection (OR, 8.757; 95% CI, 1.413 to 54.262; p = 0.019) and healthy controls (OR, 3.683; 95% CI, 1.343 to 10.101; p = 0.011). G to A genetic change at position -238 of the TNF-α gene was not significantly associated with H pylori cagA subtype infection. In addition, genetic polymorphisms at both sites of the TNF-α promoter in patients with H pylori infection did not correlate with the severity of disease. Conclusion—TNF-α -308A polymorphism was significantly related to infection with the H pylori cagA subtype in Korean patients with gastric disease. Key Words: Helicobacter pylori • cagA • tumour necrosis factor α • polymorphism PMID:11533078

  11. Diverse polymorphism of G-quadruplexes as a kinetic phenomenon.

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    Prislan, Iztok; Lah, Jurij; Vesnaver, Gorazd

    2008-10-29

    Knowledge of forces that drive conformational transitions of G-quadruplexes is crucial for understanding the molecular basis of several key cellular processes. It can only be acquired by combining structural, thermodynamic and kinetic information. Existing biophysical and structural evidences on polymorphism of intermolecular G-quadruplexes have shown that the formation of a number of these structures is a kinetically controlled process. Reported kinetic models that have been used to describe the association of single strands into quadruplex structures seem to be inappropriate since the corresponding model-predicted activation energies turn out to be negative. By contrast, we propose here a novel kinetic model that successfully describes experimentally monitored folding/unfolding transitions of G-quadruplexes and gives positive activation energies for all elementary steps, including those describing association of two single strands into bimolecular quadruplex structures. It is based on a combined thermodynamic and kinetic investigation of polymorphic behavior of bimolecular G-quadruplexes formed from d(G4T4G4) and d(G4T4G3) strands in the presence of Na(+) ions, monitored by spectroscopic (UV, CD) and calorimetric (DSC) techniques. According to our experiment and model analysis the topology of the measured G-quadruplexes is clearly flexible with the conformational forms that respond to the rate of temperature change at which global unfolding/folding transitions occur. PMID:18826223

  12. Electronic and structural transitions in dense liquid sodium

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    Raty, Jean-Yves; Schwegler, Eric; Bonev, Stanimir A.

    2007-09-01

    At ambient conditions, the light alkali metals are free-electron-like crystals with a highly symmetric structure. However, they were found recently to exhibit unexpected complexity under pressure. It was predicted from theory-and later confirmed by experiment-that lithium and sodium undergo a sequence of symmetry-breaking transitions, driven by a Peierls mechanism, at high pressures. Measurements of the sodium melting curve have subsequently revealed an unprecedented (and still unexplained) pressure-induced drop in melting temperature from 1,000K at 30GPa down to room temperature at 120GPa. Here we report results from ab initio calculations that explain the unusual melting behaviour in dense sodium. We show that molten sodium undergoes a series of pressure-induced structural and electronic transitions, analogous to those observed in solid sodium but commencing at much lower pressure in the presence of liquid disorder. As pressure is increased, liquid sodium initially evolves by assuming a more compact local structure. However, a transition to a lower-coordinated liquid takes place at a pressure of around 65GPa, accompanied by a threefold drop in electrical conductivity. This transition is driven by the opening of a pseudogap, at the Fermi level, in the electronic density of states-an effect that has not hitherto been observed in a liquid metal. The lower-coordinated liquid emerges at high temperatures and above the stability region of a close-packed free-electron-like metal. We predict that similar exotic behaviour is possible in other materials as well.

  13. Polymorphism in pleistocene land snails.

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    Owen, D F

    1966-04-01

    Under suitable conditions the colors and patterns of the shells of land snails may be preserved for thousands of years. In a late Pleistocene population of Limicolaria martensiana all the major color forms that occur in modern living snails may be distinguished, and the basic polymorphism is at least 8,000 to 10,000 year old. PMID:17830234

  14. Unraveling the sequence-dependent polymorphic behavior of d(CpG) steps in B-DNA

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    Dans, Pablo Daniel; Faustino, Ignacio; Battistini, Federica; Zakrzewska, Krystyna; Lavery, Richard; Orozco, Modesto

    2014-01-01

    We have made a detailed study of one of the most surprising sources of polymorphism in B-DNA: the high twist/low twist (HT/LT) conformational change in the d(CpG) base pair step. Using extensive computations, complemented with database analysis, we were able to characterize the twist polymorphism in the d(CpG) step in all the possible tetranucleotide environment. We found that twist polymorphism is coupled with BI/BII transitions, and, quite surprisingly, with slide polymorphism in the neighboring step. Unexpectedly, the penetration of cations into the minor groove of the d(CpG) step seems to be the key element in promoting twist transitions. The tetranucleotide environment also plays an important role in the sequence-dependent d(CpG) polymorphism. In this connection, we have detected a previously unexplored intramolecular C-H···O hydrogen bond interaction that stabilizes the low twist state when 3′-purines flank the d(CpG) step. This work explains a coupled mechanism involving several apparently uncorrelated conformational transitions that has only been partially inferred by earlier experimental or theoretical studies. Our results provide a complete description of twist polymorphism in d(CpG) steps and a detailed picture of the molecular choreography associated with this conformational change. PMID:25223784

  15. Metric transition

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    1992-01-01

    This report describes NASA's metric transition in terms of seven major program elements. Six are technical areas involving research, technology development, and operations; they are managed by specific Program Offices at NASA Headquarters. The final program element, Institutional Management, covers both NASA-wide functional management under control of NASA Headquarters and metric capability development at the individual NASA Field Installations. This area addresses issues common to all NASA program elements, including: Federal, state, and local coordination; standards; private industry initiatives; public-awareness initiatives; and employee training. The concluding section identifies current barriers and impediments to metric transition; NASA has no specific recommendations for consideration by the Congress.

  16. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO3

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    Wang, Shanmin; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Yi; Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Jianzhong; Wang, Wendan; Bai, Ligang; Qian, Jiang; Yin, Liang; Sullivan, Neil S.; Jin, Changqing; He, Duanwei; Xu, Jian; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-01-01

    The Mott insulator in correlated electron systems arises from classical Coulomb repulsion between carriers to provide a powerful force for electron localization. Turning such an insulator into a metal, the so-called Mott transition, is commonly achieved by “bandwidth” control or “band filling.” However, both mechanisms deviate from the original concept of Mott, which attributes such a transition to the screening of Coulomb potential and associated lattice contraction. Here, we report a pressure-induced isostructural Mott transition in cubic perovskite PbCrO3. At the transition pressure of ∼3 GPa, PbCrO3 exhibits significant collapse in both lattice volume and Coulomb potential. Concurrent with the collapse, it transforms from a hybrid multiferroic insulator to a metal. For the first time to our knowledge, these findings validate the scenario conceived by Mott. Close to the Mott criticality at ∼300 K, fluctuations of the lattice and charge give rise to elastic anomalies and Laudau critical behaviors resembling the classic liquid–gas transition. The anomalously large lattice volume and Coulomb potential in the low-pressure insulating phase are largely associated with the ferroelectric distortion, which is substantially suppressed at high pressures, leading to the first-order phase transition without symmetry breaking. PMID:26604314

  17. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO 3

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    Wang, Shanmin; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Yi; Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Jianzhong; Wang, Wendan; Bai, Ligang; Qian, Jiang; Yin, Liang; Sullivan, Neil S.; et al

    2015-11-24

    The Mott insulator in correlated electron systems arises from classical Coulomb repulsion between carriers to provide a powerful force for electron localization. When turning such an insulator into a metal, the so-called Mott transition, is commonly achieved by "bandwidth" control or "band filling." However, both mechanisms deviate from the original concept of Mott, which attributes such a transition to the screening of Coulomb potential and associated lattice contraction. We report a pressure-induced isostructural Mott transition in cubic perovskite PbCrO3. At the transition pressure of similar to 3 GPa, PbCrO3 exhibits significant collapse in both lattice volume and Coulomb potential. Concurrentmore » with the collapse, it transforms from a hybrid multiferroic insulator to a metal. For the first time to our knowledge, these findings validate the scenario conceived by Mott. Close to the Mott criticality at similar to 300 K, fluctuations of the lattice and charge give rise to elastic anomalies and Laudau critical behaviors resembling the classic liquid-gas transition. Moreover, the anomalously large lattice volume and Coulomb potential in the low-pressure insulating phase are largely associated with the ferroelectric distortion, which is substantially suppressed at high pressures, leading to the first-order phase transition without symmetry breaking.« less

  18. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO3.

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    Wang, Shanmin; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Yi; Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Jianzhong; Wang, Wendan; Bai, Ligang; Qian, Jiang; Yin, Liang; Sullivan, Neil S; Jin, Changqing; He, Duanwei; Xu, Jian; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-12-15

    The Mott insulator in correlated electron systems arises from classical Coulomb repulsion between carriers to provide a powerful force for electron localization. Turning such an insulator into a metal, the so-called Mott transition, is commonly achieved by "bandwidth" control or "band filling." However, both mechanisms deviate from the original concept of Mott, which attributes such a transition to the screening of Coulomb potential and associated lattice contraction. Here, we report a pressure-induced isostructural Mott transition in cubic perovskite PbCrO3. At the transition pressure of ∼3 GPa, PbCrO3 exhibits significant collapse in both lattice volume and Coulomb potential. Concurrent with the collapse, it transforms from a hybrid multiferroic insulator to a metal. For the first time to our knowledge, these findings validate the scenario conceived by Mott. Close to the Mott criticality at ∼300 K, fluctuations of the lattice and charge give rise to elastic anomalies and Laudau critical behaviors resembling the classic liquid-gas transition. The anomalously large lattice volume and Coulomb potential in the low-pressure insulating phase are largely associated with the ferroelectric distortion, which is substantially suppressed at high pressures, leading to the first-order phase transition without symmetry breaking. PMID:26604314

  19. Interleukin gene polymorphisms in pneumoconiosis.

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    Helmig, Simone; Grossmann, Martin; Wübbeling, Jelena; Schneider, Joachim

    2012-08-01

    Inhaled asbestos fibres are known to cause inflammation processes with the result of lung or pleural fibrosis and malignancies. Interleukins (IL), such as IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-10, have various functions in the regulation of the inflammatory response and in proliferative processes after inhalation of silica dust and can, therefore, influence the pathogenesis of asbestos-induced fibrosis and carcinogenesis. Polymorphisms within these genes may be associated with susceptibility to silica and asbestos-induced lung diseases. Thus, IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-10 polymorphisms were examined to determine an association with asbestos or silica-induced fibrosis or malignancies. Association studies were performed in 1180 individuals, using control subjects (n=177), fibrosis patients (n=605), lung cancer (LC) patients (n=364) and malignant mesothelioma (MM) patients (n=34). IL-1β (C-511T; C+3954T), IL-6 (G-174C) as well as IL-10 (G-1082A) polymorphisms were investigated. Compared to a healthy (control) group, a higher risk was seen for malignant mesothelioma patients in all investigated polymorphisms. The IL-6 -174C allele showed a tendency towards a higher risk for fibrosis or asbestos-induced lung cancer (ORasbestosis, 1.338; 95% CI, 0.71-2.53; ORsilicosis, 1.226; 95% CI, 0.54-2.81; ORfibrosis other aetiology, 1.313; 95% CI, 0.58-2.98 and ORLC asbestos, 2.112; 95% CI, 0.75-5.92). The IL-10 -1082A carrier seemed to be at higher risk for silicosis (ORsilicosis, 2.064; 95% CI, 0.78-5.49) but not for asbestosis. In summary, this study did not reveal sufficient evidence for a significant association of the investigated interleukin polymorphisms with asbestos or silica-induced diseases in the population studied.

  20. Characterization of polymorphic ampicillin forms.

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    Baraldi, C; Tinti, A; Ottani, S; Gamberini, M C

    2014-11-01

    In this work polymorphs of α-aminobenzylpenicillin (ampicillin), a β-lactamic antibiotic, were prepared and investigated by several experimental and theoretical methods. Amorphous monohydrate and three crystalline forms, the trihydrate, the crystal form I and the crystal form II, were investigated by FT-IR and micro-Raman. Also data obtained by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) and hot-stage Raman spectroscopy are reported. Finally, quantum mechanical calculations were performed by density functional theory (DFT) to assist the assignment of spectroscopic experimental bands. For the first time, the ampicillin molecule in its zwitterionic form was studied at the B3LYP/aug-cc-pVDZ level and the corresponding theoretical vibrational spectra were computed. In fact, ampicillin in the crystal is in zwitterionic form and concentrations of this same form are quite relevant in solutions at physiological pH. Experimental and theoretical results allowed identification of specific features for polymorph characterization. Bands typical of the different polymorphs are identified both in IR and Raman spectra: in particular in the NH stretching region (IR), in the amide I+δNH region (both techniques), in the 1520-1490cm(-1) region (IR), in the 1320-1300cm(-1) and 1280-1220cm(-1) (IR), in the 1200-1170cm(-1) (Raman), in the amide V region (IR), and, finally, in the 715-640cm(-1) and 220-200cm(-1) (Raman). Interconversion among different polymorphs was investigated by hot-stage Raman spectroscopy and thermal analysis, clarifying the complex pattern of transformations undergone as a function of temperature and heating rate. In particular, DSC scans show how the trihydrate crystals transform into anhydrous forms on heating. Finally, stability tests demonstrated, after a two years period, that no transformation or degradation of the polymorphs occurred.

  1. Neutral behavior of shared polymorphism

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    Clark, Andrew G.

    1997-01-01

    Several cases have been described in the literature where genetic polymorphism appears to be shared between a pair of species. Here we examine the distribution of times to random loss of shared polymorphism in the context of the neutral Wright–Fisher model. Order statistics are used to obtain the distribution of times to loss of a shared polymorphism based on Kimura’s solution to the diffusion approximation of the Wright–Fisher model. In a single species, the expected absorption time for a neutral allele having an initial allele frequency of ½ is 2.77 N generations. If two species initially share a polymorphism, that shared polymorphism is lost as soon as either of two species undergoes fixation. The loss of a shared polymorphism thus occurs sooner than loss of polymorphism in a single species and has an expected time of 1.7 N generations. Molecular sequences of genes with shared polymorphism may be characterized by the count of the number of sites that segregate in both species for the same nucleotides (or amino acids). The distribution of the expected numbers of these shared polymorphic sites also is obtained. Shared polymorphism appears to be more likely at genetic loci that have an unusually large number of segregating alleles, and the neutral coalescent proves to be very useful in determining the probability of shared allelic lineages expected by chance. These results are related to examples of shared polymorphism in the literature. PMID:9223256

  2. Polymorphs of Theophylline Characterized by DNP Enhanced Solid-State NMR

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    2015-01-01

    We show how dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy can be used to characterize polymorphs and solvates of organic solids. We applied DNP to three polymorphs and one hydrated form of the asthma drug molecule theophylline. For some forms of theophylline, sample grinding and impregnation with the radical-containing solution, which are necessary to prepare the samples for DNP, were found to induce polymorphic transitions or desolvation between some forms. We present protocols for sample preparation for solid-state magic-angle spinning (MAS) DNP experiments that avoid the polymorphic phase transitions in theophylline. These protocols include cryogrinding, grinding under inert atmosphere, and the appropriate choice of the impregnating liquid. By applying these procedures, we subsequently demonstrate that two-dimensional correlation experiments, such as 1H–13C and 1H–15N HETCOR or 13C–13C INADEQUATE, can be obtained at natural isotopic abundance in reasonable times, thus enabling more advanced structural characterization of polymorphs. PMID:26393368

  3. Polymorphs of Theophylline Characterized by DNP Enhanced Solid-State NMR.

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    Pinon, Arthur C; Rossini, Aaron J; Widdifield, Cory M; Gajan, David; Emsley, Lyndon

    2015-11-01

    We show how dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy can be used to characterize polymorphs and solvates of organic solids. We applied DNP to three polymorphs and one hydrated form of the asthma drug molecule theophylline. For some forms of theophylline, sample grinding and impregnation with the radical-containing solution, which are necessary to prepare the samples for DNP, were found to induce polymorphic transitions or desolvation between some forms. We present protocols for sample preparation for solid-state magic-angle spinning (MAS) DNP experiments that avoid the polymorphic phase transitions in theophylline. These protocols include cryogrinding, grinding under inert atmosphere, and the appropriate choice of the impregnating liquid. By applying these procedures, we subsequently demonstrate that two-dimensional correlation experiments, such as (1)H-(13)C and (1)H-(15)N HETCOR or (13)C-(13)C INADEQUATE, can be obtained at natural isotopic abundance in reasonable times, thus enabling more advanced structural characterization of polymorphs.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  5. Spin transition in ferrous iron in MgSiO3 perovskite under pressure

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    Umemoto, K.; Yu, Y.; Wentzcovitch, R. M.

    2009-05-01

    We present a density functional study of the pressure-induced spin transition in ferrous iron in MgSiO3 perovskite. We address the influence of iron concentration and configuration (structural and magnetic), as well as technical issues such as the nature of the exchange correlation (XC) functional (CA-LDA versus PBE-GGA) on the spin transition pressure. Supercells containing up to 160 atoms were adopted to tackle these issues. We show that there are preferred configurations for high-spin and low-spin iron and that the spin transition pressure depends strongly on iron concentration and XC functionals. We also address changes of atomic structure around Fe atoms and electronic structure including the blue shift accompanying the spin transition. Research supported by NSF/EAR 013533, 0230319, and NSF/ITR 0428774 (VLab). Computations were performed at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute and Indiana University's BigRed system.

  6. Phase transition induced strain in ZnO under high pressure

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

    2016-05-01

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

  7. Melting of transition metals at high pressure and the influence of liquid frustration. I. The late metals Cu, Ni and Fe

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    Ross, M; Boehler, R; Errandonea, D

    2007-03-15

    This report focuses on the role that frustration, or preferred liquid local causes ordering, plays in the melting of transition metals. Specifically, Cu, Ni and Fe. It is proposed that for liquids of metals with partially filled d-bands (Ni and Fe) frustration caused by Peierls/Jahn-Teller distortion and pressure-induced s-d electron promotion provides a mechanism for creating and enhancing the stability of local structures. At the most elementary level, liquid structures are essentially impurities that lower the freezing point. In the case of transition metals with partially filled d-bands, the application of pressure induces s-d electron promotion increases the concentration of local structures. This leads to melting slopes for Ni and Fe that are considerably lower than measured for Cu, and lower than for theoretical predictions employing models in which liquid structures are neglected.

  8. Pressure-driven high to low spin transition in the bimetallic quantum magnet [Ru2(O2CMe)4]3[Cr(CN)6

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    O'Neal, K. R.; Liu, Z.; Miller, Joel S.; Fishman, Randy Scott; Musfeldt, J. L.

    2014-01-01

    Synchrotron-based infrared and Raman spectroscopies were brought together with diamond anvil cell techniques and an analysis of the magnetic properties to investigate the pressure-induced high low spin transition in [Ru2(O2CMe)4]3[Cr(CN)6]. The extended nature of the diruthenium wavefunction combined with coupling to chromium-related local lattice distortions changes the relative energies of the and orbitals and drives the high low spin transition on the mixed-valence diruthenium complex. This is a rare example of an externally controlled metamagnetic transition in which both spin-orbit and spin-lattice interactions contribute to the mechanism.

  9. Characterization and Thermodynamic Relationship of Three Polymorphs of a Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitor, Febuxostat.

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    Patel, Jinish; Jagia, Moksh; Bansal, Arvind Kumar; Patel, Sarsvatkumar

    2015-11-01

    Febuxostat (FXT), a xanthine oxidase inhibitor, is an interesting and unique molecule, which exhibits extensive polymorphism, with over 15 polymorphic forms reported to date. The primary purpose of the study was to characterize the three polymorphic forms with respect to their thermodynamic quantities and establish thermodynamic relationship between them. The polymorphs were characterized by thermal and powder X-ray diffraction methods. Three different methods were used to calculate the transition temperatures (Ttr) and thereby their thermodynamic relationships. Although the first and second method used calorimetric data (melting point and heat of fusion), the third method employed the use of configurational free energy phase diagram. The onset melting points of three polymorphic forms were found to be 482.89 ± 0.37 K for form I, 476.30 ± 1.21 K for form II, and 474.19 ± 0.11 K for form III. Moreover, the powder X-ray diffraction patterns for each form were also unique. The polymorphic pair of form I and II and of form I and III was found to be enantiotropic, whereas pair of form II and III was monotropic. Besides the relative thermodynamic aspects (free energy differences, enthalpy, entropy contributions) using different methods, the pharmaceutical implications and phase transformation aspects have also been covered.

  10. Polytypism, polymorphism, and superconductivity in TaSe2–xTex

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    Luo, Huixia; Xie, Weiwei; Tao, Jing; Inoue, Hiroyuki; Gyenis, András; Krizan, Jason W.; Yazdani, Ali; Zhu, Yimei; Cava, Robert Joseph

    2015-03-03

    Polymorphism in materials often leads to significantly different physical properties - the rutile and anatase polymorphs of TiO₂ are a prime example. Polytypism is a special type of polymorphism, occurring in layered materials when the geometry of a repeating structural layer is maintained but the layer stacking sequence of the overall crystal structure can be varied; SiC is an example of a material with many polytypes. Although polymorphs can have radically different physical properties, it is much rarer for polytypism to impact physical properties in a dramatic fashion. Here we study the effects of polytypism and polymorphism on the superconductivitymore » of TaSe₂, one of the archetypal members of the large family of layered dichalcogenides. We show that it is possible to access 2 stable polytypes and 2 stable polymorphs in the TaSe2-xTex solid solution, and find that the 3R polytype shows a superconducting transition temperature that is between 6 and 17 times higher than that of the much more commonly found 2H polytype. Thus, the reason for this dramatic change is not apparent, but we propose that it arises either from a remarkable dependence of Tc on subtle differences in the characteristics of the single layers present, or from a surprising effect of the layer stacking sequence on electronic properties that instead are expected to be dominated by the properties of a single layer in materials of this kind.« less

  11. Tuning oxide activity through modification of the crystal and electronic structure: from strain to potential polymorphs.

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    Xu, Zhongnan; Kitchin, John R

    2015-11-21

    Discovering new materials with tailored chemical properties is vital for advancing key technologies in catalysis and energy conversion. One strategy is the modification of a material's crystal structure, and new methods allow for the synthesis and stabilization of potential materials in a range of crystal polymorph structures. We assess the potential reactivity of four metastable oxide polymorphs of MO2 (M = Ru, Rh, Pt, Ir) transition metal oxides. In spite of the similar local geometry and coordination between atoms in the metastable polymorphic and stable rutile structure, we find that polymorph reactivities cannot be explained by strain alone and offer tunable reactivity and increased stability. Atom-projected density of states reveals that the unique reactivity of polymorphs are caused by a redistribution of energy levels of the t2g-states. This structure-activity relationship is induced by slight distortions to the M-O bonds in polymorphic structures and is unattainable by strain. We predict columbite IrO2 to be more active than rutile IrO2 for oxygen evolution.

  12. Pressure-induced superconductivity in the antiferromagnet κ - (ET) 2C F3S O3 with quasi-one-dimensional triangular spin lattice

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    Ito, Hiroshi; Asai, Takayuki; Shimizu, Yasuhiro; Hayama, Hiromi; Yoshida, Yukihiro; Saito, Gunzi

    2016-07-01

    We report an antiferromagnetic (AF) ordering at ambient pressure and a superconducting transition under pressure for κ - (ET) 2C F3S O3 [ ET =bis (ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene], which has a two-dimensional electronic system with quasi-one-dimensional triangular spin lattice. At ambient pressure, AF ordering was detected at TN=2.5 K by 1H NMR, subsequent to two structural phase transitions at 230 and 190 K. Under hydrostatic pressures, metallic behavior appeared above ˜1.1 GPa, and a superconducting transition (maximum onset Tc=4.8 K at ˜1.3 GPa) was observed up to 2.2 GPa. Superconductivity was also found under c -axis strain, which reduced t'/t , but was absent under b -axis strain which increased t'/t .

  13. High pressure polymorphs and amorphization of upconversion host material NaY(WO4)2

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    Hong, Fang; Yue, Binbin; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Kunz, Martin; Chen, Bin; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2016-07-01

    The pressure effect on the structural change of upconversion host material NaY(WO4)2 was studied by using in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction. A transition from the initial scheelite phase to the M-fergusonite phase occurs near 10 GPa, and another phase transition is found near 27.5 GPa, which could be an isostructural transition without symmetry change. The sample becomes amorphous when the pressure is fully released from high pressure. This work demonstrates the possibility of synthesizing various polymorph structures for non-linear optical applications with a high pressure, chemical doping, or strained thin-film nanostructure process.

  14. A New, More Stable Polymorphic Form of Otilonium Bromide: Solubility, Crystal Structure, and Phase Transformation.

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    Vega, Daniel R; Halac, Emilia; Segovia, Luciano; Baggio, Ricardo

    2016-10-01

    A new polymorphic form of otilonium bromide is presented (Form I), and a thorough analysis of its crystal and molecular structure is performed. The compound suffers a temperature-driven first-order phase transition at about 396 K, which transforms it into the polymorph reported by Dapporto P and Sega A (Acta Cryst. 1986;C42:474-478) (Form II). Through thermal analysis and solubility experiments the relative stability of both crystal modifications were determined, confirming that at room temperature this new Form I is the more stable one, Form II existing just in a metastable state. PMID:27444388

  15. Genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphism analysis defines haplotype patterns in mouse

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    Wiltshire, Tim; Pletcher, Mathew T.; Batalov, Serge; Barnes, S. Whitney; Tarantino, Lisa M.; Cooke, Michael P.; Wu, Hua; Smylie, Kevin; Santrosyan, Andrey; Copeland, Neal G.; Jenkins, Nancy A.; Kalush, Francis; Mural, Richard J.; Glynne, Richard J.; Kay, Steve A.; Adams, Mark D.; Fletcher, Colin F.

    2003-01-01

    The nature and organization of polymorphisms, or differences, between genomes of individuals are of great interest, because these variations can be associated with or even underlie phenotypic traits, including disease susceptibility. To gain insight into the genetic and evolutionary factors influencing such biological variation, we have examined the arrangement (haplotype) of single-nucleotide polymorphisms across the genomes of eight inbred strains of mice. These analyses define blocks of high or low diversity, often extending across tens of megabases that are delineated by abrupt transitions. These observations provide a striking contrast to the haplotype structure of the human genome. PMID:12612341

  16. A New, More Stable Polymorphic Form of Otilonium Bromide: Solubility, Crystal Structure, and Phase Transformation.

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    Vega, Daniel R; Halac, Emilia; Segovia, Luciano; Baggio, Ricardo

    2016-10-01

    A new polymorphic form of otilonium bromide is presented (Form I), and a thorough analysis of its crystal and molecular structure is performed. The compound suffers a temperature-driven first-order phase transition at about 396 K, which transforms it into the polymorph reported by Dapporto P and Sega A (Acta Cryst. 1986;C42:474-478) (Form II). Through thermal analysis and solubility experiments the relative stability of both crystal modifications were determined, confirming that at room temperature this new Form I is the more stable one, Form II existing just in a metastable state.

  17. Superhard Monoclinic Polymorph of Carbon

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    Li, Quan; Ma, Yanming; Oganov, Artem R.; Wang, Hongbo; Wang, Hui; Xu, Ying; Cui, Tian; Mao, Ho-Kwang; Zou, Guangtian; Jilin; SBU; CIW

    2009-05-08

    We report a novel phase of carbon possessing a monoclinic C2/m structure (8 atoms/cell) identified using an ab initio evolutionary structural search. This polymorph, which we call M-carbon, is related to the (2x1) reconstruction of the (111) surface of diamond and can also be viewed as a distorted (through sliding and buckling of the sheets) form of graphite. It is stable over cold-compressed graphite above 13.4 GPa. The simulated x-ray diffraction pattern and near K-edge spectroscopy are in satisfactory agreement with the experimental data [W.L. Mao et al., Science 302, 425 (2003)] on overcompressed graphite. The hardness and bulk modulus of this new carbon polymorph are calculated to be 83.1 and 431.2 GPa, respectively, which are comparable to those of diamond.

  18. [Humanitarian transition].

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    Mattei, Jean-François; Troit, Virginie

    2016-02-01

    In two centuries, modern humanitarian action has experienced several fractures often linked to crises. Although its professionalism and intervention force remain indisputable, it faces, since the 2000s, a new context that limits its ability to act and confronts it with new dilemmas, even though it must deal with needs for aid of unprecedented scale. These difficulties reveal a humanitarian transition period that was not anticipated. This transition period reflects the change from a dominant paradigm of North-South solidarity of Western origin to a much more complex model. This article provides a summary of the current mutations that are dominated by the States' assertion of sovereignty. Among the possible solutions, it argues for an ethical approach and a better integration of the research carried out in the Global South, prerequisites for building a true partnership and placing the victims at the heart of the operations which involve them. PMID:26936180

  19. Eliminating Transitions

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    Gallick, Barb; Lee, Lisa

    2010-01-01

    Adults often find themselves transitioning from one activity to another in a short time span. Most of the time, they do not feel they have a lot of control over their schedules, but wish that they could carve out extended time to relax and focus on one project. Picture a group of children in the block area who have spent 15 or 20 minutes building…

  20. Milk casein polymorphism in man.

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    Ponzone, A; Voglino, G F

    1976-06-01

    Urea-starch-gel electrophoresis was used to examine 175 casein samples, 130 collected at random from women from the urban area of Turin, and 45 from women resident in villages in the Sardinian hinterland. Two polymorphic systems controlling alpha- and beta-casein were demonstrated in both groups, together with similar gene frequencies for individual alleles. In addition, a rare variant was discovered in the Sardinian group.