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  1. New pressure-induced polymorphic transitions of anhydrous magnesium sulfate.

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    Benmakhlouf, A; Errandonea, D; Bouchenafa, M; Maabed, S; Bouhemadou, A; Bentabet, A

    2017-03-31

    The effects of pressure on the crystal structure of the three known polymorphs of magnesium sulfate (α-MgSO4, β-MgSO4, and γ-MgSO4) have been theoretically studied by means of density-functional theory calculations up to 45 GPa. We determined that under ambient conditions γ-MgSO4 is an unstable polymorph, which decomposes into MgO + SO3, and that the response of the other two polymorphs to hydrostatic pressure is non-isotropic. Additionally, we found that at all pressures β-MgSO4 has a larger enthalpy than α-MgSO4. This indicates that β-MgSO4 is thermodynamically unstable versus α-MgSO4 and predicts the occurrence of a β-α phase transition under moderate compression. Our calculations also predict the existence under pressure of additional phase transitions to two new polymorphs of MgSO4, which we named δ-MgSO4 and ε-MgSO4. The α-δ transition is predicted to occur at 17.5 GPa, and the δ-ε transition at 35 GPa, pressures that nowadays can be experimentally easily achieved. All the predicted structural transformations are characterized as first-order transitions. This suggests that they can be non-reversible, and therefore the new polymorphs could be recovered as metastable polymorphs under ambient conditions. The crystal structure of the two new polymorphs is reported. In them, the coordination number of sulfur is four as in the previously known polymorphs, but the coordination number of magnesium is eight instead of six. In this article we will report the axial and bond compressibility for the four polymorphs of MgSO4. The pressure-volume equation of state of each phase is also given, which is described by a third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation. The values obtained for the bulk modulus are 62 GPa, 57 GPa, 102 GPa, and 119 GPa for α-MgSO4, β-MgSO4, δ-MgSO4, and ε-MgSO4, respectively. Finally, the electronic band structure of these four polymorphs of MgSO4 has been calculated for the first time. The obtained results will be presented and discussed.

  2. 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.; ...

    2016-08-01

    Silver telluride (Ag2Te) is well known as superionic conductor and topologica insulator with polymorphs. Pressure induced three phase transitions in Ag2Te hav been reported in previous. Here, we experimentally identified high pressure phas above 13 GPa of Ag2Te by using high pressure synchrotron x ray diffraction metho in combination with evolutionary crystal structure prediction, showing it crystallize 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 semimetalli phase II previouslymore » predicated by theory transformed into bulk metals fo high pressure phases in consistent with the first principles calculations« less

  3. 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.

  4. 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 topologica insulator with polymorphs. Pressure induced three phase transitions in Ag2Te hav been reported in previous. Here, we experimentally identified high pressure phas above 13 GPa of Ag2Te by using high pressure synchrotron x ray diffraction metho in combination with evolutionary crystal structure prediction, showing it crystallize 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 semimetalli phase II previously predicated by theory transformed into bulk metals fo high pressure phases in consistent with the first principles calculations

  5. 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.

  6. Pressure-induced series of phase transitions in sodium azide

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    Zhu, Hongyang; Zhang, Fuxiang; Ji, Cheng; Hou, Dongbin; Wu, Jianzhe; Hannon, Trevor; Ma, Yangzhang

    2013-01-01

    The phase analysis of sodium azide (NaN3) has been investigated by in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements in a diamond anvil cell up to 52.0 GPa at room temperature. Three pressure-induced phase transitions were observed. The phase transition pressures were determined to be 0.3, 17.3, and 28.7 GPa verified by three different pressure transmitting media. The first high pressure phase, α-NaN3 (0.3 ˜ 17.3 GPa), was identified to be monoclinic with a C2/m space group. The β-NaN3 to α-NaN3 transition is a second-order phase transition, accompanied by the shearing of the Na-layers and the tilting of the azide chains. The second high pressure phase, γ-NaN3 (18.4 ˜ 28.7 GPa), has a lower symmetry than the α-NaN3. A further phase transition of γ-NaN3 to δ-NaN3 at 28.7 GPa was observed.

  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. Pressure-Induced Phase Transitions In Gadolinium Iron Borate

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    Kharlamova, S. A.; Struzhkin, V. V.; Sinogeikin, S. V.; Gavriliuk, A. G.; Brown, D.; Toellner, T.; Zhao, J.; Lerche, M.; Lyubutin, I. S.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.; Alp, E. E.; Sturhahn, W.

    2007-12-01

    An understanding of spin crossover (SC) dynamics is relevant to understanding of a role or participation of SC in natural systems including lower Mantle minerals, heme proteins as well as from fundamental science of view. For example, pressure-induced electronic spin transitions of Fe2+ and Fe3+ iron occur in magnesiowustite, silicate perovskite and post-perovskite which are abundant minerals in the Earth's lower mantle [1-3]. Such a SC phenomenon has recently been observed in a number of magnetic minerals FeBO3 [4, 5], BiFeO3 [6], Fe2O3 [7], and Y3Fe5O12 [8], (La, Pr)FeO3 [9, 10]. In those cases, iron ions are in the trivalent state Fe3+ and the high-spin-low-spin (HS-LS) crossover is manifested as the collapse of the local magnetic moment and as the transition of the antiferromagnet to a paramagnetic state. For example, in FeBO3 at low temperatures a spin-crossover and some magnetic transitions with two triple points were found [4, 5]. Gadolinium iron borate, GdFe3(BO3)4 is also a system with SEC and recently, we have reported on phase transitions induced by high pressures in this material [11, 12]. We studied the structural and magnetic behavior of GdFe573(BO3)4 at high pressures and temperatures using a diamond anvil cell and a Synchrotron Mossbauer Spectroscopy technique. The hyperfine parameters and results obtained from the experiments are discussed. Based on our experimental data and theoretical calculation a tentative magnetic P-T phase diagram and an equation of states of GdFe573(BO3)4 are proposed. Important features of the phase diagram are a spin crossover, insulator-semiconductor transition and possible presence of two triple points where magnetic and paramagnetic phases of the high-spin and low-spin states coexist. 1. J. Badro, J.-P. Rueff, G. Vankó, et al., Science 305, 383 (2004). 2. J. M. Jackson, W. Sturhahn, G. Shen, et al., American Mineralogist 90, 199 (2005). 3. J.Li, V.V. Struzhkin, H.-K. Mao, et al., PNAS 101, 14027 (2004). 4. I.A. Troyan

  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 hard-to-soft transition of a single carbon nanotube

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    Sun, D. Y.; Shu, D. J.; Ji, M.; Liu, Feng; Wang, M.; Gong, X. G.

    2004-10-01

    We demonstrate a hydrostatic pressure-induced hard-to-soft transition of an isolated single wall carbon nanotube, using classical and ab initio constant-pressure molecular-dynamics simulations and continuum elastic theory analysis. At low pressure, the carbon tube is hard. Above a critical pressure, the tube becomes much softer with a decrease of bulk modulus by two orders of magnitude. The hard-to-soft transition is caused by a pressure-induced shape transition of the tube cross section from circular to elliptical.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Pressure induced phase transition in FeGa alloys

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    Devreugd, Christopher; Ahart, Muhtar; Gehring, Peter; Viehland, Dwight; Hemley, Russell

    2011-03-01

    Giant magnetostriction in Fe-- x Ga alloys (15 -- x - 27) offers potential for future generations of sensors and actuators. A maximum in the magnetostrictive strain is found at Ga content of about 19 percent, which is ten times higher than that of pure alpha-Fe. To investigate the behavior of FeGa alloys under pressure, we chose a slow cooled alloy of FeGa-19 as our sample and performed x-ray diffraction experiments in a diamond anvil cell up to 45 GPa. Diffraction pattern shows powder rings associated with (110), (200), and (211) Bragg reflections from expected bcc structure of iron below 24 GPa. We also observed the intensity increases along the powder rings associated with the crystal structure of Galfenol. Considering the (110) Bragg peak splits into three peaks above 24 GPa, our results indicate that FeGa alloy undergoes a bcc cubic to a hexagonal transition around 24 GPa. When the pressure is decreased, the hcp phase transforms back to the bcc phase. The transition mechanism can be understood by using the analogy to the bcc-hcp phase transition in pure iron under pressure. The transition in iron is a martensitic or displacive one. The hcp structure can be derived from the bcc structure through a relatively minor distortion of the bcc structure.

  14. Pressure-induced phase transition in γ-MnOOH

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    Morgenroth, Wolfgang; Winkler, Bjoern; Milman, Victor

    2013-06-01

    At ambient conditions manganite, γ-MnOOH, crystallizes in space group P21/c (Kohler et al. 1997). A high pressure study by Suzuki (2006) up to 9 GPa gave a bulk modulus of 91(2) GPa, when the data was fitted with a 2nd order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state. Preliminary DFT calculation predicted a phase transition to an orthorhombic space group at pressures above 15 GPa. In order to test the prediction, natural γ-MnOOH was ground to powder and compressed in a DAC up to 70 GPa. Lattice parameters were determined from X-ray patterns recorded at the Extreme Conditions Beamline P02.2@PETRA III. A structural phase transition into an orthorhombic phase was observed at 47 GPa. The bulk modulus of the ambient pressure phase is 98(3) GPa with K' = 7.7(3). Currently, DFT +U calculations are carried out to understand the compression mechanism and the phase transition. Funding by the BMBF (project 05K10RFA) is gratefully acknowledged. We thank DESY Photon Science for beam time and Hanns-Peter Liermann and his team for support. Kohler T. et al., J Solid State Chemistry, 1997, 133, 486-500. Suzuki A., SPring-8 Exp. Report, 2006, 2006A1464.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Pressure-induced phase transitions in L-alanine, revisited.

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    Tumanov, N A; Boldyreva, E V; Kolesov, B A; Kurnosov, A V; Quesada Cabrera, R

    2010-08-01

    The effect of pressure on L-alanine has been studied by X-ray powder diffraction (up to 12.3 GPa), single-crystal X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and optical microscopy (up to approximately 6 GPa). No structural phase transitions have been observed. At approximately 2 GPa the cell parameters a and b become accidentally equal to each other, but without a change in space-group symmetry. Neither of two transitions reported by others (to a tetragonal phase at approximately 2 GPa and to a monoclinic phase at approximately 9 GPa) was observed. The changes in cell parameters were continuous up to the highest measured pressures and the cells remained orthorhombic. Some important changes in the intermolecular interactions occur, which also manifest themselves in the Raman spectra. Two new orthorhombic phases could be crystallized from a MeOH/EtOH/H(2)O pressure-transmitting mixture in the pressure range 0.8-4.7 GPa, but only if the sample was kept at these pressures for at least 1-2 d. The new phases converted back to L-alanine on decompression. Judging from the Raman spectra and cell parameters, the new phases are most probably not L-alanine but its solvates.

  19. 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

    2015-11-02

    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.

  20. Raman study of the pressure-induced neutral-to-ionic transition in tetrathiafulvalene chloranil

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    Hanfland, M.; Brillante, A.; Girlando, A.; Syassen, K.

    1988-07-01

    The pressure-induced phase transition from a neutral regular stack to an ionic dimerized stack (NR-ID) in the tetrathiafulvalene chloranil charge-transfer crystal has been studied by Raman spectroscopy. An accurate estimate of the change of ionicity during the phase transition is obtained from calculations of mode frequencies which are based on the trimer (NR phase) and dimer (ID phase) models of the electron-molecular-vibration interaction. The possibility of the formation of ionic dimers embedded in neutral chains as precursors of the phase change is discussed.

  1. Pressure-induced phase transitions in organic molecular crystals: a combination of x-ray single-crystal and powder diffraction, raman and IR-spectroscopy

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    Boldyreva, E. V.; Sowa, H.; Ahsbahs, H.; Goryainov, S. V.; Chernyshev, V. V.; Dmitriev, V. P.; Seryotkin, Y. V.; Kolesnik, E. N.; Shakhtshneider, T. P.; Ivashevskaya, S. N.; Drebushchak, T. N.

    2008-07-01

    The contribution summarizes the results of recent studies of phase transitions induced by high pressure in a number of molecular organic crystals, such as polymorphs of paracetamol, chlorpropamide, polymorphs of glycine, L- and DL-serine, β-alanine. The main attention is paid to the following topics: (1) Reversible / irreversible transformations; (2) Different behavior of single crystals / powders; (3) The role of pressure-transmitting liquid; (4) The role of the kinetic factors: phase transitions on decompression, or after a long storage at a selected pressure; (5) Isosymmetric phase transitions; (6) The role of the changes in the hydrogen bond networks / intramolecular conformational changes in the phase transitions; (7) Superstructures / nanostructures formed as a result of pressure-induced phase transitions.

  2. Phonon instability and pressure-induced isostructural semiconductor-semimetal transition of monoclinic V O2

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    He, Huabing; Gao, Heng; Wu, Wei; Cao, Shixun; Hong, Jiawang; Yu, Dehong; Deng, Guochu; Gao, Yanfeng; Zhang, Peihong; Luo, Hongjie; Ren, Wei

    2016-11-01

    Recent experiments have revealed an intriguing pressure-induced isostructural transition of the low temperature monoclinic V O2 and hinted to the existence of a new metallization mechanism in this system. The physics behind this isostructural phase transition and the metallization remains unresolved. In this work, we show that the isostructural transition is a result of pressure-induced instability of a phonon mode that relates to a CaC l2 -type of rotation of the oxygen octahedra, which alleviates, but does not completely remove, the dimerization and zigzagging arrangement of V atoms in the M1 phase. This phonon mode shows an increasing softening with pressure, ultimately leading to an isostructural phase transition characterized by the degree of the rotation of the oxygen octahedra. We also find that this phase transition is accompanied by an anisotropic compression, in excellent agreement with experiments. More interestingly, in addition to the experimentally identified M1' phase, we find a closely related M1 '' phase, which is nearly degenerate with the M1 ' phase. Unlike the M1 ' phase, which has a nearly pressure-independent electronic band gap, the gap of the M1 '' drops quickly at high pressures and vanishes at a theoretical pressure of about 40 GPa.

  3. Pressure-induced isostructural transition in a distorted perovskite via octahedron reconfiguration

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    Hong, Fang; Yue, Binbin; Hirao, Naohisa; Ren, Guohao; Chen, Bin; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2016-12-01

    Perovskite material studies encompass many fields such as energy harvesting, superconductivity, magnetism, and beyond. Thus, it is very important to investigate their structural varieties in external environments. Here, the pressure-induced structure change of a distorted perovskite, Y0.7Lu0.3AlO3, was examined by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. Upon compression, it underwent an isostructural transition near 22 GPa. The quenchable high-pressure phase had a much higher bulk modulus than the low-pressure phase. This work shows the flexibility of perovskite distortion and will help to understand the property anomalies in prevailing perovskite ABO3 systems and design more functional materials.

  4. Signatures of a pressure-induced topological quantum phase transition in BiTeI.

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    Xi, Xiaoxiang; Ma, Chunli; Liu, Zhenxian; Chen, Zhiqiang; Ku, Wei; Berger, H; Martin, C; Tanner, D B; Carr, G L

    2013-10-11

    We report the observation of two signatures of a pressure-induced topological quantum phase transition in the polar semiconductor BiTeI using x-ray powder diffraction and infrared spectroscopy. The x-ray data confirm that BiTeI remains in its ambient-pressure structure up to 8 GPa. The lattice parameter ratio c/a shows a minimum between 2.0-2.9 GPa, indicating an enhanced c-axis bonding through p(z) band crossing as expected during the transition. Over the same pressure range, the infrared spectra reveal a maximum in the optical spectral weight of the charge carriers, reflecting the closing and reopening of the semiconducting band gap. Both of these features are characteristics of a topological quantum phase transition and are consistent with a recent theoretical proposal.

  5. 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.

  6. 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).

  7. 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

  8. Pressure-induced topological phase transition in the polar semiconductor BiTeBr

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    Ohmura, Ayako; Higuchi, Yuichiro; Ochiai, Takayuki; Kanou, Manabu; Ishikawa, Fumihiro; Nakano, Satoshi; Nakayama, Atsuko; Yamada, Yuh; Sasagawa, Takao

    2017-03-01

    We performed x-ray diffraction and electrical resistivity measurement up to pressures of 5 GPa and the first-principles calculations utilizing experimental structural parameters to investigate the pressure-induced topological phase transition in BiTeBr having a noncentrosymmetric layered structure (space group P 3 m 1 ). The P 3 m 1 structure remains stable up to pressures of 5 GPa; the ratio of lattice constants c /a has a minimum at pressures of 2.5-3 GPa. In the same range, the temperature dependence of resistivity changes from metallic to semiconducting at 3 GPa and has a plateau region between 50 and 150 K in the semiconducting state. Meanwhile, the pressure variation of band structure shows that the bulk band-gap energy closes at 2.9 GPa and re-opens at higher pressures. Furthermore, according to the Wilson loop analysis, the topological nature of electronic states in noncentrosymmetric BiTeBr at 0 and 5 GPa are explicitly revealed to be trivial and nontrivial, respectively. These results strongly suggest that pressure-induced topological phase transition in BiTeBr occurs at the pressures of 2.9 GPa.

  9. First-Principles Study of Pressure-Induced Phase Transition in CuGaO2

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    Jiang, Cheng-Lu; Liu, Qi-Jun; Liu, Zheng-Tang

    2017-02-01

    We have studied the structural, elastic, electronic properties, and pressure-induced phase transition of CuGaO2 by using the plane-wave ultrasoft pseudopotential technique based on the first-principles density-functional theory (DFT). The obtained ground state properties of three phases were in agreement with previous works. The calculated enthalpy variations with pressure showed that the structural phase transition ( β → 3R/2H) appeared at 65.5 ± 1 GPa. The changes in volume and band gap of β phase showed that there was a break between 30 and 40 GPa. The independent elastic constants of three phases were calculated. The 3R, 2H, and β phases were all mechanical stability and behaved in ductile manner under zero pressure.

  10. Pressure-induced structural transitions of a room temperature ionic liquid—1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride

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    Chen, Fengjiao; You, Tingting; Yuan, Ye; Pei, Cuiying; Ren, Xiangting; Huang, Yanwei; Yu, Zhenhai; Li, Xiaodong; Zheng, Haiyan; Pan, Yuexiao; Yang, Ke; Wang, Lin

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, structural evaluations of a room temperature ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([EMIM]Cl), were systematically investigated at high pressures. Our Raman spectra, infrared spectra, and synchrotron X-ray diffraction investigations show that crystalline [EMIM]Cl experienced structural instabilities at high pressures and underwent at least four successive structural transitions at around 5.8, 9.3, 15.8, and 19.1 GPa, respectively. Notably, the abrupt emergence of photoluminescence from the sample at around 19.3 GPa, originated from the pressure-induced polymerization of the [EMIM]+ cations, as confirmed by the mass spectrometry experiments. Our results also indicate that high pressure significantly affected the conformational equilibrium of the [EMIM]+ cations. The structural transitions are influenced by the ion stacking modes determined by the hydrogen bonds and possibly by some chemical reactions in addition to the cation conformational isomers.

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

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    Liu, Hanyu; Tse, John S.; Hu, Michael Y.; ...

    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

  12. Pressure-induced phase transition in solid hydrogen sulfide at 11 GPa

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    Shimizu, H.; Nakamichi, Y.; Sasaki, S.

    1991-08-01

    The Raman spectra of hydrogen-bonded molecular solid H2S have been measured up to 23 GPa at 300 K in a gasketed diamond-anvil cell. In the orientationally disordered phase I between 0.47 and 11 GPa, the symmetric stretching mode ν1 shows a red-shift in frequency (dν1/dP=-10.1 cm-1/GPa ) and a dramatic broadening with pressure. At about 11 GPa, the antisymmetric stretching band ν3 appears at the higher-frequency side of ν1. Near this same pressure five low-frequency vibrational modes also appear and show pressure-sensitive features. These results indicate a pressure-induced phase transition near 11 GPa. This new solid phase, which persists to at least 23 GPa at 300 K, seems to be the same phase as previously found above 3.3 GPa at 25 K.

  13. 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}

  14. 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.

  15. Simulation of pressure-induced phase transition in liquid and amorphous Al2 O3

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    Hoang, Vo Van; Oh, Suhk Kun

    2005-08-01

    We investigated the pressure-induced structural transformation in liquid and amorphous Al2O3 by the molecular dynamics (MD) method. Simulations were done in the basic cube under periodic boundary conditions containing 3000 ions with Born-Mayer type pair potentials. The structure of the amorphous Al2O3 model with real density at ambient pressure is in good agreement with Lamparter’s experiment. In order to study the amorphous-amorphous phase transition, 23 models of amorphous alumina at the temperature of 350K and at densities ranging from 2.83to5.0gcm-3 had been built. The microstructure of the Al2O3 systems had been analyzed through pair radial distribution functions, coordination number distributions, interatomic distances, and bond-angle distributions. Here we found clear evidence of a structural transition in amorphous alumina from a tetrahedral to an octahedral network upon compression. According to our results, this transformation occurred at densities ranging from 3.6to4.05gcm-3 . We also presented the amorphous-amorphous phase transition from an octahedral to a tetrahedral network structure upon decompression at densities ranging from 5.00to2.83gcm-3 . Also, the same study was carried out for the liquid state of the system at the temperature of 3500K , and the liquid-liquid phase transition had been discussed.

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

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    Söderlind, Per; Eriksson, Olle

    1997-11-01

    Protactinium metal is shown to undergo a phase transition to the α-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-->α-U-->bct-->hcp, with the first transition taking place at 0.25 Mbar and the subsequent ones above 1 Mbar. The bct-->α-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.

  17. Pressure-Induced Structural and Electronic Transition in Sr2ZnWO6 Double Perovskite.

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    Li, Nana; Manoun, Bouchaib; Tang, Lingyun; Ke, Feng; Liu, Fengliang; Dong, Haini; Lazor, Peter; Yang, Wenge

    2016-07-05

    High-pressure structural and electrical properties of Sr2ZnWO6 double perovskite were investigated using in situ angle-dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman, and alternating current (AC) impedance spectroscopy. A structural transition from monoclinic (P21/n) to triclinic (P1̅) phase around 9 GPa was observed due to the pressure-induced distortion of (W, Zn)O6 octahedron. In situ high-pressure Raman spectroscopy showed the increasing interaction among O-W-O in WO6 octahedron with pressure and a transition pressure consistent with the XRD results. From the AC impedance spectroscopy measurements, the resistivity increased steeply by ∼1 order of magnitude around 11 GPa, indicating an electronic transition accompanying the symmetry change. The increase in the interaction among O-W-O enhances the attraction of O(2-) electrons toward W(6+), thus increasing the covalence, which in turn lowers the charge transfer energy between O(2-) and W(6+) and induces the resistivity increase under high pressure.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Pressure-induced metallization and structural phase transition of the Mott-Hubbard insulator TiOBr

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    Kuntscher, C. A.; Frank, S.; Pashkin, A.; Hoffmann, H.; Schönleber, A.; van Smaalen, S.; Hanfland, M.; Glawion, S.; Klemm, M.; Sing, M.; Horn, S.; Claessen, R.

    2007-12-01

    We investigated the pressure-dependent optical response of the low-dimensional Mott-Hubbard insulator TiOBr by transmittance and reflectance measurements in the infrared and visible frequency range. A suppression of the transmittance above a critical pressure and a concomitant increase of the reflectance are observed, suggesting a pressure-induced metallization of TiOBr. The metallic phase of TiOBr at high pressure is confirmed by the presence of additional excitations extending down to the far-infrared range. The pressure-induced metallization coincides with a structural phase transition, according to the results of x-ray powder diffraction experiments under pressure.

  1. Pressure induced structural transitions in KH, RbH, and CsH

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    Hooper, James; Baettig, Pio; Zurek, Eva

    2012-06-01

    The heavier alkali metal hydrides MH (M = K, Rb, Cs) undergo a series of pressure induced structural phase transitions: B1 (NaCl) → B2 (CsCl) → CrB. Experiments reveal that the latter occurs at 85 and 17.5 GPa for RbH and CsH, but it has not yet been observed for KH. Herein, evolutionary algorithms coupled with density functional theory calculations are employed to explore the potential energy surface of the aforementioned hydrides up to pressures of 300 GPa. The computations support previous theoretical work which predicts that KH will adopt the CrB structure when compressed. In addition, for KH and RbH we find configurations with Pnma and I41/amd symmetry that are thermodynamically competitive with the CrB structure at 300 GPa. Between 100-150 GPa, a Pnma structure which is analogous to a high-pressure form of CsI is found to be the most stable phase for the heaviest alkali hydride considered. At higher pressures a hitherto unknown CsH-P63/mmc arrangement becomes thermodynamically preferred up to at least 400 GPa. A detailed analysis of the geometric and electronic structures of the various phases is provided.

  2. Pressure-Induced Phase Transition in KxFe2-yS2

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    Tsuchiya, Yuu; Ikeda, Shugo; Zhang, Xiao-Wei; Kishimoto, Shunji; Kikegawa, Takumi; Hirao, Naohisa; Kawaguchi, Saori I.; Ohishi, Yasuo; Kobayashi, Hisao

    2017-03-01

    The structural and electronic properties of high-quality K0.66(6)Fe1.75(10)S2 single crystals have been investigated by angle-resolved X-ray diffraction and 57Fe nuclear forward scattering using synchrotron radiation under pressure at room temperature. The samples exhibit phase separation into antiferromagnetic ordered K2Fe4S5 and nonmagnetic KxFe2S2 phases. It was found that a pressure-induced phase transition occurs at pc = 5.9(4) GPa with simultaneous suppression of the antiferromagnetic and Fe vacancy orders. From the results of 57Fe nuclear forward scattering, the refined magnetic hyperfine field remains unchanged with pressure below pc, suggesting that the Néel temperature does not decrease with pressure up to pc. Above pc, all Fe atoms in K0.66Fe1.75S2 are in the same nonmagnetic state. A discontinuous increase in the center shift was observed at pc, reflecting a change in the Fe electronic state in K0.66Fe1.75S2.

  3. Pressure-induced phase transitions in multiferroic RbFe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}-Raman scattering study

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    Maczka, M.; Ptak, M.; Luz-Lima, C.; Freire, P.T.C.; Paraguassu, W.; Guerini, S.; Hanuza, J.

    2011-10-15

    High pressure Raman scattering experiments were performed on RbFe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}. These experiments revealed that two phase transitions take place in RbFe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} at very low pressures, i.e. between ambient pressure and 0.2 GPa and between 0.4 and 0.7 GPa. Raman results showed that at the first phase transition the room temperature P3-bar m1 phase transforms into the P3-bar phase, which is also observed at ambient pressure below 190 K. The second pressure-induced phase transition occurs into a low symmetry phase of unknown symmetry. The performed lattice dynamics calculations for the P3-bar m1 phase and ab initio calculation of the structural changes under hydrostatic pressure helped us to get better insights into the mechanism of the observed phase transitions. - Graphical abstract: Raman spectra of RbFe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystal in the high wavenumber region recorded at different pressures during compression experiment. Highlights: > RbFe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} exhibits two pressure-induced phase transitions below 0.7 GPa. > First phase transition is from the P3-bar m1 into P3-bar structure. > Phase transitions in RbFe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} are similar as in KFe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}. > Transitions' pressures are much lower for the rubidium compound.

  4. Pressure Induced Phase Transition (B3-B1) and Elastic Properties of II-Vi ZnSe Semiconductors

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    Varshney, Dinesh

    2012-07-01

    We evolve an effective interionic interaction potential (EIoIP) to investigate the pressure induced phase transitions from Zinc blende (B3) to Rocksalt (B1) structure in ZnSe semiconductor. The developed potential consists of the long-range Coulomb and three-body interactions (TBI) and the Hafemeister and Flygare type short-range (SR) overlap repulsion extended upto the second neighbor ions and the van der Waals (vdW) interaction. The three-body interactions arise from the electron-shell deformation when the nearest-neighbor ions overlap and has been employed for detailed studies of pressure-induced phase-transition behavior of ZnSe semiconductors. Our calculated value of the phase transition pressure (Pt) is higher and the magnitude of the discontinuity in volume at the transition pressure is consistent with reported data. The variation of second-order elastic constants with pressure resembles that observed in some binary semiconductors. It is inferred that the vdW interaction is effective in obtaining the Debye temperature, Gruneisen parameter, thermal expansion coefficient and compressibility. It is argued that the model with TBI (model II) has yielded somewhat more realistic predictions of the phase-transition and high-pressure behavior as compared to usual two-body potentials (model I) based on phenomenological approach.

  5. Effect of disorder on a pressure-induced z =1 magnetic quantum phase transition

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    Mannig, A.; Möller, J. S.; Thede, M.; Hüvonen, D.; Lancaster, T.; Xiao, F.; Williams, R. C.; Guguchia, Z.; Khasanov, R.; Morenzoni, E.; Zheludev, A.

    2016-10-01

    Pressure-induced ordering close to a z =1 quantum-critical point is studied in the presence of bond disorder in the quantum spin system (C4H12N2) Cu2(Cl1-xBrx) 6 (PHCX) by means of muon-spin rotation and relaxation. As for the pure system (C4H12N2) Cu2Cl6 , pressure allows PHCX with small levels of disorder (x ≤7.5 %) to be driven through a quantum-critical point separating a low-pressure quantum paramagnetic phase from magnetic order at high pressures. However, the pressure-induced ordered state is highly inhomogeneous for disorder concentrations x >1 % . This behavior might be related to the formation of a quantum Griffiths phase above a critical disorder concentration 7.5 %

  6. 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.

  7. Pressure-induced development of bonding in NiAs type compounds and polymorphism of NiP

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    Dera, Przemyslaw; Lazarz, John D.; Lavina, Barbara

    2016-07-29

    A reversible, displacive, pressure-induced structural phase transition has been found to occur in nickel monophosphide NiP at approximately 3.5 GPa by means of in situ synchrotron single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The new phase, with Pearson symbol oC56, assumes an orthorhombic structure with Cmc2{sub 1} space group and unit cell parameters a=23.801(2) {angstrom}, b=5.9238(6) {angstrom}, and c=4.8479(4) {angstrom} at 5.79 GPa. The high-pressure phase is a superstructure of the ambient, oP16 phase with multiplicity of 3.5. The phosphorous sublattice gradually converts from the net of isolated P{sub 2} dimers found in the ambient NiP, towards zig-zag polymeric P{infinity} chains found in MnP-type structures. The transformation involves development of triatomic phosphorous clusters and interconnected Ni slabs with diamondoid topology. The high-pressure phase, which represents intermediate polymerization step, is a commensurately modulated superstructure of the NiAs aristotype. The phase transformation in NiP bears resemblance to the effect of successive substitution of Si or Ge in place of P found in the series of stoichiometric inhomogeneous linear structures in ternary NiP{sub 1-x}Si{sub x} and NiP{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x} systems.

  8. 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.

  9. Metal-ligand interplay in strongly correlated oxides: a parametrized phase diagram for pressure-induced spin transitions.

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    Mattila, Aleksi; Rueff, Jean-Pascal; Badro, James; Vankó, György; Shukla, Abhay

    2007-05-11

    We investigate the magnetic properties of archetypal transition-metal oxides MnO, FeO, CoO, and NiO under very high pressure by x-ray emission spectroscopy at the Kbeta line. We observe a strong modification of the magnetism in the megabar range in all the samples except NiO. The results are analyzed within a multiplet approach including charge-transfer effects. The spectral changes are well accounted for by changes of the ligand field acting on the d electrons and allows us to extract the d-hybridization strength, O-2p bandwidth and ionic crystal field across the magnetic transition. This approach allows first-hand insight into the mechanism of the pressure-induced spin transition.

  10. Pressure-induced structural phase transition and elastic properties of rare earth Pr chalcogenides and pnictides

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    Varshney, Dinesh; Shriya, Swarna; Varshney, Meenu; Khenata, R.

    2015-01-01

    Pressure-induced structural aspects and elastic properties of NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) structure in praseodymium chalcogenides and pnictides are presented. Ground-state properties are numerically computed by considering long-range Coulomb interactions, Hafemeister and Flygare type short-range overlap repulsion, and van der Waals interaction in the interionic potential. From the elastic constants, Poisson's ratio ν, the ratio RG/B of G (shear modulus) over B (bulk modulus), anisotropy parameter, shear and Young's moduli, Lamé's constant, Kleinman parameter, elastic wave velocity and thermodynamical property such as Debye temperature are calculated. Poisson's ratio ν and the ratio RG/B indicate that PrX and PrY are brittle in B1 phase and ductile in B2 phase. To our knowledge, this is the first quantitative theoretical prediction of the ductile (brittle) nature of praseodymium chalcogenides and pnictides and still awaits experimental confirmation.

  11. Pressure induced structural transitions in CuSbS2 and CuSbSe2 thermoelectric compounds

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    Baker, Jason; Kumar, Ravhi S.; Sneed, Daniel; ...

    2015-04-27

    Here, we investigate the structural behavior of CuSbS2 and CuSbSe2 thermoelectric materials under high pressure conditions up to 80 GPa using angle dispersive X-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell (DAC). We also perform high pressure Raman spectroscopy measurements up to 16 GPa. We observed a pressure-induced structural transformation from the ambient orthorhombic structure with space group Pnma to a triclinic type structure with space group P1 beginning around 8 GPa in both samples and completing at 13 GPa and 10 GPa in CuSbS2 and CuSbSe2, respectively. High pressure Raman experiments complement the transitions observed by high pressure X-ray diffractionmore » (HPXRD). Finally, the transitions were found to be reversible on releasing the pressure to ambient in the DAC. The bulk modulus and compressibility of these materials are further discussed.« less

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

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    Zhang, F. X.; Tracy, C. L.; Shamblin, J.; ...

    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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Pressure-induced fcc to hcp phase transition in Ni-based high entropy solid solution alloys

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    Zhang, Fuxiang; Zhao, Shijun; Jin, Ke; ...

    2017-01-04

    In this research, pressure-induced phase transition from the fcc to a hexagonal close-packed (hcp) structure wasfound in NiCoCrFe solid solution alloy starting at 13.5 GPa. The phase transition is very sluggish and the transition did not complete at ~ 40 GPa. The hcp structure is quenchable to ambient pressure. Only a very small amount (<5%) of hcp phase was found in the isostructural NiCoCr ternary alloy up to the pressure of 45 GPa and no obvious hcp phase was found in NiCoCrFePd system till to 74 GPa. Ab initio Gibbs free energy calculations indicated the energy differences between the fccmore » and the hcp phases for the three alloys are very small, but they are sensitive to temperature. Finally, the critical transition pressure in NiCoCrFe varies from 1 GPa at room temperature to 6 GPa at 500 K.« less

  16. Pressure induced structural phase transition in solid oxidizer KClO3: A first-principles study

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    Yedukondalu, N.; Ghule, Vikas D.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2013-05-01

    High pressure behavior of potassium chlorate (KClO3) has been investigated from 0 to 10 GPa by means of first principles density functional theory calculations. The calculated ground state parameters, transition pressure, and phonon frequencies using semiempirical dispersion correction scheme are in excellent agreement with experiment. It is found that KClO3 undergoes a pressure induced first order phase transition with an associated volume collapse of 6.4% from monoclinic (P21/m) → rhombohedral (R3m) structure at 2.26 GPa, which is in good accord with experimental observation. However, the transition pressure was found to underestimate (0.11 GPa) and overestimate (3.57 GPa) using local density approximation and generalized gradient approximation functionals, respectively. Mechanical stability of both the phases is explained from the calculated single crystal elastic constants. In addition, the zone center phonon frequencies have been calculated using density functional perturbation theory at ambient as well as at high pressure and the lattice modes are found to soften under pressure between 0.6 and 1.2 GPa. The present study reveals that the observed structural phase transition leads to changes in the decomposition mechanism of KClO3 which corroborates with the experimental results.

  17. 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

    2016-11-21

    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.

  18. Pressure Induced Phase Transitions In SmVO{sub 4}: An In-Situ Raman Study

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

    2010-12-01

    High pressure room temperature Raman investigation on SmVO{sub 4} was carried out up to 19 GPa. The ambient zircon phase was observed to remain stable up to 5.8 GPa. At higher pressure two structural phase transitions were observed at 6.8 GPa and 15.9 GPa respectively. The second phase transition was found to be reversible whereas the intermediate phase was retained on complete pressure release.

  19. Pressure-induced phase transitions of hexagonal perovskite-like oxides

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    Aoba, Tomoya; Tiittanen, Taneli; Suematsu, Hisayuki; Karppinen, Maarit

    2016-01-15

    We have stabilized two new cubic (3C structured) A{sub 2}B′B′′O{sub 6}-type double-perovskite phases, Ba{sub 2}CoSbO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}ZnTeO{sub 6}, by means of a high-pressure heat-treatment of corresponding hexagonal (6H and 12R structured, respectively) non-perovskite phases at 4 GPa and 1000 °C. Similar treatments on hexagonal Ba{sub 2}TiMnO{sub 6} (12R) and Ba{sub 2}NiTeO{sub 6} (12R) phases did not yield the 3C double-perovskite structure but converted the 12R structure to the 6H structure. The pressure-induced phase conversion in each A{sub 2}B′B′′O{sub 6} system apparently goes from the 12R structure towards the 6H and 3C structures with increasing pressure, where the pressure ranges required most likely depend (among other possible factors) on the tolerance factor for the particular combination of A, B′ and B′′. We foresee that yet a number of novel B-site ordered double-perovskite compounds are to be discovered through the high-pressure high-temperature treatment. - Graphical abstract: High-pressure (HP) heat-treatment is an efficient tool to synthesize novel B-site ordered double-perovskite materials. This is demonstrated for two new cubic (3C structured) perovskite phases, Ba{sub 2}CoSbO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}ZnTeO{sub 6}, obtained through a HP conversion of corresponding hexagonal (6H and 12R structured, respectively) non-perovskite phases at 4 GPa and 1000 °C. Similar treatments on hexagonal Ba{sub 2}TiMnO{sub 6} (12R) and Ba{sub 2}NiTeO{sub 6} (12R) phases yield the intermediate 6H structure.

  20. Pressure-induced phase transitions in the CdC r2S e4 spinel

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    Efthimiopoulos, I.; Liu, Z. T. Y.; Kucway, M.; Khare, S. V.; Sarin, P.; Tsurkan, V.; Loidl, A.; Wang, Y.

    2016-11-01

    We have conducted high-pressure x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic studies on the CdC r2S e4 spinel at room temperature up to 42 GPa. We have resolved three structural transitions up to 42 GPa, i.e., the starting F d 3 ¯m phase transforms at ˜11 GPa into a tetragonal I 41/a m d structure, an orthorhombic distortion was observed at ˜15 GPa , whereas structural disorder initiates beyond 25 GPa. Our ab initio density functional theory studies successfully reproduced the observed crystalline-to-crystalline structural transitions. In addition, our calculations propose an antiferromagnetic ordering as a potential magnetic ground state for the high-pressure tetragonal and orthorhombic modifications, compared with the starting ferromagnetic phase. Furthermore, the computational results indicate that all phases remain insulating in their stability pressure range, with a direct-to-indirect band gap transition for the F d 3 ¯m phase taking place at 5 GPa. We attempted also to offer an explanation behind the peculiar first-order character of the F d 3 ¯m (cubic ) →I 41/a m d (tetragonal) transition observed for several relevant Cr spinels, i.e., the sizeable volume change at the transition point, which is not expected from space group symmetry considerations. We detected a clear correlation between the cubic-tetragonal transition pressures and the next-nearest-neighbor magnetic exchange interactions for the Cr-bearing sulfide and selenide members, a strong indication that the cubic-tetragonal transitions in these systems are principally governed by magnetic effects.

  1. Pressure-induced phase transitions and electron spin state changes in iron-bearing spinels

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

    2011-12-01

    High-pressure phase transitions of iron-bearing oxide compounds such as perovskites and spinels are important for understanding electronic correlation phenomena such as charge transfer, electron hopping, magnetic spin ordering and charge disproportionation in the lower mantle or subduction zone. To examine the Jahn-Teller transition and electron spin state change of Fe3O4 (I), Fe2TiO4 (I), FeCr2O4 (N) and Fe2SiO4 (N) spinels, we executed x-ray single-crystal and powder diffraction (XRD), x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) and Raman scattering experiments using diamond cells and synchrotron radiation at ambient and high temperature under pressure up to 90 GPa. (I and N represent inverse spinel and normal spinel). [Jahn-Teller effect] Fe2TiO4 and FeCr2O4 transform from cubic (Fd3m) to tetragonal (I41/amd) with c/a<1.0 and become orthorhombic (Cmcm) due to the Jahn-Teller effect on Fe2+ (3d6) at the tetrahedral site [1]. The transition to the orthorhombic post-spinel structure at high pressures is confirmed. The transition pressures decrease from 27 GPa (Fe3O4) to 12 GPa (Fe2TiO4) in the solid solution Fe3-xTixO4 with increasing Ti content. FeCr2O4 also transforms to tetragonal at 28 GPa. These three spinels are partly composed of Fe2+ in the tetrahedral site, in which the spin configuration changes from e(3)t2(3 ) to e(4)t2(2) . [High-low spin transition] XES reveals the spin transition from high spin (HS) to low spin (LS). The transition pressures of Fe3O4, Fe2TiO4, and Fe2SiO4 are 22 GPa, 18 GPa and over 80 GPa, respectively. The HS-LS transition does not directly induce their structure transitions due to the enormous reduction in iron ionic radius. However, FeCr2O4 does not show the HS-LS transition. Present XES experiment proves that Fe3+ or Fe2+ in the octahedral site induces the spin transition at quite low pressures below 25 GPa. [Structure transition] Post-spinel structures transitions have been paid a large attention for mantle science [2]. Post-spinel high

  2. Pressure-induced topological phase transitions and strongly anisotropic magnetoresistance in bulk black phosphorus

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    Li, Chun-Hong; Long, Yu-Jia; Zhao, Ling-Xiao; Shan, Lei; Ren, Zhi-An; Zhao, Jian-Zhou; Weng, Hong-Ming; Dai, Xi; Fang, Zhong; Ren, Cong; Chen, Gen-Fu

    2017-03-01

    We report the anisotropic magnetotransport measurement on a noncompound band semiconductor black phosphorus (BP) with magnetic field B up to 16 Tesla applied in both perpendicular and parallel to electric current I under hydrostatic pressures. The BP undergoes a topological Lifshitz transition from band semiconductor to a zero-gap Dirac semimetal state at a critical pressure Pc, characterized by a weak localization-weak antilocalization transition at low magnetic fields and the emergence of a nontrivial Berry phase of π detected by SdH magneto-oscillations in magnetoresistance curves. In the transition region, we observe a pressure-dependent negative MR only in the B ∥I configuration. This negative longitudinal MR is attributed to the Adler-Bell-Jackiw anomaly (topological E .B term) in the presence of weak antilocalization corrections.

  3. Pressure Induced Stripe-Order Antiferromagnetism and First-Order Phase Transition in Fese

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    Wang, P. S.; Sun, S. S.; Cui, Y.; Song, W. H.; Li, T. R.; Yu, Rong; Lei, Hechang; Yu, Weiqiang

    2016-12-01

    To elucidate the magnetic structure and the origin of the nematicity in FeSe, we perform a high-pressure 77Se NMR study on FeSe single crystals. We find a suppression of the structural transition temperature with pressure up to about 2 GPa from the anisotropy of the Knight shift. Above 2 GPa, a stripe-order antiferromagnetism that breaks the spatial fourfold rotational symmetry is determined by the NMR spectra under different field orientations and with temperatures down to 50 mK. The magnetic phase transition is revealed to be first-order type, implying the existence of a concomitant structural transition via a spin-lattice coupling. Stripe-type spin fluctuations are observed at high temperatures, and remain strong with pressure. These results provide clear evidence for strong coupling between nematicity and magnetism in FeSe, and therefore support a universal scenario of magnetic driven nematicity in iron-based superconductors.

  4. 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.

  5. Importance of correlation effects in hcp iron revealed by a pressure-induced electronic topological transition.

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    Glazyrin, K; Pourovskii, L V; Dubrovinsky, L; Narygina, O; McCammon, C; Hewener, B; Schünemann, V; Wolny, J; Muffler, K; Chumakov, A I; Crichton, W; Hanfland, M; Prakapenka, V B; Tasnádi, F; Ekholm, M; Aichhorn, M; Vildosola, V; Ruban, A V; Katsnelson, M I; Abrikosov, I A

    2013-03-15

    We discover that hcp phases of Fe and Fe(0.9)Ni(0.1) undergo an electronic topological transition at pressures of about 40 GPa. This topological change of the Fermi surface manifests itself through anomalous behavior of the Debye sound velocity, c/a lattice parameter ratio, and Mössbauer center shift observed in our experiments. First-principles simulations within the dynamic mean field approach demonstrate that the transition is induced by many-electron effects. It is absent in one-electron calculations and represents a clear signature of correlation effects in hcp Fe.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. First-principles study of pressure-induced structural phase transitions in MnF2.

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    López-Moreno, S; Romero, A H; Mejía-López, J; Muñoz, A

    2016-12-07

    In this work we report a complete structural and magnetic characterization of crystalline MnF2 under pressure obtained using first principle calculations. Density functional theory was used as the theoretical framework, within the generalized gradient approximation plus the Hubbard formalism (GGA+U) necessary to describe the strong correlations present in this material. The vibrational, the magnetic exchange couplings and the structural characterization of MnF2 in the rutile ground state structure and potential high pressure phases are reported. The quasiharmonic approximation has been used to obtain the free energy, which at the same time is used to evaluate the different structural transitions at 300 K. Based on previous theoretical and experimental studies on AF2 compounds, ten different structural candidates were considered for the high pressure regime, which led us to propose a path for the MnF2 structural transitions under pressure. As experimental pressure settings can lead to non-hydrostatic conditions, we consider hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic strains in our calculations. According to our results we found the following sequence for the pressure-driven structural phase transition in MnF2: rutile (P42/mnm) → α-PbO2-type (Pbcn) → dist. HP PdF2-type (Pbca) → dist. fluorite (I4/mmm) → cotunnite (Pnma). This structural path is correlated with other phase transitions reported on other metal rutile fluorides. In particular, we found that our proposed structural phase transition sequence offers an explanation of the different paths observed in the literature by taking into account the role of the hydrostatic conditions. In order to get a deep understanding of the modifications of MnF2 under pressure, we have analyzed the pressure evolution of the structural, vibrational, electronic, and magnetic properties for rutile and for each of the high pressure phases.

  9. Pressure-Induced Phase Transition in a Molecule-Based Magnet with Interpenetrating Sublattices

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    Fishman, Randy Scott; Shum, William W.; Miller, Joel S.

    2010-01-01

    The molecule-based magnet [Ru2(O2CMe)4]3[Cr(CN)6] contains two interpenetrating sublattices with each sublattice moment confined by anisotropy to a cubic diagonal. At ambient pressure, a field of about 850 Oe rotates the antiferromagnetically-coupled sublattice moments towards the field direction, producing a wasp-waisted magnetization curve. Up to 7 kbar, the sublattice moments increase with pressure due to the enhanced exchange coupling between the Cr and Ru2 spins on each sublattice. Above 7 kbar, the sublattice moment drops by about half and the the linear susceptibility of each sublattice along the cubic diagonal increases dramatically. The most likely explanation for this phase transition is that a high- to low-spin transition on each Ru2 complex reverses and lowers the net spin of each sublattice.

  10. Pressure-induced normal-incommensurate and incommensurate-commensurate phase transitions in CrOCl

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    Bykov, Maxim; Bykova, Elena; Dubrovinsky, Leonid; Hanfland, Michael; Liermann, Hanns-Peter; van Smaalen, Sander

    2015-01-01

    The high-pressure behavior of layered CrOCl is shown to be governed by non-bonded interactions between chlorine atoms in relation to a rigid framework composed of Cr and O atoms. The competition between optimizing intra- and interlayer Cl–Cl distances and the general trend towards denser packing defines a novel mechanism for high-pressure phase transitions of inorganic materials. CrOCl possesses an incommensurate phase for 16–51 GPa. Single-crystal x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell provides an accurate description of the evolution of the incommensurate wave with pressure. It thus demonstrates a continuous increase of the amplitude up to 30 GPa, followed by a decrease of the wavelength until a lock-in transition occurs at 51 GPa. PMID:25999303

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

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

    2014-10-14

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

  12. Pressure-induced phase transition in SrF2: A Raman study

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    Kourouklis, G. A.; Anastassakis, E.

    1986-07-01

    Measurements of Raman scattering under hydrostatic pressure in SrF2 show that the β-->α phase transition, common to fluorite structures, occurs around 5.0 GPa at 300 K. Symmetry assignment of phonons in the α phase is based on a comparison to other fluorite crystals. Hysteresis phenomena are observed and discussed. Anharmonic processes are shown to be small but not negligible.

  13. Pressure induced tetragonal to monoclinic transition in RbN3 studied from first principles theory

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    Vaitheeswaran, G.; Babu, K. Ramesh

    2014-04-01

    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 RbN3 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 RbN3 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 RbN3 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.

  14. 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.

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

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    Zhao, Zhao; Zhang, Haijun; Yuan, Hongtao; ...

    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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

    2016-10-06

    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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

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

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

    2015-07-01

    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.

  3. NMR investigation of the pressure induced Mott transition to superconductivity in Cs3C60 isomeric compounds

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    Alloul, H.; Ihara, Y.; Mito, T.; Wzietek, P.; Aramini, M.; Pontiroli, D.; Ricco, M.

    2013-07-01

    The discovery in 1991 of high temperature superconductivity (SC) in A3C60 compounds, where A is an alkali ion, has been initially ascribed to a BCS mechanism, with a weak incidence of electron correlations. However various experimental evidences taken for compounds with distinct alkali content established the interplay of strong correlations and Jahn Teller distortions of the C60 ball. The importance of electronic correlations even in A3C60 has been highlighted by the recent discovery of two expanded fulleride Cs3C60 isomeric phases that are Mott insulators at ambient pressure. Both phases undergo a pressure induced first order Mott transition to SC with a (p, T) phase diagram displaying a dome shaped SC, a common situation encountered nowadays in correlated electron systems. NMR experiments allowed us to establish that the bipartite A15 phase displays Néel order at 47K, while magnetic freezing only occurs at lower temperature in the fcc phase. NMR data do permit us to conclude that well above the critical pressure, the singlet superconductivity found for light alkalis is recovered. However deviations from BCS expectations linked with electronic correlations are found near the Mott transition. So, although SC involves an electron-phonon mechanism, correlations have a significant incidence on the electronic properties, as had been anticipated from DMFT calculations.

  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. W. R.; Le Goff, M.; de Wit, M.

    2012-04-01

    Meteorites and diamonds encounter high pressures during their formation or subsequent evolution. These materials sometimes contain magnetic inclusions of pyrrhotite. 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 room temperature magnetic measurements on multi- and single domain pyrrhotite under non-hydrostatic pressure up to 4.5 GPa. We find that the ratio of magnetic coercivity and remanence follows a logarithmic law with respect to pressure, which can potentially be used as a geobarometer. Due to the greater thermal expansion of pyrrhotite with respect to diamond, pyrrhotite inclusions in diamond experience a confining pressure at the Earth's surface. Applying our experimentally derived magnetic geobarometer to pyrrhotite-bearing diamonds from Botswana and the Central African Republic suggests the pressures of the pyrrhotite inclusions in the diamonds range from 1.3 to 2.1 GPa. These overpressures constrain the mantle source pressures from 5.4 to 9.5 GPa, depending on which bulk modulus and thermal expansion coefficients of the two phases are used. We are now trying to develop magnetic barometers on other magnetic phases to apply to meteorites, ultimately to constrain the minimum pressure in which the meteorite formed and, hence, information regarding the planetesmal's size, and/or depth, in which the meteorite was derived.

  5. 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

    2013-07-03

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.; ...

    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

  10. 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.

  11. Pressure-induced phase transition in synthetic trioctahedral Rb-mica

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    Comodi, P.; Drábek, M.; Montagnoli, M.; Rieder, M.; Weiss, Z.; Zanazzi, P. F.

    The crystal structure of a synthetic Rb analog of tetra-ferri-annite (Rb-TFA) 1M with the composition Rb0.99Fe2+3.03(Fe3+ 1.04 Si2.96)O10.0(OH)2.0 was determined by the single-crystal X-ray diffraction method. The structure is homooctahedral (space group C2/m) with M1 and M2 occupied by divalent iron. Its unit cell is larger than that of the common potassium trioctahedral mica, and similar lateral dimensions of the tetrahedral and octahedral sheets allow a small tetrahedral rotation angle α=2.23(6)°. Structure refinements at 0.0001, 1.76, 2.81, 4.75, and 7.2 GPa indicate that in some respects the Rb-TFA behaves like all other micas when pressure increases: the octahedra are more compressible than the tetrahedra and the interlayer is four times more compressible than the 2:1 layer. However, there is a peculiar behavior of the tetrahedral rotation angle α: at lower pressures (0.0001, 1.76, 2.81 GPa), it has positive values that increase with pressure [from 2.23(6)° to 6.3(4)°] as in other micas, but negative values -7.5(5)° and -8.5(9)° appear at higher pressures, 4.75 and 7.2 GPa, respectively. This structural evidence, together with electrostatic energy calculations, shows that Rb-TFA has a Franzini A-type 2:1 layer up to at least 2.81 GPa that at higher pressure yields to a Franzini B-type layer, as shown by the refinements at 4.75 and 7.2 GPa. The inversion of the α angle is interpreted as a consequence of an isosymmetric displacive phase transition from A-type to B-type structure between 2.81 and 4.75 GPa. The compressibility of the Rb-TFA was also investigated by single-crystal X-ray diffraction up to a maximum pressure of 10 GPa. The lattice parameters reveal a sharp discontinuity between 3.36 and 3.84 GPa, which was associated with the phase transition from Franzini-A to Franzini-B structure.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Pressure-induced structural and magnetic phase transitions in ordered and disordered equiatomic FeCo

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    Torchio, R.; Kvashnin, Y. O.; Marini, C.; Mathon, O.; Garbarino, G.; Mezouar, M.; Wright, J. P.; Bruno, P.; Genovese, L.; Baudelet, F.; Meneghini, C.; Mobilio, S.; Morley, N. A.; Gibbs, M. R. J.; Pascarelli, S.

    2013-11-01

    The magnetic and structural phase diagram of equiatomic FeCo has been studied up to 45 GPa using K-edge x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, x-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, and supporting density-functional-theory-based calculations. FeCo foils with different degrees of chemical order were obtained by magnetron sputtering. Our results show that Fe0.5Co0.5 undergo the bcc ferromagnetic to hcp nonferromagnetic transition in the 30-45 GPa pressure range. Interestingly, the chemical order, i.e., the relative arrangements of Fe and Co atoms, plays a major role in affecting the high-pressure structural and magnetic phase diagram of these alloys. This result is confirmed by first-principles modeling of different structures of equiatomic FeCo alloy. Moreover, the total-energy analysis reveals a strong competition between different magnetic hcp states upon compression. A possible emergence of antiferromagnetism is emphasized and requires further experimental investigation.

  15. Mercury Fluorides under high pressure: Hg as a pressure-induced transition metal

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    Botana, Jorge; Wang, Xiaoli; Yang, Dadong; Ling, Haiqing; Ma, Yangming; Miao, Mao-Sheng

    2014-03-01

    Hg has recently been found experimentally to be capable of forming a chemical compound, HgF4, where it behaves as a transition metal, with an oxidation number of IV, but this molecule is very short lived. In this work we present theoretical evidence obtained through ab initio calculations that higher oxidation states than II can be stabilized in crystalline form for Hg, under extreme pressure. We have performed a structural search and optimization by means of Particle Swarm Optimization and Density Functional Theory for the crystalline series of HgFn (n=3,4,5,6), and then used those data to draw the phase diagram of the equilibrium among those stoichiometries and HgF2 and F2. We have found that from 0 to 38 GPa only the mixture of HgF2 and F2 phases is thermodynamically stable. HgF3 and HgF4 have been found to be thermodynamically stable in different pressure ranges (from 73 GPa to at least 500 GPa and from 38 GPa to 200 GPa , respectively). We have also found that the HgF3 crystal shows a very interesting band structure that suggests it could be a transparent conductor.

  16. 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.

  17. 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 transitions 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Anatomy of a pressure-induced, ferromagnetic-to-paramagnetic transition in pyrrhotite: Implications for the formation pressure of diamonds

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    Gilder, Stuart A.; Egli, Ramon; Hochleitner, Rupert; Roud, Sophie C.; Volk, Michael W. R.; Le Goff, Maxime; de Wit, Maarten

    2011-10-01

    Meteorites and diamonds encounter high pressures during their formation or subsequent evolution. These materials commonly contain magnetic inclusions of pyrrhotite. 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 room temperature magnetic measurements on multidomain and single-domain pyrrhotite under nonhydrostatic pressure. Magnetic remanence in single-domain pyrrhotite is largely insensitive to pressure until 2 GPa, whereas the remanence of multidomain pyrrhotite increases 50% over that of initial conditions by 2 GPa, and then decreases until only 33% of the original remanence remains by 4.5 GPa. In contrast, magnetic coercivity increases with increasing pressure to 4.5 GPa. Below ˜1.5 GPa, multidomain pyrrhotite obeys Néel theory with a positive correlation between coercivity and remanence; above ˜1.5 GPa, it behaves single domain-like yet distinctly different from uncompressed single-domain pyrrhotite. The ratio of magnetic coercivity and remanence follows a logarithmic law with respect to pressure, which can potentially be used as a geobarometer. Owing to the greater thermal expansion of pyrrhotite with respect to diamond, pyrrhotite inclusions in diamonds experience a confining pressure at Earth's surface. Applying our experimentally derived magnetic geobarometer to pyrrhotite-bearing diamonds from Botswana and the Central African Republic suggests the pressures of the pyrrhotite inclusions in the diamonds range from 1.3 to 2.1 GPa. These overpressures constrain the mantle source pressures from 5.4 to 9.5 GPa, depending on which bulk modulus and thermal expansion coefficients of the two phases are used.

  20. Explanation of the pressure-induced red shifts of 2E- 4A2 transition line for Cr 3+ ions in the two sites of chrysoberyl

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    Wen-Chen, Zheng

    1996-04-01

    By using the bond length dependence of covalency reduction factor obtained from the high pressure spectroscopy of ruby (Al 2O 3 : Cr 3+), the pressure-induced shifts of 2E- 4A2 transition line for Cr 3+ ions in both sites (mirror site and inverse site) of chrysoberyl BeAl 2O 4 : Cr 3+ are calculated from the distinctive compressibilities of metal-ligand bond for Cr 3+ ions in the two sites. The results are in reasonable agreement with the observed values. It suggests that the large difference of the pressure-induced shifts of 2E- 4A2 transition line between the Cr 3+ ions at the mirror sites and the inverse sites of chrysoberyl is due mainly to the different average bond compressiblity.

  1. Pressure induced structural phase transition of PrX, PrY (X = S, Se, Te) chalcogenides and (Y = N, P, As) pnictides

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    Varshney, Dinesh; Shriya, Swarna; Dube, A.; Varshney, Meenu

    2012-06-01

    Pressure induced structural aspects of NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) structure in Praseodymium pnictides and chalcogenides are presented. An effective interionic interaction potential with long range Coulomb, van der Waals interaction and the short-range repulsive interaction upto second-neighbor ions within the Hafemeister and Flygare approach with modified ionic charge is developed. Deduced results on volume discontinuity in pressure volume phase diagram identify the structural phase transition from B1 to B2 structure consistent with the known results.

  2. 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.

  3. The pressure-induced ringwoodite to Mg-perovskite and periclase post-spinel phase transition: a Bader's topological analysis of the ab initio electron densities

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    Parisi, Filippo; Sciascia, Luciana; Princivalle, Francesco; Merli, Marcello

    2012-02-01

    In order to characterize the pressure-induced decomposition of ringwoodite (γ-Mg2SiO4), the topological analysis of the electron density ρ( r), based upon the theory of atoms in molecules (AIM) developed by Bader in the framework of the catastrophe theory, has been performed. Calculations have been carried out by means of the ab initio CRYSTAL09 code at the HF/DFT level, using Hamiltonians based on the Becke- LYP scheme containing hybrid Hartree-Fock/density functional exchange-correlation terms. The equation of state at 0 K has been constructed for the three phases involved in the post-spinel phase transition (ringwoodite → Mg-perovskite + periclase) occurring at the transition zone-lower mantel boundary. The topological results show that the decomposition of the ringwoodite at high pressures is caused by a conflict catastrophe. Furthermore, topological evidences of the central role played by the oxygen atoms to facilitate the pressure-induced ringwoodite decomposition and the subsequent phase transition have been noticed.

  4. Pressure-induced structural transition of mature HIV-1 Protease from a combined NMR/MD simulation approach

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    Roche, Julien; Louis, John M.; Bax, Ad; Best, Robert B.

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the pressure-induced structural changes in the mature human immunodeficiency virus type 1 protease dimer (HIV-1 PR), using residual dipolar coupling (RDC) measurements in a weakly oriented solution. 1DNH RDCs were measured under high-pressure conditions for an inhibitor-free PR and an inhibitor-bound complex, as well as for an inhibitor-free multidrug resistant protease bearing 20 mutations (PR20). While PR20 and the inhibitor-bound PR were little affected by pressure, inhibitor-free PR showed significant differences in the RDCs measured at 600 bar compared to 1 bar. The structural basis of such changes was investigated by MD simulations using the experimental RDC restraints, revealing substantial conformational perturbations, specifically a partial opening of the flaps and the penetration of water molecules into the hydrophobic core of the subunits at high-pressure. This study highlights the exquisite sensitivity of RDCs to pressure-induced conformational changes and illustrates how RDCs combined with MD simulations can be used to determine the structural properties of metastable intermediate states on the folding energy landscape. PMID:26385843

  5. Observation of pressure-induced phase transition of δ-AlOOH by using single-crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction method

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    Kuribayashi, Takahiro; Sano-Furukawa, Asami; Nagase, Toshiro

    2014-04-01

    Pressure-induced phase transition of δ-AlOOH was confirmed between 6.1 and 8.2 GPa by using a single-crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction method. The phase transition is reversible and unquenchable. Results from analysis of the distribution of X-ray diffraction intensities at 8.2 GPa reveal an additional systematic, absence of k + l odd for 0 kl in comparison with h + l odd for h0 l observed prior to the phase transition (space group, P21 nm). The space group of the post-transition phase should be Pnnm or Pnn2 to satisfy the systematic absence rule. Crystal structure refinements of the post-transition phase conducted for the three models ( Pnnm, Pnn2, and P21 nm) indicate that the space group of the post-transition phase is Pnnm. The O-O distance of hydrogen bond in the post-transition phase at 8.2 GPa is 2.439(6) Å and is significantly longer than the predicted distance (2.366 Å) of the hydrogen bond symmetrization in δ-AlOOH. The H distribution in the post-transition phase would display a fully disordered hydrogen bond pattern.

  6. 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.

  7. Pressure induced structural and magnetic phase transition in magnesium nitrides MgNx (x = 1, 2, 3): A first principles study

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    Rajeswarapalanichamy, R.; Sudhapriyanga, G.; Cinthia, A. Jemmy; Santhosh, M.; Murugan, A.

    2014-04-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of magnesium nitrides are investigated by the first principles calculations based on density functional theory using Vienna ab-initio simulation package. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. A pressure-induced structural phase transition from NaCl to CsCl in MgN, CaF2 to AlB2 in MgN2 and LaF3 to BiF3 phase in MgN3 is observed. At ambient condition MgN and MgN3 are stable in the ferromagnetic state. On further increasing the pressure, a ferromagnetic to non magnetic transition is observed in MgN.

  8. Pressure induced structural transitions in CuSbS2 and CuSbSe2 thermoelectric compounds

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    Baker, Jason; Kumar, Ravhi S.; Sneed, Daniel; Connolly, Anthony; Zhang, Yi; Velisavljevic, Nenad; Paladugu, Jayalakshmi; Pravica, Michael; Chen, Changfeng; Cornelius, Andrew; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-04-27

    Here, we investigate the structural behavior of CuSbS2 and CuSbSe2 thermoelectric materials under high pressure conditions up to 80 GPa using angle dispersive X-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell (DAC). We also perform high pressure Raman spectroscopy measurements up to 16 GPa. We observed a pressure-induced structural transformation from the ambient orthorhombic structure with space group Pnma to a triclinic type structure with space group P1 beginning around 8 GPa in both samples and completing at 13 GPa and 10 GPa in CuSbS2 and CuSbSe2, respectively. High pressure Raman experiments complement the transitions observed by high pressure X-ray diffraction (HPXRD). Finally, the transitions were found to be reversible on releasing the pressure to ambient in the DAC. The bulk modulus and compressibility of these materials are further discussed.

  9. Pressure-induced phase transition(s) in KMnF3 and the importance of the excess volume for phase transitions in perovskite structures.

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    Guennou, Mael; Bouvier, Pierre; Garbarino, Gaston; Kreisel, Jens; Salje, Ekhard K H

    2011-12-07

    We report a pressure-dependent investigation of KMnF(3) by x-ray diffraction up to 30 GPa. The results are discussed in the framework of Landau theory and in relation to the isostructural phase transition in SrTiO(3). The phase transition temperature near 186 K in KMnF(3) shifts to room temperature at a critical pressure of P(c) = 3.4 GPa; the pressure dependence of the transition point follows ΔP(c)/ΔT(c) = 0.0315 GPa K(-1). The transition becomes second order under high pressure, close to the tricritical point. The phase transition is determined by the rotation of MnF(6) octahedra with their simultaneous expansion along the rotation axis. The rotation angle was found to increase to 10.5° at 24 GPa. An additional anomaly was observed at higher pressure around 25 GPa, suggesting a further phase transition.

  10. Pressure-induced phase transition(s) in KMnF3 and the importance of the excess volume for phase transitions in perovskite structures

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    Guennou, Mael; Bouvier, Pierre; Garbarino, Gaston; Kreisel, Jens; Salje, Ekhard K. H.

    2011-12-01

    We report a pressure-dependent investigation of KMnF3 by x-ray diffraction up to 30 GPa. The results are discussed in the framework of Landau theory and in relation to the isostructural phase transition in SrTiO3. The phase transition temperature near 186 K in KMnF3 shifts to room temperature at a critical pressure of Pc = 3.4 GPa the pressure dependence of the transition point follows ΔPc/ΔTc = 0.0315 GPa K-1. The transition becomes second order under high pressure, close to the tricritical point. The phase transition is determined by the rotation of MnF6 octahedra with their simultaneous expansion along the rotation axis. The rotation angle was found to increase to 10.5° at 24 GPa. An additional anomaly was observed at higher pressure around 25 GPa, suggesting a further phase transition.

  11. Structural properties of pressure-induced structural phase transition of Si-doped GaAs by angular-dispersive X-ray diffraction

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    Lin, Kung-Liang; Lin, Chih-Ming; Lin, Yu-Sheng; Jian, Sheng-Rui; Liao, Yen-Fa; Chuang, Yu-Chun; Wang, Chuan-Sheng; Juang, Jenh-Yih

    2016-02-01

    Pressure-induced phase transitions in n-type silicon-doped gallium arsenide (GaAs:Si ) at ambient temperature were investigated by using angular-dispersive X-ray diffraction (ADXRD) under high pressure up to around 18.6 (1) GPa, with a 4:1 (in volume ratio) methanol-ethanol mixture as the pressure-transmitting medium. In situ ADXRD measurements revealed that n-type GaAs:Si starts to transform from zinc- blende structure to an orthorhombic structure [GaAs-II phase], space group Pmm2, at 16.4 (1) GPa. In contrast to previous studies of pure GaAs under pressure, our results show no evidence of structural transition to Fmmm or Cmcm phase. The fitting of volume compression data to the third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state yielded that the zero-pressure isothermal bulk moduli and the first-pressure derivatives were 75 (3) GPa and 6.4 (9) for the B3 phase, respectively. After decompressing to the ambient pressure, the GaAs:Si appears to revert to the B3 phase completely. By fitting to the empirical relations, the Knoop microhardness numbers are between H PK = 6.21 and H A = 5.85, respectively, which are substantially smaller than the values of 7-7.5 for pure GaAs reported previously. A discontinuous drop in the pressure-dependent lattice parameter, N- N distances, and V/ V 0 was observed at a pressure of 11.5 (1) GPa, which was tentatively attributed to the pressure-induced dislocation activities in the crystal grown by vertical gradient freeze method.

  12. A raman study of hydrostatic pressure induced phase transitions in Rb2KInF6 crystals

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    Vtyurin, A. N.; Krylov, A. S.; Goryainov, S. V.; Krylova, S. N.; Oreshonkov, A. S.; Voronov, V. N.

    2012-05-01

    The Raman spectra of the elpasolite (Rb2KInF6) crystal have been studied in the pressure range from 0 to 5.3 GPa at a temperature of 295 K. A phase transition at a pressure of approximately 0.9 GPa has been found. An analysis of the variations in the spectral parameters has led to the conclusion that the phase transition to a distorted phase is accompanied by the doubling of the volume of the primitive cell of the initial cubic phase. Numerical calculations of the lattice dynamics in the Rb2KInF6 crystal have been performed. The numerical simulation has established that the phase transition at a pressure of 0.9 GPa is associated with condensation of the F lg mode. A probable high-pressure phase is the phase with space group C2/ m.

  13. Pressure-induced magnetic transition exceeding 30 K in the Yb-based heavy-fermion β -YbAlB4

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    Tomita, Takahiro; Kuga, Kentaro; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2016-12-01

    Measurements of the electric resistivity ρ (T ) under pressure up to 8 GPa were performed on high-quality single crystals of the Yb-based heavy-fermion system β -YbAlB4 in the temperature range 2 pressure-induced magnetic ordering above the critical pressure Pc˜2 GPa. The clear difference in the phase diagram under pressure using two types of pressure media indicates that the transition temperature may be further enhanced under application of uniaxial pressure. With pressure, this phase-transition temperature TM is enhanced, reaching 32 K at 8 GPa, which is the highest transition temperature so far recorded for the Yb-based heavy-fermion compounds. The power-law exponent α in ρ =ρ0+A Tα below TM gradually changes from 3/2 to 5/2 with increasing pressure from 2 to 8 GPa. In contrast, the resistivity exhibits a T -linear behavior in the temperature range 2 ≤T ≤20 K and is insensitive to pressure below Pc. In this pressure regime, the magnetization is also nearly independent of pressure and shows no anomaly above 2 K. Our results indicate that a quantum critical point for β -YbAlB4 is also located near Pc in addition to the strange metal region near the ambient pressure.

  14. Pressure-induced phase transition on K{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}: A Raman scattering study and ab initio calculations

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    Paraguassu, W.; Saraiva, G.D.; Guerini, S.; Freire, P.T.C.; Abagaro, B.T.O.; Mendes Filho, J.

    2012-12-15

    This work reports high pressure Raman scattering results on dipotassium molybdate (K{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}). The effects of hydrostatic pressure on the vibrational properties of K{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} has been investigated in the pressure range from 0.5 to 7.3 GPa. This study also indicates that K{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} crystals exhibit a pressure-induced first-order phase transition at about 2.2 GPa from monoclinic to an unknown symmetry. Calculaions based on density-functional theory (DFT) unveiled the structural changes undergone by the K{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} system under hydrostatic pressure. The phase transition is connected with the increase of the polyhedral KO{sub 6} distortion due to an increased anionic interaction as volume decrease, therefore leading to tiltings and/or rotations of the MoO{sub 4} tetrahedra. The consequence of such tiltings and/or rotations of the MoO{sub 4} tetrahedra is to increase the disorder of these units. The high-pressure phase transforms directly into the ambient-pressure phase as pressure is released. - Graphical Abstract: Dipotassium molybdate (K{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}) belongs to the class of single molybdates and tungstates with a general composition of the A{sub 2}MO{sub 4} (A=Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs; {Mu}=Mo, W). At room temperature and ambient pressure, the crystal of K{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} is monoclinic and it belongs to the C2/m (C{sub 2h}{sup 3}) space group. This material is attracting a considerable attention due to its interesting structural and thermodynamic properties. This work reports a high pressure study on this system. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We reports high pressure Raman scattering results on dipotassium molybdate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Our study indicates a pressure-induced first-order phase transition at around 2.16 GPa. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer DFT calculations indicate that phase transition is connected with the increase of KO{sub 6} distortion. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Tiltings and/or rotations of the Mo

  15. The pressure-induced phase transition studies of In2S3 and In2S3:Ce nanoparticles

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    Yao, Binbin; Zhu, Hongyang; Wang, Shuangming; Wang, Pan; Zhang, Mingzhe

    2014-02-01

    A novel method, gas-liquid phase chemical deposition is developed to prepare In2S3 and In2S3:Ce nanoparticles. The structural, morphology and composition feature of these two nanoparticles is studied by XRD, HRTEM, and XPS. In situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies were carried out by using a diamond-anvil cell. The doping does not influence the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition path while results in a lower phase transition pressure of In2S3:Ce nanoparticles (4.3 GPa) than that of In2S3 nanoparticles (7.1 GPa). The bulk moduli of tetragonal phases are B0=87.1±4.3 GPa and B0=55.6±4.1 GPa, respectively. The distinct high-pressure behaviors can be explained in term of the doped ions, causing lattice distortion and reducing structural stability of the In2S3 nanoparticles and further accelerating the phase transition.

  16. 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; ...

    2015-05-04

    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 slopemore » 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. Compared with the cubic phase, orthorhombic PbSe exhibits a large negative pressure dependence of electrical resistivity. Additionally, thermoelastic properties of orthorhombic PbSe have been derived from isothermal compression data, such as temperature derivative of bulk modulus and thermally induced pressure.« less

  17. 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

    2015-05-04

    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. Compared with the cubic phase, orthorhombic PbSe exhibits a large negative pressure dependence of electrical resistivity. Additionally, thermoelastic properties of orthorhombic PbSe have been derived from isothermal compression data, such as temperature derivative of bulk modulus and thermally induced pressure.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Temperature- and pressure-induced structural transitions in rare-earth-deficient ? (R = Y, Sm, Gd, Tb) Laves phases

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    Gratz, E.; Kottar, A.; Lindbaum, A.; Mantler, M.; Latroche, M.; Paul-Boncour, V.; Acet, M.; Barner, Cl; Holzapfel, W. B.; Pacheco, V.; Yvon, K.

    1996-10-01

    Electrical resistivity, thermal expansion, and temperature-dependent x-ray diffraction measurements on 0953-8984/8/43/026/img14 compounds give mutually consistent evidence for structural phase transitions at 740 K, 550 K, 600 K, and 450 K respectively for R = Y, Sm, Gd, Tb; 0 < x < 0.05. Arguments are given as to why most of the rare-earth - nickel compounds with the 1:2 ratio do not crystallize in the simple cubic Laves phase (C15 type) but show a superstructure of the cubic Laves phase at room temperature and at ambient pressure. This superstructure with the space group 0953-8984/8/43/026/img15 and a doubled cell parameter is characterized by ordered vacancies on the R sites. It is shown that the observed structural instabilities result in transitions to the cubic Laves phase (space group 0953-8984/8/43/026/img16), however with disordered vacancies at high temperatures. High-pressure x-ray powder diffraction experiments show that the phase transition in 0953-8984/8/43/026/img17 shifts down to room temperature for a pressure of 27 GPa.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Bader's topological analysis of the electron density in the pressure-induced phase transitions/amorphization in α-quartz from the catastrophe theory viewpoint

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    Merli, Marcello; Sciascia, Luciana

    2013-06-01

    In this work, the Bader's topological analysis of the electron density, coupled with Thom's catastrophe theory, was used to characterize the pressure-induced transformations in α-quartz. In particular, ab initio calculations of the α-quartz structures in the range 0-105 Gpa have been performed at the HF/DFT exchange-correlation terms level, using Hamiltonians based on a WC1LYP hybrid scheme. The electron densities calculated throughout the ab initio wave functions have been analysed by means of the Bader's theory, seeking for some catastrophic mechanism in the sense of Thom's theory. The analysis mainly showed that there is a typical fold catastrophe feature involving an O-O interaction at the quartz-coesite transition pressure, while the amorphization of α-quartz is coincident with an average distribution of the gradient field of the electron density around the oxygen atom which is typically observed in the free atoms. This approach is addressed to depict a phase transition from a novel viewpoint, particularly useful in predicting the stability of a compound at extreme conditions, especially in the absence of experimental data.

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

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

    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

  5. 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.

  6. Experimental evidence for pressure-induced first order transition in cerium nitride from B1 to B10 structure type

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    Nielsen, Morten B.; Ceresoli, Davide; Jørgensen, Jens-Erik; Prescher, Clemens; Prakapenka, Vitali B.; Bremholm, Martin

    2017-01-01

    The crystal structure of CeN was investigated up to pressures of 82 GPa, using diamond anvil cell powder X-ray diffraction in two experiments with He and Si-oil as the pressure transmitting media. In contrast to previous reports, we do not observe the B2 (CsCl type) structure at high pressure. Instead, the structural phase transition, starting at 65 GPa, from the ambient rock salt B1 structure results in a distorted CsCl-like B10 structure, irrespective of the pressure medium. Our result unambiguously confirms two recent density functional theory (DFT) studies predicting the B10 phase to be stable at these pressures, rather than the B2 (CsCl type) phase previously reported. The B10 structure appears to approach the B2 structure as pressure is increased further, but DFT calculations indicate that an L10 structure (AuCu type) is energetically favored.

  7. Half-metallic Co-based quaternary Heusler alloys for spintronics: Defect- and pressure-induced transitions and properties

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    Enamullah, Johnson, D. D.; Suresh, K. G.; Alam, Aftab

    2016-11-01

    Heusler compounds offer potential as spintronic devices due to their spin polarization and half-metallicity properties, where electron spin-majority (minority) manifold exhibits states (band gap) at the electronic chemical potential, yielding full spin polarization in a single manifold. Yet, Heuslers often exhibit intrinsic disorder that degrades its half-metallicity and spin polarization. Using density-functional theory, we analyze the electronic and magnetic properties of equiatomic Heusler (L 21 ) CoMnCrAl and CoFeCrGe alloys for effects of hydrostatic pressure and intrinsic disorder (thermal antisites, binary swaps, and vacancies). Under pressure, CoMnCrAl undergoes a metallic transition, while half-metallicity in CoFeCrGe is retained for a limited range. Antisite disorder between Cr-Al pair in CoMnCrAl alloy is energetically the most favorable, and retains half-metallic character in Cr-excess regime. However, Co-deficient samples in both alloys undergo a transition from half-metallic to metallic, with a discontinuity in the saturation magnetization. For binary swaps, configurations that compete with the ground state are identified and show no loss of half-metallicity; however, the minority-spin band gap and magnetic moments vary depending on the atoms swapped. For single binary swaps, there is a significant energy cost in CoMnCrAl but with no loss of half-metallicity. Although a few configurations in CoFeCrGe energetically compete with the ground state, the minority-spin band gap and magnetic moments vary depending on the atoms swapped. This information should help in controlling these potential spintronic materials.

  8. Half-metallic Co-based quaternary Heusler alloys for spintronics: Defect- and pressure-induced transitions and properties

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    Enamullah, .; Johnson, D. D.; Suresh, K. G.; ...

    2016-11-07

    Heusler compounds offer potential as spintronic devices due to their spin polarization and half-metallicity properties, where electron spin-majority (minority) manifold exhibits states (band gap) at the electronic chemical potential, yielding full spin polarization in a single manifold. Yet, Heuslers often exhibit intrinsic disorder that degrades its half-metallicity and spin polarization. Using density-functional theory, we analyze the electronic and magnetic properties of equiatomic Heusler (L21) CoMnCrAl and CoFeCrGe alloys for effects of hydrostatic pressure and intrinsic disorder (thermal antisites, binary swaps, and vacancies). Under pressure, CoMnCrAl undergoes a metallic transition, while half-metallicity in CoFeCrGe is retained for a limited range. Antisitemore » disorder between Cr-Al pair in CoMnCrAl alloy is energetically the most favorable, and retains half-metallic character in Cr-excess regime. However, Co-deficient samples in both alloys undergo a transition from half-metallic to metallic, with a discontinuity in the saturation magnetization. For binary swaps, configurations that compete with the ground state are identified and show no loss of half-metallicity; however, the minority-spin band gap and magnetic moments vary depending on the atoms swapped. For single binary swaps, there is a significant energy cost in CoMnCrAl but with no loss of half-metallicity. Although a few configurations in CoFeCrGe energetically compete with the ground state, the minority-spin band gap and magnetic moments vary depending on the atoms swapped. Furthermore, this information should help in controlling these potential spintronic materials.« less

  9. Half-metallic Co-based quaternary Heusler alloys for spintronics: Defect- and pressure-induced transitions and properties

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    Enamullah, .; Johnson, D. D.; Suresh, K. G.; Alam, Aftab

    2016-11-07

    Heusler compounds offer potential as spintronic devices due to their spin polarization and half-metallicity properties, where electron spin-majority (minority) manifold exhibits states (band gap) at the electronic chemical potential, yielding full spin polarization in a single manifold. Yet, Heuslers often exhibit intrinsic disorder that degrades its half-metallicity and spin polarization. Using density-functional theory, we analyze the electronic and magnetic properties of equiatomic Heusler (L21) CoMnCrAl and CoFeCrGe alloys for effects of hydrostatic pressure and intrinsic disorder (thermal antisites, binary swaps, and vacancies). Under pressure, CoMnCrAl undergoes a metallic transition, while half-metallicity in CoFeCrGe is retained for a limited range. Antisite disorder between Cr-Al pair in CoMnCrAl alloy is energetically the most favorable, and retains half-metallic character in Cr-excess regime. However, Co-deficient samples in both alloys undergo a transition from half-metallic to metallic, with a discontinuity in the saturation magnetization. For binary swaps, configurations that compete with the ground state are identified and show no loss of half-metallicity; however, the minority-spin band gap and magnetic moments vary depending on the atoms swapped. For single binary swaps, there is a significant energy cost in CoMnCrAl but with no loss of half-metallicity. Although a few configurations in CoFeCrGe energetically compete with the ground state, the minority-spin band gap and magnetic moments vary depending on the atoms swapped. Furthermore, this information should help in controlling these potential spintronic materials.

  10. Pressure-Induced Slip-System Transition in Forsterite: Single-Crystal Rheological Properties at Mantle Pressure and Temperature

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    Raterron,P.; Chen, J.; Li, L.; Weidner, D.; Cordier, P.

    2007-01-01

    Deformation experiments were carried out in a Deformation-DIA high-pressure apparatus (D-DIA) on oriented Mg2SiO4 olivine (Fo100) single crystals, at pressure (P) ranging from 2.1 to 7.5 GPa, in the temperature (T) range 1373-1677 K, and in dry conditions. These experiments were designed to investigate the effect of pressure on olivine dislocation slip-system activities, responsible for the lattice-preferred orientations observed in the upper mantle. Two compression directions were tested, promoting either [100] slip alone or [001] slip alone in (010) crystallographic plane. Constant applied stress ({sigma}) and specimen strain rates (Formula) were monitored in situ using time-resolved X-ray synchrotron diffraction and radiography, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigation of the run products reveals that dislocation creep assisted by dislocation climb and cross slip was responsible for sample deformation. A slip transition with increasing pressure, from a dominant [100]-slip to a dominant [001]-slip, is documented. Extrapolation of the obtained rheological laws to upper-mantle P, T, and {sigma} conditions, suggests that [001]-slip activity becomes comparable to [100]-slip activity in the deep upper mantle, while [001] slip is mostly dominant in subduction zones. These results provide alternative explanations for the seismic anisotropy attenuation observed in the upper mantle, and for the 'puzzling' seismic-anisotropy anomalies commonly observed in subduction zones.

  11. Investigation of pressure-induced magnetic transitions in CoxFe3-xO4 spinels

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    Subías, G.; Cuartero, V.; García, J.; Blasco, J.; Lafuerza, S.; Pascarelli, S.; Mathon, O.; Strohm, C.; Nagai, K.; Mito, M.; Garbarino, G.

    2013-03-01

    Room temperature Fe and Co K-edge x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction, and magnetization measurements were carried out to investigate the stability of the ferrimagnetic ground state in CoxFe3-xO4 (x=0, 1, 1.5, and 2) ferrites under pressure up to about 30 GPa using diamond anvil cells. The x-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the Fe K-edge is observed to decrease continuously up to the highest reached pressure by ˜50% in Fe3O4 (at 25 GPa) and by ˜70% in Co1.5Fe1.5O4 (at 16 GPa) and Co2FeO4 (at 21 GPa). In CoFe2O4, the suppression by ˜80% of the x-ray magnetic circular dichroic signal occurs simultaneously at both Fe and Co K-edges between 24 and 27 GPa. However, a continuous decrease of the dichroic signal with pressure is only observed at the Co K-edge, whereas the Fe K-edge dichroic intensity drops drastically. The synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction measurements indicate the occurrence of structural phase transitions at critical pressures in coincidence with the suppression of ferrimagnetism. In CoFe2O4, bulk magnetization measurements up to 26 GPa confirm the disappearance of ferrimagnetism and indicate an almost linear dependence of the magnetization with the magnetic field in the high pressure phase. We thus conclude that high-pressure CoFe2O4 is either paramagnetic or antiferromagnetic.

  12. Pressure-induced ferroelectric to paraelectric transition in LiTaO3 and (Li,Mg)TaO3

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    Yamanaka, Takamitsu; Nakamoto, Yuki; Takei, Fumihiko; ...

    2016-02-16

    , respectively, due to the structural transition from R3c to Pnma consistent with the x-ray diffraction results.« less

  13. 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.

  14. Pressure induced metallization of Germane

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    Martinez-Canales, M.; Bergara, A.; Feng, J.; Grochala, W.

    2006-09-01

    Recently reported superconductivity in lithium under pressure has renewed the interest on hydrogen and hydrogen-rich systems in the long standing quest for room temperature superconductivity. Although the required metallization of pure hydrogen cannot be achieved within correct experimental capabilities, chemical precompression exerted by heavier atoms in compounds with a large hydrogen content is expected to imply that lower pressures might be required to attain the metallic transition in these alloys. In this article, we present an ab initio analysis of pressure induced metallization of germane, as a particular case between group IVa hydrides. According to our calculations, metallization of germane is predicted to occur at an experimentally accessible pressure of around 70 GPa, which corresponds to a compression factor of 3.4.

  15. 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.

  16. New pressure induced phase transitions in mullite-type Bi2(Fe4-xMnx)O10-δ complex oxides

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    Kalita, Patricia E; Cornelius, Andrew L; Lipinska, Kristina E; Lufaso, Michael W; Kann, Zachary R; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Hemmers, Oliver A; Schneider, Hartmut

    2016-07-29

    Single phased mullite-type Bi2Fe4-xMnxO10-δ mixed crystals (0.25 ± x ± 3.125) and the end-member Bi2Fe4O9, synthesized from the oxides by reaction sintering up to 825°C, were studied at high-pressures in order to probe their high-pressure behavior and any possible structural phase transitions. In-situ synchrotron radiation-based powder X-ray diffraction was carried out in a diamond anvil cell, under quasi-hydrostatic conditions, up to a pressure of about 20 GPa at room temperature for each sample. A pressure-induced phase transition was found in all samples. The transition appeared spread over a pressure range and was not completed at the top investigated pressure. This is the first report of a pressure-induced phase transition in Bi2Fe4-xMnxO10-δ mixed crystals.

  17. 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.

  18. Pressure-induced zircon-type to scheelite-type phase transitions in YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}

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

    2008-10-15

    The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}, 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 {approx}22 GPa for YbPO{sub 4} and 19 GPa for LuPO{sub 4}. Coinciding with the transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type, there is a {approx}10% reduction in volume and a significant increase in the bulk modulus for both compounds. - Graphical abstract: The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}, show reversible phase transitions from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type at {approx}22 and 19 Gpa, respectively. Coinciding with the phase transition, there is a {approx}10% reduction in unit cell volume.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Predicted pressure-induced spin and electronic transition in double perovskite R2CoMnO6 (R = rare-earth ion).

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    Zhao, Hong Jian; Zhou, Haiyang; Chen, Xiang Ming; Bellaiche, L

    2015-06-10

    Specific first-principles calculations are performed to predict structural, magnetic and electronic properties of seven double perovskite R2CoMnO6 materials, with R being a rare-earth ion, under hydrostatic pressure. All these compounds are found to undergo a first-order transition from a high spin (HS) to low spin (LS) state at a critical pressure (whose value is dependent on the R ion). Such transition not only results in a significant volume collapse but also yields a dramatic change in electronic structure. More precisely, the HS-to-LS transition is accompanied by a transition from an insulator to a half-metallic state in the R2CoMnO6 compounds having the largest rare-earth ionic radius (i.e., Nd, Sm, Gd and Tb) while it induces a change from an insulator to a semiconductor having a narrow band gap for the smallest rare-earth ions (i.e., R = Dy, Ho and Er). Experiments are called for to confirm these predictions.

  2. Pressure-induced structural evaluation and insulator-metal transition in the mixed spinel ferrite Z n0.2M g0.8F e2O4

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    Rahman, S.; Samanta, Sudeshna; Errandonea, D.; Yan, Shuai; Yang, Ke; Lu, Junling; Wang, Lin

    2017-01-01

    The effect of pressure on the electronic properties and crystal structure in a mixed spinel ferrite Z n0.2M g0.8F e2O4 was studied for the first time up to 48 GPa at room temperature using x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and electrical transport measurements. The sample was cubic (spinel-type F d 3 ¯m ) at ambient pressure and underwent a pressure-induced structural transition to an orthorhombic phase (CaT i2O4-type B b m m ) at 21 GPa. This structural transformation corresponded to a first-order phase transition that involved 7.5% molar volume shrinkage. The onset of the Mott insulator-metal transition (IMT) around 20 GPa was due to a spin crossover mechanism that led to the F e3 + magnetic moment collapse. All the Raman modes disappeared at high pressures, which supported metallization. Analysis of structural and electrical transport measurements showed a simultaneous volume collapse and sharp IMT within a narrow pressure range. The orthorhombic high-pressure phase was found to have a higher conductivity than the cubic phase. The pressure dependence of the conductivity supported the metallic behavior of the high-pressure phase.

  3. Pressure-induced shift of Tc and structural transition in “122” type pnictide superconductor Ca0.34Na0.66Fe2As2

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    Zhang, Sijia; Zhao, Kan; Yu, Xiaohui; ...

    2016-07-11

    Here, the effect of pressure on superconductivity of “122” type Ca1-xNaxFe2As2 (x=0.66 single crystal is investigated through the temperature dependence of resistanc measurement. Optimal Na doped (Ca0.34Na0.66)Fe2As2 shows a superconductin transition with Tc ~ 33 K at ambient pressure. With application of pressure, T decreases nearly linearly with dTc/dP ~ -1.7K/GPa at pressures lower than 2 GPa and disappears gradually at higher pressure. The disappearance of superconductivit is also companied with the recovery of standard Fermi liquid behaviors of th normal-state transport properties. Moreover, (Ca0.34Na0.66)Fe2As2 exhibits a tetragona (T) to collapsed-tetragonal (cT) transition at about 3 GPa. The evolution omore » non-Fermi liquid behaviors and superconductivity under pressure are both relate to the interband fluctuations.« less

  4. 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.

  5. Combined Raman scattering and ab initio investigation of pressure-induced structural phase transitions in the scintillator ZnWO4

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    Errandonea, D.; Manjón, F. J.; Garro, N.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Radescu, S.; Mujica, A.; Muñoz, A.; Tu, C. Y.

    2008-08-01

    The room-temperature Raman scattering was measured in ZnWO4 up to 45 GPa. We report the pressure dependence of all the Raman-active phonons of the low-pressure wolframite phase. As pressure increases additional Raman peaks appear at 30.6 GPa due to the onset of a reversible structural phase transition to a distorted monoclinic β -fergusonite-type phase. The low-pressure and high-pressure phases coexist from 30.6 to 36.5 GPa. In addition to the Raman measurements we also report ab initio total-energy and lattice-dynamics calculations for the two phases. These calculations helped us to determine the crystalline structure of the high-pressure phase and to assign the observed Raman modes in both the wolframite and β -fergusonite phases. Based upon the ab initio calculations we propose the occurrence of a second phase transition at 57.6 GPa from the β -fergusonite phase to an orthorhombic Cmca phase. The pressure evolution of the lattice parameters and the atomic positions of wolframite ZnWO4 are also theoretically calculated, and an equation of state reported.

  6. Pressure Induced Phase Transition in PbTiO3 Studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy at the Ti K edge

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    Dhaussy, A. C.; Marinel, S.; Veres, A.; Jaouen, N.; Itie, J. P.; Rogalev, A.

    2007-01-19

    The Ti-K edge X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) for CaTiO3 and PbTiO3 have been measured under high pressure in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature. Despite the huge absorption from the diamond cell and the sample high quality XANES allows us to observe that in CaTiO3 no change occurs when applying pressure, at the opposite of PbTiO3 in which the pre-edge features vary strongly. It allows studying the phase transition from ferroelectric to paraelectric phase in PbTiO3 from the local point of view. Under pressure the change in intensity of the pre-edge indicates qualitatively that the Ti atom is moving toward the centre of the oxygen octahedron along the c-axis.

  7. Enhancement of superconductivity near the pressure-induced semiconductor-metal transition in the BiS₂-based superconductors LnO₀.₅F₀.₅BiS₂ (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd).

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    Wolowiec, C T; White, B D; Jeon, I; Yazici, D; Huang, K; Maple, M B

    2013-10-23

    Measurements of electrical resistivity were performed between 3 and 300 K at various pressures up to 2.8 GPa on the BiS2-based superconductors LnO0.5F0.5BiS2 (Ln=Pr, Nd). At lower pressures, PrO0.5F0.5BiS2 and NdO0.5F0.5BiS2 exhibit superconductivity with critical temperatures Tc of 3.5 and 3.9 K, respectively. As pressure is increased, both compounds undergo a transition at a pressure Pt from a low Tc superconducting phase to a high Tc superconducting phase in which Tc reaches maximum values of 7.6 and 6.4 K for PrO0.5F0.5BiS2 and NdO0.5F0.5BiS2, respectively. The pressure-induced transition is characterized by a rapid increase in Tc within a small range in pressure of ∼0.3 GPa for both compounds. In the normal state of PrO0.5F0.5BiS2, the transition pressure Pt correlates with the pressure where the suppression of semiconducting behaviour saturates. In the normal state of NdO0.5F0.5BiS2, Pt is coincident with a semiconductor-metal transition. This behaviour is similar to the results recently reported for the LnO0.5F0.5BiS2 (Ln=La, Ce) compounds. We observe that Pt and the size of the jump in Tc between the two superconducting phases both scale with the lanthanide element in LnO0.5F0.5BiS2 (Ln=La, Ce, Pr, Nd).

  8. Pressure-induced ferroelectric to paraelectric transition in LiTaO3 and (Li,Mg)TaO3

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    Yamanaka, Takamitsu; Nakamoto, Yuki; Takei, Fumihiko; Ahart, Muhtar; Mao, Ho-kwang; Hemley, Russell J.

    2016-02-16

    above 8 GPa, which we associate with the diminishing of difference in distances between Li-O and Ta-O bonds with pressure in both materials. Finally, Raman spectra show significant changes at 28 GPa and 33 GPa for LT and LMT, respectively, due to the structural transition from R3c to Pnma consistent with the x-ray diffraction results.

  9. Pressure-induced metallization of silane.

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    Chen, Xiao-Jia; Struzhkin, Viktor V; Song, Yang; Goncharov, Alexander F; Ahart, Muhtar; Liu, Zhenxian; Mao, Ho-Kwang; Hemley, Russell J

    2008-01-08

    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 (CH(4)), silane (SiH(4)), and germane (GeH(4)) 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 SiH(4) 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.

  10. Pressure induced polymerization of Formates

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    Tschauner, Oliver

    2004-03-01

    The discovery of pressure induced polymerization of CO2 inspired us to search for C-O based chain structures forming at high pressure. We used salts of carboxylic acids as starting materials and exposed them to pressures between 10 and 30 GPa. Upon heating to temperatures above 1800 K we observed deprotonation and significant changes in the Raman shifts of C-O streching modes. Structure analysis based on powder diffraction patterns collected at sector 16 of the APS showed formation of extended C-O chain structures with the cations of the salts residing in the interchain spaces. These new high pressure polymers are interesting by their mechanical strength and provide basic molecular patterns of organic metallic conductors.

  11. Water percolation governs polymorphic transitions and conductivity of DNA.

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    Brovchenko, Ivan; Krukau, Aliaksei; Oleinikova, Alla; Mazur, Alexey K

    2006-09-29

    We report on the first computer simulation studies of the percolation transition of water at the surface of the DNA double helix. With increased hydration, the ensemble of small clusters merges into a spanning water network via a quasi-two-dimensional percolation transition. This transition occurs strikingly close to the hydration level where the B form of DNA becomes stable in experiment. Formation of spanning water networks results in sigmoidlike acceleration of long-range ion transport in good agreement with experiment.

  12. 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)

  13. 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.

  14. Pressure-driven phase transition mechanisms revealed by quantum chemistry: l-serine polymorphs.

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    Rychkov, Denis A; Stare, Jernej; Boldyreva, Elena V

    2017-03-01

    The present study delivers a computational approach for the understanding of the mechanism of phase transitions between polymorphs of small organic molecules. By using state of the art periodic DFT calculations augmented with dispersion corrections and an external stress tensor together with gas-phase cluster calculations, we thoroughly explained the reversible phase transitions of three polymorphs of the model system, namely crystalline l-serine in the pressure range up to 8 GPa. This study has shown that at the macroscopic level the main driving force of the phase transitions is the decrease in the volume of the crystal unit cell, which contributes to the enthalpy difference between the two forms, but not to the difference in their internal crystal energies. At the microscopic level we suggest that hydrogen bond overstrain leads to a martensitic-like, cooperative, displacive phase transition with substantial experimental hysteresis, while no such overstrain was found for the "normal type", atom per atom, reconstructive phase transition. The predicted pressures for the phase transitions deducted by the minimum enthalpy criterion are in reasonable agreement with the observed ones. By delivering unambiguous explanations not provided by previous studies and probably not accessible to experiment, this work demonstrates the predictive and explanatory power of quantum chemistry, confirming its indispensable role in structural studies.

  15. Atomistic pathways of the pressure-induced densification of quartz

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    Liang, Yunfeng; Miranda, Caetano R.; Scandolo, Sandro

    2015-10-01

    When quartz is compressed at room temperature it retains its crystal structure at pressures well above its stability domain (0-2 GPa), and collapses into denser structures only when pressure reaches 20 GPa. Depending on the experimental conditions, pressure-induced densification can be accompanied by amorphization; by the formation of crystalline, metastable polymorphs; and can be preceded by the appearance of an intermediate phase, quartz II, with unknown structure. Based on molecular dynamic simulations, we show that this rich phenomenology can be rationalized through a unified theoretical framework of the atomistic pathways leading to densification. The model emphasizes the role played by the oxygen sublattice, which transforms from a bcc-like order in quartz into close-packed arrangements in the denser structures, through a ferroelastic instability of martensitic nature.

  16. Polymorphic polytypic transition induced in crystals by interaction of spirals and 2D growth mechanisms

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    Aquilano, Dino; Veesler, Stéphane; Astier, Jean Pierre; Pastero, Linda

    2003-01-01

    The relationship between crystal polymorphism and polytypism can be revealed by surface patterns through the interlacing of the growth spirals. Simple high-symmetry structures as SiC, ZnS, CdI2 and more complex low-symmetry layered structures as n-paraffins, n-alcohols and micas are concerned with polymorphic-polytypic transition. In this paper, we will show for the first time, through in situ AFM observations and X-ray diffractometry, that a protein polymorph (P2 12 12 1α-amylase) locally changes, during growth, to a monoclinic P2 1 polytype, thanks to the screw dislocation activity. The interplay between spiral steps and 2D nuclei of the polytypes coexisting in the same crystalline individual allows to foresee the consequences on the crystal quality. The discussion is extended to other mineral and biological molecules and a new general rule is proposed to explain the interactions between surface patterns and the bulk crystal structure.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Pressure-Induced Transformations in Silica

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    Kingma, Kathleen Jane

    Polymorphic phase transitions in the silica minerals alpha-quartz and stishovite have been investigated using diamond-anvil cell techniques at room temperature. Structural and vibrational properties of these materials were monitored as a function of pressure using in situ Raman scattering, synchrotron x-ray diffraction, and optical microscopy. Pressure-quenched samples were characterized at ambient conditions using Raman spectroscopy, electron diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, backscattered and secondary electron imaging, and optical microscopy. Solid-state amorphization of alpha -quartz has been found to begin with formation of crystallographically controlled planar defects, followed by growth of amorphous silica at these defect sites. Characteristic microstructures (planar defects and amorphous lamellae) are found in quartz upon quasihydrostatic and nonhydrostatic compression and from comminution, suggesting that there is a common mechanism for solid-state amorphization of silicates in static and shock compression experiments, meteorite impact, and deformation by tectonic processes. A new crystalline-crystalline transformation has been discovered in alpha-quartz at 21 GPa, documented by abrupt changes in the synchrotron x-ray diffraction pattern and the Raman spectrum. Upon decompression, the high-pressure phase reverts to a quartz -like structure in an unusual twinned state. The Raman spectrum of samples recovered from hydrostatic compression closely resembles spectra of both dynamically shocked quartz and quartz that has experienced extensive grinding; each shows significant deviations from the spectrum of pristine quartz. The transformation from rutile-structured silica (stishovite) to the CaCl_2-structured form has been documented by high-pressure Raman scattering at 51 GPa. At this pressure, the pressure dependence of the soft B_{1rm g} vibrational mode changes sign, and the stishovite E _{rm g} mode splits, as predicted for the transformation

  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 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

  2. 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.

  3. Pressure-induced gelatinization of starch in excess water.

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    Vallons, Katleen J R; Ryan, Liam A M; Arendt, Elke K

    2014-01-01

    High pressure processing is a promising non-thermal technology for the development of fresh-like, shelf-stable foods. The effect of high pressure on starch has been explored by many researchers using a wide range of techniques. In general, heat and pressure have similar effects: if sufficiently high, they both induce gelatinization of starch in excess water, resulting in a transition of the native granular structure to a starch paste or gel. However, there are significant differences in the structural and rheological properties between heated and pressurized starches. These differences offer benefits with respect to new product development. However, in order to implement high-pressure technology to starch and starch-containing products, a good understanding of the mechanism of pressure-induced gelatinization is necessary. Studies that are published in this area are reviewed, and the similarities and differences between starches gelatinized by pressure and by temperature are summarized.

  4. Pressure-induced transition from a spin glass to an itinerant ferromagnet in the half-doped manganite L0.5Ba0.5MnO3 (L=Sm and Nd) with quenched disorder

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    Takeshita, N.; Terakura, C.; Akahoshi, D.; Tokura, Y.; Takagi, H.

    2004-05-01

    The effect of quenched disorder on the multiphase competition has been investigated by examining the pressure phase diagram of the half-doped manganite L0.5Ba0.5MnO3 (L=Sm and Nd) with A-site disorders. Sm0.5Ba0.5MnO3, a spin-glass insulator at ambient pressure, switches to a ferromagnetic metal through an intermediate state with increasing pressure, followed by a rapid increase of the ferromagnetic transition temperature TC. The rapid increase of TC was also confirmed for Nd0.5Ba0.5MnO3. These observations indicate that the unusual suppression of the multicritical phase boundary in the A-site disordered system, previously observed as a function of the averaged A-site ionic radius, is essentially controlled by the pressure and hence the bandwidth. The effect of quenched disorder is therefore much more enhanced with approaching the multicritical region.

  5. Electrochemically-induced reversible transition from the tunneled to layered polymorphs of manganese dioxide

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    Lee, Boeun; Yoon, Chong Seung; Lee, Hae Ri; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Cho, Byung Won; Oh, Si Hyoung

    2014-01-01

    Zn-ion batteries are emerging energy storage systems eligible for large-scale applications, such as electric vehicles. These batteries consist of totally environmentally-benign electrode materials and potentially manufactured very economically. Although Zn/α-MnO2 systems produce high energy densities of 225 Wh kg−1, larger than those of conventional Mg-ion batteries, they show significant capacity fading during long-term cycling and suffer from poor performance at high current rates. To solve these problems, the concrete reaction mechanism between α-MnO2 and zinc ions that occur on the cathode must be elucidated. Here, we report the intercalation mechanism of zinc ions into α-MnO2 during discharge, which involves a reversible phase transition of MnO2 from tunneled to layered polymorphs by electrochemical reactions. This transition is initiated by the dissolution of manganese from α-MnO2 during discharge process to form layered Zn-birnessite. The original tunneled structure is recovered by the incorporation of manganese ions back into the layers of Zn-birnessite during charge process. PMID:25317571

  6. Pressure-induced non-superconducting phase of β-Na0.33V2O5 and the mechanism of high-pressure phase transitions in β-Na0.33V2O5 and β-Li0.33V2O5 at room temperature

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    Grzechnik, A.; Ueda, Y.; Yamauchi, T.; Hanfland, M.; Hering, P.; Potapkin, V.; Friese, K.

    2016-01-01

    The crystal structure of β-Na0.33V2O5 (C2/m, Z  =  6) has been studied on compression to 19 GPa at room temperature using synchrotron single-crystal diffraction in a diamond anvil cell. The vanadate bronze undergoes a phase transition to a non-superconducting phase at about 12 GPa due to changes of polyhedral connectivities in the vanadate framework and due to ordering of the Na+ cations. This novel structure (Cm, Z  =  6) is interpreted as an intermediate stage in the sequence of pressure-induced transformations in the β-A 0.33V2O5 bronzes (A: Li, Na) at room temperature. This study reveals the close relation between the loss of the two-leg ladder V-V system and non-superconducting state of the β-A 0.33V2O5 materials.

  7. Polymorphism control of superconductivity and magnetism in Cs(3)C(60) close to the Mott transition.

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    Ganin, Alexey Y; Takabayashi, Yasuhiro; Jeglic, Peter; Arcon, Denis; Potocnik, Anton; Baker, Peter J; Ohishi, Yasuo; McDonald, Martin T; Tzirakis, Manolis D; McLennan, Alec; Darling, George R; Takata, Masaki; Rosseinsky, Matthew J; Prassides, Kosmas

    2010-07-08

    The crystal structure of a solid controls the interactions between the electronically active units and thus its electronic properties. In the high-temperature superconducting copper oxides, only one spatial arrangement of the electronically active Cu(2+) units-a two-dimensional square lattice-is available to study the competition between the cooperative electronic states of magnetic order and superconductivity. Crystals of the spherical molecular C(60)(3-) anion support both superconductivity and magnetism but can consist of fundamentally distinct three-dimensional arrangements of the anions. Superconductivity in the A(3)C(60) (A = alkali metal) fullerides has been exclusively associated with face-centred cubic (f.c.c.) packing of C(60)(3-) (refs 2, 3), but recently the most expanded (and thus having the highest superconducting transition temperature, T(c); ref. 4) composition Cs(3)C(60) has been isolated as a body-centred cubic (b.c.c.) packing, which supports both superconductivity and magnetic order. Here we isolate the f.c.c. polymorph of Cs(3)C(60) to show how the spatial arrangement of the electronically active units controls the competing superconducting and magnetic electronic ground states. Unlike all the other f.c.c. A(3)C(60) fullerides, f.c.c. Cs(3)C(60) is not a superconductor but a magnetic insulator at ambient pressure, and becomes superconducting under pressure. The magnetic ordering occurs at an order of magnitude lower temperature in the geometrically frustrated f.c.c. polymorph (Néel temperature T(N) = 2.2 K) than in the b.c.c.-based packing (T(N) = 46 K). The different lattice packings of C(60)(3-) change T(c) from 38 K in b.c.c. Cs(3)C(60) to 35 K in f.c.c. Cs(3)C(60) (the highest found in the f.c.c. A(3)C(60) family). The existence of two superconducting packings of the same electronically active unit reveals that T(c) scales universally in a structure-independent dome-like relationship with proximity to the Mott metal-insulator transition

  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

    2008-01-01

    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 Tg (340 °C) polyimide confined nanofibers were studied. Similar to melt-spun nylon 6 fibers, electrospun nylon 6 nanofibers also exhibited predominant, meta-stable γ crystalline form, and the γ-crystal (chain) axes preferentially oriented parallel to the fiber axis. Upon annealing above 150 °C, γ-form crystals gradually melted and recrystallized into the thermodynamically stable α-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; γ-form crystals did not melt and recrystallize into α-form crystals until 210 °C, only 10 °C below the Tm at 220 °C. After complete melting of nano-confined crystals at 240 °C and recrystallization at 100 °C, only α-form crystals oriented perpendicular to the nanofiber axis were obtained. In the polyimide-confined nanofibers, the Brill transition (from the monoclinic α-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 approximately 160 °C. This, again, was attributed to the confinement effect. PMID:18698379

  9. 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.

  10. Theoretical compressibilities of high-pressure ZnTe polymorphs

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    Franco, R.; Mori-Sánchez, P.; Recio, J. M.; Pandey, R.

    2003-11-01

    We report the results of a theoretical study of structural, electronic, and pressure-induced phase transition properties in ZnTe. Total energies of several high-pressure polymorphs are calculated using the density functional theory (DFT) formalism under the nonlocal approximation. Thermal effects are included by means of a nonempirical Debye-like model. In agreement with optical absorption data, the lowest direct gap of the zinc blende polymorph is found to follow a nonlinear pressure dependence that turns into linear behavior when expressed in terms of the decrease in the lattice parameter. The pressure stability ranges of cubic (zinc blende and rocksalt), trigonal (cinnabar), and orthorhombic (Cmcm) polymorphs are computed at static and room temperature conditions. Our calculations agree with the experimental and theoretical reported zinc blende →cinnabar→Cmcm pressure-induced phase sequence. Linear and bulk compressibilities are evaluated for the four polymorphs and reveal an anisotropic behavior of the cinnabar structure, which contrasts with the cubiclike compression of its shortest Zn-Te bonds. The qualitative trend shows a crystal that becomes relatively less compressible in the high-pressure phases.

  11. Pressure-induced superconductivity in quasi-2D CeRhIn5

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    Hegger; Petrovic; Moshopoulou; Hundley; Sarrao; Fisk; Thompson

    2000-05-22

    CeRhIn5 is a new heavy-electron material that crystallizes in a quasi-2D structure that can be viewed as alternating layers of CeIn3 and RhIn2 stacked sequentially along the tetragonal c axis. Application of hydrostatic pressure induces a first-order-like transition from an unconventional antiferromagnetic state to a superconducting state with T(c) = 2.1 K.

  12. Thermal- and pressure-induced cooperative spin transition in the 2D and 3D coordination polymers {Fe(5-Br-pmd)z[M(CN)x]y} (M=AgI, AuI, NiII, PdII, PtII).

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    Agustí, Gloria; Gaspar, Ana Belén; Muñoz, M Carmen; Real, José Antonio

    2007-11-12

    A new family of cyanide-based spin-crossover polymers with the general formula {Fe(5-Br-pmd)z[M(CN)x]y} [M=AgI (1), AuI (2), NiII (3), PdII (4), PtII (5); 5-Br-pmd=5-bromopyrimidine; z=1 or 2, x=2 or 4, and y=2 or 1] have been synthesized and characterized using single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), magnetic susceptibility measurements, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). At 293 K, compound 1 presents the monoclinic space group C2/c, whereas at 120 K, it changes to the monoclinic space group P21/c. At 293 K, the crystal structure of 1 displays an uninodal three-dimensional network whose nodes, constituted of FeII, lie at the inversion center of an elongated octahedron. The equatorial bond lengths are defined by the N atoms of four [AgI(CN)2]- groups belonging to two crystallographically nonequivalent AgI atoms, Ag(1) and Ag(2). They are shorter than those of the axial positions occupied by the N atoms of the 5-Br-pmd ligands. The Fe-N average bond length of 2.1657(7) A is consistent with a high-spin (HS) state for the FeII ions. At 120 K, the crystal structure changes refer mainly to the FeII environment. There are two crystallographically independent FeII ions at this temperature, Fe(1) and Fe(2), which adopt the HS and low-spin (LS) states, respectively. The average Fe-N bond length for Fe(1) [2.174(5) A] and Fe(2) [1.955(5) A] agrees well with the reported magnetic data at this temperature. The spin transition of the FeII ions labeled as Fe(1) is found to be centered at Tc downward arrow=149 K and Tc upward arrow=167 K and accompanied by a drastic change of color from orange (HS) to red (LS). Magnetic susceptibility measurements under applied hydrostatic pressure performed on 1 have shown a linear displacement of the transition to higher temperatures while the hysteresis width remains unaltered in the interval of pressures of 105 Pa to 0.34 GPa. A further increase of the pressure induces the spin transition in the Fe(2

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Polymorphism in Spin Transition Systems. Crystal Structure, Magnetic Properties, and Mössbauer Spectroscopy of Three Polymorphic Modifications of [Fe(DPPA)(NCS)(2)] [DPPA = (3-Aminopropyl)bis(2-pyridylmethyl)amine].

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    Matouzenko, Galina S.; Bousseksou, Azzedine; Lecocq, Sylvain; van Koningsbruggen, Petra J.; Perrin, Monique; Kahn, Olivier; Collet, André

    1997-12-03

    Three polymorphic modifications A-C of [Fe(II)(DPPA)(NCS)(2)], where DPPA = (3-aminopropyl)bis(2-pyridylmethyl)amine is a new tetradentate ligand, have been synthesized, and their structures, magnetic properties, and Mössbauer spectra have been investigated. For polymorph A, variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements as well as Mössbauer spectroscopy have revealed the occurrence of a rather gradual HS if LS transition without hysteresis, centered at about 176 K. The same methods have shown that polymorph B is paramagnetic over the temperature range 4.5-295 K, whereas polymorph C exhibits a very abrupt S = 2 if S = 0 transition with a hysteresis. The hysteresis width is 8 K, the transitions being centered at T(c) downward arrow = 112 K for decreasing and T(c) upward arrow = 120 K for increasing temperatures. The crystal structures of the three polymorphs have been solved by X-ray diffraction at 298 K. Polymorph A is triclinic, space group P&onemacr; with Z = 2, a = 8.710(2) Å, b = 15.645(2) Å, c = 7.985(1) Å, alpha = 101.57(1) degrees, beta = 112.59(2) degrees, and gamma = 82.68(2) degrees. Polymorph B is monoclinic, space group P2(1)/c with Z = 4, a = 8.936(2) Å, b = 16.855(4) Å, c = 13.645(3) Å, and beta = 97.78(2) degrees. Polymorph C is orthorhombic, space group Pbca with Z = 8, a = 8.449(2) Å, b = 14.239(2) Å, and c = 33.463(5) Å. In the three polymorphs, the asymmetric units are almost identical and consist of one chiral complex molecule with the same configuration and conformation. The distorted [FeN(6)] octahedron is formed by four nitrogen atoms belonging to DPPA and two provided by the cis thiocyanate groups. The two pyridine rings of DPPA are in fac positions. The main differences between the structures of the three polymorphs are found in their crystal packing. The stabilization of the high-spin ground state of polymorph B is tentatively explained by the presence of two centers of steric strain in the crystal lattice resulting

  16. 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.

  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 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

    2011-01-01

    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. PMID:21173267

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    2014-01-01

    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. PMID:24907992

  5. Pressure-Induced Metallization of the Mott Insulator MnO

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    Patterson, J R; Aracne, C M; Jackson, D D; Weir, S T; Malba, V; Baker, P A; Vohra, Y K

    2004-01-12

    High-pressure electrical conductivity experiments have been performed on the Mott insulator MnO to a maximum pressure of 106 GPa. We observe a steady decrease in resistivity to 90 GPa, followed by a large, rapid decrease by a factor of 10{sup 5} between 90 and 106 GPa. Temperature cycling the sample at 87 and 106 GPa shows insulating and metallic behavior at these pressures, respectively. Our observations provide strong evidence for a pressure-induced Mott insulator-to-metal transition with an accompanying magnetic collapse beginning at 90 GPa.

  6. Pressure-induced luminescence quenching of terbium-coped oxide sulfides

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    Gleason, J.K.; Offen, H.W. ); Turley, W.D. )

    1993-03-03

    The photoluminescence of Tb[sup 3+]- and Eu[sup 3+]-doped rare earth oxide sulfides has been studied as a function of pressure. The luminescence intensity and lifetime of the [sup 5]D[sub 3] level of Tb[sup 3+] is quenched by pressure as a result of the pressure-induced red shift of the interconfigurational 4f[sup 7]5d band, in agreement with the energy gap law of radiationless transitions. 33 refs., 7 figs.

  7. Ab initio study of pressure induced structural and electronic properties in uranium monobismuthide

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    Pataiya, Jagdish Makode, C.; Aynyas, Mahendra; Singh, A.; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2014-04-24

    We have investigated the pressure induced structural and electronic properties of uranium monobismuthide. 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). We predict structural phase transition from NaCl to CsCl-type structure at a pressure of 4.6 GPa. From energy band diagram it is observed that UBi exhibits metallic behavior. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameter is in good agreement with the experimental and other theoretical work.

  8. CBr4 vapor growth morphologies near the polymorphic transition point. I - Single crystals. II - Crystals with large-angle grain boundaries

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    Xiao, Rong-Fu; Rosenberger, Franz

    1991-01-01

    High-resolution microscopy and image processing were used to investigate morphological changes in CBr4 single crystals during growth from the vapor at various levels of supersaturation and at temperatures below the compound's polymorphic phase transition. It was found that, as the temperature increased at fixed supersaturations, the corners of the crystals became rounded as a result of thermal roughening; the rounding temperatures were different for crystallographically different corners. A study of CBr4 crystals with large-angle grain boundaries or twin boundaries (extended macrodefects), conducted at the temperature of polymorphic phase transition showed that the phase transition temperature, T(tr) and crystal surface morphology of these crystals depended on the presence or absence of extended macrodefects. Unlike the case of a perfect single crystal, where the T(tr) was about 46.75 C, the phase transition in crystals with extended macrodefects occurred significantly below 46.75.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Pressure-induced cation-cation bonding in V2O3

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    Bai, Ligang; Li, Quan; Corr, Serena A.; ...

    2015-10-09

    A pressure-induced phase transition, associated with the formation of cation-cation bonding, occurs in V2O3 by combining synchroton x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell and ab initio evolutionary calculations. The high-pressure phase has a monoclinic structure with a C2/c space group, and it is both energetically and dynamically stable at pressures above 47 GPa to at least 105 GPa. this phase transition can be viewed as a two-dimensional Peierls-like distortion, where the cation-cation dimer chains are connected along the c axis of the monoclinic cell. In conclusion, this finding provides insights into the interplay of electron correlation and lattice distortionmore » in V2O3, and it may also help to understand novel properties of other early transition-metal oxides.« less

  13. Polymorphs of acyclovir-maleic acid salt and their reversible phase transition

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    Wang, Lianyan; Zhao, Yumei; Zhang, Zhengfeng; Wang, Jianming; Wang, Qiang; Zheng, Zhibing; Deng, Zongwu; Zhang, Hailu

    2017-01-01

    Acyclovir is a commonly used antiviral drug while its solubility is far from satisfied. It was reported that 1:1 acyclovir-maleic acid salt (ACV-MAL) possesses much higher maximum apparent solubility. In this contribution, a new crystal structure of ACV-MAL was solved at room temperature. This new crystal structure and previously reported structure at low temperature can transform to each other via a reversible solid phase transformation, which has been confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, solid state NMR and cycling differential scanning calorimetry tests. The phase change temperature is ca. 283-293 K (10-20 °C), which is slightly lower than room temperature (298 ± 2 K/25 ± 2 °C), but is in the range of ambient temperature. This kind of near room temperature phase transformation is less concerned and tends to be neglected. This case report reminds that more attention should be paid to the polymorphism of pharmaceuticals at such temperature range due to its fundamental and practical significance.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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).

  17. Hydrogen-bonding-induced polymorphous phase transitions in 2D organic nanostructures.

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    Xu, Li; Miao, Xinrui; Zha, Bao; Deng, Wenli

    2013-05-01

    The 2D self-assembly of various 2-hydroxy-7-alkoxy-9-fluorenone (HAF) molecules has been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at the liquid/solid interface. A systematic study revealed that HAF molecules with different numbers of carbon atoms in their alkoxy chains could form two or three different kinds of nanostructures, that is, less-ordered, flower-like, and zig-zag patterns, owing to the formation of different types of intermolecular hydrogen bonds. The observed structural transition was found to be driven by molecular thermodynamics, surface diffusion, and the voltage pulse that was applied to the STM tip. The zig-zag pattern was the most stable of these configurations. An odd-even effect on the flower-like structure, as induced by the odd and even number of carbon atoms in the side chain, was observed by STM. The influence of the odd-even effect on the melting point has a close relationship with the molecular self-assembled pattern. Our results are significant for understanding the influence of hydrogen-bonding interactions on the dominant adsorption behavior on the surface and provide a new visual approach for observing the influence of the odd-even effect on the phase transition.

  18. Pressure-Induced Structural Transformations of ZnO Nanowires Probed by X-ray Diffraction

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    Dong, Zhaohui; Zhuravlev, Kirill K.; Morin, Stephen A.; Li, Linsen; Jin, Song; Song, Yang

    2016-01-11

    ZnO nanowires were investigated at high pressures of up to 27 GPa in situ in a diamond anvil cell using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. Upon compression, a wurtzite-to-rocksalt phase transformation was observed, but both the onset and the completion pressures of this transformation were enhanced compared with all previously studied morphologies of ZnO, including nanocrystals and their bulk counterparts. Upon decompression, the rocksalt phase was found to sustain at near ambient pressure and could be recovered in a significant amount. Moreover, the pressure-volume equations of state for both the wurtzite and the rocksalt phases indicate that their bulk moduli are significantly higher than those of bulk ZnO and nanocrystals. The SEM images of the ZnO nanowires both before and after the compression suggest the pressure-induced morphology modifications, corroborating the understanding of other structure and property evolutions with pressure. Finally, possible pressure-induced phase transition mechanisms were explored by examining the cell parameters and the internal structural parameter with pressures.

  19. 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.

    2015-03-01

    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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Quantum Mechanical Simulation and X-Ray Scattering Applied to Pressure-Induced Invar Anomaly in Magnetic Iron Alloy

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    Winterrose, Michael L.

    The Invar effect has remained at the forefront of materials research since Charles-Edouard Guillaume discovered the vanishing thermal expansion of Fe-Ni alloys in 1897. More recently, a pressure-induced Invar effect was discovered in Fe-Ni alloys, and the relationship between classical and pressure-induced Invar phenomena has added complexity to the century-old struggle to comprehend the microscopic origins of Invar behavior. In this thesis I present our recent discovery of pressure-induced Invar behavior in Pd3Fe with the ordered L12 structure. Nuclear forward scattering measurements show that the ferromagnetic ground state in Pd3Fe is destabilized with pressure, collapsing around 10GPa (V/V 0=0.96) to a low-spin magnetic state. From high-pressure synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurements we find a large volume collapse at ambient temperature to accompany the collapse of ferromagnetism. After the volume collapse there is a significant increase in the bulk modulus. Using nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering to study the 57Fe phonon partial density of states (PDOS) at high pressures, we find the pressure-induced magnetic transition to cause an anomalous relative softening of the average phonon frequency. Heating our sample to 650K in a furnace at a pressure of 7GPa, synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurements reveal negligible thermal expansion from 300 to 523 K, demonstrating pressure-induced Invar behavior in Pd3Fe. Density functional theory calculations identify a ferromagnetic ground state in Pd3Fe with large moments at the Fe sites. These calculations show that the application of pressure counteracts the band-filling effect of Pd. By tuning the position of the top of the 3d band with respect to the Fermi level, pressure-induced Invar behavior resembles classical Invar behavior that is controlled by chemical composition. This insight marks the first step towards a unification of our understanding of classical and pressure-induced Invar behavior. Pressure

  5. 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.

  6. Pressure-induced spin crossover in disordered α -LiFe O2

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    Layek, Samar; Greenberg, Eran; Xu, Weiming; Rozenberg, Gregory Kh.; Pasternak, Moshe P.; Itié, Jean-Paul; Merkel, Dániel G.

    2016-09-01

    Structural, magnetic, and electrical-transport properties of α -LiFe O2 , crystallizing in the rocksalt structure with random distribution of Li and Fe ions, have been studied by synchrotron x-ray diffraction, 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy, and electrical resistance measurements at pressures up to 100 GPa using diamond anvil cells. It was found that the crystal structure is stable at least to 82 GPa, though a significant change in compressibility has been observed above 50 GPa. The changes in the structural properties are found to be on a par with a sluggish F e3 + high- to low-spin (HS-LS) transition (S =5 /2 →S =1 /2 ) starting at 50 GPa and not completed even at ˜100 GPa. The HS-LS transition is accompanied by an appreciable resistance decrease remaining a semiconductor up to 115 GPa and is not expected to be metallic even at about 200 GPa. The observed feature of the pressure-induced HS-LS transition is not an ordinary behavior of ferric oxides at high pressures. The effect of F e3 + nearest and next-nearest neighbors on the features of the spin crossover is discussed.

  7. Inhibition of the spontaneous polymorphic transition of pyrazinamide γ form at room temperature by co-spray drying with 1,3-dimethylurea.

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    Baaklini, G; Dupray, V; Coquerel, G

    2015-02-01

    The present study focuses on the ability of excipients to induce the crystallization of a specific polymorphic form of pyrazinamide (PZA) and more interestingly, to block the irreversible solid-solid transition of the metastable forms of the PZA to the stable form at room temperature. We outline an experimental protocol for the production of a structurally pure γ form of PZA by means of spray drying. Without any particular treatment, phase transition to δ form was detected after 14 days of storage under ambient conditions. In order to prevent this irreversible phase transition, different excipients were co-spray dried with PZA. By co-spray drying 5% in mass of 1,3-dimethylurea (DMU) with PZA, we noticed its ability in preventing phase transitions and thus to maintain PZA under its γ form up to 12 months of storage at room temperature. Raman spectroscopy evidenced how DMU crystals surround particles of γ PZA which suggest that DMU might interact with the surface of PZA particles, thus blocking the phase transition. On the other hand, the co-spray drying of PZA with the polymerpolyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) resulted in the crystallization of δ form of PZA. The physical mixture was intact over 12 months of storage at room temperature.

  8. Pressure-induced structural evolution and amorphization in Eu3Ga5O12

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    Lin, C. L.; Li, Y. C.; Li, X. D.; Li, R.; Lin, J. F.; Liu, J.

    2013-10-01

    Crystal structural evolution of europium gallium garnet (Eu3Ga5O12; EGG) has been investigated by a combination of synchrotron x-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, and photoluminescence spectroscopy in a high-pressure diamond anvil cell. The cubic garnet EGG mostly collapses into an amorphous state upon compression to 85 GPa at room temperature. High-pressure Raman and photoluminescence spectra indicate that the amorphization process is related to the interaction and deformation of the tetrahedra GaO4 and octahedra GaO6 under compression, leading to the increase of the asymmetry of the local oxygen environment around the Eu3+ site with increasing pressures. The amorphization of EGG is associated with the overlapping of the tetrahedra and octahedra and the increase of the average coordination numbers of the Ga3+ ions in the amorphous state. X-ray diffraction spectra of EGG taken from a laser-heated diamond anvil cell demonstrate that the pressure-induced garnet-to-amorphous transition could result from the kinetic hindrance of a crystal-to-crystal phase transition at room temperature, rather than the decomposition reported earlier.

  9. Formation of silicon nanoparticles by a pressure induced nucleation mechanism

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    Kang, Myung-Koo; Kim, Si Joon; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2013-03-01

    Formation of silicon nanoparticles (SiNPs) was achieved using excimer laser crystallization of an amorphous Si (a-Si) thin film using a SiO2 capping layer (C/L) with improved thin-film transistor (TFT) performance due to the enlarged grain size of polycrystalline Si (poly-Si). After laser irradiation of an a-Si thin film covered with C/L, fluctuation in the surface morphology of the C/L was observed above the critical laser energy density (Ecr) with the formation of SiNPs. The grain size of the poly-Si layer after crystallization increased abruptly at the same time. A non-uniform pressure distribution beneath the SiO2 C/L was proposed for the initiation of nucleation, which is named pressure induced nucleation (PIN) mechanism. Following nucleation, the release of latent heat made it difficult for the remnant liquid Si to solidify and the volume increased due to the density difference between the liquid and solid Si. Consequently, the pressure on the liquid Si caused SiNPs to sprout through the SiO2 C/L as grains grew from the low temperature to high temperature point. This study offers not only a simple method to fabricate SiNPs with controllable size/density but also larger grain size with lower laser energy density, which leads to higher TFT performance.

  10. 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

    2015-01-06

    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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Pressure-Induced Amorphisation in San Carlos Olivine: a XANES Study.

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    Kantor, I.; Torchio, R.

    2014-12-01

    Olivine (Mg,Fe)2SiO4 is one of the main rock-forming minerals of the Earth crust and is often used as a model compound of the whole silicate part of our planet. In equilibrium conditions in the Earth interior olivine undergoes a series of phase transitions and further breaks into ferropericlase and bridgmanite phases at about 25 GPa. All these transitions are responsible for major seismic discontinuities in the Earth. However, if olivine in compressed at temperature that is too low to overcome kinetic barrier, it preserves its original structureuntil ~35 GPa and then gradually becomes amorphous. This transformation have been observed before by mean of X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, but very little is known about the amorphisation mechanism and the local structure of (Mg,Fe)2SiO4 glass under high pressure. We performed a combined XANES and Raman spectroscopic study of a pressure-induced amorphisation is natural olivine sample (Mg0.92Fe0.08)2SiO4 from San Carlos location. Despite the fact that this natural sample has very low iron concentration and therefore absorption jump was quite small (about 0.06), a decent quality XANES spectra were recorded in transmission mode on the energy-dispercive beamline ID24 at the ESRF usind a diamond anvil cell technique. The amorphisation process can be clearly seen in Raman spectra as a significant broadening and further disappearance of the Raman peaks starting from 35-40 GPa, in perfect agreement with the previous literature data. The most interesting result is a dramatic change of the near-edge structure of X-ray absorption spectra. Since XAS is sensitive to the local structure only, one would not expect significant changes in spectra (apart for some broadening) if only long-range order in the material is lost. Our experimental results indicate that pressure-induced amorphisation in olivine is accomplished with a significant variation of the local atomic structure around Fe cation, probably forming effective

  14. Pressure-induced structural distortions in copper pyrazine dinitrate

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    O'Neal, Kenneth; Cherian, Judy; Landee, Chris; Turnbull, Mark; Liu, Zhenxian; Musfeldt, Janice

    2015-03-01

    The vibrational properties of quasi-one-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnet copper pyrazine dinitrate were investigated up to 9 GPa using diamond anvil cell techniques and infrared and Raman spectroscopy. Two structural transitions were discovered, at 0.7 GPa and around 5 GPa. The lower pressure transition involves only the nitrate ligands, revealing enhanced interchain interactions. The higher pressure transition includes modes throughout the spectrum. Importantly, the pyrazine ring-related modes show an overall lowering of symmetry through this transition. Ring buckling under pressure likely reduces the exchange along the chains since the exchange pathway becomes distorted. A smaller J may therefore lower the magnetic field of the quantum critical transition. This tunable exchange interaction could be utilized in other pyrazine bridged molecular systems to bring the quantum critical behavior into experimentally realizable fields. We thank the National Science Foundation and the Petroleum Research Fund for support of this work.

  15. Pressure-induced referred pain is expanded by persistent soreness.

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    Doménech-García, V; Palsson, T S; Herrero, P; Graven-Nielsen, T

    2016-05-01

    Several chronic pain conditions are accompanied with enlarged referred pain areas. This study investigated a novel method for assessing referred pain. In 20 healthy subjects, pressure pain thresholds (PPTs) were recorded and pressure stimuli (120% PPT) were applied bilaterally for 5 and 60 seconds at the infraspinatus muscle to induce local and referred pain. Moreover, PPTs were measured bilaterally at the shoulder, neck, and leg before, during, and after hypertonic saline-induced referred pain in the dominant infraspinatus muscle. The pressure and saline-induced pain areas were assessed on drawings. Subsequently, delayed onset muscle soreness was induced using eccentric exercise of the dominant infraspinatus muscle. The day-1 assessments were repeated the following day (day 2). Suprathreshold pressure stimulations and saline injections into the infraspinatus muscle caused referred pain to the frontal aspect of the shoulder/arm in all subjects. The 60-second pressure stimulation caused larger referred pain areas compared with the 5-second stimulation (P < 0.01). Compared with pressure stimulation, the saline-induced referred pain area was larger (P < 0.02). After saline-induced pain, the PPTs at the infraspinatus and supraspinatus muscles were reduced (P < 0.05), and the 5-second pressure-induced referred pain area was larger than baseline. Pressure pain thresholds at the infraspinatus and supraspinatus muscles were reduced at day 2 in the delayed onset muscle soreness side (P < 0.05). Compared with day 1, larger pressure and saline-induced referred pain areas were observed on day 2 (P < 0.05). Referred pain to the shoulder/arm was consistently induced and enlarged after 1 day of muscle soreness, indicating that the referred pain area may be a sensitive biomarker for sensitization of the pain system.

  16. 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.

  17. Pressure-induced shift of Tc and structural transition in “122” type pnictide superconductor Ca0.34Na0.66Fe2As2

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    Zhang, Sijia; Zhao, Kan; Yu, Xiaohui; Zhu, Jinlong; Liu, Qingqing; Wang, Xiancheng; Feng, Shaomin; Chen, Zhiqiang; Zhao, Yusheng; Jin, Changqing

    2016-07-11

    Here, the effect of pressure on superconductivity of “122” type Ca1-xNaxFe2As2 (x=0.66 single crystal is investigated through the temperature dependence of resistanc measurement. Optimal Na doped (Ca0.34Na0.66)Fe2As2 shows a superconductin transition with Tc ~ 33 K at ambient pressure. With application of pressure, T decreases nearly linearly with dTc/dP ~ -1.7K/GPa at pressures lower than 2 GPa and disappears gradually at higher pressure. The disappearance of superconductivit is also companied with the recovery of standard Fermi liquid behaviors of th normal-state transport properties. Moreover, (Ca0.34Na0.66)Fe2As2 exhibits a tetragona (T) to collapsed-tetragonal (cT) transition at about 3 GPa. The evolution o non-Fermi liquid behaviors and superconductivity under pressure are both relate to the interband fluctuations.

  18. A Raman spectroscopic study of the phase transition of BaZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}: Evidence for a trigonal structure of the high-temperature polymorph

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    Geisler, Thorsten . E-mail: tgeisler@nwz.uni-muenster.de; Popa, Karin; Konings, Rudy J.M.; Popa, Aurelian F.

    2006-05-15

    We have studied the structural evolution of monoclinic BaZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} during heating up to 835K by Raman spectroscopy. In agreement with previous studies we found a first-order phase transition at about 730K during heating while upon cooling the reverse transition occurs at 705K. However, some disagreement about the crystal structure of the high-temperature polymorph occurs in the literature. While the space group has not yet been determined, the X-ray diffraction pattern of the high-temperature phase has been indexed on either an orthorhombic or a hexagonal unit cell. We found that the number of Raman active internal PO{sub 4} vibrational modes decrease from nine to six during the transition. A group theoretical survey through all orthorhombic, trigonal, and hexagonal factor groups revealed that the observed number of vibrations would only be consistent with the Ba and Zr atoms located at a D{sub 3d}(3-bar m) site, the P and two O atoms at a C{sub 3v}(3m), and six O atoms at a C{sub s}(m) site in the D{sub 3d} factor group. Based on our Raman data, the space group of the high-temperature polymorph is thus either D{sub 3d}{sup 1}(P3-bar 1m), D{sub 3d}{sup 3}(P3-bar m1), or D{sub 3d}{sup 5}(R3-bar m)

  19. Pressure induced superconductivity in CaFe2As2.

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

    2008-08-01

    CaFe2As2 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(c) approximately 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

    2012-12-12

    High-pressure electrical resistance measurements have been performed on single crystal Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)Fe(2)As(2) 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., Ba(1-x)Sr(x)Fe(2)As(2) (0 < x < 1), can also exhibit superconductivity under high pressure.

  2. 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.

  3. Pressure induced stiffening, thermal softening of bulk modulus and brittle nature of mercury chalcogenides

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    Varshney, Dinesh; Shriya, Swarna; Sapkale, Raju; Varshney, Meenu; Ameri, M.

    2015-07-01

    The pressure and temperature dependent elastic properties of mercury chalcogenides (HgX; X = S, Se and Te) with pressure induced structural transition from ZnS-type (B3) to NaCl-type (B1) structure have been analyzed within the framework of a model interionic interaction potential with long-range Coulomb and charge transfer interactions, short-range overlap repulsion and van der Waals (vdW) interactions as well as zero point energy effects. Emphasis is on the evaluation of the Bulk modulus with pressure and temperature dependency to yield the Poisson's ratio ν, the Pugh ratio ϕ, anisotropy parameter, Shear and Young's modulus, Lamé's constant, Klein man parameter, elastic wave velocity and Debye temperature. The Poisson's ratio behavior infers that HgX are brittle in nature. To our knowledge this is the first quantitative theoretical prediction of the pressure dependence of elastic and thermodynamical properties explicitly the ductile (brittle) nature of HgX and still awaits experimental confirmations.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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

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    Xiao, Haiyan; Duan, G; Zu, X T; Weber, William J

    2011-01-01

    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 {yields} RS and ZB {yields} RS phase transformations, and the phase transformation mechanisms revealed by the LDA and GGA methods are different. For WZ {yields} 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Transition.

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    Thompson, Sandy, Ed.; And Others

    1990-01-01

    This "feature issue" focuses on transition from school to adult life for persons with disabilities. Included are "success stories," brief program descriptions, and a list of resources. Individual articles include the following titles and authors: "Transition: An Energizing Concept" (Paul Bates); "Transition…

  13. Saturated fatty acids and fatty acid esters promote the polymorphic transition of clarithromycin metastable form I crystal.

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    Watanabe, Miteki; Mizoguchi, Midori; Aoki, Hajime; Iwao, Yasunori; Noguchi, Shuji; Itai, Shigeru

    2016-10-15

    The phase transition of active pharmaceutical ingredients should be taken into account during manufacturing, processing- and storage, because different crystal forms lead to different physical properties of formulations. The phase transition of clarithromycin (CAM) metastable form I to stable form II was investigated on heating with additives such as fatty acids or fatty acid esters. Differential scanning calorimetry analyses revealed that when form I was heated with additives, the phase transition temperature of form I decreased close to the melting points of the additives. Powder X-ray diffraction analyses indicated the tentative presence of a non-crystalline component during the transition of form I to form II on heating with additives. These observations implied that CAM form I dissolved in the melted additives on heating and the dissolved CAM crystallized to form II. Reduction of transition temperatures in the presence of additives were also observed for the crystals of nifedipine form B and carbamazepine form III. These results suggested that the phenomena can be widely applicable for simultaneous crystalline phase transition and granulation using binder additives.

  14. Pressure-induced collapsed-tetragonal phase in SrCo2As2

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    Jayasekara, W. T.; Kaluarachchi, U. S.; Ueland, B. G.; ...

    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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Polymorphism and thermodynamic ground state of silver fulminate studied from van der Waals density functional calculations

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    Yedukondalu, N.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2014-06-14

    Silver fulminate (AgCNO) is a primary explosive, which exists in two polymorphic phases, namely, orthorhombic (Cmcm) and trigonal (R3{sup ¯}) forms at ambient conditions. In the present study, we have investigated the effect of pressure and temperature on relative phase stability of the polymorphs using planewave pseudopotential approaches based on Density Functional Theory (DFT). van der Waals interactions play a significant role in predicting the phase stability and they can be effectively captured by semi-empirical dispersion correction methods in contrast to standard DFT functionals. Based on our total energy calculations using DFT-D2 method, the Cmcm structure is found to be the preferred thermodynamic equilibrium phase under studied pressure and temperature range. Hitherto Cmcm and R3{sup ¯} phases denoted as α- and β-forms of AgCNO, respectively. Also a pressure induced polymorphic phase transition is seen using DFT functionals and the same was not observed with DFT-D2 method. The equation of state and compressibility of both polymorphic phases were investigated. Electronic structure and optical properties were calculated using full potential linearized augmented plane wave method within the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential. The calculated electronic structure shows that α, β phases are indirect bandgap insulators with a bandgap values of 3.51 and 4.43 eV, respectively. The nature of chemical bonding is analyzed through the charge density plots and partial density of states. Optical anisotropy, electric-dipole transitions, and photo sensitivity to light of the polymorphs are analyzed from the calculated optical spectra. Overall, the present study provides an early indication to experimentalists to avoid the formation of unstable β-form of AgCNO.

  19. Pressure-induced superconductivity in Bi single crystals

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    Li, Yufeng; Wang, Enyu; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2017-01-01

    Measurements on resistivity and magnetic susceptibility have been carried out for Bi single crystals under pressures up to 10.5 GPa. The temperature dependent resistivity shows a semimetallic behavior at ambient and low pressures (below about 1.6 GPa). This is followed by an upturn of resistivity in the low temperature region when the pressure is increased, which is explained as a semiconductor behavior. This feature gradually gets enhanced up to a pressure of about 2.52 GPa. Then a nonmonotonic temperature dependent resistivity appears upon further increasing pressure, which is accompanied by a strong suppression to the low temperature resistivity upturn. Simultaneously, a superconducting transition occurs at about 3.92 K under a pressure of about 2.63 GPa. With further increasing pressure, a second superconducting transition emerges at about 7 K under about 2.8 GPa. For these two superconducting states, the superconductivity induced magnetic screening volumes are quite large. As the pressure further increases to 8.1 GPa, we observe the third superconducting transition at about 8.2 K. The resistivity measurements under magnetic field allow us to determine the upper critical fields μ0Hc 2 of the superconducting phases. The upper critical field for the phase with Tc=3.92 K is extremely low. Based on the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg (WHH) theory, the estimated value of μ0Hc 2 for this phase is about 0.103 T, while the upper critical field for the phase with Tc=7 K is very high with a value of about 4.56 T. Finally, we present a pressure dependent phase diagram of Bi single crystals. Our results reveal the interesting and rich physics in bismuth single crystals under high pressure.

  20. Hydrostatic pressure induced localization effects in InSb

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    Kadri, A.; Zitouni, K.; Aulombard, R. L.

    1986-05-01

    Magnetoresistance and Hall coefficient measurements were made as a function of free carrier concentration, pressure, temperature and magnetic field in samples of n-InSb with initial n in the range 2.1 × 10 13-1.4 × 10 14 cm -3. The free carrier concentrations could be controlled down to n « 10 11cm-3 both by using the metastable properties of the lattice coupled defects and by keeping the pressure at low temperatures. The results show clear evidence for the interplay between the correlation and the localization effects at the metal-insulator transition.

  1. 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

    2015-01-06

    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.

  2. 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].

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Pressure-induced superconductivity in beta- Na (0.33) V(2)O(5) beyond charge ordering.

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    Yamauchi, T; Ueda, Y; Môri, N

    2002-07-29

    We report the discovery of a new superconducting phase in highly correlated 3d electron systems. The compound is beta-vanadium bronze, beta- Na0.33V 2O5, in which the charge-ordered phase collapses under hydrostatic high pressure and a pressure-induced superconducting phase appears around T(S C)=8 K, P=8 GPa. This report presents the first observation not only of superconductivity in vanadium oxides but also of a phase transition from charge ordered to superconducting on a pressure-temperature (P- T) plane. The phase diagrams seem to have universal aspects across the classes of materials. This indicates a profound physics of superconductivity in highly correlated electron systems.

  6. High-pressure induced modifications in the hybridization gap of the intermediate-valence compound SmB6

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    Nishiyama, K.; Mito, T.; Pristáš, G.; Koyama, T.; Ueda, K.; Kohara, T.; Gabáni, S.; Flachbart, K.; Fukazawa, H.; Kohori, Y.; Takeshita, N.; Shitsevalova, N.; Ikeda, H.

    2016-03-01

    We have carried out the measurements of high-pressure 11B -nuclear magnetic resonance on the intermediate-valence compound SmB6 to investigate the effects of pressure on Sm 4 f states and the quasiparticle band. From the measurements of spin-lattice relaxation time, just below the critical pressure Pc of nonmagnetic-magnetic phase transition, we find that quasiparticle bandwidth clearly decreases with pressure, while the insulating gap is almost constant or slightly increases. The latter is consistent with the result of a band-structure calculation. These pressure induced modifications in the band structure indicate the enhancement of the density of states of the quasiparticles when approaching Pc. The pressure dependence of the Sm 4 f states and the origin of the insulating gap are well explained in terms of exchange interactions between conduction and 4 f electrons.

  7. 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.

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

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    Wang, Yonggang; Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Wenge; ...

    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

  9. 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.

  10. Phase transition and vapochromism in molecular assemblies of a polymorphic zinc(II) Schiff-base complex.

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    Oliveri, Ivan Pietro; Malandrino, Graziella; Di Bella, Santo

    2014-09-15

    This paper reports for the first time the irreversible thermally induced phase transition, accompanied by color change, and the vapochromic behavior of an amphiphilic, Lewis acidic Zn(II) Schiff-base complex, through detailed X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry, and optical absorption studies. The unprecedented irreversible phase transition for such kind of complexes is associated with a thermal, lamellar-to-hexagonal columnar structural transition, which involves a different arrangement of each molecular unit within the assembled structure, H- and J-type aggregates, respectively, responsible for the thermochromic behavior. The vapochromism, investigated either in powder samples or in thermally annealed cast films, is related to the formation of 1:1 adducts upon exposure to vapors of strong Lewis bases and implies dramatic optical absorption variations and naked-eye observation of the change in color from red-brown to red. The chemisorption process is fast, completely reversible, reproducible, and selective for amines. The reversible switching of the chemisorption-desorption process in cast films is demonstrated by successive cycles, amine exposure and subsequent heating, by monitoring the substantial optical absorption changes in the visible region. Vapochromism of this material can potentially be used to detect vapors of volatile amines.

  11. First-principles calculations of the electronic structure, phase transition and properties of ZrSiO4 polymorphs

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    Du, Jincheng; Devanathan, Ramaswami; Corrales, Louis R.; Weber, William J.

    2012-05-01

    First-principles periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to understand the electronic structure, chemical bonding, phase transition, and physical properties of the mineral 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 electronic density of states and atomic charges analyses show that bonding in the high-pressure reidite phase has a stronger covalent character.

  12. 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.

  13. Genetic susceptibility of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene C677T, A1298C, and G1793A polymorphisms with risk for bladder transitional cell carcinoma in men.

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    Safarinejad, Mohammad Reza; Shafiei, Nayyer; Safarinejad, Shiva

    2011-12-01

    We performed a case-control study of 158 bladder transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) cases and 316 controls to investigate the association between methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T, A1298G, and G1793A polymorphisms and bladder cancer susceptibility by polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RLFP) technique. The controls were frequency-matched to the cases by age (± 5 years), ethnicity, and smoking status. We also measured serum levels of total homocysteine (tHcy), folate, and vitamin B12. It was found that the 1298AC (odds ratio, OR = 3.74; 95% confidence interval, CI = 2.34-5.47; P = 0.001) and 1298CC (OR = 3.46, 95% CI = 2.37-5.52; P = 0.001) genotypes of MTHFR A1298C were significantly associated with increased risk of bladder TCC. The MTHFR C677T and G1793A polymorphisms were not associated with bladder TCC. After stratification for grade and stage, we observed that the 677TT (OR = 4.47, 95% CI = 2.74-6.72; P = 0.001) and MTHFR 1298CC (OR = 4.78, 95% CI = 2.82-6.89; P = 0.001) genotypes of MTHFR were associated with increased risk of muscle-invasive bladder TCC. We also found that the MTHFR 677CT+1298AA genotypes were associated with an approximately 70% reduction in risk of bladder cancer (OR = 0.31; 95% CI = 0.15-0.68) compared to the combined referent genotype. There were 8 haplotypes and 16 haplotype genotypes based on these three variants. When we used the haplotypes and assumed that the 677T, 1298C, and 1793G alleles were risk alleles, the adjusted odds ratios increased as the number of risk alleles increased: 1.00 for 0-1 variant, 1.88 (1.4-2.7) for any two risk alleles and 2.07 (1.6-2.8) for any three risk alleles. Serum tHcy levels were significantly higher in carriers of the 677T, 1298C, and 1793G alleles compared to noncarriers (all P < 0.01). There was no significant correlation between serum levels of tHcy and folate and bladder cancer risk. Further studies in larger samples size and different

  14. 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.

  15. Pressure induced ionic-superionic transition in silver iodide at ambient temperature.

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    Han, Y H; Wang, H B; Troyan, I A; Gao, C X; Eremets, M I

    2014-01-28

    Silver iodide (AgI-V) is an archetypical ionic compound for studying the formation mechanism of a superionic state. Previous studies have proven that superionic AgI with high ionic conductivity greater than 0.1 Ω(-1)cm(-1) could only be obtained at high temperatures. We show in this paper that high pressure could also induce the superionic state in AgI even at ambient temperature. Using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, we investigated Ag(+) ions diffusing in rock-salt structured AgI-III and KOH-type AgI-V under high pressures and directly observed the superionic state in AgI-V. The diffusion coefficient of AgI-V is ∼3.4 × 10(-4)-8.6 × 10(-4) cm(2)/s in the investigated pressure range of 12-17 GPa, comparable with those of superionic α-AgI and AgI-III'. By analyzing the half infinite length Warburg diffusion process, two parameters α and β, which closely relate to the disordered state of Ag(+) ions, have been determined and it was suggested that Ag(+) ions in AgI-V become disordered. The ionic conductivity of AgI-V is three orders of magnitude higher than that of AgI-III, and has reached around 0.1 Ω(-1)cm(-1). Evidence for all three, the diffusion coefficient, α and β, and conductivity have proven that AgI-V is a superionic conductor at ambient temperature.

  16. Pressure induced ionic-superionic transition in silver iodide at ambient temperature

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    Han, Y. H.; Wang, H. B.; Troyan, I. A.; Gao, C. X.; Eremets, M. I.

    2014-01-01

    Silver iodide (AgI-V) is an archetypical ionic compound for studying the formation mechanism of a superionic state. Previous studies have proven that superionic AgI with high ionic conductivity greater than 0.1 Ω-1cm-1 could only be obtained at high temperatures. We show in this paper that high pressure could also induce the superionic state in AgI even at ambient temperature. Using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, we investigated Ag+ ions diffusing in rock-salt structured AgI-III and KOH-type AgI-V under high pressures and directly observed the superionic state in AgI-V. The diffusion coefficient of AgI-V is ˜3.4 × 10-4-8.6 × 10-4 cm2/s in the investigated pressure range of 12-17 GPa, comparable with those of superionic α-AgI and AgI-III'. By analyzing the half infinite length Warburg diffusion process, two parameters α and β, which closely relate to the disordered state of Ag+ ions, have been determined and it was suggested that Ag+ ions in AgI-V become disordered. The ionic conductivity of AgI-V is three orders of magnitude higher than that of AgI-III, and has reached around 0.1 Ω-1cm-1. Evidence for all three, the diffusion coefficient, α and β, and conductivity have proven that AgI-V is a superionic conductor at ambient temperature.

  17. Pressure-induced structural transitions and metallization in Ag2Te

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    Zhao, Zhao; Wang, Shibing; Zhang, Haijun; Mao, Wendy L.

    2013-07-01

    High-pressure in situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments were performed on Ag2Te up to 42.6 GPa at room temperature, and four phases were identified. Phase I (β-Ag2Te) transformed into isostructural phase II at 2.4 GPa, and phase III and phase IV emerged at 2.8 and 12.8 GPa, respectively. Combined with first-principles calculations, we solved the phase II and phase III crystal structures and determined the compressional behavior of phase III. Electronic band structure calculations show that the insulating phase I with a narrow band gap first transforms into the semimetallic phase II with the perseverance of topologically nontrivial nature and then to the bulk metallic phase III. Density of states calculations indicate the contrasting transport behavior for Ag2-δTe and Ag2+δTe under compression. Our results highlight pressure's dramatic role in tuning Ag2Te's electronic band structure and its novel electrical and magnetotransport behaviors.

  18. Pressure-induced structural phase transformations in silicon nanowires.

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    Poswal, H K; Garg, Nandini; Sharma, Surinder M; Busetto, E; Sikka, S K; Gundiah, Gautam; Deepak, F L; Rao, C N R

    2005-05-01

    High-pressure structural behavior of silicon nanowires is investigated up to approximately 22 GPa using angle dispersive X-ray diffraction measurements. Silicon nanowires transform from the cubic to the beta-tin phase at 7.5-10.5 GPa, to the Imma phase at approximately 14 GPa, and to the primitive hexagonal structure at approximately 16.2 GPa. On complete release of pressure, it transforms to the metastable R8 phase. The observed sequence of phase transitions is the same as that of bulk silicon. Though the X-ray diffraction experiments do not reveal any size effect, the pressure dependence of Raman modes shows that the behavior of nanowires is in between that of the bulk crystal and porous Si.

  19. 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

  20. Polymorphism and polyamorphism in bilayer water confined to slit nanopore under high pressure

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    Bai, Jaeil; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2012-01-01

    A distinctive physical property of bulk water is its rich solid-state phase behavior, which includes 15 crystalline (ice I–ice XIV) and at least 3 glassy forms of water, namely, low-density amorphous, high-density amorphous, and very-high-density amorphous (VHDA). Nanoscale confinement adds a new physical variable that can result in a wealth of new quasi-2D phases of ice and amorphous ice. Previous computer simulations have revealed that when water is confined between two flat hydrophobic plates about 7–9 Å apart, numerous bilayer (BL) ices (or polymorphs) can arise [e.g., BL-hexagonal ice (BL-ice I)]. Indeed, growth of the BL-ice I through vapor deposition on graphene/Pt(111) substrate has been achieved experimentally. Herein, we report computer simulation evidence of pressure-induced amorphization from BL-ice I to BL-amorphous and then to BL-VHDA2 at 250 K and 3 GPa. In particular, BL-VHDA2 can transform into BL-VHDA1 via decompression from 3 to 1.5 GPa at 250 K. This phenomenon of 2D polyamorphic transition is akin to the pressure-induced amorphization in 3D ice (e.g., from hexagonal ice to HDA and then to VHDA via isobaric annealing). Moreover, when the BL-ice I is compressed instantly to 6 GPa, a new very-high-density BL ice is formed. This new phase of BL ice can be viewed as an array of square ice nanotubes. Insights obtained from pressure-induced amorphization and crystallization of confined water offer a guide with which to seek a thermodynamic path to grow a new form of methane clathrate whose BL ice framework exhibits the Archimedean 4⋅82 (square-octagon) pattern. PMID:23236178

  1. 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

    2014-10-21

    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

  2. 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.

  3. 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/m(2). 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.

  4. 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.

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

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    Gou, Huiyang; Yonke, Brendan L.; Epshteyn, Albert; ...

    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)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 Xray diffraction (PXRD) 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 infrared (IR) spectra, together with first-principlesmore » 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 PCN polymeric phase, which is recoverable to ambient pressure.« less

  6. Pressure-induced critical behavior of KMnF3 close to Pc=3.1 GPa: X-ray diffraction results

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    Åsbrink, S.; Waśkowska, A.

    1996-01-01

    The critical behavior of KMnF3 close to the pressure-induced cubic-to-tetragonal structural phase transition at Pc=3.1 GPa has been studied by single-crystal x-ray diffraction. The pressure dependence of a primary order parameter has been determined from superlattice Bragg intensities and was found to fulfill the power law Q=A(P-Pc)β. The transition with a small discontinuity of the intensities close to Pc shows deviations from the classical behavior similarly as in the temperature-dependent transition at 186 K, where the domain structure considerably affects the values of the critical parameters. However, the pressure inhibits formation of large, single domains of definite orientation. Instead, increased width of diffraction profiles points to the appearance of numerous, narrow domains which may influence the character of the transition.

  7. The use of intermolecular potential functions in fitting pressure induced spectra

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    Goorvitch, D.; Silvaggio, P. M.; Boese, R. W.

    1981-01-01

    An example is presented which demonstrates the importance of using physically realistic derivatives of the intermolecular potential when fitting pressure-induced spectra. The use of nonrealistic derivatives may mask second-order temperature effects in the theory. As the temperature decreases, the intermolecular potential may have an important angular dependence.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Pressure-induced s-->d transfer and the equation of state of molybdenum

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    Godwal, B. K.; Jeanloz, Raymond

    1990-04-01

    The equations of state of crystalline (bcc) and liquid molybdenum are calculated to pressure-temperature conditions of 600 GPa and 14 000 K with use of the linear muffin-tin orbitals (LMTO) model and corrected rigid-ion sphere (CRIS) model. Our results agree with those of previous work in documenting a pressure-induced shift of electrons from 5s to 4d states, especially above 100 GPa. An analysis of ultrasonic and shock-wave measurements, along with our theoretical findings, documents that the compressibility of bcc Mo becomes enhanced at pressures of 100-200 GPa. The enhanced compression, and possibly an anomalous increase in rigidity, are caused by the pressure-induced s-->d transfer. Our study reinforces the use of the Mo equation of state as a calibration standard for ultrahigh-pressure static experiments and, in particular, for the ruby-fluorescence technique.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

    2015-10-01

    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 ɛ-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.

  16. 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

  17. 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}.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

    2015-11-09

    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.

  20. 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; ...

    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

  1. Polymorphism in Strontium Tungstate SrWO4 under Quasi-Hydrostatic Compression.

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    Santamaria-Perez, David; Errandonea, Daniel; Rodriguez-Hernandez, Placida; Muñoz, Alfonso; Lacomba-Perales, Raul; Polian, Alain; Meng, Yue

    2016-10-03

    The structural and vibrational properties of SrWO4 have been studied experimentally up to 27 and 46 GPa, respectively, by angle-dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy measurements as well as using ab initio calculations. The existence of four polymorphs upon quasi-hydrostatic compression is reported. The three phase transitions were found at 11.5, 19.0, and 39.5 GPa. The ambient-pressure SrWO4 tetragonal scheelite-type structure (S.G. I41/a) undergoes a transition to a monoclinic fergusonite-type structure (S.G. I2/a) at 11.5 GPa with a 1.5% volume decrease. Subsequently, at 19.0 GPa, another structural transformation takes place. Our calculations indicate two possible post-fergusonite phases, one monoclinic and the other orthorhombic. In the diffraction experiments, we observed the theoretically predicted monoclinic LaTaO4-type phase coexisting with the fergusonite-type phase up to 27 GPa. The coexistence of the two phases and the large volume collapse at the transition confirm a kinetic hindrance typical of first-order phase transitions. Significant changes in Raman spectra suggest a third pressure-induced transition at 39.5 GPa. The conclusions extracted from the experiments are complemented and supported by ab initio calculations. Our data provides insight into the structural mechanism of the first transition, with the formation of two additional W-O contacts. The fergusonite-type phase can be therefore considered as a structural bridge between the scheelite structure, composed of [WO4] tetrahedra, and the new higher pressure phases, which contain [WO6] octahedra. All the observed phases are compatible with the high-pressure structural systematics predicted for ABO4 compounds using crystal-chemistry arguments such as the diagram proposed by Bastide.

  2. Achieving high efficiency laminated polymer solar cell with interfacial modified metallic electrode and pressure induced crystallization

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    Yuan, Yongbo; Bi, Yu; Huang, Jinsong

    2011-02-01

    We report efficient laminated organic photovoltaic device with efficiency approach the optimized device by regular method based on Poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). The high efficiency is mainly attributed to the formation of a concrete polymer/metal interface mechanically and electrically by the use of electronic-glue, and using the highly conductive and flexible silver film as anode to reduce photovoltage loss and modifying its work function for efficiency hole extraction by ultraviolet/ozone treatment, and the pressure induced crystallization of PCBM.

  3. Pressure-induced transformation and superhard phase in fullerenes: The effect of solvent intercalation

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    Yao, Mingguang; Cui, Wen; Xiao, Junping; Chen, Shuanglong; Cui, Jinxing; Liu, Ran; Cui, Tian; Zou, Bo; Liu, Bingbing; Sundqvist, Bertil

    2013-08-01

    We studied the behavior of solvated and desolvated C60 crystals under pressure by in situ Raman spectroscopy. The pressure-induced bonding change and structural transformation of C60s are similar in the two samples, both undergoing deformation and amorphization. Nevertheless, the high pressure phases of solvated C60 can indent diamond anvils while that of desolvated C60s cannot. Further experiments suggest that the solvents in the solvated C60 act as both spacers and bridges by forming covalent bonds with neighbors in 3D network at high pressure, and thus, a fraction of fullerenes may preserve the periodic arrangement in spite of their amorphization.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. Lastly, our findings have significant implications for the design of phase switching devices and the exploration of hidden amorphous materials.

  7. An application of a polytope (4D-polyhedron) concept for the description of polymorphic transitions: Iron martensite and solid oxygen

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    Kraposhin, V. S.; Pankova, M. N.; Talis, A. L.; Freiman, Yu. A.

    2003-10-01

    A polymorphic transformation between BCC and FCC phases can be described in the framework of the root lattice E8 in a 8D-space as the hypothetical praphase with symmetry group playing a role of the supergroup for both participants of the transformation. The special subset of vectors of the E8 and coinciding topologically with the unit cell of the A15 structure (Cr3Si-type) in the 3D Euclidian space was found, this subset can be regarded as an intermediate configuration during transformation between FCC and BCC structures. The proposed description of the polymorphic transformation is supported by experimentally observed habite planes of martensite in iron based alloys and by the existence ofthe A15-phase in the solid oxygen.

  8. Structural and electronic phase transitions of ThS2 from first-principles calculations

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    Guo, Yongliang; Wang, Changying; Qiu, Wujie; ...

    2016-10-07

    Performed a systematic study using first-principles methods of the pressure-induced structural and electronic phase transitions in ThS2, which may play an important role in the next generation nuclear energy fuel technology.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

    2013-01-01

    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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

    2015-02-05

    We demonstrate application of precise adiabatic vacuum 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 vacuum 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Pressure-induced structural transformations in pure and Ru-doped 0.9PbZn1/3Nb2/3O3-0.1PbTiO3 near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    Waeselmann, N.; Maier, B. J.; Mihailova, B.; Angel, R. J.; Zhao, J.; Gospodinov, M.; Paulmann, C.; Ross, N.; Bismayer, U.

    2012-01-01

    Pressure-induced structural transformations in relaxor-based perovskite-type (ABO3) 0.9PbZn1/3Nb2/3O3-0.1PbTiO3 single crystals which have a very high piezoelectric response were studied by single-crystal x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy at room temperature and pressures up to 18.1 GPa. Changes in the state of long-range order were observed near 1.0, 2.1, and 5.9 GPa. Initially, upon pressure increase, the ferroic deviation of the atomic positions from the cubic structure is reduced, but the ferroelectric twinning is enhanced, and near 1.0 GPa, the intrinsic ferroelectric multiphase domain pattern formed in the as-synthesized crystals is changed. At 2.1 GPa, the system undergoes a phase transition from a ferroelectric to a relaxor state, which exhibits an average cubic structure but still contains polar nanoregions. At 5.9 GPa, a reversible phase transition typical of Pb-based perovskite-type relaxors occurs, namely a cubic-to-antiferrodistortive phase transition resulting in a long-range order of antiphase octahedral tilts. On decompression, the ferroelectric state reappears below 2.1 GPa, and the local atomic structure is fully recovered at ambient pressure, but the final domain texture differs from the initial one. Ruthenium doping on the B site does not influence the pressure-induced structural transformations.

  2. Pressure-induced cation-cation bonding in V2O3

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    Bai, Ligang; Li, Quan; Corr, Serena A.; Pravica, Michael; Chen, Changfeng; Zhao, Yusheng; Sinogeikin, Stanislav V.; Meng, Yue; Park, Changyong; Shen, Guoyin

    2015-10-09

    A pressure-induced phase transition, associated with the formation of cation-cation bonding, occurs in V2O3 by combining synchroton x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell and ab initio evolutionary calculations. The high-pressure phase has a monoclinic structure with a C2/c space group, and it is both energetically and dynamically stable at pressures above 47 GPa to at least 105 GPa. this phase transition can be viewed as a two-dimensional Peierls-like distortion, where the cation-cation dimer chains are connected along the c axis of the monoclinic cell. In conclusion, this finding provides insights into the interplay of electron correlation and lattice distortion in V2O3, and it may also help to understand novel properties of other early transition-metal oxides.

  3. Finite element analysis of the pressure-induced deformation of Schlemm’s canal endothelial cells

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    Vargas-Pinto, Rocio; Lai, Julia; Gong, Haiyan; Ethier, C. Ross

    2014-01-01

    The endothelial cells lining the inner wall of Schlemm’s canal (SC) in the eye are relatively unique in that they support a basal-to-apical pressure gradient that causes these cells to deform, creating giant vacuoles and transendothelial pores through which the aqueous humor flows. Glaucoma is associated with an increased resistance to this flow. We used finite element modeling and estimates of cell modulus made using atomic force microscopy to characterize the pressure-induced deformation of SC cells and to estimate the maximum pressure drop that SC cells can support. We examined the effects of cell geometry, cell stiffness, and the contribution of the cell cortex to support the pressure-generated load. We found that the maximum strain generated by this loading occurs at the points of cell–substrate attachment and that the cortex of the cells bears nearly all of this load. The ability of these cells to support a significant transcellular pressure drop is extremely limited (on the order of 5 mmHg or less) unless these cells either stiffen very considerably with increasing deformation or have substantial attachments to their substratum away from their periphery. This puts limits on the flow resistance that this layer can generate, which has implications regarding the site where the bulk of the flow resistance is generated in healthy and glaucomatous eyes. PMID:25516410

  4. Fabrication of high performance thin-film transistors via pressure-induced nucleation.

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    Kang, Myung-Koo; Kim, Si Joon; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2014-10-31

    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 cm(2)/Vs.

  5. Pressure-induced evaporation dynamics of gold nanoparticles on oxide substrate.

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    Meng, Gang; Yanagida, Takeshi; Kanai, Masaki; Suzuki, Masaru; Nagashima, Kazuki; Xu, Bo; Zhuge, Fuwei; Klamchuen, Annop; He, Yong; Rahong, Sakon; Kai, Shoichi; Kawai, Tomoji

    2013-01-01

    Here we report thermal evaporation dynamics of Au nanoparticles on single crystal oxide substrates, including MgO, SrTiO(3), and Al(2)O(3). The size reduction rate of Au nanoparticles via thermal treatments is strongly dependent on not only temperature but also pressure. Lowering the pressure of inert Ar gas from 10(5) to 10 Pa increases the size reduction rate over 30 times in the temperature range 800 °C-950 °C. The temperature dependence is solely due to the variation of saturated vapor pressure of Au, whereas the pressure dependence of the surrounding inert gas can be interpreted in terms of a pressure dependence on a gas-phase diffusion of evaporated Au atoms into the surroundings. We present a simplified model to explain an evaporation dynamics, which well describes the pressure dependence on a size reduction rate of Au nanoparticles. By utilizing this useful pressure-induced evaporation dynamics, we succeeded in manipulating a size reduction of Au nanoparticle arrays down to -10 nm diameter range from -300 nm initial size by programming sequentially a surrounding pressure.

  6. 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.

  7. The pressure-induced effects in the thermal equilibrium electron properties of semiconducting glasses

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    Klinger, M. I.; Taraskin, S. N.

    1997-05-01

    Strong pressure-induced effects in the thermal equilibrium properties of semiconducting glasses are revealed and theoretically analysed. The basic property under consideration is the concentration of the negative-U centres which determine the mobility-gap spectral structure and the related electron phenomena in the materials. For accessible high pressures, 0953-8984/9/21/009/img5, a rapid increase of the concentration with growing pressure is predicted. This holds for (`weak') negative-U centres formed in typical, `rigid', configurations for the vast majority of atoms, as both the mobility-gap width and the related effective magnitude of the negative pair-correlation energy decrease with pressure. However, at ambient (and low) pressure another type of centre, `strong' negative-U centres formed in glassy atomic soft configurations, predominate, whose concentration decreases with increasing pressure. The resulting concentration of negative-U centres and some related characteristics are shown to exhibit a non-monotonic pressure dependence with a minimum. Future experimental tests of the corresponding theoretical relationships might determine the basic parameters of the phenomenon for the materials under consideration.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.-S.; Cynn, H.; Herberg, J.L.; Maxwell, R.S.; Nicol, M.F.

    2008-10-02

    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 300 K, or at 3 GPa and {approx}2000 K 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{sup 3}.

  10. 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.

  11. Preparation of monodisperse microspheres from the Laplace pressure induced droplet formation in micromolds

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    Choi, Chang-Hyung; Kim, Jongmin; Kang, Sung-Min; Lee, Jinkee; Lee, Chang-Soo

    2013-03-01

    Monodisperse microspheres play critical roles in many applications such as micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), chemical release systems, optical materials and various biological applications. Although microfluidic systems have been developed for producing monodisperse microspheres, it still definitely requires pressure driven flow for continuous fluid injection as well as use of surfactant to achieve their uniformity. Here, we present a novel molding method that generates monodisperse microspheres through surface-tension-induced flow. Two immiscible fluids that consist of photocurable monomer and hydrophobic oil are sequentially applied onto the mold. The mold geometry results in Laplace pressure induced droplet formation, and these droplets formed are individually localized into each micromold. Photopolymerization of the droplets allow for the formation of polymer microspheres with narrow size distribution (CV =1.9%). We obtain the microspheres with diameter ranging from 20 to 300 μm by modulating mold dimensions. We provide a synthesis method to produce microspheres in micromolds for various reaction schemes: UV-polymerization, sol-gel reactions and colloidal assemblies.

  12. Negative-pressure-induced collector for a self-balance free-flow electrophoresis device.

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    Yang, Cheng-Zhang; Yan, Jian; Zhang, Qiang; Guo, Chen-Gang; Kong, Fan-Zhi; Cao, Cheng-Xi; Fan, Liu-Yin; Jin, Xin-Qiao

    2014-06-01

    Uneven flow in free-flow electrophoresis (FFE) with a gravity-induced fraction collector caused by air bubbles in outlets and/or imbalance of the surface tension of collecting tubes would result in a poor separation. To solve these issues, this work describes a novel collector for FFE. The collector is composed of a self-balance unit, multisoft pipe flow controller, fraction collector, and vacuum pump. A negative pressure induced continuous air flow rapidly flowed through the self-balance unit, taking the background electrolyte and samples into the fraction collector. The developed collector has the following advantages: (i) supplying a stable and harmonious hydrodynamic environment in the separation chamber for FFE separation, (ii) effectively preventing background electrolyte and sample flow-back at the outlet of the chamber and improving the resolution, (iii) increasing the preparative scale of the separation, and (iv) simplifying the operation. In addition, the cost of the FFE device was reduced without using a multichannel peristaltic pump for sample collection. Finally, comparative FFE experiments on dyes, proteins, and cells were carried out. It is evident that the new developed collector could overcome the problems inherent in the previous gravity-induced self-balance collector.

  13. 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

    2014-01-15

    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.

  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

    2014-12-01

    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.

  15. 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}.

  16. Pressure-induced zigzag phosphorus chain and superconductivity in boron monophosphide

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    Zhang, Xinyu; Qin, Jiaqian; Liu, Hanyu; Zhang, Shiliang; Ma, Mingzhen; Luo, Wei; Liu, Riping; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2015-01-01

    We report on the prediction of the zinc-blende structure BP into a novel C2/m phase from 113 to 208 GPa which possesses zigzag phosphorus chain structure, followed by another P42/mnm structure above 208 GPa above using the particle-swarm search method. Strong electron-phonon coupling λ in compressed BP is found, in particular for C2/m phase with the zigzag phosphorus chain, which has the highest λ (0.56–0.61) value among them, leading to its high superconducting critical temperature Tc (9.4 K–11.5 K), which is comparable with the 4.5 K to 13 K value of black phosphorus phase I (orthorhombic, Cmca). This is the first system in the boron phosphides which shows superconductivity from the present theoretical calculations. Our results show that pressure-induced zigzag phosphorus chain in BP exhibit higher superconducting temperature TC, opening a new route to search and design new superconductor materials with zigzag phosphorus chains. PMID:25737341

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Effect of trimethylamine-N-oxide on pressure-induced dissolution of hydrophobic solute

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    Sarma, Rahul; Paul, Sandip

    2012-09-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the effects of increasing trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) concentration on the pressure-induced dissolution of hydrophobic solutes immersed in water. Such systems are of interest mainly because pressure increases the dissolution of hydrophobic protein interior causing protein denaturation and TMAO acts to offset the protein denaturing effect of high hydrostatic pressures. In view of this, in this study, methane molecules are considered as model hydrophobic molecules and simulations are performed for four independent TMAO solutions each at four different pressures ranging from 2 to 8 kbar. From potentials of mean force calculations, it is found that application of pressure reduces the free energy difference between contact minimum (CM) and solvent-separated (SSM) minimum of hydrophobic solute, suggesting dissolution at high pressures. TMAO, on the other hand, increases the relative stability of CM state of methane molecules relative to its SSM state. High packing efficiency of water molecules around the hydrophobic solute at high pressure is observed. Also observed are TMAO-induced enhancement of water structure and direct hydrogen-bonding interaction between TMAO and water and the correlated dehydration of hydrophobic solute. From hydrogen bond properties and dynamics calculations, it is observed that pressure increases average number of water-water hydrogen bonds while reduces their life-times. In contrast, TMAO reduces water-water hydrogen bonding but enhances their life-times. These results suggest that TMAO can reduce water penetration into the protein interior by enhancing water structure and also forming hydrogen bonds with water and hence counteracts protein unfolding.

  1. Pressure-induced phase transformation, reversible amorphization, and anomalous visible light response in organolead bromide perovskite

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    Wang, Yonggang; Lu, Xujie; Yang, Wenge; Wen, Ting; Yang, Liuxiang; Ren, Xiangting; Wang, Lin; Lin, Zheshuai; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-08-18

    Hydrostatic pressure, as an alternative of chemical pressure to tune the crystal structure and physical properties, is a significant technique for novel function material design and fundamental research. In this article, we report the phase stability and visible light response of the organolead bromide perovskite, CH3NH3PbBr3 (MAPbBr3), under hydrostatic pressure up to 34 GPa at room temperature: Two phase transformations below 2 GPa (from Pm3¯m to Im3¯, then to Pnma) and a reversible amorphization starting from about 2 GPa were observed, which could be attributed to the tilting of PbBr6 octahedra and destroying of long-range ordering of MA cations, respectively. The visible light response of MAPbBr3 to pressure was studied by in situ photoluminescence, electric resistance, photocurrent measurements and first-principle simulations. The anomalous band gap evolution during compression with red-shift followed by blue-shift is explained by the competition between compression effect and pressure-induced amorphization. Along with the amorphization process accomplished around 25 GPa, the resistance increased by 5 orders of magnitude while the system still maintains its semiconductor characteristics and considerable response to the visible light irradiation. Lastly, our results not only show that hydrostatic pressure may provide an applicable tool for the organohalide perovskites based photovoltaic device functioning as switcher or controller, but also shed light on the exploration of more amorphous organometal composites as potential light absorber.

  2. 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.

  3. Pressure-induced phase transformation, reversible amorphization, and anomalous visible light response in organolead bromide perovskite

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    Wang, Yonggang; Lu, Xujie; Yang, Wenge; ...

    2015-08-18

    Hydrostatic pressure, as an alternative of chemical pressure to tune the crystal structure and physical properties, is a significant technique for novel function material design and fundamental research. In this article, we report the phase stability and visible light response of the organolead bromide perovskite, CH3NH3PbBr3 (MAPbBr3), under hydrostatic pressure up to 34 GPa at room temperature: Two phase transformations below 2 GPa (from Pm3¯m to Im3¯, then to Pnma) and a reversible amorphization starting from about 2 GPa were observed, which could be attributed to the tilting of PbBr6 octahedra and destroying of long-range ordering of MA cations, respectively.more » The visible light response of MAPbBr3 to pressure was studied by in situ photoluminescence, electric resistance, photocurrent measurements and first-principle simulations. The anomalous band gap evolution during compression with red-shift followed by blue-shift is explained by the competition between compression effect and pressure-induced amorphization. Along with the amorphization process accomplished around 25 GPa, the resistance increased by 5 orders of magnitude while the system still maintains its semiconductor characteristics and considerable response to the visible light irradiation. Lastly, our results not only show that hydrostatic pressure may provide an applicable tool for the organohalide perovskites based photovoltaic device functioning as switcher or controller, but also shed light on the exploration of more amorphous organometal composites as potential light absorber.« less

  4. Effect of trimethylamine-N-oxide on pressure-induced dissolution of hydrophobic solute.

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    Sarma, Rahul; Paul, Sandip

    2012-09-21

    Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the effects of increasing trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) concentration on the pressure-induced dissolution of hydrophobic solutes immersed in water. Such systems are of interest mainly because pressure increases the dissolution of hydrophobic protein interior causing protein denaturation and TMAO acts to offset the protein denaturing effect of high hydrostatic pressures. In view of this, in this study, methane molecules are considered as model hydrophobic molecules and simulations are performed for four independent TMAO solutions each at four different pressures ranging from 2 to 8 kbar. From potentials of mean force calculations, it is found that application of pressure reduces the free energy difference between contact minimum (CM) and solvent-separated (SSM) minimum of hydrophobic solute, suggesting dissolution at high pressures. TMAO, on the other hand, increases the relative stability of CM state of methane molecules relative to its SSM state. High packing efficiency of water molecules around the hydrophobic solute at high pressure is observed. Also observed are TMAO-induced enhancement of water structure and direct hydrogen-bonding interaction between TMAO and water and the correlated dehydration of hydrophobic solute. From hydrogen bond properties and dynamics calculations, it is observed that pressure increases average number of water-water hydrogen bonds while reduces their life-times. In contrast, TMAO reduces water-water hydrogen bonding but enhances their life-times. These results suggest that TMAO can reduce water penetration into the protein interior by enhancing water structure and also forming hydrogen bonds with water and hence counteracts protein unfolding.

  5. Kinetic control in the synthesis of metastable polymorphs: Bixbyite-to-Rh{sub 2}O{sub 3}(II)-to-corundum transition in In{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Bekheet, Maged F.; Schwarz, Marcus R.; Kroll, Peter; Gurlo, Aleksander

    2015-09-15

    An example for kinetic control of a solid-state phase transformation, in which the system evolves via the path with the lowest activation barrier rather than ending in the thermodynamically most favorable state, has been demonstrated. As a case study, the phase transitions of indium sesquioxide (In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) have been guided by theoretical calculations and followed in situ under high-pressure high-temperature conditions in multi-anvil assemblies. The corundum-type rh-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} has been synthesized from stable bixbyite-type c-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} in two steps: first generating orthorhombic Rh{sub 2}O{sub 3}-II-type o′-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} which is thermodynamically stable at 8.5 GPa/850 °C and, thereafter, exploiting the preferred kinetics in the subsequent transformation to the rh-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} during decompression. This synthesis strategy of rh-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} was confirmed ex situ in a toroid-type high-pressure apparatus at 8 GPa and 1100 °C. The pressure–temperature phase diagrams have been constructed and the stability fields of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} polymorphs and the crystallographic relationship between them have been discussed. - Graphical abstract: In situ energy-dispersive XRD patterns in multi-anvil assemblies show the sequence of phase transition c-In{sub 2}O{sub 3}→o′-In{sub 2}O{sub 3}→rh-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} under particular pressure and temperature conditions. The tick marks refer to the calculated Bragg positions of bixbyite-type (c-In{sub 2}O{sub 3}), Rh{sub 2}O{sub 3}-II-type (o–-In2O{sub 3}) and corundum-type (rh-In{sub 2}O{sub 3}). - Highlights: • The solid-state synthesis methods can be employed for obtaining metastable phases. • The phase transition of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} was guided by DFT calculations. • The phase transition of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} was followed in situ under HP–HT conditions. • Orthorhombic o′-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} polymorph was synthesized from c-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} at 8.5 GPa/850 °C. • Metastable rh

  6. 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

  7. Pressure-induced fast axonal transport abnormalities and the anatomy at the lamina cribrosa in primate eyes.

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    Radius, R L

    1983-03-01

    In ten owl monkey eyes (Aotus trivirgatus) the location of pressure-induced (perfusion pressure 35 mmHg) axonal transport abnormalities was determined by the examination of serial step cross-section tissue radio autographs from the optic nerve head. The degree of the local transport interruption did not correlate with the fiber bundle cross-section area, the shape of the laminar pores or the density of the inter-bundle septa in that region.

  8. Failure of unilateral carotid artery ligation to affect pressure-induced interruption of rapid axonal transport in primate optic nerves.

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    Radius, R L; Schwartz, E L; Anderson, D R

    1980-02-01

    Previous experiments showed that optic nerve axonal transport can be blocked at the level of the lamina cribrosa by elevated intraocular pressure. In an effort to discover if this blockage might be secondary to pressure-induced ischemia, we studied the effect of unilateral common carotid artery ligation upont the pressure-induced interruption of axonal transport. In 13 owl monkeys (Aotus trivirgatus), the right common carotid artery was ligated within the anterior cervical triangle. Three days later, ophtalmodynomometry was performed on all experimental eyes. In nine of the 13 animals, this estimate of ophthalmic artery pressure was 10 to 20 mm Hg less in the right compared to the left eye. Optic nerve axonal transport was studied in right and left eyes during 5 hours of increased intraocular pressure (ocular pressure 35 mm Hg less than mean femoral artery blood pressure). No significant difference in the extent to which the transport mechanisms were interrupted could be demonstrated when comparing right and left eyes of the experimental animals. These observations fail to support a vascular mechanism for this pressure-induced interruption of axonal transport.

  9. 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.

  10. Pressure induced polymerization of acetylide anions in CaC 2 and 10 7 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.; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Feygenson, Mikhail; Yang, Wenge; Guthrie, Malcolm; Zhao, Yusheng; Mao, Ho-Kwang; Jin, Changqing

    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, 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. 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.

  11. 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.; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Feygenson, Mikhail; Yang, Wenge; Guthrie, Malcolm; Zhao, Yusheng; Mao, Ho -Kwang; Jin, Changqing

    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, 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.

  12. Structural and electronic phase transitions of ThS2 from first-principles calculations

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    Guo, Yongliang; Wang, Changying; Qiu, Wujie; Ke, Xuezhi; Huai, Ping; Cheng, Cheng; Zhu, Zhiyuan; Chen, Changfeng

    2016-10-07

    Performed a systematic study using first-principles methods of the pressure-induced structural and electronic phase transitions in ThS2, which may play an important role in the next generation nuclear energy fuel technology.

  13. New high-pressure polymorph of In2S3 with defect Th3P4-type structure

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    Lai, Xiaojing; Zhu, Feng; Wu, Ye; Huang, Rong; Wu, Xiang; Zhang, Qian; Yang, Ke; Qin, Shan

    2014-02-01

    The high pressure behavior of β-In2S3 (I41/amd and Z=16) has been studied by in situ synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction combined with diamond anvil cell up to 71.7 GPa. Three pressure-induced phase transitions are evidenced at ~6.6 GPa, ~11.1 GPa at room temperature and 35.6 GPa after the high-temperature annealing using a portable laser heating system. The new polymorph of In2S3 at 35.6 GPa is assigned to the denser cubic defect Th3P4 structure (I4bar3d and Z=5.333), whose unit-cell parameters are a=7.557(1) Å and V=431.6(2) Å3. The Th3P4-type phase can be stable at least up to 71.7 GPa and cannot be preserved at ambient pressure. The pressure-volume relationship is well described by the second-order Birch-Murnaghan Equation of State, which yields B0=63(3) GPa and B0‧=4 (fixed) for the β-In2S3 phase and B0=87(3) GPa and B0‧=4 (fixed) for the defect Th3P4-type phase respectively.

  14. Strong cooperative coupling of pressure-induced magnetic order and nematicity in FeSe

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    Kothapalli, K.; Bohmer, 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 Mossbauer 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. Lastly, 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.

  15. Strong cooperative coupling of pressure-induced magnetic order and nematicity in FeSe

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    Kothapalli, K.; Bohmer, A. E.; Jayasekara, W. T.; ...

    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 Mossbauer 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, reminiscentmore » of what has been found for the evolution of these transitions in the prototypical system Ba(Fe1–xCox)2As2. Lastly, 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.« less

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. The relative stability of xylazine hydrochloride polymorphous forms.

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    Bērziņs, Agris; Krūkle, Kristīne; Actiņs, Andris; Kreismanis, Juris P

    2010-01-01

    All four known xylazine hydrochloride polymorphous forms were obtained and their relative stabilities were compared directly at three different temperatures. At higher temperatures, it is possible to determine the relative stability of all forms directly by measuring the changes in the composition of the mixtures of two polymorphous forms using powder x-ray diffraction methods. At lower temperatures, a solvent was added to the mixture and the changes in composition were determined. Polymorph transition temperatures were determined directly. To predict the transition temperature which was not found using the direct method, the polymorph melting data and determined transition temperatures were used. A phase stability diagram was constructed from the acquired data. The stability of all anhydrous polymorphous forms was compared in the presence of water vapor pressure that was higher than the equilibrium pressure.

  19. Synchrotron Infrared Spectroscopy of Synthetic Na(NaMg)Mg5Si8O22(OH)2 up to 30 GPa: Insight on a New High-Pressure Amphibole Polymorph

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    Iezzi,G.; Liu, Z.; Ventura, G.

    2006-01-01

    This paper describes a high-pressure synchrotron infrared (IR) spectroscopy study of the synthetic amphibole Na(NaMg)Mg{sub 5}Si{sub 8}O{sub 22}(OH){sub 2}. This compound has P21/m symmetry at room conditions; its IR OH-stretching spectrum consists of two main bands at 3743 and 3715 cm{sup -1}, which are assigned to the two symmetrically independent O-H groups in the P structure (sample 403, Iezzi et al. 2004a). For increasing pressure, both bands shift toward higher frequency, suggesting a shortening of the O-H bond. In addition, the two bands progressively merge to give a single, symmetric and broad absorption band at 20-22 GPa. This behavior suggests that at 20-22 GPa there is a unique O-H group in the structure, indicative of a C-lattice type. The IR data thus show that the examined sample undergoes a P21/m {leftrightarrow} C2/m phase-transition at that pressure. Upon release of pressure, the initial two-band pattern is immediately recovered indicating that the pressure-induced phase-transition is reversible, as already observed for the same kind of transition induced by temperature. By analogy with structurally related pyroxenes, and taking into account the possible crystal structural topologies of amphiboles, we suggest that the C2/m polymorph stable at high pressure is characterized by fully kinked double-chains.

  20. Enhanced Structural Stability and Photo Responsiveness of CH3 NH3 SnI3 Perovskite via Pressure-Induced Amorphization and Recrystallization.

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    Lü, Xujie; Wang, Yonggang; Stoumpos, Constantinos C; Hu, Qingyang; Guo, Xiaofeng; Chen, Haijie; Yang, Liuxiang; Smith, Jesse S; Yang, Wenge; Zhao, Yusheng; Xu, Hongwu; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G; Jia, Quanxi

    2016-10-01

    An organic-inorganic halide CH3 NH3 SnI3 perovskite with significantly improved structural stability is obtained via pressure-induced amorphization and recrystallization. In situ high-pressure resistance measurements reveal an increased electrical conductivity by 300% in the pressure-treated perovskite. Photocurrent measurements also reveal a substantial enhancement in visible-light responsiveness. The mechanism underlying the enhanced properties is shown to be associated with the pressure-induced structural modification.

  1. Enhanced structural stability and photo responsiveness of CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite via pressure-induced amorphization and recrystallization

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    Lu, Xujie; Wang, Yonggang; Stoumpos, Constantinos C.; ...

    2016-10-01

    An organic–inorganic halide CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite with significantly improved structural stability is obtained via pressure-induced amorphization and recrystallization. In situ high-pressure resistance measurements reveal an increased electrical conductivity by 300% in the pressure-treated perovskite. Photocurrent measurements also reveal a substantial enhancement in visible-light responsiveness. In conclusion, the mechanism underlying the enhanced properties is shown to be associated with the pressure-induced structural modification.

  2. Pressure-induced disordered substitution alloy in Sb2Te3.

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    Zhao, Jinggeng; Liu, Haozhe; Ehm, Lars; Chen, Zhiqiang; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Zhao, Yusheng; Gu, Genda

    2011-11-21

    A new type of disordered substitution alloy of Sb and Te at above 15.1 GPa was discovered by performing in situ high-pressure angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction experiments on antimony telluride (Sb(2)Te(3)), a topological insulator and thermoelectric material, at room temperature. In this disordered substitution alloy, Sb(2)Te(3) crystallizes into a monoclinic structure with the space group C2/m, which is different from the corresponding high-pressure phase of the similar isostructural compound Bi(2)Te(3). Above 19.8 GPa, Sb(2)Te(3) adopts a body-centered-cubic structure with the disordered atomic array in the crystal lattice. The in situ high-pressure experiments down to about 13 K show that Sb(2)Te(3) undergoes the same phase-transition sequence with increasing pressure at low temperature, with almost the same phase-transition pressures.

  3. Pressure-induced superconductivity in the giant Rashba system BiTeI

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    VanGennep, D.; Linscheid, A.; Jackson, D. E.; Weir, S. T.; Vohra, Y. K.; Berger, H.; Stewart, G. R.; Hennig, R. G.; Hirschfeld, P. J.; Hamlin, J. J.

    2017-03-01

    At ambient pressure, BiTeI exhibits a giant Rashba splitting of the bulk electronic bands. At low pressures, BiTeI undergoes a transition from trivial insulator to topological insulator. At still higher pressures, two structural transitions are known to occur. We have carried out a series of electrical resistivity and AC magnetic susceptibility measurements on BiTeI at pressure up to  ∼40 GPa in an effort to characterize the properties of the high-pressure phases. A previous calculation found that the high-pressure orthorhombic P4/nmm structure BiTeI is a metal. We find that this structure is superconducting with T c values as high as 6 K. AC magnetic susceptibility measurements support the bulk nature of the superconductivity. Using electronic structure and phonon calculations, we compute T c and find that our data is consistent with phonon-mediated superconductivity.

  4. Pressure-induced superconductivity in the giant Rashba system BiTeI.

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    VanGennep, D; Linscheid, A; Jackson, D E; Weir, S T; Vohra, Y K; Berger, H; Stewart, G R; Hennig, R G; Hirschfeld, P J; Hamlin, J J

    2017-03-08

    At ambient pressure, BiTeI exhibits a giant Rashba splitting of the bulk electronic bands. At low pressures, BiTeI undergoes a transition from trivial insulator to topological insulator. At still higher pressures, two structural transitions are known to occur. We have carried out a series of electrical resistivity and AC magnetic susceptibility measurements on BiTeI at pressure up to  ∼40 GPa in an effort to characterize the properties of the high-pressure phases. A previous calculation found that the high-pressure orthorhombic P4/nmm structure BiTeI is a metal. We find that this structure is superconducting with T c values as high as 6 K. AC magnetic susceptibility measurements support the bulk nature of the superconductivity. Using electronic structure and phonon calculations, we compute T c and find that our data is consistent with phonon-mediated superconductivity.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Pressure-Induced Polymerization of LiN(CN) 2

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    Keefer, Derek W.; Gou, Huiyang; Purdy, Andrew P.; Epshteyn, Albert; Kim, Duck Young; Badding, John V.; Strobel, Timothy A.

    2016-10-28

    The high-pressure behavior of lithium dicyanamide (LiN(CN)2) was studied with in situ Raman and infrared (IR) spectroscopies, and synchrotron angle-dispersive powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) in a diamond anvil cell (DAC) to 22 GPa. The fundamental vibrational modes associated with molecular units were assigned using a combination of experimental data and density functional perturbation theory. Some low-frequency modes were observed for the first time. On the basis of spectroscopic and diffraction data, we suggest a polymorphic phase transformation at ~8 GPa, wherein dicyanamide ions remain as discrete molecular species. Above ca. 18 GPa, dicyanamide units polymerize, forming a largely disordered network, and the extent of polymerization may be increased by annealing at elevated temperature. The polymerized product consists of tricyanomelaminate-like groups containing sp2-hybidized carbon–nitrogen bonds and exhibits a visible absorption edge near 540 nm. The product is recoverable to ambient conditions but is not stable in air/moisture.

  10. Pressure-induced hydrogen-dominant metallic state in aluminum hydride.

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    Goncharenko, Igor; Eremets, M I; Hanfland, M; Tse, J S; Amboage, M; Yao, Y; Trojan, I A

    2008-02-01

    Two structural transitions in covalent aluminum hydride AlH3 were characterized at high pressure. A metallic phase stable above 100 GPa is found to have a remarkably simple cubic structure with shortest first-neighbor H-H distances ever measured except in H2 molecule. Although the high-pressure phase is predicted to be superconductive, this was not observed experimentally down to 4 K over the pressure range 120-164 GPa. The results indicate that the superconducting behavior may be more complex than anticipated.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Impact of contact pressure-induced spectral changes on soft-tissue classification in diffuse reflectance spectroscopy: problems and solutions.

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    Cugmas, Blaž; Bregar, Maksimilijan; Bürmen, Miran; Pernuš, Franjo; Likar, Boštjan

    2014-03-01

    Review of the existing studies on the contact pressure-induced changes in the optical properties of biological tissues showed that the reported changes in transmittance, reflectance, absorption, and scattering coefficient are vastly inconsistent. In order to gain more insight into the contact pressure-induced changes observed in biomedical applications involving common probe-spectrometer diffuse reflectance measurement setups and provide a set of practical guidelines minimizing the influence of the changes on the analysis of acquired spectra, we conducted a series of in vivo measurements, where the contact pressure was precisely controlled, and the spectral and contact pressure information were acquired simultaneously. Classification of three measurement sites on a human hand, representing the natural variability in the perfusion and structure of the underlying tissue, was assessed by training and evaluating classifiers at different contact pressure levels and for different probe operators. Based on the results, three practical guidelines have been proposed to avoid classification performance degradation. First, the most suitable pressure level should be identified. Second, the pressure level should be kept in a narrow range during the acquisition of spectra. Third, applications utilizing probes equipped with a calibrated spring can use several classifiers trained at different contact pressure levels to improve classification performance.

  15. 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; ...

    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

  16. High pressure-induced distortion in face-centered cubic phase of thallium

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    Kotmool, Komsilp; Li, Bing; Chakraborty, Sudip; Bovornratanaraks, Thiti; Luo, Wei; Mao, Ho-kwang; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2016-10-01

    The complex and unusual high-pressure phase transition of III-A (i.e. Al, Ga, and In) metals have been investigated in the last several decades because of their interesting periodic table position between the elements having metallic and covalent bonding. Our present first principles-based electronic structure calculations and experimental investigation have revealed the unusual distortion in face-centered cubic (f.c.c.) phase of the heavy element thallium (Tl) induced by the high pressure. We have predicted body-centered tetragonal (b.c.t) phase at 83 GPa using an evolutionary algorithm coupled with ab initio calculations, and this prediction has been confirmed with a slightly distorted parameter (2 × a - c)/c lowered by 1% using an angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction technique. The density functional theory (DFT)-based calculations suggest that s-p mixing states and the valence-core overlapping of 6s and 5d states play the most important roles for the phase transitions along the pathway h.c.p→b.c.t.

  17. High pressure-induced distortion in face-centered cubic phase of thallium.

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    Kotmool, Komsilp; Li, Bing; Chakraborty, Sudip; Bovornratanaraks, Thiti; Luo, Wei; Mao, Ho-Kwang; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2016-10-04

    The complex and unusual high-pressure phase transition of III-A (i.e. Al, Ga, and In) metals have been investigated in the last several decades because of their interesting periodic table position between the elements having metallic and covalent bonding. Our present first principles-based electronic structure calculations and experimental investigation have revealed the unusual distortion in face-centered cubic (f.c.c.) phase of the heavy element thallium (Tl) induced by the high pressure. We have predicted body-centered tetragonal (b.c.t) phase at 83 GPa using an evolutionary algorithm coupled with ab initio calculations, and this prediction has been confirmed with a slightly distorted parameter ([Formula: see text] × a - c)/c lowered by 1% using an angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction technique. The density functional theory (DFT)-based calculations suggest that s-p mixing states and the valence-core overlapping of 6s and 5d states play the most important roles for the phase transitions along the pathway h.c.p[Formula: see text]f.c.c.[Formula: see text]b.c.t.

  18. Low-temperature processing of 'baroplastics' by pressure-induced flow.

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    Gonzalez-Leon, Juan A; Acar, Metin H; Ryu, Sang-Woog; Ruzette, Anne-Valérie G; Mayes, Anne M

    2003-11-27

    The manufacturing of plastics traditionally involves melt processing at temperatures typically greater than 200 degrees C-to enable extrusion or moulding under pressure into desired forms-followed by solidification. This process consumes energy and can cause substantial degradation of polymers and additives (such as flame retardants and ultraviolet stabilizers), limiting plastics performance and recyclability. It was recently reported that the application of pressure could induce melt-like behaviour in the block copolymer polystyrene-block-poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PBMA), and this behaviour has now been demonstrated in a range of other block copolymer systems. These polymers have been termed baroplastics. However, in each case, the order-to-disorder transition, which gives rise to the accompanying change in rheology from soft solid to melt, was observed at temperatures far exceeding the glass transition temperatures (T(g)) of both components. Here we show that baroplastic systems containing nanophase domains of one high-T(g) and one low-T(g) component can exhibit melt-like flow under pressure at ambient temperature through an apparent semi-solid partial mixing mechanism that substantially preserves the high-T(g) phase. These systems were shredded and remoulded ten times with no evident property degradation. Baroplastics with low-temperature formability promise lower energy consumption in manufacture and processing, reduced use of additives, faster production and improved recyclability, and also provide potential alternatives to current thermoplastic elastomers, rubber-modified plastics, and semi-crystalline polymers.

  19. High pressure-induced distortion in face-centered cubic phase of thallium

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    Kotmool, Komsilp; Li, Bing; Chakraborty, Sudip; Bovornratanaraks, Thiti; Luo, Wei; Mao, Ho-kwang; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2016-01-01

    The complex and unusual high-pressure phase transition of III-A (i.e. Al, Ga, and In) metals have been investigated in the last several decades because of their interesting periodic table position between the elements having metallic and covalent bonding. Our present first principles-based electronic structure calculations and experimental investigation have revealed the unusual distortion in face-centered cubic (f.c.c.) phase of the heavy element thallium (Tl) induced by the high pressure. We have predicted body-centered tetragonal (b.c.t) phase at 83 GPa using an evolutionary algorithm coupled with ab initio calculations, and this prediction has been confirmed with a slightly distorted parameter (2 × a − c)/c lowered by 1% using an angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction technique. The density functional theory (DFT)-based calculations suggest that s–p mixing states and the valence-core overlapping of 6s and 5d states play the most important roles for the phase transitions along the pathway h.c.p→f.c.c.→b.c.t. PMID:27655891

  20. Atomic structure and pressure-induced phase transformations in a phase-change alloy

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    Xu, Ming

    Phase-change materials exist in at least two phases under the ambient condition. One is the amorphous state and another is crystalline phase. These two phases have vastly different physical properties, such as electrical conductivity, optical reflectivity, mass density, thermal conductivity, etc. The distinct physical properties and the fast transformation between amorphous and crystalline phases render these materials the ability to store information. For example, the DVD and the Blue-ray discs take advantage of the optical reflectivity contrast, and the newly developed solid-state memories make use of the large conductivity difference. In addition, both the amorphous and crystalline phases in phase-change memories (PCMs) are very stable at room temperature, and they are easy to be scaled up in the production of devices with large storage density. All these features make phase-change materials the ideal candidates for the next-generation memories. Despite of the fast development of these new memory materials in industry, many fundamental physics problems underlying these interesting materials are still not fully resolved. This thesis is aiming at solving some of the key issues in phase-change materials. Most of phase-change materials are composed of Ge-Sb-Te constituents. Among all these Ge-Sb-Te based materials, Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) has the best performance and has been frequently studied as a prototypical phase-change material. The first and foremost issue is the structure of the two functioning phases. In this thesis, we investigate the unique atomic structure and bonding nature of amorphous GST (a-GST) and crystalline GST ( c-GST), using ab initio tools and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. Their local structures and bonding scenarios are then analyzed using electronic structure calculations. In order to gain insight into the fast phase transformation mechanism, we also carried out a series of high-pressure experiments on GST. Several new polymorphs and their

  1. Pressure induced metallization of the Mott Insulator VI{sub 2}

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    Sterer, E.; Pasternak, M.P.; Taylor, R.D.

    1993-07-20

    Using diamond anvil cells, {sup 129}I Moessbauer spectroscopy (MS) and resistivity measurements were carried out in the layered antiferromagnet VI{sub 2} at 0-45 GPa and 4-300 K. MS to 15 GPa revealed an impressive increase in Neel temperature and a slight increase in transferred hyperfine field. Pressure behavior of R(P,T), in particular near the metal-insulator pressure P{sub c}=44 GPa, is described. Being the lightest transition metal (TM) in the isostructural (TM)I{sub 2} series, the V{sup 2+} (d{sup 3} configuration) represents a typical candidate for a pure Mott-Hubbard gap closure. Results are compared with the heavy TM diiodides such as NiI{sub 2} and CoI{sub 2}, where it is expected that the charge transfer regime prevails. 3 figs, 10 refs.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Pressure-induced coordination changes in alkali-germanate melts - An in situ spectroscopic investigation

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    Farber, Danial L.; Williams, Quentin

    1992-01-01

    The structure of liquid Na2Ge2O5-H2O, a silicate melt analog, has been studied with Raman spectroscopy to pressures of 2.2 gigapascals. Upon compression, a peak near more than 240 wavenumbers associated with octahedral GeO6 groups grows relative to a peak near 500 wavenumbers associated with tetrahedral GeO4 groups. This change corresponds to an increase in octahedral germanium in the liquid from near 0 percent at ambient pressures to more than 50 percent at a pressure of 2.2 gigapascals. Silicate liquids pausibly undergo similar coordination changes at depth in the earth. Such structural changes may generate decreases in the fusion slopes of silicates at high pressures as well as neutrally buoyant magmas within the transition zone of the earth's mantle.

  7. Room Temperature Pressure-induced Photoluminescence in MnF2

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    Hernandez, Ignacio; Hochheimer, Hans D.; Rodriguez, Fernando

    2003-10-01

    In previous works we have demonstrated the occurrence of photoluminescence (PL) in slightly Mn2+-doped systems depending only on the host site volume [1]. Thus, we have been able to induce room temperature (RT) PL in non-luminescent Mn2+ containing fluorites BaF2 and SrF2 by means of pressure [2]. The irrelevance of the coordination geometry for the Mn2+ complex is stressed by the fact that the occurrence of the fluorite to cotunnite phase transition (PT) only affects the PL transition probability rate in terms of the approx. 10% volume reduction and the loss of inversion centre that take place. On the other side, non-doped MnF2 is photoluminescent at low temperatures but PL is quenched at temperatures above 100 K [3] and it is not luminescent at RT. This is due to excitation migration mechanisms that take Frenkel excitons to non-radiative excitation traps. This migration is favoured by temperature so that at RT no luminescent Mn2+ complexes can retain excitation [4]. In this work we deal with the occurrence of PL in non-doped MnF2 at room temperature. Rutile-structure MnF2 is pressurized and undergoes two PTs. There exists a strong correlation between the occurrence of the PL and the induced structural changes. We observe two photoluminescent centres at P > 14 GPa placed at 2.34 eV and 1.87 eV, that are likely associated to Mn2+ intrinsic PL and perturbed Mn2+ complexes, respectively. Therefore, we demonstrate that pressure is an efficient tool to reduce the excitation migration so that excitons can be retained in Mn2+ traps and, thus, increase the PL efficiency of the material at a given temperature or induce PL beyond a critical volume. This is particularly interesting in cases such as the present, in which the PT show hysteresis. References: [1] to be published: F. Rodriguez, I. Hernandez, M. Moreno and R. Alcala, J. Chem. Phys., Vol. 119, No. 16, 22 October 2003 [2] I. Hernandez and F. Rodriguez, Phys. Rev. B 67, 012101 (2003) [3] W.W. Holloway, Jr, M

  8. 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.

  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 enhancement of the magnetic ordering temperature in rhenium(IV) monomers

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    Woodall, Christopher H.; Craig, Gavin A.; Prescimone, Alessandro; Misek, Martin; Cano, Joan; Faus, Juan; Probert, Michael R.; Parsons, Simon; Moggach, Stephen; Martínez-Lillo, José; Murrie, Mark; Kamenev, Konstantin V.; Brechin, Euan K.

    2016-01-01

    Materials that demonstrate long-range magnetic order are synonymous with information storage and the electronics industry, with the phenomenon commonly associated with metals, metal alloys or metal oxides and sulfides. A lesser known family of magnetically ordered complexes are the monometallic compounds of highly anisotropic d-block transition metals; the ‘transformation' from isolated zero-dimensional molecule to ordered, spin-canted, three-dimensional lattice being the result of through-space interactions arising from the combination of large magnetic anisotropy and spin-delocalization from metal to ligand which induces important intermolecular contacts. Here we report the effect of pressure on two such mononuclear rhenium(IV) compounds that exhibit long-range magnetic order under ambient conditions via a spin canting mechanism, with Tc controlled by the strength of the intermolecular interactions. As these are determined by intermolecular distance, ‘squeezing' the molecules closer together generates remarkable enhancements in ordering temperatures, with a linear dependence of Tc with pressure. PMID:28000676

  11. 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

  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; 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 CsFe$_2$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.

  16. Magnetic Precursor of the Pressure-Induced Superconductivity in Fe-Ladder Compounds

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    Chi, Songxue; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Cao, Huibo; ...

    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

  17. Pressure-induced superconductivity in thin films of boron-doped carbon nanotubes

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    Haruyama, Junji; Nakamura, Jin; Reppert, Jason; Rao, Apparao; Sano, Hirotaka; Iye, Yasuhiro

    2010-03-01

    We have reported that thin films of slightly boron-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes (B-SWNTs) can be superconductor at Tc of 12K [1]. Here, based on this, we show creation of paperlike thin film (Buckypaper) consisting of pseudo-two-dimensional network of B-SWNTs within weakly intertube van der Waals coupling (IVDWC) state. It was formed by sufficiently dissolving as-grown ropes of B-SWNTs and densely assembling them on silicon substrate. We find that superconducting transition temperature Tc of 8 K under absent pressure can be induced up to 19 K by applying a small pressure to the film and that a frequency in the radial breathing phonon drastically increases with applying pressure [2]. Discussion about IVDWC and distribution of B-SWNTs diameter imply the strong correlation. References [1] N. Murata, J. Haruyama, J. Reppert, A. M. Rao, T. Koretsune, S. Saito, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 027002 (2008) [2] J. Nakamura, J. Haruyama, M. Tachibana, J. Reppert,A. Rao, H. Sano, Y. Iye et al., Appl.Phys.Lett. 95, 142503 (2009)

  18. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; ...

    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

  19. Pressure-induced transformations of onion-like carbon nanospheres up to 48 GPa.

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    Zhang, Weiwei; Yao, Mingguang; Fan, Xianhong; Zhao, Shijia; Chen, Shuanglong; Gong, Chen; Yuan, Ye; Liu, Ran; Liu, Bingbing

    2015-01-21

    Raman spectra of onion-like carbon nanospheres (OCNSs) have been studied under pressure up to 48 GPa. A transformation related to a change from sp(2) to sp(3) bonding of carbons in OCNSs was observed at pressures above 20 GPa. The Raman spectra exhibit some vibrational features similar to those of the theoretically proposed Z-carbon phase of cold-compressed graphite, while the transition pressure is obviously higher than that for graphite. In contrast to the transformations in compressed graphite, interlayer bonds are formed on the nanoscale between buckled layers in OCNSs under pressure due to the concentric configuration, and sp(2)-sp(3) conversion is incomplete even up to 48 GPa. This is confirmed by TEM observations on the decompressed samples. Moreover, the onion-like carbon structure is extremely stable and can be recovered even after a compression cycle to 48 GPa. This high stability, beyond that of other sp(2) carbon materials, is related to the unique onion-like configuration and to the interlayer bonding. The transformed material should have excellent mechanical properties so that it can sustain very high pressure.

  20. Pressure-induced softening of shear modes in ZnO

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    Decremps, Frederic; Zhang, Jianzhong; Li, Baosheng; Liebermann, Robert C.

    2001-06-01

    The room-temperature elastic moduli C{sub IJ} corresponding to the pure longitudinal and transverse modes in single crystals of the wurtzite phase of ZnO have been determined from ultrasonic wave velocities measurements as a function of pressure up to 10 GPa. All the moduli exhibit a linear dependence on pressure, with positive values for the longitudinal moduli (dC{sub 11}/dP=5.32 and dC{sub 33}/dP=3.78) but negative values for the shear moduli (dC{sub 44}/dP={minus}0.35 and dC{sub 66}/dP={minus}0.30). All modes exhibit anomalous travel time above P{sub Tr}=7.5GPa, indicating the onset of a transition to the rocksalt (B1) phase. Using recent improvements for ultrasonic measurements in multianvil apparatus, this experimental study on the phase-transformation mechanism is extended to simultaneous high pressures and high temperatures. At high temperatures, P{sub Tr} decrease and the pressure derivatives of the elastic shear modes become more negative. Thus, the elastic shear softening observed at room temperature is enhanced at elevated temperatures.

  1. 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.

    2015-05-21

    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)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 Xray diffraction (PXRD) 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 infrared (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 PCN polymeric phase, which is recoverable to ambient pressure.

  2. Pressure-induced structural transformations and polymerization in ThC2

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    Guo, Yongliang; Yu, Cun; Lin, Jun; Wang, Changying; Ren, Cuilan; Sun, Baoxing; Huai, Ping; Xie, Ruobing; Ke, Xuezhi; Zhu, Zhiyuan; Xu, Hongjie

    2017-01-01

    Thorium-carbon systems have been thought as promising nuclear fuel for Generation IV reactors which require high-burnup and safe nuclear fuel. Existing knowledge on thorium carbides under extreme condition remains insufficient and some is controversial due to limited studies. Here we systematically predict all stable structures of thorium dicarbide (ThC2) under the pressure ranging from ambient to 300 GPa by merging ab initio total energy calculations and unbiased structure searching method, which are in sequence of C2/c, C2/m, Cmmm, Immm and P6/mmm phases. Among these phases, the C2/m is successfully observed for the first time via in situ synchrotron XRD measurements, which exhibits an excellent structural correspondence to our theoretical predictions. The transition sequence and the critical pressures are predicted. The calculated results also reveal the polymerization behaviors of the carbon atoms and the corresponding characteristic C-C bonding under various pressures. Our work provides key information on the fundamental material behavior and insights into the underlying mechanisms that lay the foundation for further exploration and application of ThC2. PMID:28383571

  3. Relationship between nonlinear pressure-induced chemical shift changes and thermodynamic parameters.

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    Beck Erlach, Markus; Koehler, Joerg; Moeser, Beate; Horinek, Dominik; Kremer, Werner; Kalbitzer, Hans Robert

    2014-05-29

    NMR chemical shift analysis is a powerful method to investigate local changes in the environment of the observed nuclear spin of a polypeptide that are induced by application of high hydrostatic pressure. Usually, in the fast exchange regime, the pressure dependence of chemical shifts is analyzed by a second order Taylor expansion providing the first- and second-order pressure coefficient B1 and B2. The coefficients then are interpreted in a qualitative manner. We show here that in a two-state model, the ratio of B2/B1 is related to thermodynamic parameters, namely the ratio of the difference of compressibility factors Δβ' and partial molar volumes ΔV. The analysis is applied to the random-coil model peptides Ac-Gly-Gly-Xxx-Ala-NH2, with Xxx being one of the 20 proteinogenic amino acids. The analysis gives an average Δβ'/ΔV ratio of 1.6 GPa(-1) provided the condition |ΔG(0)| ≪ 2RT holds for the difference of the Gibbs free energies (ΔG(0)) of the two states at the temperature (T0) and the pressure (p0). The amide proton and nitrogen B2/B1 of a given amino acid Xxx are strongly correlated, indicating that their pressure-dependent chemical shift changes are due to the same thermodynamic process. As a possible physical mechanism providing a two-state model, the hydrogen bonding of water with the corresponding amide protein was simulated for isoleucine in position Xxx. The obtained free energy could satisfy the relation |ΔG(0)| ≪ 2RT. The derived relation was applied to the β-amyloid peptide Aβ and the phosphocarrier protein HPr from S. carnosus. For the transition of state 1 to state 2' of Aβ, the derived relation of B2/B1 to Δβ'/ΔV can be confirmed experimentally. The HPr protein is characterized by substantially higher negative B2/B1 values than those found in the tetrapeptides with an average value of approximately -5.1 GPa(-1) (Δβ'/ΔV of 5.1 GPa(-1) provided |ΔG(0)| ≪ 2RT holds). Qualitatively, the B2/B1 ratio can be used to predict

  4. Ab initio molecular dynamics with a classical pressure reservoir: simulation of pressure-induced amorphization in a Si35H36 cluster

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    Martonak; Molteni; Parrinello

    2000-01-24

    We present a new constant-pressure ab initio molecular dynamics method suitable for studying, e.g., pressure-induced structural transformations in finite nonperiodic systems such as clusters. We immerse an ab initio treated cluster into a model classical liquid, described by a soft-sphere potential, which acts as a pressure reservoir. The pressure is varied by tuning the parameter of the liquid potential. We apply the method to a Si35H36 cluster, which undergoes a pressure-induced amorphization at approximately 35 GPa, and remains in a disordered state even upon pressure release.

  5. Polymorphic transformation of helical flagella of bacteria

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    Lim, Sookkyung; Howard Berg Collaboration; William Ko Collaboration; Yongsam Kim Collaboration; Wanho Lee Collaboration; Charles Peskin Collaboration

    2016-11-01

    Bacteria such as E. coli swim in an aqueous environment by utilizing the rotation of flagellar motors and alternate two modes of motility, runs and tumbles. Runs are steady forward swimming driven by bundles of flagellar filaments whose motors are turning CCW; tumbles involve a reorientation of the direction of swimming triggered by motor reversals. During tumbling, the helical flagellum undergoes polymorphic transformations, which is a local change in helical pitch, helical radius, and handedness. In this work, we investigate the underlying mechanism of structural conformation and how this polymorphic transition plays a role in bacterial swimming. National Science Foundation.

  6. 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

  7. Polymorphism in Energetic Materials

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    2008-01-01

    2008 NRL REVIEW 71 Polymorphism in Energetic Materials J.R. Deschamps,1 D.A. Parrish,1 and R.J. Butcher2 1Laboratory for Structure of Matter...can lead to substantial alterations in stability and performance. The authors recently reported on the crystal structures of five polymorphs of picryl...cally distinct forms. Since the properties of a solid sub- stance are determined by its composition and structure , polymorphs, although chemically

  8. Polymorphous computing fabric

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    Wolinski, Christophe Czeslaw [Los Alamos, NM; Gokhale, Maya B [Los Alamos, NM; McCabe, Kevin Peter [Los Alamos, NM

    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.

  9. Source duration of stress and water-pressure induced seismicity derived from experimental analysis of P wave pulse width in granite

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    Masuda, K.

    2013-12-01

    Pulse widths of P waves in granite, measured in the laboratory, were analyzed to investigate source durations of rupture processes for water-pressure induced and stress-induced microseismicity. Much evidence suggests that fluids in the subsurface are intimately linked to faulting processes. Studies of seismicity induced by water injection are thus important for understanding the trigger mechanisms of earthquakes as well as for engineering applications such as hydraulic fracturing of rocks at depth for petroleum extraction. Determining the cause of seismic events is very important in seismology and engineering; however, water-pressure induced seismic events are difficult to distinguish from those induced by purely tectonic stress. To investigate this problem, we analyzed the waveforms of acoustic emissions (AEs) produced in the laboratory by both water-pressure induced and stress-induced microseismicity. We used a cylinder (50 mm in diameter and 100 mm in length) of medium-grained granite. We applied a differential stress of about 70% of fracture strength, to the rock sample under 40 MPa confining pressure and held it constant throughout the experiment. When the primary creep stage and acoustic emissions (AEs) caused by the initial loading had ceased, we injected distilled water into the bottom end of the sample at a constant pressure of 17 MPa until macroscopic fracture occurred. We analysed AE waveforms produced by stress-induced AEs which occurred before the water-injection and by water-pressure induced AEs which occurred after the water-injection. Pulse widths were measured from the waveform traces plotted from the digital data. To investigate the source duration of the rupture process, we estimated the pulse width at the source and normalized by event magnitude to obtain a scaled pulse width at the source. After the effects of event size and hypocentral distance were removed from observed pulse widths, the ratio of the scaled source durations of water-pressure

  10. Raman detected differential scanning calorimetry of polymorphic transformations in acetaminophen.

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    Kauffman, John F; Batykefer, Linda M; Tuschel, David D

    2008-12-15

    Acetaminophen is known to crystallize in three polymorphic forms. Thermally induced transformations between the crystalline forms and the super-cooled liquid have been observed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), but the assignment of calorimetric transitions to specific polymorphic transformations remains challenging, because the transition temperatures for several transformations are close to one another, and the characteristics of the observed transitions depend on experimental variables that are often poorly controlled. This paper demonstrates the simultaneous application of DSC and Raman microscopy for the observation of thermally driven transitions between polymorphs of pharmaceutical materials. Raman detected differential scanning calorimetry (RD-DSC) has been used to monitor the DSC thermograms of super-cooled liquid acetaminophen and confirms the assignment of two exothermic transitions to specific polymorphic transformations. Principal component analysis of the Raman spectra have been used to determine the number of independent components that participate in the phase transformations, and multivariate regression has been used to determine transition temperatures from the spectral data. The influence of the laser excitation source on measured DSC thermograms has also been investigated, and it has been demonstrated that a baseline shift occurs in RD-DSC when a polymorphic transformation occurs between crystalline and amorphous forms. RD-DSC has been used to examine the influence of sample aging and sample pan configuration on the observed polymorphic transformations, and both of these variables were found to influence the thermal behavior of the sample. The results demonstrate the advantage of simultaneous Raman spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry for the unambiguous assignment of thermally driven polymorphic transformations.

  11. Positive Airway Pressure-Induced Conversion of Atrial Fibrillation to Normal Sinus Rhythm in Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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    Walia, Harneet K.; Chung, Mina K.; Ibrahim, Sally; Mehra, Reena

    2016-01-01

    Accumulating data implicate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as a predisposing factor to the development of atrial fibrillation (AF), the latter representing the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia. The postulated mechanisms leading to atrial arrhythmogenesis in OSA include alterations in intrathoracic pressures, intermittent hypoxemia, and autonomic nervous system fluctuations. Although these OSA-related pathophysiologic pathways may result in atrial structural and electrical remodeling, thereby predisposing to AF, there are data to suggest that the immediate influences of respiratory events may trigger arrhythmic events. This case demonstrates an immediate reversal of AF to normal sinus rhythm with optimal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in the background of severe OSA. These findings of immediate benefit of reversal of OSA pathophysiology on cardiac arrhythmia suggest OSA may have acute influences on cardiac electrophysiology. Citation: Walia HK, Chung MK, Ibrahim S, Mehra R. Positive airway pressure-induced conversion of atrial fibrillation to normal sinus rhythm in severe obstructive sleep apnea. J Clin Sleep Med 2016;12(9):1301–1303. PMID:27166298

  12. Colchicine inhibits pressure-induced tumor cell implantation within surgical wounds and enhances tumor-free survival in mice

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    Craig, David H.; Owen, Cheri R.; Conway, William C.; Walsh, Mary F.; Downey, Christina; Basson, Marc D.

    2008-01-01

    Iatrogenic tumor cell implantation within surgical wounds can compromise curative cancer surgery. Adhesion of cancer cells, in particular colon cancer cells, is stimulated by exposure to increased extracellular pressure through a cytoskeleton-dependent signaling mechanism requiring FAK, Src, Akt, and paxillin. Mechanical stimuli during tumor resection may therefore negatively impact patient outcome. We hypothesized that perioperative administration of colchicine, which prevents microtubule polymerization, could disrupt pressure-stimulated tumor cell adhesion to surgical wounds and enhance tumor-free survival. Ex vivo treatment of Co26 and Co51 colon cancer cells with colchicine inhibited pressure-stimulated cell adhesion to murine surgical wounds and blocked pressure-induced FAK and Akt phosphorylation. Surgical wound contamination with pressure-activated Co26 and Co51 cells significantly reduced tumor-free survival compared with contamination with tumor cells under ambient pressure. Mice treated with pressure-activated Co26 and Co51 cells from tumors preoperatively treated with colchicine in vivo displayed reduced surgical site implantation and significantly increased tumor-free survival compared with mice exposed to pressure-activated cells from tumors not pretreated with colchicine. Our data suggest that pressure activation of malignant cells promotes tumor development and impairs tumor-free survival and that perioperative colchicine administration or similar interventions may inhibit this effect. PMID:18704196

  13. Polymorphism and solvatomorphism 2008.

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    Brittain, Harry G

    2010-09-01

    Papers and patents that deal with polymorphism and solvatomorphism have been summarized in an annual review. The review is divided into sections that cover articles of general interest, computational and theoretical studies, preparative and isolation methods, structural characterization and properties of polymorphic and solvatomorphic systems, studies of phase transformations, effects associated with secondary processing, and United States patents issued during 2008.

  14. Approaches for reducing the insulator-metal transition pressure in hydrogen

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    Carlsson, A. E.; Ashcroft, N. W.

    1983-01-01

    Two possible techniques for reducing the external pressure required to induce the insulator-metal transition in solid hydrogen are described. One uses impurities to lower the energy of the metallic phase relative to that of the insulating phase. The other utilizes a negative pressure induced in the insulating phase by electron-hole pairs, created either with laser irradiation or pulsed synchrotron sources.

  15. 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

  16. A liquid-liquid transition can exist in monatomic transition metals with a positive melting slope

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    Lee, Byeongchan; Lee, Geun Woo

    2016-10-01

    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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. Increased pressure-induced tone in rat parenchymal arterioles vs. middle cerebral arteries: role of ion channels and calcium sensitivity.

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    Cipolla, Marilyn J; Sweet, Julie; Chan, Siu-Lung; Tavares, Matthew J; Gokina, Natalia; Brayden, Joseph E

    2014-07-01

    Brain parenchymal arterioles (PAs) are high-resistance vessels that branch off pial arteries and perfuse the brain parenchyma. PAs are the target of cerebral small vessel disease and have been shown to have greater pressure-induced tone at lower pressures than pial arteries. We investigated mechanisms by which brain PAs have increased myogenic tone compared with middle cerebral arteries (MCAs), focusing on differences in vascular smooth muscle (VSM) calcium and ion channel function. The amount of myogenic tone and VSM calcium was measured using Fura 2 in isolated and pressurized PAs and MCAs. Increases in intraluminal pressure caused larger increases in tone and cytosolic calcium in PAs compared with MCAs. At 50 mmHg, myogenic tone was 37 ± 5% for PAs vs. 6.5 ± 4% for MCAs (P < 0.01), and VSM calcium was 200 ± 20 nmol/l in PAs vs. 104 ± 15 nmol/l in MCAs (P < 0.01). In vessels permeabilized with Staphylococcus aureus α-toxin, PAs were not more sensitive to calcium, suggesting calcium sensitization was not at the level of the contractile apparatus. PAs were 30-fold more sensitive to the voltage-dependent calcium channel (VDCC) inhibitor nifedipine than MCAs (EC50 for PAs was 3.5 ± 0.4 vs. 82.1 ± 2.1 nmol/l for MCAs;P < 0.01); however, electrophysiological properties of the VDCC were not different in VSM. PAs had little to no response to the calcium-activated potassium channel inhibitor iberiotoxin, whereas MCAs constricted ∼15%. Thus increased myogenic tone in PAs appears related to differences in ion channel activity that promotes VSM membrane depolarization but not to a direct sensitization of the contractile apparatus to calcium.

  20. 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

  1. The gelatinous extracellular matrix facilitates transport studies in kelp: visualization of pressure-induced flow reversal across sieve plates

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    Knoblauch, Jan; Peters, Winfried S.; Knoblauch, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Background and Aims In vascular plants, important questions regarding phloem function remain unanswered due to problems with invasive experimental procedures in this highly sensitive tissue. Certain brown algae (kelps; Laminariales) also possess sieve tubes for photoassimilate transport, but these are embedded in large volumes of a gelatinous extracellular matrix which isolates them from neighbouring cells. Therefore, we hypothesized that kelp sieve tubes might tolerate invasive experimentation better than their analogues in higher plants, and sought to establish Nereocystis luetkeana as an experimental system. Methods The predominant localization of cellulose and the gelatinous extracellular matrix in N. luetkeana was verified using specific fluorescent markers and confocal laser scanning microscopy. Sieve tubes in intact specimens were loaded with fluorescent dyes, either passively (carboxyfluorescein diacetate; CFDA) or by microinjection (rhodamine B), and the movement of the dyes was monitored by fluorescence microscopy. Key Results Application of CFDA demonstrated source to sink bulk flow in N. luetkeana sieve tubes, and revealed the complexity of sieve tube structure, with branches, junctions and lateral connections. Microinjection into sieve elements proved comparatively easy. Pulsed rhodamine B injection enabled the determination of flow velocity in individual sieve elements, and the direct visualization of pressure-induced reversals of flow direction across sieve plates. Conclusions The reversal of flow direction across sieve plates by pressurizing the downstream sieve element conclusively demonstrates that a critical requirement of the Münch theory is satisfied in kelp; no such evidence exists for tracheophytes. Because of the high tolerance of its sieve elements to experimental manipulation, N. luetkeana is a promising alternative to vascular plants for studying the fluid mechanics of sieve tube networks. PMID:26929203

  2. Pressure-induced perturbation on the active site of beta-amylase monitored from the sulfhydryl reaction.

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    Tanaka, N; Mitani, D; Kunugi, S

    2001-05-22

    We investigated the pressure effect on the conformation of beta-amylase by monitoring the chemical reaction of the unpaired cysteine. Sweet potato beta-amylase is composed of four identical subunits, each of which contains six cysteine residues. These residues are inert to 5,5'-dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoic acid) (DTNB) in the native state due to steric hindrance. With the increase of the pressure from 0.1 to 400 MPa, the reactivity of one cysteine out of six residues was enhanced. We have identified that the reacted cysteine residue was Cys345 by the chemical cleavage at the reacted site. The reaction kinetics of Cys345 were pseudo-first-order, and the apparent rate constant was increased from 0.001 to 0.05 min(-)(1) with the increase of pressure from 100 to 400 MPa. The activation volume of the reaction rate was calculated as -24 +/- 2 mL/mol from the slope of the logarithmic plot of the pressure dependence of the rate constant. Hysteresis was not evident in the change of intrinsic fluorescence during the cycle of compression and decompression between 0.1 and 400 MPa, indicating that the tetramer does not dissociate under high pressure. This indicates that the enhancement of the reactivity of Cys345 was caused by the perturbation of local conformation under high pressure. The reaction of Cys345 was also enhanced by low concentrations of GuHCl, suggesting the significant role of hydration-driven fluctuation in the pressure-induced enhancement of the reactivity.

  3. Theoretical calculations of the pressure-induced shift of a photoacoustic phase signal in alexandrite (BeAl 2O 4:Cr 3+)

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    Jovanic, B. R.; Zekovic, Lj. D.; Radenkovic, B.

    1993-12-01

    The effect of pressure on the phase (δ) of the photoacoustic signal in alexandrite was considered theoretically. It is shown that increase of pressure induces a non-linear increase of δ. The possibility of using the normalized phase difference shift of the photoacoustic signal in alexandrite upon pressure as a new method for high-pressure measurement in the diamond anvil cell is discussed.

  4. Role of SRC family kinase in extracellular renal cyclic guanosine 3',5'-monophosphate- and pressure-induced natriuresis.

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    Nascimento, Nilberto R F; Kemp, Brandon A; Howell, Nancy L; Gildea, John J; Santos, Cláudia F; Harris, Thurl E; Carey, Robert M

    2011-07-01

    cGMP functions as an extracellular (paracrine) messenger acting at the renal proximal tubule and is an important modulator of pressure-natriuresis (P-N). The signaling pathway activated by cGMP in the tubule cell basolateral membrane remains unknown. We hypothesized that renal interstitial microinfusion of cGMP (50 nmol/kg per minute) or P-N would be accompanied by increased renal protein levels of phospho-Src (Tyr 416) and that the natriuresis would be decreased by Src inhibition. Renal interstitial cGMP-induced natriuresis was blocked by Src inhibitor PP2 (2.0±0.4 versus 0.5±0.01 μEq/g per minute; P<0.001). The inactive analog of PP2, PP3, had no effect on cGMP-induced natriuresis. SU6656, another Src inhibitor, also inhibited cGMP-induced natriuresis (2.0±0.4 versus 1.02±0.01 μEq/g per minute; P<0.001). Renal interstitial cGMP infusion increased phospho-Src protein levels 5.6-fold at 15 minutes and 6.8-fold at 30 minutes compared with vehicle infusion but returned toward basal levels after 60 minutes. PP2 also blunted P-N (3.1±0.1 versus 1.1±0.3 μEq/g per minute; P<0.01) despite a similar increase in blood pressure. PP3 had no effect on P-N. Phospho-Src protein levels increased during P-N in vehicle- (1.8-fold) and PP3-treated (2.1-fold) groups compared with the sham-operated group. PP2 blocked the pressure-induced increase in renal phospho-Src protein levels. PP2 had no effect on renal hemodynamics but decreased both fractional excretion of Na(+) and lithium. Both extracellular cGMP and increased renal perfusion pressure increased renal phospho-Src protein levels and induced natriuresis in an Src-dependent manner, demonstrating that Src is an important downstream signaling molecule for extracellular cGMP-induced natriuresis.

  5. 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.

  6. Element-resolved magnetism across the temperature- and pressure-induced spin reorientation in MnBi

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    Choi, Yongseong; Jiang, Xiujuan; Bi, Wenli; Lapa, Pavel; Chouhan, Rajiv K.; Paudyal, D.; Varga, Tamas; Popov, Dmitry; Cui, Jun; Jiang, J. S.

    2016-11-28

    Rare-earth free permanent magnet MnBi (NiAs-type crystal structure) displays strong uniaxial magnetic anisotropy above its ~ 90 K spin reorientation transition (SRT). X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements at the Mn K and Bi L2,3 edges show induced magnetism in Bi, which is strongly coupled to the magnetism of Mn. Temperature- and pressure-dependent XMCD results reveal that hydrostatic pressure mimics the effect of temperature, driving a transition from uniaxial to in-plane anisotropy. The pressure and temperature transitions are shown to be connected to an anisotropic lattice contraction in NiAs-type structures. Temperature and pressure, hence, induce coupled structural and magnetic responses, highlighting the importance of both anisotropic lattice change and Mn-Bi hybridization in leading to the magnetic anisotropy change across the SRT. Lastly, the dependence of magnetic anisotropy on the anisotropic lattice change is confirmed by density functional theory.

  7. 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.

  8. Structural transition in the magnetoelectric ZnC r2S e4 spinel under pressure

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    Efthimiopoulos, I.; Liu, Z. T. Y.; Khare, S. V.; Sarin, P.; Tsurkan, V.; Loidl, A.; Popov, D.; Wang, Y.

    2016-05-01

    Τhe magnetoelectric ZnC r2S e4 spinel, with space group F d 3 ¯m , undergoes a reversible first-order structural transition initiating at 17 GPa, as revealed by our high-pressure x-ray diffraction studies at room temperature. We tentatively assign the high-pressure modification to an A M o2S4 -type phase, a distorted variant of the monoclinic C r3S4 structure. Furthermore, our Raman investigation provides evidence for a pressure-induced insulator-metal transition. Our density functional theory calculations successfully reproduce the structural transition. They indicate significant band gap and magnetic moment reduction accompanying the pressure-induced structural modification. We discuss our findings in conjunction with the available high-pressure results on other Cr-based chalcogenide spinels.

  9. 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

  10. 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…

  11. Pressure-induced spectral changes for the special-pair radical cation of the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center.

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    Leiger, Kristjan; Freiberg, Arvi; Dahlbom, Mats G; Hush, Noel S; Reimers, Jeffrey R

    2007-06-07

    The effect of pressure up to 6 kbars on the near to mid infrared absorption spectrum (7500-14,300 cm(-1) or 1333-700 nm) of the oxidized reaction center of Rhodobacter sphaeroides is measured and interpreted using density-functional B3LYP, INDO, and PM5 calculations. Two weak electronic transition origins at approximately 8010 and approximately 10,210 cm(-1) are unambiguously identified. The first transition is assigned to a Qy tripdoublet band that involves, in the localized description of the excitation, a triplet absorption on one of the bacteriochlorophyll molecules (PM) in the reaction center's special pair intensified by the presence of a radical cation on the other (PL). While most chlorophyll transition energies decrease significantly with increasing pressure, the tripdoublet band is found to be almost pressure insensitive. This difference is attributed to the additional increase in the tripdoublet-band energy accompanying compression of the pi-stacked special pair. The second band could either be the anticipated second Qy tripdoublet state, a Qx tripdoublet state, or a state involving excitation from a low-lying doubly occupied orbital to the half-occupied cationic orbital. A variety of absorption bands that are also resolved in the 8300-9600 cm(-1) region are assigned as vibrational structure associated with the first tripdoublet absorption. These sidebands are composites that are shown by the calculations to comprise many unresolved individual modes; while the calculated pressure sensitivity of each individual mode is small, the calculated pressure dependence of the combined sideband structure is qualitatively similar to the observed pressure dependence, preventing the positive identification of possible additional electronic transitions in this spectral region.

  12. Superconducting Bi2Te: Pressure-induced universality in the (Bi2)m(Bi2Te3)n series

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    Stillwell, Ryan L.; Jeffries, Jason R.; Jenei, Zsolt; ...

    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

  13. Element-resolved magnetism across the temperature- and pressure-induced spin reorientation in MnBi

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    Choi, Yongseong; Jiang, Xiujuan; Bi, Wenli; ...

    2016-11-28

    Rare-earth free permanent magnet MnBi (NiAs-type crystal structure) displays strong uniaxial magnetic anisotropy above its ~ 90 K spin reorientation transition (SRT). X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements at the Mn K and Bi L2,3 edges show induced magnetism in Bi, which is strongly coupled to the magnetism of Mn. Temperature- and pressure-dependent XMCD results reveal that hydrostatic pressure mimics the effect of temperature, driving a transition from uniaxial to in-plane anisotropy. The pressure and temperature transitions are shown to be connected to an anisotropic lattice contraction in NiAs-type structures. Temperature and pressure, hence, induce coupled structural and magnetic responses,more » highlighting the importance of both anisotropic lattice change and Mn-Bi hybridization in leading to the magnetic anisotropy change across the SRT. Lastly, the dependence of magnetic anisotropy on the anisotropic lattice change is confirmed by density functional theory.« less

  14. Two single base polymorphisms in introns 41 and 16 of the NF1 gene

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    Shen, Ming Hong; Upadhyaya, M.

    1995-04-24

    We have characterized two intragenic polymorphisms in the neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) gene by direct sequencing of PCR products. The variants for these polymorphisms were initially detected on Hydrolink gels. One of the polymorphisms involves a G to A transition in intron 41 at the 28th base upstream of exon 42 with an observed {open_quote}G{close_quote}/{open_quote}A{close_quote} heterozygosity of 0.42. The other polymorphism is a T to C transition in intron 16 at the 16th base upstream of exon 17 with an observed {open_quote}T{close_quote}/{open_quote}C{close_quote} heterozygosity of 0.09. In combination with other documented polymorphisms in the NF1 gene, these variants should assist in genetic analysis of NF1 families. 24 refs., 3 figs.

  15. High pressure ferroelastic phase transition in SrTiO₃.

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    Salje, E K H; Guennou, M; Bouvier, P; Carpenter, M A; Kreisel, J

    2011-07-13

    High pressure measurements of the ferroelastic phase transition of SrTiO₃ (Guennou et al 2010 Phys. Rev. B 81 054115) showed a linear pressure dependence of the transition temperature between the cubic and tetragonal phase. Furthermore, the pressure induced transition becomes second order while the temperature dependent transition is near a tricritical point. The phase transition mechanism is characterized by the elongation and tilt of the TiO₆ octahedra in the tetragonal phase, which leads to strongly nonlinear couplings between the structural order parameter, the volume strain and the applied pressure. The phase diagram is derived from the Clausius-Clapeyron relationship and is directly related to a pressure dependent Landau potential. The nonlinearities of the pressure dependent strains lead to an increase of the fourth order Landau coefficient with increasing pressure and, hence, to a tricritical-second order crossover. This behaviour is reminiscent of the doping related crossover in isostructural KMnF₃.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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...

  19. Polymorphism in molecular solids: an extraordinary system of red, orange, and yellow crystals.

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    Yu, Lian

    2010-09-21

    Diamond and graphite are polymorphs of each other: they have the same composition but different structures and properties. Many other substances exhibit polymorphism: inorganic and organic, natural and manmade. Polymorphs are encountered in studies of crystallization, phase transition, materials synthesis, and biomineralization and in the manufacture of specialty chemicals. Polymorphs can provide valuable insights into crystal packing and structure-property relationships. 5-Methyl-2-[(2-nitrophenyl)amino]-3-thiophenecarbonitrile, known as ROY for its red, orange, and yellow crystals, has seven polymorphs with solved structures, the largest number in the Cambridge Structural Database. First synthesized by medicinal chemists, ROY has attracted attention from solid-state chemists because it demonstrates the remarkable diversity possible in organic solids. Many structures of ROY polymorphs and their thermodynamic properties are known, making ROY an important model system for testing computational models. Though not the most polymorphic substance on record, ROY is extraordinary in that many of its polymorphs can crystallize simultaneously from the same liquid and are kinetically stable under the same conditions. Studies of ROY polymorphs have revealed a new crystallization mechanism that invalidates the common view that nucleation defines the polymorph of crystallization. A slow-nucleating polymorph can still dominate the product if it grows rapidly and nucleates on another polymorph. Studies of ROY have also helped understand a new, surprisingly fast mode of crystal growth in organic liquids cooled to the glass transition temperature. This growth mode exists only for those polymorphs that have more isotropic, and perhaps more liquid-like, packing. The rich polymorphism of ROY results from a combination of favorable thermodynamics and kinetics. Not only must there be many polymorphs of comparable energies or free energies, many polymorphs must be kinetically stable and

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Epitaxial stabilization and phase instability of VO2 polymorphs

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    Lee, Shinbuhm; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Keum, Jong K.; ...

    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

  4. Element-resolved magnetism across the temperature- and pressure-induced spin reorientation in MnBi

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    Choi, Yongseong; Jiang, Xiujuan; Bi, Wenli; Lapa, Pavel; Chouhan, Rajiv K.; Paudyal, D.; Varga, Tamas; Popov, Dmitry; Cui, Jun; Haskel, Daniel; Jiang, J. S.

    2016-11-01

    Rare-earth free permanent magnet MnBi (NiAs-type crystal structure) displays strong magnetic anisotropy above its 90 K spin reorientation transition (SRT). X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) shows induced magnetism in Bi 5d band, which is strongly coupled to the magnetism of Mn. A clear increase in Bi orbital-to-spin moment ratio is observed above the SRT. Hydrostatic pressure mimics the e*ect of temperature on the SRT, and the pressure effect also leads to anisotropic lattice contraction, which is known to be induced by cooling. These results reveal that temperature and pressure can similarly induce the coupled structural and magnetic responses, suggesting the importance of the anisotropic lattice change and Mn-Bi hybridization to the magnetic anisotropy change across the SRT.

  5. 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.

  6. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the ovine casein genes detected by polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism.

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    Ceriotti, G; Chessa, S; Bolla, P; Budelli, E; Bianchi, L; Duranti, E; Caroli, A

    2004-08-01

    Casein genetic polymorphisms are important and well known due to their effects on quantitative traits and technological properties of milk. At the DNA level, polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) allows for the simultaneous typing of several alleles at casein loci, as well as the detection of unknown polymorphisms. Here we describe the usefulness of the PCR-SSCP technique for casein typing in sheep. In particular, three single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) are described at CSN1S1, CSN2, and CSN3, all resulting in amino acid exchanges. At CSN1S1, a transition T-->C was found, resulting in the deduced amino acid exchange Ile186-->Thr186. A transition A-->G resulting in the deduced amino acid exchange Met183-->Val183 was identified at CSN2. The 2 SNP showed a rather high frequency (ranging from 0.12 to 0.26) in 3 Italian breeds (Sarda, Comisana, Sopravissana). Another transition C-->T (Ser104-->Leu104) was found at CSN3 in one heterozygous animal.

  7. 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,…

  8. Pulse laser induced graphite-to-diamond phase transition: the role of quantum electronic stress

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    Wang, ZhengFei; Liu, Feng

    2017-02-01

    First-principles calculations show that the pulse laser induced graphite-to-diamond phase transition is related to the lattice stress generated by the excited carriers, termed as "quantum electronic stress (QES)". We found that the excited carriers in graphite generate a large anisotropic QES that increases linearly with the increasing carrier density. Using the QES as a guiding parameter, structural relaxation spontaneously transforms the graphite phase into the diamond phase, as the QES is reduced and minimized. Our results suggest that the concept of QES can be generally applied as a good measure to characterize the pulse laser induced phase transitions, in analogy to pressure induced phase transitions.

  9. Pressure-induced phase transformation in zircon-type orthovanadate SmVO4 from experiment and theory.

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    Popescu, C; Garg, Alka B; Errandonea, D; Sans, J A; Rodriguez-Hernández, P; Radescu, S; Muñoz, A; Achary, S N; Tyagi, A K

    2016-01-27

    The compression behavior of zircon-type samarium orthovanadate, SmVO4, has been investigated using synchrotron-based powder x-ray diffraction and ab initio calculations of up to 21 GPa. The results indicate the instability of ambient zircon phase at around 6 GPa, which transforms to a high-density scheelite-type phase. The high-pressure phase remains stable up to 21 GPa, the highest pressure reached in the present investigations. On pressure release, the scheelite phase is recovered. The crystal structure of the high-pressure phase and the equations of state for the zircon- and scheelite-type phases have been determined. Various compressibilities, such as the bulk, axial and bond compressibilities, estimated from the experimental data are found to be in good agreement with the results obtained from theoretical calculations. The calculated elastic constants show that the zircon structure becomes mechanically unstable beyond the transition pressure. Overall there is good agreement between the experimental and theoretical findings.

  10. Stability of Polymeric Crystalline Polymorphs

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    Sinkovits, Daniel W.; Kumar, Sanat K.

    2014-03-01

    In the search for polymeric materials with novel properties, such as high dielectric constant and low loss, an important attribute of a material is its crystal structure. Most polymers can crystallize into multiple polymorphs whose properties vary. Therefore, the question of which polymorphs are thermodynamically preferred under what conditions is of great importance. We generate polymorphs using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and tackle the question of stability using a combination of molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo techniques. Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).

  11. 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.

  12. High-pressure polymorphism of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin): Raman spectroscopy

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    Crowell, Ethan L.; Dreger, Zbigniew A.; Gupta, Yogendra M.

    2015-02-01

    Micro-Raman spectroscopy was used to elucidate the high-pressure polymorphic behavior of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), an important pharmaceutical compound known as aspirin. Using a diamond anvil cell (DAC), single crystals of the two polymorphic phases of aspirin existing at ambient conditions (ASA-I and ASA-II) were compressed to 10 GPa. We found that ASA-I does not transform to ASA-II, but instead transforms to a new phase (ASA-III) above ∼2 GPa. It is demonstrated that this transformation primarily introduces structural changes in the bonding and arrangement of the acetyl groups and is reversible upon the release of pressure. In contrast, a less dense ASA-II shows no transition in the pressure range studied, though it appears to exhibit a disordered structure above 7 GPa. Our results suggest that ASA-III is the most stable polymorph of aspirin at high pressures.

  13. 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.

  14. Alpha-actinin-1 phosphorylation modulates pressure-induced colon cancer cell adhesion through regulation of focal adhesion kinase-Src interaction.

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    Craig, David H; Haimovich, Beatrice; Basson, Marc D

    2007-12-01

    Physical forces including pressure, strain, and shear can be converted into intracellular signals that regulate diverse aspects of cell biology. Exposure to increased extracellular pressure stimulates colon cancer cell adhesion by a beta(1)-integrin-dependent mechanism that requires an intact cytoskeleton and activation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and Src. alpha-Actinin facilitates focal adhesion formation and physically links integrin-associated focal adhesion complexes with the cytoskeleton. We therefore hypothesized that alpha-actinin may be necessary for the mechanical response pathway that mediates pressure-stimulated cell adhesion. We reduced alpha-actinin-1 and alpha-actinin-4 expression with isoform-specific small interfering (si)RNA. Silencing of alpha-actinin-1, but not alpha-actinin-4, blocked pressure-stimulated cell adhesion in human SW620, HT-29, and Caco-2 colon cancer cell lines. Cell exposure to increased extracellular pressure stimulated alpha-actinin-1 tyrosine phosphorylation and alpha-actinin-1 interaction with FAK and/or Src, and enhanced FAK phosphorylation at residues Y397 and Y576. The requirement for alpha-actinin-1 phosphorylation in the pressure response was investigated by expressing the alpha-actinin-1 tyrosine phosphorylation mutant Y12F in the colon cancer cells. Expression of Y12F blocked pressure-mediated adhesion and inhibited the pressure-induced association of alpha-actinin-1 with FAK and Src, as well as FAK activation. Furthermore, siRNA-mediated reduction of alpha-actinin-1 eliminated the pressure-induced association of alpha-actinin-1 and Src with beta(1)-integrin receptor, as well as FAK-Src complex formation. These results suggest that alpha-actinin-1 phosphorylation at Y12 plays a crucial role in pressure-activated cell adhesion and mechanotransduction by facilitating Src recruitment to beta(1)-integrin, and consequently the association of FAK with Src, to enhance FAK phosphorylation.

  15. Pressure induced self-doping and dependence of critical temperature in stoichiometry YBa2Cu3O6.95 predicted by first-principle and BVS calculations

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    Gao, Peifeng; Zhang, Rui; Wang, Xingzhe

    2017-03-01

    This paper deals with the pressure effect on self-doping and critical temperature in optimum oxygen stoichiometry YBa2Cu3O6.95 of high temperature superconductor (HTS) based on a numerical study combined the first-principle with bond valence sum (BVS) calculations. The microscopic electronic properties and equilibrium ionic position configurations in the superconductor under external pressure are firstly calculated using the first-principle method. The results show that the apex oxygen in the cuprate superconductor shifts towards CuO2 plane due to pressure effect, and the minimum buckling angle of CuO2 plane is correlated with the maximum critical temperature. A BVS formalism is then utilized for evaluating the valences of all ions in the superconductor on the basis of the electronic and ionic properties and the hole concentration in both CuO2 plane and Cu-O chain are deduced. It demonstrates that the pressure-induced charge redistribution leads to a self-doping process of the hole-transfer into CuO2 plane from both Cu-O chain and Y site in the cuprate superconductor, which is the dominant mechanism of pressure effect on the superconductive properties. In order to quantitatively predict critical temperature profile of YBa2Cu3O6.95 under pressure, a modified formula describing pressure-induced charge transfer taking into account pressure dependence of the optimum hole concentration is developed. The predicted results exhibit good agreements with the experimental data in the literature, and the model parameters on the critical characteristics of the superconductor are discussed in details.

  16. 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.

  17. Work transitions.

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    Fouad, Nadya A; Bynner, John

    2008-01-01

    Individuals make choices in, and adjust to, a world of work that is often a moving target. Because work is so central to human functioning, and transitions in and out of work can have major mental health repercussions, the authors argue that applied psychologists in health services need to understand those transitions. This article focuses on the different types of transition throughout a person's working life and the resources needed at different stages to ensure the success of these transitions. The authors start by examining the roles of capability and adaptability in supporting and facilitating adjustment to work transitions and their relation to identity development. They then examine the role of social and institutional contexts in shaping work transitions and their outcomes. The authors focus on voluntary versus involuntary transitions and then broaden the lens in discussing the policy implications of research on work transitions.

  18. The structure and dynamics of silica polymorphs using a two-body effective potential model

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    Tse, John S.; Klug, Dennis D.

    1991-12-01

    The performance of a recently proposed two-body potential model for SiO2 [van Beest et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 64, 1995 (1990)] was critically evaluated through the calculation of the static and dynamical properties of several polymorphs of SiO2 using molecular dynamics methods. It was found that the calculated static structures are in excellent agreement with experiments. In particular, the pressure-volume equations of state for α-quartz, cristobalite, and stishovite, the pressure-induced amorphization transformation in α-quartz and thermally induced the α→β transformation in cristobalite are well reproduced by this model. The calculated vibrational spectra are in fair agreement with experiments. The strengths and the weaknesses of the potential will be presented and discussed.

  19. Enhanced structural stability and photo responsiveness of CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite via pressure-induced amorphization and recrystallization

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    Lu, Xujie; Wang, Yonggang; Stoumpos, Constantinos C.; Hu, Qingyang; Guo, Xiaofeng; Chen, Haijie; Yang, Liuxiang; Smith, Jesse S.; Yang, Wenge; Zhao, Yusheng; Xu, Hongwu; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; Jia, Quanxi

    2016-10-01

    An organic–inorganic halide CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite with significantly improved structural stability is obtained via pressure-induced amorphization and recrystallization. In situ high-pressure resistance measurements reveal an increased electrical conductivity by 300% in the pressure-treated perovskite. Photocurrent measurements also reveal a substantial enhancement in visible-light responsiveness. In conclusion, the mechanism underlying the enhanced properties is shown to be associated with the pressure-induced structural modification.

  20. 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

    2014-01-03

    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.

  1. 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.

  2. Identifying potential BO2 oxide polymorphs for epitaxial growth candidates.

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    Mehta, Prateek; Salvador, Paul A; Kitchin, John R

    2014-03-12

    Transition metal dioxides (BO2) exhibit a number of polymorphic structures with distinct properties, but the isolation of different polymorphs for a given composition is carried out using trial and error experimentation. We present computational studies of the relative stabilities and equations of state for six polymorphs (anatase, brookite, rutile, columbite, pyrite, and fluorite) of five different BO2 dioxides (B = Ti, V, Ru, Ir, and Sn). These properties were computed in a consistent fashion using several exchange correlation functionals within the density functional theory formalism, and the effects of the different functionals are discussed relative to their impact on predictive synthesis. We compare the computational results to prior observations of high-pressure synthesis and epitaxial film growth and then use this discussion to predict new accessible polymorphs in the context of epitaxial stabilization using isostructural substrates. For example, the relative stabilities of the columbite polymorph for VO2 and RuO2 are similar to those of TiO2 and SnO2, the latter two of which have been previously stabilized as epitaxial films.

  3. Anisotropy of the superconducting transition temperature under uniaxial pressure

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    Chen, X. J.; Lin, H. Q.; Yin, W. G.; Gong, C. D.; Habermeier, H.-U.

    2001-12-01

    The superconducting transition temperature Tc is calculated as a function of uniaxial pressure along the a, b, c directions for optimally doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ on the basis of a hole dispersion of the anisotropic t-J model. There is a good qualitative agreement with experiments. We show that the uniaxial pressure effect on Tc in the ab plane is due to the anisotropies of the hole dispersion and the in-plane pairing interaction, whereas the reduction of Tc under uniaxial compression along the c axis mainly results from the pressure-induced increase of hole concentration of the CuO2 plane.

  4. Energetics of kaolin polymorphs

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    Ligny, D. de; Navrotsky, A.

    1999-04-01

    The enthalpy of formation of kaolin polymorphs at 298 K has been determined by drop-solution calorimetry into molten lead borate at 975 K. Corrections have been made for impurities in the samples. The standard enthalpy of formation from the elements is: kaolinite {minus}4120.2 {+-} 6.6 kJ/mol, dickite {minus}4107.6 {+-} 5.7 kJ/mol, nacrite {minus}4104.0 {+-} 7.6 kJ/mol, and halloysite {minus}4097.5 {+-} 5.6 kJ/mol. Using entropy data from the literature, the standard free energy of formation from the elements at 298 K is /{minus}3799.4 {+-} 6.4 kJ/mol for kaolinite, {minus}3785.1 {+-} 5.6 kJ/mol for dickite, and {minus}3776.8 {+-} 5.8 kJ/mol for halloysite. The effect of crystallinity (Hinckley index ranging from 1.6 to 0.4) on the enthalpy of formation of kaolinite is smaller than 5 kJ/mol, the experimental error. The relative stability of the polymorphs probably does not change significantly with pressure and temperature over their range of occurrence. Thus the geological occurrence of halloysite, nacrite, and dickite, which are metastable phases, must be interpreted in terms of kinetics or as the result of a specific synthesis path, rather than as resulting from changes in the thermodynamically stable phase assemblage.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Polymorphic Evolutionary Games.

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    Fishman, Michael A

    2016-06-07

    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.

  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 some light on the complicated interactions between DNA molecules at high densities.

  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; ...

    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

  11. 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate-homocysteine methyltransferase gene polymorphism (MTR) and risk of head and neck cancer.

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    Galbiatti, A L S; Ruiz, M T; Biselli-Chicote, P M; Chicote-Biselli, P M; Raposo, L S; Maniglia, J V; Pavarino-Bertelli, E C; Goloni-Bertollo, E M

    2010-05-01

    The functional effect of the A>G transition at position 2756 on the MTR gene (5-methyltetrahydrofolate-homocysteine methyltransferase), involved in folate metabolism, may be a risk factor for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). The frequency of MTR A2756G (rs1805087) polymorphism was compared between HNSCC patients and individuals without history of neoplasias. The association of this polymorphism with clinical histopathological parameters was evaluated. A total of 705 individuals were included in the study. The polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism technique was used to genotype the polymorphism. For statistical analysis, the chi-square test (univariate analysis) was used for comparisons between groups and multiple logistic regression (multivariate analysis) was used for interactions between the polymorphism and risk factors and clinical histopathological parameters. Using univariate analysis, the results did not show significant differences in allelic or genotypic distributions. Multivariable analysis showed that tobacco and alcohol consumption (P < 0.05), AG genotype (P = 0.019) and G allele (P = 0.028) may be predictors of the disease and a higher frequency of the G polymorphic allele was detected in men with HNSCC compared to male controls (P = 0.008). The analysis of polymorphism regarding clinical histopathological parameters did not show any association with the primary site, aggressiveness, lymph node involvement or extension of the tumor. In conclusion, our data provide evidence that supports an association between the polymorphism and the risk of HNSCC.

  12. SOD2 polymorphisms: unmasking the effect of polymorphism on splicing

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    Shao, Jing; Chen, Lishan; Marrs, Brian; Lee, Lin; Huang, Hai; Manton, Kenneth G; Martin, George M; Oshima, Junko

    2007-01-01

    Background The SOD2 gene encodes an antioxidant enzyme, mitochondrial superoxide dismutase. SOD2 polymorphisms are of interest because of their potential roles in the modulation of free radical-mediated macromolecular damage during aging. Results We identified a new splice variant of SOD2 in human lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs). The alternatively spliced product was originally detected by exon trapping of a minigene in order to examine the consequences of an intronic polymorphism found upstream of exon 4 (nucleotide 8136, 10T vs 9T). Examination of the transcripts derived from the endogenous loci in five LCLs with or without the intron 3 polymorphism revealed low levels of an in-frame deletion of exon 4 that were different from those detected by the exon trap assay. This suggested that exon trapping of the minigene unmasked the effect of the 10T vs 9T polymorphism on the splicing of the adjacent exon. We also determined the frequencies of single nucleotide polymorphisms in a sample of US African-Americans and non-African-Americans ages 65 years and older who participated in the 1999 wave of the National Long Term Care Survey (NLTCS). Particularly striking differences between African-Americans and non-African-Americans were found for the frequencies of genotypes at the 10T/9T intron 3 polymorphism. Conclusion Exon trapping can unmask in vitro splicing differences caused by a 10T/9T intron 3 polymorphism. Given the recent evidence that SOD2 is in a region on chromosome 6 linked to susceptibility to hypertension, it will be of interest to investigate possible associations of this polymorphism with cardiovascular disorders. PMID:17331249

  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. 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.

  15. Pressure-induced low-lying phonon modes softening and enhanced thermal resistance in β -M g2A l4S i5O18

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    Li, Yiran; Tian, Zhilin; Luo, Yixiu; Wang, Jiemin; Sun, Luchao; Zheng, Liya; Wang, Jingyang

    2017-02-01

    Lattice thermal conductivities of β -M g2A l4S i5O18 were predicted at various hydrostatic pressures based on some theoretical models. An abnormal decrement on lattice thermal conductivity is observed for compressed crystal structure. A rigorous analysis of structural stability, bonding characteristics, vibration modes, group velocities, and mode Grüneisen parameters helps us to recognize the origin of this anomalous behavior. We attribute the negative dependent trend to the softening of low frequency phonons and strengthening of anharmonicity at elevated pressure, both of which arise from the specific corner-linked tetrahedral framework in the crystal structure. To validate theoretical calculations, we synthesized pure and dense β -M g2A l4S i5O18 ceramic by using a two-step processing method and determined its intrinsic lattice thermal conductivity by successfully eliminating the phonon scattering from defects and high-temperature thermal radiation. The experimental intrinsic values agreed quite well with the theoretical predictions. This paper reports an anomalous pressure-induced reduction of lattice thermal conductivity and also provides a key insight into the interesting phonon modification mechanism through tailoring the crystal structure of complex compounds.

  16. The Importance of Polymorphism in Metal-Organic Framework Studies.

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    Aulakh, Darpandeep; Varghese, Juby R; Wriedt, Mario

    2015-09-08

    Polymorphic phase transitions remain frequently undetected in routine metal-organic framework (MOF) studies; however, their discovery is of major importance in interpreting structure-property relationships. We herein report a reversible enantiotropic single-crystal to single-crystal polymorphic phase transition of a new microporous MOF [Eu(BDC)(NO3)(DMF)2]n (H2BDC = 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid; DMF = dimethylformamide). While modification 1LT at 170 K crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c with unit cell dimensions of a = 17.673(2) Å, b = 20.023(2) Å, c = 10.555(9) Å, β = 90.129(4)°, modification 1HT at 290 K crystallizes in higher symmetry space group C2/c with unit cell dimensions of a = 17.200(7) Å, b = 10.737(4) Å, c = 10.684(4) Å, β = 90.136(2)°. This temperature-induced phase transition is accompanied by a small change in the solvent-accessible voids from 46.8 in 1LT to 49.8% in 1HT, which triggers a significant change in the adsorption properties as compared to a reported isostructural compound. Detailed investigations on the phase transition were studied with variable-temperature single-crystal X-ray diffraction (SCXRD), powder X-ray diffraction, and differential scanning calorimetry measurements. The herein-presented investigations emphasize the importance of polymorphic phase transitions in routine MOF studies originating from low-temperature SCXRD data and high-temperature physical property characterizations in avoiding the use of a wrong structure in interpreting structure-property relationships.

  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. A new polymorph of triphenylmethylamine: the effect of hydrogen bonding.

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    Khrustalev, Victor N; Borisova, Irina V; Zemlyansky, Nikolai N; Antipin, M Yu

    2009-02-01

    Crystallization of the hexane reaction mixture after treatment of LiGe(OCH(2)CH(2)NMe(2))(3) with Ph(3)CN(3) gives rise to a new triclinic (space group P\\overline{1}) polymorph of triphenylmethylamine, C(19)H(17)N, (I), containing dimers formed by N-H...N hydrogen bonds, whereas the structure of the known orthorhombic (space group P2(1)2(1)2(1)) polymorph of this compound, (II), consists of isolated molecules. While the dimers in (I) lie across crystallographic inversion centres, the molecules are not truly related by them. The centrosymmetric structure is due to the statistical disordering of the amino H atoms participating in the N-H...N hydrogen-bonding interactions, and thus the inversion centre is superpositional. The conformations and geometric parameters of the molecules in (I) and (II) are very similar. It was found that the polarity of the solvent does not affect the capability of triphenylmethylamine to crystallize in the different polymorphic modifications. The orthorhombic polymorph, (II), is more thermodynamically stable under normal conditions than the triclinic polymorph, (I). The experimental data indicate the absence of a phase transition in the temperature interval 120-293 K. The densities of (I) (1.235 Mg m(-3)) and (II) (1.231 Mg m(-3)) at 120 K are practically equal. It would seem that either the kinetic factors or the effects of the other products of the reaction facilitating the hydrogen-bonded dimerization of triphenylmethylamine molecules are the determining factor for the isolation of the triclinic polymorph (I) of triphenylmethylamine.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. Pressure broadening calculations for OH in collisions with argon: Rotational, vibrational, and electronic transitions

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    Dagdigian, Paul J.

    2017-03-01

    Collisional parameters describing both the pressure-induced broadening and shifting of isolated lines in the spectrum of the hydroxyl radical in collisions with argon have been determined through quantum scattering calculations using accurate potential energy surfaces describing the OH(X2 Π , A2Σ+)-Ar interactions. These calculations have been carried for pure rotational, vibrational, and electronic transitions. The calculated pressure broadening coefficients are in good agreement with the available measurements in the microwave, infrared, and ultraviolet spectral regions. Computed pressure broadening coefficients as a function of temperature are reported for these three types of transitions.

  2. 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.

  3. Polymorphous light eruption.

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    Hölzle, E; Plewig, G; von Kries, R; Lehmann, P

    1987-03-01

    Polymorphous light eruption (PLE) is a common photodermatosis of unknown etiology. It afflicts mainly fair-skinned patients, with a preponderance of young females. There is, however, no absolute restriction as to age, sex, or race. Clinical variants include the papular, vesiculo-bullous, and hemorrhagic variety, as well as plaque, erythema multiforme-like, and insect bite (strophulus)-like types. Skin lesions appear only in certain exposed areas hours or a few days after intense sunshine, and are nearly always monomorphous in the same patient. The rash subsides spontaneously within several days without leaving scars. The histopathologic picture is characteristic and shows a perivascular lymphocytic infiltrate in the upper and middle corium with subepidermal edema, vacuolization of basal cells, and spongiosis in the lower epidermis. The most important differential diagnoses are solar urticaria, photosensitive erythema multiforme, and lupus erythematosus. The action spectrum of PLE is under debate. Reproduction of skin lesions has been reported with UVB, UVA, and, rarely, visible light, with UVA probably being the most effective part of the spectrum. More important than treatment of PLE is prophylaxis. UVA- and UVB-effective sunscreens are of some help. Phototherapy and especially photochemotherapy (psoralen + UVA; PUVA) offer effective ways to decrease light sensitivity. Systemic treatment with chloroquine or beta-carotene has been disappointing.

  4. 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.

  5. Transition metals

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    Rodrigo-Moreno, Ana; Poschenrieder, Charlotte; Shabala, Sergey

    2013-01-01

    Transition metals such as Iron (Fe) and Copper (Cu) are essential for plant cell development. At the same time, due their capability to generate hydroxyl radicals they can be potentially toxic to plant metabolism. Recent works on hydroxyl-radical activation of ion transporters suggest that hydroxyl radicals generated by transition metals could play an important role in plant growth and adaptation to imbalanced environments. In this mini-review, the relation between transition metals uptake and utilization and oxidative stress-activated ion transport in plant cells is analyzed, and a new model depicting both apoplastic and cytosolic mode of ROS signaling to plasma membrane transporters is suggested. PMID:23333964

  6. Thermal analysis of paracetamol polymorphs by FT-IR spectroscopies.

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    Zimmermann, Boris; Baranović, Goran

    2011-01-25

    A simple IR spectroscopy based methodology in routine screening studies of polymorphism is proposed. Reflectance and transmittance temperature-dependent IR measurements (coupled with the 2D-IR data presentation and the baseline analysis) offer a positive identification of each polymorphic phase, therefore allowing simple and rapid monitoring of the measured system. Applicability and flexibility of the methodology was demonstrated on the measurement of the model polymorphic compound paracetamol under various conditions (including geometric constraints and elevated pressure). The thermal behavior of paracetamol strongly depends on slight variations in experimental conditions that can result in formation of various phases (three polymorphs and the amorphous form). The amorphous phase can crystallize during heating into either Form II or Form III within almost identical temperature range. Likewise, the crystal transformations II→I and III→II also can proceed within almost identical temperature range. Furthermore, the thermal behavior is even more diverse than that, and includes the crystallizations of Forms I, II and III from the melt, and the high temperature II→I transition. The variety of the temperatures of the transformations is a major obstacle for unambiguous identification of a particular phase by DSC and a major reason for the implementation of these IR methods.

  7. 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.

  8. Measurements of pressure-induced shifts in the 1-0 and 2-0 bands of HF and in the 2-0 bands of HCl-35 and HCl-37. [for planetary atmosphere IR spectroscopy

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    Guelachvili, G.; Smith, M. A. H.

    1978-01-01

    Fourier absorption spectra of HCl and HF measured at room temperature and low pressures were found to indicate pressure-induced shifts of the spectral lines at gas pressures of only 10 torr. Self-induced shifts were determined for the HF 2-0 band and for the HCl-35 and HCl-37 2-0 bands, and shift oscillations in the 2-0 bands due to near-resonant dipole-dipole interactions between the two gases were also evaluated. Separate measurements of pressure-induced shifts in the HF 1-0 and 2-0 bands and in both isotopic HCl bands were obtained using argon, neon, nitrogen, and CO2 separately as the perturbing gases.

  9. Polymorphic light eruption sine eruption.

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    Dover, J S; Hawk, J L

    1988-01-01

    We describe seven patients, four female and three male, who developed intense pruritus on sun-exposed skin without visible change. The clinical features resembled those of polymorphic light eruption (PLE) without rash. Four patients also occasionally developed typical PLE upon sun exposure, but sun-induced pruritus alone occurred most frequently. No patient was taking any drug therapy. One patient developed similar pruritus following solar simulated irradiation, and one following PUVA therapy. All other laboratory investigations were negative. Treatment with low dose UVB phototherapy or PUVA therapy was effective. The condition, which we have called polymorphic light eruption sine eruptione (PLESE), appears to be a variant of PLE not previously reported.

  10. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO 3

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    Wang, Shanmin; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Yi; ...

    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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Triclinic polymorph of dibenzotetra-thia-fulvalene.

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    Mamada, Masashi; Yamashita, Yoshiro

    2009-08-08

    Crystals of the title compound (DBTTF), C(14)H(8)S(4), feature a triclinic polymorph different from two known monoclinic polymorphs. In this form, there are two independent centrosymmetric half-mol-ecules in the asymmetric unit. Although the mol-ecular orientations are relatively similar to one of monoclinic polymorphs, the packing motif is different.

  14. Presidential Transitions

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    2006-06-09

    Podesta for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, “Presidential Transition Guidance,” Nov. 13, 2000. 89 U.S. General Services Administration...2000, presidential election, White House Chief of Staff John Podesta issued a November 13, 2000, memorandum to executive branch agencies stating that

  15. Tessellations & Transitions.

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    Cassidy, Joan

    1998-01-01

    Describes two sixth-grade lessons on the work of M. C. Escher: (1) the first lesson instructs students on tessellations, or tiles that interlock in a repeated pattern; (2) the second lesson explores Escher's drawings of transitions from two- to three-dimensional space. (DSK)

  16. 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.

  17. 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 thereforemore » nucleation more probable - with increasing number of special OR’s. As a result, 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.« less

  18. 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. As a result, 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.

  19. 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 .

  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. 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…

  2. Polytypism, polymorphism, and superconductivity in TaSe(2-x)Te(x).

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    Luo, Huixia; Xie, Weiwei; Tao, Jing; Inoue, Hiroyuki; Gyenis, András; Krizan, Jason W; Yazdani, Ali; Zhu, Yimei; Cava, Robert Joseph

    2015-03-17

    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 superconductivity of TaSe2, one of the archetypal members of the large family of layered dichalcogenides. We show that it is possible to access two stable polytypes and two stable polymorphs in the TaSe(2-x)Te(x) 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. 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 are typically expected to be dominated by the properties of a single layer in materials of this kind.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 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. 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.

  5. 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

    2015-01-01

    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 superconductivity of TaSe2, one of the archetypal members of the large family of layered dichalcogenides. We show that it is possible to access two stable polytypes and two 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. 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 are typically expected to be dominated by the properties of a single layer in materials of this kind. PMID:25737540

  6. Evidence of polymorphic transformations of Sn under high pressure

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    Jing, Qiu-Min; Cao, Yu-Hong; Zhang, Yi; Li, Shou-Rui; He, Qiang; Hou, Qi-Yue; Liu, Sheng-Gang; Liu, Lei; Bi, Yan; Geng, Hua-Yun; Wu, Qiang

    2016-12-01

    The high-pressure polymorphs and structural transformation of Sn were experimentally investigated using angle-dispersive synchrotron x-ray diffraction up to 108.9 GPa. The results show that at least at 12.8 GPa β-Sn→bct structure transformation was completed and no two-phase coexistence was found. By using a long-wavelength x-ray, we resolved the diffraction peaks splitting and discovered the formation of a new distorted orthorhombic structure bco from the bct structure at 31.8 GPa. The variation of the lattice parameters and their ratios with pressure further validate the observation of the bco polymorph. The bcc structure appears at 40.9 GPa and coexists with the bco phase throughout a wide pressure range of 40.9 GPa-73.1 GPa. Above 73.1 GPa, only the bcc polymorph is observed. The systematically experimental investigation confirms the phase transition sequence of Sn as β-Sn→bct→bco→bco+bcc→bcc upon compression to 108.9 GPa at room temperature. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11304294 and 11274281) and the Science Fund from the National Laboratory of Shock Wave and Detonation Physics of China (Grant Nos. 9140C670201140C67281 and 9140C670102150C67288).

  7. 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.

  8. IPD: the Immuno Polymorphism Database.

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    Robinson, James; Marsh, Steven G E

    2007-01-01

    The Immuno Polymorphism Database (IPD) (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/ipd/) is a set of specialist databases related to the study of polymorphic genes in the immune system. IPD currently consists of four databases: IPD-KIR, contains the allelic sequences of killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs); IPD-MHC, a database of sequences of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) of different species; IPD-HPA, alloantigens expressed only on platelets; and IPD-ESTAB, which provides access to the European Searchable Tumour Cell Line Database, a cell bank of immunologically characterized melanoma cell lines. The IPD project works with specialist groups or nomenclature committees who provide and curate individual sections before they are submitted to IPD for online publication. The IPD project stores all the data in a set of related databases. Those sections with similar data, such as IPD-KIR and IPD-MHC, share the same database structure.

  9. Lipid Polymorphisms and Membrane Shape

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    Frolov, Vadim A.; Shnyrova, Anna V.; Zimmerberg, Joshua

    2011-01-01

    Morphological plasticity of biological membrane is critical for cellular life, as cells need to quickly rearrange their membranes. Yet, these rearrangements are constrained in two ways. First, membrane transformations may not lead to undesirable mixing of, or leakage from, the participating cellular compartments. Second, membrane systems should be metastable at large length scales, ensuring the correct function of the particular organelle and its turnover during cellular division. Lipids, through their ability to exist with many shapes (polymorphism), provide an adequate construction material for cellular membranes. They can self-assemble into shells that are very flexible, albeit hardly stretchable, which allows for their far-reaching morphological and topological behaviors. In this article, we will discuss the importance of lipid polymorphisms in the shaping of membranes and its role in controlling cellular membrane morphology. PMID:21646378

  10. 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

    2009-05-01

    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, Science 302, 425 (2003)10.1126/science.1089713] 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.

  11. 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.

  12. The Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Consortium

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    Morgan, Michael

    2003-01-01

    I want to discuss both the Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Consortium and the Human Genome Project. I am afraid most of my presentation will be thin on law and possibly too high on rhetoric. Having been engaged in a personal and direct way with these issues as a trained scientist, I find it quite difficult to be always as objective as I ought to be.

  13. Chemical substitution in silica polymorph

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    Smith, J. V.; Steele, I. M.

    1984-01-01

    Ion and electron probe analyses are presented for trace elements (Al, Na, K, Li, Ti) in quartz, tridymite, cristobalite and melanophlogite. Quartz and melanophlogite show low levels of trace elements relative to tridymite and cristobalite. The previously determined alpha-beta inversion temperature decreases as the Al content of quartz increases. For all silica polymorphs, Al is greater than or equal to Na + K + Li on an atom basis, with the excess Al probably balanced by H.

  14. Why pressure induces an abrupt structural rearrangement in PdTe{sub 2} but not in PtTe{sub 2}

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    Soulard, C.; Petit, P.E.; Deniard, P.; Evain, M.; Jobic, S. . E-mail: stephane.jobic@cnrs-imn.fr; Whangbo, M.-H.; Dhaussy, A.-C.

    2005-06-15

    High-pressure X-ray diffraction measurements were carried out for polymeric CdI{sub 2}-type compounds MTe{sub 2} (M=Pt, Pd) to investigate if they undergo a structural phase transition under pressure as does IrTe{sub 2}. Up to 27GPa at room temperature PtTe{sub 2} does not undergo any structural phase transition. In contrast, however, an abrupt change in the inter-atomic distances occurs in PdTe{sub 2} above 15.7GPa at room temperature, and above 5GPa at 300 deg. C, but the volume vs. pressure curve exhibits no discontinuity. To account for the differences between the isostructural compounds PtTe{sub 2}, PdTe{sub 2} and IrTe{sub 2}, their electronic structures and bonding were analyzed on the basis of first principles electronic band structure calculations.

  15. Superconductivity in HfTe5 across weak to strong topological insulator transition induced via pressures

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    Liu, Y.; Long, Y. J.; Zhao, L. X.; Nie, S. M.; Zhang, S. J.; Weng, Y. X.; Jin, M. L.; Li, W. M.; Liu, Q. Q.; Long, Y. W.; Yu, R. C.; Gu, C. Z.; Sun, F.; Yang, W. G.; Mao, H. K.; Feng, X. L.; Li, Q.; Zheng, W. T.; Weng, H. M.; Dai, X.; Fang, Z.; Chen, G. F.; Jin, C. Q.

    2017-03-01

    Recently, theoretical studies show that layered HfTe5 is at the boundary of weak & strong topological insulator (TI) and might crossover to a Dirac semimetal state by changing lattice parameters. The topological properties of 3D stacked HfTe5 are expected hence to be sensitive to pressures tuning. Here, we report pressure induced phase evolution in both electronic & crystal structures for HfTe5 with a culmination of pressure induced superconductivity. Our experiments indicated that the temperature for anomaly resistance peak (Tp) due to Lifshitz transition decreases first before climbs up to a maximum with pressure while the Tp minimum corresponds to the transition from a weak TI to strong TI. The HfTe5 crystal becomes superconductive above ~5.5 GPa where the Tp reaches maximum. The highest superconducting transition temperature (Tc) around 5 K was achieved at 20 GPa. Crystal structure studies indicate that HfTe5 transforms from a Cmcm phase across a monoclinic C2/m phase then to a P-1 phase with increasing pressure. Based on transport, structure studies a comprehensive phase diagram of HfTe5 is constructed as function of pressure. The work provides valuable experimental insights into the evolution on how to proceed from a weak TI precursor across a strong TI to superconductors.

  16. Superconductivity in HfTe5 across weak to strong topological insulator transition induced via pressures

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    Liu, Y.; Long, Y. J.; Zhao, L. X.; Nie, S. M.; Zhang, S. J.; Weng, Y. X.; Jin, M. L.; Li, W. M.; Liu, Q. Q.; Long, Y. W.; Yu, R. C.; Gu, C. Z.; Sun, F.; Yang, W. G.; Mao, H. K.; Feng, X. L.; Li, Q.; Zheng, W. T.; Weng, H. M.; Dai, X.; Fang, Z.; Chen, G. F.; Jin, C. Q.

    2017-01-01

    Recently, theoretical studies show that layered HfTe5 is at the boundary of weak & strong topological insulator (TI) and might crossover to a Dirac semimetal state by changing lattice parameters. The topological properties of 3D stacked HfTe5 are expected hence to be sensitive to pressures tuning. Here, we report pressure induced phase evolution in both electronic & crystal structures for HfTe5 with a culmination of pressure induced superconductivity. Our experiments indicated that the temperature for anomaly resistance peak (Tp) due to Lifshitz transition decreases first before climbs up to a maximum with pressure while the Tp minimum corresponds to the transition from a weak TI to strong TI. The HfTe5 crystal becomes superconductive above ~5.5 GPa where the Tp reaches maximum. The highest superconducting transition temperature (Tc) around 5 K was achieved at 20 GPa. Crystal structure studies indicate that HfTe5 transforms from a Cmcm phase across a monoclinic C2/m phase then to a P-1 phase with increasing pressure. Based on transport, structure studies a comprehensive phase diagram of HfTe5 is constructed as function of pressure. The work provides valuable experimental insights into the evolution on how to proceed from a weak TI precursor across a strong TI to superconductors. PMID:28300156

  17. Phase transition of iron doped MgO under high pressure by first-principles study

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    Yang, K. S.; Li, S. L.; Zhang, J.; Zeng, Z.; Qin, X. Y.; Zhou, X. M.

    2015-07-01

    The (Mg, Fe)O solid solution is one of the major lower mantle minerals, and studying its properties and structures under high pressure is a fundamental step toward understanding Earth's deep interior. Here within the framework of density functional theory, we first discuss the relationship between the total energy and iron doped positions of (Mg, Fe)O, and find that the doped iron favors to be dispersive. Then the pressure-induced phase transitions of (Mg, Fe)O from NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) are probed. It is found that the phase transition pressure of (Mg, Fe)O decreases with damped oscillation, as the increase of iron concentration. This phenomenon is essentially determined by the iron concentration as well as iron doped positions. The electronic structures of MgO and (Mg0.75Fe0.25)O at 436 GPa are calculated, and the results show that the doped irons play a crucial role in the metallicity of (Mg0.75Fe0.25)O. Our results are in agreement with the experimental counterparts. This study would provide some useful information for understanding the behavior of pressure-induced phase transition and geoscience.

  18. Phase transition of iron doped MgO under high pressure by first-principles study

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    Yang, K. S.; Li, S. L.; Zhang, J.; Zeng, Z.; Qin, X. Y.; Zhou, X. M.

    2014-07-01

    The (Mg, Fe)O solid solution is one of the major lower mantle minerals, and studying its properties and structures under high pressure is a fundamental step toward understanding Earth's deep interior. Here within the framework of density functional theory, we first discuss the relationship between the total energy and iron doped positions of (Mg, Fe)O, and find that the doped iron favors to be dispersive. Then the pressure-induced phase transitions of (Mg, Fe)O from NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) are probed. It is found that the phase transition pressure of (Mg, Fe)O decreases with damped oscillation, as the increase of iron concentration. This phenomenon is essentially determined by the iron concentration as well as iron doped positions. The electronic structures of MgO and (Mg0.75Fe0.25)O at 436 GPa are calculated, and the results show that the doped irons play a crucial role in the metallicity of (Mg0.75Fe0.25)O. Our results are in agreement with the experimental counterparts. This study would provide some useful information for understanding the behavior of pressure-induced phase transition and geoscience.

  19. Heterobimetallic MOFs containing tetrathiocyanometallate building blocks: pressure-induced spin crossover in the porous {Fe(II)(pz)[Pd(II)(SCN)4]} 3D coordination polymer.

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    Muñoz-Lara, Francisco J; Arcís-Castillo, Zulema; Muñoz, M Carmen; Rodríguez-Velamazán, J Alberto; Gaspar, Ana B; Real, José A

    2012-10-15

    Here we describe the synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of two related coordination polymers made up of self-assembling Fe(II) ions, pyrazine (pz), and the tetrathiocyanopalladate anion. Compound {Fe(MeOH)(2)[Pd(SCN)(4)]}·pz (1a) is a two-dimensional coordination polymer where the Fe(II) ions are equatorially coordinated by the nitrogen atoms of four [Pd(SCN)(4)](2-) anions, each of which connects four Fe(II) ions, forming corrugated layers {Fe[Pd(SCN)(4)]}(∞). The coordination sphere of Fe(II) is completed by the oxygen atoms of two CH(3)OH molecules. The layers stack one on top of each other in such a way that the included pz molecule establishes strong hydrogen bonds with the coordinated methanol molecules of adjacent layers. Compound {Fe(pz)[Pd(SCN)(4)]} (2) is a three-dimensional porous coordination polymer formed by flat {Fe[Pd(SCN)(4)]}(∞) layers pillared by the pz ligand. Thermal analysis of 1a shows a clear desorption of the two coordinated CH(3)OH molecules giving a rather stable phase (1b), which presumably is a polymorphic form of 2. The magnetic properties of the three derivatives are typical of the high-spin Fe(II) compounds. However, compounds 1b and 2, with coordination sphere [FeN(6)], show thermal spin crossover behavior at pressures higher than ambient pressure (10(5) MPa).

  20. Pressure induced phase transformations in NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} studied by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy

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    Kamali, K.; Ravindran, T.R.; Chandra Shekar, N.V.; Pandey, K.K.; Sharma, S.M.

    2015-01-15

    Raman spectroscopic and x-ray diffraction measurements on NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} were carried out up to 30 GPa at close intervals of pressure, revealing two structural phase transformations around 5 and 6.6 GPa. The second phase at 5.4 GPa is indexed to R3 space group similar to that of RbTi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. Bulk modulus decreases abruptly from 53 GPa (B′=4) to 36 GPa (B′=4) in the second phase above 5 GPa. The structure of the phase III at 8.2 GPa is indexed as orthorhombic similar to the case of high temperature phase of monoclinic LiZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. Bulk modulus of this phase III is found to be 65 GPa (B′=4), which is higher than that of the ambient phase. In high pressure Raman studies, modes corresponding to 72 and 112 cm{sup −1} soften in the ambient phase whereas around 5 GPa, the ones at 60, 105, 125 and 190 cm{sup −1} soften with pressure contributing negatively to overall thermal expansion. - Graphical abstract: High pressure study of NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} shows a reversible phase transition from R-3c to R3 structure at 5 GPa accompanied by an increase in compressibility signaling a polyhedral tilt transition. - Highlights: • NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} undergoes two reversible phase transitions at 5 and 6.7 GPa. • The transition at 5 is from rhombohedral R-3c to R3 structure. • Bulk modulus of NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is lower than that for the isostructural RbTi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3.} • Compressibility increases with substitution of a smaller cation (Na). • Zr-translational and PO{sub 4} librational modes contribute to phase transition.