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Title: Mechanisms for pressure-induced crystal-crystal transition, amorphization, and devitrification of Snl 4

The pressure-induced amorphization and subsequent recrystallization of SnI 4 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 SnI 4 under ambient conditions. Although high pressure structures of SnI 4 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.
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  1. Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  3. Tel Aviv Univ., Ramat Aviv (Israel)
  4. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Chemical Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 143; Journal Issue: 16; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9606
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; crystal structure; high pressure; amorphous state; amorphous metals; molecular dynamics
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OSTI ID: 1224337