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The phase diagrams of KCaF3 and NaMgF3 by ab initio simulations

DOI: 10.1007/s00269-017-0920-3 DOI Help

Authors: Clément Jakymiw (Université Claude Bernard Lyon1) , Lidunka Vočadlo (University College London) , David P. Dobson (University College London) , Edward Bailey (University College London,) , Andrew R. Thomson (University College London) , John P. Brodholt (University College London) , Ian G. Wood (University College London) , Alex Lindsay-scott (University College London)
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Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Physics And Chemistry Of Minerals , VOL 28

State: Published (Approved)
Published: September 2017

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Abstract: ABF3 compounds have been found to make valuable low-pressure analogues for high-pressure silicate phases that are present in the Earth’s deep interior and that may also occur in the interiors of exoplanets. The phase diagrams of two of these materials, KCaF3 and NaMgF3, have been investigated in detail by static ab initio computer simulations based on density functional theory. Six ABF3 polymorphs were considered, as follows: the orthorhombic perovskite structure (GdFeO3-type; space group Pbnm); the orthorhombic CaIrO3 structure (Cmcm; commonly referred to as the “post-perovskite” structure); the orthorhombic Sb2S3 and La2S3 structures (both Pmcn); the hexagonal structure previously suggested in computer simulations of NaMgF3 (P63/mmc); the monoclinic structure found to be intermediate between the perovskite and CaIrO3 structures in CaRhO3 (P21/m). Volumetric and axial equations of state of all phases considered are presented. For KCaF3, as expected, the perovskite phase is shown to be the most thermodynamically stable at atmospheric pressure. With increasing pressure, the relative stability of the KCaF3 phases then follows the sequence: perovskite → La2S3 structure → Sb2S3 structure → P63/mmc structure; the CaIrO3 structure is never the most stable form. Above about 2.6 GPa, however, none of the KCaF3 polymorphs are stable with respect to dissociation into KF and CaF2. The possibility that high-pressure KCaF3 polymorphs might exist metastably at 300 K, or might be stabilised by chemical substitution so as to occur within the standard operating range of a multi-anvil press, is briefly discussed. For NaMgF3, the transitions to the high-pressure phases occur at pressures outside the normal range of a multi-anvil press. Two different sequences of transitions had previously been suggested from computer simulations. With increasing pressure, we find that the relative stability of the NaMgF3 phases follows the sequence: perovskite → CaIrO3 structure → Sb2S3 structure → P63/mmc structure. However, only the perovskite and CaIrO3 structures are stable with respect to dissociation into NaF and MgF2.

Journal Keywords: Perovskite; Post-perovskite; Post–post-perovskite; KCaF3; NaMgF3; High pressure

Subject Areas: Earth Science, Chemistry

Instruments: I15-Extreme Conditions