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Dynamical stability of the hardest known oxide and the cubic solar material: TiO2
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics.
2007 (English)In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 90, no 17, 171903- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The authors have studied dynamical stability of different polymorphs of TiO2 using ab initio phonon calculations based on density functional theory in conjunction with force-constant method. Rutile TiO2 was found stable at ambient pressure, but unstable at high pressure. The calculated Raman frequency and phonon density of states (PDOS) of rutile TiO2 are in a good agreement with experiment. Concerning two cubic phases (solar materials), fluorite stabilized under pressure, whereas pyrite showed instability throughout the whole pressure range. Furthermore, the PDOS of cotunnite (the hardest known oxide) phase confirmed that it exists at high pressure and can be quenched down to a low pressure limit.

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2007. Vol. 90, no 17, 171903- p.
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Physical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-97008DOI: 10.1063/1.2731522ISI: 000246568600028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-97008DiVA: diva2:171772
Available from: 2008-04-04 Created: 2008-04-04 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Studies of Material Properties using Ab Initio and Classical Molecular Dynamics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Studies of Material Properties using Ab Initio and Classical Molecular Dynamics
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this thesis, material properties have been examined under extreme conditions in computer-based calculations.

The research on iron (Fe), nickel (Ni), and ferropericlase (Mg1-xFexO) are not only important for our understanding of the Earth, but also for an improved knowledge of these materials per se.

An embedded-atom model for Fe demonstrated to reproduce properties such as structure factors, densities and diffusion constants, and was employed to evaluate temperature gradients at Earth core conditions. A similar interaction together with a two-temperature method was applied for the analysis of shock-induced melting of Ni. For Mg1-xFexO, the magnetic transition pressure was shown to increase with iron content. Furthermore, the C44 softening with pressure and iron composition supports the experimentally observed phase transition for Mg0.8Fe0.2O at 35 GPa.

The properties of high density helium (He) is of great interest as the gas is one of the most abundant elements in the solar system. Furthermore, He and neon (Ne) are often used as pressure media in diamond anvil cells. The melting of He showed a possible fcc-bcc-liquid transition starting at T=340 K, P=22 GPa with a Buckingham potential, whereas the bcc phase was not seen with the Aziz form. For Ne, Monte Carlo calculations at ambient pressure showed very accurate results when extrapolating the melting temperatures to an infinite cluster limit. At high pressure, a one-phase ab initio melting curve showed a match with one-phase L-J potential results, which could imply a correspondence between ab initio/classical one-phase/two-phase calculations.

In the search for hard materials, ab initio calculations for four TiO2 phases were compared. Just as imposed by experiment, the cotunnite phase was found to be very hard. The anomalous elastic behavior of the superconducting group-V metals V, Nb, Ta was found to be related to shrinking nesting vectors and the electronic topological transition (ETT).

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2008. x, 85 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 422
Keyword
Atomic and molecular physics, molecular dynamics, phase transitions, melting, elasticity, equation of state, metals, rare gases, Atom- och molekylfysik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-8626 (URN)978-91-554-7154-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-04-25, Häggsalen, Ångström Laboratory, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:15
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Available from: 2008-04-04 Created: 2008-04-04Bibliographically approved
2. Ab initio Lattice Dynamics: Hydrogen-dense and Other Materials
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ab initio Lattice Dynamics: Hydrogen-dense and Other Materials
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis presents a theoretical study of materials under high pressure using ab initio lattice dynamics based on density functional theory and density functional perturbation theory using both super-cell and linear response approach.

Ab initio lattice dynamics using super-cell approach is applied to compare our theoretical predictions with experimental findings. Phonon dispersion curves of fcc α-γ cerium are calculated and compared with inelastic X-ray scattering data. Pressure dependency of phonon density of states in two cubic phases TiO2 allows us to assign the observed cubic phase in experiments to be of fluorite rather than pyrite structure. Dynamical stability of cotunnite TiO2 phase at low pressure can explain the observed quenching phenomena in experiments. Our calculated O2 vibron mode in both ε-ζ phases of solid oxygen supports the hypothesis that both phases are iso-structural.

Hydrogen-dense materials attract great attention not only because they open a path to study phenomena related to metallization (superconductivity) of solid hydrogen but also because they are closely related to important industrial applications (hydrogen storage). Using linear response method, we find that metallic fcc-AlH3 is dynamically stabilized in the range of 72-106 GPa and can persist at ambient pressure if finite temperature effects are considered. For SiH4, we test dynamical stability, Raman spectra, zero point energy, and utilize GW calculations for self energy correction. We find that a metallic tetragonal phase of SiH4 can be assigned to the experimentally observed one. Our ab initio lattice dynamics calculations based on density functional perturbation theory predict that fcc-YH3 is a pressure-induced superconductor with a high transition temperature of 40 K at 17.7 GPa. With increasing pressure this material undergoes a superconductor-metal-superconductor transition and the underlying mechanism of this transition can simultaneously explains also the observed metal-insulator transition at 25 GPa in YH3-δ.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Universitetsbiblioteket, 2009. 80 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 597
Keyword
Density functional theory, Density functional perturbation theory, Hydrogen-dense materials, Phase transition, High pressure, Ab initio lattice dynamics, Superconductivity, Quasi-particle approximation
National Category
Physical Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-9535 (URN)978-91-554-7400-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-02-26, Polhemsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1 Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2009-01-30 Created: 2009-01-30 Last updated: 2010-03-08Bibliographically approved

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