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An ab initio study of S-substituted iron-nickel-silicon alloy at the Earth's inner core pressure
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Materials Science. (Condensed Matter Theory Grp)
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2008 (English)In: High Pressure Research, ISSN 0895-7959, Vol. 28, no 4, 437-441 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The thermodynamic stability of S-substituting Si into a bcc Fe0.80Ni0.05SxSi(0.15-x) random alloy, with x=0.025 n (n=0-- 4), was investigated up to 350GPa by using an ab initio density functional method based on the full charge density-exact muffin-tin orbital-coherent potential approximation scheme. From the analysis of the calculated H values, we suggest that the FeNiSSi stoichiometry with zero sulphur content always behaves as the most stable system along the whole pressure range of 0-350GPa. As a general tendency, we found that the alloys with 6.8-8.1wt.% Si are energetically more stable than those with lower silicon content, thus supporting the dissolution mechanism for the Earth's inner core compositional model.

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2008. Vol. 28, no 4, 437-441 p.
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Earth's core composition, high-pressure, FeNiSSi alloys, DFT, EMTO, CPA
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-129289DOI: 10.1080/08957950802497323ISI: 000261736600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-129289DiVA: diva2:342815
Available from: 2010-08-11 Created: 2010-08-10 Last updated: 2012-03-30Bibliographically approved

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