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Structural properties and phase transitions in a silica clathrate
Melanophlogite, a low-pressure silica polymorph, has been extensively studied at different temperatures and pressures by molecular dynamics simulations. While the high-temperature form is confirmed as cubic, the low-temperature phase is found to be slightly distorted, in agreement with experiments. With increasing pressure, the crystalline character is gradually lost. At 8 GPa, the radial distribution function is consistent with an amorphous state. Like pristine glass, the topology changes, plastic behavior, and permanent densification appear above ∼12 GPa, triggered by Si coordination number changes. We predict that a partial crystalline and amorphous sample can be obtained by recovering the sample from a pressure of ∼12-16 GPa. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.
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