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Melting of cubic boron nitride at extreme pressures.
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PMID:  22251624     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Due to its large pressure range of stability and inert nature, cubic boron nitride has been proposed as a potential pressure standard for high pressure experiments. It is extremely refractive upon compression, although its melting temperature is not known beyond 10 GPa. We apply first-principles molecular dynamics to evaluate the thermodynamics of zincblende structured (cubic) and liquid boron nitride at extreme temperatures and pressures, and compute the melting curve up to 1 TPa by integration of the Clapeyron equation. The resulting equations of state reveal that liquid boron nitride becomes denser than the solid phase at pressures of around 0.5 TPa. This is expressed as a turnover in the melting curve, which reaches a maximum at 510 GPa and 6550 ± 700 K. The origin of this density crossover is explained in terms of the underlying liquid structure, which diverges from that of the zincblende structured solid as the phases are compressed.
Nico de Koker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-01-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1361-648X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Condens Matter     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101165248     Medline TA:  J Phys Condens Matter     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  055401     Citation Subset:  IM    
Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Universität Bayreuth, Germany.
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