Hysteretically reversible phase transition in a molecular glass

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Kalkan B. , Sonneville C., Martinet C., Champagnon B., Aitken B. G. , Clark S. M. , ...Daha Fazla

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, cilt.137, sa.22, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 137 Konu: 22
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1063/1.4769794


Pressure induced densification in a molecular arsenic sulfide glass is studied at ambient temperature using x-ray scattering, absorption and Raman spectroscopic techniques in situ in a diamond anvil cell. The relatively abrupt changes in the position of the first sharp diffraction peak, FSDP, and the pressure-volume equation of state near similar to 2 GPa suggest a phase transition between low-and high-density amorphous phases characterized by different densification mechanisms and rates. Raman spectroscopic results provide clear evidence that the phase transition corresponds to a topological transformation between a low-density molecular structure and a high-density network structure via opening of the constituent As4S3 cage molecules and bond switching. Pressure induced mode softening of the high density phase suggests a low dimensional nature of the network. The phase transformation is hysteretically reversible, and therefore, reminiscent of a first-order phase transition. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4769794]