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High-Pressure Melting Curves and Liquid–Liquid Phase Transition

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Breaks on the melting lines in the pressure–temperature (Tm (P)) space are often handled as a hallmark of a liquid–liquid phase transition in pure materials. In this paper it is shown that there is no one-to-one agreement between these virtual breaks and liquid–liquid transitions. Four melting curves are analyzed; selenium, phosphorus, carbon and nitrogen. It is shown that a modified form of the Simon-Glatzel equation can describe experimental data, without introducing any break, demonstrating that the shape of the melting line is not an evidence for any further phase transition.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/asl.2010.1143

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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  • ADVANCED SCIENCE LETTERS is an international peer-reviewed journal with a very wide-ranging coverage, consolidates research activities in all areas of (1) Physical Sciences, (2) Biological Sciences, (3) Mathematical Sciences, (4) Engineering, (5) Computer and Information Sciences, and (6) Geosciences to publish original short communications, full research papers and timely brief (mini) reviews with authors photo and biography encompassing the basic and applied research and current developments in educational aspects of these scientific areas.
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