• Cai-Rong Zhang

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    • High-pressure physical properties of magnesium silicate post-perovskite from ab initio calculations

      Zi-Jiang Liu Xiao-Wei Sun Cai-Rong Zhang Jian-Bu Hu Ling-Cang Cai Qi-Feng Chen

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      The structure, thermodynamic and elastic properties of magnesium silicate (MgSiO3) post-perovskite at high pressure are investigated with quasi-harmonic Debye model and ab initio method based on the density functional theory (DFT). The calculated structural parameters of MgSiO3 post-perovskite are consistent with the available experimental results and the recent theoretical results. The Debye temperature, heat capacity and thermal expansion coefficient at high pressures and temperatures are predicted using the quasi-harmonic Debye model. The elastic constants are calculated using stress–strain relations. A complete elastic tensor of MgSiO3 post-perovskite is determined in the wide pressure range. The calculated elastic anisotropic factors and directional bulk modulus show that MgSiO3 post-perovskite possesses high elastic anisotropy.

    • Atomistic simulation of the structural and elastic properties of magnesite


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      Atomistic simulation was carried out to study the structural and elastic properties of MgCO$_3$ magnesite within the pressure range of the Earth’s mantle based on a novel force field. The lattice parameters and elasticconstants as a function of pressure up to 150 GPa are calculated. The results are in good agreement with the available experimental data and previous theoretical results, showing no phase transition over the pressure range of interest. We also found that magnesite exhibits a strong anisotropy throughout the lower mantle and that the nature of the anisotropy changes significantly with depth.

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