Influence of Ni on the lattice stability of Fe-Ni alloys at multimegabar pressures
2012 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 86, no 22, 224107- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The lattice stability trends of the primary candidate for Earths core material, the Fe-Ni alloy, were examined from first principles. We employed the exact muffin-tin orbital method (EMTO) combined with the coherent potential approximation (CPA) for the treatment of alloying effects. It was revealed that high pressure reverses the trend in the relative stabilities of the body-centered cubic (bcc), face-centered cubic (fcc), and hexagonal close-packed (hcp) phases observed at ambient conditions. In the low pressure region the increase of Ni concentration in the Fe-Ni alloy enhances the bcc phase destabilization relative to the more close-packed fcc and hcp phases. However, at 300 GPa (Earths core pressure), the effect of Ni addition is opposite. The reverse of the trend is associated with the suppression of the ferromagnetism of Fe when going from ambient pressures to pressure conditions corresponding to those of Earths core. The first-principles results are explained in the framework of the canonical band model.
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American Physical Society , 2012. Vol. 86, no 22, 224107- p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-86890DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.86.224107ISI: 000312064300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-86890DiVA: diva2:583049
Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council (VR)|621-2008-55352011-42-59|Goran Gustafsson Foundation for Research in Natural Sciences and Medicine||Swedish Government Strategic Research Area Grant in Materials Science||Functional Materials and VR Linnaeus Grant LiLi-NFM||Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research through the SRL program||Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation|14.B37.21.089014.A18.21.0893|Russian Foundation for Basic Researches|10-02-00-194a|Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing SNIC||2013-01-072013-01-072013-09-11