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Zeitschrift für Kristallographie - Crystalline Materials

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Volume 229, Issue 2


X-ray crystallography of simple molecular solids up to megabar pressures: application to solid oxygen and carbon dioxide

Dr. Frédéric Datchi
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  • Insititut de Minéralogie, de Physique des Matériaux, et de Cosmochimie (IMPMC), Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Université Paris 6, CNRS UMR 7590, IRD UMR 206, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France
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Published Online: 2014-01-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zkri-2013-1669


A review of recently developed methods to study the structural properties of simple molecular solids under pressures up to the megabar range using synchrotron X-ray diffraction techniques is presented. This includes the growth of single-crystals at high pressure and temperature conditions and the use of He as pressure-transmitting medium. The application of these methods to solid O2 and CO2 is then presented as illustrative examples, showing how they enabled to solve long-standing debates on the structure of the high-pressure crystalline phases of these compounds.

Keywords: simple molecular solids; high pressure crystallography; structural phase transition; solid oxygen; solid carbon dioxide

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Received: 2013-06-03

Accepted: 2013-10-04

Published Online: 2014-01-28

Published in Print: 2014-03-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Kristallographie – Crystalline Materials, Volume 229, Issue 2, Pages 135–157, ISSN (Online) 2196-7105, ISSN (Print) 2194-4946, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zkri-2013-1669.

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