Anomalous thermodynamic properties in ferropericlase throughout its spin crossover transition

Z. Wu, J. F. Justo, C. R.S. Da Silva, S. De Gironcoli, Renata M Wentzcovitch

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The thermodynamics properties of ferropericlase (Mg1-x Fex O where x=0.1875) (Fp) throughout its spin crossover were investigated by first principles. Fp was treated as an ideal solid solution of pure high-spin and low-spin states. The Gibbs free energies of the pure states were addressed using the LDA+U method. A vibrational virtual-crystal model was developed to address the vibrational properties of the pure spin cases and used in conjunction with quasiharmonic theory to compute their vibrational free energies. The thermodynamics properties of Fp display significant anomalies that should be typical of spin crossover systems in general. In Fp, in particular, they are fundamental for understanding the state of earth's interior, where the pressure and temperature conditions of the crossover are realized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number014409
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 6 2009


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