Theoretical study of the isostructural transformation in ice VIII

Koichiro Umemoto, Renata M. Wentzcovitch

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We present a first-principles study of the structural and vibrational properties of D 2O-ice VIII. We do not confirm the existence of the structural discontinuity that was proposed on the basis of a neutron diffraction study and of a first principles calculation, although we reproduce well other physical properties, including the nonlinear behavior of phonon frequencies below 3 GPa. This study brings about the necessity of further experiments to investigate the structure of ice VIII at high pressure. The relationship between phonon frequencies and structural parameters is clarified in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012102
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005


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