Pressure-Induced Structural Phase Transitions in Solid Xenon

A. P. Jephcoat, H. K. Mao, L. W. Finger, D. E. Cox, R. J. Hemley, C. S. Zha

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Pressure-induced structural phase transitions have been observed in solid xenon by high-pressure x-ray diffraction methods up to 137 GPa (1.37 Mbar). The face-centered cubic structure is unstable above 14 GPa and transforms to an intermediate, close-packed phase. Above 75 GPa a further transition takes place to the hexagonal close-packed structure which remains stable to at least 137 GPa. At this pressure, where V=10.5 0.2 cm3/mol (VV01=0.30), there is no evidence for band-gap closure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2670-2673
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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