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[en] The pressure and temperature dependent mechanical properties as Young modulus, Thermal expansion coefficient of rare earth REX (RE = La, Pr, Eu; X = O, S, Se, and Te) chalcogenides are studied. The rare earth chalcogenides showed a structural phase transition (B1–B2). Pressure dependence of Young modulus discerns an increase in pressure inferring the hardening or stiffening of the lattice as a consequence of bond compression and bond strengthening. Suppressed Young modulus as functions of temperature infers the weakening of the lattice results in bond weakening in REX. Thermal expansion coefficient demonstrates that REX (RE = La, Pr, Eu; X = O, S, Se, and Te) chalcogenides is mechanically stiffened, and thermally softened on applied pressure and temperature.
[en] The pressure and temperature dependent elastic properties such as melting temperature nature in REX; (RE = La, Pr, Eu; X = O, S, Se, Te) chalcogenides is computed with emphasis on charge transfer interactions and covalent contribution in the effective interionic interaction potential. The pressure dependent elastic constants and melting temperature confirms that REX chalcogens lattice get stiffened as a consequence of bond compression and bond strengthening, however thermal softening arose due to bond expansion and bond weakening is evidenced from temperature dependence of melting temperature (TM)
[en] The high-pressure structural phase transition and pressure as well temperature induced elastic properties in ReY; (Re = La, Sc, Pr; Y = N, P, As, Sb, Bi) pnictides have been performed using effective interionic interaction potential with emphasis on charge transfer interactions and covalent contribution. Estimated values of phase transition pressure and the volume discontinuity in pressure-volume phase diagram indicate the structural phase transition from NaCl to CsCl structure. From the investigations of elastic constants the pressure (temperature) dependent volume collapse/expansion, second order Cauchy discrepancy, anisotropy, hardness and brittle/ductile nature of rare earth pnictides are computed.
[en] Pressure induced structural transition and elastic properties of ZnS-type (B3) to NaCl-type (B1) structure in mercury chalcogenides (HgX; X = S, Se and Te) are presented. An effective interionic interaction potential (EIOP) with long-range Coulomb, as well charge transfer interactions, Hafemeister and Flygare type short-range overlap repulsion extended up to the second neighbor ions and van der Waals interactions are considered. Emphasis is on the evaluation of the pressure dependent Poisson's ratio ν, the ratio RBT/G of B (bulk modulus) over G (shear modulus), anisotropy parameter, Shear and Young's modulus, Lame constant, Kleinman parameter, elastic wave velocity and thermodynamical property as Debye temperature. The Poisson's ratio behavior infers that Mercury chalcogenides are brittle in nature. To our knowledge this is the first quantitative theoretical prediction of the pressure dependence of elastic and thermodynamical properties explicitly the ductile (brittle) nature of HgX and still awaits experimental confirmations. Highlights: ► Vast volume discontinuity in phase diagram infers transition from ZnS to NaCl structure. ► The shear elastic constant C44 is nonzero confirms the mechanical stability. ► Pressure dependence of θD infers the softening of lattice with increasing pressure. ► Estimated bulk, shear and tetragonal moduli satisfied elastic stability criteria. ► In both B3 and B1 phases, C11 and C12 increase linearly with pressure.
[en] The pressure and temperature dependent mechanical properties as melting temperature, hardness and brittle nature of XBi (X = Am and Cf) are studied. The rare earth actinides pnictides showed a structural phase transition (B1–B2) at a transition pressure (P_T) of 14.3 GPa (AmBi) and 10.8 GPa (CfBi). Pressure dependence of melting temperature (T_m) discerns an increase inferring the hardening or stiffening of the lattice as a consequence of bond compression and bond strengthening. Suppressed T_M as functions of temperature infers the weakening of the lattice results in bond weakening in XBi (X = Am, Cf). Vickers Hardness (H_V), Poisson’s and Pugh ratio of XBi (X = Am and Cf) demonstrates that XBi (X = Am and Cf) is mechanically stiffened, thermally softened and brittle on applied pressure and temperature.