“Pressure-induced structural crossover in liquid GeI 4 ” SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

Prof. Kazuhiro Fuchizaki Ehime University (Matsuyama, Japan)


Mar 09, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Europe/Madrid / UTC100)


UPC Campus Nord, B4-212 (aula seminari)

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The similarity in the shape of the melting curve of GeI 4 to that of
SnI 4 prompted us to investigate the existence of a liquid—liquid
transition as observed in liquid SnI 4 . Because the slope of the
melting curve of GeI 4 abruptly changes at around 3 GPa, close
examination using in situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction
measurements was conducted at around 3 GPa. The reduced radial
distribution functions of the high- and low-pressure liquid states of
GeI 4 were found to share the same feature inherent in the high-
pressure and low-pressure radial distribution functions of liquid
SnI 4 . This feature allows us to introduce local order parameters that
we may use to describe the structural variation. Unlike the
transition in liquid SnI 4 , the transition from the low-pressure to the
high-pressure structure seems sluggish. We speculate that the liquid–
liquid critical point of GeI 4 is no longer a thermodynamically stable
state and is slightly located below the melting curve. The behavior
of the local-order parameters implies a metastable extension of the
liquid–liquid phase boundary with a negative slope.