Bader’s analysis of the electron density in the Pbca enstatite – Pbcnprotoenstatite phase transition

Marcello Merli, Luciana Sciascia, Fabrizio Nestola

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The Bader’s topological analysis of the electron density obtained via ab initio quantum mechanical simulation atHartree–Fock and DFT level has been performed for experimentally in situ heated structures of enstatite–protoenstatite MgSiO3.The measurements have been performed in the temperature range 1200–1400 K. The work was aimed at characterizing both theevolution of the electron arrangement in the crystal and that of the crystal-structure at the enstatite–protoenstatite phase transition interms of topology of the electron density, with particular care about the Mg–O and the O–O bonds. The observed breaking of somechemical bonds with increasing temperature and/or due to the phase transformation have been explained, for the first time, in the lightof a topological mechanism based on the Catastrophe Theory applied to the framework of the Bader’s theory.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)197-205
Numero di pagine9
RivistaEuropean Journal of Mineralogy
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2011


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  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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