Visualizing the Mixed Bonding Properties of Liquid Boron with High-Resolution X-Ray Compton Scattering

J. T. Okada, P. H.-L. Sit, Y. Watanabe, B. Barbiellini, T. Ishikawa, Y. J. Wang, M. Itou, Y. Sakurai, A. Bansil, R. Ishikawa, M. Hamaishi, P.-F. Paradis (+3 others)
2015 Physical Review Letters  
Bonding characteristics of liquid boron at 2500K are studied by using high resolution Compton scattering. An excellent agreement is found between the measurements and the corresponding Car-Parinello molecular dynamics simulations. Covalent bond pairs are clearly shown to dominate in liquid boron along with the coexistence of diffuse pairs. Our study reveals the complex bonding pattern of liquid boron, and gives insight into the unusual properties of this high temperature liquid.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.114.177401 pmid:25978262 fatcat:amttwgfgpvgrvmpio5b2obqzke