Zinc-blende to rocksalt transition in SiC in a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell

Kierstin Daviau, Kanani K. M. Lee
2017 Physical review B  
We explore the stability of the ambient pressure zinc-blende polymorph (B3) structure of silicon carbide (SiC) at high pressures and temperatures where it transforms to the rock-salt (B1) structure. We find that the transition occurs ~40 GPa lower than previously measured when heated to moderately high temperatures. A lower transition pressure is consistent with the transition pressures predicted in numerous ab initio computations. We find a large volume decrease across the transition of ~17%,
more » ... ransition of ~17%, with the volume drop increasing at higher formation pressures, suggesting this transition is volume driven yielding a nearly pressure-independent Clapeyron slope. Such a dramatic density increase occurring at pressure is important to consider in applications where SiC is exposed to extreme conditions, such as in industrial applications or planetary interiors.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.95.134108 fatcat:26w3qua5hvdehh6vf6e7654pkq