Analysis of thermal expansivity of solids at extreme compression
Condensed Matter Physics
Thermodynamics of solids in the limit of infinite pressure formulated by Stacey reveals that the thermal expansivity (alpha) of solids tends to zero at infinite pressure. The earlier models for the volume dependence of thermal expansivity do not satisfy the infinite pressure behaviour of thermal expansivity. The expressions for the volume dependence of the isothermal Anderson-Grüneisen parameter (delta T) considered in the derivation of earlier formulations for alpha (V) have been found to be
... adequate. A formulation for the volume dependence of delta T is presented here which is similar to the model due to Burakovsky and Preston for the volume dependence of the Grüneisen parameter. The new formulation for alpha (V) reveals that delta T infinity must be greater than zero for satisfying the thermodynamic result according to which alpha tends to zero at infinite pressure. It is found that our model fits well the experimental data on thermal expansivity alpha (V) for hcp iron corresponding to a wide range of pressures (0-360 GPa).