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The structure, ordering and equation of state of ammonia dihydrate (NH3 center dot 2H(2)O)

Fortes, AD; Wood, IG; Brodholt, JP; Vocadlo, L; (2003) The structure, ordering and equation of state of ammonia dihydrate (NH3 center dot 2H(2)O). ICARUS , 162 (1) 59 - 73. 10.1016/S0019-1035(02)00073-8.

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Abstract

We present the first ab initio simulations of the low-pressure phase of ammonia dihydrate (NH3 . 2H(2)O), ADH I, a likely constituent of many volatile-rich solid bodies in the outer Solar System (e.g., Saturn's moons). Ordered monoclinic (space group P2(1)) and ortborbombic (space group P2(1)2(1)2(1)) variants of the experimentally observed cubic cell (space group P2(1)3) may be constructed, with fully ordered water molecule orientations that obey the ice rules. Our calculations show that the most stable structure at 0 K is orthorhombic (P2(1)2(1)2(1)), the monoclinic variants (P2(1)) being energetically disfavored. We provisionally call this ordered orthorhombic phase ADH III. The, as-yet-unmeasured, bulk modulus, K-O, is predicted to be 10.67(-0.44)(+0.56) GPa at 0 K. Our results are also combined with literature data to arrive at a revised coefficient of volume thermal expansion, alpha(v) = 2.81 X 10(-7) T-1.39 (from 0-176 K), with the density at 0 K, rho(O) = 991.7(39) kg m(-3). We also present a case, based on literature data, that argues for a gradual transformation from a paraelectrically disordered cubic structure (P2(1)3) to the proposed antiferroelectrically ordered orthorhombic structure (P2(1)2(1)2(1)) around 130-150 K (cf. ice III <----> IX), a temperature regime that applies to the surfaces and interiors of many medium-sized (radii similar to500-700 km) icy bodies. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.

Type:Article
Title:The structure, ordering and equation of state of ammonia dihydrate (NH3 center dot 2H(2)O)
DOI:10.1016/S0019-1035(02)00073-8
Keywords:ices, interiors, mineralogy, satellites of Saturn, satellites of Uranus, DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL THEORY, ICY SATELLITES, WATER SYSTEM, PHYSICAL-PROPERTIES, HEAT-CAPACITY, HYDROGEN, TITAN, ICES, ENERGY, DIFFERENTIATION
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Earth Sciences

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