Theoretical investigation of methane under pressure Journal Article uri icon

DCO ID 11121/4607-5871-8682-5263-CC

in language

  • eng

year of publication

  • 2009


  • We present computer simulations of liquid and solid phases of condensed methane at pressures below 25 GPa, between 150 and 300 K, where no appreciable molecular dissociation occurs. We used molecular dynamics (MD) and metadynamics techniques and empirical potentials in the rigid molecule approximation, whose validity was confirmed a posteriori by carrying out ab initio MD simulations for selected pressure and temperature conditions. Our results for the melting line are in satisfactory agreement with existing measurements. We find that the fcc crystal transforms into a hcp structure with four molecules per unit cell (B phase) at about 10 GPa and 150 K, and that the B phase transforms into a monoclinic high pressure phase above 20 GPa. Our results for solid/solid phase transitions are consistent with those of Raman studies but the phase boundaries estimated in our calculations are at higher pressure than those inferred from spectroscopic data. (C) 2009 American Institute of Physics. [DOI: 10.1063/1.3120487]


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