Lattice vibration and mineral stability

  • Nancy L. Ross
Part of the The Mineralogical Society Series book series (MIBS, volume 3)


Prediction of phase stabilities in geological systems represents one of the fundamental problems challenging earth scientists today. Phase equilibria can be studied directly under controlled pressure and temperature conditions in laboratory experiments. In some cases, however, it is not possible to determine phase stabilities from experiments, because, for example, the pressures and temperatures of interest may not be attainable in the laboratory, samples may be non-quenchable, or equilibrium may not be attainable. Under such circumstances, a different approach is needed to study mineral stability. The purpose of this chapter is to describe how mineral stabilities can be studied from direct consideration of the mineral’s lattice vibrations.


Heat Capacity Lattice Vibration Atomistic Simulation Interatomic Potential Debye Model 
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  • Nancy L. Ross
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  1. 1.Department of Geological SciencesUniversity College LondonUK

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