Original paper

Application of Landau theory to cation ordering in omphacite I: Equilibrium behaviour

Carpenter, Michael A.; Domeneghetti, Maria-Chiara; Tazzoli, Vittorio

European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 2 Number 1 (1990), p. 7 - 18

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published: Mar 8, 1990
manuscript accepted: Sep 4, 1989
manuscript received: Jan 18, 1989

DOI: 10.1127/ejm/2/1/0007

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Abstract Crystallographic data for a cogenetic suite of sodic pyroxene crystals from Nybo, Norway, are used to show that the C2/c ⇄ P2/n transition in omphacite may be close to tricritical in character. Mean cationoxygen bond lengths at the Ml-type sites of the ordered structure give a macroscopic order parameter, Q, and this is found to vary as Q4 α composition. Ordering on M2-type sites appears to be linearly dependent on Ml ordering. An estimate of the equilibrium transition temperature and published calorimetric data provide a means of calibrating the coefficients in a Landau expansion. This expansion is then used to describe the excess thermodynamic properties associated with the ordering transition. For crystals with compositions close to JdAug =1:1, the resulting expression for excess free energy has the form (in J.mole-1): G = 11.4(T-1138)Q2+4317Q6.


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