Point Defects in Minerals by Robert N. Schock

By Robert N. Schock

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Published through the yank Geophysical Union as a part of the Geophysical Monograph Series.

This quantity grew from a Chapman convention held at Fallen Leaf Lake, California, September 5-9, 1982, at the subject "Point Defects in Minerals." the purpose of this convention was once to compile quite a few specialists in the geosciences and people disciplines (primarily solid-state physics and chemistry and fabrics technology) that experience regularly studied the function of aspect defects in solids. Defects exist in all crystals at temperatures above absolute 0 and come up from the tendency of crystal constructions to sickness with expanding temperature or from chemical substitution. within the absence of out of doors forces, the most typical kind of disorder is one within which an atom strikes from its place within the completely symmetric crystal to a few different place no longer generally occupied by way of this atom, or even any atom. Such defects are termed aspect defects and they're ubiquitous, even though at temperatures less than melting their focus infrequently exceeds a number of percentage of the entire variety of atoms. however, aspect defects might both keep watch over or actively perform many actual and chemical procedures in minerals, procedures which in flip are vital to the formation and evolution of the earth. the necessity to clear up difficulties posed by way of contemporary advances within the geosciences (e.g., the advance of the idea that of plate tectonics) calls for the extension of current suggestions in aspect illness idea, labored out on quite uncomplicated structures, to fabrics way more complicated, equivalent to the silicate minerals present in the earth.


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In particular, we consider there to be two distinct meanings to this term. The first relates to the electron density distribution in the system, although it is notoriously difficult to derive numerical ionicity scales from measured electron density distributions. The second concerns the forces acting in a crystal; in this context, an ionic description is valid, when potential models based on such a description correctly predict properties such as the elastic and dielectric constants, the phonon dispersion curves, and, of course, the structure.

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