Physics and Chemistry of Minerals

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 200–206

Static compression and H disorder in brucite, Mg(OH)2, to 11 GPa: a powder neutron diffraction study

  • M. Catti
  • G. Ferraris
  • S. Hull
  • A. Pavese

DOI: 10.1007/BF00202300

Cite this article as:
Catti, M., Ferraris, G., Hull, S. et al. Phys Chem Minerals (1995) 22: 200. doi:10.1007/BF00202300


Neutron diffraction data suitable for Rietveld refinements were collected on a powder sample of synthetic Mg(OH)2 by the Polaris time-of-flight spectrometer (ISIS spallation source, U.K.) at 10-4 7.8(3) and 10.9(6) GPa. The Paris-Edinburgh high-pressure cell with WC anvils was used. Pressure calibration and equation-ofstate results were attained by separate runs with an NaCl internal standard. Interpolation of p(V) data by the fourth-order Birch-Murnaghan e.o.s. yields K0=41(2) GPa, K′0=4(2) and K″0=1.1(9) GPa-1. The bulk modulus obtained is smaller than previously reported results. Rietveld refinements (Rprof=1.45% and 2.02% at 10-4 and 10.9 GPa) show that H lies on the threefold axis (1/3, 2/3, z) up to 10.9 GPa, where a model with H disordered in (x, 2x, z) can be refined. In the latter case, a hydrogen bond with O-H=0.902(7), H..O′=2.026(8) Å and <OHO′=145.9 (7)° is observed. Differences with previous results for deuterated brucite are discussed. The onset of H disorder, and a jump of the c/a ratio vs. pressure at 6–7 GPa, may be related to a second-order phase transition consistent with recently reported Raman spectroscopic results.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Catti
    • 1
  • G. Ferraris
    • 2
  • S. Hull
    • 3
  • A. Pavese
    • 4
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ed Elettrochimica UniversitàMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze Mineralogiche e Petrologiche UniversitàTorinoItaly
  3. 3.ISIS Science DivisionRutherford Appleton LaboratoryChilton DidcotUK
  4. 4.Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra (Sezione di Mineralogia), UniversitàMilanoItaly