Physics and Chemistry of Minerals

, Volume 37, Issue 10, pp 711–720 | Cite as

Peierls–Nabarro modelling of dislocations in diopside

  • Arnaud Metsue
  • Philippe Carrez
  • Christophe Denoual
  • David Mainprice
  • Patrick Cordier
Original Paper


The core structures of dislocations in diopside have been calculated within the Peierls model, which assumes a planar core. 1/2<110> dislocations can dissociate into two collinear partial dislocations. We show that [001] glide is very difficult in (010) and that a non-collinear dissociation of [001](100) (modelled within a Peierls–Nabarro–Galerkin approach) makes glide equally easy in (100) and {110}. A widely spread core structure corresponding to a low lattice friction has been found for [100](010) and [010](100) dislocations which is not supported by mechanical data and, together with TEM observations, suggests that another, probably non-planar core structure is possible for these dislocations.


Clinopyroxenes Diopside Deformation mechanisms Dislocation core Slip systems Empirical potentials Peierls–Nabarro model 



This contribution is made possible through the support by European Science Foundation (ESF) under the EUROCORES Programme EuroMinScI, through contract No. ERAS-CT-2003-980409 of the European Commission, DG Research, FP6. Computational resources have been provided by CRI-USTL supported by the Fonds Européens de Développement Régional and Région Nord, Pas de Calais.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnaud Metsue
    • 1
    • 2
  • Philippe Carrez
    • 1
  • Christophe Denoual
    • 3
  • David Mainprice
    • 4
  • Patrick Cordier
    • 1
  1. 1.Unité Matériaux et Transformations, UMR 8207, CNRSUniversité Lille 1, Sciences et TechnologiesVilleneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance
  2. 2.Geodynamics Research Center, Ehime UniversityMatsuyamaJapan
  3. 3.CEA, DAM, DIFArpajonFrance
  4. 4.Géosciences Montpellier, UMR 5243, CNRSUniversité Montpellier 2Montpellier Cedex 05France

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