Elastic properties and stability of coexisting 3T and 2M1 phengite polytypes

Nadia Curetti, Davide Levy, Alessandro Paverse, Gabriella Ivaldi

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The elastic properties of coexisting natural 3T and 2M1 phengite samples (Cima Pal, Sesia Zone; Val Savenca; Western Alps, Italy) with similar chemical compositions have been studied by room temperature-high pressure powder diffraction, using synchrotron radiation on the ID9A beam-line at ESRF (Grenoble, France). The P-V curves have been modelled by the Birch-Murnaghan model; a third-order expansion fitted to the experimental data yields for 3T and 2M1 K0 = 60.4(± 0.7) GPa, K′ = 5.79(± 0.11) at V0 = 703.8851 Å3, and K′ = 57.3(± 1.0) GPa, K′ = 6.97(± 0.24) at V0 = 938.8815 Å3, respectively. The relative stability of 3T vs. 2M1 has been explored as a function of pressure and temperature in terms of configuration and deformation contributions to the Gibbs energy, using the elastic properties determined here and other thermodynamic parameters from earlier investigations. The results presented agree with the hypothesis of stability of the 3T polytype in the high pressure regime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)670-678
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics and Chemistry of Minerals
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • 2M-3T phengites
  • P-V EoS
  • Relativestability


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