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Martensitic fcc-hcp transformation pathway in solid krypton and xenon and its effect on their equations of state

Abstract : The martensitic transformation is a fundamental physical phenomenon at the origin of important industrial applications. However, the underlying microscopic mechanism, which is of critical importance to explain the outstanding mechanical properties of martensitic materials, is still not fully understood. This is because for most martensitic materials the transformation is a fast process that makes in situ studies extremely challenging. Noble solids krypton and xenon undergo a progressive pressure-induced face-centered cubic (fcc) to hexagonal close-packed (hcp) martensitic transition with a very wide coexistence domain. Here, we took advantage of this unique feature to study the detailed transformation progress at the atomic level by employing in situ x-ray diffraction and absorption spectroscopy. We evidenced a four-stage pathway and suggest that the lattice mismatch between the fcc and hcp forms plays a key role in the generation of strain. We also determined precisely the effect of the transformation on the compression behavior of these materials.
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A. D. Rosa, A. Dewaele, G. Garbarino, V. Svitlyk, G. Morard, et al.. Martensitic fcc-hcp transformation pathway in solid krypton and xenon and its effect on their equations of state. Physical Review B, 2022, 105, ⟨10.1103/PhysRevB.105.144103⟩. ⟨insu-03708901⟩

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