Stability of van der Waals compounds and investigation of the intermolecular potential in helium-xenon mixtures

Jean Louis Barrat*, Willem L. Vos

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Abstract

The stability of the stoichiometric solid structures Xe(He)2 and Xe(He)13 is investigated up to 30 GPa pressure at room temperature, T=300 K. The Gibbs free energy of these so-called van der Waals compounds is computed using simple semianalytical methods that are in good agreement with molecular dynamics computer simulations. The interatomic interactions are described by empirical pair potentials adjusted to fit high pressure experimental data. The Xe(He)2 phase is found to be stable with respect to phase separation into pure components, while Xe(He)13 is unstable. These results agree with simple packing considerations, but are rather sensitive to the precise form of the helium-xenon interaction. A brief comment is made about the occurrence of a Ne(He)2 compound, that was recently found by Jean-Louis, Loubeyre, and Charon-Gerard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5707-5712
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Volume97
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

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