Pressure variation of melting temperatures of alkali halides

Sayyadul Arafin, Ram N. Singh*

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The melting temperatures of alkali halides (LiCl, LiF, NaBr, NaCl, NaF, NaI, KBr, KCl, KF, KI, RbBr, RbCl, RbI and CsI) have been evaluated over a wide range of pressures. The solid–liquid transition of alkali halides is of considerable significance due to their huge industrial applications. Our formalism requires a priori knowledge of the bulk modulus and the Grüneisen parameter at ambient conditions to compute (Formula presented.) at high pressures. The computed values are in very good agreement with the available experimental results. The formalism can satisfactorily be used to compute (Formula presented.) at high pressures where the experimental data are scanty. Most of the melting curves ((Formula presented.) versus (Formula presented.)) exhibit nonlinear variation with increasing pressure having curvatures downward and exhibit a maximum in some cases like NaCl, RbBr, RbCl and RbI. The values of (Formula presented.) and (Formula presented.) corresponding to the maxima of the curves are given.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics B
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016


  • Alkali halides
  • bulk modulus
  • Grüneisen parameter
  • melting law
  • phase transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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