Unit Cell Volumes of Synthetic Orthoenstatite and Low Clinoenstatite

D. A. Stephenson1, C. B. Sclar2 and J. V. Smith1
1 Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
2 Physics of Solids Division, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio

Summary: Cell dimensions and densities derived from least-squares refinement of X-ray powder diffractometer patterns are: orthoenstatite, a 18·2249±0·0013, b 8·8149±0·0008, c 5·1746±0·0008 Å, V 831·30±0·14 Å3, D 3·208 g/cc ; low clinoenstatite, a 9·6065±0·0011, b 8·8146±0·0007, c 5·1688±0·0006 Å, β = 108·335± 0·009, V 415·46±0·09 Å3, D 3·210 gm/cc. Because orthoenstatite transforms reversibly to clinoenstatite at high pressure and low temperature, and because a statistical test shows that orthoenstatite is less dense than clinoenstatite at the 90 % confidence level (in accord with the direction of slope of the experimental transition curve), it is no longer possible to regard low clinoenstatite as a metastable form of MgSiO3.

Mineralogical Magazine; June 1966 v. 35; no. 274; p. 838-846; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1966.035.274.05
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