The nature of the phase transitions in expanded fluid mercury: Electronic structure and the excitonic insulator

L. A. Turkevich, Morrel H. Cohen

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Abstract

We review the metal-nonmetal transition in expanded liquid mercury and the dielectric transition in dense mercury vapor. Previous explanations for these transitions are found to be deficient. We propose that the high-temperature, high-pressure fluid is an excitonic insulator phase. The phase diagram for the excitonic insulator naturally explains both the metal-nonmetal and the dielectric transitions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3751-3755
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Volume88
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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