The nature of the phase transitions in fluid mercury

Leonid A. Turkevich, Morrel H. Cohen

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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-non-metal and the dielectric transitions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue numberPART 1
StatePublished - Jan 1984
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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