We introduce a method for treating soft modes within the analytical framework of the quasiharmonic equation of state. The corresponding double-well energy-displacement relation is fitted to a functional form that is harmonic in both the low- and high-energy limits. Using density-functional calculations and statistical physics, we apply the quasiharmonic methodology to solid periclase (MgO). We predict the existence of a phase transition at high pressures and temperatures.
- Received 29 October 2001
- Revised 30 January 2002
- Published 25 April 2002
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