Interactions in the ammonia-deuterium system under pressure


We have investigated the NH3-D2 mixture to 50 GPa using micro-Raman spectroscopy. Proton exchange was observed in the mixture, resulting in the formation of deuterated isotopes of ammonia and the formation of HD and H2. We report the changes in the vibrational spectra of the various components of the mixture, which include blueshifts and splitting in the vibration modes of hydrogen. These frequency shifts in the mixture are compared to frequency shifts in mixtures composed of the hydrogen isotopes. The changes not accounted for by interactions between the hydrogen molecules suggest repulsive interactions between the hydrogen and ammonia. The bond length of the hydrogen molecules is calculated using a Morse potential, revealing a bond length shorter than in pure hydrogen. Additionally, a change in slope of the bond length as a function of pressure was observed around ∼10-18 GPa, which is attributed to the reordering Phase IV to V transition in ammonia. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.

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Journal of Physics: Conference Series