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Transition from Gas-like to Liquid-like Behavior in Supercritical N2

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posted on 2019-10-15, 14:44 authored by J. E. Proctor, C. G. Pruteanu, I. Morrison, I. F. Crowe, J. S. Loveday
We have studied in detail the transition from gas-like to rigid liquid-like behavior in supercritical N2 at 300 K (2.4 TC). Our study combines neutron diffraction and Raman spectroscopy with ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We observe a narrow transition from gas-like to rigid liquid-like behavior at ca. 150 MPa, which we associate with the Frenkel line. Our findings allow us to reliably characterize the Frenkel line using both diffraction and spectroscopy methods, backed up by simulation, for the same substance. We clearly lay out what parameters change, and what parameters do not change, when the Frenkel line is crossed.