As part of a wider study of the nature and origins of cation order-disorder in micas, a variety of computational techniques have been used to investigate the nature of tetrahedral and octahedral ordering in phengite, K2(Al3Mg (Si7Al)O20(OH)4. Values of the atomic exchange interaction parameters Jn used to model the energies of order-disorder were calculated. Both tetrahedral Al-Si and octahedral Al-Mg ordering were studied and hence three types of interaction parameter were necessary: for T-T, O-O and T-O interactions (where T denotes tetrahedral sites and O denotes octahedral sites). Values for the T-T and O-O interactions were taken from results on other systems, whilst we calculated new values for the T-O interactions. We have demonstrated that modelling the octahedral and tetrahedral sheets alone and independently produces different results from modelling a whole T-O-T layer, hence justifying the inclusion of the T-O interactions. Simulations of a whole T-O-T layer of phengite indicated the presence of short-range order, but no long-range order was observed.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Physics and Chemistry of Minerals|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2003|