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Crystal structure of a high-pressure phase of magnesium chloride hexahydrate determined by ${it in-situ}$ X-ray and neutron diffraction methods

Yamashita, Keishiro*; Komatsu, Kazuki*; Hattori, Takanori ; Machida, Shinichi*; Kagi, Hiroyuki*

A crystal structure of a high-pressure phase of magnesium chloride hexahydrate (MgCl$$_{2}$$ $$cdot$$ 6H$$_{2}$$O-II) and its deuterated counterpart (MgCl$$_{2}$$ $$cdot$$ 6D$$_{2}$$O-II) have been identified for the first time by in-situ single-crystal X-ray and powder neutron diffraction. The crystal structure was analyzed by the Rietveld method for the neutron diffraction pattern based on the initial structure determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. This high-pressure phase has a similar framework to that in the known ambient-pressure phase, but exhibits some structural changes with symmetry reduction caused by a subtle modification in the hydrogen-bond network around the Mg(H$$_{2}$$O)$$_{6}$$ octahedra. These structural features reflect the strain in the high-pressure phases of MgCl$$_{2}$$ hydrates.

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