Abstract / Description of output
High-pressure studies have been performed on the ε-form of the powerful explosive CL-20. Hydrostatic compression over the pressure range 0–12 GPa has been monitored using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. The potential effects of X-ray radiation damage were observed and circumvented through a follow-up compression study over the pressure range 0–7 GPa using neutron powder diffraction. This second study revealed smooth compression behavior, and the absence of any phase transitions. Intermolecular interaction energies as obtained using PIXEL calculations did not show any discontinuity upon the application of pressure. An isothermal equation of state has been determined, and the high-pressure response is supported by dispersion-corrected density functional theory calculations. Inelastic neutron scattering (experimental and simulated) spectra for the ε-form are in excellent agreement.