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A high-pressure neutron diffraction study was conducted on polycrystalline samples of the two known polymorphs of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene [monoclinic (m) and orthorhombic (o) TNT] under hydrostatic conditions. Isothermal equations of state were obtained for both polymorphic forms. Neither polymorph was observed to undergo a phase transition in the pressure region 0–5 GPa, with both polymorphs displaying smooth compression behavior across the pressure range. This differs somewhat from previous X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy investigations in which discontinuities were observed in the P–V curves and spectral changes were reported at ∼2 GPa. The high-pressure response of these materials is supported by dispersion-corrected density functional theory calculations which, while overestimating the experimental bulk moduli, give excellent agreement with the observed smooth compression response of both phases.
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1/11/12 → 31/12/16