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[PPS24-03] An experimental study on the effect of water vapor on crystallization of amorphous forsterite
Keywords:amorphous silicate, forsterite, crystallization, water vapor, protoplanetary disk
In this study, in order to investigate the effect of water vapor on the crystallization kinetics of amorphous forsterite, crystallization experiments were conducted in vacuum condition (∼10-4 Pa) using a gold-image vacuum furnace (Thermo-Riko GFA430VN) at 500, 680, 730, 750℃, and in sealed glass tubes, in which water vapor pressure is kept at 0.65 bar by a Ca(OH)2−CaO buffer system, at 500℃ in a box furnace. Amorphous forsterite powder, synthesized by a thermal plasma method, was provided by A. Tsuchiyama, Kyoto University. Temperature of both furnaces was calibrated against the melting points of NaCl, KBr, LiBr and In. Run products were analyzed with FT-IR (KBr pellet method). Quantitative analysis of the degree of crystallization was made with the spectral fitting of run products in the 10 μm band, where the structural evolution of amorphous forsterite can be observed as a change of Si-O stretching features.
The time-dependence of crystallization in vacuum was estimated by the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation for each temperature, and the Arrhenius plot of the time constant of crystallization,τ, showed a linear correlation with the reciprocal temperature. The obtained value of Ea/k_ was 4.94×104 K, where Ea is activation energy for crystallization and k_is the Boltzmann constant. Kinetic parameter n in the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation obtained at 680, 730, 750℃ in vacuum were ∼ 1.5. Assuming that the crystallization mechanism in vacuum does not change at lower temperatures, we can estimate the timescale of crystallization at 500℃ in vacuum, which is about 430 years for the crystallization degree of 26 %. On the contrary, experiments at PH2O=0.65 bar showed that the degree of crystallization reached about 26 % only for 12 hours. It was also experimentally confirmed that amorphous forsterite remained unchanged by heating at 500℃ in vacuum for 72 hours. This clearly indicates that the crystallization of amorphous forsterite is promoted in the presence of water vapor. Kohara et al. (2004) reported the structure of Mg2SiO4-composition glass synthesized by a containerless liquid phase processing technique, and MgOX units act as a network former and SiO4 units form polymer and dimer. We proposed that water molecules diffuse into the amorphous structure to break Si-O-Si bonds and MgO bonds by acting as a network modifier and promote the crystallization of amorphous forsterite.
Experiments at lower water vapor pressure conditions are needed for a direct application to the crystallization of amorphous silicates in canonical protoplanetary disks, but the present results imply that the crystallization of amorphous silicates might take place more effectively in the water-enriched regions compared with canonical solar nebula condition.