M Bauchy, M Micoulaut
Physical Review B 83 (18), 184118
Publication year: 2011

Classical molecular dynamics is used to study the dynamics of sodium atoms in liquid Na2O-3SiO2(NS3) as a function of system density. It is found that diffusion displays different régimes with increasing density at fixed temperature: a channel-connected network at ambient pressures which reduces to small pockets once the density is increased. The obtained features can be further characterized by the probability of Na hopping that shows a percolative behavior at around 2.25 g/cm3 at the lowest temperature of 1500 K, which correlates with a threshold in the coordination number of the silicon and oxygen atoms. These results highlight the fact that transport properties in simple silicates can be substantially modified under a limited density change.