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Structure and properties of nanosilicates with olivine (Mg2SiO4)N and pyroxene (MgSiO3)N compositions

A. Macia Escatllar, T. Lazaukas, S. M. Woodley, S. T. Bromley.
ACS Earth Space Chem.(2019) 2390-2403.

Magnesium-rich silicates are ubiquitous both terrestrially and astronomically, where they are often present as small particles. Nanosized Mg-rich silicate particles are likely to be particularly important for understanding the formation, processing, and properties of cosmic dust grains. Overall, our work provides a new platform for an accurate and detailed understanding of nanoscale silicates.