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A neutron diffraction investigation of the structure of vitreous boron trioxide

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Journal
Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
0022-3093
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
50
Issue
3
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DOI: 10.1016/0022-3093(82)90092-8

Abstract

Abstract An extended review is given of previous structural work on vitreous B 2O 3 which comes to the conclusion that the best structural model comprises a mixed random network of boroxol groups and independent BO 3 triangles. The neutron scattering length for 11B is slightly greater than that for oxygen so that neutrons should be more sensitive than X-rays to the presence of boroxol groups. Results are presented from a neutron diffraction investigation of vitreous 11B 2O 3, using the Harwell linac pulsed neutron source, in which data have been obtained to high scattering vector values ( Q max =40 A ̊ −1 ) yielding good real space resolution. It is concluded that these data are consistent with a mixed boroxol group - independent BO 3 triangle network having 60% of the boron atoms in boroxol rings.

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