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Crystal structure and structural disorder of (Ba0.65Ca0.35)2SiO4

Authors
Journal
Journal of Solid State Chemistry
0022-4596
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
180
Issue
8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jssc.2007.06.001
Keywords
  • Barium Calcium Silicate
  • X-Ray Powder Diffraction
  • Direct Methods
  • Rietveld Method
  • Maximum Entropy Method
  • Electron Density Distribution
  • Disordered Structure

Abstract

Abstract Crystal structure and structural disorder of (Ba 0.65Ca 0.35) 2SiO 4 were investigated by laboratory X-ray powder diffraction (Cu Kα 1). The initial structural model with eleven independent atoms in the unit cell was determined using direct methods, and it was further modified to a split-atom model, in which the two types of Ba/Ca atoms and two types of SiO 4 tetrahedra were, respectively, positionally and orientationally disordered. The crystal structure is trigonal (space group P 3 ¯ m 1 , Z=4) with lattice dimensions a=0.57505(1) nm, c=1.46706(2) nm and V=0.42014(1) nm 3. The validity of the structural model was verified by the three-dimensional electron density distribution, the structural bias of which was reduced as much as possible using the maximum-entropy methods-based pattern fitting (MPF). The final reliability indices calculated from the MPF were R wp=9.56% ( S=1.48), R p=7.29%, R B=1.82% and R F=0.88%. This compound is most probably homeotypic to glaserite.

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