Direct observation of structural changes near and at the charge-ordering temperature of ilvaite using high-flux neutron powder diffraction

E. R. Williams, M. T. Weller

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Abstract

The detailed structural changes that occur during and following the formation of a long-range, charge-ordered state have been accurately and rapidly determined. The localisation of the electron in ilvaite, Ca(Fe,Mn)3Si2O8(OH), forming Fe2+ and Fe3+ from the delocalized 2× Fe2.5+, is directly apparent in bond valence sums derived from accurately determined Fe–O distances extracted from neutron powder diffraction data obtained for 40 temperatures around the charge ordering temperature in just a few hours. Subtle changes that occur in the structure and lattice parameters after the formation of the charge-ordered state are also apparent for the first time from this work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3890-3894
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Volume2
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2014

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