Structure of KCl-BiCl3 ionic glasses by neutron diffraction

Jonathan C. Wasse, Philip S. Salmon

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The structure of the ionic glasses (KCl)x(BiCl3)1-x where x = 0.35, 0.40, 0.45, has been measured at 20 K by using neutron diffraction. The results show that BiCl3 units exist as the predominant structural motifs at all compositions, give a Bi-Cl nearest-neighbour distance of 2.53(2) Å, and an angle Cl-Bi-Cl of 89(2)°. The nearest-neighbour K-Cl correlations occur at about 3.1 Å. The first sharp diffraction peak observed in the total structure factors is attributed to Bi-Bi correlations and the shift in its position to smaller scattering vector values with increased x is attributed to an enlarged separation of the BiCl3 units with enhanced KCl content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8139-8146
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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