Structure of molten holmium and erbium trichlorides and tribromides

Jonathan C. Wasse, Philip S. Salmon, Robert G. Delaplane

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The total structure factors of the molten MX3 salts HoCl3, ErCl3, HoBr3 and ErBr3 were measured by using neutron diffraction. The liquids comprise distorted MX6 3- octahedral units and show intermediate-range ionic ordering as manifest by the first sharp diffraction peak at a scattering vector of ≈0.94 angstroms-1 for the trichlorides and ≈0.80 angstroms-1 for the tribromides. The trivalent metal halide systems show a rich diversity in behavior with ion size, adopting an increasingly `covalent' character with decreasing cation radius.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-434
Number of pages2
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
Event2nd European Conference on Neutron Scattering (ECNS '99) - Budapest, Hung
Duration: 1 Sep 19994 Sep 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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