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  1. Anisotropy, phonon modes, and free charge carrier parameters in monoclinic β -gallium oxide single crystals

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    Schubert, M.; Korlacki, R.; Knight, S.; Hofmann, T.; Schöche, S.; Darakchieva, V.; Janzén, E.; Monemar, B.; Gogova, D.; Thieu, Q.-T.; Togashi, R.; Murakami, H.; Kumagai, Y.; Goto, K.; Kuramata, A.; Yamakoshi, S.; Higashiwaki, M.

    2016-03-01

    We derive a dielectric function tensor model approach to render the optical response of monoclinic and triclinic symmetry materials with multiple uncoupled infrared and far-infrared active modes. We apply our model approach to monoclinic β -Ga2O3 single-crystal samples. Surfaces cut under different angles from a bulk crystal, (010) and (2 ¯01 ), are investigated by generalized spectroscopic ellipsometry within infrared and far-infrared spectral regions. We determine the frequency dependence of 4 independent β -Ga2O3 Cartesian dielectric function tensor elements by matching large sets of experimental data using a point-by-point data inversion approach. From matching our monoclinic model to the obtained 4 dielectric function tensor components, we determine all infrared and far-infrared active transverse optic phonon modes with Au and Bu symmetry, and their eigenvectors within the monoclinic lattice. We find excellent agreement between our model results and results of density functional theory calculations. We derive and discuss the frequencies of longitudinal optical phonons in β -Ga2O3 . We derive and report density and anisotropic mobility parameters of the free charge carriers within the tin-doped crystals. We discuss the occurrence of longitudinal phonon plasmon coupled modes in β -Ga2O3 and provide their frequencies and eigenvectors. We also discuss and present monoclinic dielectric constants for static electric fields and frequencies above the reststrahlen range, and we provide a generalization of the Lyddane-Sachs-Teller relation for monoclinic lattices with infrared and far-infrared active modes. We find that the generalized Lyddane-Sachs-Teller relation is fulfilled excellently for β -Ga2O3 .

  2. Spectroscopic refractive indices of monoclinic single crystal and ceramic Lutetium oxyorthosilicate (LSO) from 200 to 850 nm

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    Jellison Jr, Gerald Earle; Specht, Eliot D; Boatner, Lynn A; Singh, David J; Melcher, Charles L

    2012-01-01

    The four real values of the dielectric function tensor of the monoclinic crystal Lu2SiO5 or lutetium oxyorthosilicate (LSO) have been determined using generalized ellipsometry from 200 to 850 nm. The three principal values are fit to the Sellmeier model, and they indicate that the band gap of LSO is less than ~9 eV. The off-diagonal element 12 is non-zero over the entire spectrum, but it is very close to zero for wavelengths longer than ~400 nm, indicating that structurally monoclinic LSO is nearly optically orthorhombic in this wavelength region. The spectroscopic dielectric functions of three isotropic ceramic LSO samples are presented, which are consistent with the dielectric functions of single-crystal LSO when the effects of porosity are included. As a comparison, the dielectric functions are also determined using relativistic electronic structure and optical calculations based on the recently developed potential functional of Tran and Blaha (Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 226401 (2009).)

  3. Photosensitive structures based on ZnP{sub 2} single crystals of monoclinic and tetragonal modifications: Fabrication and properties

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    Rud, V. Yu. Rud, Yu. V.; Vaipolin, A. A.; Bodnar, I. V.; Osipiva, M. A.; Ushakova, T. N.

    2009-07-15

    The method of gas-phase resublimation is used to grow the single-crystals of monoclinic and tetragonal modifications whose composition are identical and corresponds to the ZnP{sub 2} stoichiometry. The crystal-lattice parameters are determined and natural facets of the crystals of both modifications are identified. The obtained single crystals were used to fabricate for the first time the Schottky barriers and welded point structures; the latter exhibited rectification and the photovoltaic effect. On the basis of the first studies of photosensitivity of obtained structures subjected to the natural and linearly polarized radiation, the character of interband transitions is suggested, the values of the band gap are determined, and the influence of the position ordering of atoms on the structures' properties is observed. The phenomenon of natural photopleochroism observed in the structures based on oriented ZnP{sub 2} single crystals were studied. It is concluded that it is possible to use the zinc diphosphide in photoconversion of the intensity and polarization of optical radiation.

  4. Novel high pressure monoclinic Fe2O3 polymorph revealed by single-crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies

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    Bykova, Elena; Bykov, Maxim; Prakapenka, Vitali; Konôpková, Zuzana; Liermann, Hanns-Peter; Dubrovinskaia, Natalia; Dubrovinsky, Leonid

    2013-08-01

    A novel high pressure polymorph of iron sesquioxide, m-Fe2O3, has been identified by means of single-crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD). Upon compression of a single crystal of hematite, α-Fe2O3, in a diamond anvil cell, the transition occurs at pressure of about 54 GPa and results in ∼10% volume reduction. The crystal structure of the new phase was solved by the direct method (monoclinic space group P21/n, a=4.588(3), b=4.945(2), c=6.679(7) Å and β=91.31(9)°) and refined to R1 ∼11%. It belongs to the cryolite double-perovskite structure type and consists of corner-linked FeO6 octahedra and FeO6 trigonal prisms filling the free space between the octahedra. Upon compression up to ∼71 GPa at ambient temperature no further phase transitions were observed. Laser heating to ∼ 2100±100 K promotes a transition to the Cmcm CaIrO3-type (post-perovskite (PPv)) phase. The PPv-Fe2O3 crystal structure was refined by means of single-crystal XRD at ∼65 GPa. On decompression the PPv-Fe2O3 phase fully transforms back to hematite at pressures between ∼25 and 15 GPa.

  5. Magnetic characterization of non-ideal single-domain monoclinic pyrrhotite and its demagnetization under hydrostatic pressure up to 2 GPa with implications for impact demagnetization

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    Bezaeva, Natalia S.; Chareev, Dmitriy A.; Rochette, Pierre; Kars, Myriam; Gattacceca, Jérôme; Feinberg, Joshua M.; Sadykov, Ravil A.; Kuzina, Dilyara M.; Axenov, Sergey N.

    2016-08-01

    Here we present a comprehensive magnetic characterization of synthesized non-ideal single-domain (SD) monoclinic pyrrhotite (Fe7S8). The samples were in the form of a powder and a powder dispersed in epoxy. "Non-ideal" refers to a powder fraction of predominantly SD size with a minor contribution of small pseudo-single-domain grains; such non-ideal SD pyrrhotite was found to be a remanence carrier in several types of meteorites (carbonaceous chondrites, SNC…), which justifies the usage of synthetic compositions as analogous to natural samples. Data were collected from 5 to 633 K and include low-field magnetic susceptibility (χ0), thermomagnetic curves, major hysteresis loops, back-field remanence demagnetization curves, first-order reversal curves (FORCs), alternating field and pressure demagnetization of saturation isothermal remanent magnetization (SIRM), low temperature data (such as zero-field-cooled and field-cooled remanence datasets together with room temperature SIRM cooling-warming cycles) as well as XRD and Mössbauer spectra. The characteristic Besnus transition is observed at ∼33 K. FORC diagrams indicate interacting SD grains. The application of hydrostatic pressure up to 2 GPa using nonmagnetic high-pressure cells resulted in the demagnetization of the sample by 32-38%. Repeated cycling from 1.8 GPa to atmospheric pressure and back resulted in a total remanence decrease of 44% (after 3 cycles). Pressure demagnetization experiments have important implications for meteorite paleomagnetism and suggest that some published paleointensities of meteorites with non-ideal SD monoclinic pyrrhotite as remanence carrier may be lower limits because shock demagnetization was not accounted for.

  6. Monoclinic Cu2Se3Sn.

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    Gulay, L D; Daszkiewicz, M; Ostapyuk, T A; Klymovych, O S; Zmiy, O F

    2010-05-01

    A previously unknown modification of dicopper(I) triselenostannate(IV), Cu(2)Se(3)Sn, has been obtained from the Cu(2)Se-SnSe(2) quasi-binary system and investigated using X-ray single-crystal diffraction. The Se atoms are stacked in a closest-packed arrangement with the layers in the sequence ABC. The Cu atoms occupy one-third of the tetrahedral interstices, whereas the Sn atoms are located in one-sixth of the tetrahedral interstices. All the atoms occupy general positions. The structure possesses pseudo-inversion symmetry. The Cu(2)Se(3)Sn structure investigated in this paper (96 atoms per unit cell, ordered distribution of Cu and Sn over 12 cation positions) is a superstructure of the reported cubic (eight atoms per unit cell, random distribution of Cu and Sn over one cation position) and monoclinic (24 atoms per unit cell, ordered distribution of Cu and Sn over three cation positions) modifications. PMID:20442500

  7. Protonated Forms of Monoclinic Zirconia: A Theoretical Study

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    Mantz, Yves A.; Gemmen, Randall S.

    2010-05-06

    In various materials applications of zirconia, protonated forms of monoclinic zirconia may be formed, motivating their study within the framework of density-functional theory. Using the HCTH/120 exchange-correlation functional, the equations of state of yttria and of the three low-pressure zirconia polymorphs are computed, to verify our approach. Next, the favored charge state of a hydrogen atom in monoclinic zirconia is shown to be positive for all Fermilevel energies in the band gap, by the computation of defect formation energies.This result is consistent with a single previous theoretical prediction at midgap as well as muonium spectroscopy experiments. For the formally positively (+1e) charged system of a proton in monoclinic zirconia (with a homogeneous neutralizing background charge densityimplicitly included), modeled using up to a 3 x 3 x 3 arrangement of unit cells, different stable and metastable structures are identified. They are similar to those structures previously proposed for the neutral system of hydrogen-doedmonoclinic zirconia, at a similar level of theory. As predicted using the HCTH/120 functional, the lowest energy structure of the proton bonded to one of the two available oxygen atom types, O1, is favored by 0.39 eV compared to that of the proton bonded to O2. The rate of proton transfer between O1 ions is slower than that for hydrogen-dopedmonoclinic zirconia, whose transition-state structures may be lowered in energy by the extra electron.

  8. A nearly pure monoclinic nanocrystalline zirconia

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    Guo Gongyi . E-mail: guo_gongyi@hotmail.com; Chen Yuli

    2005-05-15

    Generally, monoclinic zirconia is considered to be much more difficult to prepare at low temperatures and particularly in a pure state. The present work is the first example that shows that the hydrous zirconia formed by precipitation can yield a nearly pure nanocrystalline monoclinic zirconia at a temperature as low as 320 deg. C. The crystallite size of the monoclinic zirconia produced in the present work is around 15nm, and it does not change appreciably as calcination temperature is increased from 320 to or above 400 deg. C. Such a small monoclinic crystallite arises from some of the chemical and physical factors built into the solution-gelation-xerogel process such as acidic preparation-pH, rapid precipitation, and moderate aging time and drying temperature, which result in a structure different from those of the existing zirconium hydroxides. In addition, the hydrous zirconia exhibits a unique thermal behavior in two respects: first, a sudden weight drop in the region of exothermic peak of the thermogravimetric curve is seen, suggesting that the main decomposition of the hydrous zirconia occurs in this region; second, there is an endothermic peak at high temperature in the differential thermal analysis curve, indicating the presence of coordinated water in the hydrous zirconia.

  9. Phase field modeling of tetragonal to monoclinic phase transformation in zirconia

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    Mamivand, Mahmood

    Zirconia based ceramics are strong, hard, inert, and smooth, with low thermal conductivity and good biocompatibility. Such properties made zirconia ceramics an ideal material for different applications form thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) to biomedicine applications like femoral implants and dental bridges. However, this unusual versatility of excellent properties would be mediated by the metastable tetragonal (or cubic) transformation to the stable monoclinic phase after a certain exposure at service temperatures. This transformation from tetragonal to monoclinic, known as LTD (low temperature degradation) in biomedical application, proceeds by propagation of martensite, which corresponds to transformation twinning. As such, tetragonal to monoclinic transformation is highly sensitive to mechanical and chemomechanical stresses. It is known in fact that this transformation is the source of the fracture toughening in stabilized zirconia as it occurs at the stress concentration regions ahead of the crack tip. This dissertation is an attempt to provide a kinetic-based model for tetragonal to monoclinic transformation in zirconia. We used the phase field technique to capture the temporal and spatial evolution of monoclinic phase. In addition to morphological patterns, we were able to calculate the developed internal stresses during tetragonal to monoclinic transformation. The model was started form the two dimensional single crystal then was expanded to the two dimensional polycrystalline and finally to the three dimensional single crystal. The model is able to predict the most physical properties associated with tetragonal to monoclinic transformation in zirconia including: morphological patterns, transformation toughening, shape memory effect, pseudoelasticity, surface uplift, and variants impingement. The model was benched marked with several experimental works. The good agreements between simulation results and experimental data, make the model a reliable tool for

  10. Effective property of tooth enamel: monoclinic behavior.

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    Lu, Cunyou; Nakamura, Toshio; Korach, Chad S

    2012-05-11

    Human tooth enamel possesses a unique morphology characterized by a repeated cell arrangement, which is composed of varying orientations of hydroxyapatite crystals. In the past, various investigators have reported diverse mechanical properties based on isotropic or orthotropic mechanical models in their experimental and numerical studies. However, these models are insufficient to capture the accurate microstructural effects on the enamel mechanical response. In this paper, a monoclinic anisotropic model, which offers correct descriptions of enamel deformation behaviors, is introduced. The model takes into account the 3D orientation changes of the hydroxyapatite crystals and their spatial elastic property variations. The proposed approach is based on a unit-cell and periodic boundary conditions, and it utilizes the collective deformation characteristics of many rods to determine 13 independent material constants required for the monoclinic model. These constants are necessary to utilize the effective property model to study various mechanical conditions such as abrasion, erosion, wear and fracture of whole tooth enamel. PMID:22405497

  11. Nonlinear optical characterizations of monoclinic LaxGd1-xCa4O(BO3)3 (x = 1, 0.09, 0.13) single crystals

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    Liu, Y. Q.; Yu, F. P.; Lu, Q. M.; Yu, X. Q.; Wang, Z. P.; Zhao, X.; Xu, X. G.

    2015-01-01

    The 1064 nm optimal spatial phase matching (PM) direction for LaCa4O(BO3)3 (LaCOB) crystals was found to be (113.5°, 43.8°) with deff of 1.34 pm V-1, angular acceptance of 0.9 mrad cm and walk-off angle of 14.9 mrad, and more than a 56% second-harmonic generation (SHG) conversion efficiency was realized on a sample (4  ×  4 × 6 mm3) cut in this direction, by using a 1064 nm Nd : YAG pico-second laser. The angular noncritical phase-matching (A-NCPM) wavelengths along the y and z axes for LaxGd1-xCOB (x = 0.09, 0.13) crystals were measured. Using a nanosecond laser, the type-I single-pass A-NCPM SHG conversion efficiency along y axis reached 30.2% by taking advantage of the longer crystal sample (4  ×  4 × 27 mm3).

  12. Monoclinic deformation of calcite crystals at ambient conditions

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    Przeniosło, R.; Fabrykiewicz, P.; Sosnowska, I.

    2016-09-01

    High resolution synchrotron radiation powder diffraction shows that the average crystal structure of calcite at ambient conditions is described with the trigonal space group R 3 bar c but there is a systematic hkl-dependent Bragg peak broadening. A modelling of this anisotropic peak broadening with the microstrain model from Stephens (1999) [15] is presented. The observed lattice parameters' correlations can be described by assuming a monoclinic-type deformation of calcite crystallites. A quantitative model of this monoclinic deformation observed at ambient conditions is described with the space group C 2 / c . The monoclinic unit cell suggested at ambient conditions is related with the monoclinic unit cell reported in calcite at high pressure (Merrill and Bassett (1975) [10]).

  13. Dielectric relaxation in monoclinic hydroxyapatite: Observation of hydroxide ion dipoles

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    Horiuchi, N.; Wada, N.; Nozaki, K.; Nakamura, M.; Nagai, A.; Yamashita, K.

    2016-02-01

    We prepared monoclinic hydroxyapatite (HAp) ceramics and measured their dielectric properties. The dielectric dispersion that was observed in the monoclinic HAp consisted of two different relaxations and could be expressed by a summation of two Debye-like relaxations. One relaxation was ascribed to the reorientational motions of OH- ions. The temperature dependence of the relaxation time obeyed the Arrhenius equation. The relaxation time decreased with temperature but decreased discontinuously at 483 K, the monoclinic-hexagonal phase transition temperature of HAp. Correspondingly, the activation energy changed from 0.74 eV for the monoclinic phase to 0.43 eV for the hexagonal phase. The results suggest that the mobility of the OH- ions increases discontinuously with the phase transition to hexagonal HAp. However, critical phenomena, such as critical slowing down, were not observed.

  14. Monoclinic phases arising across thermal inter-ferroelectric phase transitions

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    Gu, Yijia; Xue, Fei; Lei, Shiming; Lummen, Tom T. A.; Wang, Jianjun; Gopalan, Venkatraman; Chen, Long-Qing

    2014-07-01

    Thermotropic phase boundaries (TPBs), as thermal analogs of morphotropic phase boundaries (MPBs), are associated with the thermal inter-ferroelectric phase transitions. Similar to an MPB, a TPB exhibits a characteristically flattened energy profile which favors polarization rotation, thus giving rise to a structurally bridging low-symmetry phase. We report on the kinetic process of thermal inter-ferroelectric phase transitions in BaTiO3 and KNbO3 using the phase-field method. The domain structures are found to play key roles in stabilizing the monoclinic phase. In simple domain structures, the monoclinic phase is a transient phase and cannot be stabilized into its neighboring phase regimes. However, by introducing structural inhomogeneity (orthogonal in-plane domain twins), we found that the monoclinic phase can be stabilized over a range of over 100 K across the transition. As a result, the piezoelectric properties are enhanced due to the stabilized monoclinic phase. In addition to the emergence of new piezoelectric components with monoclinic symmetry, most of the original components present in the tetragonal symmetry also show substantial enhancement with the rotation of polarization.

  15. Near coincidence site lattice misorientations in monoclinic zirconia

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    Gertsman, V.Y.; Zhilyaev, A.P.; Szpunar, J.

    1996-12-01

    Zirconium dioxide, ZrO{sub 2}, exists in three crystalline phases: monoclinic, tetragonal, and cubic. Calculations of the coincidence site lattice (CSL) misorientations for the last two lattices and for hexagonal ones using the methods developed represent little difficulty. However, no procedure for the determination of the CSL misorientations in the monoclinic system has been reported so far. Monoclinic zirconia has the crystallographic space group P2{sub 1}/c and the following parameters of the unit cell (e.g., 5, 6): a = 5.1490 {angstrom}, b = 5.2133 {angstrom}, c = 5.3161 {angstrom}, and {beta} = 99.228{degree}. Before discussing possible CSL misorientations in zirconia, consider a simple example based on geometric considerations. In any monoclinic crystal (with any lattice parameters) the two symmetrical boundaries along the (001) and (100) planes must have highly ordered atomic structure. The misorientation of the first boundary is descried as a rotation of either 180{degree} around the [100] direction or 180{degree} around the normal to the (001) plane. The misorientation of the second boundary is 180{degree} [001] or 180{degree} around the normal to the (100) plane. It can be shown that three-dimensional CSLs will exist in both cases if (c/a)cos{beta} is a rational number. This example justifies the following approximation of the unit cell in the monoclinic zirconia: a = b = c and cos{beta} = {minus}1/6 (i.e., {beta} = 99.594{degree}). Consider the following prismatic cell in the monoclinic crystal structure: ([1 0 1], [{bar 1} 0 1], [0 1 0]). With the above approximation, this cell is orthogonal with the ratios of the squares of the edge lengths expressed as 5:7:3. Therefore, one can apply the algorithm for calculations of the CSL misorientations in orthorhombic lattices with rational ratios of squares of the lattice periods, which is based on the general vector-quaternion method of misorientation representation.

  16. Low temperature synthesis of high purity monoclinic celsian using topaz

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    Talmy, I.G.; Haught, D.A.

    1991-02-19

    This patent describes a process for preparing monoclinic BaO {center dot} Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} {center dot} 2SiO{sub 2}. It comprises: forming an intimate reaction mixture of powders of topaz and BaCO{sub 3} wherein the molar ratio of topaz to BaCO{sub 3} is from 2:1 to 4:1; and heating the reaction mixture to initiate a celsian formation reaction, in an atmosphere of gases generated by the celsian formation reaction, at a temperature in the range of from 900{degrees} C. to less than 1590{degrees} C. until the monoclinic celsian is produced.

  17. Different structures of monoclinic martensitic phases in titanium nickelide

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    Voronin, V. I.; Naish, V. E.; Novoselova, T. V.; Pushin, V. G.; Sagaradze, I. V.

    2000-03-01

    The detailed theoretical and experimental analysis has been undertaken to bring to light the true structure of the monoclinic phase in titanium nickelide (NiTi). Theoretical models for such a phase have been proposed to describe the experimental data. In addition to the well-known B19‧ phase two more structures - new monoclinic M phase with Cm space group and triclinic phase with P1 space group - have been produced and analyzed in detail. Diffraction patterns have been obtained from different NiTi samples by using the neutron diffractometer IVV2 at different temperatures. From the refinement by DBWS-9411 program all these neutron patterns have been decoded successfully. The proposed new structures and stereotype B19‧ one agree with correspondent experimental data and the agreement is quite good.

  18. Phonon anharmonicity of monoclinic zirconia and yttrium-stabilized zirconia

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    Li, Chen W.; Smith, Hillary L.; Lan, Tian; Niedziela, Jennifer L.; Munoz, Jorge A.; Keith, J. Brian; Mauger, L.; Abernathy, Douglas L; Fultz, B.

    2015-04-13

    Inelastic neutron scattering measurements on monoclinic zirconia (ZrO2) and 8 mol% yttrium-stabilized zirconia were performed at temperatures from 300 to 1373 ωK. We reported temperature-dependent phonon densities of states (DOS) and Raman spectra obtained at elevated temperatures. First-principles lattice dynamics calculations with density functional theory gave total and partial phonon DOS curves and mode Grüneisen parameters. These mode Grüneisen parameters were used to predict the experimental temperature dependence of the phonon DOS with partial success. However, substantial anharmonicity was found at elevated temperatures, especially for phonon modes dominated by the motions of oxygen atoms. Yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was somewhat moremore » anharmonic and had a broader phonon spectrum at low temperatures, owing in part to defects in its structure. YSZ also has a larger vibrational entropy than monoclinic zirconia.« less

  19. Alpha decay self-damage in cubic and monoclinic zirconolite

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    Clinard, F.W. Jr.; Land, C.C.; Peterson, D.E.; Rohr, D.L.; Roof, R.B.

    1981-01-01

    Samples of primarily-monoclinic /sup 238/Pu-doped zirconolite were stored at ambient temperature to allow accumulation of alpha decay self-damage to a dose of 1 x 10/sup 24/ ..cap alpha../m/sup 3/ (equivalent to a SYNROC age of approx. 10/sup 3/y). Bulk swelling reached 2.3 vol% with no tendency toward saturation, a damage response similar to that observed for cubic Pu-doped zirconolite. X-ray volumetric swelling at 4 x 10/sup 24/ ..cap alpha../m/sup 3/ was 1 vol%, considerably less than that for the cubic material. Changes in cell dimensions differed significantly from those reported by others for a monoclinic natural mineral. Extensive microcracking was observed, and is attributed at least partially to swelling differences between the matrix and minor phases.

  20. Phonon anharmonicity of monoclinic zirconia and yttrium-stabilized zirconia

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    Li, Chen W.; Smith, Hillary L.; Lan, Tian; Niedziela, Jennifer L.; Munoz, Jorge A.; Keith, J. Brian; Mauger, L.; Abernathy, Douglas L; Fultz, B.

    2015-04-13

    Inelastic neutron scattering measurements on monoclinic zirconia (ZrO2) and 8 mol% yttrium-stabilized zirconia were performed at temperatures from 300 to 1373 ωK. We reported temperature-dependent phonon densities of states (DOS) and Raman spectra obtained at elevated temperatures. First-principles lattice dynamics calculations with density functional theory gave total and partial phonon DOS curves and mode Grüneisen parameters. These mode Grüneisen parameters were used to predict the experimental temperature dependence of the phonon DOS with partial success. However, substantial anharmonicity was found at elevated temperatures, especially for phonon modes dominated by the motions of oxygen atoms. Yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was somewhat more anharmonic and had a broader phonon spectrum at low temperatures, owing in part to defects in its structure. YSZ also has a larger vibrational entropy than monoclinic zirconia.

  1. Sonocrystallization yields monoclinic paracetamol with significantly improved compaction behavior.

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    Bučar, Dejan-Krešimir; Elliott, James A; Eddleston, Mark D; Cockcroft, Jeremy K; Jones, William

    2015-01-01

    Ultrasound-assisted crystallization (sonocrystallization) was used to prepare a mixture of nano- and micrometer-sized crystals of the monoclinic form of paracetamol-a widely used analgesic known for its particularly problematic mechanical behavior under compression (i.e. poor tabletability). The nano- and micrometer-sized crystals yielded a powder which exhibits elastic moduli and bulk cohesions that are significantly higher than those observed in samples consisting of macrometer-sized crystals, thus leading to enhanced tabletability without the use of excipients, particle coating, salt, or cocrystal formation. Experimental compaction and finite element analysis were utilized to rationalize the significantly improved compaction behavior of the monoclinic form of paracetamol. PMID:25370777

  2. Nanoporous nanocrystalline monoclinic zirconia for luminescent oxygen sensors

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    Fidelus, Janusz D.; Zhou, Wuzong; Tenderenda, Tadeusz; Nasiłowski, Tomasz

    2015-09-01

    In this work we present a nanocrystalline monoclinic ZrO2 with large free volumen open towards the nanocrystals surface dedicated for optical oxygen sensors. Nanoporous zirconia nanopowder was fabricated in hydrothermal microwave-driven process followed by annealing at 800°C. Metal-coated optical fibers are proposed as a light carrier when the working temperature exceeds 500°C. The obtained results may also find application in luminescent fiber optic oxygen sensors.

  3. Assignments of the Raman modes of monoclinic erbium oxide

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    Yan, D.; Wu, P. Zhang, S. P.; Liang, L.; Yang, F.; Pei, Y. L.; Chen, S.

    2013-11-21

    As a heavy rare earth oxide, erbium oxide (Er{sub 2}O{sub 3}) has many attractive properties. Monoclinic Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} has useful properties not found in stable cubic Er{sub 2}O{sub 3}, such as unique optical properties and high radiation damage tolerance. In this study, cubic Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating and Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating with mixed phases were prepared. The Raman scattering spectra of these coatings were investigated by using a confocal micro-Raman spectrometer equipped with 325, 473, 514, 532, 633, and 784 nm lasers. A total of 17 first-order Raman modes of monoclinic Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} were identified and assigned. The modes at 83, 112, 152, 170, 278, 290, 409, 446, 478, 521, 603, and 622 cm{sup −1} are of A{sub g} symmetry, whereas modes at 71, 98, 333, 409, 446, and 468 cm{sup −1} are of B{sub g} symmetry. This research provides basic data necessary for the characterization of monoclinic Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} by Raman spectroscopy.

  4. Solid State Synthesis and Properties of Monoclinic Celsian

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1996-01-01

    Monoclinic celsian of Ba(0.75)Sr(0.25)Al2Si2O8 (BSAS-1) and B(0.85)Sr(O.15)Al2Si2O8 (BSAS-2) compositions have been synthesized from metal carbonates and oxides by solid state reaction. A mixture of BaCO3, SrCO3, Al2O3, and SiO2 powders was precalcined at approx. 900-940 C to decompose the carbonates followed by hot pressing at approx. 1300 C. The hot pressed BSAS-1 material was almost fully dense and contained the monoclinic celsian phase, with complete absence of the undesirable hexacelsian as indicated by x-ray diffraction. In contrast, a small fraction of hexacelsian was still present in hot pressed BSAS-2. However, on further heat treatment at 1200 C for 24 h, the hexacelsian phase was completely eliminated. The average linear thermal expansion coefficients of BSAS-1 and BSAS-2 compositions, having the monoclinic celsian phase, were measured to be 5.28 x 10(exp -6)/deg C and 5.15 x 10(exp -6)/deg C, respectively from room temperature to 1200 C. The hot pressed BSAS-1 celsian showed room temperature flexural strength of 131 MPa, elastic modulus of 96 GPa and was stable in air up to temperatures as high as approx. 1500 C.

  5. A new interpretation of the Besnus transition in monoclinic pyrrhotite

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    Gehring, Andreas

    2016-04-01

    Non-stoichiometric monoclinic 4C pyrrhotite (ideal formula: Fe7S8) is a major magnetic remanence carrier in the Earth's crust and in extraterrestrial materials. Because of its low-temperature magnetic transition around 30 K also known as Besnus transition, this mineral phase is easily detectable in natural samples. Considering the rock magnetic literature, an intrinsic origin of the Besnus transition similar to that of the Verwey transition has generally been assumed. Although the physical properties of pyrrhotite have intensively been studied, the mechanism behind the pronounced change in magnetization at the low-temperature transition is still debated. To address this question we performed magnetization experiments on a natural pyrrhotite crystal (Fe6.6S8) that consists of an epitaxial intergrowth of a commensurate 4C and an incommensurate 5C* superstructure that are different in their defect structure (1,2). The occurrence of two monoclinic superstructures detected by X-ray diffractometry is magnetically confirmed by symmetric inflection points in hysteresis measurements above the transition at about 30 K. The disappearance of the inflection points and the associated change of the hysteresis parameters indicate that the two superstructures become strongly coupled to form a unitary magnetic anisotropy system at the transition. From this it follows that the Besnus transition in monoclinic pyrrhotite is an extrinsic magnetic phenomenon with respect to the 4C superstructure and therefore the physics behind it is in fact different from that of the well-known Verwey transition. Finally, this novel interpretation explains the rock magnetic data for the low-temperature transition that has been reported for monoclinic pyrrhotite. It will also provide deeper understanding of magnetism in monoclinic pyrrhotite, which in turn will enable a more profound insight to the magnetization properties of the Earth's crust. 1.) Charilaou, M., Kind, J., Koulialias, D., Weidler, P

  6. Magnetism and electronic phase transitions in monoclinic transition metal dichalcogenides with transition metal atoms embedded

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    Lin, Xianqing; Ni, Jun

    2016-08-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed to study the energetic, electronic, and magnetic properties of substitutional 3d transition metal dopants in monoclinic transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) as topological insulators ( 1 T ' - MX 2 with M = (Mo, W) and X = (S, Se)). We find various favorite features in these doped systems to introduce magnetism and other desirable electronic properties: (i) The Mn embedded monoclinic TMDs are magnetic, and the doped 1 T ' - MoS 2 still maintains the semiconducting character with high concentration of Mn, while an electronic phase transition occurs in other Mn doped monoclinic TMDs with an increasing concentration of Mn. Two Mn dopants prefer the ferromagnetic coupling except for substitution of the nearest Mo atoms in 1 T ' - MoS 2 , and the strength of exchange interaction shows anisotropic behavior with dopants along one Mo zigzag chain having much stronger coupling. (ii) The substitutional V is a promising hole dopant, which causes little change to the energy dispersion around the conduction and valence band edges in most systems. In contrast, parts of the conduction band drop for the electron dopants Co and Ni due to the large structural distortion. Moreover, closing band gaps of the host materials are observed with increasing carrier concentration. (iii) Single Fe dopant has a magnetic moment, but it also dopes electrons. When two Fe dopants have a small distance, the systems turn into nonmagnetic semiconductors. (iv) The formation energies of all dopants are much lower than those in hexagonal TMDs and are all negative in certain growth conditions, suggesting possible realization of the predicted magnetism, electronic phase transitions as well as carrier doping in 1 T ' - MX 2 based topological devices.

  7. Monoclinic Tungsten Oxide with {100} Facet Orientation and Tuned Electronic Band Structure for Enhanced Photocatalytic Oxidations.

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    Zhang, Ning; Chen, Chen; Mei, Zongwei; Liu, Xiaohe; Qu, Xiaolei; Li, Yunxiang; Li, Siqi; Qi, Weihong; Zhang, Yuanjian; Ye, Jinhua; Roy, Vellaisamy A L; Ma, Renzhi

    2016-04-27

    Exploring surface-exposed highly active crystal facets for photocatalytic oxidations is promising in utilizing monoclinic WO3 semiconductor. However, the previously reported highly active facets for monoclinic WO3 were mainly toward enhancing photocatalytic reductions. Here we report that the WO3 with {100} facet orientation and tuned surface electronic band structure can effectively enhance photocatalytic oxidation properties. The {100} faceted WO3 single crystals are synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method. The UV-visible diffuse reflectance, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy valence band spectra, and photoelectrochemical measurements suggest that the {100} faceted WO3 has a much higher energy level of valence band maximum compared with the normal WO3 crystals without preferred orientation of the crystal face. The density functional theory calculations reveal that the shift of O 2p and W 5d states in {100} face induce a unique band structure. In comparison with the normal WO3, the {100} faceted WO3 exhibits an O2 evolution rate about 5.1 times in water splitting, and also shows an acetone evolution rate of 4.2 times as well as CO2 evolution rate of 3.8 times in gaseous degradation of 2-propanol. This study demonstrates an efficient crystal face engineering route to tune the surface electronic band structure for enhanced photocatalytic oxidations. PMID:27045790

  8. Monoclinic crystal structure of α -RuCl3 and the zigzag antiferromagnetic ground state

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    Johnson, R. D.; Williams, S. C.; Haghighirad, A. A.; Singleton, J.; Zapf, V.; Manuel, P.; Mazin, I. I.; Li, Y.; Jeschke, H. O.; Valentí, R.; Coldea, R.

    2015-12-01

    The layered honeycomb magnet α -RuCl3 has been proposed as a candidate to realize a Kitaev spin model with strongly frustrated, bond-dependent, anisotropic interactions between spin-orbit entangled jeff=1/2 Ru3 + magnetic moments. Here, we report a detailed study of the three-dimensional crystal structure using x-ray diffraction on untwinned crystals combined with structural relaxation calculations. We consider several models for the stacking of honeycomb layers and find evidence for a parent crystal structure with a monoclinic unit cell corresponding to a stacking of layers with a unidirectional in-plane offset, with occasional in-plane sliding stacking faults, in contrast with the currently assumed trigonal three-layer stacking periodicity. We report electronic band-structure calculations for the monoclinic structure, which find support for the applicability of the jeff=1/2 picture once spin-orbit coupling and electron correlations are included. Of the three nearest-neighbor Ru-Ru bonds that comprise the honeycomb lattice, the monoclinic structure makes the bond parallel to the b axis nonequivalent to the other two, and we propose that the resulting differences in the magnitude of the anisotropic exchange along these bonds could provide a natural mechanism to explain the previously reported spin gap in powder inelastic neutron scattering measurements, in contrast to spin models based on the three-fold symmetric trigonal structure, which predict a gapless spectrum within linear spin wave theory. Our susceptibility measurements on both powders and stacked crystals, as well as magnetic neutron powder diffraction, show a single magnetic transition upon cooling below TN≈13 K. The analysis of our neutron powder diffraction data provides evidence for zigzag magnetic order in the honeycomb layers with an antiferromagnetic stacking between layers. Magnetization measurements on stacked single crystals in pulsed field up to 60 T show a single transition around 8 T for in

  9. Unique Piezoelectric Properties of the Monoclinic Phase in Pb (Zr ,Ti )O3 Ceramics: Large Lattice Strain and Negligible Domain Switching

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    Fan, Longlong; Chen, Jun; Ren, Yang; Pan, Zhao; Zhang, Linxing; Xing, Xianran

    2016-01-01

    The origin of the excellent piezoelectric properties at the morphotropic phase boundary is generally attributed to the existence of a monoclinic phase in various piezoelectric systems. However, there exist no experimental studies that reveal the role of the monoclinic phase in the piezoelectric behavior in phase-pure ceramics. In this work, a single monoclinic phase has been identified in Pb (Zr ,Ti )O3 ceramics at room temperature by in situ high-energy synchrotron x-ray diffraction, and its response to electric field has been characterized for the first time. Unique piezoelectric properties of the monoclinic phase in terms of large intrinsic lattice strain and negligible domain switching have been observed. The extensional strain constant d33 and the transverse strain constant d31 are calculated to be 520 and -200 pm /V , respectively. These large piezoelectric coefficients are mainly due to the large intrinsic lattice strain, with very little extrinsic contribution from domain switching. The unique properties of the monoclinic phase provide new insights into the mechanisms responsible for the piezoelectric properties at the morphotropic phase boundary.

  10. Hydroxyapatite: Vibrational spectra and monoclinic to hexagonal phase transition

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    Slepko, Alexander; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2015-02-01

    Fundamental studies of biomaterials are necessary to deepen our understanding of their degradation and to develop cure for related illnesses. Biomineral hydroxyapatite Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2 is the main mineral constituent of mammal bone, and its synthetic analogues are used in biomedical applications. The mineral can be found in either hexagonal or monoclinic form. The transformation between these two phases is poorly understood, but knowing its mechanism may be critical to reversing processes in bone related to aging. Using density functional theory, we investigate the mechanisms of the phase transformation and estimate the transition temperature to be 680 K in fair agreement with the experimental temperature of 470 K. We also report the heat capacity of hydroxyapatite and a peculiarity in its phonon dispersion that might allow for non-destructive measurements of the crystal composition with applications in preventive medical screening for bone mineral loss.

  11. Paired, facing monoclines in the Sanpete-Sevier Valley area, central Utah

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    Witkind, I.J.

    1992-01-01

    Several major monoclines that trend northward through the Sanpete-Sevier Valley area of central Utah are paired and face one another. This pairing of monoclines may have occurred when near-horizontal sedimentary and volcanic strata subsided into voids created as salt was removed from a salt diapir concealed beneath valley fill. Removal was mostly by dissolution or extrusion during Neogene time. The paired monoclines, thus, are viewed as collapse features rather than as normal synclinal folds. -from Author

  12. Encapsulated monoclinic sulfur for stable cycling of li-s rechargeable batteries.

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    Moon, San; Jung, Young Hwa; Jung, Wook Ki; Jung, Dae Soo; Choi, Jang Wook; Kim, Do Kyung

    2013-12-01

    Monoclinic S8 , an uncommon allotrope of sulfur at room temperature, can be formed when common orthorhombic S8 is heat-treated under enclosed environments in nanometer dimensions. Monoclinic S8 prevents the formation of soluble polysulfides during battery operation, resulting in unprecedented cycling performance over 1000 cycles under the highest sulfur content to date. PMID:24018843

  13. Ceramic fiber-reinforced monoclinic celsian phase glass-ceramic matrix composite material

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    Bansal, Narottam P. (Inventor); Dicarlo, James A. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A hyridopolysilazane-derived ceramic fiber reinforced monoclinic celsian phase barium aluminum silicate glass-ceramic matrix composite material is prepared by ball-milling an aqueous slurry of BAS glass powder and fine monoclinic celsian seeds. The fibers improve the mechanical strength and fracture toughness and with the matrix provide superior dielectric properties.

  14. Octahedral tilting, monoclinic phase and the phase diagram of PZT

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    Cordero, F.; Trequattrini, F.; Craciun, F.; Galassi, C.

    2011-10-01

    Anelastic and dielectric spectroscopy measurements on PbZr1-xTixO3 (PZT) close to the morphotropic (MPB) and antiferroelectric boundaries provide new insight into some controversial aspects of its phase diagram. No evidence is found of a border separating monoclinic (M) from rhombohedral (R) phases, in agreement with recent structural studies supporting a coexistence of the two phases over a broad composition range x < 0.5, with the fraction of M increasing toward the MPB. It is also discussed why the observed maximum of elastic compliance appears to be due to a rotational instability of the polarization linearly coupled to shear strain. Therefore it cannot be explained by extrinsic softening from finely twinned R phase alone, but indicates the presence also of M phase, not necessarily homogeneous. A new diffuse transition is found within the ferroelectric phase near x ˜ 0.1, at a temperature TIT higher than the well established boundary TT to the phase with tilted octahedra. It is proposed that around TIT the octahedra start rotating in a disordered manner and finally become ordered below TT. In this interpretation, the onset temperature for octahedral tilting monotonically increases up to the antiferroelectric transition of PbZrO3, and the depression of TT(x) below x = 0.18 would be a consequence of the partial relief of the mismatch between the average cation radii with the initial stage of tilting below TIT.

  15. Discovery of Fe7O9: a new iron oxide with a complex monoclinic structure

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    Sinmyo, Ryosuke; Bykova, Elena; Ovsyannikov, Sergey V.; McCammon, Catherine; Kupenko, Ilya; Ismailova, Leyla; Dubrovinsky, Leonid

    2016-01-01

    Iron oxides are fundamentally important compounds for basic and applied sciences as well as in numerous industrial applications. In this work we report the synthesis and investigation of a new binary iron oxide with the hitherto unknown stoichiometry of Fe7O9. This new oxide was synthesized at high-pressure high-temperature (HP-HT) conditions, and its black single crystals were successfully recovered at ambient conditions. By means of single crystal X-ray diffraction we determined that Fe7O9 adopts a monoclinic C2/m lattice with the most distorted crystal structure among the binary iron oxides known to date. The synthesis of Fe7O9 opens a new portal to exotic iron-rich (M,Fe)7O9 oxides with unusual stoichiometry and distorted crystal structures. Moreover, the crystal structure and phase relations of such new iron oxide groups may provide new insight into the cycling of volatiles in the Earth’s interior. PMID:27605075

  16. Discovery of Fe7O9: a new iron oxide with a complex monoclinic structure.

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    Sinmyo, Ryosuke; Bykova, Elena; Ovsyannikov, Sergey V; McCammon, Catherine; Kupenko, Ilya; Ismailova, Leyla; Dubrovinsky, Leonid

    2016-01-01

    Iron oxides are fundamentally important compounds for basic and applied sciences as well as in numerous industrial applications. In this work we report the synthesis and investigation of a new binary iron oxide with the hitherto unknown stoichiometry of Fe7O9. This new oxide was synthesized at high-pressure high-temperature (HP-HT) conditions, and its black single crystals were successfully recovered at ambient conditions. By means of single crystal X-ray diffraction we determined that Fe7O9 adopts a monoclinic C2/m lattice with the most distorted crystal structure among the binary iron oxides known to date. The synthesis of Fe7O9 opens a new portal to exotic iron-rich (M,Fe)7O9 oxides with unusual stoichiometry and distorted crystal structures. Moreover, the crystal structure and phase relations of such new iron oxide groups may provide new insight into the cycling of volatiles in the Earth's interior. PMID:27605075

  17. Monoclinic deformation of the crystal lattice of hematite α-Fe2O3

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    Przeniosło, Radosław; Sosnowska, Izabela; Stękiel, Michał; Wardecki, Dariusz; Fitch, Andrew; B. Jasiński, Jacek

    2014-09-01

    Lineshape analysis of high resolution synchrotron radiation diffraction patterns of polycrystalline α-Fe2O3 powders show distortions from trigonal (space group R-3c) symmetry. The symmetry lowering is observed for α-Fe2O3 polycrystalline powders from several commercial vendors. The experimental observations can be explained by assuming a monoclinic symmetry (space group C2/c). The relative differences between the monoclinic and the hexagonal lattice constants are of the order of 10-4. The monoclinic symmetry of the crystal structure of α-Fe2O3 (C2/c) is in agreement with magnetic space group analysis [American Mineralogist 95 (2010) 974].

  18. Pressure-induced irreversible phase transitions of the monoclinic GdOOH nanorods at ambient temperature

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    Zhang, Chuanchao; Dai, Rucheng; Sui, Zhilei; Chen, Qiao; Wang, Zhongping; Yuan, Xiaodong; Zhang, Zengming; Ding, Zejun

    2014-09-01

    The structural transition of monoclinic GdOOH nanorods was studied by using a diamond anvil cell at room temperature with the probe of Eu3+ ion luminescence under pressures up to 21.4 GPa. The changes of luminescence spectra indicated that a pressure-induced phase transition from the monoclinic phase to the high pressure tetragonal phase occurs at 10.7 GPa for GdOOH nanorods, and the monoclinic GdOOH nanorods are gradually transformed into the tetragonal phase with increasing pressure. After releasing of pressure to the ambient, the high pressure tetragonal phase is retained, and the phase transition of GdOOH nanorods is irreversible.

  19. Vibrational Spectroscopy and Phonon-Related Properties of the L-Aspartic Acid Anhydrous Monoclinic Crystal.

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    Silva, A M; Costa, S N; Sales, F A M; Freire, V N; Bezerra, E M; Santos, R P; Fulco, U L; Albuquerque, E L; Caetano, E W S

    2015-12-10

    The infrared absorption and Raman scattering spectra of the monoclinic P21 l-aspartic acid anhydrous crystal were recorded and interpreted with the help of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The effect of dispersive forces was taken into account, and the optimized unit cells allowed us to obtain the vibrational normal modes. The computed data exhibits good agreement with the measurements for low wavenumbers, allowing for a very good assignment of the infrared and Raman spectral features. The vibrational spectra of the two lowest energy conformers of the l-aspartic molecule were also evaluated using the hybrid B3LYP functional for the sake of comparison, showing that the molecular calculations give a limited description of the measured IR and Raman spectra of the l-aspartic acid crystal for wavenumbers below 1000 cm(-1). The results obtained reinforce the need to use solid-state calculations to describe the vibrational properties of molecular crystals instead of calculations for a single isolated molecule picture even for wavenumbers beyond the range usually associated with lattice modes (200 cm(-1) < ω < 1000 cm(-1)). PMID:26623495

  20. Evidence of a pressure-induced metallization process in monoclinic VO2.

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    Arcangeletti, E; Baldassarre, L; Di Castro, D; Lupi, S; Malavasi, L; Marini, C; Perucchi, A; Postorino, P

    2007-05-11

    Raman and combined infrared transmission and reflectivity measurements were carried out at room temperature (RT) on monoclinic VO2 over the 0-19 GPa and 0-14 GPa pressure ranges. Both lattice dynamics and optical gap show a remarkable stability up to P* approximately 10 GPa whereas subtle modifications of V ion arrangements within the monoclinic lattice, together with the onset of a metallization process via band gap filling, are observed for P >P*. Differently from P=0, where the VO2 metallic phase is found only in conjunction with the rutile structure above 340 K, a new RT metallic phase within a monoclinic structure appears accessible in the high pressure regime. PMID:17677642

  1. Measurement of elastic constants of monoclinic nickel-titanium and validation of first principles calculations

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    Stebner, A. P.; Brown, D. W.; Brinson, L. C.

    2013-05-27

    Polycrystalline, monoclinic nickel-titanium specimens were subjected to tensile and compressive deformations while neutron diffraction spectra were recorded in situ. Using these data, orientation-specific and macroscopic Young's moduli are determined from analysis of linear-elastic deformation exhibited by 13 unique orientations of monoclinic lattices and their relationships to each macroscopic stress and strain. Five of 13 elastic compliance constants are also identified: s{sub 11} = 1.15, s{sub 15} = -1.10, s{sub 22} = 1.34, s{sub 33} = 1.06, s{sub 35} = -1.54, all Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -2} GPa{sup -1}. Through these results, recent atomistic calculations of monoclinic nickel-titanium elastic constants are validated.

  2. Structural, microstructural and vibrational analyses of the monoclinic tungstate BiLuWO{sub 6}

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    Ait Ahsaine, H.; Taoufyq, A.; Patout, L.; Ezahri, M.; Benlhachemi, A.; Bakiz, B.; Villain, S.; Guinneton, F.; Gavarri, J.-R.

    2014-10-15

    The bismuth lutetium tungstate phase BiLuWO{sub 6} has been prepared using a solid state route with stoichiometric mixtures of oxide precursors. The obtained polycrystalline phase has been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Raman spectroscopy. In the first step, the crystal structure has been refined using Rietveld method: the crystal cell was resolved using monoclinic system (parameters a, b, c, β) with space group A2/m. SEM images showed the presence of large crystallites with a constant local nominal composition (BiLuW). TEM analyses showed that the actual local structure could be better represented by a superlattice (a, 2b, c, β) associated with space groups P2 or P2/m. The Raman spectroscopy showed the presence of vibrational bands similar to those observed in the compounds BiREWO{sub 6} with RE=Y, Gd, Nd. However, these vibrational bands were characterized by large full width at half maximum, probably resulting from the long range Bi/Lu disorder and local WO{sub 6} octahedron distortions in the structure. - Graphical abstract: The average structure of BiLuWO{sub 6} determined from X-ray diffraction data can be represented by A2/m space group. Experimental Electron Diffraction patterns along the [0vw] zone axes of the monoclinic structure and associated simulated patterns show the existence of a monoclinic superstructure with space group P2 or P2/m. - Highlights: • A new monoclinic BiLuWO{sub 6} phase has been elaborated from solid-state reaction. • The space group of the monoclinic disordered average structure should be A2/m. • Transmission electron microscopy leads to a superlattice with P2/m space group. • Raman spectroscopy suggests existence of local disorder.

  3. Evidence for photo-induced monoclinic metallic VO{sub 2} under high pressure

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    Hsieh, Wen-Pin Mao, Wendy L.; Trigo, Mariano; Reis, David A.; Andrea Artioli, Gianluca; Malavasi, Lorenzo

    2014-01-13

    We combine ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy with a diamond-anvil cell to decouple the insulator-metal electronic transition from the lattice symmetry changing structural transition in the archetypal strongly correlated material vanadium dioxide. Coherent phonon spectroscopy enables tracking of the photo-excited phonon vibrational frequencies of the low temperature, monoclinic (M{sub 1})-insulating phase that transforms into the metallic, tetragonal rutile structured phase at high temperature or via non-thermal photo-excitations. We find that in contrast with ambient pressure experiments where strong photo-excitation promptly induces the electronic transition along with changes in the lattice symmetry, at high pressure, the coherent phonons of the monoclinic (M{sub 1}) phase are still clearly observed upon the photo-driven phase transition to a metallic state. These results demonstrate the possibility of synthesizing and studying transient phases under extreme conditions.

  4. Raman analysis of monoclinic Cu2SnS3 thin films

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    Berg, Dominik M.; Djemour, Rabie; Gütay, Levent; Siebentritt, Susanne; Dale, Phillip J.; Fontane, Xavier; Izquierdo-Roca, Victor; Pérez-Rodriguez, Alejandro

    2012-05-01

    Secondary phases like Cu2SnS3 are major obstacles for kesterite thin film solar cell applications. We prepare Cu2SnS3 using identical annealing conditions as used for the kesterite films. By x-ray diffraction, the crystal structure of Cu2SnS3 was identified as monoclinic. Polarization-dependent Raman investigations allowed the identification of the dominant peaks at 290 cm-1 and 352 cm-1 with the main A' symmetry vibrational modes from the monoclinic Cu2SnS3 phase. Furthermore, micro-resolved Raman investigations revealed local variations in the spectra that are attributed to a secondary phase (possibly Cu2Sn3S7). This exemplifies the abilities of micro-resolved Raman measurements in the detection of secondary phases.

  5. Monoclinic sulfur cathode utilizing carbon for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Jung, Sung Chul; Han, Young-Kyu

    2016-09-01

    Sulfur cathodes for lithium-sulfur batteries have been designed to be combined with conductive carbon because the insulating nature of sulfur causes low active material utilization and poor rate capability. This paper is the first to report that carbon can induce a phase transition in a sulfur cathode. The stable form of a sulfur crystal at ambient temperature is orthorhombic sulfur. We found that monoclinic sulfur becomes more stable than orthorhombic sulfur if carbon atoms penetrate into the sulfur at elevated temperatures and the carbon density exceeds a threshold of C0.3S8. The high stability of the carbon-containing monoclinic sulfur persists during lithiation and is attributed to locally formed linear SC3S chains with marked stability. This study provides a novel perspective on the role of carbon in the sulfur cathode and suggests control of the crystal phase of electrodes by composite elements as a new way of designing efficient electrode materials.

  6. Monoclinic and orthorhombic polymorphs of paracetamol—solid state linear dichroic infrared spectral analysis

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    Ivanova, Bojidarka B.

    2005-03-01

    Solid-state linear dichroic infrared (IR-LD) spectral analysis of both monoclinic (form I) and orthorhombic (form II) polymorphs of paracetamol was carried out using an orientation technique as a nematic liquid crystal suspension. The so-called reducing-difference procedure for polarized spectra interpretation was applied and the obtained supramolecular stereo structural data of both modifications were compared with known crystallographic ones. A detailed vibration assignment of characteristic frequencies of forms I and II was also applied. A quantitative FT-IR spectral approach for monoclinic form determination in mixtures by the intensity ratio of 1610 cm -1 peak (characteristic for both forms) to 1666 cm -1 one (attributed to orthorhombic modification) was presented, as well.

  7. Changes in mobility of plastic crystal ethanol during its transformation into the monoclinic crystal state

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    Sanz, Alejandro Nogales, Aurora; Ezquerra, Tiberio A.; Puente-Orench, Inés; Jiménez-Ruiz, Mónica

    2014-02-07

    Transformation of deuterated ethanol from the plastic crystal phase into the monoclinic one is investigated by means of a singular setup combining simultaneously dielectric spectroscopy with neutron diffraction. We postulate that a dynamic transition from plastic crystal to supercooled liquid-like configuration through a deep reorganization of the hydrogen-bonding network must take place as a previous step of the crystallization process. Once these precursor regions are formed, subsequent crystalline nucleation and growth develop with time.

  8. A new monoclinic polymorph of 1,1'-bis-(di-phenyl-thio-phosphor-yl)ferrocene.

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    Tan, Yee Seng; Yeo, Chien Ing; Tiekink, Edward R T

    2015-08-01

    The title compound, [Fe(C17H14PS)2], is a second monoclinic polymorph (P21/c, with Z' = 1) of the previously reported monoclinic (C2/c, with Z' = 1/2) form [Fang et al. (1995 ▸). Polyhedron, 14, 2403-2409]. In the new form, the S atoms lie to the same side of the mol-ecule with the pseudo S-P⋯P-S torsion angle being -53.09 (3)°. By contrast to this almost syn disposition, in the C2/c polymorph, the Fe atom lies on a centre of inversion so that the S atoms are strictly anti, with a pseudo-S-P⋯P-S torsion angle of 180°. The significant difference in mol-ecular conformation between the two forms does not result in major perturbations in the P=S bond lengths nor in the distorted tetra-hedral geometries about the P atoms. The crystal packing of the new monoclinic polymorph features weak Cp-C-H⋯π(phen-yl) inter-actions consolidating linear supra-molecular chains along the a axis. These pack with no directional inter-actions between them. PMID:26396747

  9. Ion beam induced cubic to monoclinic phase transformation of nanocrystalline yttria

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    Shivaramu, N. J.; Lakshminarasappa, B. N.; Nagabhushana, K. R.; Singh, Fouran

    2016-07-01

    Sol gel derived nanocrystalline yttria pellets are irradiated with 120 MeV Ag9+ ions for fluence in the range 1 × 1012-3 × 1013 ions cm-2. Pristine and irradiated samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. XRD pattern of pristine Y2O3 nanocrystal reveal cubic structure. A new XRD peak at 30.36° is observed in pellet irradiated with 1 × 1013 ions cm-2. The peak at 30.36° is corresponding to (4 0 2 bar) plane of monoclinic phase. The diffraction intensity of (4 0 2 bar) plane increases with Ag9+ ion fluence. Raman spectrum of pristine pellet show bands corresponding to cubic phase. And, ion irradiated sample show new peaks at 410, 514 and 641 cm-1 corresponding monoclinic phase. HR-TEM and SAED pattern of ion irradiated sample confirmed the presence of monoclinic phase. Hence, it is confirmed that, 120 MeV Ag9+ ions induce phase transformation in nanocrystalline Y2O3.

  10. Metallic monoclinic phase in VO2 induced by electrochemical gating: In situ Raman study

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    Nath Gupta, Satyendra; Pal, Anand; Muthu, D. V. S.; Kumar, P. S. Anil; Sood, A. K.

    2016-07-01

    We report in situ Raman scattering studies of electrochemically top gated VO2 thin film to address metal-insulator transition (MIT) under gating. The room temperature monoclinic insulating phase goes to metallic state at a gate voltage of 2.6 V. However, the number of Raman modes do not change with electrolyte gating showing that the metallic phase is still monoclinic. The high-frequency Raman mode A g (7) near 616 cm‑1 ascribed to V-O vibration of bond length 2.06 Å in VO6 octahedra hardens with increasing gate voltage and the B g (3) mode near 654 cm‑1 softens. This shows that the distortion of the VO6 octahedra in the monoclinic phase decreases with gating. The time-dependent Raman data at fixed gate voltages of 1 V (for 50 minutes, showing enhancement of conductivity by a factor of 50) and 2 V (for 130 minutes, showing further increase in conductivity by a factor of 5) show similar changes in high-frequency Raman modes A g (7) and B g (3) as observed in gating. This slow change in conductance together with Raman frequency changes show that the governing mechanism for metalization is more likely due to the diffusion-controlled oxygen vacancy formation due to the applied electric field.

  11. The creation of modulated monoclinic aperiodic composites in n-alkane/urea compounds

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    Mariette, Céline; Guérin, Laurent; Rabiller, Philippe; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Bosak, Alexei; Popov, Alexander; Hollingsworth, Mark D.

    2015-01-01

    n-Dodecane/urea is a member of the prototype series of n-alkane/urea inclusion compounds. At room temperature, it presents a quasi-one dimensional liquid-like state for the confined guest molecules within the rigid, hexagonal framework of the urea host. At lower temperatures, we report the existence of two other phases. Below Tc=248 K there appears a phase with rank four superspace group P6122(00γ), the one typically observed at room temperature in n-alkane/urea compounds with longer guest molecules. A misfit parameter, defined by the ratio γ=ch/cg (chost/cguest), is found to be 0.632±0.005. Below Tc1=123 K, a monoclinic modulated phase is created with a constant shift along c of the guest molecules in adjacent channels. The maximal monoclinic space group for this structure is P1211(α0γ). Analogies and differences with n-heptane/urea, which also presents a monoclinic, modulated low-temperature phase, are discussed. PMID:26213678

  12. The creation of modulated monoclinic aperiodic composites in n-alkane/urea compounds

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    Mariette, Céline; Guérin, Laurent; Rabiller, Philippe; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Bosak, Alexei; Popov, Alexander; Hollingsworth, Mark D.; Toudic, Bertrand

    2014-09-12

    n-Dodecane/urea is a member of the prototype series of n-alkane/urea inclusion compounds. At room temperature, it presents a quasi-one dimensional liquid-like state for the confined guest molecules within the rigid, hexagonal framework of the urea host. At lower temperatures, we report the existence of two other phases. Below Tc=248 K there appears a phase with rank four superspace group P6122(00γ), the one typically observed at room temperature in n-alkane/urea compounds with longer guest molecules. A misfit parameter, defined by the ratio γ=ch/cg (chost/cguest), is found to be 0.632±0.005. Below Tc1=123 K, a monoclinic modulated phase is created with a constantmore » shift along c of the guest molecules in adjacent channels. The maximal monoclinic space group for this structure is P1211(α0γ). We discuss analogies and differences with n-heptane/urea, which also presents a monoclinic, modulated low-temperature phase.« less

  13. The creation of modulated monoclinic aperiodic composites in n-alkane/urea compounds

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    Mariette, Céline; Guérin, Laurent; Rabiller, Philippe; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Bosak, Alexei; Popov, Alexander; Hollingsworth, Mark D.; Toudic, Bertrand

    2014-09-12

    n-Dodecane/urea is a member of the prototype series of n-alkane/urea inclusion compounds. At room temperature, it presents a quasi-one dimensional liquid-like state for the confined guest molecules within the rigid, hexagonal framework of the urea host. At lower temperatures, we report the existence of two other phases. Below Tc=248 K there appears a phase with rank four superspace group P6122(00γ), the one typically observed at room temperature in n-alkane/urea compounds with longer guest molecules. A misfit parameter, defined by the ratio γ=ch/cg (chost/cguest), is found to be 0.632±0.005. Below Tc1=123 K, a monoclinic modulated phase is created with a constant shift along c of the guest molecules in adjacent channels. The maximal monoclinic space group for this structure is P1211(α0γ). We discuss analogies and differences with n-heptane/urea, which also presents a monoclinic, modulated low-temperature phase.

  14. Structural geometry of Raplee Ridge monocline and thrust fault imaged using inverse Boundary Element Modeling and ALSM data

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    Hilley, G. E.; Mynatt, I.; Pollard, D. D.

    2010-01-01

    We model the Raplee Ridge monocline in southwest Utah, where Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (ALSM) topographic data define the geometry of exposed marker layers within this fold. The spatial extent of five surfaces were mapped using the ALSM data, elevations were extracted from the topography, and points on these surfaces were used to infer the underlying fault geometry and remote strain conditions. First, we compare elevations extracted from the ALSM data to the publicly available National Elevation Dataset 10-m DEM (Digital Elevation Model; NED-10) and 30-m DEM (NED-30). While the spatial resolution of the NED datasets was too coarse to locate the surfaces accurately, the elevations extracted at points spaced ˜50 m apart from each mapped surface yield similar values to the ALSM data. Next, we used a Boundary Element Model (BEM) to infer the geometry of the underlying fault and the remote strain tensor that is most consistent with the deformation recorded by strata exposed within the fold. Using a Bayesian sampling method, we assess the uncertainties within, and covariation between, the fault geometric parameters and remote strain tensor inferred using the model. We apply these methods to the Raplee Ridge monocline, and find that the resolution and precision of the ALSM data are unnecessary for inferring the fault geometry and remote strain tensor using our approach. However, the ALSM data were necessary for the mapping of the spatial distribution of surface outcrops. Our models considered two scenarios: one in which fault geometry and remote strains were inferred using a single deformed stratum, and another in which all mapped strata were used in the inversion. Modeled elevations match those observed to within a root-mean-squared error of 16-18 m, and show little bias with position along the fold. Both single- and multilayer inversions image a fault that is broadly constrained to be ˜4.5-14 km in down-dip height, 13-30 km in along-strike width, with a tip-line 2

  15. Predicting suitable optoelectronic properties of monoclinic VON semiconductor crystals for photovoltaics using accurate first-principles computations.

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    Harb, Moussab

    2015-10-14

    Using accurate first-principles quantum calculations based on DFT (including the DFPT) with the range-separated hybrid HSE06 exchange-correlation functional, we can predict the essential fundamental properties (such as bandgap, optical absorption co-efficient, dielectric constant, charge carrier effective masses and exciton binding energy) of two stable monoclinic vanadium oxynitride (VON) semiconductor crystals for solar energy conversion applications. In addition to the predicted band gaps in the optimal range for making single-junction solar cells, both polymorphs exhibit a relatively high absorption efficiency in the visible range, high dielectric constant, high charge carrier mobility and much lower exciton binding energy than the thermal energy at room temperature. Moreover, their optical absorption, dielectric and exciton dissociation properties were found to be better than those obtained for semiconductors frequently utilized in photovoltaic devices such as Si, CdTe and GaAs. These novel results offer a great opportunity for this stoichiometric VON material to be properly synthesized and considered as a new good candidate for photovoltaic applications. PMID:26351755

  16. Seismic transpressive basement faults and monocline development in a foreland basin (Eastern Guadalquivir, SE Spain)

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    Pedrera, A.; Ruiz-Constán, A.; Marín-Lechado, C.; Galindo-Zaldívar, J.; González, A.; Peláez, J. A.

    2013-12-01

    We examine the late Tortonian to present-day deformation of an active seismic sector of the eastern Iberian foreland basement of the Betic Cordillera, in southern Spain. Transpressive faults affecting Paleozoic basement offset up to Triassic rocks. Late Triassic clays and evaporites constitute a décollement level decoupling the basement rocks and a ~100 m thick cover of Jurassic carbonates. Monoclines trending NE-SW to ENE-WSW deform the Jurassic cover driven by the propagation of high-angle transpressive right-lateral basement faults. They favor the migration of clays and evaporites toward the propagated fault tip, i.e., the core of the anticline, resulting in fluid overpressure, fluid flow, and precipitation of fibrous gypsum parallel to a vertical σ3. The overall geometry of the studied monoclines, as well as the intense deformation within the clays and evaporites, reproduces three-layer discrete element models entailing a weak middle unit sandwiched between strong layers. Late Tortonian syn-folding sediments recorded the initial stages of the fault-propagation folding. Equivalent unexposed transpressive structures and associated monoclines reactivated under the present-day NW-SE convergence are recognized and analyzed in the Sabiote-Torreperogil region, using seismic reflection, gravity, and borehole data. A seismic series of more than 2100 low-magnitude earthquakes was recorded within a very limited area of the basement of this sector from October 2012 to May 2013. Seismic activity within a major NE-SW trending transpressive basement fault plane stimulated rupture along a subsidiary E-W (~N95°E) strike-slip relay fault. The biggest event (mbLg 3.9, MW 3.7) occurred at the junction between them in a transpressive relay sector.

  17. A monoclinic form of dendocarbin A: a borderline case of one-dimensional isostructural polymorphism.

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    Paz, Cristian; Burgos, Viviana; Suarez, Sebastián; Baggio, Ricardo

    2015-04-01

    The title compound, dendocarbin A [systematic name: (1R,5aS,9aS,9bR)-1-hydroxy-6,6,9a-trimethyldodecahydronaphtho[1,2-c]furan-3-one], C15H22O3, is a sesquiterpene lactone isolated from Drimys winteri var chilensis. The monoclinic phase described herein displays an identical molecular structure to the orthorhombic phase that we reported previously [Paz Robles et al. (2014). Acta Cryst. C70, 1007-1010], while varying significantly in chain pitch, and can thus be considered as a borderline case of one-dimensional isostructural polymorphism. PMID:25836288

  18. First-principles calculations of phonons and Raman spectra in monoclinic CsSnCl3

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    Huang, Ling-Yi; Lambrecht, Walter

    2015-03-01

    Halide perovskites have recently attracted attention for photovoltaic applications. While CsSnCl3 in the perovskite structure is less suitable for solar cells because of its higher band gap than the iodides, it is still of interest as the end member of mixed CsSn(I1-xClx)3 and addition of Cl has been found to increase solar cell efficiencies. The other reason this material is interesting is that at 390 K it undergoes a phase transition to a monoclinic structure with even larger band gap, which differs from the yellow phase occuring for CsSnI3. Understanding the various possible phase transitions and structures in the trihalides is important for the long-term stability of these materials in solar cells. Raman data exist on monoclinic CsSnCl3 material since the late 80s but have in the past not been compared with first-principles calculations of the phonons in this material. We present calculations of the phonons at the Γ-point using density functional perturbation theory using the abinit program. A symmetry analysis is presented and the calculated phonon modes are compared with experimental data and previous attempts to classify the modes as internal to the SnCl3 tetrahedra and lattice modes. Supported by DOE.

  19. Structural, optical and photoelectrochemical characterizations of monoclinic Ta3N5 thin films.

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    Khan, Sherdil; Zapata, Maximiliano J M; Pereira, Marcelo B; Gonçalves, Renato V; Strizik, Lukas; Dupont, Jairton; Santos, Marcos J L; Teixeira, Sérgio R

    2015-10-01

    Monoclinic Ta3N5 thin films were synthesized by thermal nitridation of amorphous Ta2O5 films directly sputtered by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The samples were studied by high resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometry, rietveld refinements, spectroscopic ellipsometry and electrochemical techniques. The surface composition of Ta3N5 thin film was found to be different than the underlying film, affecting the optical properties of the material. Rietveld refinement has confirmed that the nitridation process results in Schottky and oxygen substitutional defects within the crystalline structure of monoclinic Ta3N5 thin film. The optical constants of the film were obtained by spectroscopic ellipsometry within a spectral range of 4.60-0.54 eV, i.e. 270-2300 nm. The suitable parameterization was found to consist of three Tauc-Lorentz and one Lorentz oscillators. The conduction band, valence band and the flat band positions were determined by photoelectrochemical techniques, presenting a strong dependence on pH of the eletrolyte. Improved photocurrent was obtained in alkaline conditions and attributed to the shorter depletion region width measured by Mott-Schottky and the lower recombination life time measured by open circuit potential decay analyses. PMID:26313126

  20. Finite element analysis of the tetragonal to monoclinic phase transformation during oxidation of zirconium alloys

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    Platt, P.; Frankel, P.; Gass, M.; Howells, R.; Preuss, M.

    2014-11-01

    Corrosion is a key limiting factor in the degradation of zirconium alloys in light water reactors. Developing a mechanistic understanding of the corrosion process offers a route towards improving safety and efficiency as demand increases for higher burn-up of fuel. Oxides formed on zirconium alloys are composed of both monoclinic and meta-stable tetragonal phases, and are subject to a number of potential mechanical degradation mechanisms. The work presented investigates the link between the tetragonal to monoclinic oxide phase transformation and degradation of the protective character of the oxide layer. To achieve this, Abaqus finite element analysis of the oxide phase transformation has been carried out. Study of the change in transformation strain energy shows how relaxation of oxidation induced stress and fast fracture at the metal-oxide interface could destabilise the tetragonal phase. Central to this is the identification of the transformation variant most likely to form, and understanding why twinning of the transformed grain is likely to occur. Development of transformation strain tensors and analysis of the strain components allows some separation of dilatation and shear effects. Maximum principal stress is used as an indication of fracture in the surrounding oxide layer. Study of the stress distributions shows the way oxide fracture is likely to occur and the differing effects of dilatation and shape change. Comparison with literature provides qualitative validation of the finite element simulations.

  1. Variable defect structures cause the magnetic low-temperature transition in natural monoclinic pyrrhotite

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    Koulialias, D.; Kind, J.; Charilaou, M.; Weidler, P. G.; Löffler, J. F.; Gehring, A. U.

    2016-02-01

    Non-stoichiometric monoclinic 4C pyrrhotite (Fe7S8) is a major magnetic remanence carrier in the Earth's crust and in extraterrestrial materials. Because of its low-temperature magnetic transition around 30 K also known as Besnus transition, which is considered to be an intrinsic property, this mineral phase is easily detectable in natural samples. Although the physical properties of pyrrhotite have intensively been studied, the mechanism behind the pronounced change in magnetization at the low-temperature transition is still debated. Here we report magnetization experiments on a pyrrhotite crystal (Fe6.6S8) that consists of a 4C and an incommensurate 5C* superstructure that are different in their defect structure. The occurrence of two superstructures is magnetically confirmed by symmetric inflection points in hysteresis measurements above the transition at about 30 K. The disappearance of the inflection points and the associated change of the hysteresis parameters indicate that the two superstructures become strongly coupled to form a unitary magnetic anisotropy system at the transition. From this it follows that the Besnus transition in monoclinic pyrrhotite is an extrinsic magnetic phenomenon with respect to the 4C superstructure and therefore the physics behind it is in fact different from that of the well-known Verwey transition.

  2. Monoclinic tridymite in clast-rich impact melt rock from the Chesapeake Bay impact structure

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    Jackson, J.C.; Horton, J.W., Jr.; Chou, I.-Ming; Belkin, H.E.

    2011-01-01

    X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy confirm a rare terrestrial occurrence of monoclinic tridymite in clast-rich impact melt rock from the Eyreville B drill core in the Chesapeake Bay impact structure. The monoclinic tridymite occurs with quartz paramorphs after tridymite and K-feldspar in a microcrystalline groundmass of devitrified glass and Fe-rich smectite. Electron-microprobe analyses revealed that the tridymite and quartz paramorphs after tridymite contain different amounts of chemical impurities. Inspection by SEM showed that the tridymite crystal surfaces are smooth, whereas the quartz paramorphs contain irregular tabular voids. These voids may represent microporosity formed by volume decrease in the presence of fluid during transformation from tridymite to quartz, or skeletal growth in the original tridymite. Cristobalite locally rims spherulites within the same drill core interval. The occurrences of tridymite and cristobalite appear to be restricted to the thickest clast-rich impact melt body in the core at 1402.02-1407.49 m depth. Their formation and preservation in an alkali-rich, high-silica melt rock suggest initially high temperatures followed by rapid cooling.

  3. Strong Bilayer Coupling Induced by the Symmetry Breaking in the Monoclinic Phase of BiS2-Based Superconductors

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    Ochi, Masayuki; Akashi, Ryosuke; Kuroki, Kazuhiko

    2016-09-01

    We perform first-principles band structure calculations for the tetragonal and monoclinic structures of LaO0.5F0.5BiS2. We find that the Bi 6px,y bands on two BiS2 layers exhibit a sizable splitting at the X = (π ,0,0) and several other k-points for the monoclinic structure. We show that this feature originates from the inter-BiS2 layer coupling strongly enhanced by the symmetry breaking of the crystal structure. The Fermi surface also shows a large splitting and becomes anisotropic with respect to the kx- and ky-directions in the monoclinic structure, whereas it remains almost flat with respect to the kz-direction.

  4. THE MONOCLINIC PHASE IN PZT: NEW LIGHT ON MORPHOTROPIC PHASE BOUNDARIES

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    NOHEDA,B.; GONZALO,J.A.; GUO,R.; PARK,S.E.; CROSS,L.E.; COX,D.E.; SHIRANE,G.

    2000-03-09

    A summary of the work recently carried out on the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) of PZT is presented. By means of x-ray powder diffraction on ceramic samples of excellent quality, the MPB has been successfully characterized by changing temperature in a series of closely spaced compositions. As a result, an unexpected monoclinic phase has been found to exist in between the well-known tetragonal and rhombohedral PZT phases. A detailed structural analysis, together with the investigation of the field effect in this region of compositions, have led to an important advance in understanding the mechanisms responsible for the physical properties of PZT as well as other piezoelectric materials with similar morphotropic phase boundaries.

  5. The Elastic Constants and Related Mechanical Properties of the Monoclinic Polymorph of the Carbamazepine Molecular Crystal

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    Mohapatra, Himansu; Eckhardt, Craig J.

    2007-03-01

    Polymorphism is the property of a compound to crystallize in two or more crystalline phases containing different arrangements and/or conformations of the molecules in the crystal lattice. The Phenomenon of polymorphism is a major issue in the pharmaceutical industry especially in relation to drug uptake in the body, tablet processing and growth. This has led to considerable interest in predicting and understanding properties of drug polymorphs, and more recently the mechanical properties of the polymorphs. In this work, Brillouin scattering is used to probe the acoustic phonons of the monoclinic (P21/c) polymorph of the drug, carbamazepine (CBZ). By sampling a variety of acoustic phonons, the complete elastic constant tensor has been determined for this CBZ polymorph. The observed trend in the elastic constants: C11< C22˜C33 is qualitatively associated with the crystal growth pattern seen in CBZ. Investigation into the anisotropy of the intermolecular interactions has been investigated further by calculation of linear compressibilities.

  6. Donor-acceptor pair recombination luminescence from monoclinic Cu2SnS3 thin film

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    Aihara, Naoya; Tanaka, Kunihiko; Uchiki, Hisao; Kanai, Ayaka; Araki, Hideaki

    2015-07-01

    The defect levels in Cu2SnS3 (CTS) were investigated using photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. A CTS thin film was prepared on a soda-lime glass/molybdenum substrate by thermal co-evaporation and sulfurization. The crystal structure was determined to be monoclinic, and the compositional ratios of Cu/Sn and S/Metal were determined to be 1.8 and 1.2, respectively. The photon energy of the PL spectra observed from the CTS thin film was lower than that previously reported. All fitted PL peaks were associated with defect related luminescence. The PL peaks observed at 0.843 and 0.867 eV were assigned to donor-acceptor pair recombination luminescence, the thermal activation energies of which were determined to be 22.9 and 24.8 meV, respectively.

  7. A new, layered monoclinic phase of Co3O4 at high pressure.

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    Kaewmaraya, Thanayut; Luo, Wei; Yang, Xiao; Panigrahi, Puspamitra; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2015-08-14

    We present the crystal structures and electronic properties of a Co3O4 spinel under high pressure. Co3O4 undergoes a first-order transition from a cubic (CB) Fd3̄m to a lower-symmetry monoclinic (MC) P21/c phase at 35 GPa, occurring after the local high-spin to low-spin phase transition. The high-pressure phase exhibits the octahedral coordination of Co(II) and Co(III), whereas the CB phase contains the fourfold coordination of Co(II) and the sixfold coordination of Co(III). The CB-to-MC transition is attributed to the charge-transfer between the di- and trivalent cations via the enhanced 3d-3d interactions. PMID:26166770

  8. 1-Nitro-4-(4-nitro-phen-oxy)benzene: a second monoclinic polymorph.

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    Naz, Mehwish; Akhter, Zareen; McKee, Vickie; Nadeem, Arif

    2013-11-01

    In the title compound, C12H8N2O5, the aromatic rings are inclined to one another by 56.14 (7)°. The nitro groups are inclined by to the benzene rings to which they are attached by 3.86 (17) and 9.65 (15)°. In the crystal, mol-ecules are linked by C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming a three-dimensional structure. The title compound is a new monoclinic polymorph, crystallizing in space group P21/c. The first polymorph crystallized in space group C2/c and the mol-ecule possesses twofold rotation symmetry. Two low-temperature structures of this polymorph (150 K and 100 K, respectively) have been reported [Meciarova et al. (2004). Private Communication (refcode IXOGAD). CCDC, Cambridge, England, and Dey & Desiraju (2005). Chem. Commun. pp. 2486-2488]. PMID:24454202

  9. Boron-tuning transition temperature of vanadium dioxide from rutile to monoclinic phase

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    Zhang, J. J.; He, H. Y.; Xie, Y.; Pan, B. C.

    2014-11-21

    The effect of the doped boron on the phase transition temperature between the monoclinic phase and the rutile phase of VO{sub 2} has been studied by performing first-principles calculations. It is found that the phase transition temperature decreases linearly with increasing the doping level of B in each system, no matter where the B atom is in the crystal. More importantly, the descent of the transition temperature is predicted to be as large as 83 K/at. % B, indicating that the boron concentration of only 0.5% can cause the phase transition at room temperature. These findings provide a new routine of modulating the phase transition of VO{sub 2} and pave a way for the practicality of VO{sub 2} as an energy-efficient green material.

  10. Paleomagnetic and structural evidence for oblique slip in a fault-related fold, Grayback monocline, Colorado

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    Tetreault, J.; Jones, C.H.; Erslev, E.; Larson, S.; Hudson, M.; Holdaway, S.

    2008-01-01

    Significant fold-axis-parallel slip is accommodated in the folded strata of the Grayback monocline, northeastern Front Range, Colorado, without visible large strike-slip displacement on the fold surface. In many cases, oblique-slip deformation is partitioned; fold-axis-normal slip is accommodated within folds, and fold-axis-parallel slip is resolved onto adjacent strike-slip faults. Unlike partitioning strike-parallel slip onto adjacent strike-slip faults, fold-axis-parallel slip has deformed the forelimb of the Grayback monocline. Mean compressive paleostress orientations in the forelimb are deflected 15??-37?? clockwise from the regional paleostress orientation of the northeastern Front Range. Paleomagnetic directions from the Permian Ingleside Formation in the forelimb are rotated 16??-42?? clockwise about a bedding-normal axis relative to the North American Permian reference direction. The paleostress and paleomagnetic rotations increase with the bedding dip angle and decrease along strike toward the fold tip. These measurements allow for 50-120 m of fold-axis-parallel slip within the forelimb, depending on the kinematics of strike-slip shear. This resolved horizontal slip is nearly equal in magnitude to the ???180 m vertical throw across the fold. For 200 m of oblique-slip displacement (120 m of strike slip and 180 m of reverse slip), the true shortening direction across the fold is N90??E, indistinguishable from the regionally inferred direction of N90??E and quite different from the S53??E fold-normal direction. Recognition of this deformational style means that significant amounts of strike slip can be accommodated within folds without axis-parallel surficial faulting. ?? 2008 Geological Society of America.

  11. Cadmium Stabilization Efficiency and Leachability by CdAl4O7 Monoclinic Structure.

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    Su, Minhua; Liao, Changzhong; Chuang, Kui-Hao; Wey, Ming-Yen; Shih, Kaimin

    2015-12-15

    This study investigated the stabilization efficiencies of using an aluminum-rich precursor to incorporate simulated cadmium-bearing waste sludge and evaluated the leaching performance of the product phase. Cadmium oxide and γ-alumina mixtures with various Cd/Al molar ratios were fired at 800-1000 °C for 3 h. Cadmium could be crystallochemically incorporated by γ-alumina into CdAl4O7 monoclinic phase and the reaction was strongly controlled by the treatment temperature. The crystal structure details of CdAl4O7 were solved and refined with the Rietveld refinement method. According to the structural refinement results, the stabilization efficiencies were quantified and expressed as a transformation ratio (TR) with optimized processing parameters. The preferred treatment temperature was found to be 950 °C for mixtures with a Cd/Al molar ratio of 1/4, as its TR value indicated the cadmium incorporation was nearly completed after a 3 h treatment scheme. Constant-pH leaching tests (CPLT) were conducted by comparing the leachability of the CdO and CdAl4O7 phases in a pH 4.0 environment. A remarkable reduction in cadmium leachability could be achieved via monoclinic CdAl4O7 structure formation to effectively stabilize hazardous cadmium in the waste stream. The CPLT and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results suggested incongruent dissolution behavior during the leaching of the CdAl4O7 phase. PMID:26512873

  12. Computing the melting point and thermodynamic stability of the orthorhombic and monoclinic crystalline polymorphs of the ionic liquid 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride

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    Jayaraman, Saivenkataraman; Maginn, Edward J.

    2007-12-01

    The melting point, enthalpy of fusion, and thermodynamic stability of two crystal polymorphs of the ionic liquid 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride are calculated using a thermodynamic integration-based atomistic simulation method. The computed melting point of the orthorhombic phase ranges from 365 to 369 K, depending on the classical force field used. This compares reasonably well with the experimental values, which range from 337 to 339 K. The computed enthalpy of fusion ranges from 19 to 29 kJ/mol, compared to the experimental values of 18.5-21.5 kJ/mol. Only one of the two force fields evaluated in this work yielded a stable monoclinic phase, despite the fact that both give accurate liquid state densities. The computed melting point of the monoclinic polymorph was found to be 373 K, which is somewhat higher than the experimental range of 318-340 K. The computed enthalpy of fusion was 23 kJ/mol, which is also higher than the experimental value of 9.3-14.5 kJ/mol. The simulations predict that the monoclinic form is more stable than the orthorhombic form at low temperature, in agreement with one set of experiments but in conflict with another. The difference in free energy between the two polymorphs is very small, due to the fact that a single trans-gauche conformational difference in an alkyl sidechain distinguishes the two structures. As a result, it is very difficult to construct simple classical force fields that are accurate enough to definitively predict which polymorph is most stable. A liquid phase analysis of the probability distribution of the dihedral angles in the alkyl chain indicates that less than half of the dihedral angles are in the gauche-trans configuration that is adopted in the orthorhombic crystal. The low melting point and glass forming tendency of this ionic liquid is likely due to the energy barrier for conversion of the remaining dihedral angles into the gauche-trans state. The simulation procedure used to perform the melting point

  13. Batteries: encapsulated monoclinic sulfur for stable cycling of li-s rechargeable batteries (adv. Mater. 45/2013).

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    Moon, San; Jung, Young Hwa; Jung, Wook Ki; Jung, Dae Soo; Choi, Jang Wook; Kim, Do Kyung

    2013-12-01

    On page 6547 Do Kyung Kim, Jang Wook Choi and co-workers describe a highly aligned and carbon-encapsulated sulfur cathode synthesized with an AAO template that exhibits a high and long cycle life, and the best rate capability based on the complete encapsulation of sulfur (physical) and implementation of the monoclinic sulfur phase (chemical). PMID:24302601

  14. A new crystal phase of ammonium nitrate: a monoclinic distortion of AN-IV

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    Oleynik, Ivan; Steele, Brad

    2015-06-01

    Ammonium nitrate (AN) is a major component of the energetic material ANFO. It is important to understand the high-pressure crystal phases and corresponding phase transitions of AN as its structural polymorphism might affect the energetic performance, including crystal density, detonation velocity and shock initiation of chemical reactions. A new crystal phase of AN is found using first principles evolutionary crystal structure search. It is a monoclinic distortion of phase IV of AN (AN-IV) in the P21/m space group (AN-P21/m). The calculated Raman spectrum of this new phase is consistent with the recently reported experimental Raman spectrum that contains two peaks at high pressures associated with the phase transition. The new phase is calculated to have lower free energy than AN-IV above 11.2 GPa, a pressure close to the experimentally reported phase transition pressure of 17 GPa. The calculated Raman spectra of both AN-P21/m and AN-IV as a function of pressure display good agreement with experiment up to 40 GPa.

  15. Monoclinic phase transformations of zirconia-based dental prostheses, induced by clinically practised surface manipulations.

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    Mochales, C; Maerten, A; Rack, A; Cloetens, P; Mueller, W D; Zaslansky, P; Fleck, C

    2011-07-01

    Full-ceramic zirconia crowns and bridges have become very popular with dentists and patients because of their excellent esthetics and mechanical properties. We studied phase transformations within the outermost surface layer of 3 mol.% yttria-stabilized zirconia (Y-TZP) samples of small, clinically relevant thicknesses, manipulated by polishing, grinding and fracture as might be encountered in everyday clinical practice. Stress-induced transformations of the tetragonal phase were studied in three dimensions in order to better understand the organization and extent of the monoclinically transformed phase. By means of laboratory- and synchrotron-based X-ray diffraction measurements, coupled with electron microscopy and multimodal tomography, it was possible for the first time to visualize and quantify the phase distributions non-destructively and in three dimensions. Highly variable degrees of local transformation result in ragged transformed zones of very inhomogeneous thickness. The overall thickness of the transformation layers strongly depends on the severity and rate of loading. Gentle diamond cutting resulted in surprisingly low transformation ratios of less than 0.1%. When Y-TZP constructions are manipulated before bonding, toughness of the outer layers is reduced and they may become brittle with important implications for the stability of the bond: dental practitioners thus need to be cautious when altering the surfaces of these materials after sintering. PMID:21515417

  16. Water and carbon oxides on monoclinic zirconia: experimental and computational insights.

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    Kouva, Sonja; Andersin, Jenni; Honkala, Karoliina; Lehtonen, Juha; Lefferts, Leon; Kanervo, Jaana

    2014-10-14

    Zirconium oxide (ZrO2, zirconia) is an interesting catalytic material to be used in biomass conversion, e.g., gasification and reforming. In this work, we show that reducing and hydrating pretreatments affect the surface sites on monoclinic zirconia. The multitechnique approach comprises temperature-programmed surface reactions (TPSR) under CO and CO2 at 100-550 °C, in situ DRIFTS investigations of the surface species and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The key findings of the work are: (1) formates are formed either directly from gas-phase CO on terminal surface hydroxyls or via the linear CO surface species that are found exclusively on the reduced zirconia without water treatment; (2) formates are able to decompose at high temperature either reversibly to CO or reductively to CO2 and H2via surface reaction between formates and multicoordinated hydroxyls; and (3) a new weak reversible binding state of CO is found exclusively on ZrO2 that is first reduced and subsequently hydrated. PMID:25157444

  17. Pressure induced tetragonal to monoclinic transition in RbN3 studied from first principles theory

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    Vaitheeswaran, G.; Babu, K. Ramesh

    2014-04-01

    Alkali metal azides are well known for their application as explosives and gas generators. They are used as precursors in synthesis of polymeric nitrogen, an ultimate green high energy density material. Among the alkali metal azides, rubidium azide RbN3 crystallizes in tetragonal structure with linear azide ions arranged in layers and binds through weak dispersive interactions. In this present work, we have studied the structural stability, electronic structure and optical properties of solid RbN3 by using van der Waals corrected density functional theory. We find that the ambient tetragonal structure undergoes a structural transition to monoclinic structure at 0.72 GPa, which is in good agreement with the experimental transition pressure of less than 1 GPa. The phonon frequencies at the gamma point are calculated and found that the lattice mode Eg softens under pressure which may supports the structural phase transition. The electronic band structure and optical properties are calculated by using Tran Blaha-modified Becke Johnson (TB-mBJ) functional and found that solid RbN3 is an insulator with a gap of 5.976 eV and the optical absorption starts with the UV light of wave length 207.5 nm.

  18. Dopant and carrier concentration in Si in equilibrium with monoclinic SiP precipitates

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    Solmi, S.; Parisini, A.; Angelucci, R.; Armigliato, A.; Nobili, D.; Moro, L.

    1996-03-01

    The behavior of silicon slices very heavily implanted (1.5×1017 cm-2) with phosphorus was investigated by transmission electron microscopy and secondary neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS) after annealing at 800, 850, 900, and 1000 °C. Precipitation of large monoclinic, and partially orthorhombic, SiP particles takes place in the most heavily doped region. From the shape of the SNMS profiles in the dissolution stage of these precipitates, we determined the concentration Csat of P in equilibrium with the conjugate phase: Csat=2.45×1023exp(-0.62/kT) cm-3. This concentration has to be compared with the equilibrium concentration ne of the electrically active dopant. To this end, more accurate determinations of ne were performed on heavily P-doped polysilicon films. It was found that ne=1.3×1022exp(-0.37/kT) cm-3. Hence for T>~750 °C, Csat exceeds ne and the concentration (Csat-ne) of inactive mobile P increases with temperature. The formation and the diffusion behavior of this inactive dopant are in keeping with a preprecipitation phenomenon.

  19. Optical phonon modes and infrared dielectric properties of monoclinic CoWO4 microcrystals

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    Moreira, Roberto L.; Almeida, Rafael M.; Siqueira, Kisla P. F.; Abreu, Cintia G.; Dias, Anderson

    2016-02-01

    The phonon characteristics of CoWO4 microcrystals with monoclinic Wolframite structure were investigated by far-infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopies. Near-normal spectra were taken for IR light polarization along the principal b-axis (A u modes) and along several angles within the ac-plane (B u modes). The IR spectra were analyzed with a generalized Drude-Lorentz model, and all predicted polar phonon modes were fully determined, including their symmetries, the dielectric Lorentz parameters and the non-orthogonal phonon polarizations for the B u modes. Anomalous dispersion and negative values for the real and imaginary parts of the off-diagonal components of the dielectric tensor functions were identified and discussed under the light of the varying phonon polarization directions (spread out in the ac-plane). The obtained static and background dielectric tensors gave an average permittivity of 16.1 (at microwave region), refractive indices along the principal dielectric axes of 2.22, 2.33 and 2.44 (at 1 μm), the optical axes, and an estimated value for the biaxial angle of the crystal. Polarized Raman spectra on appropriate scattering configurations revealed the 18 non-polar gerade phonons of CoWO4 crystals, with their correct symmetries attributed.

  20. Luminescence properties of monoclinic Cu{sub 4}I{sub 4}(Piperidine){sub 4}

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    Jalilian, Ehsan; Liao, Rong-Zhen; Himo, Fahmi; Lidin, Sven

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: {yields} A new modification of Cu{sub 4}I{sub 4}Pip{sub 4} has been produced under hydrothermal conditions. {yields} This modification have fluorescence properties when it is exposed to UV light. {yields} The fluorescence properties was characterized with fluorescence spectrophotometer. {yields} Quantum mechanical calculations was also performed. -- Abstract: A new modification of Cu{sub 4}I{sub 4}Pip{sub 4} has been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. X-ray crystallography revealed that this compound crystallized in the monoclinic system and consists of a tetrahedral core with composition Cu{sub 4}I{sub 4}, in which each Cu atom is coordinated by a piperidine molecule via the N atom. In contrast to a previously reported modification of Cu{sub 4}I{sub 4}Pip{sub 4}, the present modification shows luminescent properties when exposed to UV-light. In addition, we have used time-dependent density functional theory calculations to characterize both compounds in term of both absorption and emission.

  1. Microsphere morphology tuning and photo-luminescence properties of monoclinic Y2WO6

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    Gao, Hong; Bai, Yulong; Zhang, Junying; Tang, Zilong

    2015-04-01

    Effects of the solution pH value and reaction time on the precursor morphology and photoluminescence properties are investigated for hydrothermally prepared monoclinic Y2WO6 phosphors. In the near-neutral environment, sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) surfactant forms small microspheres micelles as template to synthesize microspherical precursor. H+ ions concentration affects the arrangement of negative ionic surfactant SDBS. As a result, jujube-liked and popcorn-like loose microspheres formed at low pH value. When the pH value is 5.2 and the hydrothermal reaction time reaches 24 h, respectively, the strongest luminescent intensity can be obtained. Under this condition, the precursor presented regular microsphere with diameter of 4.0 μm. After high-temperature heat treatment, the obtained phosphor particles still exhibit microsphere-like shape. Therefore, we provide an effective method to tune the morphology of Y2WO6 phosphors and study the relationship between morphology and luminescent performance.

  2. Synthesis of monoclinic IrT e2 under high pressure and its physical properties

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    Li, X.; Yan, J.-Q.; Singh, D. J.; Goodenough, J. B.; Zhou, J.-S.

    2015-10-01

    In a pressure-temperature (P -T ) diagram for synthesizing IrT e2 compounds, the well-studied trigonal (H ) phase with the Cd I2 -type structure is stable at low pressures. The superconducting cubic (C ) phase can be synthesized under higher temperatures and pressures. A rhombohedral phase with the crystal structure similar to the C phase can be made at ambient pressure; but the phase contains a high concentration of Ir deficiency. In this paper we report that a rarely studied monoclinic (M ) phase can be stabilized in narrow ranges of pressure and temperature in this P -T diagram. The peculiar crystal structure of the M -IrT e2 eliminates the tendency to form Ir-Ir dimers found in the H phase. The M phase has been fully characterized by structural determination and measurements of electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power, DC magnetization, and specific heat. These physical properties have been compared with those in the H and C phases of I r1 -xT e2 . Moreover, magnetic and transport properties and specific heat of the M -IrT e2 can be fully justified by calculations with the density-functional theory presented in this paper.

  3. Electron-Injection-Assisted Generation of Oxygen Vacancies in Monoclinic HfO2

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    Bradley, Samuel R.; Shluger, Alexander L.; Bersuker, Gennadi

    2015-12-01

    Understanding the mechanisms of generation of oxygen vacancies in monoclinic (m )-HfO2 is important for improving and controlling its performance as an oxide layer in transistor gate stacks and in resistive random-access memory (RRAM) devices. We use ab initio calculations to investigate the mechanism of formation of Frenkel pairs of oxygen vacancies and interstitial ions in m -HfO2 under electron-injection conditions. The results demonstrate that the formation of stable pairs of neutral oxygen vacancies and interstitial oxygen ions assisted by extra electrons is thermodynamically feasible and requires overcoming activation barriers of less than 1.3 eV at preexisting O vacancies. A preexisting oxygen vacancy can act as an electron trap and facilitate the formation of an O vacancy and O interstitial ion pair nearby. The resulting O divacancy is stabilized by weak attraction between neutral vacancies, further lowering the formation energy of the defect pair. The binding energy per vacancy in larger oxygen-vacancy aggregates increases as the aggregate grows, facilitating the formation of defect pairs next to larger vacancy aggregates. These results are useful for understanding the mechanisms of oxide degradation and electroforming in RRAM cells, which can proceed through creation of new O vacancies in the vicinity of preexisting vacancies complementing vacancy aggregation via diffusion processes.

  4. New phase of ammonium nitrate: A monoclinic distortion of AN-IV

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    Steele, Brad A.; Oleynik, Ivan I.

    2015-12-01

    A new phase of ammonium nitrate (AN) is found using first principles evolutionary crystal structure search. It is this polymorph that is associated with the phase transition to previously unidentified phase, which was detected in experiment at 17 GPa upon appearance of the two extra peaks in Raman spectrum. The new phase has a monoclinic unit cell in the P21/m space group symmetry (AN-P21/m) and is similar to the known phase IV of AN (AN-IV) except the ammonium molecules are oriented differently relative to the nitrate molecules. The calculated free energy of AN-P21/m is found to be lower than AN-IV at pressures above 10.83 GPa. The equation of state of both AN-P21/m and AN-IV phases (volume vs hydrostatic pressure at room temperature) has been obtained within the quasi-harmonic approximation. The calculated Raman spectrum of both AN-P21/m and AN-IV as a function of pressure is in a good agreement with experiment. The energetic competitiveness of AN-IV and AN-P21/m at ambient conditions suggests a possibility of the phase transition in a small pressure-temperature range near ambient pressure and temperature.

  5. Experimental and Theoretical Studies on a High Pressure Monoclinic Phase of Ammonia Borane

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    Lin, Yu; Ma, Hongwei; Matthews, Charles Wesley; Kolb, Brian; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Thonhauser, Timo; Mao, Wendy L.

    2012-03-15

    The effect of pressure on the structure of ammonia borane NH{sub 3}BH{sub 3} (AB) was investigated using a combination of high pressure X-ray diffraction (XRD) and density functional theory (DFT). In situ XRD was performed up to 15.0 GPa at room temperature in a diamond anvil cell, and two first-order phase transitions were observed at 1.6 and 12.9 GPa. The ambient pressure I4mm structure transformed into the high pressure Cmc2{sub 1} phase at 1.6 GPa, and then experienced a second-order isostructural phase transition at 5 GPa, and further developed into a monoclinic P2{sub 1} (Z = 4) phase at 12.9 GPa. The structure of the high pressure P2{sub 1} phase was solved by powder diffraction data and further optimized using DFT calculations. The high pressure phase transitions were found to be reversible upon releasing pressure. The behavior of the N-H {hor_ellipsis} H-B dihydrogen bonding framework, inter- and intramolecular interactions at high pressure was also investigated. The origin of the phase transition at 12.9 GPa is attributed to the reorganization of the dihydrogen bonding network and the change in the rotational dynamics of the NH{sub 3} and BH{sub 3} groups.

  6. Bis[2-(hy-droxy-imino-meth-yl)phenolato]nickel(II): a second monoclinic polymorph.

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    Rusanova, Julia A; Buvaylo, Elena A; Rusanov, Eduard B

    2011-01-01

    The title compound, [Ni(C(7)H(6)NO(2))(2)], (I), is a second monoclinic polymorph of the compound, (II), reported by Srivastava et al. [Acta Cryst. (1967), 22, 922] and Mereiter [Private communication (2002) CCDC refcode NISALO01]. The bond lengths and angles are similar in both structures. The mol-ecule in both structures lies on a crystallographic inversion center and both have an inter-nal hydrogen bond. The title compound crystallizes in the space group P2(1)/c (Z = 2), whereas compound (II) is in the space group P2(1)/n (Z = 2) with a similar cell volume but different cell parameters. In both polymorphs, mol-ecules are arranged in the layers but in contrast to the previously published compound (II) where the dihedral angle between the layers is 86.3°, in the title polymorph the same dihedral angle is 29.4°. The structure of (I) is stabilized by strong intra-molecular O-H⋯O hydrogen bonding between the O-H group and the phenolate O atom. PMID:21522882

  7. Influence of downsizing of zeolite crystals on the orthorhombic ↔ monoclinic phase transition in pure silica MFI-type

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    Kabalan, Ihab; Michelin, Laure; Rigolet, Séverinne; Marichal, Claire; Daou, T. Jean; Lebeau, Bénédicte; Paillaud, Jean-Louis

    2016-08-01

    The impact of crystal size on the transition orthorhombic ↔ monoclinic phase in MFI-type purely silica zeolites is investigated between 293 and 473 K using 29Si MAS NMR and powder X-ray diffraction. Three silicalite-1 zeolites are synthesized: a material constituted of micron-sized crystals, pseudospherical nanometer-sized crystals and hierarchical porous zeolites with a mesoporous network created by the use of a gemini-type diquaternary ammonium surfactant giving nanosheet zeolites. Our results show for the first time that the orthorhombic ↔ monoclinic phase transition already known for micron-sized particles also occurs in nanometer-sized zeolite crystals whereas our data suggest that the extreme downsizing of the zeolite crystal to one unit cell in thickness leads to an extinction of the phase transition.

  8. Fabrication of hierarchically ordered porous scheelite-related monoclinic BiVO4 nanotubes by electrochemical deposition

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    Davi, Martin; Peter, Sebastian; Slabon, Adam

    2016-04-01

    Scheelite-related monoclinic BiVO4 is one of the most promising metal oxide photoanode materials. It is therefore highly desirable to explore its new nanostructured morphologies in order to achieve higher performance. We present a new method for the fabrication of porous BiVO4 nanotubes. Powder XRD experiments show that the electrodeposited BiVO4 nanotubes crystallize in the scheelite-related monoclinic phase. The produced BiVO4 nanotubes are highly hierarchically ordered and aligned perpendicular to the electrically conductive substrate. The nanostructures were produced by template-assisted electrochemical deposition inside porous anodized alumina oxide. Our method may be extended to other semiconductor materials used in photoelectrochemical systems, such as Bi2WO6 and γ-Bi2MoO6.

  9. Second monoclinic polymorph of 4-[(1H-benzimidazol-1-yl)meth­yl]benzoic acid

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    Kuai, Hai-Wei; Cheng, Xiao-Chun

    2011-01-01

    Recently, we reported the first monoclinic [Kuai & Cheng (2011). Acta Cryst., E67, o2787] and the ortho­rhom­bic polymorph [Kuai & Cheng (2011). Acta Cryst., E67, o3014] of the title compound, C15H12N2O2. Another monoclinic polymorph was obtained accidentally by the hydro­thermal reaction of the title compound with manganese chloride in the presence of potassium hydroxide at 413 K. The asymmetric unit consists of four independent mol­ecules. In the crystal, O—H⋯N hydrogen bonds link the independent mol­ecules into four separate chains parallel to the b axis. PMID:22199726

  10. Diffraction anisotropy falloff in the direction of the detergent belt for two centered monoclinic crystals of OmpF

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    Chaptal, Vincent; Kilburg, Arnaud; Flot, David; Wiseman, Benjamin; Aghajari, Nushin; Jault, Jean-Michel; Falson, Pierre

    2016-01-01

    This data article describes the anisotropy of diffraction observed for the centered monoclinic crystals of OmpF reported in “Two different centered monoclinic crystals of the E. coli outer-membrane protein OmpF originate from the same building block (Chaptal et al., 2016 [1])”. The datasets intensity falloff as a function of resolution are provided along with reflections along the (h,l) and (k,l) planes. A comparison with the crystal packing in the real cell is also provided, with the correspondence to the reciprocal vectors. These data can be retrieved from the Protein Data Bank under accession codes PDB: 4jfb and PDB: 4d5u. PMID:27054185

  11. Diffraction anisotropy falloff in the direction of the detergent belt for two centered monoclinic crystals of OmpF.

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    Chaptal, Vincent; Kilburg, Arnaud; Flot, David; Wiseman, Benjamin; Aghajari, Nushin; Jault, Jean-Michel; Falson, Pierre

    2016-06-01

    This data article describes the anisotropy of diffraction observed for the centered monoclinic crystals of OmpF reported in "Two different centered monoclinic crystals of the E. coli outer-membrane protein OmpF originate from the same building block (Chaptal et al., 2016 [1])". The datasets intensity falloff as a function of resolution are provided along with reflections along the (h,l) and (k,l) planes. A comparison with the crystal packing in the real cell is also provided, with the correspondence to the reciprocal vectors. These data can be retrieved from the Protein Data Bank under accession codes PDB: 4jfb and PDB: 4d5u. PMID:27054185

  12. Analysis of tetragonal to monoclinic phase transformation caused by accelerated artificial aging and the effects of microstructure in stabilized zirconia

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    Lucas, Thomas J.

    This investigation addresses the issue that yttria stabilized zirconia is being used as a dental biomaterial without substantial evidence of its long-term viability. Furthermore, stabilized zirconia (SZ) undergoes low temperature degradation (LTD), which can lead to roughening of the surface. A rougher exterior can lead to increased wear of the antagonist in the oral environment. Despite the LTD concerns, SZ is now widely used in restorative dentistry, including full contour crowns. A comparison of aging methods to determine the role of artificial aging on inducing the transformation has not been extensively studied. Therefore, simulations of the transformation process were investigated by comparing different methods of accelerated aging. The rejected null hypothesis is that the temperature of aging treatment will not affect the time required to cause measurable monoclinic transformation of yttria stabilized zirconia. The transformation of SZ starts at the surface and progresses inward; however, it is unclear whether the progression is constant for different aging conditions. This investigation analyzed the depth of transformation as a function of aging conditions for stabilized zirconia in the top 5-6 mum from the surface. The rejected null hypothesis is that the transformation amount is constant throughout the first six micrometers from the surface. The effects of grain size on the amount of monoclinic transformation were also investigated. This study aimed to determine if the grain size of partially stabilized zirconia affects the amount of monoclinic transformation, surface roughness, and property degradation due to aging. The rejected null hypothesis is that the grain size will not affect the amount of monoclinic transformation, thus have no effect on surface roughening or property degradation. The final part of this study addresses the wear of enamel when opposing zirconia by observing how grain size and aging affected the wear rate of an enamel antagonist

  13. Monoclinic phase of boron nitride appearing during the hexagonal cubic phase transition at high pressure and high temperature

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    Horiuchi, Shigeo; He, Lian-Long; Onoda, Mitsuko; Akaishi, Minoru

    1996-01-01

    Fine structures appearing on the phase transition from h (hexagonal) to c (cubic) boron nitride under high pressure (7.7 GPa) and high temperature (1800-2150 °C) are examined by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. A prominent contraction of the interplanar spacing between sp2 sheets from 3.33 to 3.10 Å in so-called ``compressed h-BN'' is attributable to a monoclinic lattice distortion of the residual h-BN, which originates from the difference in the compressibility as well as the thermal expansion between adjoining h- and c-BN grains. The parameters of the monoclinic unit cell are am=4.33, bm=2.50, cm=3.1-3.3 Å, and β=92-95°. Thin plates of h-BN are often folded and the folding also causes the monoclinic structure. The sheet sequence of r (rhombohedral)-BN locally appears when the strong volume shrinkage occurs due to the formation of a c-BN grain. Nanoscale twins appear in resulting c-BN grains, as long as they are small, and w (wurzite)-BN is sometimes included in them.

  14. Photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water oxidation over metal-doped monoclinic BiVO(4) photoanodes.

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    Parmar, Kanak Pal Singh; Kang, Hyun Joon; Bist, Amita; Dua, Piyush; Jang, Jum Suk; Lee, Jae Sung

    2012-10-01

    The visible-light-induced water oxidation ability of metal-ion-doped BiVO(4) was investigated and of 12 metal ion dopants tested, only W and Mo dramatically enhanced the water photo-oxidation activity of bare BiVO(4); Mo had the highest improvement by a factor of about six. Thus, BiVO(4) and W- or Mo-doped (2 atom %) BiVO(4) photoanodes about 1 μm thick were fabricated onto transparent conducting substrate by a metal-organic decomposition/spin-coating method. Under simulated one sun (air mass 1.5G, 100 mW cm(-2)) and at 1.23 V versus a reversible hydrogen electrode, the highest photocurrent density (J(PH)) of about 2.38 mA cm(-2) was achieved for Mo doping followed by W doping (J(PH) ≈ 1.98 mA cm(-2)), whereas undoped BiVO(4) gave a J(PH) value of about 0.42 mA cm(-2). The photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity of W- and Mo-doped BiVO(4) photoanodes corresponded to the incident photon to current conversion efficiency of about 35 and 40 % respectively. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and Mott-Schottky analysis indicated a positive flat band shift of about 30 mV, a carrier concentration 1.6-2 times higher, and a charge-transfer resistance reduced by 3-4-fold for W- or Mo-doped BiVO(4) relative to undoped BiVO(4). Electronic structure calculations revealed that both W and Mo were shallow donors and Mo doping generated superior conductivity to W doping. The photo-oxidation activity of water on BiVO(4) photoanodes (undopedmonoclinic BiVO(4) by drastically reducing its charge-transfer resistance and thereby minimizing photoexcited electron-hole pair recombination. PMID:22927058

  15. Method of forming high density oxide pellets by hot pressing at 50$sup 0$ to 100$sup 0$C above the cubic to monoclinic phase transformation temperature

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    Pasto, A.E.

    1975-08-01

    A process for low temperature sintering of rare earth and actinide oxides which have a cubic to monoclinic transformation is described. The process involves hot pressing a powder compact at a temperature just above the transformation temperature. (auth)

  16. Gold network structures in rhombohedral and monoclinic Sr2Au6(Au,T)3 (T = Zn, Ga). A transition via relaxation.

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    Mishra, Trinath; Lin, Qisheng; Corbett, John D

    2013-12-01

    Quantitative syntheses, structure determinations and interpretations, and band calculations are reported for the nonstoichiometric rhombohedral (R3c) and monoclinic (C2/c) Sr2Au6(Au(3-x)T(x)) (T = Zn, Ga) compounds. Several different compositions of the two Sr phases were similarly refined from single crystal X-ray diffraction data as R3c: a ≈ 8.43 Å, c ≈ 21.85 Å, Z = 6 and C2/c: a ≈ 14.70 Å, b ≈ 8.47 Å, c ≈ 8.70 Å, β ≈ 123.2°, Z = 4. The R3c Zn phase is stable in the composition region x ∼ 2.5-2.9 whereas its C2/c neighbor is the major product at x ∼ 2.2-2.3. Gallium versions of both were also identified. Both R3c and C2/c structural types contain hexagonal-diamond-like gold superlattices stuffed with strings of interstitial Sr and disordered triangular (Au,T)3 units. The latter space group is a maximal, nonisomorphic subgroup of the former, and the decrease in interstitial radius from Ba to Sr (∼0.08 Å experimentally) evidently drives the symmetry reduction, relaxation, and small distortions, principally around the Sr sites. Au-Au bonding among the Au hexagons in the host lattices and with gold components in the triangular interstitials is dominant and reflected in their tight packing and short interatomic separations. PMID:24215108

  17. Template-Engaged In Situ Synthesis of Carbon-Doped Monoclinic Mesoporous BiVO4: Photocatalytic Treatment of Rhodamine B

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    Yao, Mingming; Gan, Lihua; Liu, Mingxian; Tripathi, Pranav K.; Liu, Yafei; Hu, Zhonghua

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, carbon-doped monoclinic scheelite mesoporous bismuth vanadate was synthesized through template-engaged in situ method. The bismuth nitrate pentahydrate and ammonia metavanadate were used as bismuth and vanadium precursors, respectively, glucose as carbon source, and mesoporous SiO2 aerogel as a hard template. Carbon-doped monoclinic mesoporous BiVO4 were obtained by heat treatment of BiVO4/glucose/template to carbonize glucose and form monoclinic crystal, followed by etching with NaOH solution to remove the SiO2 template. The samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption and desorption, UV-visible spectroscopy, Energy dispersive spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, and Transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the sample with a carbon content of 0.5 wt.% possesses a specific surface area of 10.2 m2/g and has mesoporous structure with the most probable pore size of 13.9 nm. The band gap of carbon-doped monoclinic mesoporous BiVO4 was estimated to be 2.33 eV, indicating the superior photocatalytic activity under visible light. The photocatalytic efficiency of carbon-doped monoclinic mesoporous BiVO4 for the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible light (λ > 400 nm) in 120 min reaches 98.7%, Besides, the carbon-doped monoclinic mesoporous BiVO4 photocatalyst still showed high stability: 85% for Rhodamine B degradation after ten recycles.

  18. Theoretical investigations of EPR g factors for Ce3+ ion at monoclinic Cs site in YAlO3 crystal

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    Liu, Hong-Gang; Zheng, Wen-Chen

    2015-01-01

    Three EPR principal g values (gx, gy and gz) for monoclinic (Cs) Ce3+ center in YAlO3 crystal are calculated by the complete diagonalization (of energy matrix) method (CDM) based on the superposition model (SPM) analysis. The calculated g factors are more reasonably closer to experimental results reported by Asatryan et al. (2002) than their same work in 1997. The reliability of fitted crystal-field parameters of YAP:Ce3+ crystal is also analyzed. In SPM calculations, the seeming abnormal negative power-law exponent t6 is found to be actually reasonable and its underlying cause may be explained by future ab initio studies.

  19. Neutron diffraction study of monoclinic brannerite-type CoV{sub 2}O{sub 6}

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    Markkula, Mikael; Arevalo-Lopez, Angel M.; Paul Attfield, J.

    2012-08-15

    A variable-temperature powder neutron diffraction study of the monoclinic brannerite-type CoV{sub 2}O{sub 6} (space group C2/m, a=9.2531(2), b=3.5040(1), c=6.6201(1) A and {beta}=111.617(1) Degree-Sign at 300 K) is reported. No structural transition is observed down to 4 K, but a magnetostriction accompanying antiferromagnetic order at T{sub N}=15 K is discovered. Antiferromagnetic order observed below T{sub N} has an a Multiplication-Sign b Multiplication-Sign 2c supercell in which Co{sup 2+} moments of magnitude 4.77(4) {mu}{sub B} at 4 K lie in the ac plane and are ferromagnetically coupled within chains of edge-sharing CoO{sub 6} octahedra parallel to b. Ferromagnetic chains are coupled antiferromagnetically to neighbouring chains in the a and c directions, and a model for the interchain order in the reported 1/3 magnetization plateau region is proposed. - Graphical abstract: Antiferromagnetic order of Co{sup 2+} moments in monoclinic brannerite type CoV2O6 results in a magnetostriction at the 15 K Neel transition. An alternative coupling between ferromagnetic chains is proposed to account for a 1/3 magnetization plateau in this material. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Variable-temperature powder neutron diffraction study of the monoclinic brannerite-type CoV{sub 2}O{sub 6} is reported. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetostriction accompanying antiferromagnetic order at T{sub N}=15 K in monoclinic CoV{sub 2}O{sub 6} is discovered. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Antiferromagnetic order in a Multiplication-Sign b Multiplication-Sign 2c supercell of CoV{sub 2}O{sub 6} is determined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Model for spin order in the reported 1/3 magnetization plateau of CoV{sub 2}O{sub 6} is proposed.

  20. Characterization of dislocations in monoclinic hen egg-white lysozyme crystals by synchrotron monochromatic-beam X-ray topography

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    Sawaura, Takuya; Fujii, Daiki; Shen, Mengyuan; Yamamoto, Yu; Wako, Kei; Kojima, Kenichi; Tachibana, Masaru

    2011-03-01

    Dislocations in monoclinic hen egg-white lysozyme crystals were investigated by means of synchrotron monochromatic-beam X-ray topography. The loop and curved dislocations were observed to be predominant in the crystals. Almost all the dislocations lay in (1 0 1¯) crystallographic plane, which corresponds to that with smallest slicing energy estimated by macrobond approach. One of the Burgers vectors of the dislocations was determined to be [0 1 0], which corresponds to the smallest lattice translational vector on the (1 0 1¯) plane. It is suggested that the loop and curved dislocations are slip ones introduced by a stress concentration during or after the growth.

  1. Monoclinic and Correlated Metal Phase in VO2 as Evidence of the Mott Transition: Coherent Phonon Analysis

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    Kim, Hyun-Tak; Lee, Yong Wook; Kim, Bong-Jun; Chae, Byung-Gyu; Yun, Sun Jin; Kang, Kwang-Yong; Han, Kang-Jeon; Yee, Ki-Ju; Lim, Yong-Sik

    2006-12-01

    In femtosecond pump-probe measurements, the appearance of coherent phonon oscillations at 4.5 and 6.0 THz indicating the rutile metal phase of VO2 does not occur simultaneously with the first-order metal-insulator transition (MIT) near 68°C. The monoclinic and correlated metal (MCM) phase between the MIT and the structural phase transition (SPT) is generated by a photoassisted hole excitation, which is evidence of the Mott transition. The SPT between the MCM phase and the rutile metal phase occurs due to subsequent Joule heating. The MCM phase can be regarded as an intermediate nonequilibrium state.

  2. Crystal structure of a new monoclinic polymorph of N-(4-methyl-phen-yl)-3-nitro-pyridin-2-amine.

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    Aznan, Aina Mardia Akhmad; Abdullah, Zanariah; Lee, Vannajan Sanghiran; Tiekink, Edward R T

    2014-08-01

    The title compound, C12H11N3O2, is a second monoclinic polymorph (P21, with Z' = 4) of the previously reported monoclinic (P21/c, with Z' = 2) form [Akhmad Aznan et al. (2010 ▶). Acta Cryst. E66, o2400]. Four independent mol-ecules comprise the asymmetric unit, which have the common features of a syn disposition of the pyridine N atom and the toluene ring, and an intra-molecular amine-nitro N-H⋯O hydrogen bond. The differences between mol-ecules relate to the dihedral angles between the rings which range from 2.92 (19) to 26.24 (19)°. The geometry-optimized structure [B3LYP level of theory and 6-311 g+(d,p) basis set] has the same features except that the entire mol-ecule is planar. In the crystal, the three-dimensional architecture is consolidated by a combination of C-H⋯O, C-H⋯π, nitro-N-O⋯π and π-π inter-actions [inter-centroid distances = 3.649 (2)-3.916 (2) Å]. PMID:25249854

  3. Effect of annealing on down-conversion properties of monoclinic Gd2O3:Er3+ nanophosphors.

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    Tamrakar, Raunak Kumar; Bisen, D P; Upadhyay, Kanchan

    2015-09-01

    Erbium-doped nano-sized Gd2O3 phosphor was prepared by a solution combustion method in the presence of urea as a fuel. The phosphor was characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results of the XRD shows that the phosphor has a monoclinic phase, which was further confirmed by the TEM results. Particle size was calculated by the Debye-Scherrer formula. The erbium-doped Gd2O3 nanophosphor was revealed to have good down-conversion (DC) properties and the intensity of phosphor could be modified by annealing. The effects of annealing at 900°C on the particle size and luminescence properties were studied and compared with freshly prepared Gd2O3:Er(3+) nanoparticles. The average particle sizes were calculated as 8 and 20 nm for the freshly prepared samples and samples annealed at 900°C for 1 h, respectively. The results show that both freshly prepared and annealed Gd2O3:Er(3+) have monoclinic structure. PMID:25529921

  4. Nanoscale monoclinic domains in epitaxial SrRuO3 thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition

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    Ghica, C.; Negrea, R. F.; Nistor, L. C.; Chirila, C. F.; Pintilie, L.

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, we analyze the structural distortions observed by transmission electron microscopy in thin epitaxial SrRuO3 layers used as bottom electrodes in multiferroic coatings onto SrTiO3 substrates for future multiferroic devices. Regardless of the nature and architecture of the multilayer oxides deposited on the top of the SrRuO3 thin films, selected area electron diffraction patterns systematically revealed the presence of faint diffraction spots appearing in forbidden positions for the SrRuO3 orthorhombic structure. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) combined with Geometric Phase Analysis (GPA) evidenced the origin of these forbidden diffraction spots in the presence of structurally disordered nanometric domains in the SrRuO3 bottom layers, resulting from a strain-driven phase transformation. The local high compressive strain (-4% ÷ -5%) measured by GPA in the HRTEM images induces a local orthorhombic to monoclinic phase transition by a cooperative rotation of the RuO6 octahedra. A further confirmation of the origin of the forbidden diffraction spots comes from the simulated diffraction patterns obtained from a monoclinic disordered SrRuO3 structure.

  5. Layered Double Hydroxides: Proposal of a One-Layer Cation-Ordered Structure Model of Monoclinic Symmetry.

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    Jayanthi, K; Nagendran, Supreeth; Kamath, P Vishnu

    2015-09-01

    Layered double hydroxides are obtained by partial isomorphous substitution of divalent metal ions by trivalent metal ions in the structure of mineral brucite, Mg(OH)2. The widely reported three-layer polytype of rhombohedral symmetry, designated as polytype 3R1, is actually a one-layer polytype of monoclinic symmetry (space group C2/m, a = 5.401 Å, b = 9.355 Å, c = 11.02 Å, β = 98.89°). This structure has a cation-ordered metal hydroxide layer defined by a supercell a = √3 × a0; b = 3 × a0 (a0 = cell parameter of the cation-disordered rhombohedral cell). Successive layers are translated by (1/3, 0, 1) relative to one another. When successive metal hydroxide layers are translated by (2/3, 0, 1) relative to one another, the resultant crystal, also of monoclinic symmetry, generates a powder pattern corresponding to the polytype hitherto designated as 3R2. This structure model not only removes all the anomalies intrinsic to the widely accepted cation-disordered structure but also abides by Pauling's rule that forbids trivalent cations from occupying neighboring sites and suggests that it is unnecessary to invoke rhombohedral symmetry when the metal hydroxide layer is cation ordered. These results have profound implications for the correct description of polytypism in this family of layered compounds. PMID:26267263

  6. Determination of Stress Coefficient Terms in Cracked Solids for Monoclinic Materials with Plane Symmetry at x3 = 0

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    Yuan, F. G.

    1998-01-01

    Determination of all the coefficients in the crack tip field expansion for monoclinic materials under two-dimensional deformation is presented in this report. For monoclinic materials with a plane of material symmetry at x(sub 3) = 0, the in-plane deformation is decoupled from the anti-plane deformation. In the case of in-plane deformation, utilizing conservation laws of elasticity and Betti's reciprocal theorem, together with selected auxiliary fields, T-stress and third-order stress coefficients near the crack tip are evaluated first from path-independent line integrals. To determine the T-stress terms using the J-integral and Betti's reciprocal work theorem, auxiliary fields under a concentrated force and moment acting at the crack tip are used respectively. Through the use of Stroh formalism in anisotropic elasticity, analytical expressions for all the coefficients including the stress intensity factors are derived in a compact form that has surprisingly simple structure in terms of the Barnett-Lothe tensors, L. The solution forms for degenerated materials, orthotropic, and isotropic materials are presented.

  7. Monoclinic phase of the misfit-layered cobalt oxide (Ca 0.85OH) 1.16CoO 2

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    Shizuya, Mitsuyuki; Isobe, Masaaki; Baba, Yuji; Nagai, Takuro; Matsui, Yoshio; Takayama-Muromachi, Eiji

    2006-12-01

    A monoclinic phase of the misfit-layered cobalt oxide (Ca 0.85OH) 1.16CoO 2 was successfully synthesized and characterized. It was found that this new material is a poly-type phase of the orthorhombic form of (CaOH) 1.14CoO 2, recently discovered by the present authors. Both the compounds consist of two interpenetrating subsystems: CdI 2-type CoO 2 layers and rock-salt-type double-atomic-layer CaOH blocks. However, these two phases exhibit a different stacking structure. By powder X-ray and electron diffraction (ED) studies, it was found that the two subsystems of (Ca 0.85OH) 1.16CoO 2 have c-centered monoclinic Bravais lattices with common a=4.898 Å, c=8.810 Å and β=95.8° lattice parameters, and different b parameters: b1=2.820 Å and b2=4.870 Å. Chemical analyses revealed that the monoclinic phase has a cobalt valence of +3.1-3.2. Resistivity of the monoclinic phase is approximately 10 1-10 5 times lower than that of the orthorhombic phase. This suggests that the monoclinic phase is a hole-doped phase of the insulating orthorhombic phase. Furthermore, large positive Seebeck coefficients (˜100 μV/K) were observed near room temperature.

  8. Donor-acceptor pair recombination luminescence from monoclinic Cu{sub 2}SnS{sub 3} thin film

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    Aihara, Naoya; Tanaka, Kunihiko Uchiki, Hisao; Kanai, Ayaka; Araki, Hideaki

    2015-07-20

    The defect levels in Cu{sub 2}SnS{sub 3} (CTS) were investigated using photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. A CTS thin film was prepared on a soda-lime glass/molybdenum substrate by thermal co-evaporation and sulfurization. The crystal structure was determined to be monoclinic, and the compositional ratios of Cu/Sn and S/Metal were determined to be 1.8 and 1.2, respectively. The photon energy of the PL spectra observed from the CTS thin film was lower than that previously reported. All fitted PL peaks were associated with defect related luminescence. The PL peaks observed at 0.843 and 0.867 eV were assigned to donor-acceptor pair recombination luminescence, the thermal activation energies of which were determined to be 22.9 and 24.8 meV, respectively.

  9. Monoclinic crystal structure of polycrystalline Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3

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    Aksel, Elena; Forrester, Jennifer S.; Jones, Jacob L.; Thomas, Pam A.; Page, Katharine; Suchomel, Matthew R.

    2011-04-01

    Bismuth-based ferroelectric ceramics are currently under intense investigation for their potential as Pb-free alternatives to lead zirconate titanate-based piezoelectrics. Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT), one of the widely studied compositions, has been assumed thus far to exhibit the rhombohedral space group R3c at room temperature. High-resolution powder x-ray diffraction patterns, however, reveal peak splitting in the room temperature phase that evidence the true structure as monoclinic with space group Cc. This peak splitting and Cc space group is only revealed in sintered powders; calcined powders are equally fit to an R3c model because microstructural contributions to peak broadening obscure the peak splitting.

  10. Role of Li in the low temperature synthesis of monoclinic celsian from (Ba, Li)-exchanged zeolite-A precursor

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    Ferone, Claudio; Esposito, Serena; Dell'Agli, Gianfranco; Pansini, Michele

    2005-11-01

    A sample of exhaustively Ba-exchanged zeolite-A was subjected to Li-exchange to obtain four samples of zeolite Ba-A bearing different Li amounts. These samples were subjected to thermal treatments at temperatures ranging from 200 to 1100 °C for times up to 28 hours. Samples of fully monoclinic celsian bearing an amount of impurities of 0.62 weight % Na 2O and 0.17 weight % Li 2O, 0.60 Na 2O weight % and 0.29 Li 2O weight %, and 0.67 Na 2O weight % and 0.55 Li 2O weight % were obtained after thermal treatments lasting 10 hours at 1100 °C, 4 hours at 1100 °C, and 4 hours at 1000 °C, respectively.

  11. Tetragonal-tetragonal-monoclinic-rhombohedral transition: Strain relaxation of heavily compressed BiFeO3 epitaxial thin films

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    Fu, Z.; Yin, Z. G.; Chen, N. F.; Zhang, X. W.; Zhao, Y. J.; Bai, Y. M.; Chen, Y.; Wang, H.-H.; Zhang, X. L.; Wu, J. L.

    2014-02-01

    BiFeO3 films with in-plane compressive strain of -3.5% were deposited on oxygen-deficient La0.3Sr0.7MnO3-δ buffered SrTiO3(001) substrates. This highly strained BiFeO3 does not relax directly into its rhombohedral parent phase upon increasing the film thickness. Instead, a multi-step path involving structural transitions is observed. The misfit stress is first accommodated by the occurrence of true tetragonal BiFeO3 with c/a ratio of 1.23, then reduced by the transformation to the MC-type monoclinic structure, and finally alleviated through the MC-rhombohedral transition. Moreover, this process enables the formation of strain-driven morphotropic phase boundaries at a stress level much lower than the reported threshold of -4.5%.

  12. Metastable monoclinic and orthorhombic phases and electric field induced irreversible phase transformation at room temperature in the lead-free classical ferroelectric BaTiO3

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    Kalyani, Ajay Kumar; Khatua, Dipak Kumar; Loukya, B.; Datta, Ranjan; Fitch, Andy N.; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Ranjan, Rajeev

    2015-03-01

    For decades it has been a well-known fact that among the few ferroelectric compounds in the perovskite family, namely, BaTiO3, KNbO3, PbTiO3, and Na1 /2Bi1 /2TiO3 , the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO3 are considerably higher than the others in polycrystalline form at room temperature. Further, similar to ferroelectric alloys exhibiting morphotropic phase boundary, single crystals of BaTiO3 exhibit anomalously large piezoelectric response when poled away from the direction of spontaneous polarization at room temperature. These anomalous features in BaTiO3 remained unexplained so far from the structural standpoint. In this work, we have used high-resolution synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction, atomic resolution aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy, in conjunction with a powder poling technique, to reveal that at 300 K (i) the equilibrium state of BaTiO3 is characterized by coexistence of metastable monoclinic Pm and orthorhombic (Amm2) phases along with the tetragonal phase, and (ii) strong electric field switches the polarization direction from the [001] direction towards the [101] direction. These results suggest that BaTiO3 at room temperature is within an instability regime, and that this instability is the fundamental factor responsible for the anomalous dielectric and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO3 as compared to the other homologous ferroelectric perovskite compounds at room temperature. Pure BaTiO3 at room temperature is therefore more akin to lead-based ferroelectric alloys close to the morphotropic phase boundary where polarization rotation and field induced ferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transformations play a fundamental role in influencing the dielectric and piezoelectric behavior.

  13. Microwave and infrared dielectric response of monoclinic bismuth zinc niobate based pyrochlore ceramics with ion substitution in A site

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    Wang Hong; Kamba, Stanislav; Zhang Meiling; Yao Xi; Denisov, Sergey; Kadlec, Filip; Petzelt, Jan

    2006-08-01

    It is well known that the cubic pyrochlore Bi{sub 1.5}ZnNb{sub 1.5}O{sub 7} exhibits higher permittivity and dielectric loss than monoclinic Bi{sub 2}Zn{sub 2/3}Nb{sub 4/3}O{sub 7} due to structural disorder in the A sites of Bi{sub 1.5}ZnNb{sub 1.5}O{sub 7}. We have studied systematically the impact of the ion substitution in the A site of monoclinic Bi{sub 2}Zn{sub 2/3}Nb{sub 4/3}O{sub 7} on the structure and microwave dielectric properties. It is shown that the structure and permittivity of (Bi{sub 1.92}M{sub 0.08})(Zn{sub 0.64}Nb{sub 1.36})O{sub 7} (M=Zn,Ca,Cd,Sr,Ba) ceramics remain almost the same as in Bi{sub 2}Zn{sub 2/3}Nb{sub 4/3}O{sub 7}; only the Ba substituted ceramics have higher permittivity due to multiphase structure. Microwave dielectric properties were compared with complex dielectric response in terahertz and infrared frequency range of 0.1-100 THz, which allows us to estimate intrinsic and extrinsic contributions to microwave dielectric losses. The best microwave properties were obtained in (Bi{sub 1.92}Ca{sub 0.08})(Zn{sub 0.64}Nb{sub 1.36})O{sub 7} with {epsilon}=76, Qf{>=}5000 (sintered below 950 deg.C), which is promising for microwave low temperature cofiring ceramic application.

  14. Monoclinic crystal form of Aspergillus niger alpha-amylase in complex with maltose at 1.8 angstroms resolution.

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    Vujicić-Zagar, A; Dijkstra, B W

    2006-08-01

    Aspergillus niger alpha-amylase catalyses the hydrolysis of alpha-1,4-glucosidic bonds in starch. It shows 100% sequence identity to the A. oryzae homologue (also called TAKA-amylase), three crystal structures of which have been published to date. Two of them belong to the orthorhombic space group P2(1)2(1)2(1) with one molecule per asymmetric unit and one belongs to the monoclinic space group P2(1) with three molecules per asymmetric unit. Here, the purification, crystallization and structure determination of A. niger alpha-amylase crystallized in the monoclinic space group P2(1) with two molecules per asymmetric unit in complex with maltose at 1.8 angstroms resolution is reported. Furthermore, a novel 1.6 angstroms resolution orthorhombic crystal form (space group P2(1)2(1)2) of the native enzyme is presented. Four maltose molecules are observed in the maltose-alpha-amylase complex. Three of these occupy active-site subsites -2 and -1, +1 and +2 and the hitherto unobserved subsites +4 (Asp233, Gly234) and +5 (Asp235). The fourth maltose molecule binds at the distant binding sites d1 (Tyr382) and d2 (Trp385), also previously unobserved. Furthermore, it is shown that the active-site groove permits different binding modes of sugar units at subsites +1 and +2. This flexibility of the active-site cleft close to the catalytic centre might be needed for a productive binding of substrate chains and/or release of products. PMID:16880540

  15. The orientational relationship between monoclinic β-Ga2O3 and cubic NiO

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    Nakagomi, Shinji; Kubo, Shohei; Kokubun, Yoshihiro

    2016-07-01

    The orientational relationship between β-Ga2O3 and NiO was studied by X-ray diffraction measurements and cross-sectional high resolution transmission electron microscopy. A β-Ga2O3 thin film was formed on a (100) NiO layer on a (100) MgO substrate by gallium evaporation in an oxygen plasma. It was found that the resulting β-Ga2O3 had a four-fold domain structure satisfying both (100) β-Ga2O3 ‖ (100) NiO and (010) β-Ga2O3 ‖ {011} NiO. A γ-Ga2O3 layer was observed at the interface between the β-Ga2O3 and the NiO. An NiO film was also formed on a (100) β-Ga2O3 single-crystal substrate by the sol-gel method. An epitaxial (100) NiO film was formed on a (100) β-Ga2O3 substrate, and satisfied (011) NiO ‖ (010) β-Ga2O3. The crystal orientations of β-Ga2O3 on (100) NiO and NiO on (100) β-Ga2O3 can be explained using atomic arrangement models of the (100) plane of NiO and the (100) plane of β-Ga2O3.

  16. Electronic structure of ferromagnetic semiconductor material on the monoclinic and rhombohedral ordered double perovskites La{sub 2}FeCoO{sub 6}

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    Fuh, Huei-Ru; Chang, Ching-Ray; Weng, Ke-Chuan; Wang, Yin-Kuo

    2015-05-07

    Double perovskite La{sub 2}FeCoO{sub 6} with monoclinic structure and rhombohedra structure show as ferromagnetic semiconductor based on density functional theory calculation. The ferromagnetic semiconductor state can be well explained by the superexchange interaction. Moreover, the ferromagnetic semiconductor state remains under the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and GGA plus onsite Coulomb interaction calculation.

  17. Monoclinic Cc-phase stabilization in magnetically diluted lead free Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3—Evolution of spin glass like behavior with enhanced ferroelectric and dielectric properties

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    Thangavelu, Karthik; Asthana, Saket

    2015-09-01

    The effect of magnetic cation substitution on the phase stabilization, ferroelectric, dielectric and magnetic properties of a lead free Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT) system prepared by O2 atmosphere solid state sintering were studied extensively. Cobalt (Co) was chosen as the magnetic cation to substitute at the Ti-site of NBT with optimized 2.5 mol%. Rietveld analysis of x-ray diffraction data favours the monoclinic Cc phase stabilization strongly rather than the parent R3c phase. FE-SEM micrograph supports the single phase characteristics without phase segregation at the grain boundaries. The stabilized Cc space group was explained based on the collective local distortion effects due to spin-orbit stabilization at Co3+ and Co2+ functional centres. The phonon mode changes as observed in the TiO6 octahedral modes also support the Cc phase stabilization. The major Co3+-ion presence was revealed from corresponding crystal field transitions observed through solid state diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The enhanced spontaneous polarization (Ps) from ≅38 μC cm-2 to 45 μC cm-2 could be due to the easy rotation of polarization vector along the {(1\\bar{1}0)}{{pc}} in Cc phase. An increase in static dielectric response (ɛ) from ɛ ≅ 42 to 60 along with enhanced diffusivity from γ ≅ 1.53 to 1.75 was observed. Magneto-thermal irreversibility and their magnetic field dependent ZFC/FC curves suggest the possibility of a spin glass like behaviour below 50 K. The monoclinic Cc phase stabilization as confirmed from structural studies was well correlated with the observed ferroic properties in magnetically diluted NBT.

  18. High-Temperature Monoclinic Cc Phase with Reduced c/a Ratio in Bi-based Perovskite Compound Bi2ZnTi1-xMnxO6.

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    Yu, Runze; Matsuda, Narumi; Tominaga, Ken; Shimizu, Keisuke; Hojo, Hajime; Sakai, Yuki; Yamamoto, Hajime; Oka, Kengo; Azuma, Masaki

    2016-06-20

    Monoclinic phases with Cm, Pm, and Cc space groups are indispensable to understand the high performance of electromechanical properties at the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) of lead-based perovskite oxides Pb(ZrxTi1-x)O3 (PZT), [Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]1-x-(PbTiO3)x (PMN-PT), and [Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3]1-x-(PbTiO3)x (PZN-PT). Here, a nearly single monoclinic phase with space group Cc was observed in the Bi-based lead-free perovskite compound Bi2ZnTi1-xMnxO6 at x = 0.4. This phase was the same as the low-temperature phase of the MPB composition of PZT but existed at a much higher temperature. Despite the reduced pseudo c/a ratio of 1.065, which is the same as that of PbTiO3 at room temperature, ionic model calculation based on the Rietveld refinement data indicated the polarization of Bi2ZnTi0.6Mn0.4O6 is 95.8 μC/cm(2). The tilting and significant anisotropic distortion of the octahedron were found to cause the c/a ratio to reduce. Accordingly, the effective piezoelectric constant d33 of Bi2ZnTi0.6Mn0.4O6 thin film was found to be 12 pm/V. PMID:27254112

  19. Pressure induced tetragonal to monoclinic transition in RbN{sub 3} studied from first principles theory

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    Vaitheeswaran, G. Babu, K. Ramesh

    2014-04-24

    Alkali metal azides are well known for their application as explosives and gas generators. They are used as precursors in synthesis of polymeric nitrogen, an ultimate green high energy density material. Among the alkali metal azides, rubidium azide RbN{sub 3} crystallizes in tetragonal structure with linear azide ions arranged in layers and binds through weak dispersive interactions. In this present work, we have studied the structural stability, electronic structure and optical properties of solid RbN{sub 3} by using van der Waals corrected density functional theory. We find that the ambient tetragonal structure undergoes a structural transition to monoclinic structure at 0.72 GPa, which is in good agreement with the experimental transition pressure of less than 1 GPa. The phonon frequencies at the gamma point are calculated and found that the lattice mode Eg softens under pressure which may supports the structural phase transition. The electronic band structure and optical properties are calculated by using Tran Blaha-modified Becke Johnson (TB-mBJ) functional and found that solid RbN{sub 3} is an insulator with a gap of 5.976 eV and the optical absorption starts with the UV light of wave length 207.5 nm.

  20. Efficient Sunlight-Induced Methylene Blue Removal over One-Dimensional Mesoporous Monoclinic BiVO4 Nanorods

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    Hou, Linrui; Yang, Long; Li, Jiaoyang; Tan, Jie; Yuan, Changzhou

    2012-01-01

    Sunlight-driven mesoporous BiVO4 nanorods with monoclinic structure have been successfully synthesized via a simple hydrothermal method. The as-prepared one-dimensional BiVO4 nanorods exhibited high specific surface area due to their unique mesoporous structure. The mesoporous BiVO4 nanorods possessed strong photoabsorption properties in the visible light region as well as the ultravisible region, and the band gap was estimated to be ca. 2.18 eV. The photocatalytic activities were evaluated by decolorization of methylene blue under sunlight irradiation. Photocatalytic tests demonstrated that the decolorization rate of as-prepared mesoporous BiVO4 nanorods was even up to 98.8% in 180 min, much better than that prepared by solid-state reaction (23.1%) and the commercial TiO2 (Degussa P25) (14.2%) under the same conditions, due to their higher specific surface area and appropriate band gap. Moreover, the unique BiVO4 nanorods exhibit high stability after five photocatalytic degradation recycles. PMID:22567556

  1. Structural and microstructural changes in monoclinic ZrO{sub 2} during the ball-milling with stainless steel assembly

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    Stefanic, G. . E-mail: stefanic@irb.hr; Music, S.; Gajovic, A.

    2006-04-13

    High-energy ball-milling of monoclinic ZrO{sub 2} was performed in air using the planetary ball mill with a stainless steel milling assembly. Structural and microstructural changes during the ball-milling were monitored using X-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, Moessbauer spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry. The results of line broadening analysis indicated a decrease in the crystallite size and an increase in the microstrains with the ball-milling time increased up to {approx}150 min. The results of quantitative phase analysis indicated the presence of a very small amount of tetragonal ZrO{sub 2} phase in this early stage of ball-milling. The onset of m-ZrO{sub 2} {sup {yields}} t-ZrO{sub 2} transition occurred between 10 and 15 h of ball-milling, which resulted in a complete transition after 20 h of ball-milling. Further ball-milling caused a decrease of the t-ZrO{sub 2} lattice parameters followed by a probable transition into c-ZrO{sub 2}. It was concluded that the stabilization of t- and c-ZrO{sub 2} polymorphs at RT can be attributed to the incorporation of aliovalent cations (Fe{sup 2+}, Fe{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+}) introduced into the sample due to the wear and oxidation of the milling media.

  2. First-principles electronic structure study of the monoclinic crystal bismuth triborate BiB3O6.

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    Yang, Jun; Dolg, Michael

    2006-10-01

    Monoclinic BiB(3)O(6) is an excellent nonlinear optical material with many advantages compared to other borate crystals. The origins of the optical effects and the chemical stability of BiB(3)O(6) are studied with gradient-corrected hybrid B3PW density functional theory within the Gaussian-orbital-based CO-LCAO scheme. Including spin-orbit coupling, the B3PW hybrid functional provides an estimate of the indirect band gap of 4.29-4.99 eV closer to the experimental value of 4.3 eV than HF, LDA, or GGA. The crystal orbital overlap population to give a detailed first-principles analysis of chemical bonding and the density of optical absorptions by convoluting the occupied density of states and the virtual density of states have been calculated. Obvious Bi-O covalent bonds have been found with different energy ranges for 6s-2p and 6p-2p interactions. The reason that [BiO(4)](5-) units are mainly responsible for the optics of BiB(3)O(6) in the long-wavelength region is due to the electronic transfer from occupied O 2p to empty Bi 6p orbitals favored by the Bi-O covalent bonds. The relativistic and correlation effects lead to fundamental differences of the band structure, chemical bonds, and optical effects for BiB(3)O(6) compared with nonrelativistic and uncorrelated calculations. PMID:17004777

  3. Computational investigation of the Bi lone-pairs in monoclinic bismuth triborate BiB3O6.

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    Yang, Jun; Dolg, Michael

    2007-05-01

    The Bi-O interactions and the Bi lone-pairs in monoclinic BiB3O6 are investigated with gradient-corrected hybrid B3PW density functional theory within the Gaussian-orbital-based CO-LCAO scheme. The Bi 6s and O 2p orbitals contribute to both bonding and antibonding interactions below the Fermi level. The stereochemical activity of the Bi lone-pairs was found to have a major origination from the primary interaction for the Bi 6s-O 2p antibonding orbital. The Bi 6p orbitals are not critically responsible for the non-spherical shape of the Bi lone-pairs, although they indeed participate into the secondary interaction with the Bi 6s-O 2p antibonding states. It is also suggested that O 2p components within the Bi lone-pairs are dominantly significant for the optical responses of BiB3O6 over the Bi 6s components. PMID:17464390

  4. Tuning oxygen vacancy photoluminescence in monoclinic Y2WO6 by selectively occupying yttrium sites using lanthanum.

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    Ding, Bangfu; Han, Chao; Zheng, Lirong; Zhang, Junying; Wang, Rongming; Tang, Zilong

    2015-01-01

    The effect of isovalent lanthanum (La) doping on the monoclinic Y2WO6 photoluminescence was studied. Introducing the non-activated La(3+) into Y2WO6 brings new excitation bands from violet to visible regions and strong near-infrared emission, while the bands position and intensity depend on the doping concentration. It is interesting to find that doping La(3+) into Y2WO6 promotes the oxygen vacancy formation according to the first-principle calculation, Raman spectrum, and synchrotron radiation analysis. Through the Rietveld refinement and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results, La(3+) is found to mainly occupy the Y2 (2f) site in low-concentration doped samples. With increasing doping concentration, the La(3+) occupation number at the Y3 (4g) site increases faster than those at the Y1 (2e) and Y2 (2f) sites. When La(3+) occupies different Y sites, the localized energy states caused by the oxygen vacancy pair change their position in the forbidden band, inducing the variation of the excitation and emission bands. This research proposes a feasible method to tune the oxygen vacancy emission, eliminating the challenge of precisely controlling the calcination atmosphere. PMID:25821078

  5. Synthesis of monoclinic structured BiVO4 spindly microtubes in deep eutectic solvent and their application for dye degradation.

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    Liu, Wei; Yu, Yaqin; Cao, Lixin; Su, Ge; Liu, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Lan; Wang, Yonggang

    2010-09-15

    Monoclinic structured spindly bismuth vanadate microtubes were fabricated on a large scale by a simple ionothermal treatment in the environment-friendly green solvent of urea/choline chloride. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, IR and their photocatalytic activity was evaluated by photocatalytic decolorization of rhodamine B aqueous solution under visible-light irradiation. As-obtained BiVO(4) microtubes exhibit the spindly shape with a side length of ca. 800 nm and a wall thickness of ca. 100 nm. The opening of these microtubes presents a saw-toothed structure, which is seldom in other tube-shaped materials. The formation mechanism of the spindly microtubes is ascribed to the complex cooperation of the reaction-crystallization process controlled by BiOCl and the nucleation-growth process of nanosheets induced by solvent molecules attached on the surface of microtubes. Such spindly microtubes exhibit much higher visible-light photocatalytic activity than that of bulk BiVO(4) prepared by solid-state reaction, possibly resulting from their large surface area and improved crystallinity. PMID:20576353

  6. O K-energy loss near-edge structure change induced by tantalum impurity in monoclinic hafnium oxide

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    Yang, Mino; Baik, Hionsuck; Ivanovskaya, Viktoria; Colliex, Christian; Benayad, Anass

    2011-03-01

    The present paper reports the energy loss near-edge structure (ELNES) study of monoclinic HfO{sub 2} (m-HfO{sub 2}) and tantalum doped m-HfO{sub 2} (Ta{sub 0.1}Hf{sub 0.9}O{sub 2}) thin films prepared by radio frequency magnetron co-sputtering method. A change in the O K-ELNES spectra was observed as the amount of dopant increases. In order to precise the common features and the differences as a function of Ta defect nature (substitutional or interstitial) in HfO{sub 2}, the O K-ELNES were commented with respect to density functional theory calculations implemented in Vienna ab initio simulation package code. The calculated Ta doped HfO{sub 2} band structure showed that substitutional tantalum is the dominant defect and the spectral differences between doped and non-doped HfO{sub 2} are mainly originated from the change in the local cation distribution around the oxygen atoms.

  7. Photocatalytic degradation and removal mechanism of ibuprofen via monoclinic BiVO4 under simulated solar light.

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    Li, Fuhua; Kang, Yapu; Chen, Min; Liu, Guoguang; Lv, Wenying; Yao, Kun; Chen, Ping; Huang, Haoping

    2016-05-01

    Characterized as by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra techniques, BiVO4 photocatalyst was hydrothermally synthesized. The photocatalytic degradation mechanisms of ibuprofen (IBP) were evaluated in aqueous media via BiVO4. Results demonstrated that the prepared photocatalyst corresponded to phase-pure monoclinic scheelite BiVO4. The synthesized BiVO4 showed superior photocatalytic properties under the irradiation of visible-light. The photocatalytic degradation rate of IBP decreased with an increase in the initial IBP concentration. The degradation process followed first-order kinetics model. At an IBP concentration of 10 mg L(-1), while a BiVO4 concentration of 5.0 g L(-1) with pH value of 4.5, the rate of IBP degradation was obtained as 90% after 25 min. The photocatalytic degradation of IBP was primarily accomplished via the generation of superoxide radical (O2(•-)) and hydroxyl radicals ((•)OH). During the process of degradation, part of the (•)OH was converted from the O2(•-). The direct oxidation of holes (h(+)) made a minimal contribution to the degradation of IBP. PMID:26901469

  8. Tuning oxygen vacancy photoluminescence in monoclinic Y2WO6 by selectively occupying yttrium sites using lanthanum

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    Ding, Bangfu; Han, Chao; Zheng, Lirong; Zhang, Junying; Wang, Rongming; Tang, Zilong

    2015-01-01

    The effect of isovalent lanthanum (La) doping on the monoclinic Y2WO6 photoluminescence was studied. Introducing the non-activated La3+ into Y2WO6 brings new excitation bands from violet to visible regions and strong near-infrared emission, while the bands position and intensity depend on the doping concentration. It is interesting to find that doping La3+ into Y2WO6 promotes the oxygen vacancy formation according to the first-principle calculation, Raman spectrum, and synchrotron radiation analysis. Through the Rietveld refinement and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results, La3+ is found to mainly occupy the Y2 (2f) site in low-concentration doped samples. With increasing doping concentration, the La3+ occupation number at the Y3 (4g) site increases faster than those at the Y1 (2e) and Y2 (2f) sites. When La3+ occupies different Y sites, the localized energy states caused by the oxygen vacancy pair change their position in the forbidden band, inducing the variation of the excitation and emission bands. This research proposes a feasible method to tune the oxygen vacancy emission, eliminating the challenge of precisely controlling the calcination atmosphere. PMID:25821078

  9. Modelling of oxygen vacancy aggregates in monoclinic HfO2: can they contribute to conductive filament formation?

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    Bradley, Samuel R; Bersuker, Gennadi; Shluger, Alexander L

    2015-10-21

    Formation of metal rich conductive filaments and their rearrangements determine the switching characteristics in HfO2 based resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices. The initiation of a filament formation process may occur either via aggregation of pre-existing vacancies randomly distributed in the oxide or via generation of new oxygen vacancies close to the pre-existing ones. We evaluate the feasibility of vacancy aggregation processes by calculating the structures and binding energies of oxygen vacancy aggregates consisting of 2, 3 and 4 vacancies in bulk monoclinic (m)-HfO2 using density functional theory (DFT). We demonstrate that formation of neutral oxygen vacancy aggregates is accompanied by small energy gain, which depends on the size and shape of the aggregate. In the most strongly bound configurations, vacancies are unscreened by Hf cations and form voids within the crystal, with the larger aggregates having larger binding energy per vacancy (-0.11 to  -0.18 eV). The negatively charged di-vacancy was found to have similar binding energies to the neutral one, while the positively charged di-vacancy was found to be unstable. Thus aggregation process of either neutral or negatively charged oxygen vacancies is energetically feasible. PMID:26414778

  10. Structural, Optical, and Electrical Characterization of Monoclinic β-Ga2O3 Grown by MOVPE on Sapphire Substrates

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    Tadjer, Marko J.; Mastro, Michael A.; Mahadik, Nadeemullah A.; Currie, Marc; Wheeler, Virginia D.; Freitas, Jaime A.; Greenlee, Jordan D.; Hite, Jennifer K.; Hobart, Karl D.; Eddy, Charles R.; Kub, Fritz J.

    2016-04-01

    Epitaxial growth of monoclinic β-Ga2O3 on a-plane and c-plane sapphire substrates by metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOVPE) is reported. Crystalline phase, growth rate (˜150 nm/h), and energy gap (˜4.7 eV) were determined by x-ray diffraction and optical reflectance measurements. Film density of ˜5.6 g/cm3 measured by x-ray reflectivity suggests the presence of vacancies, and the O-rich growth regime implies the presence of Ga vacancies in the films. O/Ga ratio of 1.13, as measured by XPS for Ga2O3 grown on c-plane Al2O3, suggests that, near the surface, the film is O-deficient. Atomic force microscopy revealed smoother, smaller grain size when films were grown on c-plane Al2O3. Raman spectroscopy suggested inclusions of α-Ga2O3, likely present at the sapphire interface due to growth on nonnative substrate. Samples of β-Ga2O3 were selectively implanted with Si in the source/drain regions and subsequently annealed at 1000°C for 10 min. Normally-off transistors (V T ≅ 4.7 V) with 20-nm-thick Al2O3 gate oxide were fabricated, and a maximum drain-source current of 4.8 nA was measured.

  11. About lamination upper and convexification lower bounds on the free energy of monoclinic shape memory alloys in the context of T 3-configurations and R-phase formation

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    Fechte-Heinen, R.; Schlömerkemper, A.

    2016-03-01

    This work is concerned with different estimates of the quasiconvexification of multi-well energy landscapes of NiTi shape memory alloys, which models the overall behavior of the material. Within the setting of the geometrically linear theory of elasticity, we consider a formula of the quasiconvexification which involves the so-called energy of mixing.We are interested in lower and upper bounds on the energy of mixing in order to get a better understanding of the quasiconvexification. The lower bound on the energy of mixing is obtained by convexification; it is also called Sachs or Reuß lower bound. The upper bound on the energy of mixing is based on second-order lamination. In particular, we are interested in the difference between the lower and upper bounds. Our numerical simulations show that the difference is in fact of the order of 1% and less in martensitic NiTi, even though both bounds on the energy of mixing were rather expected to differ more significantly. Hence, in various circumstances it may be justified to simply work with the convexification of the multi-well energy, which is relatively easy to deal with, or with the lamination upper bound, which always corresponds to a physically realistic microstructure, as an estimate of the quasiconvexification. In order to obtain a potentially large difference between upper and lower bound, we consider the bounds along paths in strain space which involve incompatible strains. In monoclinic shape memory alloys, three-tuples of pairwise incompatible strains play a special role since they form so-called T 3-configurations, originally discussed in a stress-free setting. In this work, we therefore consider in particular numerical simulations along paths in strain space which are related to these T 3-configurations. Interestingly, we observe that the second-order lamination upper bound along such paths is related to the geometry of the T 3-configurations. In addition to the purely martensitic regime, we also consider

  12. Interpretation of monoclinic hafnia valence electron energy-loss spectra by time-dependent density functional theory

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    Hung, L.; Guedj, C.; Bernier, N.; Blaise, P.; Olevano, V.; Sottile, F.

    2016-04-01

    We present the valence electron energy-loss spectrum and the dielectric function of monoclinic hafnia (m -HfO2) obtained from time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) predictions and compared to energy-filtered spectroscopic imaging measurements in a high-resolution transmission-electron microscope. Fermi's golden rule density-functional theory (DFT) calculations can capture the qualitative features of the energy-loss spectrum, but we find that TDDFT, which accounts for local-field effects, provides nearly quantitative agreement with experiment. Using the DFT density of states and TDDFT dielectric functions, we characterize the excitations that result in the m -HfO2 energy-loss spectrum. The sole plasmon occurs between 13 and 16 eV, although the peaks ˜28 and above 40 eV are also due to collective excitations. We furthermore elaborate on the first-principles techniques used, their accuracy, and remaining discrepancies among spectra. More specifically, we assess the influence of Hf semicore electrons (5 p and 4 f ) on the energy-loss spectrum, and find that the inclusion of transitions from the 4 f band damps the energy-loss intensity in the region above 13 eV. We study the impact of many-body effects in a DFT framework using the adiabatic local-density approximation (ALDA) exchange-correlation kernel, as well as from a many-body perspective using "scissors operators" matched to an ab initio G W calculation to account for self-energy corrections. These results demonstrate some cancellation of errors between self-energy and excitonic effects, even for excitations from the Hf 4 f shell. We also simulate the dispersion with increasing momentum transfer for plasmon and collective excitation peaks.

  13. Understanding structural stability of monoclinic LiMnO2 and NaMnO2 upon de-intercalation.

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    Tian, Meng; Gao, Yurui; Wang, Zhaoxiang; Chen, Liquan

    2016-07-14

    Although many strategies for Li-ion batteries have been successfully transplanted in Na-ion batteries, distinctions between these two kinds of secondary batteries are still clear. For example, monoclinic-NaMnO2 demonstrates high structural stability during charging and discharging, but its iso-structured LiMnO2 transforms to a spinel upon de-lithiation and the specific capacity fades quickly with cycling. In this work, first-principles calculations were carried out to have a better understanding of their difference in structural stability upon de-intercalation. Our studies show that the Mn-ions migrate into the Li layer of LiMnO2via an interstitial tetrahedral O atom when a triple-vacancy of the Li-ion is produced. This process follows a double-vacancy mechanism and results in blocking of the diffusion of other Li-ions. In contrast, it is very difficult for the Mn-ions to migrate into the Na layer in NaMnO2 even when triple-vacancies are generated. The drastic differences between LiMnO2 and NaMnO2 in charge distribution and in the length of the Mn-O bond are believed to be responsible for the Mn-ion migration in them. These findings provide revelations for understanding the de-intercalation behaviors of electrode materials for Li- and Na-ion batteries as well as insights into the structural stability of LiMnO2vs. NaMnO2 upon alkali metal ion de-intercalation. PMID:27315463

  14. Nonstoichiometric La(2 - x)GeO(5 - delta) monoclinic oxide as a new fast oxide ion conductor.

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    Ishihara, T; Arikawa, H; Akbay, T; Nishiguchi, H; Takita, Y

    2001-01-17

    Oxide ion conductivity in La(2)GeO(5)-based oxide was investigated and it was found that La-deficient La(2)GeO(5) exhibits oxide ion conductivity over a wide range of oxygen partial pressure. The crystal structure of La(2)GeO(5) was estimated to be monoclinic with P2(1)/c space group. Conductivity increased with increasing the amount of La deficiency and the maximum value was attained at x = 0.39 in La(2 - x)GeO(5 - delta). The oxide ion transport number in La(2)GeO(5)-based oxide was estimated to be unity by the electromotive force measurement in H(2)-O(2) and N(2)-O(2) gas concentration cells. At a temperature higher than 1000 K, the oxide ion conductivity of La(1.61)GeO(5 - delta) was almost the same as that of La(0.9)Sr(0.1)Ga(0.8)Mg(0.2)O(3 - delta) or Ce(0.85)Gd(0.15)O(2 - delta), which are well-known fast oxide ion conductors. On the other hand, a change in the activation energy for oxide ion conductivity was observed at 973 K, and at intermediate temperature, the oxide ion conductivity of La(1.61)GeO(5 - delta) became much smaller than that of these well-known fast oxide ion conductors. The change in the activation energy of the oxide ion conductivity seems to be caused by a change in the local oxygen vacancy structure. However, doping a small amount of Sr for La in La(2)GeO(5) was effective to stabilize the high-temperature crystal structure to low temperature. Consequently, doping a small amount of Sr increases the oxide ion conductivity of La(2)GeO(5)-based oxide at low temperature. PMID:11456505

  15. 2,2′-(1,3-Diazinane-1,3-di­yl)diaceto­nitrile: a second monoclinic polymorph

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    Rivera, Augusto; Maldonado, Mauricio; Ríos-Motta, Jaime; Fejfarová, Karla; Dušek, Michal

    2011-01-01

    A new monoclinic polymorph of the title compound, C8H12N4, in the space group P21/n (Z = 4) is reported. The previously known form was also monoclinic, P21 /c (Z = 4), but the unit-cell parameters and crystal packing were different [Shoja & Saba (1993 ▶). Acta Cryst. C49, 354–355]. The hexa­hydro­pyrimidine ring of the title compound adopts a chair conformation with a diequatorial substitution and with the CH2-C N groups oriented nearly parallel and in the same direction [NC—CH2⋯CH2—CN pseudo torsion angle = −6.27 (18)°]. In the crystal, inter­molecular C—H⋯ N hydrogen bonds connects the mol­ecules into a chain along the b axis. PMID:22065712

  16. Diffraction theory of nanotwin superlattices with low symmetry phase: Application to rhombohedral nanotwins and monoclinic M{sub A} and M{sub B} phases

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    Wang, Yu U.

    2007-07-01

    The Brillouin zone-dependent conditions for coherent and adaptive diffractions are formulated. Adaptive diffraction phenomenon of nanotwins is analyzed. Extraordinary Bragg reflection peaks appear and adaptively shift along the conventional twin peak splitting vectors, whose positions are determined by lever rule according to twin variant volume fractions. Analysis of rhombohedral nanotwins shows that the nanotwin superlattices of rhombohedral phase with {l_brace}001{r_brace} and {l_brace}110{r_brace} twin planes diffract incident waves just like monoclinic M{sub A} and M{sub B} phases, respectively, whose lattice parameters are intrinsically related to that of rhombohedral phase. Crystallographic analysis of rhombohedral nanotwins by nanodomain averaging gives the same monoclinic M{sub A} and M{sub B} phases.

  17. Neutron diffraction study of the monoclinic to tetragonal structural transition in LaNbO{sub 4} and its relation to proton mobility

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    Huse, M.; Skilbred, A.W.B.; Karlsson, M.; Eriksson, S.G.; Norby, T.; Haugsrud, R.; Knee, C.S.

    2012-03-15

    The fergusonite-scheelite structural transition of LaNbO{sub 4} was characterized by high-intensity variable temperature neutron powder diffraction in an effort to link structural changes to proton transport in the low temperature monoclinic and high temperature tetragonal polymorphs. The pronounced decrease in enthalpy of proton mobility with increasing temperature in monoclinic LaNbO{sub 4}, identified by Fjeld et al. , was found to coincide with the decrease in a key inter-tetrahedral oxygen separation. At temperatures above the transition, this oxygen to oxygen distance remains constant, behavior that is consistent with the invariant nature of the calculated enthalpy of mobility for the tetragonal phase. This oxygen separation is therefore proposed as the key structural parameter determining the success rate of proton transfer and ultimately the proton diffusion in LaNbO{sub 4}. Infrared measurements performed on acceptor-doped LaNbO{sub 4} show an absorption in the region 2500 to 3700 cm{sup -1} attributed to the O-H stretching motion influenced by hydrogen bonding. - Graphical Abstract: The structural phase transition from monoclinic fergusonite to tetragonal scheelite crystal structure clearly influences the proton conductivity of acceptor-doped LaNbO{sub 4} (see Figure). The present article attempts to explain why. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Transition from monoclinic to tetragonal structure studied using neutron diffraction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Change in proton mobility linked to contraction of a key oxygen separation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Infra-red spectra reveal intermediate strength hydrogen bonding.

  18. Long- and short-range order in the Pd6B monoclinic superstructure and M6X5 and M6X allied superstructures

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    Gusev, A. I.

    2011-07-01

    Symmetry analysis of the Pd6B monoclinic superstructure (space group C2/ c) formed in the cubic (with the B1 structure) solid solution of boron in palladium (PdB y ) has been carried out. The formation of this superstructure proceeds as a first-order phase transition via the disorder-order channel including nine nonequivalent superstructure vectors of four stars { k 10}, { k 4}, { k 3}, and { k 0}. For the Pd6B monoclinic super-structure (space group C2/ c), the distribution function for boron atoms is calculated and the interval of admissible values of the long-range order parameters is defined. It is shown that the transition channel determined in this way coincides with the channel in which the M6X monoclinic superstructure (space group C2) is formed; therefore, the Pd6B superstructure can also be described in space group C2 to the same degree of accuracy. The higher symmetry of the monoclinic model (space group C2/ c) suggests that it describes the structure of the Pd6B phase (Pd6B□5), as well as of mutually inverse phases M6X□5 and M6X5□, more adequately than the model with space group C2. It is shown that superstructures of the M6X□5 type (space groups C2/ c, C2, C2/ m, and P31) and inverse superstructures of the M6X5□ type with the same space groups have the positions of the nearest surrounding of metal atoms by two types of nonmetallic sublattice sites located in the first and second coordination spheres.

  19. Propagation of SH waves in a regular non-homogeneous monoclinic crustal layer lying over a non-homogeneous semi-infinite medium

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    Sethi, Munish; Sharma, Arvind; Sharma, Vishal; Sharma, Anupamdeep

    2016-08-01

    This study discusses the dispersion equation for SH waves in a non-homogeneous monoclinic layer over a semi-infinite isotropic medium. The wave velocity equation has been obtained. In the isotropic case, when the non-homogeneity is absent, the dispersion equation reduces to a standard SH wave equation. The dispersion curves are depicted by means of graphs for different values of non-homogeneity parameters for the layer and semi-infinite medium.

  20. A new monoclinic polymorph of 1,1′-bis­(di­phenyl­thio­phosphor­yl)ferrocene

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    Tan, Yee Seng; Yeo, Chien Ing; Tiekink, Edward R. T.

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, [Fe(C17H14PS)2], is a second monoclinic polymorph (P21/c, with Z′ = 1) of the previously reported monoclinic (C2/c, with Z′ = 1/2) form [Fang et al. (1995 ▸). Polyhedron, 14, 2403–2409]. In the new form, the S atoms lie to the same side of the mol­ecule with the pseudo S—P⋯P—S torsion angle being −53.09 (3)°. By contrast to this almost syn disposition, in the C2/c polymorph, the Fe atom lies on a centre of inversion so that the S atoms are strictly anti, with a pseudo-S—P⋯P—S torsion angle of 180°. The significant difference in mol­ecular conformation between the two forms does not result in major perturbations in the P=S bond lengths nor in the distorted tetra­hedral geometries about the P atoms. The crystal packing of the new monoclinic polymorph features weak Cp—C—H⋯π(phen­yl) inter­actions consolidating linear supra­molecular chains along the a axis. These pack with no directional inter­actions between them. PMID:26396747

  1. Pressure dependence of the monoclinic phase in (1–x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO₃ solid solutions

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    Ahart, Muhtar; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Shebanova, Olga; Ikuta, Daijo; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Mao, Ho-kwang; Cohen, R. E.; Hemley, Russell J.

    2012-12-26

    We combine high-pressure x-ray diffraction, high-pressure Raman scattering, and optical microscopy to investigate a series of (1–x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO₃ (PMN-xPT) solid solutions (x=0.2, 0.3, 0.33, 0.35, 0.37, 0.4) in diamond anvil cells up to 20 GPa at 300 K. The Raman spectra show a peak centered at 380 cm⁻¹ starting above 6 GPa for all samples, in agreement with previous observations. X-ray diffraction measurements are consistent with this spectral change indicating a structural phase transition; we find that the triplet at the pseudocubic (220) Bragg peak merges into a doublet above 6 GPa. Our results indicate that the morphotropic phase boundary region (x=0.33–0.37) with the presence of monoclinic symmetry persists up to 7 GPa. The pressure dependence of ferroelectric domains in PMN-0.32PT single crystals was observed using a polarizing optical microscope. The domain wall density decreases with pressure and the domains disappear at a modest pressure of 3 GPa. We propose a pressure-composition phase diagram for PMN-xPT solid solutions.

  2. Pressure dependence of the monoclinic phase in (1–x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO₃ solid solutions

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    Ahart, Muhtar; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Shebanova, Olga; Ikuta, Daijo; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Mao, Ho-kwang; Cohen, R. E.; Hemley, Russell J.

    2012-12-26

    We combine high-pressure x-ray diffraction, high-pressure Raman scattering, and optical microscopy to investigate a series of (1–x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO₃ (PMN-xPT) solid solutions (x=0.2, 0.3, 0.33, 0.35, 0.37, 0.4) in diamond anvil cells up to 20 GPa at 300 K. The Raman spectra show a peak centered at 380 cm⁻¹ starting above 6 GPa for all samples, in agreement with previous observations. X-ray diffraction measurements are consistent with this spectral change indicating a structural phase transition; we find that the triplet at the pseudocubic (220) Bragg peak merges into a doublet above 6 GPa. Our results indicate that the morphotropic phase boundary regionmore » (x=0.33–0.37) with the presence of monoclinic symmetry persists up to 7 GPa. The pressure dependence of ferroelectric domains in PMN-0.32PT single crystals was observed using a polarizing optical microscope. The domain wall density decreases with pressure and the domains disappear at a modest pressure of 3 GPa. We propose a pressure-composition phase diagram for PMN-xPT solid solutions.« less

  3. Monoclinic distortion and magnetic coupling in the double perovskite Sr{sub 2−x}Ca{sub x}YRuO{sub 6}

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    Bernardo, P.L.; Ghivelder, L.; Eslava, G.G.; Amorim, H.S.; Felner, I.; Garcia, S.

    2014-12-15

    Abstracts: This work investigates in the insulating double perovskites Sr{sub 2−x}Ca{sub x}YRuO{sub 6}. We address the angular dependence of the strength of the magnetic coupling due to the deviation from planarity of the basal layers of the monoclinic structure, characterized by the in-plane angle α<180°, in order to probe the impact of the structural distortions in the magnetic properties of the compounds. High resolution x-ray powder diffraction, susceptibility, and specific heat measurements were performed. The deviation from planarity significantly increases (α=144° for x=1) while the bond distances vary in a complex way as a consequence of the strong monoclinic distortion. We found that the magnetic transition temperature, T{sub M}, shows a linear dependence on cos [(π−α)/2]. This result is discussed in terms of t{sub 2g}(π)–e{sub g}(σ) mixing of the magnetic orbitals of the Ru{sup 5+} ions and unbalanced competitive super-exchange interactions. The deleterious effect of Ca doping for the magnetic coupling is confirmed by the reduction in the short-range antiferromagnetic correlations characteristic of the parent compound at T>>T{sub M} and the enhancement of magnetic frustration for Tmonoclinic distortions. - Highlights: • Neel temperatures in SrCaYRuO were correlated quantitatively with lattice distortions. • Bending of Ru–O–Y planes plays a major role in the magnetic properties of SrCaYRuO. • The structural–magnetic correlation is due to π–σ mixing of the magnetic orbitals.

  4. Is higher ratio of monoclinic to tetragonal in LaVO4 a better luminescence host? Redispersion and polymer film formation.

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    Okram, Reena; Yaiphaba, Ningombam; Ningthoujam, Raghumani Singh; Singh, Nongmaithem Rajmuhon

    2014-07-21

    Crystalline LaVO4:Eu(3+) nanophosphors (NPs) codoped with metal ions (M(n+) = Li(+), Sr(2+), and Bi(3+)) are prepared in ethylene glycol (EG) medium at temperature ∼140 °C in 3 h. A mixture of monoclinic and tetragonal phases is observed. The ratio of tetragonal to monoclinic phases increases with increase of Li(+) and Sr(2+) concentration, but this is opposite in case of Bi(3+) concentration. Lattice expansion occurs in the case of Li(+) and Sr(2+) codoping. Li(+) ions occupy the interstitial sites instead of La(3+) sites. Lattice contraction occurs in case of Bi(3+) codoping indicating substitution of La(3+) sites. Luminescence intensity is improved by codoping of M(n+) irrespective of crystal structure. Charges of Li(+) and Sr(2+) are different from that of La(3+) (host lattice), whereas the charge of Bi(3+) is same as that of La(3+). One interesting observation is in magnetic dipole transition that the intensity of the peak at 594 nm is more than that at 587 nm in the case of charge imbalance, whereas the reverse occurs in the case of charge balance. LaVO4:Eu(3+) nanophosphors prepared in water medium have more luminescence intensity when compared to those prepared in ethylene glycol, and this is related to variation of ratio of tetragonal to monoclinic phases. The luminescence intensity is also enhanced as annealing temperature increases from 600 to 800 °C due to the improved crystallinity. Lifetime data are analyzed on the basis of exponential and nonexponential decay equations. Samples are dispersible in polar medium due to capping of particles by EG. Polymer films are prepared by dispersion of NPs in poly(vinyl alcohol), and extra borax is added in order to make cross-link between polymer molecules. Samples of NPs in the forms of powder, dispersion in liquid medium, and film show the red emission. PMID:24963837

  5. Monoclinically distorted perovskites, A{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6} (A=Pr, Gd): Rietveld refinement, and dielectric studies

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    Das, Nibedita; Nath, Masood A.; Thakur, Gohil S.; Thirumal, M.; Ganguli, Ashok K.

    2015-09-15

    Double perovskite related oxide A{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6}A=Pr, Gd were synthesized by the solid state reaction method at 1523 K. The structure and microstructure of the compounds were studied by X-ray, SAED and FESEM. Rietveld refinement of the powder X-ray analysis shows that the compounds crystallizes in monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/n (a{sup +}b{sup −}b{sup −}) with unit cell parameter √2a{sub p}×√2a{sub p}×2a{sub p} (a=5.5026(1) Å, b=5.6305(1) Å, c=7.8149(1) Å, β=90.02(1)° for Pr{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6} and a=5.3621(1) Å, b=5.6565(2) Å, c=7.6779(2) Å and β=90.264(2)° for Gd{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6}. Electron diffraction study confirms P2{sub 1}/n symmetry of the oxides. The monoclinic distortion is larger in Gd{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6} than Pr{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6} which is associated with the tolerance factor and the tilting angle of ZnO{sub 6} and TiO{sub 6} octahedra (ϕ=13.64° for Pr{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6} and 16.51° for Gd{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6}). The compounds are highly ordered. The charge and size difference between B site cations are the driving force for the ordering of the B′O{sub 6} and B″O{sub 6} octahedra. Pr{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6} shows a dielectric constant of 27 and dielectric loss of 0.003 while Gd{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6} has a dielectric constant of 17 and dielectric loss of 0.005 measured at 1 MHz. - Graphical abstract: Synthesis of new double perovskite dielectric material with very low dielectric loss. - Highlights: • Synthesis of new monoclinically distorted double perovskite (Pr{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6}). • Synthesis of monoclinically distorted double perovskite (Gd{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6}). • Selected area electron diffraction study of A{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6} (A=Pr, Gd). • Study of dielectric properties of A{sub 2}ZnTiO{sub 6} (A=Pr, Gd)

  6. Exchange-correlation effects in the monoclinic to tetragonal phase stabilization of yttrium-doped ZrO{sub 2}: A first-principles approach

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    Sangalli, Davide; Debernardi, Alberto

    2011-12-01

    We describe, within an ab initio approach, the stabilization of the tetragonal phase versus the monoclinic one in yttrium-doped zirconia. The process is believed to be influenced from different mechanisms. Indeed, we show that there is a delicate balance between the change in electrostatic and kinetic energy and exchange-correlation effects. In the tetragonal phase, the perturbation induced by doping is better screened at the price of sacrificing correlation energy. Our work opens the opportunity to use the same approach to predict the tetragonal phase stabilization of materials such as zirconia or hafnia, with different and less characterized dopants.

  7. A very promising piezoelectric property of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} thin films. I: Monoclinic-trigonal phase transition

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    Audier, M.; Chenevier, B.; Roussel, H.; Vincent, L.; Pena, A.

    2011-08-15

    Ceramic thin films of tantalum oxide of a new trigonal structure (a=12.713(7) A, {alpha}=28.201(0){sup o}, space-group R3) were produced by thermal treatments of amorphous deposits on (001)Si wafers, either by electrostatic spray deposition or by injection metal-organic chemical vapor decomposition. This trigonal phase comes from the transformation of a monoclinic phase 11L- or 25L-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The transformation is reversible under oxygen atmosphere and, from results of TEM investigations, occurs mainly via atomic motions along the z unique axis of the monoclinic structure parallel to the polar three-fold axis of the trigonal structure. The non-centrosymmetry and direction of polar axis of the trigonal phase, identified by high resolution TEM imaging, indicate a possibility of very high electric dipole moments linked to a strong piezoelectricity. From results of XPS analyses of both monoclinic and trigonal structures, the binding energies remain similar to those of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}. As the formation of the trigonal structure gives rise to an important volume expansion, stresses induced in ceramic thin films are likely influencing both properties of birefringence and piezoelectricity which are presented in a separated article (part II). It is mentioned that the formation of trigonal phase does not occur in bulk Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} samples, for which an incommensurate phase transition has been observed in a previous work. - Graphical abstract: (a) {theta}/2{theta} X-ray pattern of the tantalum oxide layer prepared by i-MOCVD, cooled down at 5 deg. C min{sup -1} after a thermal treatment at 850 deg. C under N{sub 2} for 1 h. (b) Rhombohedral cell of the Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} trigonal structure of R3 space-group decorated with its 10 Ta sites. Highlights: > We examine crystallographic properties of a new Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} trigonal phase. > Its formation occurs only in thin films. > It comes from a reversible transition with a monoclinic phase. > A possibility of

  8. Monoclinic to two-dimensional hexagonal transformation in hexacatenar molecules with a 1,2,3-triazole-based conjugated rod: morphology-dependent thermochromic behavior.

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    Han, Kyuwon; Cho, Byoung-Ki

    2014-10-14

    Novel hexacatenar molecules based on a 1,2,3-triazole-extended aromatic rod self-assemble into crystalline monoclinic and liquid crystalline hexagonal columnar structures depending on temperature. The phase transition may involve a conformational change from an anisotropic transoid to a half-disk cisoid conformer upon melting. In a hexacatenar molecule with sixfold octyl chains, the crystal-to-LC transition accompanies a photoluminescence color change from sky blue to dark blue, which is attributed to the formation of higher-order aggregates in the crystalline state. PMID:25207835

  9. Monoclinic structure of hydroxylpyromorphite Pb10(PO4)6(OH)2 - hydroxylmimetite Pb10(AsO4)6(OH)2 solid solution series

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    Giera, Alicja; Manecki, Maciej; Borkiewicz, Olaf; Zelek, Sylwia; Rakovan, John; Bajda, Tomasz; Marchlewski, Tomasz

    2016-04-01

    Seven samples of hydroxyl analogues of pyromorphite-mimetite solid solutions series were synthesized from aqueous solutions at 80° C in a computer-controlled chemistate: 200 mL aqueous solutions of 0.05M Pb(NO3)2 and 0.03M KH2AsO4 and/or KH2PO4 were dosed with a 0.25 mL/min rate to a glass beaker, which initially contained 100 mL of distilled water. Constant pH of 8 was maintained using 2M KOH. The syntheses yielded homogeneous fine-grained white precipitates composition of which was close to theoretical Pb10[(PO4)6‑x(AsO4)x](OH)2, where x = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. High-resolution powder X-ray diffraction data were obtained in transmission geometry at the beamline 11-BM at the Advanced Photon Source (Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, USA). The structure Rietveld refinements based on starting parameters of either hexagonal hydroxylpyromorphite or monoclinic mimetite-M were performed using GSAS+EXPGUI software. Apatite usually crystallizes in the hexagonal crystal system with the space group P63/m. For the first time, however, the lowering of the hexagonal to monoclinic crystal symmetry was observed in the hydroxyl variety of pyromorphite-mimetite solid solution series. This is indicated by better fitting of the modeled monoclinic structure to the experimental data. The same is not the case for analogous calcium hydroxylapatite series Ca5(PO4)3OH - Ca5(AsO4)3OH (Lee et al. 2009). Systematical linear increase of unit cell parameters is observed with As substitution from a=9.88, b=19.75, and c=7.43 for Pb10(PO4)6(OH)2 to a=10.23, b=20.32, and c=7.51 for Pb10(AsO4)6(OH)2. A strong pseudohexagonal character (γ ≈ 120° and b ≈ 2a) of the analyzed monoclinic phases was established. This work is partially funded by AGH research grant no 11.11.140.319 and partially by Polish NCN grant No 2011/01/M/ST10/06999. Lee Y.J., Stephens P.W., Tang Y., Li W., Philips B.L., Parise J.B., Reeder R.J., 2009. Arsenate substitution in hydroxylapatite: Structural characterization

  10. Progressive evolution of deformation band populations during Laramide fault-propagation folding: Navajo Sandstone, San Rafael monocline, Utah, U.S.A.

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    Zuluaga, Luisa F.; Fossen, Haakon; Rotevatn, Atle

    2014-11-01

    Monoclinal fault propagation folds are a common type of structure in orogenic foreland settings, particularly on the Colorado Plateau. We have studied a portion of the San Rafael monocline, Utah, assumed to have formed through pure thrust- or reverse-slip (blind) fault movement, and mapped a particular sequence of subseismic cataclastic deformation structures (deformation bands) that can be related in terms of geometry, density and orientation to the dip of the forelimb or fold interlimb angle. In simple terms, deformation bands parallel to bedding are the first structures to form, increasing exponentially in number as the forelimb gets steeper. At about 30° rotation of the forelimb, bands forming ladder structures start to cross-cut bedding, consolidating themselves into a well-defined and regularly spaced network of deformation band zones that rotate with the layering during further deformation. In summary, we demonstrate a close relationship between limb dip and deformation band density that can be used to predict the distribution and orientation of such subseismic structures in subsurface reservoirs of similar type. Furthermore, given the fact that these cataclastic deformation bands compartmentalize fluid flow, this relationship can be used to predict or model fluid flow across and along comparable fault-propagation folds.

  11. Crystal structure of a new monoclinic polymorph of N-(4-methyl­phen­yl)-3-nitro­pyridin-2-amine

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    Aznan, Aina Mardia Akhmad; Abdullah, Zanariah; Lee, Vannajan Sanghiran; Tiekink, Edward R. T.

    2014-01-01

    The title compound, C12H11N3O2, is a second monoclinic polymorph (P21, with Z′ = 4) of the previously reported monoclinic (P21/c, with Z′ = 2) form [Akhmad Aznan et al. (2010 ▶). Acta Cryst. E66, o2400]. Four independent mol­ecules comprise the asymmetric unit, which have the common features of a syn disposition of the pyridine N atom and the toluene ring, and an intra­molecular amine–nitro N—H⋯O hydrogen bond. The differences between mol­ecules relate to the dihedral angles between the rings which range from 2.92 (19) to 26.24 (19)°. The geometry-optimized structure [B3LYP level of theory and 6–311 g+(d,p) basis set] has the same features except that the entire mol­ecule is planar. In the crystal, the three-dimensional architecture is consolidated by a combination of C—H⋯O, C—H⋯π, nitro-N—O⋯π and π–π inter­actions [inter-centroid distances = 3.649 (2)–3.916 (2) Å]. PMID:25249854

  12. Stress-induced VO{sub 2} films with M2 monoclinic phase stable at room temperature grown by inductively coupled plasma-assisted reactive sputtering

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    Okimura, Kunio; Watanabe, Tomo; Sakai, Joe

    2012-04-01

    We report on growth of VO{sub 2} films with M2 monoclinic phase stable at room temperature under atmospheric pressure. The films were grown on quartz glass and Si substrates by using an inductively coupled plasma-assisted reactive sputtering method. XRD-sin{sup 2}{Psi} measurements revealed that the films with M2 phase are under compressive stress in contrast to tensile stress of films with M1 phase. Scanning electron microscopy observations revealed characteristic crystal grain aspects with formation of periodical twin structure of M2 phase. Structural phase transition from M2 to tetragonal phases, accompanied by a resistance change, was confirmed to occur as the temperature rises. Growth of VO{sub 2} films composed of M2 phase crystalline is of strong interest for clarifying nature of Mott transition of strongly correlated materials.

  13. Study on optical properties of rare-earth ions in nanocrystalline monoclinic SrAl2O4: Ln (Ln = Ce3+, Pr3+, Tb3+).

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    Fu, Zuoling; Zhou, Shihong; Zhang, Siyuan

    2005-08-01

    SrAl(2)O(4): Ln (Ln = Ce(3+), Pr(3+), Tb(3+)) nanocrystals have been synthesized by the combustion method. The results of XRD indicated that the resulting SrAl(2)O(4): Ln (Ln = Ce(3+), Pr(3+), Tb(3+)) nanocrystals have a reduced and distorted monoclinic lattice compared with bulk materials. The spectral properties are measured, and it is found that the excitation peaks of 5d energy levels red shift in nanocrystals in contrast to that in bulk crystals. The mechanism of spectra and energy changes is investigated. The order of the degree of red shift for nano SrAl(2)O(4): Ln (Ln = Ce(3+), Pr(3+), Tb(3+)) crystals is Pr(3+) > Ce(3+) > Tb(3+), which is in good agreement with our predicted results. PMID:16852811

  14. The effect of nanocrystallite size in monoclinic HfO{sub 2} films on lattice expansion and near-edge optical absorption

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    Cisneros-Morales, M. C.; Aita, C. R.

    2010-05-10

    Nanocrystalline monoclinic HfO{sub 2} films were sputter deposited on fused silica substrates, air annealed at 573 to 1273 K to affect crystallite growth, and analyzed by x-ray diffraction and spectrophotometry. Lattice expansion occurs with diminishing crystallite size. O 2p->Hf 5d interband absorption dominates the optical edge at energy E>=6.24 eV, with an optical band gap, E{sub o}=5.48+-0.023, which is independent of crystallite size. However, the strength of a localized resonant band, with onset at 5.65 eV and maximum at 5.94 eV, is affected by crystallite size. Its polaronic origin in a perfect HfO{sub 2} lattice is discussed.

  15. Second monoclinic form of (E)-3-(4-fluoro­phen­yl)-1-phenyl­prop-2-en-1-one

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    Arias-Ruiz, Saira N.; Romero, Nancy; Lobato-García, Carlos E.; Gómez-Rivera, Abraham; Mendoza, Angel

    2013-01-01

    The unit-cell dimensions and space group of the second monoclinic polymorph of the title compound, C15H11FO, differ from those of the previously reported form [Jing (2009 ▶). Acta Cryst. E65, o2515]. The title compound shows an E conformation of the C=C bond with the 4-fluoro­phenyl group opposite to the benzoyl group. The torsion angle of between the planes of the 4-fluoro­phenyl and benzoyl groups is 10.53 (6)°. In the crystal, weak C—H⋯O and C—H⋯F inter­actions form a cross-linked packing motif, building sheets parallel to (-102). PMID:24454121

  16. A monoclinic polymorph of (1E,5E)-1,5-bis­(2-hy­droxy­benzyl­idene)thio­carbono­hydrazide

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    Schmitt, Bonell; Gerber, Thomas; Hosten, Eric; Betz, Richard

    2011-01-01

    The title compound, C15H14N4O2S, is a derivative of thio­ureadihydrazide. In contrast to the previously reported polymorph (ortho­rhom­bic, space group Pbca, Z = 8), the current study revealed monoclinic symmetry (space group P21/n, Z = 4). The mol­ecule shows non-crystallographic C 2 as well as approximate C s symmetry. Intra­molecular bifurcated O—H⋯(N,S) hydrogen bonds, are present. In the crystal, inter­molecular N—H⋯S hydrogen bonds and C—H⋯π contacts connect the mol­ecules into undulating chains along the b axis. The shortest centroid–centroid distance between two aromatic systems is 4.5285 (12) Å. PMID:22091213

  17. Difference in the luminescence properties of orthorhombic and monoclinic forms of Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}:Ln (Ln = Tb{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+})

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    Tyagi, Adish; Shah, Alpa; Sudarsan, V. Vatsa, R.K.; Jain, V.K.

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Improved emission colour purity with orthorhombic form of Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}. • Non-stationary quenching exists in orthorhombic and monoclinic forms of Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}:Tb. • Ion pair formation and cross relaxation quenching operating for Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}:Dy samples. - Abstract: The luminescence properties of Tb{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+} doped orthorhombic and monoclinic forms of Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5} are significantly different. Orthorhombic Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5} doped with Tb{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+} ions gives bright green and blue emission upon UV light excitation with CIE coordinates (0.25, 0.46) and (0.25, 0.24), respectively. The monoclinic Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5} doped with these ions exhibits light green and yellowish white emissions, respectively. This has been attributed to the differences in crystallographic environments around Y{sup 3+} ions in orthorhombic and monoclinic forms of Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}. Quantum yield of emission for orthorhombic Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}:Tb (∼29%) is significantly higher than that of the monoclinic Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}:Tb (∼14%). Lifetime values corresponding to {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} level of Dy{sup 3+} ions in both monoclinic and orthorhombic forms of Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5} follow an opposite trend with respect to {sup 5}D{sub 4} level of Tb{sup 3+} ions. This is attributed to difference in the concentration quenching mechanism operating for Tb{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+} ions.

  18. A Process for Modelling Diffuse Scattering from Disordered Molecular Crystals, Illustrated by Application to Monoclinic 9-Chloro-10-methylanthracene

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    Goossens, D. J.

    2015-01-01

    Diffuse scattering from a crystal contains valuable information about the two-body correlations (related to the nanoscale order) in the material. Despite years of development, the detailed analysis of single crystal diffuse scattering (SCDS) has yet to become part of the everyday toolbox of the structural scientist. Recent decades have seen the pair distribution function approach to diffuse scattering (in fact, total scattering) from powders become a relatively routine tool. However, analysing the detailed, complex, and often highly anisotropic three-dimensional distribution of SCDS remains valuable yet rare because there is no routine method for undertaking the analysis. At present, analysis requiresmore » significant investment of time to develop specialist expertise, which means that the analysis of diffuse scattering, which has much to offer, is not incorporated thorough studies of many compounds even though it has the potential to be a very useful adjunct to existing techniques. This article endeavours to outline in some detail how the diffuse scattering from a molecular crystal can be modelled relatively quickly and largely using existing software tools. It is hoped this will provide a template for other studies. To enable this, the entire simulation is included as deposited material.« less

  19. Temperature and Field Induced Strain Measurements in Single Crystal Gd5Si2Ge2

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    McCall, S. K.; Nersessian, N.; Carman, G. P.; Pecharsky, V. K.; Schlagel, D. L.; Radousky, H. B.

    2016-06-01

    The first-order magneto-structural transformation that occurs in Gd5Si2Ge2 near room temperature makes it a strong candidate for many energy harvesting applications. Understanding the single crystal properties is crucial for allowing simulations of device performance. In this study, magnetically and thermally induced transformation strains were measured in a single crystal of Gd5Si2.05Ge1.95 as it transforms from a high-temperature monoclinic paramagnet to a lower-temperature orthorhombic ferromagnet. Thermally induced transformation strains of -8500 ppm, +960 ppm and +1800 ppm, and magnetically induced transformation strains of -8500 ppm, +900 ppm and +2300 ppm were measured along the a, b and c axes, respectively. Using experimental data coupled with general thermodynamic considerations, a universal phase diagram was constructed showing the transition from the monoclinic to the orthorhombic phase as a function of temperature and magnetic field.

  20. Density functional theory insights into the structural stability and Li diffusion properties of monoclinic and orthorhombic Li2FeSiO4 cathodes

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    Lu, Xia; Chiu, Hsien-Chieh; Bevan, Kirk H.; Jiang, De-Tong; Zaghib, Karim; Demopoulos, George P.

    2016-06-01

    Lithium iron orthosilicate (Li2FeSiO4) is an important alternative cathode for next generation Li-ion batteries due to its high theoretical capacity (330 mA h/g). However, its development has faced great challenges arising from significant structural complexity, including the disordered arrangement/orientation of Fe/Si tetrahedra, polytypes and its poorly understood Li storage and transport properties. In this context, ab-initio calculations are employed to investigate the phase stability and Li diffusion profiles of both monoclinic (P21) and orthorhombic (Pmn21) Li2FeSiO4 orthosilicates. The calculations demonstrate that formation of Lisbnd Fe antisites can induce a metastability competition between both phases, with neither dominating across nearly the entire discharging profile from Li2FeSiO4 through to LiFeSiO4. Furthermore, structural instability is shown to be a serious concern at discharge concentrations below LiFeSiO4 (1 Li extraction) due to the shared occupation of Li donated electrons with oxygen 2p orbitals - rather than the hypothesized transition to a tetravalent Fe4+ state. This finding is further supported by diffusion calculations that have determined a high activation energy barrier towards fast charging and rapid phase transitions. In summary, these theoretical results provide critical and timely insight into the structural dynamics of lithium iron orthosilicate, in pursuit of high energy density cathodes.

  1. Ferromagnetic resonance characterization of greigite (Fe3S4), monoclinic pyrrhotite (Fe7S8), and non-interacting titanomagnetite (Fe3-xTixO4)

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    Chang, Liao; Winklhofer, Michael; Roberts, Andrew P.; Dekkers, Mark J.; Horng, Chorng-Shern; Hu, Lei; Chen, Qianwang

    2012-05-01

    Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectroscopy has become an increasingly useful tool for studying the magnetic properties of natural samples. Magnetite (Fe3O4) is the only magnetic mineral that has been well characterized using FMR. This limits the wider use of FMR in rock magnetism and paleomagnetism. In this study, we applied FMR analysis to a range of magnetic minerals, including greigite (Fe3S4), monoclinic pyrrhotite (Fe7S8), magnetically non-interacting titanomagnetite (Fe3-xTixO4), and synthetic magnetite chains to constrain interpretation of FMR analysis of natural samples and to explore applications of FMR spectroscopy. We measured the FMR signatures of a wide range of well-characterized samples at the X- and Q-bands. FMR spectra were also simulated numerically to compare with experimental results. The effects of magnetic anisotropy, mineralogy, domain state, and magnetostatic interactions on the FMR spectra are discussed for all studied minerals. Our experimental and theoretical analyses of magnetically non-interacting tuff samples and magnetically interacting chains enable quantitative assessment of contributions of magnetostatic interactions and magnetic anisotropy to the FMR spectra. Our results also indicate that intact magnetosomes are a unique system with distinct FMR signatures. While FMR analysis is useful for characterizing magnetic properties of natural samples, care is needed when making interpretations because of overlaps in a range of FMR signatures of different magnetic minerals with different magnetic properties. Our analyses will help to constrain such interpretations in rock magnetic studies.

  2. First-principles investigation of the structural stability and electronic properties of Pd doped monoclinic Cu6Sn5 intermetallic compounds

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    Shao, Wei-Quan; Lu, Wen-Cai; Chen, Sha-Ou

    2014-12-01

    Tri-layer Au/Pd/Ni(P) films have been widely used as surface finish over the Cu pads in high-end packaging applications. It was found that a thin (Cu,Pd)6Sn5 IMC layer was beneficial in effective reducing inter-diffusion between a Cu substrate and a solder, and therefore the growth of the IMC layer and the EM (electromigration) processes. In this study, the structural properties and phase stability of monoclinic Cu6Sn5-based structures with Pd substitutions were studied by using the first-principles method. The (Cu,Pd)6Sn5 structure with the 4e site substituted by Pd has the lowest heat of formation and is the most stable among (Cu,Pd)6Sn5 structures. Hybridization of Pd-d and Sn-p states is a dominant factor for stability improvement. Moreover, Pd atoms concentration corresponding to the most stable structure of (Cu,Pd)6Sn5 was found to be 1.69 %, which is consistent with the experimental results.

  3. First-principles prediction of the thermodynamic stability of xenon in monoclinic, tetragonal, and yttrium-stabilized cubic ZrO2

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    Jiang, Chao; Liu, Xiang-Yang; Sickafus, Kurt E.

    2011-02-01

    Fission product incorporation in ceramic fuels has long been an active area of research. In this work, we consider a special case of xenon incorporation in ZrO2 in the framework of closed systems under extreme radiation conditions where thermal defects are less important than cascade driven defects. The energetics of a variety of defect configurations associated with xenon incorporation are considered. We use first-principles density-functional theory (DFT) calculations to predict the thermodynamic stability of xenon in different ZrO2 structural forms, including monoclinic, tetragonal, and yttrium-stabilized cubic ZrO2. Two defect configurations are found to dominate the fission gas incorporation process: xenon interstitial and oxygen substitutional configurations. In yttrium-stabilized cubic ZrO2, the pre-existing structural oxygen vacancies provide ideal sites for Xe incorporation since no oxygen Frenkel pairs need to be formed. The charge-transfer issue in oxides modeling is important in defects calculations. This issue has also been addressed through our supercell benchmark calculations.

  4. EPR studies of gamma-irradiated taurine single crystals

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    Bulut, A.; Karabulut, B.; Tapramaz, R.; Köksal, F.

    2000-04-01

    An EPR study of gamma-irradiated taurine [C 2H 7NO 3S] single crystal was carried out at room temperature. The EPR spectra were recorded in the three at mutually perpendicular planes. There are two magnetically distinct sites in monoclinic lattice. The principle values of g and hyperfine constants for both sites were calculated. The results have indicated the presence of 32ṠO -2 and 33ṠO -2 radicals. The hyperfine values of 33ṠO -2 radical were used to obtain O-S-O bond angle for both sites.

  5. A Neutron Study of the Structure and Lattice Dynamics of Single Crystal PZT

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    Gehring, Peter

    2011-03-01

    The outstanding piezoelectric properties of PbZr 1-x Ti x O3 (PZT) perovskite ceramics have long been exploited in numerous device applications, making PZT arguably the most technologically important ferroelectric material in use today. Efforts to understand the piezoelectric mechanism have inspired a plethora of structural studies spanning decades, but solving the PZT phase diagram has proven to be famously problematic because single crystals have not been available save for Zr- and Ti-rich compositions that lie very near the end members PbZr O3 and PbTi O3 , where the piezoelectricity is weakest. Thus, whereas PZT has been the subject of thousands of powder and ceramic investigations, no consensus regarding the crystal structures of PZT exists. We report the first neutron diffraction study of single-crystal PZT with compositions x = 0.325 and 0.460. Our data refute the thesis that the ferroelectric phases of PZT within this composition range, all of which are highly piezoelectric, are purely monoclinic (Cc or Cm). The broadening of certain Bragg peaks can be interpreted in terms of coexisting rhombohedral and monoclinic domains, whereby monoclinic order is enhanced by Ti-doping. This is consistent with the theoretical proposal that the tendency to form macroscopic monoclinic phases facilitates the mechanism of polarization rotation by reducing the energy required to reorient the electric polarization. Dispersions of the lowest energy TO and TA phonon modes were measured on a single crystal of PZT with x = 0.325 in the paraelectric phase at 650 K. The TO mode energy drops at small wave-vectors suggesting that it is a soft mode associated with the ferroelectric phase transition at 590 K. Evidence of a second soft-mode, corresponding to a phase transition at 370 K at the R-point, is provided based on the redistribution of spectral weight as a function of temperature.

  6. Crystal structure of a new monoclinic polymorph of 2,4-di­hydroxy­benzaldehyde 4-methyl­thio­semi­carbazone

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    Salam, M. A.; Hussein, Mouayed A.; Tiekink, Edward R. T.

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, C9H11N3O2S, is a second monoclinic (P21/c) polymorph of the previously reported Cc form [Tan et al. (2008b ▸). Acta Cryst. E64, o2224]. The mol­ecule is non-planar, with the dihedral angle between the N3CS residue (r.m.s. deviation = 0.0816 Å) and the benzene ring being 21.36 (4)°. The conformation about the C=N bond [1.292 (2) Å] is E, the two N-bound H atoms are anti, and the inner hy­droxy O-bound and outer amide N-bound H atoms form intra­molecular hydrogen bonds to the imine N atom. Crucially, the H atom of the outer hy­droxy group is approximately syn to the H atom of the benzene C atom connecting the two C atoms bearing the hy­droxy substituents. This arrangement enables the formation of supra­molecular tubes aligned along [010] and sustained by N—H⋯O, O—H⋯S and N—H⋯S hydrogen bonds; the tubes pack with no specific inter­actions between them. While the mol­ecular structure in the Cc form is comparable, the H atom of the outer hy­droxy group is approximately anti, rather than syn. This different orientation leads to the formation a three-dimensional architecture based on N—H⋯O and O—H⋯S hydrogen bonds. PMID:25705451

  7. Polymerized Complex Sol-Gel Synthesis, Structural and Optical Properties of Monoclinic Eu3+ Doped KGd(WO4)2 Crystalline Red Phosphors

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    Thangaraju, D.; Durairajan, A.; Babu, S. Moorthy; Hayakawa, Y.

    2011-10-01

    1% Eu3+ doped KGd(WO4)2 (KGW) was synthesized through Pechini sol-gel process and crystallized by subsequent annealing at high temperature. Potassium nitrate, gadolinium nitrate and ammonium para tungstate precursors were mixed with citric acid and ethylene glycol to synthesis the polymerizable complex gel. The gel was heated to 250 °C for decomposition of polymer, which after the brownish white powder was used to synthesis the pure form of 1% Eu:KGW. The pre-fired powder was further heated at high temperature/s (550, 600, 650 and 700 °C) for calcination. The properties of heat treated samples were characterized by powder XRD, FT-IR, Raman, FESEM and fluorescence analysis to understand the crystallinity, organic liberation, tungstate ribbon formation, surface morphology and emission nature, respectively. Phase evaluation from the amorphous pre-fired sample to well crystalline KGW powder formation was confirmed with powder XRD analysis. Powders calcined at 600 °C show the appearance of monoclinic phase of KGW. Crystalline peaks without intermediate compound peaks were observed for samples calcined at 700 °C. Gel degradation and formation of double tungstate was clearly seen in the FT-IR spectrum. FT-IR spectrum of synthesized gel also, confirms the citrate formation and etherification. FESEM analysis reveals the size and morphology of the powder. Double tungstate formation from the amorphous powder was analyzed using laser Raman spectral analysis. The emission property of the europium doped KGW was analyzed using fluorescence. Changes in emission intensity was observed for samples calcined at different temperatures.

  8. Crystal structures of N-(pyridin-2-ylmeth-yl)pyrazine-2-carboxamide (monoclinic polymorph) and N-(pyridin-4-ylmeth-yl)pyrazine-2-carboxamide.

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    Cati, Dilovan S; Stoeckli-Evans, Helen

    2014-07-01

    The title compounds, C11H10N4O (HL1) and C11H10N4O (HL2), are pyridine 2-ylmethyl and 4-ylmethyl derivatives, respectively, of pyrazine-2-carboxamide. HL1 was measured at 153 K and crystallized in the monoclinic space group P21/c with Z = 4. There has been a report of the same structure measured at room temperature but assumed to crystallize in the triclinic space group P-1 with Z = 4 [Sasan et al. (2008 ▶). Monatsh. Chem. 139, 773-780]. In HL1, the pyridine ring is inclined to the pyrazine ring by 61.34 (6)°, while in HL2 this dihedral angle is 84.33 (12)°. In both mol-ecules, there is a short N-H⋯N inter-action involving the pyrazine carboxamide unit. In the crystal of HL1, mol-ecules are linked by N-H⋯N hydrogen bonds, forming inversion dimers with an R 2 (2)(10) ring motif. The dimers are linked via bifurcated-acceptor C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming sheets lying parallel to (102). The sheets are linked via C-H⋯N hydrogen bonds, forming a three-dimensional structure. In the crystal of HL2, mol-ecules are linked by N-H⋯N and C-H⋯N hydrogen bonds to form chains propagating along [010]. The chains are linked via C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming sheets lying parallel to (100). Within the sheets there are π-π inter-actions involving neighbouring pyrazine rings [inter-centroid distance = 3.711 (15) Å]. Adjacent sheets are linked via parallel slipped π-π inter-actions involving inversion-related pyridine rings [inter-centroid distance = 3.6395 (17) Å], forming a three-dimensional structure. PMID:25161497

  9. Electrochemical characterization of monoclinic and orthorhombic Li3CrF6 as positive electrodes in lithium-ion batteries synthesized by a sol-gel process with environmentally benign chemicals

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    Lieser, Georg; Winkler, Volker; Geßwein, Holger; de Biasi, Lea; Glatthaar, Sven; Hoffmann, M. J.; Ehrenberg, Helmut; Binder, Joachim R.

    2015-10-01

    Lithium transition metal fluorides (Li3MF6; M = Fe, V) with cryolite structure are investigated as positive electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries. A novel sol-gel process with trifluoroacetic acid as fluorine source was used to synthesize monoclinic and orthorhombic Li3CrF6. A ball milling process with Li3CrF6, binder, and conductive agent was applied to form a Li3CrF6 composite, which was electrochemically characterized against lithium metal for the first time. The electrochemical properties of two different modifications are quite similar, with a reversible specific capacity of 111 mAhg-1 for monoclinic Li3CrF6 and 106 mAhg-1 for orthorhombic Li3CrF6 (1 eq. Li ≙ 143 mAhg-1). The electrochemically active redox couple CrIII/CrII was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  10. High pressure phase transitions in lawsonite at simultaneous high pressure and temperature: A single crystal study

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    O'Bannon, E. F., III; Vennari, C.; Beavers, C. C. G.; Williams, Q. C.

    2015-12-01

    Lawsonite (CaAl2Si2O7(OH)2.H2O) is a hydrous mineral with a high overall water content of ~11.5 wt.%. It is a significant carrier of water in subduction zones to depths greater than ~150 km. The structure of lawsonite has been extensively studied under room temperature, high-pressure conditions. However, simultaneous high-pressure and high-temperature experiments are scarce. We have conducted synchrotron-based simultaneous high-pressure and temperature single crystal experiments on lawsonite up to a maximum pressure of 8.4 GPa at ambient and high temperatures. We used a natural sample of lawsonite from Valley Ford, California (Sonoma County). At room pressure and temperature lawsonite crystallizes in the orthorhombic system with Cmcm symmetry. Room temperature compression indicates that lawsonite remains in the orthorhombic Cmcm space group up to ~9.0 GPa. Our 5.0 GPa crystal structure is similar to the room pressure structure, and shows almost isotropic compression of the crystallographic axes. Unit cell parameters at 5.0 GPa are a- 5.7835(10), b- 8.694(2), and c- 13.009(3). Single-crystal measurements at simultaneous high-pressure and temperature (e.g., >8.0 GPa and ~100 oC) can be indexed to a monoclinic P-centered unit cell. Interestingly, a modest temperature increase of ~100 oC appears to initiate the orthorhombic to monoclinic phase transition at ~0.6-2.4 GPa lower than room temperature compression studies have shown. There is no evidence of dehydration or H atom disorder under these conditions. This suggests that the orthorhombic to monoclinic transition could be kinetically impeded at 298 K, and that monoclinic lawsonite could be the dominant water carrier through much of the depth range of upper mantle subduction processes.

  11. Studies on synthesis, growth, structural, optical properties of organic 8-hydroxyquinolinium succinate single crystals

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    Thirumurugan, R. Anitha, K.

    2014-04-24

    8-hydroxyquinolinium succinate (8HQSU), an organic material has been synthesized and single crystals were grown by employing the technique of slow evaporation. The structure of the grown crystal was elucidated by using single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. 8HQSU crystal belongs to the monoclinic crystallographic system with non-centro symmetric space group of P2{sub 1}. FT-IR spectral investigation has been carried out to identify the various functional groups present in the grown crystal. UV–vis spectral studies reveal that 8HQSU crystals are transparent in the entire visible region and the cut-off wavelength has been found to be 220nm.

  12. Studies on synthesis, growth, structural, optical properties of organic 8-hydroxyquinolinium succinate single crystals

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    Thirumurugan, R.; Anitha, K.

    2014-04-01

    8-hydroxyquinolinium succinate (8HQSU), an organic material has been synthesized and single crystals were grown by employing the technique of slow evaporation. The structure of the grown crystal was elucidated by using single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. 8HQSU crystal belongs to the monoclinic crystallographic system with non-centro symmetric space group of P21. FT-IR spectral investigation has been carried out to identify the various functional groups present in the grown crystal. UV-vis spectral studies reveal that 8HQSU crystals are transparent in the entire visible region and the cut-off wavelength has been found to be 220nm.

  13. A monoclinic polymorph of 4-(2H-1,3-benzodioxol-5-yl)-1-(4-methyl­phen­yl)-1H-pyrazol-5-amine

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    Jotani, Mukesh M.; Gajera, Nilesh N.; Patel, Mukesh C.; Sung, Herman H. Y.; Tiekink, Edward R. T.

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, C17H15N3O2, is a monoclinic polymorph (P21/c with Z′ = 1) of the previously reported triclinic (P-1 with Z′ = 2) form [Gajera et al. (2013 ▸). Acta Cryst. E69, o736–o737]. The mol­ecule in the monoclinic polymorph features a central pyrazolyl ring with an N-bound p-tolyl group and a C-bound 1,3-benzodioxolyl fused-ring system on either side of the C atom bearing the amino group. The dihedral angles between the central ring and the N- and C-bound rings are 50.06 (5) and 27.27 (5)°, respectively. The angle between the pendent rings is 77.31 (4)°, indicating the mol­ecule has a twisted conformation. The five-membered dioxolyl ring has an envelope conformation with the methyl­ene C atom being the flap. The relative disposition of the amino and dioxolyl substituents is syn. One of the independent mol­ecules in the triclinic form has a similar syn disposition but the other has an anti arrangement of these substituents. In the crystal structure of the monoclinic form, mol­ecules assemble into supra­molecular helical chains via amino–pyrazolyl N—H⋯N hydrogen bonds. These are linked into layers via C—H⋯π inter­actions, and layers stack along the a axis with no specific inter­actions between them. PMID:26594387

  14. Symmetry of piezoelectric (1–x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O₃-xPbTiO₃ (x=0.31) single crystal at different length scales in the morphotropic phase boundary region

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    Kim, Kyou-Hyun; Payne, David A.; Zuo, Jian-Min

    2012-11-29

    We use probes of three different length scales to examine symmetry of (1–x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O₃-xPbTiO₃ (PMN-xPT) single crystals in the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) region at composition x = 0.31 (PMN-31% PT). On the macroscopic scale, x-ray diffraction (XRD) shows a mixture of strong and weak diffraction peaks of different widths. The closest match to XRD peak data is made with monoclinic Pm (MC) symmetry. On the local scale of a few nanometers, convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED) studies, with a 1.6-nm electron probe, reveal no obvious symmetry. These CBED experimental patterns can be approximately matched with simulations based on monoclinic symmetry,more » which suggests locally distorted monoclinic structure. A monoclinic Cm (MA or MB)-like symmetry could also be obtained from certain regions of the crystal by using a larger electron probe size of several tens of nanometers in diameter. Thus the monoclinic symmetry of single crystal PMN-31%PT is developed only in parts of the crystal by averaging over locally distorted structure on the scale of few tens of nanometers. The macroscopic symmetry observed by XRD is a result of averaging from the local structure in PMN-31%PT single crystal. The lack of local symmetry at a few nanometers scale suggests that the polarization switching results from a change in local displacements, which are not restricted to specific symmetry planes or directions.« less

  15. Preparation of monoclinic 0.9(BiFeO3)-0.1(BiCoO3) epitaxial films on orthorhombic YAlO3 (100) substrates by r.f. magnetron sputtering

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    Ichinose, T.; Naganuma, H.; Mukaiyama, K.; Oogane, M.; Ando, Y.

    2015-01-01

    0.9BiFeO3-0.1BiCoO3 (BFCO) films (t=100 nm) were prepared on orthorhombic YAlO3 (YAO) (100) substrates by r.f. magnetron sputtering. Film flatness, crystallinity, crystal symmetry, and secondary phase formation are strongly affected by the pressure of the sputtering gasses, Ar and O2. Phi-scan measurements showed that the films were epitaxially grown on the substrates, with the crystal relation [101]p(101)p BFCO||[101]p(101)p YAO. X-ray reciprocal space mapping revealed that the crystal symmetry of the BFCO films was a pseudo-cubic-like monoclinic structure, with MC phase, rather than the Cm symmetry of the bulk BFCO. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed that the film had, as a result of a lattice misfit of 7%, strong compressive strain less than 10 nm from the interface, which relaxed monotonically with increasing distance from the interface. Magnetic measurements show that strained monoclinic BFCO has smaller magnetization compared to rhombohedral BFCO.

  16. Dicarboxylate assisted synthesis of the monoclinic heterometallic tetrathiocyanato bridged copper(II) and mercury(II) coordination polymer {l_brace}Cu[Hg(SCN){sub 4}]{r_brace}{sub n}: Synthesis, structural, vibration, luminescence, EPR studies and DFT calculations

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    Khandar, Ali Akbar; Klein, Axel; Bakhtiari, Akbar; Mahjoub, Ali Reza; Pohl, Roland W.H.

    2011-02-15

    The synthesis of the monoclinic polymorph of {l_brace}Cu[Hg(SCN){sub 4}]{r_brace}{sub n} is reported. The compound, as determined by X-ray diffraction of a twinned crystal, consists of mercury and copper atoms linked by {mu}{sub 1,3}-SCN bridges. The crystal packing shows a highly porous infinite 3D structure. Diagnostic resonances for the SCN{sup -} ligand and metal-ligand bonds in the IR, far-IR and Raman spectra are assigned and discussed. The electronic band structure along with density of states (DOS) calculated by the DFT method indicates that the compound is an indirect band gap semiconductor. The DFT calculations show that the observed luminescence of the compound arises mainly from an excited LLCT state with small MLCT contributions (from the copper to unoccupied {pi}{sup *} orbital of the thiocyanate groups). The X-band EPR spectrum of the powdered sample at room temperature reveals an axial signal with anisotropic g factors consistent with the unpaired electron of Cu(II) ion in the d{sub x}{sup 2}{sub -y}{sup 2} orbital. -- Graphical abstract: Synthesis and X-ray structure determination of the monoclinic {l_brace}Cu[Hg(SCN){sub 4}]{r_brace}{sub n} is reported. The IR, far-IR, Raman, photoluminescence as well as EPR spectra of the compound is discussed. Also, the emission and semiconducting behavior of the compound is illustrated through the density functional theory calculation of electronic band structure along with density of states. Display Omitted Research highlights: > The monoclinic {l_brace}Cu[Hg(SCN){sub 4}]{r_brace}{sub n} has been prepared. > The structure of the compound is determined by XRD of a twinned crystal. > The IR, far-IR, Raman, EPR and emission spectra of the compound is investigated. > As shown by DFT calculations, the emission bands of the compound are mainly LLCT. > Small MLCT from the copper to the thiocyanate groups contributes to these bands.

  17. A monoclinic, pseudo-orthorhombic Au-Hg mineral of potential economic significance in Pleistocene Snake River alluvial deposits of southeastern Idaho

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    Desborough, G.A.; Foord, E.E.

    1992-01-01

    A mineral with the approximate composition of Au94Hg6 - Au88Hg12 (atomic %) has been identified in Pleistocene Snake River alluvial deposits. The gold-mercury mineral occurs as very small grains or as polycrystalline masses composed of subhedral to nearly euhedral attached crystals. Vibratory cold-polishing techniques with 0.05-??m alumina abrasive for polished sections revealed a porous internal texture for most subhedral crystals after 48-72 hours of treatment. Thus, optical character (isotropic or anisotropic) could not be determined by reflected-light microscopy, and pore-free areas were too small for measurement of reflectance. X-ray-diffraction lines rather than individual reflections (spots), on powder camera X-ray films of unrotated spindles of single grains that morphologically appear to be single crystals, indicate that individual subhedral or euhedral crystals are composed of domains in random orientation. Thus, no material was found suitable for single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. -from Authors

  18. Crystal structure of (E)-2-(4-chloro­benzyl­idene)-3,4-di­hydro­naphthalen-1(2H)-one: a second monoclinic polymorph

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    Haroon, Muhammad; Akhtar, Tashfeen; Tahir, Muhammad Nawaz

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, C17H13ClO, is the second monoclinic polymorph to crystallize in the space group P21/c. The first polymorph crystallized with two independent mol­ecules in the asymmetric unit [Bolognesi et al. (1975 ▸). Acta Cryst. A31, S119; Z′ = 2; no atomic coordinates available], whereas the title compound has Z′ = 1. In the title polymorph, the dihedral angle between the plane of the benzene ring of the tetra­lone moiety and that of the 4-chloro­benzyl ring is 52.21 (11)°. The cyclo­hex-2-en-1-one ring of the tetra­lone moiety has a screw-boat conformation. In the crystal, mol­ecules are liked by pairs of C—H⋯π inter­actions forming inversion dimers. There are no other significant inter­molecular inter­actions present. PMID:26594452

  19. Evidence for anisotropic dielectric properties of monoclinic hafnia using valence electron energy-loss spectroscopy in high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and ab initio time-dependent density-functional theory

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    Guedj, C.; Hung, L.; Zobelli, A.; Blaise, P.; Sottile, F.; Olevano, V.

    2014-12-01

    The effect of nanocrystal orientation on the energy loss spectra of monoclinic hafnia (m-HfO2) is measured by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and valence energy loss spectroscopy (VEELS) on high quality samples. For the same momentum-transfer directions, the dielectric properties are also calculated ab initio by time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT). Experiments and simulations evidence anisotropy in the dielectric properties of m-HfO2, most notably with the direction-dependent oscillator strength of the main bulk plasmon. The anisotropic nature of m-HfO2 may contribute to the differences among VEELS spectra reported in literature. The good agreement between the complex dielectric permittivity extracted from VEELS with nanometer spatial resolution, TDDFT modeling, and past literature demonstrates that the present HRTEM-VEELS device-oriented methodology is a possible solution to the difficult nanocharacterization challenges given in the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors.

  20. Evidence for anisotropic dielectric properties of monoclinic hafnia using valence electron energy-loss spectroscopy in high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and ab initio time-dependent density-functional theory

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    Guedj, C.; Hung, L.; Sottile, F.; Zobelli, A.; Blaise, P.; Olevano, V.

    2014-12-01

    The effect of nanocrystal orientation on the energy loss spectra of monoclinic hafnia (m-HfO{sub 2}) is measured by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and valence energy loss spectroscopy (VEELS) on high quality samples. For the same momentum-transfer directions, the dielectric properties are also calculated ab initio by time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT). Experiments and simulations evidence anisotropy in the dielectric properties of m-HfO{sub 2}, most notably with the direction-dependent oscillator strength of the main bulk plasmon. The anisotropic nature of m-HfO{sub 2} may contribute to the differences among VEELS spectra reported in literature. The good agreement between the complex dielectric permittivity extracted from VEELS with nanometer spatial resolution, TDDFT modeling, and past literature demonstrates that the present HRTEM-VEELS device-oriented methodology is a possible solution to the difficult nanocharacterization challenges given in the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors.

  1. Symmetry of piezoelectric (1–x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O₃-xPbTiO₃ (x=0.31) single crystal at different length scales in the morphotropic phase boundary region

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    Kim, Kyou-Hyun; Payne, David A.; Zuo, Jian-Min

    2012-11-29

    We use probes of three different length scales to examine symmetry of (1–x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O₃-xPbTiO₃ (PMN-xPT) single crystals in the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) region at composition x = 0.31 (PMN-31% PT). On the macroscopic scale, x-ray diffraction (XRD) shows a mixture of strong and weak diffraction peaks of different widths. The closest match to XRD peak data is made with monoclinic Pm (MC) symmetry. On the local scale of a few nanometers, convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED) studies, with a 1.6-nm electron probe, reveal no obvious symmetry. These CBED experimental patterns can be approximately matched with simulations based on monoclinic symmetry, which suggests locally distorted monoclinic structure. A monoclinic Cm (MA or MB)-like symmetry could also be obtained from certain regions of the crystal by using a larger electron probe size of several tens of nanometers in diameter. Thus the monoclinic symmetry of single crystal PMN-31%PT is developed only in parts of the crystal by averaging over locally distorted structure on the scale of few tens of nanometers. The macroscopic symmetry observed by XRD is a result of averaging from the local structure in PMN-31%PT single crystal. The lack of local symmetry at a few nanometers scale suggests that the polarization switching results from a change in local displacements, which are not restricted to specific symmetry planes or directions.

  2. Thermally induced single crystal to single crystal transformation leading to polymorphism

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    Saha, Rajat; Biswas, Susobhan; Dey, Sanjoy Kumar; Sen, Arijit; Roy, Madhusudan; Steele, Ian M.; Dey, Kamalendu; Ghosh, Ashutosh; Kumar, Sanjay

    2014-09-01

    The robust complex [La(1,10-phen)2(NO3)3] (1,10-phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) exhibits thermally induced single crystal to single crystal transformation from one polymorphic phase to another. The complex crystallizes in monoclinic C2/c space group with C2 molecular symmetry at 293 K while at 100 K it shows P21/c space group with C1 molecular symmetry. Supramolecular investigation shows that at 100 K the complex forms 2D achiral sheets whereas at 293 K forms two different homochiral 2D sheets. Low temperature DSC analysis indicates that this structural transformation occurs at 246 K and also this transformation is reversible in nature. We have shown that thermally induced coherent movement of ligands changes the molecular symmetry of the complex and leads to polymorphism. Photoluminescence property of complex has been studied in both solid state and in methanolic solution at room temperature. The effect of the presence low-lying LUMO orbital of π-character in the complex is elucidated by theoretical calculation using DFT method.

  3. Comparative analysis of crystal-field parameters for rare-earth ions at monoclinic sites in AB(WO4)2 crystals: II. Pr3+ and Nd3+ ions in KRE(WO4)2 (RE = Y or Gd), Pr3+ ions in M+ Bi(XO4)2 (M+ = Li or Na and X = W or Mo), and Nd3+ ions in NaBi(WO4)2 and AgNd(WO4)2.

    PubMed

    Rudowicz, Czesław; Karbowiak, Mirosław; Gnutek, Paweł; Lewandowska, Monika

    2014-02-12

    correlated fitting technique to independently obtain and additionally verify the fitted CFPs based on published energy levels data. Multiple correlated fittings offer an advantage over the single-fitting tactics by enabling an improved fine-tuning of the final fitted CFPs as well as their interpretation and comparability with the sets obtained by others. The present consistent methodology may enable better understanding of the intricate aspects inherent in the spectroscopic studies for other ion-host systems exhibiting orthorhombic, monoclinic, and triclinic site symmetry. PMID:24441523

  4. Temperature and field induced strain measurements in single crystal Gd5Si2Ge2

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    McCall, S. K.; Nersessian, N.; Carman, G. P.; Pecharsky, V. K.; Schlagel, D. L.; Radousky, H. B.

    2016-03-29

    The first-order magneto-structural transformation that occurs in Gd5Si2Ge2 near room temperature makes it a strong candidate for many energy harvesting applications. Understanding the single crystal properties is crucial for allowing simulations of device performance. In this study, magnetically and thermally induced transformation strains were measured in a single crystal of Gd5Si2.05Ge1.95 as it transforms from a high-temperature monoclinic paramagnet to a lower-temperature orthorhombic ferromagnet. Thermally induced transformation strains of –8500 ppm, +960 ppm and +1800 ppm, and magnetically induced transformation strains of –8500 ppm, +900 ppm and +2300 ppm were measured along the a, b and c axes, respectively. Furthermore,more » using experimental data coupled with general thermodynamic considerations, a universal phase diagram was constructed showing the transition from the monoclinic to the orthorhombic phase as a function of temperature and magnetic field.« less

  5. Synthesis and X-ray structural studies of novel metal-organic complex: Diiodobis(2-aminopyridine)cadmium(II) single crystal

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    Venkatesan, G.; Anandha, G. Babu; Ramasamy, P.

    2013-02-01

    A new metal-organic hybrid complex, [Cd(ap)2I2] (DIAC), (ap = 2-aminopyridine) was synthesized and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, High resolution X-ray diffraction(HRXRD) and UV-Vis-NIR transmission. The DIAC crystallize in monoclinic crystal system, space group P21/n. The coordination geometry around the Cd(II) centre is a distorted tetrahedral. The high resolution X-ray diffraction studies (HRXRD) reveals that the crystalline perfection of as grown single crystal is fairly good.

  6. Effect of gamma ray irradiation on sodium borate single crystals

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    Kalidasan, M.; Asokan, K.; Baskar, K.; Dhanasekaran, R.

    2015-12-01

    In this work, the effects of 5 kGy, 10 kGy and 20 kGy doses of gamma ray irradiation on sodium borate, Na2[B4O5(OH)4]·(H2O)8 single crystals have been studied. Initially these crystals were grown by solution growth technique and identified as monoclinic using X-ray diffraction analysis. X-ray rocking curves confirm the formation of crystalline defects due to gamma rays in sodium borate single crystals. The electron paramagnetic resonance spectra have been recorded to identify the radicals created due to gamma ray irradiation in sodium borate single crystals. The thermoluminescence glow curves due to the defects created by gamma rays in this crystal have been observed and their kinetic parameters were calculated using Chen's peak shape method. The optical absorption increases and photoluminescence spectral intensity decreases for 5 kGy and 20 kGy doses gamma ray irradiated crystals compared to pristine and 10 kGy dose irradiated one. The effect of various doses of gamma rays on vibrational modes of the sodium borate single crystals was studied using FT-Raman and ATR-FTIR spectral analysis. The dielectric permittivity, conductance and dielectric loss versus frequency graphs of these crystals have been analyzed to know the effect of gamma ray irradiation on these parameters.

  7. One-dimensional SnF{sub 2} single crystals in the inner channels of single-wall carbon nanotubes: II. Structure and nanocomposite construction modeling

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    Zakalyukin, R. M. Demyanets, L. N.; Kiselev, N. A.

    2010-07-15

    A structural model of the nanocomposite consisting of one-dimensional (1D) {alpha}-SnF{sub 2} single crystals and single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is proposed. The main cationic motif is revealed in the structure of monoclinic modification: two-layer packing of tin cations along the [283] direction. Four theoretical structural projections of a 1D crystal on the plane parallel to the [283] direction are determined and described. A fragment of the {alpha}-SnF{sub 2} structure in an SWCNT (with a channel diameter of 1.02 nm) is calculated. High-resolution electron microscopy (HREM) images are modeled. These images correspond to the actually observed HREM patterns.

  8. Single crystal growth, crystal structure and characterization of a novel crystal: L-arginine 4-nitrophenolate 4-nitrophenol dehydrate (LAPP)

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    Wang, L. N.; Wang, X. Q.; Zhang, G. H.; Liu, X. T.; Sun, Z. H.; Sun, G. H.; Wang, L.; Yu, W. T.; Xu, D.

    2011-07-01

    A novel organic crystal, L-arginine 4-nitrophenolate 4-nitrophenol dehydrate (LAPP), synthesized and grown from aqueous solution, is presented. X-ray single diffraction shows that LAPP belongs to the monoclinic crystallographic system with space group P2 1. FT-IR and UV/vis/NIR transmission spectra have been employed to characterize the crystal. The computational calculation based on the density functional theory at the B3LYP/6-31G (d, p) level has been used to compute the first-order hyperpolarizability of LAPP relating to different molecular models. The morphology, nonlinear characteristic and thermal stability of the crystal have also been investigated.

  9. A monoclinic polymorph of [(Z)-N-(3-chloro-phen-yl)-O-methyl-thio-carbamato-κS](tri-phenyl-phosphane-κP)gold(I): crystal structure and Hirshfeld surface analysis.

    PubMed

    Yeo, Chien Ing; Tan, Sang Loon; Tiekink, Edward R T

    2016-08-01

    The title compound, [Au(C8H7ClNOS)(C18H15P)], is a monoclinic (P21/n, Z' = 1; form β) polymorph of the previously reported triclinic form (P-1, Z' = 1; form α) [Tadbuppa & Tiekink (2010 ▸). Acta Cryst. E66, m664]. The mol-ecular structures of both forms feature an almost linear gold(I) coordination geometry [P-Au-S = 175.62 (5)° in the title polymorph], being coordinated by thiol-ate S and phosphane P atoms, a Z conformation about the C=N bond and an intra-molecular Au⋯O contact. The major conformational difference relates to the relative orientations of the residues about the Au-S bond: the P-Au-S-C torsion angles are -8.4 (7) and 106.2 (7)° in forms α and β, respectively. The mol-ecular packing of form β features centrosymmetric aggregates sustained by aryl-C-H⋯O inter-actions, which are connected into a three-dimensional network by aryl-C-H⋯π contacts. The Hirshfeld analysis of forms α and β shows many similarities with the notable exception of the influence of C-H⋯O inter-actions in form β. PMID:27536384

  10. A monoclinic polymorph of [(Z)-N-(3-chloro­phen­yl)-O-methyl­thio­carbamato-κS](tri­phenyl­phosphane-κP)gold(I): crystal structure and Hirshfeld surface analysis

    PubMed Central

    Yeo, Chien Ing; Tan, Sang Loon; Tiekink, Edward R. T.

    2016-01-01

    The title compound, [Au(C8H7ClNOS)(C18H15P)], is a monoclinic (P21/n, Z′ = 1; form β) polymorph of the previously reported triclinic form (P-1, Z′ = 1; form α) [Tadbuppa & Tiekink (2010 ▸). Acta Cryst. E66, m664]. The mol­ecular structures of both forms feature an almost linear gold(I) coordination geometry [P—Au—S = 175.62 (5)° in the title polymorph], being coordinated by thiol­ate S and phosphane P atoms, a Z conformation about the C=N bond and an intra­molecular Au⋯O contact. The major conformational difference relates to the relative orientations of the residues about the Au—S bond: the P—Au—S—C torsion angles are −8.4 (7) and 106.2 (7)° in forms α and β, respectively. The mol­ecular packing of form β features centrosymmetric aggregates sustained by aryl-C—H⋯O inter­actions, which are connected into a three-dimensional network by aryl-C—H⋯π contacts. The Hirshfeld analysis of forms α and β shows many similarities with the notable exception of the influence of C—H⋯O inter­actions in form β. PMID:27536384

  11. Dicarboxylate assisted synthesis of the monoclinic heterometallic tetrathiocyanato bridged copper(II) and mercury(II) coordination polymer {Cu[Hg(SCN) 4]} n: Synthesis, structural, vibration, luminescence, EPR studies and DFT calculations

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    Khandar, Ali Akbar; Klein, Axel; Bakhtiari, Akbar; Mahjoub, Ali Reza; Pohl, Roland W. H.

    2011-02-01

    The synthesis of the monoclinic polymorph of {Cu[Hg(SCN) 4]} n is reported. The compound, as determined by X-ray diffraction of a twinned crystal, consists of mercury and copper atoms linked by μ1,3-SCN bridges. The crystal packing shows a highly porous infinite 3D structure. Diagnostic resonances for the SCN - ligand and metal-ligand bonds in the IR, far-IR and Raman spectra are assigned and discussed. The electronic band structure along with density of states (DOS) calculated by the DFT method indicates that the compound is an indirect band gap semiconductor. The DFT calculations show that the observed luminescence of the compound arises mainly from an excited LLCT state with small MLCT contributions (from the copper to unoccupied π* orbital of the thiocyanate groups). The X-band EPR spectrum of the powdered sample at room temperature reveals an axial signal with anisotropic g factors consistent with the unpaired electron of Cu(II) ion in the dx2- y2 orbital.

  12. Single-Crystal Elasticity of Earth Materials: An Appraisal

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    Duffy, T. S.

    2015-12-01

    The elastic properties of minerals are of central importance for interpreting seismic data for the Earth's crust, mantle, and core. Mineral elasticity data also have more general applications towards understanding equations of state, phase equilibria, interatomic forces, material strength, and phase transitions. The singe-crystal elastic properties are the most generally useful as they provide complete information on the anisotropy of elastic moduli (e.g. Poisson's ratio, Young's modulus), sound velocities, and compressibility. Measurement of the full set of single-crystal elastic properties remains challenging especially for lower symmetry crystals. In this talk, I present an overview of our current understanding of single-crystal elasticity based on a newly constructed database of single-crystal elastic properties. At ambient conditions the full elastic tensor of about 150 minerals have now been measured, along with about another 60 related compounds that are not formally minerals. About two-thirds of the measured minerals are oxides or silicates. A limitation of the existing database is that only about 10% of the measurements are on crystals of monoclinic or triclinic symmetry, while these two systems account for about 40% of known minerals. Additionally, only a smaller subset of minerals have been examined at high pressure or temperature conditions. Several applications of the database will be presented emphasizing trends in elastic anisotropy. The pyroxenes will be used as an illustrative example.

  13. Growth and characterization of the nonlinear optical single crystal: L-lysine acetate

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    Sun, Z. H.; Zhang, G. H.; Wang, X. Q.; Cheng, X. F.; Liu, X. J.; Zhu, L. Y.; Fan, H. L.; Yu, G.; Xu, D.

    2008-05-01

    Single crystals of L-lysine acetate, an organic nonlinear optical (NLO) material, were grown by the controlled evaporation of its aqueous solutions. Its solubility in aqueous solution was determined gravimetrically. The grown crystals were characterized by the single-crystal diffraction, X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectra. The structure analysis reveals that it belongs to the monoclinic crystallographic system, space group P2 1, with cell parameters: a=5.420(2) Å, b=7.542(4) Å, c=12.653(1) Å, β=91.73(1)°, Z=2 and V=516.8 Å 3. Experiments of thermogravimetric (TG) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) were carried out to study its thermal properties. The optical behaviours, including transmission spectrum and second harmonic generation (SHG), were investigated to study its linear and NLO properties.

  14. Investigation on crystalline perfection, mechanical, piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of L-tartaric acid single crystal

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    Murugan, G. Senthil Ramasamy, P.

    2014-04-24

    Polar organic nonlinear optical material, L-tartaric acid single crystals have been grown from slow evaporation solution growth technique. Single crystal X-ray diffraction study indicates that the grown crystal crystallized in monoclinic system with space group P2{sub 1}. Crystalline perfection of the crystal has been evaluated by high resolution X-ray diffraction technique and it reveals that the crystal quality is good and free from structural grain boundaries. Mechanical stability of the crystal has been analyzed by Vickers microhardness measurement and it exhibits reverse indentation size effect. Piezoelectric d{sub 33} co-efficient for the crystal has been examined and its value is 47 pC/N. The ferroelectric behaviour of the crystal was analyzed by polarization-electric field hysteresis loop measurement.

  15. Fergusonite-type CeNbO{sub 4+δ}: Single crystal growth, symmetry revision and conductivity

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    Bayliss, Ryan D.; Pramana, Stevin S.; An, Tao; Wei, Fengxia; Kloc, Christian L.; White, Andrew J.P.; Skinner, Stephen J.; White, Timothy J.; Baikie, Tom

    2013-08-15

    Large fergusonite-type (ABO{sub 4}, A=Ce, B=Nb) oxide crystals, a prototype electrolyte composition for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), were prepared for the first time in a floating zone mirror furnace under air or argon atmospheres. While CeNbO{sub 4} grown in air contained CeNbO{sub 4.08} as a minor impurity that compromised structural analysis, the argon atmosphere yielded a single phase crystal of monoclinic CeNbO{sub 4}, as confirmed by selected area electron diffraction, powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction. The structure was determined in the standard space group setting C12/c1 (No. 15), rather than the commonly adopted I12/a1. AC impedance spectroscopy conducted under argon found that stoichiometric CeNbO{sub 4} single crystals showed lower conductivity compared to CeNbO{sub 4+δ} confirming interstitial oxygen can penetrate through fergusonite and is responsible for the higher conductivity associated with these oxides. - Graphical abstract: Large fergusonite-type CeNbO{sub 4} crystals were prepared for the first time in a floating zone mirror furnace. Crystal growth in an argon atmosphere yielded a single phase monoclinic CeNbO4, as confirmed by selected area electron diffraction, powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction. The structure was determined in the standard space group setting C12/c1 (No. 15), rather than the commonly adopted I12/a1. AC impedance spectroscopy found CeNbO{sub 4} single crystals showed lower conductivity compared to CeNbO{sub 4+δ} confirming interstitial oxygen can penetrate through fergusonite and is responsible for the higher conductivity associated with these oxides. Highlights: • Preparation of single crystals of CeNbO{sub 4} using a floating zone mirror furnace. • Correction to the crystal symmetry of the monoclinic form of CeNbO{sub 4}. • Report the conductivity of a single crystal of CeNbO{sub 4}.

  16. Single crystal growth of Al-based intermetallic phases being approximants to quasicrystals

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    Gille, Peter; Bauer, Birgitta; Hahne, Michael; Smontara, Ana; Dolinšek, Janez

    2011-03-01

    Decagonal (d) quasicrystals are formed in a number of Al-based ternary systems with d-AlCoNi being the best studied decagonal phase. They are highly anisotropic showing unusual properties of e.g. electric and thermal transport when measured along the periodic or quasiperiodic directions. For a long time, this has been attributed to the lack of periodicity in certain crystallographic orientations. Some neighbouring phases in the Al-Co-Ni system as well as in related ternaries consist of the same type of large icosahedral clusters, but are periodic in all three directions, sometimes with very large unit cells. Therefore, they are called approximants to the decagonal quasicrystals. They allow comparative studies of these phases as to judge whether some unusual properties of quasicrystals arise from the lack of periodicity or from the common atomic arrangements. Additional to decagonal AlCoNi quasicrystals, various approximants (monoclinic Al13(Co,Ni)4, orthorhombic Al13Co4, orthorhombic Al4(Cr,Fe), monoclinic Al13Fe4 and its ternary extensions Al13(Fe,Cr)4 and Al13(Fe,Ni)4) were grown by the Czochralski method as large single crystals as to carry out transport orientation-dependent measurements. It could be found that transport properties show remarkably similar anisotropic features when comparing corresponding crystallographic directions in these phases that can be related to the periodic stacking of layers.

  17. Template-free synthesis of BiVO4 nanostructures: II. Relationship between various microstructures for monoclinic BiVO4 and their photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B under visible light

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    Ren, Lu; Ma, Lili; Jin, Lei; Wang, Jian-Bo; Qiu, Mingqiang; Yu, Ying

    2009-10-01

    The shape-controlled synthesis of nanostructured materials has opened up new possibilities to improve their physical and chemical properties. In this work, new types of monoclinic structured BiVO4 with complex morphologies, namely flowerlike, disclike, tubelike and platelike shapes, have been synthesized in a binary green solvent (water and ethanol) through controlling reaction conditions such as solvent, pH value, concentration of precursors and reaction temperature. The morphology of BiVO4 can transform from three-dimensional (3D) flowerlike superstructures and hexagonal-prismatic nanotubes to two-dimensional (2D) platelike and disclike structures. UV-vis absorption spectra show that all of the prepared nano- and microstructures can respond to visible light and the optical properties of BiVO4 samples are relevant to their structures. More importantly, the photocatalytic activities of various BiVO4 samples are strongly dependent on their morphology for the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation. The 2D (disclike and platelike) BiVO4 demonstrates better photocatalytic activity than 3D and bulk BiVO4. Among the nano- and microstructures, the nanoplate BiVO4 exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity for degradation of organic pollutants. Additionally, it is found that the different microstructure of BiVO4 leads to the different degradation route for organic compounds of RhB. The reasons for the differences in the photocatalytic behavior for these BiVO4 nanostructures are further discussed. The relationship between the microstructure and the photocatalytic activity for BiVO4 may give clues for the preparation of photocatalysts with high activity based on material morphology design. Moreover, the prepared 2D BiVO4 can be a good photocatalyst used in environmental pollution control.

  18. Template-free synthesis of BiVO4 nanostructures: II. Relationship between various microstructures for monoclinic BiVO4 and their photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B under visible light.

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    Ren, Lu; Ma, Lili; Jin, Lei; Wang, Jian-Bo; Qiu, Mingqiang; Yu, Ying

    2009-10-01

    The shape-controlled synthesis of nanostructured materials has opened up new possibilities to improve their physical and chemical properties. In this work, new types of monoclinic structured BiVO4 with complex morphologies, namely flowerlike, disclike, tubelike and platelike shapes, have been synthesized in a binary green solvent (water and ethanol) through controlling reaction conditions such as solvent, pH value, concentration of precursors and reaction temperature. The morphology of BiVO4 can transform from three-dimensional (3D) flowerlike superstructures and hexagonal-prismatic nanotubes to two-dimensional (2D) platelike and disclike structures. UV-vis absorption spectra show that all of the prepared nano- and microstructures can respond to visible light and the optical properties of BiVO4 samples are relevant to their structures. More importantly, the photocatalytic activities of various BiVO4 samples are strongly dependent on their morphology for the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation. The 2D (disclike and platelike) BiVO4 demonstrates better photocatalytic activity than 3D and bulk BiVO4. Among the nano- and microstructures, the nanoplate BiVO4 exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity for degradation of organic pollutants. Additionally, it is found that the different microstructure of BiVO4 leads to the different degradation route for organic compounds of RhB. The reasons for the differences in the photocatalytic behavior for these BiVO4 nanostructures are further discussed. The relationship between the microstructure and the photocatalytic activity for BiVO4 may give clues for the preparation of photocatalysts with high activity based on material morphology design. Moreover, the prepared 2D BiVO4 can be a good photocatalyst used in environmental pollution control. PMID:19738297

  19. X-ray and magnetic single-crystal analysis of the crystallographic structure of the Y 3(Fe 0.933V 0.067) 29 compound

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    Courtois, D.; Givord, D.; Lambert-Andron, B.; Bourgeat-Lami, E.; Amako, Y.; Li, H.-S.; Cadogan, J. M.

    1998-11-01

    The formation of a sizeable single crystal of the Nd 3(Fe,Ti) 29-type phase, namely Y 3(Fe 0.933V 0.067) 29 is reported. It was prepared by the solid-state transformation of a Y 2(Fe,V) 17 single crystal whose chemical composition is Y 3(Fe,V) 29. Initial disagreement between powder and single-crystal X-ray data has been resolved by performing magnetization measurements on single crystal. These measurements show a peculiar behaviour and have been quantitatively analysed by considering that the crystal is actually twinned. Refinement of the single-crystal data is then re-examined and confirms the monoclinic structure already reported for this system.

  20. Optical and structural properties of chalcone NLO single crystals

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    Rajesh Kumar, P. C.; Ravindrachary, V.; Janardhana, K.; Manjunath, H. R.; Karegouda, Prakash; Crasta, Vincent; Sridhar, M. A.

    2011-11-01

    Organic compound (E)-1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-3-(2,3,5-trichlorophenyl)prop-2-en-1-one [MPTCPP] with molecular formula C 16H 11Cl 3O 2 was synthesized using Claisen-Schmidt condensation reaction method. 1H NMR spectra was recorded to identify the various functional groups present in the compound and confirm the chemical structure. The single crystals were grown using slow evaporation solution growth technique. The UV-Visible spectrum study reveals that the crystal is transparent in the entire visible region and the absorption is observed at 364 nm. The Kurtz powder second harmonic generation (SHG) test shows that the MPTCPP is NLO active and its SHG efficiency is three times that of urea. Single crystal XRD study shows that the compound crystallizes in the monoclinic system with a space group Cc. The corresponding lattice parameters of the crystal are a = 28.215(5) Å, b = 3.9740(4) Å, c = 16.178(3) Å and V = 1503.0(4) Å 3. The micro hardness test was carried out and the work hardening coefficient value ( n) of the crystal was found to be 1.48. This indicates that the crystal is hard and is suitable for device application. The thermal study reveals that the thermal stability of the crystal is good.

  1. Experimentally generated normal faults in single-layer and multilayer limestone specimens at confining pressure

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    Patton, Thomas L.; Logan, John M.; Friedman, Melvin

    1998-09-01

    We examined the deformation of single-layer and multilayer rock veneers at confining pressure due to slip on an underlying, pre-existing, 70°-dipping normal fault. Single-layer specimens consisted of centimeter-thick Indiana Limestone veneers; centimeter-thick multilayer specimens consisted of three layers of Indiana Limestone or two layers of Indiana Limestone separated by a middle layer of weaker, Austin Chalk. The experiments investigated the evolution of induced deformation features — fractures, faults and folds — as functions of; (1) offset on the pre-existing normal fault, (2) confining pressure (100 MPa and 200 MPa), (3) `bedding' (three-layer specimens), and (4) compositional layering (three-layer specimens with a weak middle layer). Single-layer limestone specimens deformed at 200-MPa confining pressure provided the most reproducible results, forming arrays of nested arcuate normal faults; the concave sides of the faults faced in the hanging wall direction. Older faults of the array, propagating from the tip of the pre-existing fault, died out upward into the hanging wall. Younger faults formed towards the footwall side of the array and propagated to the upper surface of the specimen. These latter faults accommodated subsequent slip on the pre-existent fault, and in doing so, fragmented and offset the monoclinally folded upper surface of the specimen. Reducing the confining pressure to 100 MPa produced a more brittle behavior in the specimen, manifested as fewer faults with more irregular profiles and less monoclinal folding at the upper surface of the specimen. Introducing bedding and weak layering in the specimens at 100-MPa confining pressure increased the bulk ductile response of the specimen. Our model-generated deformation features share strong similarities with those documented in other laboratory normal-fault experiments in sand and clay, and with normal-fault features found in outcrop.

  2. Growth of L-Valinium Aluminium Chloride single crystal for OLED and super-capacitor applications

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    Kalaivani, D.; Vijayalakshmi, S.; Theras, J. Elberin Mary; Jayaraman, D.; Joseph, V.

    2015-12-01

    L-Valinium Aluminium Chloride (LVAC), a novel semi-organic material, was grown using slow evaporation under isothermal condition. The single crystal data reveal that the grown crystal belongs to monoclinic system. The SEM micrographs give clear picture about the surface morphology. Further, they confirm the inclusion of aluminium chloride into atomic sites of L-Valine. The compositional elements present in the crystal were identified through EDAX analysis. The mass spectral analysis was carried out to determine the molecular weight of the grown crystal. The optical transparency of the grown crystal was investigated by UV-vis-NIR spectrum. FTIR spectral study was used to identify the functional groups present in the grown material. The luminescence characteristics of grown material were analysed to confirm the effect of metal ion on the ligand. This property makes the material suitable for OLED application. The supercapacitive performance of the grown crystal was finally studied using cyclic voltammetry.

  3. Structure and Raman spectra of single crystal La 2(SO 4) 3 · 8H 2O

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    Vanderpool, Richard A.; Khan, Masood A.; Frech, Roger

    1991-05-01

    The room temperature polarized Raman spectra of single-crystal La 2(SO 4) 3 · 8H 2O have been measured in the range 5-4000 cm -1. The internal and external modes,based on a factor group analysis and comparison with Na 2SO 4 and La 2(SO 4) 3 · 9H 2O, have been assigned. A single-crystal X-ray diffraction study shows that La 2(SO 40 3 · 8H 2O crystallizes in the monoclinic space group Pn ( Z = 2) with cell dimensions a = 6.881(2) Å, b = 17.376(4) Å, c = 6.923(2) Å, and β = 92.34 (2)°. The structure was refined to a final R = 0.033 for 2333 observed reflections.

  4. Structural and vibrational properties of single crystals of Scandia, Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} under high pressure

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    Ovsyannikov, Sergey V. E-mail: sergey2503@gmail.com; Wenz, Michelle D.; Pakhomova, Anna S.; Dubrovinsky, Leonid; Bykova, Elena; Bykov, Maxim; Glazyrin, Konstantin; Liermann, Hanns-Peter

    2015-10-28

    We report the results of single-crystal X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy studies of scandium oxide, Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3}, at ambient temperature under high pressure up to 55 and 28 GPa, respectively. Both X-ray diffraction and Raman studies indicated a phase transition from the cubic bixbyite phase (so-called C-Res phase) to a monoclinic C2/m phase (so-called B-Res phase) at pressures around 25–28 GPa. The transition was accompanied by a significant volumetric drop by ∼6.7%. In addition, the Raman spectroscopy detected a minor crossover around 10–12 GPa, which manifested in the appearance of new and disappearance of some Raman modes, as well as in softening of one Raman mode. We found the bulk modulus values of the both C-Res and B-Res phases as B{sub 0} = 198.2(3) and 171.2(1) GPa (for fixed B′ = 4), respectively. Thus, the denser high-pressure lattice of Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} is much softer than the original lattice. We discuss possible mechanisms that might be responsible for the pronounced elastic softening in the monoclinic high-pressure phase in this “simple” oxide with an ultra-wide band gap.

  5. Growth and Raman spectroscopic characterization of As 4S 4 (II) single crystals

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    Kyono, Atsushi

    2010-11-01

    As described by Kutoglu (1976 [16]), single crystals of As 4S 4 (II) phase have been grown using a new two-step synthesis that drastically increases the reproducibility that is attainable in synthetic experiments. First, through photo-induced phase transformation, pararealgar powder is prepared as a precursor instead of AsS melt. Then it is dissolved and recrystallized from CS 2 solvent. Results show that single crystals of the As 4S 4 (II) phase were obtained reproducibly through the dissolution-recrystallization process. Single crystals of As 4S 4 (II) obtained using this method were translucent and showed a uniform yellow-orange color. The crystal exhibits a platelet-like shape as a thin film with well-developed faces (0 1 0) and (0 1¯ 0). The grown crystals are as large as 0.50×0.50×0.01 mm. They were characterized using powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction techniques to confirm the phase identification and the lattice parameters. The As 4S 4 (II) phase crystallizes in monoclinic system with cell parameters a=11.202(4) Å, b=9.954(4) Å, c=7.142(4) Å, β=92.81(4)°, V=795.4(6) Å 3, which shows good agreement with the former value. Raman spectroscopic studies elucidated the behavior of the substance and the relation among phases of tetra-arsenic tetrasulfide.

  6. Single-Sex Classrooms

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    Protheroe, Nancy

    2009-01-01

    Although single-sex education was once the norm in the U.S., the practice has largely been confined to private schools for more than a century. However, with the introduction of the final version of the U.S. Department of Education's so-called single-sex regulations in 2006, public schools were allowed greater flexibility to offer single-sex…

  7. Single Parent Adoption.

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    Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.

    Presenting two views of the single-parent family, this pamphlet includes an article by two researchers (William Feigelman and Arnold R. Silverman) and a short statement by a single adoptive parent (Amanda Richards). The first paper summarizes earlier research on single-parent adoptions and discusses the results of a nationwide survey of 713…

  8. Single Molecule and Single Cell Epigenomics

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    Hyun, Byung-Ryool; McElwee, John L.; Soloway, Paul D.

    2014-01-01

    Dynamically regulated changes in chromatin states are vital for normal development and can produce disease when they go awry. Accordingly, much effort has been devoted to characterizing these states under normal and pathological conditions. Chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by sequencing (ChIP-seq) is the most widely used method to characterize where in the genome transcription factors, modified histones, modified nucleotides and chromatin binding proteins are found; bisulfite sequencing (BS-seq) and its variants are commonly used to characterize the locations of DNA modifications. Though very powerful, these methods are not without limitations. Notably, they are best at characterizing one chromatin feature at a time, yet chromatin features arise and function in combination. Investigators commonly superimpose separate ChIP-seq or BS-seq datasets, and then infer where chromatin features are found together. While these inferences might be correct, they can be misleading when the chromatin source has distinct cell types, or when a given cell type exhibits any cell to cell variation in chromatin state. These ambiguities can be eliminated by robust methods that directly characterize the existence and genomic locations of combinations of chromatin features in very small inputs of cells or ideally, single cells. Here we review single molecule epigenomic methods under development to overcome these limitations, the technical challenges associated with single molecule methods and their potential application to single cells. PMID:25204781

  9. Growth and dielectric, mechanical, thermal and etching studies of an organic nonlinear optical L-arginine trifluoroacetate (LATF) single crystal

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    Arjunan, S.; Mohan Kumar, R.; Mohan, R.; Jayavel, R.

    2008-08-04

    L-arginine trifluoroacetate, an organic nonlinear optical material, has been synthesized from aqueous solution. Bulk single crystal of dimension 57 mm x 5 mm x 3 mm has been grown by temperature lowering technique. Powder X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the monoclinic structure of the grown L-arginine trifluoroacetate crystal. Linear optical property of the grown crystal has been studied by UV-vis spectrum. Dielectric response of the L-arginine trifluoroacetate crystal was analysed for different frequencies and temperatures in detail. Microhardness study on the sample reveals that the crystal possesses relatively higher hardness compared to many organic crystals. Thermal analyses confirmed that the L-arginine trifluoroacetate material is thermally stable upto 212 deg. C. The etching studies have been performed to assess the perfection of the L-arginine trifluoroacetate crystal. Kurtz powder second harmonic generation test confirms the nonlinear optical properties of the as-grown L-arginine trifluoroacetate crystal.

  10. Phase coexistence and transformations in field-cooled ternary piezoelectric single crystals near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    Luo, Chengtao; Wang, Yaojin; Wang, Zhiguang; Ge, Wenwei; Li, Jiefang; Luo, Haosu; Viehland, D.

    2014-12-01

    Structural phase transformations in (100)-oriented Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals have been investigated by X-ray diffraction. A cubic (C) → tetragonal (T) → monoclinic-C (MC) transformation sequence was observed in the field-cooled condition. Two phase coexistence regions of C + T and T + MC were found. In addition to an increase in the C → T phase transition temperature and a decrease of the T → MC one, a broadening of the coexistence regions was also found with increasing field. This broadening can be explained by the presence of polar nano regions within the C, T, and MC phase regions.

  11. Single-crystal growth of 4-hydroxy-3-methoxy benzaldehyde by the Bridgman technique and its characterization

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    Kannan, V.; Jayaprakasan, M.; Bairava Ganesh, R.; Ramasamy, P.

    2006-08-01

    Single-crystal growth of 4-hydroxy-3-methoxy benzaldehyde (vanillin), an excellent molecular nonlinear optical (NLO) material, from the melt using the Bridgman technique is reported for the first time. Differential thermal analysis experiments indicated that the substance melts congruently at 81 °C. A precise temperature profile plot of the resistive furnace used was measured using a simple PC-based time-temperature data logging system. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis of the grown crystal revealed the crystal belongs to the monoclinic system. Fourier transform infrared spectra were used to assign various modes and identify the functional groups. The crystal exhibited a wide window of transmission unlike other organic NLO crystals. The optical second harmonic generation conversion efficiency of vanillin was determined using the Kurtz powder technique.

  12. Metal-insulator transitions, structural and microstructural evolution of RNiO{sub 3} (R = Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Y) perovskites: Evidence for room-temperature charge disproportionation in monoclinic HoNiO{sub 3} and YNiO{sub 3}

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    Alonso, J.A.; Martinez-Lope, M.J.; Casais, M.T.; Arangda, M.A.G.; Fernandez-Diaz, M.T.

    1999-05-26

    RNiO{sub 3} nickelates have been prepared under high oxygen pressure (R = Sm, Eu, Gd) or high hydrostatic pressure (R = Dy, Ho, Y) in the presence of KClO{sub 4}. The samples have been investigated at room temperature (RT) by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction to follow the evolution of the crystal structures and microstructures along the series. The distortion of the orthorhombic (space group Pbnm) perovskite progressively increases along the series, leading for the smallest Ho{sup 3+} and Y{sup 3+} cations to a subtle monoclinic distortion (space group P2{sub 1}/n) which implies the splitting of the Ni positions in the crystal. This symmetry was confirmed by neutron powder diffraction; the crystal structures for R = Ho and Y were refined simultaneously from RT synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction data. In both perovskites the oxygen octahedra around Ni1 and Ni2 positions are significantly distorted, suggesting the manifestation of Jahn-Teller effect, which is almost absent in the nickelates` of lighter rare earths. The very distinct mean Ni-O bond distances observed for Ni1 and Ni2 atoms at RT, in the insulating regime, suggest the presence of a charge disproportionation effect, considered as driving force for the splitting of the Ni positions. The metal-insulator (MI) transitions for RNiO{sub 3} (R = Gd, Dy, Ho, Y), above room temperature, have been characterized by DSC. The transition temperatures for Gd, Dy, Ho, and Y oxides in the heating runs are 510.7, 563.9, 572.7, and 581.9 K, respectively. The increasing rate of T{sub MI} for Dy, Ho, and Y materials is lower than that expected from the variation of T{sub MI} for the larger rare earth perovskites. This is probably related to the subtle monoclinic distortion found for Ho and Y nickelates. The high-resolution synchrotron X-ray powder patterns have revealed changes in the microstructure along the series. Powder patterns for orthorhombic RNiO{sub 3} (R = Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy) display asymmetric tails for

  13. Growth and characterization of low yttria-doped fully cubic stabilized zirconia-based single crystals

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    Berendts, Stefan; Lerch, Martin

    2013-05-01

    For the first time, fully cubic stabilized zirconia-based single crystals with large nitrogen contents and optimized anion vacancy concentrations, interesting for new electrochemical devices such as nitrogen sensors, were prepared by a two-step approach. This two-step approach combines growth of nitrogen-free zirconia single crystals via the skull melting method and their subsequent direct nitridation to form cubic nitrogen doped zirconia-based single crystals. In the initial step, zirconia crystals with various yttria contents (2, 3, 4 and 6 mol%) were prepared by the skull-melting technique. As determined by X-ray powder diffraction, tetragonal stabilized crystals were obtained, containing monoclinic segregations, when the yttria content of the grinded crystals was below 4 mol%. Subsequently, the crystals were nitrided with nitrogen gas at 1500 °C using different reaction times. Nitrogen content and crystallographic identity of the nitrided samples were investigated, revealing successful nitrogen incorporation and, hence, full cubic stabilization of the initial nitrogen-free samples also for the lowest yttria content. The degree of deviation from the cubic fluorite-type structure is discussed with respect to crystallographic parameters ('pseudo-cubic factor' etc.). The stabilization of cubic or tetragonal phases to ambient temperature is related to the anion vacancy concentration with respect to different impacts of the anion vacancies generated either by yttria or nitrogen incorporation (effective vacancy concentration [Veff]).

  14. Antimony oxofluorides - a synthesis concept that yields phase pure samples and single crystals.

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    Ali, Sk Imran; Johnsson, Mats

    2016-07-26

    The single crystals of the new isostructural compounds Sb3O4F and Y0.5Sb2.5O4F and the two previously known compounds M-SbOF and α-Sb3O2F5 were successfully grown by a hydrothermal technique at 230 °C. The new compound Sb3O4F crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c; a = 5.6107(5) Å, b = 4.6847(5) Å, c = 20.2256(18) Å, β = 94.145(8)°, z = 4. The replacing part of Sb with Y means a slight increase in the unit cell dimensions. The compounds M-SbOF and α-Sb3O2F5 have not been grown as single crystals before and it can be concluded that hydrothermal synthesis has proved to be a suitable technique for growing single crystals of antimony oxofluorides because of the relatively low solubility of such compounds compared to other antimony oxohalides that most often have been synthesised at high temperatures by solid state reactions or gas-solid reactions. PMID:27402498

  15. Growth and characterization of 2,6-Di-tert-butyl-4-(dimethylaminomethyl)phenol single crystal by the vertical Bridgman method

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    Siva Bala Solanki, S.; Perumal, Rajesh Narayana; Basheer Ahamed, M.

    2015-02-01

    Single crystal of 2,6-Di-tert-butyl-4-(dimethylaminomethyl)phenol has been grown by the modified vertical Bridgman method. Single crystal X-ray diffraction studies of the crystal confirm that the material belongs to the monoclinic system and space group C2. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis ascertains the functional group of grown crystal. Thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetric analyses are used to assess the thermal characteristics. The surface laser damage value was determined using Q-switched Nd:YAG laser at a wavelength of 1064 nm, which is a positive property for nonlinear optical applications. Vickers's indentation test is performed to analyze the mechanical behavior of the materials. An optical transmission study is used to compute optical band gap and cutoff wavelength. Fluorescence studies were performed to the grown crystal. The Kurtz and Perry powder technique is used to determine the second harmonic conversion efficiency of the sample.

  16. Studies on 2-amino-5-nitropyridinium nitrate (2A5NPN): A semi-organic third order nonlinear optical single crystal

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    Sivasubramani, V.; Pandian, Muthu Senthil; Ramasamy, P.

    2016-05-01

    2-amino-5-nitropyridinium nitrate (2A5NPN) is a semi-organic nonlinear optical crystal and optically good quality 2A5NPN single crystals were successfully grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique (SEST) at ambient temperature. The crystallographic structure of the grown crystal was determined by single crystal X-Ray diffraction analysis and it belongs to Monoclinic crystal system with centro symmetric crystalline nature. The crystallinity of the grown crystal was confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction analysis. The other physical properties of grown crystals are also characterized using TG-DTA, UV-Visible NIR, chemical etching, photoconductivity and Z-scan measurements. The Z-scan method reveals that the 2A5NPN crystal possesses multi photon absorption behaviour and the significantly higher third order susceptibility and it is a promising potential NLO material.

  17. Spectroscopy and kinetics of the population of monoclinic KYb{sub 0.5}Y{sub 0.43}Tm{sub 0.07}(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystals pumped by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser

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    Vatnik, S M; Maiorov, A P; Plakushchev, D V; Pavlyuk, A A

    2001-01-31

    The kinetics of pump radiation absorption and luminescence of monoclinic crystals of potassium-yttrium-ytterbium tungstate doped with thulium are studied. It is shown theoretically and experimentally that due to the 'excitation multiplication' caused by absorption of pump radiation from metastable states of thulium ions accompanied by cross-relaxation, above 50 % of a total number of thulium ions can occupy the {sup 3}F{sub 4} level. The cross sections of stimulated transitions in the spectral region from 1600 to 2100 nm are calculated from luminescence spectra, and the gain in the crystal is estimated. The prospects of practical applications of the results obtained in the paper are discussed. (active media)

  18. Single Mothers "Do" Family

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    Nelson, Margaret K.

    2006-01-01

    This paper explores how single mothers both incorporate others into family life (e.g., when they ask others to care for their children) and simultaneously "do families" in a manner that holds out a vision of a "traditional" family structure. Drawing on research with White, rural single mothers, the author explores the manner in which these women…

  19. Single Parent Adoptive Homes.

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    Shireman, Joan F.

    1996-01-01

    Reviews research and reports on a longitudinal study of 15 single-parent adoptive homes over a 14-year period that demonstrated that these homes have the capacity to be successful adoptive placements. Identifies unique characteristics of single-parent adoptive homes, and notes the need for additional research to identify children for whom these…

  20. Understanding Single Adulthood.

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    Stein, Peter J.

    The life styles and life chances of the unmarried include elements of choices. Singles may be grouped and characterized according to whether their status may be considered stable or temporary. A life cycle, or continuum model of singlehood is reviewed, including its different factors, or phases. A new model for singles is proposed--a life spiral…

  1. Bulk Crystallization in a SiO2/Al2O3/Y2O3/AlF3/B2O3/Na2O Glass: Fivefold Pseudo Symmetry due to Monoclinic Growth in a Glassy Matrix Containing Growth Barriers

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    Wisniewski, Wolfgang; Seyring, Martin; Patzig, Christian; Höche, Thomas; Keshavarzi, Ashkan; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    A glass with the mol% composition 17 Y2O3·33 Al2O3·40 SiO2·2 AlF3·3 Na2O·2 CeF3·3 B2O3 is heat treated at 1000 °C for 6–24 h. This results in the surface nucleation and growth of YAG. Nucleation and growth of star-shaped alumina and later of monoclinic β-Y2Si2O7 and orthorhombic δ-Y2Si2O7 are additionally observed in the bulk. Phase identification and localization are performed by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) as well as TEM analysis. The monoclinic β-Y2Si2O7 observed in the bulk occurs in the form of large, crystal agglomerates which range from 50 to 120 μm in size. The individual crystals are aligned along the c-axis which is the fastest growing axis. Ten probability maxima are observed in the pole-figures illustrating the rotation of orientations around the c-axes indicating a fivefold symmetry. This symmetry is caused by multiple twinning which results in a high probability of specific orientation relationships with rotation angles of ~36°, ~108° (also referred to as the pentagon angle) and ~144° around the c-axis. All these rotation angles are close to the multiples of 36° which are required for an ideal fivefold symmetry. This is the first report of a fivefold symmetry triggered by the presence of barriers hindering crystal growth. PMID:26813152

  2. Bulk Crystallization in a SiO2/Al2O3/Y2O3/AlF3/B2O3/Na2O Glass: Fivefold Pseudo Symmetry due to Monoclinic Growth in a Glassy Matrix Containing Growth Barriers.

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    Wisniewski, Wolfgang; Seyring, Martin; Patzig, Christian; Höche, Thomas; Keshavarzi, Ashkan; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    A glass with the mol% composition 17 Y2O3·33 Al2O3·40 SiO2·2 AlF3·3 Na2O·2 CeF3·3 B2O3 is heat treated at 1000 °C for 6-24 h. This results in the surface nucleation and growth of YAG. Nucleation and growth of star-shaped alumina and later of monoclinic β-Y2Si2O7 and orthorhombic δ-Y2Si2O7 are additionally observed in the bulk. Phase identification and localization are performed by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) as well as TEM analysis. The monoclinic β-Y2Si2O7 observed in the bulk occurs in the form of large, crystal agglomerates which range from 50 to 120 μm in size. The individual crystals are aligned along the c-axis which is the fastest growing axis. Ten probability maxima are observed in the pole-figures illustrating the rotation of orientations around the c-axes indicating a fivefold symmetry. This symmetry is caused by multiple twinning which results in a high probability of specific orientation relationships with rotation angles of ~36°, ~108° (also referred to as the pentagon angle) and ~144° around the c-axis. All these rotation angles are close to the multiples of 36° which are required for an ideal fivefold symmetry. This is the first report of a fivefold symmetry triggered by the presence of barriers hindering crystal growth. PMID:26813152

  3. Bulk Crystallization in a SiO2/Al2O3/Y2O3/AlF3/B2O3/Na2O Glass: Fivefold Pseudo Symmetry due to Monoclinic Growth in a Glassy Matrix Containing Growth Barriers

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    Wisniewski, Wolfgang; Seyring, Martin; Patzig, Christian; Höche, Thomas; Keshavarzi, Ashkan; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    A glass with the mol% composition 17 Y2O3·33 Al2O3·40 SiO2·2 AlF3·3 Na2O·2 CeF3·3 B2O3 is heat treated at 1000 °C for 6-24 h. This results in the surface nucleation and growth of YAG. Nucleation and growth of star-shaped alumina and later of monoclinic β-Y2Si2O7 and orthorhombic δ-Y2Si2O7 are additionally observed in the bulk. Phase identification and localization are performed by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) as well as TEM analysis. The monoclinic β-Y2Si2O7 observed in the bulk occurs in the form of large, crystal agglomerates which range from 50 to 120 μm in size. The individual crystals are aligned along the c-axis which is the fastest growing axis. Ten probability maxima are observed in the pole-figures illustrating the rotation of orientations around the c-axes indicating a fivefold symmetry. This symmetry is caused by multiple twinning which results in a high probability of specific orientation relationships with rotation angles of ~36°, ~108° (also referred to as the pentagon angle) and ~144° around the c-axis. All these rotation angles are close to the multiples of 36° which are required for an ideal fivefold symmetry. This is the first report of a fivefold symmetry triggered by the presence of barriers hindering crystal growth.

  4. Moving Single Atoms

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    Stuart, Dustin

    2016-05-01

    Single neutral atoms are promising candidates for qubits, the fundamental unit of quantum information. We have built a set of optical tweezers for trapping and moving single Rubidium atoms. The tweezers are based on a far off-resonant dipole trapping laser focussed to a 1 μm spot with a single aspheric lens. We use a digital micromirror device (DMD) to generate dynamic holograms of the desired arrangement of traps. The DMD has a frame rate of 20 kHz which, when combined with fast algorithms, allows for rapid reconfiguration of the traps. We demonstrate trapping of up to 20 atoms in arbitrary arrangements, and the transport of a single-atom over a distance of 14 μm with continuous laser cooling, and 5 μm without. In the meantime, we are developing high-finesse fibre-tip cavities, which we plan to use to couple pairs of single atoms to form a quantum network.

  5. Single nanoparticle plasmonic sensors.

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    Sriram, Manish; Zong, Kelly; Vivekchand, S R C; Gooding, J Justin

    2015-01-01

    The adoption of plasmonic nanomaterials in optical sensors, coupled with the advances in detection techniques, has opened the way for biosensing with single plasmonic particles. Single nanoparticle sensors offer the potential to analyse biochemical interactions at a single-molecule level, thereby allowing us to capture even more information than ensemble measurements. We introduce the concepts behind single nanoparticle sensing and how the localised surface plasmon resonances of these nanoparticles are dependent upon their materials, shape and size. Then we outline the different synthetic approaches, like citrate reduction, seed-mediated and seedless growth, that enable the synthesis of gold and silver nanospheres, nanorods, nanostars, nanoprisms and other nanostructures with tunable sizes. Further, we go into the aspects related to purification and functionalisation of nanoparticles, prior to the fabrication of sensing surfaces. Finally, the recent developments in single nanoparticle detection, spectroscopy and sensing applications are discussed. PMID:26473866

  6. Single Nanoparticle Plasmonic Sensors

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    Sriram, Manish; Zong, Kelly; Vivekchand, S. R. C.; Gooding, J. Justin

    2015-01-01

    The adoption of plasmonic nanomaterials in optical sensors, coupled with the advances in detection techniques, has opened the way for biosensing with single plasmonic particles. Single nanoparticle sensors offer the potential to analyse biochemical interactions at a single-molecule level, thereby allowing us to capture even more information than ensemble measurements. We introduce the concepts behind single nanoparticle sensing and how the localised surface plasmon resonances of these nanoparticles are dependent upon their materials, shape and size. Then we outline the different synthetic approaches, like citrate reduction, seed-mediated and seedless growth, that enable the synthesis of gold and silver nanospheres, nanorods, nanostars, nanoprisms and other nanostructures with tunable sizes. Further, we go into the aspects related to purification and functionalisation of nanoparticles, prior to the fabrication of sensing surfaces. Finally, the recent developments in single nanoparticle detection, spectroscopy and sensing applications are discussed. PMID:26473866

  7. Single-ventricle physiology.

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    Schwartz, Steven M; Dent, Catherine L; Musa, Ndidi L; Nelson, David P

    2003-07-01

    The patient with single-ventricle physiology presents a significant challenge to the intensive care team at all stages of management. An integrated approach that applies a working knowledge of cardiac anatomy, cardiopulmonary physiology, and the basic principles of intensive care is essential to guide management for each individual patient. This management requires cooperative and constructive involvement of surgeons, cardiologists, and intensivists, as well as a nursing and respiratory care team experienced in the management of single-ventricle patients. The outcome of each stage of palliation for single-ventricle lesions should continue to improve as new ideas are developed and as older ideas are subjected to rigorous scientific analyses. PMID:12848312

  8. Single Electron Tunneling

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    Ruggiero, Steven T.

    2005-07-25

    Financial support for this project has led to advances in the science of single-electron phenomena. Our group reported the first observation of the so-called ''Coulomb Staircase'', which was produced by tunneling into ultra-small metal particles. This work showed well-defined tunneling voltage steps of width e/C and height e/RC, demonstrating tunneling quantized on the single-electron level. This work was published in a now well-cited Physical Review Letter. Single-electron physics is now a major sub-field of condensed-matter physics, and fundamental work in the area continues to be conducted by tunneling in ultra-small metal particles. In addition, there are now single-electron transistors that add a controlling gate to modulate the charge on ultra-small photolithographically defined capacitive elements. Single-electron transistors are now at the heart of at least one experimental quantum-computer element, and single-electron transistor pumps may soon be used to define fundamental quantities such as the farad (capacitance) and the ampere (current). Novel computer technology based on single-electron quantum dots is also being developed. In related work, our group played the leading role in the explanation of experimental results observed during the initial phases of tunneling experiments with the high-temperature superconductors. When so-called ''multiple-gap'' tunneling was reported, the phenomenon was correctly identified by our group as single-electron tunneling in small grains in the material. The main focus throughout this project has been to explore single electron phenomena both in traditional tunneling formats of the type metal/insulator/particles/insulator/metal and using scanning tunneling microscopy to probe few-particle systems. This has been done under varying conditions of temperature, applied magnetic field, and with different materials systems. These have included metals, semi-metals, and superconductors. Amongst a number of results, we have

  9. Single Beam Holography.

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    Chen, Hsuan; Ruterbusch, Paul H.

    1979-01-01

    Discusses how holography can be used as part of undergraduate physics laboratories. The authors propose a single beam technique of holography, which will reduce the recording scheme as well as relax the isolation requirements. (HM)

  10. SINGLE CELL GENOME SEQUENCING

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    Yilmaz, Suzan; Singh, Anup K.

    2011-01-01

    Whole genome amplification and next-generation sequencing of single cells has become a powerful approach for studying uncultivated microorganisms that represent 90–99 % of all environmental microbes. Single cell sequencing enables not only the identification of microbes but also linking of functions to species, a feat not achievable by metagenomic techniques. Moreover, it allows the analysis of low abundance species that may be missed in community-based analyses. It has also proved very useful in complementing metagenomics in the assembly and binning of single genomes. With the advent of drastically cheaper and higher throughput sequencing technologies, it is expected that single cell sequencing will become a standard tool in studying the genome and transcriptome of microbial communities. PMID:22154471

  11. Crystal growth, structural, thermal and mechanical behavior of L-arginine 4-nitrophenolate 4-nitrophenol dihydrate (LAPP) single crystals

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    Mahadevan, M.; Ramachandran, K.; Anandan, P.; Arivanandhan, M.; Bhagavannarayana, G.; Hayakawa, Y.

    2014-12-01

    Single crystals of L-arginine 4-nitrophenolate 4-nitrophenol dihydrate (LAPP) have been grown successfully from the solution of L-arginine and 4-nitrophenol. Slow evaporation of solvent technique was adopted to grow the bulk single crystals. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis confirms the grown crystal has monoclinic crystal system with space group of P21. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis shows the good crystalline nature. The crystalline perfection of the grown single crystals was analyzed by HRXRD by employing a multicrystal X-ray diffractometer. The functional groups were identified from proton NMR spectroscopic analysis. Linear and nonlinear optical properties were determined by UV-Vis spectrophotometer and Kurtz powder technique respectively. It is found that the grown crystal has no absorption in the green wavelength region and the SHG efficiency was found to be 2.66 times that of the standard KDP. The Thermal stability of the crystal was found by obtaining TG/DTA curve. The mechanical behavior of the grown crystal has been studied by Vicker's microhardness method.

  12. Growth, characterization, and crystal structure of a new chalcone derivative single crystal

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    Shettigar, Venkataraya; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2006-09-01

    A new organic nonlinear optical (NLO) chalcone derivative viz.1- ( 4- methoxyphenyl )-3- (3,4 - dimethoxy phenyl ) - 2 - propene-1-one, has been synthesized by Claisen-Schmidt condensation method. The synthesized compound was purified by repeated recrystallization process. To confirm the identity of the synthesized compound, FTIR spectra was recorded and various functional groups present were identified. NMR spectra were recorded for structural identity and purity confirmation of the synthesized compound. Good quality single crystals were grown by solvent evaporation and slow cooling technique using acetone as solvent. The grown crystals were characterized by UV-Visible , differential thermal analysis and linear refractive index measurement. The hardness of the crystal was determined using Vicker's indentation method. The single crystal structure analysis of the crystal was performed and it is found that the crystal belongs to monoclinic system with space group P2 I. The powder second harmonic generation(SHG)frequency conversion efficiency of the crystal was determined using Nd: YAG laser(λ = 1064nm)and it is 15 times that of Urea.

  13. Single crystal growth and characterization of lanthanum-neodymium oxalate octahydrate

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    Want, Basharat

    2011-11-01

    Single crystals of mixed lanthanum-neodymium oxalates are grown by gel diffusion method using agar gel as a medium of growth. The crystals grow in the agar gel with hexagonal morphology having (001), (110) and (010) as habit faces. Single crystal X-ray diffraction results show that the crystals belong to monoclinic system with cell parameters; a=10.344(2) Å, b=9.643(6) Å, c=11.721(2) Å, β=118.7 (2)° , bearing the space group P2/c. Fourier transform infrared spectrum of the crystals indicates the presence of water and other functional groups associated with the oxalate ions. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis support the presence of 8H 2O molecules attached to the lanthanum-neodymium crystal lattice. The thermal decomposition in the nitrogen atmosphere leads to the formation of mixed lanthanum-neodymium oxide as the final product. Energy dispersive analysis of X-rays along with elemental analysis suggests the stoichiometry of the gel grown crystals to be La 1.5Nd 0.5(C 2O 4) 3·8H 2O.

  14. A simple method to synthesize single-crystalline lanthanide orthovanadate nanorods

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    Fan, Weiliu; Zhao, Wei; You, Liping; Song, Xinyu; Zhang, Weimin; Yu, Haiyun; Sun, Sixiu

    2004-12-01

    Single-crystalline tetragonal LnVO 4 ( Ln=La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Dy) nanorods were prepared via a simple hydrothermal method, in the absence of any surfactant or template using cheap and simple inorganic salts as raw materials. The products were characterized by XRD, TEM, HRTEM, and PL. It has been shown that after the hydrothermal process, LaVO 4 transformed its crystal structure from monoclinic to tetragonal phase, but LnVO 4 ( Ln=Nd, Sm, Eu, Dy) have not exhibited the structural change. This could be associated with the change of lanthanide ion radius. TEM and HRTEM results show that the nanorods are pure, structurally uniform, single crystalline, and most of them are free from dislocations. Further study reveals the nanorods grow along the [001] direction. A possible growth mechanism of lanthanide orthovanadate nanorods was also proposed. The advantages of our method for the nanorods synthesis lie in the high yield and the low temperature and mild reaction conditions, which permit large scale production at low cost.

  15. Single spin magnetic resonance

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    Wrachtrup, Jörg; Finkler, Amit

    2016-08-01

    Different approaches have improved the sensitivity of either electron or nuclear magnetic resonance to the single spin level. For optical detection it has essentially become routine to observe a single electron spin or nuclear spin. Typically, the systems in use are carefully designed to allow for single spin detection and manipulation, and of those systems, diamond spin defects rank very high, being so robust that they can be addressed, read out and coherently controlled even under ambient conditions and in a versatile set of nanostructures. This renders them as a new type of sensor, which has been shown to detect single electron and nuclear spins among other quantities like force, pressure and temperature. Adapting pulse sequences from classic NMR and EPR, and combined with high resolution optical microscopy, proximity to the target sample and nanoscale size, the diamond sensors have the potential to constitute a new class of magnetic resonance detectors with single spin sensitivity. As diamond sensors can be operated under ambient conditions, they offer potential application across a multitude of disciplines. Here we review the different existing techniques for magnetic resonance, with a focus on diamond defect spin sensors, showing their potential as versatile sensors for ultra-sensitive magnetic resonance with nanoscale spatial resolution.

  16. Single spin magnetic resonance.

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    Wrachtrup, Jörg; Finkler, Amit

    2016-08-01

    Different approaches have improved the sensitivity of either electron or nuclear magnetic resonance to the single spin level. For optical detection it has essentially become routine to observe a single electron spin or nuclear spin. Typically, the systems in use are carefully designed to allow for single spin detection and manipulation, and of those systems, diamond spin defects rank very high, being so robust that they can be addressed, read out and coherently controlled even under ambient conditions and in a versatile set of nanostructures. This renders them as a new type of sensor, which has been shown to detect single electron and nuclear spins among other quantities like force, pressure and temperature. Adapting pulse sequences from classic NMR and EPR, and combined with high resolution optical microscopy, proximity to the target sample and nanoscale size, the diamond sensors have the potential to constitute a new class of magnetic resonance detectors with single spin sensitivity. As diamond sensors can be operated under ambient conditions, they offer potential application across a multitude of disciplines. Here we review the different existing techniques for magnetic resonance, with a focus on diamond defect spin sensors, showing their potential as versatile sensors for ultra-sensitive magnetic resonance with nanoscale spatial resolution. PMID:27378060

  17. Single-plasmon interferences.

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    Dheur, Marie-Christine; Devaux, Eloïse; Ebbesen, Thomas W; Baron, Alexandre; Rodier, Jean-Claude; Hugonin, Jean-Paul; Lalanne, Philippe; Greffet, Jean-Jacques; Messin, Gaétan; Marquier, François

    2016-03-01

    Surface plasmon polaritons are electromagnetic waves coupled to collective electron oscillations propagating along metal-dielectric interfaces, exhibiting a bosonic character. Recent experiments involving surface plasmons guided by wires or stripes allowed the reproduction of quantum optics effects, such as antibunching with a single surface plasmon state, coalescence with a two-plasmon state, conservation of squeezing, or entanglement through plasmonic channels. We report the first direct demonstration of the wave-particle duality for a single surface plasmon freely propagating along a planar metal-air interface. We develop a platform that enables two complementary experiments, one revealing the particle behavior of the single-plasmon state through antibunching, and the other one where the interferences prove its wave nature. This result opens up new ways to exploit quantum conversion effects between different bosonic species as shown here with photons and polaritons. PMID:26998521

  18. Single event mass spectrometry

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    Conzemius, Robert J.

    1990-01-16

    A means and method for single event time of flight mass spectrometry for analysis of specimen materials. The method of the invention includes pulsing an ion source imposing at least one pulsed ion onto the specimen to produce a corresponding emission of at least one electrically charged particle. The emitted particle is then dissociated into a charged ion component and an uncharged neutral component. The ion and neutral components are then detected. The time of flight of the components are recorded and can be used to analyze the predecessor of the components, and therefore the specimen material. When more than one ion particle is emitted from the specimen per single ion impact, the single event time of flight mass spectrometer described here furnis This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. W-7405-ENG82 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.

  19. Single-molecule bioelectronics.

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    Rosenstein, Jacob K; Lemay, Serge G; Shepard, Kenneth L

    2015-01-01

    Experimental techniques that interface single biomolecules directly with microelectronic systems are increasingly being used in a wide range of powerful applications, from fundamental studies of biomolecules to ultra-sensitive assays. In this study, we review several technologies that can perform electronic measurements of single molecules in solution: ion channels, nanopore sensors, carbon nanotube field-effect transistors, electron tunneling gaps, and redox cycling. We discuss the shared features among these techniques that enable them to resolve individual molecules, and discuss their limitations. Recordings from each of these methods all rely on similar electronic instrumentation, and we discuss the relevant circuit implementations and potential for scaling these single-molecule bioelectronic interfaces to high-throughput arrayed sensing platforms. PMID:25529538

  20. Single-plasmon interferences

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    Dheur, Marie-Christine; Devaux, Eloïse; Ebbesen, Thomas W.; Baron, Alexandre; Rodier, Jean-Claude; Hugonin, Jean-Paul; Lalanne, Philippe; Greffet, Jean-Jacques; Messin, Gaétan; Marquier, François

    2016-01-01

    Surface plasmon polaritons are electromagnetic waves coupled to collective electron oscillations propagating along metal-dielectric interfaces, exhibiting a bosonic character. Recent experiments involving surface plasmons guided by wires or stripes allowed the reproduction of quantum optics effects, such as antibunching with a single surface plasmon state, coalescence with a two-plasmon state, conservation of squeezing, or entanglement through plasmonic channels. We report the first direct demonstration of the wave-particle duality for a single surface plasmon freely propagating along a planar metal-air interface. We develop a platform that enables two complementary experiments, one revealing the particle behavior of the single-plasmon state through antibunching, and the other one where the interferences prove its wave nature. This result opens up new ways to exploit quantum conversion effects between different bosonic species as shown here with photons and polaritons. PMID:26998521

  1. Single-Molecule Bioelectronics

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    Rosenstein, Jacob K.; Lemay, Serge G.; Shepard, Kenneth L.

    2014-01-01

    Experimental techniques which interface single biomolecules directly with microelectronic systems are increasingly being used in a wide range of powerful applications, from fundamental studies of biomolecules to ultra-sensitive assays. Here we review several technologies which can perform electronic measurements of single molecules in solution: ion channels, nanopore sensors, carbon nanotube field-effect transistors, electron tunneling gaps, and redox cycling. We discuss the shared features among these techniques that enable them to resolve individual molecules, and discuss their limitations. Recordings from each of these methods all rely on similar electronic instrumentation, and we discuss the relevant circuit implementations and potential for scaling these single-molecule bioelectronic interfaces to high-throughput arrayed sensing platforms. PMID:25529538

  2. Single Cell Oncogenesis

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    Lu, Xin

    It is believed that cancer originates from a single cell that has gone through generations of evolution of genetic and epigenetic changes that associate with the hallmarks of cancer. In some cancers such as various types of leukemia, cancer is clonal. Yet in other cancers like glioblastoma (GBM), there is tremendous tumor heterogeneity that is likely to be caused by simultaneous evolution of multiple subclones within the same tissue. It is obvious that understanding how a single cell develops into a clonal tumor upon genetic alterations, at molecular and cellular levels, holds the key to the real appreciation of tumor etiology and ultimate solution for therapeutics. Surprisingly very little is known about the process of spontaneous tumorigenesis from single cells in human or vertebrate animal models. The main reason is the lack of technology to track the natural process of single cell changes from a homeostatic state to a progressively cancerous state. Recently, we developed a patented compound, photoactivatable (''caged'') tamoxifen analogue 4-OHC and associated technique called optochemogenetic switch (OCG switch), which we believe opens the opportunity to address this urgent biological as well as clinical question about cancer. We propose to combine OCG switch with genetically engineered mouse models of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and high grade astrocytoma (including GBM) to study how single cells, when transformed through acute loss of tumor suppressor genes PTEN and TP53 and gain of oncogenic KRAS, can develop into tumor colonies with cellular and molecular heterogeneity in these tissues. The abstract is for my invited talk in session ``Beyond Darwin: Evolution in Single Cells'' 3/18/2016 11:15 AM.

  3. Hysteretic phase transition sequence in 0.67 Pb (M g1 /3N b2 /3)O3-0.33 PbTi O3 single crystal driven by electric field and temperature

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    Zheng, Limei; Lu, Xiaoyan; Shang, Hengshan; Xi, Zengzhe; Wang, Ruixue; Wang, Junjun; Zheng, Peng; Cao, Wenwu

    2015-05-01

    Domain pattern variations with temperature were studied by polarizing light microscopy for the morphotropic phase boundary composition 0.67 Pb (M g1 /3N b2 /3)O3-0.33 PbTi O3 (PMN-0.33PT) single crystal. At room temperature, the monoclinic MA phase is the dominant phase in the unpoled crystal, which coexists with a small fraction of the tetragonal (T) phase. The orientation of spontaneous polarization was calculated to be ˜4 .8° away from the pseudocubic <111> C in the {001} C plane family. Under an electric field of 6 kV/cm along [011] C, a single domain orthorhombic (O) phase was induced but partially switched back to MA a few hours after the removal of the E field. It was found that the temperature induced phase transition sequence of the [011] C poled PMN-0.33PT single crystal is strongly hysteretic. On heating, the phase transition sequence is as follows: coexistence of O phase and MA→rhombohedral →monoclinic MC→cubic (C ) . On cooling, the phase transition sequence is given by C →T →MA . The complete set of dielectric, piezoelectric, and elastic constants for the [011] C poled PMN-0.33PT single crystal was measured, which showed the strong feature of the single domain O phase with high shear (d15=2321 pC /N ,d24=1941 pC /N ) and low longitudinal piezoelectric coefficients (d33=165 pC /N ) .

  4. TRANSVERSITY SINGLE SPIN ASYMMETRIES.

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    BOER,D.

    2001-04-27

    The theoretical aspects of two leading twist transversity single spin asymmetries, one arising from the Collins effect and one from the interference fragmentation functions, are reviewed. Issues of factorization, evolution and Sudakov factors for the relevant observables are discussed. These theoretical considerations pinpoint the most realistic scenarios towards measurements of transversity.

  5. Contemporary Single Mothers.

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    Eiduson, Bernice T.

    Fifty Caucasian, never-married single mothers aged 18-30, who had opted to keep their babies, were studied longitudinally from the last trimester of pregnancy through the first three years of their children's lives in order to learn the extent to which they had reinterpreted traditional roles and responsibilities and had restructured their lives.…

  6. Single Mother's Resource Handbook.

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    Ferando, Annette; Newbert, David

    Funded under the Women's Educational Equity Act, the Assertiveness Training Program for Single Mothers was offered to mothers with children enrolled in the Omaha Head Start and Parent-Child Center Programs. The 16-week long program, providing a total of 40 hours of training, covered a wide range of topics in addition to the initial workshops on…

  7. Single Fathers Rearing Children.

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    Greif, Geoffrey L.

    1985-01-01

    Describes single fathers rearing children alone following divorce (N=1,136). Findings revealed four primary reasons for the divorce and four broad situations in which the fathers obtained custody. These latter situations often are affected by the mother's desire to relinquish custody. (NRB)

  8. From single molecule to single tubules

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    Guo, Chin-Lin

    2012-02-01

    Biological systems often make decisions upon conformational changes and assembly of single molecules. In vivo, epithelial cells (such as the mammary gland cells) can respond to extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules, type I collagen (COL), and switch their morphology from a lobular lumen (100-200 micron) to a tubular lumen (1mm-1cm). However, how cells make such a morphogenetic decision through interactions with each other and with COL is unclear. Using a temporal control of cell-ECM interaction, we find that epithelial cells, in response to a fine-tuned percentage of type I collagen (COL) in ECM, develop various linear patterns. Remarkably, these patterns allow cells to self-assemble into a tubule of length ˜ 1cm and diameter ˜ 400 micron in the liquid phase (i.e., scaffold-free conditions). In contrast with conventional thought, the linear patterns arise through bi-directional transmission of traction force, but not through diffusible biochemical factors secreted by cells. In turn, the transmission of force evokes a long-range (˜ 600 micron) intercellular mechanical interaction. A feedback effect is encountered when the mechanical interaction modifies cell positioning and COL alignment. Micro-patterning experiments further reveal that such a feedback is a novel cell-number-dependent, rich-get-richer process, which allows cells to integrate mechanical interactions into long-range (> 1mm) linear coordination. Our results suggest a mechanism cells can use to form and coordinate long-range tubular patterns, independent of those controlled by diffusible biochemical factors, and provide a new strategy to engineer/regenerate epithelial organs using scaffold-free self-assembly methods.

  9. Towards single molecule switches.

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    Zhang, Jia Lin; Zhong, Jian Qiang; Lin, Jia Dan; Hu, Wen Ping; Wu, Kai; Xu, Guo Qin; Wee, Andrew T S; Chen, Wei

    2015-05-21

    The concept of using single molecules as key building blocks for logic gates, diodes and transistors to perform basic functions of digital electronic devices at the molecular scale has been explored over the past decades. However, in addition to mimicking the basic functions of current silicon devices, molecules often possess unique properties that have no parallel in conventional materials and promise new hybrid devices with novel functions that cannot be achieved with equivalent solid-state devices. The most appealing example is the molecular switch. Over the past decade, molecular switches on surfaces have been intensely investigated. A variety of external stimuli such as light, electric field, temperature, tunneling electrons and even chemical stimulus have been used to activate these molecular switches between bistable or even multiple states by manipulating molecular conformations, dipole orientations, spin states, charge states and even chemical bond formation. The switching event can occur either on surfaces or in break junctions. The aim of this review is to highlight recent advances in molecular switches triggered by various external stimuli, as investigated by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) and the break junction technique. We begin by presenting the molecular switches triggered by various external stimuli that do not provide single molecule selectivity, referred to as non-selective switching. Special focus is then given to selective single molecule switching realized using the LT-STM tip on surfaces. Single molecule switches operated by different mechanisms are reviewed and discussed. Finally, molecular switches embedded in self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and single molecule junctions are addressed. PMID:25757483

  10. Bismuth(III) dialkyldithiophosphates: Facile single source precursors for the preparation of bismuth sulfide nanorods and bismuth phosphate thin films

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    Biswal, Jasmine B.; Garje, Shivram S.; Nuwad, Jitendra; Pillai, C.G.S.

    2013-08-15

    Two different phase pure materials (Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13}) have been prepared under different conditions using the same single source precursors. Solvothermal decomposition of the complexes, Bi(S{sub 2}P(OR){sub 2}){sub 3} [where, R=Methyl (Me) (1), Ethyl (Et) (2), n-Propyl (Pr{sup n}) (3) and iso-Propyl (Pr{sup i}) (4)] in ethylene glycol gave orthorhombic bismuth sulfide nanorods, whereas aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) of the same precursors deposited monoclinic bismuth tetraphosphate (Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13}) thin films on glass substrates. Surface study of the thin films using SEM illustrated the formation of variety of nanoscale morphologies (spherical-, wire-, pendent-, doughnut- and flower-like) at different temperatures. AFM studies were carried out to evaluate quality of the films in terms of uniformity and roughness. Thin films of average roughness as low as 1.4 nm were deposited using these precursors. Photoluminescence studies of Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films were also carried out. - Graphical abstract: Solvothermal decomposition of bismuth(III) dialkyldithiophosphates in ethylene glycol gave Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanoparticles, whereas aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition of these single source precursors deposited Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Preparation of phase pure orthorhombic Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and monoclinic Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films. • Use of single source precursors for deposition of bismuth phosphate thin films. • Use of solvothermal decomposition and AACVD methods. • Morphology controlled synthesis of Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films. • Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films using same single source precursors.