The crystal structure of La1.85Sr0.15CuO4 has been determined at 300, 60, and 10 K by neutron diffraction powder profile analysis. The structure is of the tetragonal K2NiF4 type at ambient temperature, but undergoes an orthorhombic distortion near 200 K which buckles the copper-oxygen planes. The crystal structure of the orthorhombic phase is not significantly different above and below Tc. The copper-oxygen coordination polyhedron changes shape in a subtle manner at the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic phase transition, but is unchanged at Tc.
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- Condensed Matter Physics