Partial Fourier synthesis of the silver ion density in bcc β-Ag2S at several temperatures reveals cation delocalization in bands along 〈100〉. This density may be analytically represented by use of higher-rank tensors, with partial occupancy of both octahedral and tetrahedral interstices below 200°C, but only tetrahedral occupancy at higher temperatures. R values range from 2.6 to 5.9%. The distribution of mobile ions differs greatly in α-AgI and β-Ag2S, despite similar anion arrays, reflecting the different silver ion concentrations and characteristics of the bonding present in the respective low-temperature phases.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry