Symmetry and light stuffing of H o2 T i2 O7, e r2 T i2 O7, and y b2 T i2 O7 characterized by synchrotron x-ray diffraction SYMMETRY and LIGHT STUFFING of H o2 T i2 O7 ... BAROUDI, GAULIN, LAPIDUS, GAUDET, and CAVA

Kristen Baroudi, Bruce D. Gaulin, Saul H. Lapidus, Jonathan Gaudet, R. J. Cava

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

19 Scopus citations

Abstract

The Ho2Ti2O7, Er2Ti2O7, and Yb2Ti2O7 pyrochlores were studied by synchrotron x-ray diffraction to determine whether the (002) peak, forbidden in the pyrochlore space group Fd-3m but observed in single crystal neutron scattering measurements, is present due to a deviation of their pyrochlore structure from Fd-3m symmetry. Synchrotron diffraction measurements on precisely synthesized stoichiometric and nonstoichiometric powders and a crushed floating zone crystal of Ho2Ti2O7 revealed that the (002) reflection is absent in all cases to a sensitivity of approximately one part in 30000 of the strongest x-ray diffraction peak. This indicates to high sensitivity that the space group of the crystal structure of these rare earth titanate pyrochlores is Fd-3m, and that, thus, the (002) peak observed in the neutron scattering experiments has a nonstructural origin. The cell parameters and internal strain for lightly stuffed Ho2+xTi2-xO7 are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number024110
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume92
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 30 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Symmetry and light stuffing of H o2 T i2 O7, e r2 T i2 O7, and y b2 T i2 O7 characterized by synchrotron x-ray diffraction SYMMETRY and LIGHT STUFFING of H o2 T i2 O7 ... BAROUDI, GAULIN, LAPIDUS, GAUDET, and CAVA'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this