The structure of LaTaO4 at 300°C by neutron powder profile analysis

R. J. Cava, R. S. Roth

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LaTaO4 above 175°C is orthorhombic, space group A21am, with a = 5.6643(1), b = 14.6411(3), c = 3.9457(1), and Z = 4. It is isostructural with room temperature BaMnF4. The structure, refined by the Rietveld powder profile analysis technique to a final agreement index of 8.6%, consists of sheets of corner shared TaO6 octahedra extending perpendicular to b, bonded to each other parallel to b by the nine coordinated lanthanum ions. All atoms are in position (x, y, 0) with coordinates: La (0.1788, 0.1676), Ta (0.2192, 0.4141, O1 (0.4216, 0.3008), O2 (-0.0486, 0.3380), O3 (0.5614, 0.4689), O4 (0.2496, 0.9153). Orthorhombic CeTaO4 and PrTaO4 are isostructual.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-147
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1981
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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