Electron and light microscopy studies on the domain structures of Zn(3)B(7)O(13)Cl,Zn(3)B(7)O(13)Br and Zn(3)B(7)O(13)I ferroic boracites.

Campa-Molina, J., Blanco, O., Correz-Gomez, A., Czank, M. and Castellanos-Guzman, A. G. (2002) Electron and light microscopy studies on the domain structures of Zn(3)B(7)O(13)Cl,Zn(3)B(7)O(13)Br and Zn(3)B(7)O(13)I ferroic boracites. Journal of Microscopy, 208 . pp. 201-211. DOI 10.1046/j.1365-2818.2002.01077.x.

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Abstract

The domain structures of Zn(3)B(7)O(13)Cl, Zn(3)B(7)O(13)Br and Zn(3)B(7)O(13)I boracite single crystals were studied by means of polarized light in conjunction with electron microscopy. Single crystals of the three compositions were grown by chemical transport reactions in closed quartz ampoules, at a temperature of 900 degreesC and were examined by polarizing optical microscopy (PLM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). For both PLM and SEM, the same as-grown samples were used without having to resort to metallization of the crystal faces. For TEM the single crystals were crushed and mounted on holey carbon films. Comparative electron microscope images were useful for revealing the domain structure of these ferroelectric/ferroelastic materials previously observed between the crossed polars of an optical microscope. X-ray diffraction analysis of the pulverized crystals was performed for this triad of halogen boracites containing zinc as a common metal.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: boracite crystals domains ferroelasticity ferroelectricity phase transitions polarized-light microscopy transmission and scanning electron microscopy crystal-structures yba2cu3o7-delta
Research affiliation: Kiel University
DOI etc.: 10.1046/j.1365-2818.2002.01077.x
ISSN: 0022-2720
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 07:00
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2012 10:36
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/16228

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