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Indian Journal of Physics

, Volume 90, Issue 12, pp 1347–1354 | Cite as

Probing structural distortions in rare earth chromites using Indian synchrotron radiation source

  • R Late
  • H M Rai
  • S K Saxena
  • R Kumar
  • A Sagdeo
  • P R SagdeoEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

Effect of R site ionic radius on the structural distortions in RCrO3 (R: La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb and Y) rare earth perovskite chromites is investigated through synchrotron based X-ray diffraction technique. The said structural distortions are measured in the terms of CrO bond lengths, CrO6 octahedral tilt, tolerance factor (t) and RO12 polyhedral distortion. It is observed that the lattice parameters (b and c), RO bond length, tolerance factor and Cr–O–Cr bond angle increases with increase in the radius of R site ion; whereas octahedral tilts (along [010] and [101]) and RO12 polyhedral distortion decreases with increase in the radius of R site ion. Further it is observed that the radius of R site cation does not have significant effect on lattice parameter ‘a’ and CrO bond length (hence on the distortion of CrO6 octahedra). A comparison of the crystal structure parameters obtained using refinement of synchrotron powder X-ray data and that estimated theoretically using modern bond valence parameters (SPuDS) has been carried out. A one to one correlation between the experimental and theoretical results has been observed.

Keywords

X-ray diffraction Synchrotron radiation Crystallography 

PACS Nos.

61.10.Nz 41.60.Ap 61.90.+d 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Authors sincerely thank Raja Ramanna Center for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) Indore for providing synchrotron radiation facilities. Authors are thankful to Dr. A. K. Sinha, Mr. Anuj Upadhyay and Mr. Manvendra N. Singh for their help during X-ray diffraction measurements. One of the authors (RL) acknowledges MHRD, India for providing financial support in the form of Teaching Assistantship. CSIR, New Delhi is acknowledged for funding high temperature furnace under the Project 03(1274)/13/EMR-II used for the sample preparations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R Late
    • 1
  • H M Rai
    • 2
  • S K Saxena
    • 2
  • R Kumar
    • 2
  • A Sagdeo
    • 3
  • P R Sagdeo
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsAhmednagar CollegeAhmednagarIndia
  2. 2.Material Research Laboratory, Discipline of Physics and Centre for Material Science and EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology IndoreSimrolIndia
  3. 3.Indus Synchrotron Utilization DivisionRaja Ramanna Center for Advanced TechnologyIndoreIndia

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