Physics of the Solid State

, Volume 60, Issue 12, pp 2450–2456 | Cite as

The Intrinsic Fluorine-Ion Conductivity of Crystalline Matrices of Fluoride Superionics: BaF2 (Fluorite Type) and LaF3 (Tysonite Type)

  • N. I. SorokinEmail author
  • B. P. Sobolev


The intrinsic fluorine-ion conductivity σlat of BaF2 (CaF2 fluorite type) and LaF3 (tysonite type) crystals is studied by the impedance spectroscopy method. These compounds represent two major structural types taken as the basis to form the best nonstoichiometric fluorine-conducting solid electrolytes. The conductivity σlat caused by thermally activated defects is manifested in the field of high temperatures, where conductometric measurements are complicated by pyrohydrolysis. The experiments carried out in inert atmosphere with application of the impedance method have for the first time produced the reliable values of σlat of fluoride crystals in conditions of suppression of pyrohydrolysis (BaF2) or partial pyrohydrolysis (LaF3). Values of the σlat at 773 K for BaF2 and LaF3 crystals grown from melt by the Bridgman method using the vacuum technology are 2.2 × 10–5 and 8.5 × 10–3 S/cm differing by a factor of ~400. The tysonite structural type has been proved feasible for making high-conductivity solid fluoride electrolytes based on the analysis of energy characteristics of formation and migration of anionic defects.



This study was supported by the Ministry of Science and Highter Education of the Russian Federation within the State assignment of the Federal Scientific and Research Center of Crystallography and Photonics, Russian Academy of Sciences.

The authors are grateful to O.V. Glumov (St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg) for LaF3 crystal provided for experiment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography, Federal Scientific Research Center Crystallography and Photonics, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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