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Pressure-induced phase transitions in nanocrystalline $ReO_3$

Biswas, Kanishka and Muthu, DVS and Sood, AK and Kruger, MB and Chen, B and Rao, CNR (2007) Pressure-induced phase transitions in nanocrystalline $ReO_3$. In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 19 . 436214:1-11.

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Pressure-induced phase transitions in the nanocrystals of $ReO_3$ with an average diameter of \sim 12 nm have been investigated in detail by using synchrotron x-ray diffraction and the results compared with the literature data of bulk samples of $ReO_3$. The study shows that the ambient-pressure cubic I phase (space group Pm \bar{3}m ) transforms to a monoclinic phase (space group C 2/c), then to a rhombohedral I phase (space group R \bar{3}c ), and finally to another rhombohedral phase (rhombohedral II, space group R \bar{3}c ) with increasing pressure over the 0.0–20.3 GPa range. The cubic I to monoclinic transition is associated with the largest volume change (\sim 5 \%), indicative of a reconstructive transition. The transition pressures are generally lower than those known for bulk $ReO_3$. The cubic II (Im \bar{3} ) or tetragonal (P4/mbm) phases do not occur at lower pressures. The nanocrystals are found to be more compressible than bulk $ReO_3$. On decompression to ambient pressure, the structure does not revert back to the cubic I structure.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Institute of Physics (IOP).
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:41
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/12480

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