Negative thermal expansion and pressure induced amorphization in Zirconium tungstate as studied by 181Ta TDPAC
R. Govindaraj, C. S. Sundar and A. K. Arora
Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam – 603102
Zirconium tungstate ZrW2O8 is a cubic compound with three dimensional network of corner-linked ZrO6 octahedra and WO4 tetrahedra. Each WO4 has one nonbridging W-O bond. ZrO6 occupy face centered positions in the unit cell. This system exhibits negative thermal expansion isotropically over the temperature range 4–1050 K. Results of 181Ta TDPAC study in zirconium tungstate imply the occurrence of four distinct Zr sites. It is interpreted that one site represents regular ZrO6 and the other three sites are associated with contracted and distorted ZrO6 . Effective decrease in Zr-O bond length is understood to be due to an increase in the fractions of ZrO6 octahedra which undergo contraction with temperature, thus explaining negative thermal expansion of the system . Evolution of structures of ZrO6 octahedra with isochronal annealing treatment has also been studied in zirconium tungstate amorphized by the application of a pressure of 5 GPa aiming at understanding pressure induced amorphization in the system .
Figure 1. (a) and (b) correspond to Time dependent anisotropy spectra obtained in untreated reference Zirconium tungstate sample at 300 K and 433 K respectively, while Figs (c), (d) and (e) refer to time dependent anisotropy spectra obtained in as pressure amorphized and subsequent to annealing at 875 and 975 K respectively. Shown on the right hand side is the crystal structure of zirconium tungstate with ZrO6 tetrahedal and WO4 octahedral units.
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