Biswas, Ripan K and Khan, Prosenjit and Mukherjee, Smita and Mukhopadhyay, Anoop Kmar and Ghosh, Jiten and Muraleedharan, K (2018) Study of short range structure of amorphous Silica from PDF using Ag radiation in laboratory XRD system, RAMAN and NEXAFS. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 488. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0022-3093

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At present synchrotron and neutron sources are the preferred choices for the Pair Distribution Function (PDF) analysis, but there is a need to explore PDF in a laboratory XRD system for quick feedback about the short range structure of the amorphous materials. Present work considered both crystalline (quartz) and amorphous silica to study the structural differences in silica by PDF analysis using Ag radiations in laboratory XRD. The structural information about short range ordering of the oxygen (0) atoms around silicon (Si) atoms as obtained by the PDF were compared with the results as obtained by Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) and RAMAN experiments. The PDF studies showed that the amorphous silica possessed short range periodicity within the basic unit of (SiO4)(4-) tetrahedra with a Si-O & O-O distance are of about 1.622 angstrom and 2.713 angstrom while the short range as well as long range ordered structure present in quartz with Si-O &O-O distance are 1.562 angstrom and 2.661 angstrom respectively. Raman spectra showed some asymmetry in amorphous silica which corresponds to the defects present in the lattice and thus forming the n-fold ring structure with Si and O resulting in the wide variation of bridging bond angle Si-O-Si in amorphous silica. NEXAFS studies revealed the structure of amorphous silica and quartz in the intermediate range (3-5 angstrom) at the Si L and O K edges. The structural information about short range ordering of the O around Si atoms as obtained by these methods were found to be in good match with the results as obtained by PDF, suggesting this technique may be used as a screening tool for routine PDF studies of amorphous materials.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering Materials
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2018 07:37
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2018 07:37

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