Synthesis and structural characterization of the two new lanthanum-magnesium-stannides La3Mg4-xSn2+x (0.12≤x≤0.40) and LaMg3-xSn2 (0.33≤x≤0.78) are reported. The crystal structures of these intermetallics were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and confirmed by Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction patterns of the corresponding samples. The La3Mg4-xSn2+x phase crystallizes in the hexagonal Zr3Cu4Si2 structure type (P6¯2m, hP9, Z=3, x=0.12(1), a=7.7974(7), c=4.8384(4) Å), which represents an ordered derivative of the hP9-ZrNiAl prototype, ubiquitous among equiatomic intermetallics. The LaMg3-xSn2 phase is the second representative of the trigonal LaMg3-xGe2 type, which is a superstructure of the LaLi3Sb2 structure type (P3¯1c, hP34-0.12, Z=6, x=0.35(1), a=8.3222(9), c=14.9546(16) Å). The scheme describing the symmetry reduction/coloring with respect to the parent type is reported here with the purpose to discuss the LaMg3-xSn2 off-stoichiometry from the geometrical point of view. Structural relationships between the La-Mg-Sn ternary phases, including the already known equiatomic LaMgSn compound (oP12-TiNiSi), are presented in the framework of the AlB2-related compounds family and discussed with the aid of group-subgroup relations in the Bärnighausen formalism.
|Titolo:||Crystal structures of the new ternary stannides La3Mg4-xSn2+x and LaMg3-xSn2|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|