The crystal structure of the new Er6Zn23Ge intermetallic compound was established by X-ray diffraction analysis on a twinned crystal (space group Fm3¯m, Wyckoff sequence: f2edba, cF120-Zr6Zn23Si, a=12.7726(6) Å). The crystal is composed of two nearly equal size domains, whose mutual orientation is described by a 180° rotation around the cubic  axis, i.e. a spinel-type twinning law, not common for intermetallics. Applying the nanocluster approach, Er6Ge octahedra and centered two-shell Zn45 clusters were found as structural building blocks, filling the crystal space in a NaCl-like arrangement. This description was adopted to interpret the twinning in terms of stacking faults in the fcc cubic close packed arrangement. Moreover, the assembly of the nanocluster units is proposed as a possible mechanism for crystal growth and twin formation, in agreement with the principle of the interface energy minimization. Experimental conditions such as supersaturation and co-formation of other phases are also considered as favorable factors for Er6Zn23Ge twin formation.
|Titolo:||Spinel type twins of the new cubic Er6Zn23Ge compound|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|