Anion Ordering in Fluorinated La2CuO4

A. M. Abakumov, J. Hadermann, G. Van Tendeloo, R. V. Shpanchenko, P. N. Oleinikov, E. V. Antipov

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La2CuO4has been fluorinated using XeF2as a soft fluorinating agent at temperatures ranging from 200 to 400°C. The structure of the fluorinated samples was studied by a combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron diffraction (ED), high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM), and microanalysis. XRD shows the sequential changes with increasing temperature of the XeF2treatment. A significant structural rearrangement, associated with the formation of a tetragonal K2NiF4-type structure (I-centered lattice with cell parametersa=4.0383(6) Å,c=13.093(3) Å) occurs at 250°C. Samples annealed at 300 and 400°C reveal the formation of a new monoclinic phase (a≈17.36 Å,b≈5.62 Å,c≈10.59 Å,β≈91.5°; SG,C2/m). The structural model, deduced from ED and HREM, involves the filling of part of the interstitial positions by fluorine atoms with removal of the neighboring oxygen, resulting in the formation of a fluorite-like arrangement of the La(O, F) layers. The fluorite-type and NaCl-type slabs alternate along the [110] direction of the K2NiF4subcell in an ordered array. Several crystallites also show an incommensurate superstructure which is explained as a pseudoperiodic arrangement of shear planes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-450
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1999
Externally publishedYes


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