Identification of the relative distribution of rare-earth ions in phosphate glasses

Richard A. Martin, Philip S. Salmon, Henry E. Fischer, Gabriel J. Cuello

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The relative distribution of rare-earth ions R3+ (Dy3+ or Ho3+) in the phosphate glass RAl0.30P3.05O9.62 was measured by employing the method of isomorphic substitution in neutron diffraction. It is found that 7.9(7) R-R nearest neighbors reside at 5.62(6) Angstrom in a network made from interlinked PO4 tetrahedra. Provided that the role of Al is explicitly considered, a self-consistent account of the local matrix atom correlations can be developed in which there are 1.68(9) bridging and 2.32(9) terminal oxygen atoms per phosphorus.
Original languageEnglish
Article number185501
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2003

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  • rare-earth ions
  • isomorphic substitution
  • neutron diffraction
  • oxygen


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