Low-temperature phases in PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3: A neutron powder diffraction study

D.E. Cox, B. Noheda, G. Shirane

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A neutron powder diffraction study has been carried out on PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 in order to resolve an ongoing controversy about the nature of the low-temperature structure of this strongly piezoelectric and technologically important material. The results of a detailed and systematic Rietveld analysis at 20 K are consistent with the coexistence of two monoclinic phases having space groups Cm and Ic, respectively, in the approximate ratio 4:1, and thus support the findings of a recent electron diffraction study. The results are compared to those of recent conflicting neutron powder diffraction studies of materials of the same nominal composition.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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