Modulated Structure of Bi1.8Sr2.0Rh1.6Ox
We have investigated the modulated structure of the misfit-layered crystal Bi1.8Sr2.0Rh1.6Ox by means of electron diffraction and high-resolution electron microscopy. This compound consists of two interpenetrating subsystems of a hexagonal RhO2 sheet and a distorted four-layered rock-salt-type (Bi,Sr)O block. Both subsystems have common a-, c-axes and β-angles with a = 5.28 Å, c = 29.77 Å and β = 93.7º. On the other hand, the crystal structure is incommensurated parallel to the b-axes, among which b1 = 3.07 Å for the RhO2 sheet and b2 = 4.88 Å for the (Bi,Sr)O block. The misfit ratio, b1/b2 ~ 0.63, characterizes the structural analogue as [Bi1.79Sr1.98Oy]0.63[RhO2]. This compound has two modulation vectors, i.e., q1 = – a* + 0.63b1* and q2 = 0.17b1* + c*, and the superspace group is assigned as the Cc(1β0, 0μ1)-type from the electron diffraction patterns. High-resolution images taken with the incident electron beam parallel to the a- and c-axes clearly show displacive as well as compositional modulations.
Wei Pan and Jianghong Gong
K. Yubuta, S. Okada, Y. Miyazaki, I. Terasaki, T. Kajitani, "Modulated Structure of Bi1.8Sr2.0Rh1.6Ox", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 336-338, pp. 818-821, 2007