Janeiro 2015 vol. 1 num. 3 - International Symposium on Crystallography
Abstract - Open Access.
DISORDER IN NATURAL IXIOLITE: HIGH RESOLUTION STUDIES AT 293 K AND 120 K
Grice, Ferguson and Hawthorne  describes the ixiolite of Bernic Lake, Manitoba, Canada. According to these authors, the ixiolite is part of the Ixiolite-Tantalite-Wodgnite system and crystallizes in space group Pbcn, with general formula MO2, in a α-PbO2 structure type. The structure of the mineral ixiolite from Volta Grande pegmatite, in Brazil, is herein described from high resolution (0.5Å) X-ray diffraction data using MoKα radiation. This mineral has formula MO2, with M = Fe, Mn, Nb or Ta. Data were collected at 293 K and at 120 K from a well formed crystal (0.6 x 0.4 x 0.3 mm). 49868 reflections were collected at 293 K and 32294 reflections at 120 K. The structure of the ixiolite was well solved in both temperatures: at 293 K the mineral crystalized in the space group Cmcm, and the structure was refined to R(F²) = 0.0476, from 728 independent reflections. At 120 K, the mineral crystalizes in space group Pbcn (same as reference), and the structure was refined to R(F²) = 0.0537 from 1357 independent observations. It is interesting to notice that the different space groups of the herein described ixiolite at 120 K (Pbcn) and at 293 K (Cmcm) is related to the different occupations of oxygen sites, as expected from the high mobility of oxygen atoms.
Almeida, Leandro; Rodrigues, Bernardo; "DISORDER IN NATURAL IXIOLITE: HIGH RESOLUTION STUDIES AT 293 K AND 120 K", p. 95 . In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Crystallography [Blucher Physics Proceedings, v.1, n.3].
São Paulo: Blucher,
ISSN 2358-2359, DOI 10.5151/phypro-sic100-095
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