Growth and Spectroscopic and Magnetic Properties of TbCr3(BO3)4 Crystals
We have studied and optimized conditions for spontaneous flux growth of TbCr3(BO3)4 crystals.
Phase relations in the pseudoternary system TbCr3(BO3)4–K2Mo3O10–B2O3 have been studied in the temperature
range 900–1130°C and the single-phase terbium chromium borate crystallization field has been
mapped out. It has been shown that increasing the TbCr3(BO3)4 content of the starting high-temperature
solution leads to a rhombohedral-to-monoclinic phase transition. Using K2Mo3O10-based high-temperature
solutions, we have grown single-phase TbCr3(BO3)4 single crystals or crystals in which the rhombohedral
phase (sp. gr. R32) significantly prevails over the monoclinic phase (sp. gr. C2/c). The grown crystals have
been characterized by X-ray diffraction techniques, IR spectroscopy, and magnetic measurements.
Copper borate Cu3(BO3)2 is a complex compound with a layered crystallographic structure in which the Jahn-Teller active and magnetic copper Cu2+ ions occupy 16 nonequivalent positions in the unit cell displaying controversial magnetic behavior. In this paper, we report on the infrared and Raman spectroscopic studies of the lattice dynamics and the electronic structure of 3d9 copper states below the fundamental absorption band. The lattice dynamics is characterized by a large number of phonons due to a low P1 space-group symmetry and a large unit cell with Z = 10. An unusually rich set of phonons was found in the low-energy part of the infrared and Raman spectra below 100 cm−1, which we tentatively assign to interlayer vibrations activated by a crystal superstructure and/or to weak force constants for modes related to some structural groups. Several phonons show anomalous behavior in the vicinity of the magnetic phase transition at TN = 10 K, thus evidencing magnetoelastic interaction. No new phonons were found below TN, which excludes the spin-Peierls type of the magnetic transition. In the region of electronic transitions, a strong broad absorption band centered at ∼1.8 eVis observed, which we assign to overlapping of transitions between the 3d9 states of Cu2+ ions split by the crystal field in nonequivalent positions. The fundamental charge-transfer absorption band edge has a complex structure and is positioned around ∼2.8−3.0 eV.
Huntite-family nominally-pure and activated/co-activated LnM3(BO3)4 (Ln = La–Lu, Y; M = Al, Fe, Cr, Ga, Sc) compounds and their-based solid solutions are promising materials for lasers, nonlinear optics, spintronics, and photonics, which are characterized by multifunctional properties depending on a composition and crystal structure. The purpose of the work is to establish stability regions for the rare-earth orthoborates in crystallochemical coordinates (sizes of Ln and M ions) based on their real compositions and space symmetry depending on thermodynamic, kinetic, and crystallochemical factors. The use of diffraction structural techniques to study single crystals with a detailed analysis of diffraction patterns, refinement of crystallographic site occupancies (real composition), and determination of structure–composition correlations is the most efficient and effective option to achieve the purpose. This approach is applied and shown primarily for the rare-earth scandium borates having interesting structural features compared with the other orthoborates. Visualization of structures allowed to establish features of formation of phases with different compositions, to classify and systematize huntite-family compounds using crystallochemical concepts (structure and superstructure, ordering and disordering, isostructural and isotype compounds) and phenomena (isomorphism, morphotropism, polymorphism, polytypism). Particular attention is paid to methods and conditions for crystal growth, affecting a crystal real composition and symmetry. A critical analysis of literature data made it possible to formulate unsolved problems in materials science of rare-earth orthoborates, mainly scandium borates, which are distinguished by an ability to form internal and substitutional (Ln and Sc atoms), unlimited and limited solid solutions depending on the geometric factor.
We consider a variational problem in a planar convex domain, motivated by statistical mechanics of crystal growth in a saturated solution. The minimizers are constructed explicitly and are completely characterized.
In this work, we explore the properties of antiferromagnetic cycloid and the phase transitions between commensurate and incommensurate magnetic states in epitaxial BiFeO3 film. Additional magnetic anisotropy induced by strain effects in the films allocates cycloids with the definite directions of spin rotation. Peculiar feature of the cycloids propagating in the films whose symmetry is different from the single crystals is the orientation of spin rotational plane that does not contain electric polarization in contrast with the bulk materials. We construct a diagram of phase transitions induced by magnetic field applied along normal to the surface and show considerable decrease of the strength of magnetic field destroying cycloid in films compared with the bulk.
The dynamics of a two-component Davydov-Scott (DS) soliton with a small mismatch of the initial location or velocity of the high-frequency (HF) component was investigated within the framework of the Zakharov-type system of two coupled equations for the HF and low-frequency (LF) fields. In this system, the HF field is described by the linear Schrödinger equation with the potential generated by the LF component varying in time and space. The LF component in this system is described by the Korteweg-de Vries equation with a term of quadratic influence of the HF field on the LF field. The frequency of the DS soliton`s component oscillation was found analytically using the balance equation. The perturbed DS soliton was shown to be stable. The analytical results were confirmed by numerical simulations.
Radiation conditions are described for various space regions, radiation-induced effects in spacecraft materials and equipment components are considered and information on theoretical, computational, and experimental methods for studying radiation effects are presented. The peculiarities of radiation effects on nanostructures and some problems related to modeling and radiation testing of such structures are considered.
This volume presents new results in the study and optimization of information transmission models in telecommunication networks using different approaches, mainly based on theiries of queueing systems and queueing networks .
The paper provides a number of proposed draft operational guidelines for technology measurement and includes a number of tentative technology definitions to be used for statistical purposes, principles for identification and classification of potentially growing technology areas, suggestions on the survey strategies and indicators. These are the key components of an internationally harmonized framework for collecting and interpreting technology data that would need to be further developed through a broader consultation process. A summary of definitions of technology already available in OECD manuals and the stocktaking results are provided in the Annex section.