High-resolution electron microscopy for incommensurate structure of KxRhO2 crystal

Kunio Yubuta, Soichiro Shibasaki, Ichiro Terasaki, Tsuyoshi Kajitani

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An incommensurate, (3 + 2)-dimensional structure is locally observed in a K0.49RhO2 crystal synthesized by the flux growth method. The averaged potassium to rhodium ratio of the grown crystals was determined as 0.49 using an electron probe microanalyzer operated in the wave dispersive spectroscopy mode. The potassium content of the incommensurate phase was determined as 0.25 by the transmission electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy method. Satellite reflections of an incommensurate phase having two modulation vectors, q*1=0.15a*0+0. 21b*0 and q*2-0.21a*0+0. 36b*0 (ao is the unit cell for λ-Na xCoO2-type structure), are indexed successfully. High-resolution electron microscopy (HREM) images show dark streaks running parallel in the a-b plane. The separations and directions of the dark streaks have a close relationship between the q-vector of satellite spots. A HREM image taken with the electron beam parallel to [100] direction shows planer clusters between CdI2-type RhO2 layers. These clusters correspond to the intercalated potassium ions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2813-2822
Number of pages10
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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