The crystal structure and order-disorder transition of Cr2N were investigated utilizing transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Based on the analyses of selected-area diffraction (SAD) patterns, the crystal structure of the ordered Cr2N superstructure was confirmed to be trigonal (P̄31m), characterized by three sets of superlattice reflections (001), (11/33 0) and (11/33 1). During electron irradiation, the superlattice reflections gradually disappeared in the regular sequence (001), (11/33 0) and (11/33 1), indicating that the order-disorder phase transition of Cr 2N occurred. The convergent-beam electron diffraction (CBED) observation revealed that the space group of disordered Cr2N is P62/mmc, which corresponds to an h.c.p. (hexagonal close packed) sublattice of metal atoms with a random distribution of N atoms in six octahedral interstices. The redistribution model of N atoms through the order-disorder transition is discussed based on the characteristics and disappearing sequence of superlattice reflections.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)