Campus Units

Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

1-5-2016

Journal or Book Title

Philosophical Magazine

Volume

96

Issue

1

First Page

84

Last Page

92

DOI

10.1080/14786435.2015.1122248

Abstract

Solution growth of single crystals from high temperature solutions often involves the separation of residual solution from the grown crystals. For many growths of intermetallic compounds, this separation has historically been achieved with the use of plugs of silica wool. Whereas this is generally effcient in a mechanical sense, it leads to a significant contamination of the decanted liquid with silica fibers. In this paper we present a simple design for frit-disc alumina crucible sets that has made their use in the growth single crystals from high temperature solutions both simple and affordable. An alumina frit-disc allows for the clean separation of the residual liquid from the solid phase. This allows for the reuse of the decanted liquid, either for further growth of the same phase, or for subsequent growth of other, related phases. In this paper we provide examples of the growth of isotopically substituted TbCd6 and icosahedral i-RCd quasicrystals, as well as the separation of (i) the closely related Bi2Rh3S2 and Bi2Rh3:5S2 phases and (ii) PrZn11 and Pr2Zn17.

Comments

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Philosophical Magazine on January 5, 2016, available online at DOI: 10.1080/14786435.2015.1122248. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Taylor & Francis

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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