On local lattice instabilities and polymorphism in the ZnSxSe1−x:M (M = 3d-ions) sphalerite bulk crystals from neutron scattering

V.I. Maksimov, T.P. Surkova, E.N. Maksimova, V.D. Parkhomenko show affiliations and emails
Received: 24 July 2023; Revised: 31 October 2023; Accepted: 31 October 2023
Citation: V.I. Maksimov, T.P. Surkova, E.N. Maksimova, V.D. Parkhomenko. On local lattice instabilities and polymorphism in the ZnSxSe1−x:M (M = 3d-ions) sphalerite bulk crystals from neutron scattering. Lett. Mater., 2023, 13(4) 377-381
BibTex   https://doi.org/10.22226/2410-3535-2023-4-377-381

Abstract

The geometric scheme illustrates changes in size of coordination tetrahedron in ZnSxSe1-x substances diluted by 3d-impurity. Neutron-diffraction characterization of structure instability of ZnSxSe1-x:M (M=3d-ions) solid solutions are presented in the article.The structure of solid solutions, or quasi-binary compounds, cubic ZnSxSe1−x single crystals doped by 3d-ions M (M = V, Cr, Fe, Ni; M content was equal to 0.001; 0 ≤ x ≤1) was investigated by thermal neutron diffraction. The revealed diffuse scattering effects illustrate the pronounced interplay between two the strongest destabilizing influences, which can coexist in the sphalerite crystal structure of II – VI compounds diluted by magnetic 3d-ions. Disturbance of the host crystal lattice going from doped Jahn-Teller 3d-ions leading to a tendency to form superstructures. The structure instabilities of the solid solution matrices came from high degree polymorphism being especially intrinsic for ZnS, can result in anomalous enlarging of shear atomic displacement amplitudes along the directions of minimum of interatomic distances corresponding to the <110> crystallographic directions.

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1. Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation - “FLUX” No. 122021000031-8
2. Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation - “ELECTRON” No. 122021000039-4