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Crystal structure of Ca1−xSrxZr4(PO4)6 (0≤x≤1)

Werner Fischera1 c1, Lorenz Singheisera1, Debabrata Basua2 and Amit Dasguptaa2

a1 Research Centre Juelich GmbH, Institute for Processes and Materials in Energy Systems, 52425 Juelich, Germany

a2 Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 700032 Calcutta, India


The crystal structure of several compounds of Ca1−xSrxZr4(PO4)6 ceramics has been investigated by X-ray powder diffraction at room temperature. All compounds form a solid solution with a unique unit cell. While the lattice parameter a of the hexagonal unit cell decreases of about 0.9% with increasing Sr content only slightly, it considerably elongates in c direction (2.8%). No structural transformation has been observed by high-temperature X-ray diffraction up to 1000 °C.

(Received September 12 2003)

(Accepted November 19 2003)

Key Words:

  • powder diffraction;
  • crystal structure;
  • Rietveld refinement;
  • oxide ceramics;
  • orthophosphate group


c1 Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; Electronic mail: w.fischer@fz-juelich.de