Ba2La2Cu2Sn2O11: A New Layered Perovskite with a Modulated Structure

Mark T. Anderson, Kenneth Poeppelmeier*, Jin Ping Zhang, Han Jie Fan, Laurence Marks

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The average structure of the oxygen-deficient perovskite Ba2La2Cu2Sn2O11can be described by a tetragonal 1apX 1 apX 4apsubcell that has P4/mmm space group symmetry and cell parameters a = 3.9893 (3), c = 16.232 (1) Å. The subcell does not fully describe the long-range structural features. The structure is periodic only in a statistical sense and contains long-period commensurate modulations that have a dominant periodicity (superlattice) or √2apX √2apX 24ap. The structure was determined from a combination of powder X-ray diffraction, time-of-flight neutron diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. The structure contains copper-oxygen double layers that are interleaved by tin-oxygen double layers. The oxygen vacancies order between copper-oxygen layers and result in the now-familiar square pyramidal coordination of copper. The tin-oxygen octahedra are rotated around [001], and the short-range order (24ap, ≈100 Å) of the sense of the rotations is believed to give rise to the structural modulation. The magnetic susceptibility versus temperature profile indicates the compound is paramagnetic to 4 K.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1305-1313
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 1 1992

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  • Materials Chemistry

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