Structure, topology and chemical order in Ge-As-Te glasses: a high-energy x-ray diffraction study

S Sen, S Soyer Uzun, C J Benmore, B G Aitken
Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal 2010 October 13, 22 (40): 405401
High-energy x-ray diffraction is employed to study the atomic structure of bulk Ge(x)As(2x)Te(100-3x) glasses with compositions in the range 25 ≤ 3x ≤ 70. The coordination environments of Te atoms suggest significant violation of chemical order in these glasses. Analyses of the nearest-neighbor coordination environments and the parameters for the first sharp diffraction peak indicate that these telluride glasses are structurally and chemically more disordered as compared with their sulfide or selenide analogs. The compositional evolution of the structural parameters is shown to be consistent with the corresponding variation in molar volume and glass transition temperature.

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