Unraveling the atomic structure of Ge-rich sulfide glasses

Aleksei Bytchkov, Gabriel J Cuello, Shinji Kohara, Chris J Benmore, David L Price, Eugene Bychkov
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP 2013 June 14, 15 (22): 8487-94
In contrast to the well-established structure of glassy GeS2, consisting of corner- and edge-sharing GeS(4/2) tetrahedra, the structural features of Ge-rich sulfide alloys remain essentially unknown. Two contrasting points of view: (1) a tetrahedral model, and (2) a distorted NaCl approach were neither confirmed nor excluded mostly because of missing advanced structural studies. Using high-energy X-ray scattering and neutron diffraction, we show the complexity of the short and intermediate range order in Ge(x)S(1-x) glasses, ⅓ ≤ x ≤ 0.47, formed by corner- and edge-sharing tetrahedra with two-fold coordinated sulfur species and a variable number of Ge-Ge bonds, and Ge-S units with three-fold coordinated sulfur at x ≥ 0.36.

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