High-pressure neutron diffraction study of BaFe2As2
Department of Chemistry, University of Aarhus, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
2 Institute Max von Laue-Paul Langevin, 6 rue Jules Horowitz, BP 156, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
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Revised: 15 October 2010
Published online: 29 November 2010
The crystal structure of BaFe2As2 was studied by high-pressure neutron powder diffraction in the pressure range from ambient to 6.5 GPa as well as in the temperature range from 12 K to 293 K at 4.4 GPa and no pressure or temperature induced phase changes were observed. The compression mechanism of BaFe2As2 was found to be anisotropic as the a- and c-axes are reduced by 2.49 and 3.66%, respectively at 6.5 GPa. Within the FeAs layers the Fe-As and Fe-Fe bonds decrease by 2.49 and 3.66%, respectively. The Ba-As distance decreases by 3.70% while the As-As inter-atomic distance along the c-axis exhibits a complex pressure dependence. The bulk modulus B0 and its pressure derivative B0' were determined to be B0 = 59(2) GPa and B0' = 6.1(7) at ambient temperature.
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