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Structure and phase transition of Na0.5La0.5TiO3

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 20(50): 505215

Autoren/Herausgeber: Garg R
Senyshyn A
Boysen H
Ranjan R
Erschienen: 2008

A temperature dependent neutron powder diffraction study was carried out on Na0.5La0.5TiO3 (NLT) from 298 K up to 1373 K. Rietveld analysis using high resolution x-ray and neutron powder diffraction data confirmed the rhombohedral structure (space group R\bar {3}c ) of this compound. The rhombohedral phase transforms to cubic (Pm\bar {3}m ) above 873 K. The temperature variation of the tilt angle, a continuous change of the specific volume across the transition, and the strain analysis suggest a second order nature of the cubic-rhombohedral phase transition, which is in conformity with the group theoretical prediction based on symmetry considerations.