Determination of the enthalpy of crystallization of the europium, ytterbium, and lutecium iron garnets Eu/sub 3/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/, Yb/sub 3/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/, and Lu/sub 3/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/ and the solid solutions LuEu/sub 2/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/, Nd/sub 0. 94/Gd/sub 2. 06/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/, Lu/sub 0. 48/Sm/sub 2. 52/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/, and La/sub 0. 24/Gd/sub 2. 76/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/
The authors have investigated the mechanism and determined the enthalpy of crystallization of x-ray amorphous iron garnets of rare-earth elements and their solid solutions. The authors have established a relation between the mechanism of the solid-phase reaction of formation of the iron garnets and the decrease in the ionic radius of the rare-earth element in the dodecahedral positions. A rise in the temperature during crystallization of amorphous phases facilitates a rapid completion of the reaction in which double oxides with a complex three-sublattice structure are released.