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Title: Structural studies of Bi 2 O 3 -Nb 2 O 5 -TeO 2 glasses

Bi 2O 3-Nb 2O 5-TeO 2 glasses show unusual annealing behavior with appearance of spherulites within the matrix glass structure for the Bi 0.5Nb 0.5Te 3O 8 composition. The textures resemble those found previously among polyamorphic Al 2O 3-Y 2O 3 glasses containing metastably co-existing high- and low-density phases produced during quenching. However the spherulites produced within the Bi 2O 3-Nb 2O 5-TeO 2 glass are crystalline and can be identified as an “anti-glass” phase related to β-Bi 2Te 4O 11. Here, we used high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction data to study structures of binary and ternary glasses quenched from liquids within the Bi 2O 3-Nb 2O 5-TeO 2 system. These reveal a glassy network based on interconnected TeO 4 and TeO 3 units that is related to TeO 2 crystalline materials but with larger Te…Te separations due to the presence of TeO 3 groups and non-bridging oxygens linked to modifier (Bi 3 +, Nb 5 +) cations. Analysis of the viscosity-temperature relations indicates that the glass-forming liquids are “fragile” and there is no evidence for a LLPT occurring in the supercooled liquid. The glasses obtained by quenching likely correspond to a high-density amorphous (HDA) state. Subsequent annealing above Tmore » g shows mainly evidence for direct crystallization of the “anti-glass” tellurite phase. But, some evidence may exist for simultaneous formation of nanoscale amorphous spherulites that could correspond to the LDA polyamorph. The quenching and annealing behavior of Bi 2O 3-Nb 2O 5-TeO 2 supercooled liquids and glasses is compared with similar materials in the Al 2O 3-Y 2O 3 system.« less
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  1. Univ. College London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Chemistry; Univ. of Bath (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics
  2. Univ. of Limoges (France)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). X-ray Science Division
  4. Univ. of Rennes (France)
  5. Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Inst. of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM)
  6. Univ. College London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Chemistry
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Journal Name:
Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 451; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3093
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Tellurite glass; Polyamorphism; Fragility; High energy X-ray diffraction
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OSTI ID: 1396667