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Title: Synthesis, single-crystal structure, and optical absorption of Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15}

The compound Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15} has been synthesized by the solid-state reaction at 1273 K of Th, Rb{sub 2}Se{sub 3}, Se, and Ge, and its structure has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods. Red crystals of Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15} crystallize at 100(2) K with four formula units in a new structure type in the monoclinic space group C{sub 2h}{sup 5}−P2{sub 1}/c. The structure is three-dimensional and comprises Rb and Th atoms coordinated by Se atoms to form nine-, eight-, and seven-coordinate polyhedra. Infinite channels that contain Rb atoms are present. Crystals of Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15} are red in color; an indirect band gap of 1.83 eV was derived from single-crystal optical measurements. - Graphical abstract: Structure of Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15} viewed down the b-axis. Display Omitted - Highlights: • The new compound Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15} was synthesized at 1273 K from the elements in the presence of Ge. • The structures of the two known Rb/Th/Se compounds, RbTh{sub 2}Se{sub 6} and Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15}, differ markedly. • Optical measurements establish the band gap of Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15} to be indirect with a value of 1.83 eV.
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OSTI Identifier:
22274062
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 205; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ABSORPTION; MONOCLINIC LATTICES; MONOCRYSTALS; RUBIDIUM; SOLIDS; SPACE GROUPS; SYNTHESIS; THORIUM; X-RAY DIFFRACTION