Broad Distribution Of Crystal-Field Environments For Nd3+ In Calcite
Calcite; Calcium carbonate; Carbonate minerals; Neodymium; Nuclear waste
Calcite crystals were grown from solution with single-crystal dimensions up to 3 mm and doped up to ∼0.1 at% with Nd3+ ions. Phase purity was verified by powder X-ray diffraction. The concentration of Nd3+ was measured by energy-dispersive spectrometry and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. Micro X-ray fluorescence mapping of the calcite grains indicates uniform Nd distribution in as-grown crystal grains X-ray absorption fine structure suggests that Nd3+ is substituted for Ca2+ with local lattice distortion. Temperature-dependent near-infrared spectroscopy of Nd3+ impurities in calcite reveals large inhomogeneous line-widths and smooth line profiles that are characteristic of glassy hosts, though the samples are well crystallized.
Physics and Chemistry of Minerals
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Withers, S. H.; Peale, R. E.; and Schulte, A. F., "Broad Distribution Of Crystal-Field Environments For Nd3+ In Calcite" (2003). Scopus Export 2000s. 1651.