Use of Absorption Spectra to Determine Crystal Structure in f-Transition Element Compounds

Authors: Peterson, J. R.1; Young, J. P.2; Wilmarth, W. R.3; Haire, R. G.2

Source: Applied Spectroscopy, Volume 44, Issue 3, Pages 351-535 (March/April 1990) , pp. 461-465(5)

Publisher: Society for Applied Spectroscopy

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It has been determined that various similarities of some f-f absorption peaks observed in the spectra of f-transition element compounds can be used to elucidate the crystal structure of a given compound. Examples of this interpretation of spectra are presented along with some limitations of the technique. One application of this process leads to further verification of the AlCl3-type monoclinic structure of EsBr3.

Keywords: Absorption spectra; Actinide trihalides; Crystal structure; Lanthanide trihalides; Spectra/structure correlations

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1600 2: Transuranium Research Laboratory (Chemistry Division), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6375 3: Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1600; current address: Actinide Technology Section, Savannah River Laboratory, Westinghouse Savannah River Company, Aiken, SC 29808-0001

Publication date: March 1, 1990

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