Impurity-induced local disorder in the ordered state of the superionic conductor β-Ag2Se

M. Pasternak*, N. Benczer-Koller, T. Yang, R. Ruel, R. H. Herber

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Mössbauer studies of Sn119 impurities dissolved in the superionic conductor Ag2Se show a dramatic decrease in the resonance absorption intensity 56 K below the normal superionic transition temperature Tc=406 K. This effect is found to be independent of impurity concentration (0.5-2 at.%) and is reversible with temperature. A mechanism is suggested which relates this new phenomenon to the onset of a local order-disorder phase transition brought about by the fast hopping of Ag+ ions surrounding the impurity Sn atom. Differential thermal analysis of the same samples showed that this "local melting" does not affect the transition temperature of the bulk. The present observations demonstrate that local disorder induced by the Sn impurity coexists with the bulk ordered phase far below Tc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2055-2058
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B-Condensed Matter
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1983


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