The Growth of Granular Tin and its Characterization by Mössbauer Effect

M. Pasternak*

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The atomic mean-square displacement (MSD) of granular tin was studied by the Mössbauer effect. Tin grains with a 45-Å average size embedded in an oxide matrix were produced by evaporating the metal in the presence of O2. The lattice parameters and grain-size distribution were measured by electron microscopy. From the temperature variation of the MSD of the granular material, it was found that the <ω−2> moment of the phonon spectrum increases by (8±3)% with respect to the bulk. These results, combined with data of the hyperfine constants and electron microscopy suggest a quasi-isolated grain whose frequency and electronic structure are barely altered and whose interaction with the surrounding oxide is negligible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-215
Number of pages7
JournalStudies in Surface Science and Catalysis
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1980


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