Effect of concentrated light on morphology and vibrational properties of boron and tantalum mixtures

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Sartinska L., Chkhartishvili L., Voynich E., EREN T. , Frolov G., Altay E., ...More

HELIYON, vol.4, no.3, 2018 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00585
  • Title of Journal : HELIYON


Heating a mixture of boron (impurities: carbon similar to B50C2, boric acid - H3BO3) and tantalum (Ta) powders in nitrogen flow in a xenon high-flux optical furnace was performed. As-received powder composed of h-BN, H3BO3, TaB2, B9H11 and a number of other phases including beta-rhombohedral boron, apparently, heavily doped with Ta. FT-IR examination of any sample of the material reveals the complicated vibration spectrum containing, in particular, an absorption band near 2260 cm(-1). The shapes of these bands are different for samples because powders were synthesized at different temperatures. Known, that in beta-rhombohedral boron lattice, there are nano-sized voids of different types, which allow an accommodation of single atoms or small groups of atoms. Theoretical calculations performed by the method of quasi-classical type yields the same value, 2260 cm(-1), for the vibrations frequency of Ta atoms in D-type crystallographic voids in beta-rhombohedral boron lattice. Since, Ta atoms are known to prefer accommodation just in D-voids the experimentally detected bands can be identified with localized vibrations of Ta atoms.