Chemical alloying and light-induced collapse of intermediate phases in chalcohalide glasses

Fei Wang, P. Boolchand, K. A. Jackson, M. Micoulaut

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The elastic behaviour of binary GexSe1-x glasses, examined in Raman scattering experiments earlier, has shown glasses at x<0.20 to be in the flexible phase, those at x>0.25 to be in the stressed-rigid phase and those in the 0.20<x<0.25 range to be in the intermediate phase (IP). The IP width in mean-coordination-number space, Δr ≤ 0.10. We have now examined ternary Ge1/4Se3/4-yIy glasses in Raman scattering and modulated DSC experiments, and find that the IP width dramatically collapses by an order of magnitude to Δr ≤ 0.009(2). Alloying iodine for Se serves to scission the network backbone progressively as mixed Ge(Se)4-mIm tetrahedra (m-units) emerge with 1<m<4. The concentrations of various m-units are quantitatively tracked in Raman scattering, and this shows the m ≤ 1 units to be rather special because they are isostatic. The present results on Ge1/4Se 3/4-yIy glasses, when compared to those on Ge 1/4S3/4-yIy glasses, reveal crucial differences in the way the reversibility window collapse occurs. Raman scattering examined as a function of the exciting light (647nm) power in Ge1/4Se 3/4-yIy glasses shows the IP to systematically collapse and to vanish once increases to 1.5 × 106Wcm-2. Here, an intense beam of near-bandgap light serves to optically pump the delicate intermediate range order prevailing in the IP and reversibly destroy it.

Original languageEnglish
Article number226201
JournalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 6 2007


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