An energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction study on molten germanium has been carried out at temperatures of 1253 and 1503 K. The interference and atomic distribution functions were compared with model ones by considering the characteristic features found in crystal structures of solid germanium. It has been established that over the temperature interval presently investigated the essential structural features of molten germanium are likely to be described by the atomic arrangement of the tetrahedral type encountered in the high-pressure form of solid germanium with minor modification.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry