The Yb-Ga-Au 1/1 quasicrystal approximant (AP) composition ranges from Yb 14.0 Ga 20.6 Au 65.4 to Yb 14.8 Ga 46.3 Au 38.9 , and single crystals of the 1/1 AP having the composition Yb 13.8 Ga 26.1 Au 60.1 were obtained by the self-flux technique. X-ray structural analysis demonstrated that the atomic structure [space group Im3; a = 14.6889(9) Å] can be described by the body-centered packing of Tsai-type rhombic triacontahedron (RTH) clusters. The positional disorder in these clusters, interpreted as the average of an orientationally disordered tetrahedron and triangle, results in positional disorder in the outer shells. The elemental distributions and positions of mixtures of Au and Ga atoms in the RTH clusters correspond to those in the isostructural Yb 15 Al 36 Au 49 1/1 AP.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry