The location of Mn (MnO: 2.0 wt%) in fluorapatite from Lavra da Golconda, near Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Hiroshi Arima, Yusuke Kida, Takashi Mikouchi, Kazumasa Sugiyama

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Abstract

The local structural features around Mn in a transparent pale blue Mn-bearing fluorapatite (MnO: 2.0 wt%) from Lavra da Golconda, Brazil were investigated by a combined analysis of single crystal X-ray diffraction and XAFS. The crystal structure with the optimized formula (Ca4.83Mn0.15 2+Sr0.02)P3O12F with space group P63/m, a = 9.384(2), c = 6.8842 (6) Å, Z = 2 has been refined to R = 1.92% for the unique 555 reflections (Mo Kα). The structural refinement suggests that Mn almost exclusively occupies the Ca1 site. The EXAFS analysis indicates that Mn at the Ca1 site is surrounded by nine oxygen atoms with six shorter bonds and three longer bonds. BVS calculated for the local environment around Mn shows good agreement with the expected valence state of Mn. The present EXAFS results suggest that the longer bond distances (Ca1-O3) in fluorapatite structures will not be affected by Mn due to weak bonding interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences
Volume113
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Mn-bearing fluorapatite
  • Single crystal X-ray diffraction
  • XAFS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geology

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