Direct measurement of the Si–O bond length and orientational disorder in the high-temperature phase of cristobalite

  title={Direct measurement of the Si–O bond length and orientational disorder in the high-temperature phase of cristobalite},
  author={Martin T. Dove and David A. Keen and Alex C. Hannon and Ian P. Swainson},
  journal={Physics and Chemistry of Minerals},
Abstract Neutron total scattering measurements from powdered samples of cristobalite have been used to determine the local structure in both the tetragonal and cubic phases. The results for the cubic phase show directly that the Si–O bonds are tilted at an angle of around 17° to the unit cell [111] direction. It is striking that the structure of β-cristobalite over the range 5–10 Å is closer to that of silica glass than α-cristobalite, which suggests that the local structure of β-cristobalite… 
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