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Crystal structure of orthorhombic Co4Al13

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Grin, J., Burkhardt, U., Ellner, M., & Peters, K. (1994). Crystal structure of orthorhombic Co4Al13. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 206(2), 243-247. doi:10.1016/0925-8388(94)90043-4.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0019-90D8-9
The crystal structure of Co4Al13 has been investigated using metallography, X-ray single crystal and powder diffraction methods. A sample with the composition Co24Al76 has been synthesized in a high frequency furnace and heat treated at 850-degrees-C to achieve homogenization. The crystal structure of Co4Al13 belongs to a new structure type: Pearson's symbol, oP102; space group, Pmn2(1); a = 8.158(1) angstrom, b = 12.342(1) angstrom, c = 14.452(2) angstrom; V = 1455.1(5) angstrom3; Z = 6. The final value of the reliability factor is 0.0618 for 839 symmetry-independent reflections (\Absolute value of F > 4sigma(F)) with isotropic extinction and anisotropic thermal displacement coefficients. The shortest interatomic distances are those of Co-Co (2.86 angstrom), Co-Al (2.24 angstrom) and Al-Al (2.24 angstrom). The coordination numbers of the atoms are 8-11 for Co and 9-13 for Al. The structure of Co4Al13 is built from the same structure segments as Fe4Al13 but differs from that of Fe4Al13 by the stacking sequence (numeric symbol 1(2) for Co4Al13 and infinity for Fe4Al13). In both structures, pentagonal ''channels'' occur. The atoms with pentagonal-prismatic or icosahedral environment are located on the axes of these channels.