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Title: A multi-domain gem-grade Brazilian apatite
Authors: Baikie, T
Schreyer, MK
Wong, CL
Pramana, SS
Klooster, WT
Ferraris, C
McIntyre, GJ
White, TJ
Keywords: Brazil
X-ray diffraction
Neutron diffraction
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2012
Publisher: De Gruyter
Citation: Baikie, T., Schreyer, M. K., Wong, C. L., Pramana, S. S., Klooster, W. T., Ferraris, C., McIntyre, G. J., & White, T. J. (2012). A multi-domain gem-grade Brazilian apatite. American Mineralogist, 97(10), 1574-1581. doi:10.2138/am.2012.4069
Abstract: A gem-grade apatite from Brazil of general composition (Ca,Na)10[(P,Si,S)O4]6(F,Cl,OH)2 has been studied using single-crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction together with synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction. Earlier electron microscopy studies had shown the nominally single-phase apatite contains an abundant fluorapatite (F-Ap) host, together with chloro-hydroxylapatites (Cl/OH-Ap) guest phases that encapsulate hydroxylellestadite (OH-El) nanocrystals. While the latter features appear as small (200–400 nm) chemically distinct regions by transmission electron microscopy, and can be identified as separate phases by synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction, these could not be detected by single-crystal X-ray and neutron analysis. The observations using neutron, X-ray and electron probes are however consistent and complementary. After refinement in the space group P63/m the tunnel anions F− are fixed at z = ¼ along <001>, while the anions Cl− and OH− are disordered, with the suggestion that O-H•••O-H••• hydrogen-bonded chains form in localized regions, such that no net poling results. The major cations are located in the 4f AFO6 metaprism (Ca+Na), 6h ATO6X tunnel site (Ca only), and 6h BO4 tetrahedron (P+Si+S). The structural intricacy of this gem stone provides further evidence that apatite microstructures display a nano-phase separation that is generally unrecognized, with the implication that such complexity may impact upon the functionality of technological analogues. © 2012, Mineralogical Society of America.
Gov't Doc #: 4588
ISSN: 0003-004X
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