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Low temperature microhardness of Xe-intercalated fullerite C60
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2005 (English)In: Low Temperature Physics, ISSN 1063-777X, Vol. 31, no 5, 454-458 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Vickers microhardness of Xe-intercalated polycrystalline fullerite C60 (XexC60, x~=0.35) is measured in a moderately low temperature range of 77 to 300 K. A high increase in the microhardness of the material (by a factor of 2 to 3) as compared to that of pure C60 single crystals is observed. It is shown that the step-like anomaly in the temperature dependences of the microhardness of pure C60 single crystals recorded under the orientational fcc-sc phase transition (Tc~=260 K) is also qualitatively retained for XexC60, but its onset is shifted by 40 K towards lower temperatures and the step becomes less distinct and more smeared. This behavior of H-barV(T) correlates with x-ray diffraction data, the analysis of which revealed a considerable influence of xenon interstitial atoms on the peculiar features of fullerite thermal expansion due to orientational phase transitions (see the paper by A.I. Prokhvatilov et al. in this issue).

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2005. Vol. 31, no 5, 454-458 p.
Keyword [en]
Fullerenes, C60, polyamorphism, hardness, orientational glass, Xenon, Xe, XRD, intercalation, transition temperature, structure
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Condensed Matter Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12440DOI: doi:10.1063/1.1925374OAI: diva2:152111
Simultaneous publication in Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur vol. 31, p. 596-601 (2005)Available from: 2008-01-29 Created: 2008-01-29 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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