Bulletin of Materials Science

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 369–393 | Cite as

Structural disorder and solid state transformations in single crystals of Zn x Cd1−x S and Zn x Mn1−x S

  • M T Sebastian
  • P Krishna
Phase Transitions


Single crystals of Zn x Cd1−x S and Zn x Mn1−x S were grown from the vapour phase at 1100°C in the rangex=0·9 to 1. X-ray characterization shows that polytypes and disordered structures occur in Zn x Cd1−x S forx ≥ 0·94, whereas Zn x Mn1−x S displays disordered and polytype structures in the entire rangex=0·9 to 1. It is observed that Zn x Cd1−x S and Zn x Mn1−x S undergo a 2H-6H solid state transformation on annealing in vacuum around 600°C. Experimental analysis of the intensity distribution along the 10·L reciprocal lattice row as recorded on a single crystal diffractometer from partially transformed crystals shows that the mechanism of the transformation cannot be explained in terms of the one-parameter models of non-random faulting reported earlier. A two-parameter theoretical model with α representing the probability of random insertion of a fault in the 2H structure and β representing the probability of the growth of the 6H nucleus, is developed both for a deformation mechanism and a layer displacement mechanism. It is found that the theoretical model of non-random deformation faulting with β ≫ α approximates the actual mechanism of transformation in these crystals.


Structural disorder single crystals polytype structures theoretical models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M T Sebastian
    • 1
  • P Krishna
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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