On the growth of Hg2Cl(1–x)2Brx2 single crystals


Single crystals of mixed mercurous halides Hg2X2 (where X = Cl and Br) were grown by the physical vapor transport process. Structural parameters and optical properties were determined to examine the suitability of mixed crystals for acousto-optic devices. Mixed crystals grown in the low concentration region did not show striations or banding. Crystals grown in the high concentration region showed considerable inhomogeneity in the refractive index. Since we had used identical thermal conditions, inhomogeneity was attributed to the solutal convection caused by the difference in densities of mercurous chloride and bromide vapors. A low concentration of dopant did not change the acoustic velocity of the parent components.

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Singh, N.B., Metz, E.P.A., Stewart, A. et al. On the growth of Hg2Cl(1–x)2Brx2 single crystals. Journal of Materials Research 7, 2507–2510 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1557/JMR.1992.2507

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