Pressure-induced structural phase transition in the half-Heusler compound CaAuBi
- a Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA
- b Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, 01187 Dresden, Germany
- Received 21 November 2013, Revised 31 January 2014, Accepted 1 February 2014, Available online 7 February 2014
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Pressure induced phase transition in CaAuBi.
Structural map for some XYZ compounds.
Relations of radii and crystal structure in some XYZ compounds.
We report a structural phase transition of the ternary compound CaAuBi under pressure, from the known cubic half-Heusler phase to a hexagonal LiGaGe type phase, based on synchrotron x-ray diffraction patterns taken under pressures up to 18 GPa. We report lattice parameters and atomic coordinates, and perform total energy calculations for both the cubic and hexagonal phases under different pressures. Finally, we present a structure map that places CaAuBi in the context of related 18 electron XYZ ternary systems.