Formation of two crystal modifications of Fe7C3-x at 5.5 GPa

Sergey Gromilov, Anatoly Chepurov, Valeri Sonin, Egor Zhimulev, Aleksandr Sukhikh, Aleksei Chepurov, Dmitry Shcheglov

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The Fe-C system, which is widely used to grow commercial high-pressure-high-temperature diamond monocrystals, is rather complicated due to the formation of carbides. The carbide Fe3C is a normal run product, but the pressure at which Fe7C3 carbide becomes stable is a subject of discussion. This paper demonstrates the synthesis of Fe7C3 carbide and its detailed study using single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, as well as electron probe micro-analysis and scanning electron microscopy. The experiments were performed using a multiple-anvil high-pressure apparatus of 'split-sphere' (BARS) type at a pressure of 5.5 GPa and a temperature of 1623 K. Our results show that in the Fe-C system, in addition to diamond, a phase that corresponds to the Fe7C3 carbide was synthesized. This means that both carbides (Fe7C3 and Fe3C) are stable at 5.5 GPa. Two crystal phases are described, Fe14C6 and Fe28C12-x. Fe14C6 is based on the well known rhombic structure of Fe7C3, while Fe28C12-x has a different packing order of Fe6C polyhedrons. The results obtained in this study should be taken into account when synthesizing and growing diamond at high pressures and temperatures in metal-carbon systems with a high iron content, as well as when conducting experimental studies on the synthesis of diamond directly from carbide.

Язык оригиналаанглийский
Страницы (с-по)1378-1384
Число страниц7
ЖурналJournal of Applied Crystallography
СостояниеОпубликовано - 1 дек 2019

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