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Spinodal Decomposition in Tellurite-Based Glasses Induced by Excimer Laser Irradiation

Madhar, Niyaz Ahamad and Varma, Kalidhindi BR (2009) Spinodal Decomposition in Tellurite-Based Glasses Induced by Excimer Laser Irradiation. In: Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 92 (11). pp. 2609-2615.

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Abstract

Tellurite-based glasses in the TeO2-K3Li2Nb5O15, TeO2-Ba5Li2Ti2Nb8O30, and V2Te2O9 were fabricated by the conventional melt-quenching technique. Amorphous and glassy characteristics of the as-quenched samples were established via the X-ray powder diffraction technique and differential thermal analysis, respectively. The as-quenched samples were irradiated by an excimer laser (248 nm). The effect of laser power, duration of irradiation, and the frequency of the laser pulses on the surface features of the above glasses were studied. The optical microscopic studies carried out on the above systems revealed the presence of quasi-periodic and periodic structures on their surfaces. The local compositional variations of these structures were confirmed by back-scattered electron imaging using scanning electron microscope accompanied by energy-dispersive X-ray analysis. These results were convincing enough to state that the glasses in the present investigations had undergone spinodal decomposition on laser irradiation. The incidence of the interconnected texture of two different phases was observed owing to the quenching effect produced by the heating and cooling cycle of the successive laser pulses. Ring- and line-shaped patterns were also observed, respectively, when the pulse frequency of the laser and the duration of irradiation were increased.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 06:18
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:52
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/24951

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