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Original Paper

František Laufek, Jiří Sejkora, Michal Dušek

The role of silver in the crystal structure of pyrargyrite: single crystal X-ray diffraction study

Journal of Geosciences, volume 55 (2010), issue 2, 161 - 167

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3190/jgeosci.067


  Abstract References

The crystal structure of pyrargyrite, Ag3SbS3, from Příbram-Háje (Czech Republic) was refined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data in the space group R3c to an R factor of 0.0112. Unit-cell parameters are a = 11.0464(3) Å, c = 8.7211(2) Å, V = 921.60(4) Å3, Z = 6. In order to mimic the spread of electron density of silver, the non-harmonic Gram-Charlier development of the silver atomic displacement parameters was applied. A reasonable triangular shape of the electron density maximum centred in Ag position was obtained. The analysis of potential barriers between Ag sites reveals that silver transfer is equally probable via additional P site not only within the Ag-S-Ag spirals and Ag-Ag chains, but also between these spirals and chains.

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