Lead-borate glasses manifest unique structure with lead oxide composition owing to their dual role of modifier and former. The medium-range signature from the first sharp diffraction peak (FSDP) in lead-borates exhibits substantial correlations due to the presence of superstructural units. Pressure plays an important role in altering bonding characteristics and hence structure in materials. To understand pressure-induced changes in the medium-range order (MRO) in lead-borate glasses, we have carried out high pressure X-ray diffraction studies in the FSDP region of these glasses up to 25 GPa. Two clear peaks, $q_0$ and $q_1$ are observed in all the modified glasses, below and above the position of the FSDP in pure B$_2$O$_3$ glass. This shows that lead oxide alters the FSDP and causes changes in the network structure at the MRO. $q_1$ exhibits an increase under compression, resulting in a reduction in correlation lengths for all glass compositions.The initial steep decrease is accompanied by a lower rate of reduction at higher pressures. This shows that correlations arising from structural voids in the boron matrix exhibit similar decrease for various lead oxide compositions.
Volume 46, 2023
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Prof. Subi Jacob George — Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bengaluru
Chemical Sciences 2020
Prof. Surajit Dhara — School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Physical Sciences 2020
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