The temperature variation of the Debye-Waller factors of Ba++ and F− ions in BaF2 powder has been studied using x-ray powder diffraction over the temperature range 77°–298°K. A continuous flow cryostat has been specially fabricated for this purpose for the YPC 50 NM powder diffractometer available in the department. The Debye-Waller factors of Ba++ and F− between room temperature and 879°K have been measured using single crystal neutron diffraction by Cooperet al. Theoretical lattice dynamics shell model calculations using a 7-parameter model in a quasiharmonic approximation have been done over a temperature range 77° to 879°K. The theoretical values have been compared with the present x-ray measurements and the single crystal neutron diffraction values and the results are discussed.
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