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    • ]Electrical conductivity measurements on gel grown KDP crystals added with some ammonium compounds

      T H Freeda C Mahadevan

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      Pure and impurity added [with NH4CI, NH4NO3, NH44H2PO4, (NH4)2CO3 and (NH4)2SO4] KDP single crystals were grown by the gel method using silica gels. Electrical conductivity measurements were carried out along both the unique axis and perpendicular directions at various temperatures ranging from 28 to 140°C by the conventional two-probe method. The present study shows that the conductivity in KDP crystals, for all the five dopants considered, increases with the increase in impurity concentration and temperature. Activation energies were also determined and reported.

    • Lattice variation and thermal parameters of Ni𝑥Mg1–𝑥SO4 7H2O single crystals

      M Theivanayagom C Mahadevan

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      Ni𝑥Mg1–𝑥SO4.7H2O single crystals were grown by the slow evaporation method from aqueous solutions. Density was measured by the floatation method. X-ray diffraction data were collected for powder samples and used for the estimation of lattice variation and thermal parameters like Debye–Waller factor, mean-square amplitude of vibration and Debye temperature. Lattice volumes approximately obey a relation similar to Retger’s rule. Values of thermal parameters do not follow any particular order with composition. The results obtained are reported.

    • Electrical conductivity measurements on gel grown KDP crystals added with urea and thiourea

      M Priya C M Padma T H Freeda C Mahadevan C Balasingh

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      Pure and impurity added (with urea and thiourea) KDP single crystals were grown by the gel method using silica gels. Electrical conductivity measurements were carried out along both the unique axis and perpendicular directions at various temperatures ranging from 30 to 140°C by the conventional two-probe method. The present study shows that the conductivity in KDP crystals, for both the impurities considered, increases with the increase in impurity concentration and temperature. Activation energies were also determined and reported.

    • On the growth of calcium tartrate tetrahydrate single crystals

      X Sahaya Shajan C Mahadevan

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      Calcium tartrate single crystals were grown using silica gel as the growth medium. Calcium formate mixed with formic acid was taken as the supernatant solution. It was observed that the nucleation density was reduced and the size of the crystals was improved to a large extent compared to the conventional way of growing calcium tartrate crystals with calcium chloride. The role played by formate–formic acid on the growth of crystals is discussed. The grown crystals were characterized by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), microhardness measurement, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetry (TG) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The results obtained are compared with the previous work.

    • D.C. electrical conductivity measurements on ADP single crystals added with simple organic compounds

      A Anne Assencia C Mahadevan

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      Pure and impurity added (with urea and thiourea) ADP single crystals were grown by the free evaporation method. D.C. electrical conductivity measurements were carried out along both the unique axis and perpendicular directions at various temperatures ranging from 40–150°C by the conventional two-probe method. Activation energies were also determined. The present study indicates that the conductivity increases with the increase in impurity concentration and temperature.

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