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Local structure analysis of NaNbO$$_3$$ and AgNbO$$_{3}$$ modified by Li substitution

Yoneda, Yasuhiro  ; Aoyagi, Rintaro*; Fu, D.*

We analyzed the local structures of NaNbO$$_3$$ and Na$$_{0.94}$$Li$$_{0.06}$$NbO$$_3$$ by combining the X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and atomic pair-distribution function (PDF) techniques. NaNbO$$_3$$ is known to be an antiferroelectric material at room temperature. It also undergoes a diffuse phase transition, in which an orthorhombic and a rhombohedral phases coexist over a wide temperature range. We identified a rhombohedral ground state structure of NaNbO$$_3$$ and assumed an order-disorder-type phase. We also found a disorder feature in the nearest-neighbor bond distance corresponding to the Nb-O bonds. The disordered bond distribution disappeared when Na was substituted for Li. A similar disorder feature was found in AgNbO$$_3$$.

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