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Short- and middle-ranges order structures of KNbO$$_3$$ nanocrystals

Yoneda, Yasuhiro; Kunisada, Ryoichi*; Chikada, Tsukasa*; Ueno, Shintaro*; Fujii, Ichiro*; Nagata, Hajime*; Ohara, Koji*; Wada, Satoshi*

We studied KNbO$$_3$$ nanocrystals grown by a solvothermal method. Average and local structures were refined by combining Rietveld and PDF analysis. We found that a rhombohedrally distorted NbO$$_6$$ octahedron was maintained in short-range order region, even in the nanocrystals with a cubic average structure. The cubic structure of KNbO$$_3$$ nanocrystals were observed as a disordered phase of the rhombohedral structure. The disordered feature can be understood that the structural transformation owing to the particle-size effect is analogous to the temperature-driven phase transition.

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