Lattice Constants of Gallium at 297° K

Abstract

THE a and b lattice constants of gallium (orthorhombic, D182hAbma) are almost identical and have often been a source of confusion, as has recently been emphasized by Yaqub and Cochran1. Diffractometer data at 4.2° K (ref. 2) (gallium of 99.9999 per cent grade) indicated a = 4.5156 Å, b = 4.4904 Å, c = 7.6328 Å, but at 297° K it appeared that a is smaller than b (in disagreement with Bradley3), and therefore that at an intermediate temperature (near 255° K) a should become equal to b.

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BARRETT, C., SPOONER, F. Lattice Constants of Gallium at 297° K. Nature 207, 1382 (1965). https://doi.org/10.1038/2071382a0

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