Spontaneous growth of single crystals of various shapes in tin-fullerite films

Research paper by L. V. Baran

Indexed on: 01 Jul '06Published on: 01 Jul '06Published in: Crystallography Reports


Changes in the structure and elemental and phase compositions of tin-fullerite films after their storage in air are investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electronic microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray spectroscopic microanalysis, and Auger electron spectroscopy. Formation of the new phase SnxC60, whisker tin and SnxC60 crystals, and petal and flowerlike fullerite crystals under the action of internal stress is established.