Abstract

The crystal structure of the high-pressure phase-II of cristobalite has been solved by neutron diffraction (space group P21/c, a = 8.3780(11) Å, b = 4.6018(6) Å, c = 9.0568(13) Å, β = 124.949(7)°, at P = 3.5 GPa). This phase corresponds to a distortion of the high-temperature cubic β-phase, rather than of the ambient temperature and pressure tetragonal α-phase.

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