$\alpha$–Potassium Nitrate (KNO3) I Structure : ABC3_oP20_62_c_c_cd

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Prototype : KNO3
AFLOW prototype label : ABC3_oP20_62_c_c_cd
Strukturbericht designation : None
Pearson symbol : oP20
Space group number : 62
Space group symbol : $Pnma$
AFLOW prototype command : aflow --proto=ABC3_oP20_62_c_c_cd
--params=
$a$,$b/a$,$c/a$,$x_{1}$,$z_{1}$,$x_{2}$,$z_{2}$,$x_{3}$,$z_{3}$,$x_{4}$,$y_{4}$,$z_{4}$


  • Two possible structures have been identified for $\alpha$–KNO3: (Nimmo, 1973) proposed the current structure, which we call Structure I, in space group $Pnma$ #62. (Adiwidjaja, 2003) found this structure, but also noted that it could be described by a doubling of the current unit cell into a superstructure with space group $Cmc2_{1}$ #36, which we call Structure II. It is unclear to us which structure is correct, so we present both of them.
  • (Nimmo, 1973) determined the lattice constants and Wyckoff positions of the type I structure at 25 °C in the $Pmcn$ setting of space group #62. We present the data in the standard $Pnma$ setting.
  • This structure has the same space group and Wyckoff positions as the MgB4 (A4B_oP20_62_2cd_c) structure and the $G0_{10}$ (NH4)NO3 (ABC3_oP20_62_c_c_cd.N.NH4.O) structure, but the structures are all different. We give the previous two structures the noted AFLOW designations, and give this one the designation ABC3_oP20_62_c_c_cd.K.N.O3.
  • On heating, $\alpha$–KNO3 transforms into $\beta$–KNO3 at 128 °C. When heated above 200 °C and then cooled, the $\beta$–phase transforms into the metastable ferroelectric $\gamma$–KNO3 phase, which can remain down to room temperature.

Simple Orthorhombic primitive vectors:

\[ \begin{array}{ccc} \mathbf{a}_1 & = & a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} \\ \mathbf{a}_2 & = & b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} \\ \mathbf{a}_3 & = & c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} \\ \end{array} \]

Basis vectors:

\[ \begin{array}{ccccccc} & & \mbox{Lattice Coordinates} & & \mbox{Cartesian Coordinates} &\mbox{Wyckoff Position} & \mbox{Atom Type} \\ \mathbf{B}_{1} & = & x_{1} \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \frac{1}{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + z_{1} \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & x_{1}a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \frac{1}{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + z_{1}c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(4c\right) & \mbox{K} \\ \mathbf{B}_{2} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} - x_{1}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \frac{3}{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +z_{1}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2}-x_{1}\right)a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \frac{3}{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +z_{1}\right)c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(4c\right) & \mbox{K} \\ \mathbf{B}_{3} & = & -x_{1} \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \frac{3}{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2}-z_{1} \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & -x_{1}a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \frac{3}{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}}-z_{1}c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(4c\right) & \mbox{K} \\ \mathbf{B}_{4} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} +x_{1}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \frac{1}{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + \left(\frac{1}{2} - z_{1}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} +x_{1}\right)a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \frac{1}{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + \left(\frac{1}{2}-z_{1}\right)c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(4c\right) & \mbox{K} \\ \mathbf{B}_{5} & = & x_{2} \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \frac{1}{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + z_{2} \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & x_{2}a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \frac{1}{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + z_{2}c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(4c\right) & \mbox{N} \\ \mathbf{B}_{6} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} - x_{2}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \frac{3}{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +z_{2}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2}-x_{2}\right)a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \frac{3}{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +z_{2}\right)c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(4c\right) & \mbox{N} \\ \mathbf{B}_{7} & = & -x_{2} \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \frac{3}{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2}-z_{2} \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & -x_{2}a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \frac{3}{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}}-z_{2}c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(4c\right) & \mbox{N} \\ \mathbf{B}_{8} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} +x_{2}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \frac{1}{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + \left(\frac{1}{2} - z_{2}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} +x_{2}\right)a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \frac{1}{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + \left(\frac{1}{2}-z_{2}\right)c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(4c\right) & \mbox{N} \\ \mathbf{B}_{9} & = & x_{3} \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \frac{1}{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + z_{3} \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & x_{3}a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \frac{1}{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + z_{3}c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(4c\right) & \mbox{O I} \\ \mathbf{B}_{10} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} - x_{3}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \frac{3}{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +z_{3}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2}-x_{3}\right)a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \frac{3}{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +z_{3}\right)c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(4c\right) & \mbox{O I} \\ \mathbf{B}_{11} & = & -x_{3} \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \frac{3}{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2}-z_{3} \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & -x_{3}a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \frac{3}{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}}-z_{3}c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(4c\right) & \mbox{O I} \\ \mathbf{B}_{12} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} +x_{3}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \frac{1}{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + \left(\frac{1}{2} - z_{3}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} +x_{3}\right)a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \frac{1}{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + \left(\frac{1}{2}-z_{3}\right)c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(4c\right) & \mbox{O I} \\ \mathbf{B}_{13} & = & x_{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + y_{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + z_{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & x_{4}a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + y_{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + z_{4}c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(8d\right) & \mbox{O II} \\ \mathbf{B}_{14} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} - x_{4}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{1}-y_{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +z_{4}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2}-x_{4}\right)a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}}-y_{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +z_{4}\right)c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(8d\right) & \mbox{O II} \\ \mathbf{B}_{15} & = & -x_{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +y_{4}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{2}-z_{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & -x_{4}a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +y_{4}\right)b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}}-z_{4}c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(8d\right) & \mbox{O II} \\ \mathbf{B}_{16} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} +x_{4}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \left(\frac{1}{2} - y_{4}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + \left(\frac{1}{2} - z_{4}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} +x_{4}\right)a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \left(\frac{1}{2}-y_{4}\right)b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + \left(\frac{1}{2}-z_{4}\right)c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(8d\right) & \mbox{O II} \\ \mathbf{B}_{17} & = & -x_{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{1}-y_{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2}-z_{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & -x_{4}a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}}-y_{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}}-z_{4}c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(8d\right) & \mbox{O II} \\ \mathbf{B}_{18} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} +x_{4}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + y_{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + \left(\frac{1}{2} - z_{4}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} +x_{4}\right)a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + y_{4}b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + \left(\frac{1}{2}-z_{4}\right)c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(8d\right) & \mbox{O II} \\ \mathbf{B}_{19} & = & x_{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \left(\frac{1}{2} - y_{4}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + z_{4} \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & x_{4}a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \left(\frac{1}{2}-y_{4}\right)b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + z_{4}c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(8d\right) & \mbox{O II} \\ \mathbf{B}_{20} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2} - x_{4}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{1} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +y_{4}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{2} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +z_{4}\right) \, \mathbf{a}_{3} & = & \left(\frac{1}{2}-x_{4}\right)a \, \mathbf{\hat{x}} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +y_{4}\right)b \, \mathbf{\hat{y}} + \left(\frac{1}{2} +z_{4}\right)c \, \mathbf{\hat{z}} & \left(8d\right) & \mbox{O II} \\ \end{array} \]

References

  • J. K. Nimmo and B. W. Lucas, A neutron diffraction determination of the crystal structure of $\alpha$–phase potassium nitrate at 25°C and 100°C, J. Phys. C:\ Solid State Phys. 6, 201–211 (1973), doi:10.1088/0022-3719/6/2/001.
  • G. Adiwidjaja and D. Pohl, Superstructure of $\alpha$–phase potassium nitrate, Acta Crystallogr. C 59, i139–i140 (2003), doi:10.1107/S0108270103025277.

Found in

  • R. T. Downs and M. Hall–Wallace, The American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database, Am. Mineral. 88, 247–250 (2003).

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