Structural and spectroscopic characterization of Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 crystalline rods grown by the Laser Floating Zone method = Caracterización estructural y espectroscópica de fibras cristalinas de Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 crecidas mediante el método de fusión zonal asistida por láser Articles uri icon

publication date

  • May 2008

start page

  • 165

end page

  • 170


  • 3


  • 47

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0366-3175

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2173-0431


  • structural and spectroscopic characterization of crystalline rods of Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 grown by the laser floating zone (LFZ) method is presented. A precursor rod of Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 composition was sintered at 1500 ºC in air atmosphere and then processed by the LFZ technique with a CO2 laser. The processed material was characterized by XRD, SEM and Raman spectroscopy. In the as-grown, dark-color processed rod, the Raman spectrum evolves radially from a t'-like one, corresponding to Ce0.37Zr0.63O2 composition, at the edge of the rod, to a very broad and weak, cubic-like one, at the center. The degree of cerium reduction and oxygen non-stoichiometry were determined through measurements of the electronic Raman spectrum of Ce3+. A strong Ce3+ signal was found at the core of the rod, indicating strong reduction, whereas no Ce3+ signal was detected at the edge. To restore oxygen and Ce4+ content a section of the fiber was reoxidized at 620 ºC for 24 h. A very homogeneous spectrum was found in the reoxidized sample, that was assigned to a t'-phase of composition Ce0.42Zr0.58O2.


  • zro2-ceo2; phase diagram; laser floating zone; raman; ce3+; ce reduction; diagrama de fases; fusión zonal por láser; reducción del ce