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Measurements of iron concentration in kaolinites considering disorder broadening of EPR lines.

Abstract : Only one part of the EPR lines of a kaolinite spectrum of structural Fe 3+ is clearly observable because of the overlapping of other lines with other spectra. For this reason, to determine the structural Fe 3+ concentration we used the line near g=9, although it is not intense. A standard is needed: powders of ZnS containing given concentrations of Mn 2+ (isoelectronic to Fe 3+) were used for this purpose. Using the simulations of the EPR spectra, the concentration (number of Fe 3+ per Al 3+) is determined; it is in the range 10 -5 to 10 -4 for our samples. Considering that the crystal-field disorder around Fe 3+ is responsible for line broadening, we looked for a possible effect of the broadening on the intensity of the EPR spectra. This effect is taken as a distribution of the parameter ?= B 2 2/ B 2 0. The influence of the parameter ? and its statistical distribution on the position, shape, width and intensity of the EPR line has been calculated using simulation procedures. The correction due to the disorder on the calculated concentration is of the same order of magnitude as the precision measurement. This method can be applied for other kaolinites by comparing the area of their g=9 lines with known ones.
keyword : Kaolinite EPR Fe 3+
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Jean-Michel Gaite, Fabrice Muller, S. Jemai. Measurements of iron concentration in kaolinites considering disorder broadening of EPR lines.. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, Springer Verlag, 2003, 30, pp.(6) 366-372. ⟨10.1007/s00269-003-0325-3⟩. ⟨hal-00069459⟩



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