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Thiogermanate glasses—influence of the modifier cation—a combined XPS and theoretical study

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The structure and electronic structure of a series of thiogermanate glasses has been investigated by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ab initio calculations with optimisation of geometrical parameters. The study has been focused on the influence of the content and nature of the modifier. On the whole it was shown that the modifier cation induces important electronic redistribution in the glassy matrix which extends to all sulfide atoms, either bridging or non-bridging, the evolution being all the more important that the modifier content is high. The present results evidence an important influence of the nature of the modifier cation; for silver glasses more covalent M–S bonds, less negative sulfur atoms and a more homogeneous electronic distribution on sulfur atoms are observed as compared to sodium glasses.

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The article was received on 16 Jul 2004, accepted on 22 Oct 2004 and first published on 18 Nov 2004


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B410834E
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2005,7, 180-186
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    Thiogermanate glasses—influence of the modifier cation—a combined XPS and theoretical study

    D. Foix, H. Martinez, D. Gonbeau, D. Granier, A. Pradel and M. Ribes, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2005, 7, 180
    DOI: 10.1039/B410834E

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