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Use of Absorption Spectra to Determine Crystal Structure in f-Transition Element Compounds

Volume 44, Number 3 (April 1990) Page 461-465

Peterson, J.R.; Young, J.P.; Wilmarth, W.R.; Haire, R.G.

It has been determined that various similarities of some f-f absorption peaks observed in the spectra of f-transition element compounds can be used to elucidate the crystal structure of a given compound. Examples of this interpretation of spectra are presented along with some limitations of the technique. One application of this process leads to further verification of the AlCl3-type monoclinic structure of EsBr3.