Mn3Ta2O8, a stable targeted material with an unusual and complex cation topology in the complicated Mn-Ta-O phase space, has been grown as a ≈3-cm-long single crystal via the optical floating-zone technique. Single-crystal absorbance studies determine the band gap as 1.89 eV, which agrees with the value obtained from density functional theory electronic-band-structure calculations. The valence band consists of the hybridized Mn d-O p states, whereas the bottom of the conduction band is formed by the Ta d states. Furthermore, out of the three crystallographically distinct Mn atoms that are four-, seven-, or eight-coordinate, only the former two contribute their states near the top of the valence band and hence govern the electronic transitions across the band gap. (Graph Presented).
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry