The local structural features around Mn in a transparent pale blue Mn-bearing fluorapatite (MnO: 2.0 wt%) from Lavra da Golconda, Brazil were investigated by a combined analysis of single crystal X-ray diffraction and XAFS. The crystal structure with the optimized formula (Ca4.83Mn0.15 2+Sr0.02)P3O12F with space group P63/m, a = 9.384(2), c = 6.8842 (6) Å, Z = 2 has been refined to R = 1.92% for the unique 555 reflections (Mo Kα). The structural refinement suggests that Mn almost exclusively occupies the Ca1 site. The EXAFS analysis indicates that Mn at the Ca1 site is surrounded by nine oxygen atoms with six shorter bonds and three longer bonds. BVS calculated for the local environment around Mn shows good agreement with the expected valence state of Mn. The present EXAFS results suggest that the longer bond distances (Ca1-O3) in fluorapatite structures will not be affected by Mn due to weak bonding interactions.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
- Mn-bearing fluorapatite
- Single crystal X-ray diffraction