Preparation of Terbium Sesquisulfide and Holmium Sesquisulfide by Sulfurization of Their Oxide Powders Using CS_2 Gas

【Author】

Michihiro Ohta;Shinji Hirai;Toshiyuki Nishimura;Kazuyoshi Shimakage;

【Abstract】

The formation behaviors of terbium sesquisulfide(Tb_2S_3)and holmium sesquisulfide(Ho_2S_3)synthesized via the sulfurization of their oxide powders using CS_2 gas in the range of temperature 673 to 1323 K were investigated. In the sulfurization of Tb_4O_7 powder, Tb_2O_3 and Tb_2O_2S were formed in the initial stage of reaction, and α-Tb_2S_3 was finally formed at higher temperature. For long sulfurization time of 8 h, single-phase α-Tb_2S_3 could be synthesized at 1323 K. In the sulfurization of Ho_2O_3 powder using CS_2 gas, only Ho_2O_2S was formed as an intermediate product. At a sulfurization temperature above 873 K, Ho_2O_2S was formed in the initial stage of reaction, and single-phase δ-Ho_2S_3 was formed at 1323 K for 8 h instead of Ho_2O_2S. Furthermore, the influence of the addition of carbon black to the sulfurization of Ho_2O_3 powder using CS_2 gas was investigated, and the result implied that the reactions were accelerated slightly by the addition of carbon black.

【Keywords】

terbium sesquisulfide; holmium sesquisulfide; carbon disulfide; sulfurization; impurity content

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