Thermal Expansion Behavior in TcO2. Towards breaking the Tc-Tc bond.

21 February 2019

The structure of TcO2 between 25 and 1000 °C has been determined in-situ using powder diffraction methods and is found to remain monoclinic in space group P21/c. The thermal expansion in TcO2 is highly anisotropic with negative thermal ex-pansion of the b-axis observed above 700 °C. This is the result of an anomalous expansion along the a-axis that is a consequence of weakening of the Tc-Tc bonds.