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Does nitrogen transport in vitreous silica only take place in molecular form?
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Corrosion Science.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Corrosion Science.
2006 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 100, no 10, 104904- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is generally believed that nitrogen transport in vitreous silica exclusively takes place in molecular form, although no evidence for this is found in the literature. Actually, an analysis of literature data of transport of nitrogen and noble gases in vitreous silica at 900 °C suggests it may not be the case. In order to clarify the operative species of nitrogen transport in this material, experiments of permeation and uptake/release have been performed with the use of gas phase analysis and isotopic labeling of nitrogen. By comparing the relative distributions of N2 14,14, N2 14,15, and N2 15,15 in exposure gas, permeated gas and released gas with distribution of equilibrated nitrogen molecules, the percentage of dissociated nitrogen in the transport has been evaluated at different temperatures. It has then been found that nitrogen undergoes dissociation not only on the surface of vitreous silica but also in its bulk and that the overall dissociation of nitrogen increases with temperature. It is concluded that nitrogen diffuses both in molecular and atomic forms with approximately 15% atomic nitrogen transport at 900 °C. The observed transport rates are explained by diffusion of molecular nitrogen combined with a retardation of dissociated nitrogen in reversible traps.

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2006. Vol. 100, no 10, 104904- p.
Keyword [en]
Fused silica, Inert gases, Isotopes, Molecular structure, Thermal effects, Transport properties
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-7049DOI: 10.1063/1.2386937ISI: 000242408000107ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33845221246OAI: diva2:11941
QC 20100909Available from: 2007-05-08 Created: 2007-05-08 Last updated: 2010-09-09Bibliographically approved

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