Journal of materials science vol:29 issue:8 pages:2095-2101
A strong non-stoichiometry of pure f c c CeO2 was induced by laser irradiation. The increase of laser power and/or energy density had a saturable effect on particle size growth. The possibility of CeO2 reduction to A-Ce2O3 by laser irradiation was demonstrated. Particles of stable Ce7O12 phase were observed in all specimens irradiated at low laser-power densities. An epitaxial relationship between triclinic Ce11O20 and cubic Ce12O22 phases was found. The controversial C-Ce2O3 Phase was detected at the limits of a b c c particle. An unknown b c c phase of acicular morphology, strongly related to C-Ce2O3, was also registered. The dose dependence of CeO2 structural modifications obtained by laser irradiation as a function of laser energy density variation could be explained by a simple defect aggregation model implying lattice defects (oxygen vacancies and Ce3+ ions).