The solid solutions of rebulite and jankovićite in the phase system Tl2S-As2S3-Sb2S3

Tonci Balic-Zunic, Yves Moëlo, Ljiljana Karanović, Peter Berlepsch


Syntheses along the Tl5(As,Sb)13S22 compositional line in the Tl2S-As2S3-Sb2S3 phase system showed that the compositional range of rebulite extends from  Tl5As9.5Sb3.5S22 to Tl5As7.75Sb5.25S22. The Sb-rich end-member is in equilibrium with jankovićite of ideal composition Tl5Sb7.5As5.5S22. It is considered to be the As-rich end-member of the jankovićite solid solution. The crystal structure analyses of crystals from the As and Sb end-members of rebulite show that the Sb/As substitution is present in Sb3, Sb4, Sb5, As1 and As2 structural sites. Of them, Sb3 is always Sb dominated whereas other four vary from As- to Sb-dominated over the range of the solid solution. The change of the structural topology from jankovićite to rebulite, the closely related but not identical structures, is explained through necessity to accommodate the smaller volumes of the As coordination polyhedra and is accomplished through unit-cell twinning over the periodic (001)reb twin boundaries. The As end-member of the rebulite solid solution is in equilibrium with the phase of Tl2.4Sb0.68As7.18S13 ideal composition, interpreted as imhofite.


rebulite, jankovićite, As/Sb solid solution, Tl2S-As2S3-Sb2S3 phase system

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