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ISRN Ceramics
Volume 2012, Article ID 428497, 17 pages
Review Article

A Review on Infrared Spectroscopy of Borate Glasses with Effects of Different Additives

Department of Physics, University of Lucknow, Lucknow 226007, India

Received 12 July 2012; Accepted 26 August 2012

Academic Editors: Y. S. Cho, D. Jia, M. Kawashita, and C.-F. Yang

Copyright © 2012 Chandkiram Gautam et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Borate glasses are the technologically important class of glasses and play a significant role in various applications. Borate glasses contain planar BO3 groups as structural units, rather than tetrahedral SiO4 groups. The oxygen atoms are, as in SiO2, again connected to two network-forming atoms, in case of boron. The radial distribution analysis describes the B2O3 glass structure as consisting of boroxol rings, that is, planar rings containing three boron atoms and three oxygen atoms. The network forming of the B2O3 and the SiO4 is affected with the addition of some metal cation additives Pb, Zn, Cd, and so forth. These additives also work as a network modifier and a nucleating agent for crystallization of glass. Therefore, the optical properties of the borate glasses have been changed significantly.