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Journal of Materials
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 613092, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/613092
Research Article

Growth and Characterization of Pure and Doped L-Alanine Tartrate Single Crystals

Department of Physics, Presidency College, Chennai 5, India

Received 17 December 2012; Accepted 21 February 2013

Academic Editor: Alfonso Castiñeiras

Copyright © 2013 K. Rajesh 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.

Abstract

Single crystals of pure and Lanthanum doped L-Alanine Tartrate were grown by slow evaporation method. The cell parameters were determined using single crystal X-ray diffraction method. To improve the physical properties of the LAT crystal, Lanthanum dopant was added by 2 mol%. ICP studies confirm the presence of Lanthanum in the grown LAT crystal. Transparency range of the crystal was determined using UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer. The functional groups of pure and doped LAT crystals were analyzed by FT-IR spectroscopy. Using Vickers microhardness tester, mechanical strength of the material was found. Dielectric studies of pure and doped LAT single crystals were carried out. The doped LAT crystal is found to have efficiency higher than that of pure LAT crystal.