197Au and125Te Mössbauer spectroscopic study on the low temperature phases of Ag3AuX2 (X=S, Se, and Te)
197Au and125Te Mössbauer spectroscopy has been applied for the low-temperature β-phases of Ag3AuX2 (X=S, Se, and Te). The values of I. S. and Q. S. for197Au suggest that the gold atoms, linearly coordinated by two chalcogen atoms in these phases, exist as monovalent cations. The125Te Mössbauer spectra suggest that the tellurium atoms are substantially ionic for both Ag2Te and Ag3AuTe2. The nature of X-Au-X bonds is discussed on the basis of the Mössbauer data and the bond distances.