NANJING UNIV,DEPT PHYS,NANJING 210008,PEOPLES R CHINA
; SHANDONG UNIV,INST CRYSTAL MAT,JINAN 250100,PEOPLES R CHINA
; INST HIGH ENERGY PHYS,BEIJING SYNCHROTRON RADIAT LAB,BEIJING 100039,PEOPLES R CHINA
An Er-doped LaP5O14 ferroelastic crystal has been studied by synchrotron radiation white beam x-ray topography. A set of normal ferroelastic domains is revealed in topographs by the intense contrast at the domain walls and the temperature dependence of the wall contrast is shown to be in good agreement with that expected from the structural consideration. In addition to growth bands and growth sector boundaries, a type of abnormal boundary is observed, and the contrast varies with the occurrence of phase transitions. A detailed discussion on experimental results is given in terms of structural and symmetry analyses.