We report a pressure-induced dense tetrahedral intermediate state via Ge-O-Ge rotation formed at 3-5 GPa and the polyhedral relations in GeO 2 glass up to 17.5 GPa using in situ X-ray total scattering and X-ray absorption (XAFS) techniques. It was found that the nearest-neighbor Ge-Ge correlations show a decrease reaching a minimum between 4 and 6 GPa, and exhibit negative compression behavior at 7-17.5 GPa. The Ge-Ge distance determined by XAFS shows a substantial reduction, i.e., normal compression behavior, at 7-17.5 GPa. The comparison with the theoretical g(r) function for rutile-type GeO 2 (16.1 GPa) indicates that the negative compression of intermediate range order reflects the direct formation of GeO6 octahedral units. Results of coordination number analysis show that GeO2 glass undergoes a transition from tetrahedral GeO4, to GeO5 units (possibly triangular bipyramidal), and finally to octahedral GeO 6 units. The present investigation provides the structural details of the polyhedral units and their relationships in GeO2 glass at high pressure.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)