Raman spectroscopy of (formula presented) at high pressures: Implications for amorphization and hydrogen repulsion

Sean R. Shieh, Thomas S. Duffy

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Raman spectra of cobalt hydroxide (formula presented) were recorded to 31 GPa using a diamond anvil cell. In contrast to a previous infrared (IR) spectroscopic study, our Raman data show no sharp change in the O-H stretch peak width near 11 GPa, ruling out the possibility of abrupt hydrogen sublattice amorphization at this pressure. This is consistent with neutron diffraction data for (formula presented) to 16 GPa which shows no evidence for such amorphization but instead indicates a possible change in local D ordering in response to (formula presented) repulsion. However, in agreement with the IR work, we find that the peak width of the OH stretch mode increases significantly over a broad pressure interval from 10 to 25 GPa and reaches (formula presented) at 25 GPa. An energy dispersive x-ray diffraction study carried out to 48 GPa indicates that (formula presented) remains crystalline to at least this pressure, although evidence for some anomalous broadening of x-ray peaks is observed at (formula presented) The peak widths (formula presented) of both the Raman and infrared stretching vibration of (formula presented) are indicative of a high degree of disorder of the H positions while only minimal disordering of the Co-O substructure is allowed by the x-ray data. Thus, the possibility of substructure amorphization remains viable, but through a process of continuous disordering over a broad pressure interval rather than as a discrete discontinuity. Repulsion between neighboring H atoms is likely to be an important driving force for this disordering as suggested by previous neutron and theoretical studies, but it remains uncertain whether such a model can quantitatively describe the range of observed peak widths at high pressures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number13
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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