Light-induced phase transition in AlD3 at high pressure

Stanislav P. Besedin, Andrew P. Jephcoat, Alla V. Irodova

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Trivalent aluminum hydride in the rhombohedral α phase (R3̄c space group) was studied at high pressures in a diamond-anvil cell by means of Raman scattering, x-ray diffraction, observation of optical transmission, and the density functional simulations. At P53 GPa the heavier isotope AlD 3 undergoes a first-order structural phase transition which was found to be stimulated by the laser irradiation used for the Raman-scattering measurements. In the new high-pressure phase Al atoms form a lattice with a monoclinic unit cell (P21/c space group) over which a superstructure is developed when pressure is varied. The superstructure is formed by regular displacements of the Al atoms with the period over three unit cells; the propagation vector is k2=(131313). The undistorted P21/c lattice itself appears as superstructure over the rhombohedral R3̄c one resulting from the displacive structure transformation with the propagation vector k1=(12012). The band gap as given by the density functional calculations and evidenced from the sample transparency behavior at high pressures remains greater than the laser photon energy used (Eph=2.41 eV). That indicates that bond weakening/breaking due to electron excitation across the band gap is not the cause of the phase transition. A likely mechanism of the light action is that structure transformation is driven by phonons, which are excited due to strong electron-phonon coupling in the α phase.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104111
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume84
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 8 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Phase transitions
cells
aluminum hydrides
Raman spectra
Raman scattering
Energy gap
propagation
anvils
Atoms
Diamond
lasers
atoms
Electrons
phonons
x ray diffraction
electrons
Laser beam effects
Phonons
Light transmission
isotopes

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Light-induced phase transition in AlD3 at high pressure. / Besedin, Stanislav P.; Jephcoat, Andrew P.; Irodova, Alla V.

In: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, Vol. 84, No. 10, 104111, 08.09.2011.

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Besedin, Stanislav P. ; Jephcoat, Andrew P. ; Irodova, Alla V. / Light-induced phase transition in AlD3 at high pressure. In: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. 2011 ; Vol. 84, No. 10.
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