Raman scattering study of SrTiO3 at high pressure

Andrzej Grzechnik, George Wolf, Paul F. McMillan

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The pressure dependence of the Raman spectra of SrTiO3 was investigated up to 15.5 GPa. The anti-ferrodistortive cubic-tetragonal phase transition (phonon condensation at the R point of the Brillouin zone) occurs at about 6 GPa. The strong, broad bands, present under ambient conditions, sharpen and change their prodle with increasing pressure. They diminish rapidly in their intensity above 13 GPa and disappear by 15.5 GPa. These pressure-induced changes can be due to increasing harmonicity of the stretching and bending Ti-O vibrations, leading to reduced intensity of the second-order Raman scattering, and/or due to the inhibition of the off-center dynamic distortions at the Ti4+ cation sites, and thus due to the decrease in intensity of the "disorder-induced' first-order Raman scattering. The spectrum at 15.5 GPa shows weak band splittings, which might indicate a further transformation to an orthorhombic phase of SrTiO3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)885-889
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Raman Spectroscopy
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Spectroscopy


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