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Title: Vibrational, elastic, and structural properties of cubic silicon carbide under pressure up to 75 GPa: Implication for a primary pressure scale

We present results of concomitant measurements of synchrotron x-ray diffraction (XRD), Brillouin, and Raman spectroscopy on the single crystal samples of cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC) under quasi-hydrostatic pressures up to 65 GPa, as well as x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy up to 75 GPa. We determined the equation of state of 3C-SiC and pressure dependencies of the zone-center phonon, elastic tensor, and mode Gruneisen parameters. Cubic SiC lattice was found to be stable up to 75 GPa, but there is a tendency for destabilization above 40 GPa, based on softening of a transverse sound velocity. By applying the concomitant density and elasticity measurements, we determined the pressure on the SiC sample without referring to any other pressure scale thus establishing a new primary pressure scale with a 2%–4% precision up to 65 GPa. We proposed corrections to the existing ruby and neon pressure scales, and also calibrated cubic SiC as a pressure marker for the x-ray diffraction and Raman experiments.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1069138
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 113; Journal Issue: 11
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Advanced Photon Source (APS)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
ENGLISH
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS