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Title: Pressure induced phase transformations in NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} studied by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy

Raman spectroscopic and x-ray diffraction measurements on NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} were carried out up to 30 GPa at close intervals of pressure, revealing two structural phase transformations around 5 and 6.6 GPa. The second phase at 5.4 GPa is indexed to R3 space group similar to that of RbTi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. Bulk modulus decreases abruptly from 53 GPa (B′=4) to 36 GPa (B′=4) in the second phase above 5 GPa. The structure of the phase III at 8.2 GPa is indexed as orthorhombic similar to the case of high temperature phase of monoclinic LiZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. Bulk modulus of this phase III is found to be 65 GPa (B′=4), which is higher than that of the ambient phase. In high pressure Raman studies, modes corresponding to 72 and 112 cm{sup −1} soften in the ambient phase whereas around 5 GPa, the ones at 60, 105, 125 and 190 cm{sup −1} soften with pressure contributing negatively to overall thermal expansion. - Graphical abstract: High pressure study of NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} shows a reversible phase transition from R-3c to R3 structure at 5 GPa accompanied by an increase in compressibility signaling a polyhedral tilt transition. - Highlights: •more » NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} undergoes two reversible phase transitions at 5 and 6.7 GPa. • The transition at 5 is from rhombohedral R-3c to R3 structure. • Bulk modulus of NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is lower than that for the isostructural RbTi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3.} • Compressibility increases with substitution of a smaller cation (Na). • Zr-translational and PO{sub 4} librational modes contribute to phase transition.« less
Authors:
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  1. Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India)
  2. High pressure and Synchrotron Radiation Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22443509
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 221; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; CATIONS; MONOCLINIC LATTICES; ORTHORHOMBIC LATTICES; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; PRESSURE RANGE GIGA PA; RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY; SODIUM PHOSPHATES; SPACE GROUPS; THERMAL EXPANSION; TRIGONAL LATTICES; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; ZIRCONIUM PHOSPHATES