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A. Sanson, M. Giarola, M. Bettinelli, A. Speghini and G. Mariotto Polarized micro-Raman spectroscopy and ab initio phonon modes calculations of LuPO4 Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 44

Version of Record online: 31 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/jrs.4257

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The vibrational dynamics of lutetium orthophosphate single crystals has been investigated by means of polarized micro-Raman spectroscopy and ab initio calculations. Eleven of the twelve independent components of its polarizability tensor were observed in turn and assigned in symmetry. The only B1g(2) Raman mode was not observed, likewise due to either its very small intensity or its nearness in energy with forbidden Raman modes, which spill and could hide it. Density-functional theory calculations, using effective core pseudo-potential, were adopted to evaluate both its Raman and infrared vibrational modes, with an excellent agreement with the experimental frequencies. On the basis of our ab initio results and of reduced-mass ratio considerations, the expected wavenumber of the missing B1g (2) mode falls close to that of Eg(3) mode peaked at about 306 cm−1, and therefore we can definitively conclude that the observation of the missing B1g (2) mode is masked by the spill-over of this Eg mode.

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