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      ZnP2; vibrational modes; high pressure studies; energy gap; Raman spectroscopy

    • Abstract


      The pressure dependence of the vibrational modes in ZnP2 has been investigated by Raman Spectroscopy using a diamond anvil cell, up to 150 kbar pressure. The intrachain phosphorus modes exhibit a strong pressure dependence whereas the low frequency Zn-P modes soften very slightly under pressure. For a crystal which is treated as a molecular crystal this is an unexpected result. It is suggested that the behaviour may be due to a buckling of the phosphorus chain, or due to a double bond promotion between P atoms, or a charge transfer under pressure. The shift in the energy gap has also been measured to 100 kbar hydrostatic pressure. There is a small initial blue shift which gradually changes over to a red shift. However the whole shift in 100 kbar is quite small. Combining the (dEg/dP)T with the published (dEg/dT)P the thermal expansion contribution and the electron-phonon interaction contribution were evaluated. The latter dominates the total (dEg/dT)P of ZnP2.

    • Author Affiliations


      A Jayaraman1 R G Maines1 T Chattopadhyay1 2

      1. AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey - 07974, USA
      2. Centre d’Etudés Nucleaires, Grenoble, France
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  • Pramana – Journal of Physics | News

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