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Vibrational Spectroscopy and X-ray Diffraction of Cd(OH)2 to 28 GPa at 300 K

  • Author(s): Shim, Sang-Heon
  • Rekhi, Sandeep
  • Martin, Michael C.
  • Jeanloz, Raymond
  • et al.

We report Raman and infrared absorption spectroscopy along with X-ray diffraction for brucite-type beta-Cd(OH)2 to 28 GPa at 300 K. The OH-stretching modes soften with pressure and disappear at 21 GPa with their widths increasing rapidly above 5 GPa, consistent with a gradual disordering of the H sublattice at 5 20 GPa similar to that previously observed for Co(OH)2. Asymmetry in the peak shapes of the OH-stretching modes suggests the existence of diverse disordered sitesfor H atoms in Cd(OH)2 under pressure. Above 15 GPa, the A1g(T) lattice mode shows non-linear behavior and softens to 21 GPa, at which pressure significant changes are observed: new Raman modes appear, two Raman-active lattice modes and the OH-stretching modes of the low-pressure phase disappears, and the positions of some X-ray diffraction lines change abruptly with the appearance of weak new diffraction features. These observations suggest that amorphization of the H sublattice is accompanied by a crystalline-to-crystalline transition at 21 GPa in Cd(OH)2, which has not been previously observed in the brucite-type hydroxides. The Raman spectra of the high-pressure phase of Cd(OH)2 is similar to those of the high-pressure phase of single-crystal Ca(OH)2 of which structure has been tentatively assigned to the Sr(OH)2 type.

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