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Infrared and Raman spectra of ZrSiO4 experimentally shocked at high pressures

  • A. Gucsik (a1), M. Zhang (a2), C. Koeberl (a1), E. K. H. Salje (a2), S. A. T. Redfern (a2) and J. M. Pruneda (a2)...

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Zircon- and reidite-type ZrSiO4 produced by shock recovery experiments at different pressures have been studied using infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopy. The v 3 vibration of the SiO4 group in shocked natural zircon shows a spectral change similar to that seen in radiation-damaged zircon: a decrease in frequency and increase in linewidth. The observation could imply a possible similar defective crystal structure between the damaged and shocked zircon. The shock-pressure-induced structural phase transition from zircon (I41/amd) to reidite (I41/a) is proven by the occurrence of additional IR and Raman bands. Although the SiO4 groups in both zircon- and reidite-ZrSiO4 are isolated, the more condensed scheelite gives rise to Si–O stretching bands at lower frequencies, suggesting a weakening of the bond strength. Low-temperature IR data of the reidite-type ZrSiO4 show an insignificant effect of cooling on the phonon modes, suggesting that the structural response of reidite to cooling-induced compression is weak and its thermal expansion is very small.

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Infrared and Raman spectra of ZrSiO4 experimentally shocked at high pressures

  • A. Gucsik (a1), M. Zhang (a2), C. Koeberl (a1), E. K. H. Salje (a2), S. A. T. Redfern (a2) and J. M. Pruneda (a2)...

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