Origin of the piezochromism in Cs2CuCl4: Electron-phonon and crystal-structure correlations

Abstract: By using optical absorption and Raman spectroscopy, we have investigated the effects of pressure in the structural, electronic, and vibrational properties of Cs2CuCl4 in the 0?20 GPa range. Our study has provided a complete characterization of the electronic and vibrational structures of Cs2CuCl4 in the low-pressure Pnma phase as a function of cell volume and the Cu-Cl bond length, RCu-Cl. We have focused on the electronic structure in the Pnma phase, which is mainly related to the tetrahedral CuCl2?4 units distorted by the Jahn-Teller effect. The strong piezochromism of Cs2CuCl4 is caused by the opposite shift of the charge-transfer band gap and the Cu2+ d-d crystal-field transitions with pressure. The high-pressure structure of Cs2CuCl4 above 4.9 GPa yields structural transformations that we ascribe to a change of coordination around Cu2+. The high-pressure phase appears largely amorphized, therefore any structural information from x-ray diffraction is ruled out. Here we use electronic and vibrational probes to get inside the structural information.

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 Fuente: Physical review. B, vol.99, iss. 13 (2019), 134106

Editorial: American Physical Society

 Fecha de publicación: 01/04/2019

Nº de páginas: 9

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.99.134106

ISSN: 1098-0121,1550-235X,2469-9950,2469-9969

Proyecto español: MAT2015-69508-P ; MAT2015-71010REDC

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.99.134106