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Anomalous high-pressure Jahn-Teller behavior in CuWO4

Abstract: High-pressure optical-absorption measurements performed in CuWO4 up to 20 GPa provide experimental evidence of the persistence of the Jahn-Teller (JT) distortion in the whole pressure range both in the low-pressure triclinic and in the high-pressure monoclinic phase. The electron-lattice couplings associated with the egðE  eÞ and t2gðT  eÞ orbitals of Cu2þ in CuWO4 are obtained from correlations between the JT distortion of the CuO6 octahedron and the associated structure of Cu2þ d-electronic levels. This distortion and its associated JT energy (EJT) decrease upon compression in both phases. However, both the distortion and associated EJT increase sharply at the phase-transition pressure (PPT ¼ 9:9 GPa), and we estimate that the JT distortion persists for a wide pressure range not being suppressed up to 37 GPa. These results shed light on the transition mechanism of multiferroic CuWO4, suggesting that the pressure-induced structural phase transition is a way to minimize the distortive effects associated with the toughness of the JT distortion.

 Autoría: Ruiz-Fuertes J., Segura A., Rodríguez F., Errandonea D., Sanz-Ortiz M.,

 Fuente: Physical Review Letters, 2012, 108(16), 166402

 Editorial: American Physical Society

 Fecha de publicación: 01/04/2012

 Nº de páginas: 4

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.166402

 ISSN: 0031-9007,1079-7114

 Proyecto español: MAT2010-21270-C04-01

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.166402