Title: Pressure-induced phase transitions in LnTe (Ln=La, Gd, Ho, Yb) and AmTe
Citation: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-CONDENSED MATTER no. 25 p. 265401 (6pp)
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC83087
ISSN: 0953-8984
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0953-8984/25/26/265401
DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/25/26/265401
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The structural behaviour under compression of different lanthanide (La, Gd, Ho, Yb) and actinide (Am) monochalcogenides is studied by means of in situ high-pressure x-ray diffraction. All the investigated compounds crystallize at ambient conditions within a cubic (B1) NaCl-type structure but show different behaviours at high pressures. LaTe and AmTe undergo B1 to B2 (CsCl-type structure) phase transitions, starting at 9 GPa and 12 GPa, respectively. The high-pressure phase of AmTe exhibits an electronic transition, identified by an anomaly in the compression curve which is accompanied by a sample colour change. The other three monochalcogenides studied here show clear evidence of decomposition and amorphization under pressure and are, to the best of our knowledge, the first in the LnTe series to show a pressure-induced amorphization. The bulk moduli of all B1-type structure compounds are calculated using the third-order Birch–Murnaghan equation of state.
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