Skip to main content

Vibrational and structural properties of \(P_2O_5\) glass: Advances from a combined modeling approach

Shcheblanov, N. S., Giacomazzi, L., Povarnitsyn, M. E., Kohara, S., Martin-Samos, L., Mountjoy, G., Newport, R.J., Haworth, R. C., Richard, N., Ollier, N. and others. (2019) Vibrational and structural properties of \(P_2O_5\) glass: Advances from a combined modeling approach. Physical Review B, 100 (13). Article Number 134309. ISSN 2469-9950. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.100.134309) (KAR id:77650)

PDF Publisher pdf
Language: English
Download (1MB) Preview
PDF Author's Accepted Manuscript
Language: English

Restricted to Repository staff only
Contact us about this Publication
Official URL


We present experimental measurements and ab initio simulations of the crystalline and amorphous phases of \(P_2O_5\). The calculated Raman, infrared, and vibrational density of states (VDOS) spectra are in excellent agreement with experimental measurements and contain the signatures of all the peculiar local structures of the amorphous phase, namely, bridging and nonbridging (double-bonded or terminal) oxygens and tetrahedral \(PO_4\) units associated with \(Q^2\), \(Q^3\), and \(Q^4\) species (\(Q^n\) denotes the various types of \(PO_4\) tetrahedra, with \(n\) being the number of bridging oxygen atoms that connect the tetrahedra to the rest of the network). In order to reveal the internal structure of the vibrational spectrum, the characteristics of vibrational modes in different frequency ranges are investigated using a mode-projection approach at different symmetries based on the \(T_d\) symmetry group. In particular, the VDOS spectrum in the range from \(∼ 600\) to \(870\) \(cm^-\)\(^1\) is dominated by bending (\(F_2\)\(_b\)) motions related to bridging oxygen and phosphorus (\(∼ 800\) \(cm^-\)\(^1\) band) atoms, while the high-frequency doublet zone (\(∼ 870 – 1250\) \(cm^-\)\(^1\) is associated mostly with the asymmetric ((\(F_2\)\(_s\)) and symmetric (\(A_1\)) stretching modes, and most prominent peak around \(1400\) \(cm^-\)\(^1\) (exp. \(1380 \) \(cm^-\)\(^1\)) is mainly due to asymmetric stretching vibrations supported by double-bonded oxygen atoms. The lower-frequency range below \(600\) \(cm^-\)\(^1\) is shown to arise from a mixture of bending (\(E\) and (\(F_2\)\(_b\)) and rotation (\(F_1\)) modes. The scissors bending (\(E\)) and rotation (\(F_1\)) modes are well localized below \(600\) \(cm^-\)\(^1\), whereas the (\(F_2\)\(_b\) bending modes spread further into the range \(∼ 600 – 870\) \(cm^-\)\(^1\). The projections of the eigenmodes onto \(Q^2\), \(Q^3\), and \(Q^4\) species yield well-defined contributions at frequencies in striking correspondence with the positions of the Raman and infrared bands.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1103/PhysRevB.100.134309
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Gavin Mountjoy
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 15:00 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 09:41 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Mountjoy, G.:
  • Depositors only (login required):