Pressure-induced structural phase transition in fullerides doped with rare-earth metals

Dam Hieu Chi, Y. Iwasa, K. Uehara, T. Takenobu, T. Ito, T. Mitani, E. Nishibori, M. Takata, M. Sakata, Y. Ohishi, K. Kato, Y. Kubozono

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Rare-earth-metal-doped fullerides with nominal composition of (formula presented) (formula presented) Eu) adopt a pseudomonoclinic structure in which (formula presented) dimers glued with rare-earth ions are involved. High-pressure powder x-ray diffraction experiments revealed that these compounds undergo a reversible first-order structural phase transition at 1.5 GPa, associated with 2.7%–2.9% reduction of the unit cell volume. Structural analyses showed that the rare-earth ions, which are located close to the edge of tetrahedral sites at ambient pressure, move back to the center of the tetrahedral sites. Simultaneously, (formula presented) molecules are realigned so that the fivefold (long) axes are perpendicular to the (formula presented) or (formula presented) plane at high pressure. The derived charge density map indicates that the transition is regarded as a structural change from dimers to three-dimensional polymers of fullerenes. These features are ascribed to the unique bonding nature in rare-earth (formula presented) compounds.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 3 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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