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Infrared spectra in amorphous alumina
Luigi Giacomazzi, Nikita S Shcheblanov, Mikhail E Povarnitsyn, Yanbo Li, Andraž Mavrič, Barbara Zupančič, Jože Grdadolnik, Alfredo Pasquarello, complete scientific database of research data

Abstract: We present a combined study based on experimental measurements of infrared (IR) dielectric function and first-principles calculations of IR spectra and vibrational density of states (VDOS) of amorphous alumina (am-Al₂O₃). In particular, we show that the main features of the imaginary part of the dielectric function ε₂(ω) at ~380 and 630 cm-¹ are related to the motions of threefold coordinated oxygen atoms, which are the vast majority of oxygen atoms in am-Al₂O₃. Our analysis (involving three model structures) provides an alternative point of view with respect to an earlier suggested assignment of the vibrational modes, which relates them to the stretching and bending vibrational modes of AlOₙ (n = 4, 5, and 6) polyhedra. Our assignment is based on the additive decomposition of the VDOS and ε₂(ω) spectra, which shows that: (i) the band at ~380 cm-¹ features oxygen motions occurring in a direction normal to the plane defined by the three nearest-neighbor aluminum atoms, i.e. out-of-plane motions of oxygen atoms; (ii) Al-O stretching vibrations (i.e. in-plane motions of oxygen atoms) appear at frequencies above ~500 cm-¹, which characterize the vibrational modes underlying the band at ~630 cm-¹.
Keywords: amorphous alumina, infrared spectra, first-principles calculations
Published in RUNG: 15.09.2023; Views: 1121; Downloads: 7
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Infrared spectra in amorphous alumina : a combined ab initio and experimental study
Luigi Giacomazzi, Nikita S. Shcheblanov, Mikhail E. Povarnitsyn, Yanbo Li, Andraž Mavrič, Barbara Zupančič, Jože Grdadolnik, Alfredo Pasquarello, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: We present a combined study based on the experimental measurements of an infrared (IR) dielectric function and first-principles calculations of IR spectra and the vibrational density of states (VDOS) of amorphous alumina (am−Al2O3). In particular, we show that the main features of the imaginary part of the dielectric function ε2(ω) at ∼380 and 630 cm−1 are related to the motions of threefold-coordinated oxygen atoms, which are the vast majority of oxygen atoms in am-Al2O3. Our analysis provides an alternative point of view with respect to an earlier suggested assignment of the vibrational modes, which relates them to the stretching and bending vibrational modes of AlOn (n=4, 5, and 6) polyhedra. Our assignment is based on the additive decomposition of the VDOS and ε2(ω) spectra, which shows that (i) the band at ∼380cm−1 features oxygen motions occurring in a direction normal to the plane defined by the three nearest-neighbor aluminum atoms, i.e., out-of-plane motions of oxygen atoms; (ii) Al-O stretching vibrations (i.e., in-plane motions of oxygen atoms) appear at frequencies above ∼500cm−1, which characterize the vibrational modes underlying the band at ∼630cm−1. Aluminum and fourfold-coordinated oxygen atoms contribute uniformly to the VDOS and ε2(ω) spectra in the frequency region ∼350–650 cm−1 without causing specific features. Our numerical results are in good agreement with the previous and presently obtained experimental data on the IR dielectric function of am−Al2O3 films. Finally, we show that the IR spectrum can be modeled successfully by assuming isotropic Born charges for aluminum atoms and fourfold-coordinated oxygen atoms, while requiring the use of three parameters, defined in a local reference frame, for the anisotropic Born charges of threefold-coordinated oxygen atoms.
Keywords: dielectric properties, microstructure, amorphous materials, density functional calculations, infrared techniques, aluminium oxide
Published in RUNG: 10.05.2023; Views: 1554; Downloads: 7
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Vibrational spectra of vitreous SiO2 and vitreous GeO2 from first principles
Luigi Giacomazzi, Alfredo Pasquarello, 2007, original scientific article

Keywords: SiO2, GeO2, glasses, ab-initio, vibrational spectra, Raman
Published in RUNG: 16.10.2018; Views: 3752; Downloads: 0
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Medium Range Structure of Tetrahedrally-Bonded Glasses through the First Principles Investigation of Raman spectra
Luigi Giacomazzi, Alfredo Pasquarello, 2012, published scientific conference contribution

Keywords: silica, germania, glasses, Raman, first-principles
Published in RUNG: 16.10.2018; Views: 4158; Downloads: 0
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Vibrational properties of vitreous GeSe2 with the Becke–Lee–Yang–Parr density functional
Luigi Giacomazzi, Carlo Massobrio, Alfredo Pasquarello, 2011, original scientific article

Keywords: GeSe2, glass, vibrational spectra, BLYP, Raman, first-principles, DFT, ab-initio
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Medium-range structure of vitreous SiO2 obtained through first-principles investigation of vibrational spectra
Luigi Giacomazzi, Paolo Umari, Alfredo Pasquarello, 2009, original scientific article

Keywords: silica, Raman, infrared, v-DOS, first-principles, glass
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First-principles investigation of the structural and vibrational properties of vitreous GeSe2
Luigi Giacomazzi, Carlo Massobrio, Alfredo Pasquarello, 2007, original scientific article

Keywords: GeSe2, glass, Raman, v-DOS, first-principles
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Vibrational spectra of vitreous germania from first-principles
Luigi Giacomazzi, Paolo Umari, Alfredo Pasquarello, 2006, original scientific article

Keywords: GeO2, glass, Raman, first-principles
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