Raman phonons and ageing-related surface disorder in NaxCoO 2

M. N. Iliev, A. P. Litvinchuk, R. L. Meng, Y. Y. Sun, J. Cmaidalka, C. W. Chu

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The polarized Raman spectra from ab and ac surfaces of single crystal NaxCoO2 (x≈0.7), parent compound of recently discovered superconductor NaxCoO2·yH2O, are reported and discussed. The crystals were hexagon platelets of typical size 3×3×0.1 mm. Three of the five (A1g+E1g+3E 2g) Raman active phonons were unambiguously identified at 458 (E 1g), 494 (E2g) and 574 (A1g) cm-1. The spectra from ab and ac surfaces differ significantly and provide evidence that within hours after preparation the ac surface, unlike the ab one, is strongly disordered. Within several days the disorder extends over the ab surface too.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-242
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Feb 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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