Spectroscopic signature of spinchargelattice coupling in CuB2O2

Rea Divina Mero, Chun Hao Lai, Chao Hung Du, Hsiang Lin Liu*

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CuB2O2has attracted considerable attention because of its unique chemical and physical properties and potential practical applications. In this paper, we investigated the optical properties of CuB2O2single crystals through spectroscopic ellipsometry and Raman scattering spectroscopy. The optical absorption spectrum at room temperature revealed a direct band gap at approximately 3.88 0.01 eV and two bands near 4.49 and 5.90 eV. The observed bands were related to charge transfer of electrons from the 2p states of the oxygen ions to the 3d states of the copper ions. The band gap exhibited unusual redshift with a decrease in temperature. Upon cooling across 21 K, which is the canted antiferromagnetic ordering temperature, the band gap, peak energy, and normalized intensity of charge-Transfer bands presented anomalies. Furthermore, 38 phonon modes were identified in the room-Temperature Raman scattering spectrum of CuB2O2. The phonon modes at approximately 335, 393, 403, 445, 473, 598, 706, 787, and 900 cm1 exhibited softening below 21 K. The spinphonon coupling constants were estimated to be 0.020.03 cm1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4322-4329
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Energy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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