High-pressure metallization and amorphization of the molecular crystal Sn(IBr)2

G. Yu Machavariani*, G. Kh Rozenberg, M. P. Pasternak, O. Naaman, R. D. Taylor

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An insulator-to-metal transition concurring with amorphization is found in the cubic (Pa3̄) molecular crystal Sn(IBr)2 at P ≈ 20 GPa. Measurements were carried out with diamond-anvil cells at pressures up to approx. 30 GPa using resistance measurements, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and 119Sn Mossbauer spectroscopy (MS). With increasing pressure a new crystalline phase is observed in the 10-23 GPa range; at P ≈ 16 GPa, a gradual onset of structural disorder is first observed, and full amorphization takes place at P ≥ 23 GPa. Both electronic properties as measured by R(P, T) and MS data are consistent with a gradual growth of disordered (SnI2Br2)n polymeric chains, formed by intermolecular I-I bonding allowing for electronic delocalization to occur. Upon decompression both XRD and 119Sn MS show a significant pressure hysteresis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-108
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 2 Apr 1999


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