Normal mode determination of perovskite crystal structures with octahedral rotations: theory and applications
Nuclear site analysis methods are used to enumerate the normal modes of ABX3 perovskite polymorphs with octahedral rotations. We provide the modes of the 14 subgroups of the cubic aristotype describing the Glazer octahedral tilt patterns, which are obtained from rotations of the BX6 octahedra with different sense and amplitude about high-symmetry axes. We tabulate all normal modes of each tilt system and specify the contribution of each atomic species to the mode displacement pattern, elucidating the physical meaning of the symmetry unique modes. We have systematically generated 705 schematic atomic displacement patterns for the normal modes of all 15 (14 rotated + 1 unrotated) Glazer tilt systems. We show through some illustrative examples how to use these tables to identify the octahedral rotations, symmetric breathing, and first-order Jahn-Teller anti-symmetric breathing distortions of the BX6 octahedra, and the associated Raman selection rules. We anticipate that these tables and schematics will be useful in understanding the lattice dynamics of bulk perovskites and could serve as a reference point in elucidating the atomic origins of a wide range of physical properties of synthetic perovskite thin films and superlattices.
Journal of Physics Condensed Matter
- Pub Date:
- May 2013
- Condensed Matter - Materials Science
- 17 pages, 3 figures, 17 tables. Supporting information accessed through link specified within manuscript