Raman analysis of an impacted $α$-GeO$_2$--H$_2$O mixture


Through a Raman analysis, we detected polymorphism at high pressure on mixtures of α-GeO2 microcrystalline powder and water under impact experiments with a single-stage gas gun. The Raman measurements taken from recovered samples show two vibrational modes associated with water-related species. After the impact, the size of the α-GeO2 crystallites was approximately 10 times higher showing molten zones and a lot of porous faces. Raman examination showed some unknown peaks possibly associated with other GeO2 polymorphs detected by X-ray diffraction experiments and perhaps stabilized in the porous of the α-GeO2 crystallites.

High Pressure Res. 32, 396–404 (2012)