Physics of the Solid State

, Volume 53, Issue 12, pp 2495–2499 | Cite as

IR spectroscopy of quartz nanocrystals formed during intense crushing of a heterogeneous material (granite)

  • V. I. VettegrenEmail author
  • R. I. Mamalimov
  • G. A. Sobolev
  • S. M. Kireenkova
  • Yu. A. Morozov
  • A. I. Smul’skaya
Optical Properties


The spectra of the imaginary part ɛ″(ν) of the permittivity of quartz single crystals and a heterogeneous material, i.e., pseudotachylite, formed during intense crushing of granite in the region of the seismogenic Earth’s crust fault have been calculated from IR reflection spectra. It has been found that all strong bands in the pseudotachylite spectrum ɛ″(ν) correspond to lattice vibrations in quartz nanocrystals. Bands are asymmetrically broadened due to dielectric and phonon confinements. Linear sizes of quartz nanocrystals have been estimated from the broadening as ∼70 nm. The frequency of nanocrystal lattice vibrations is higher than that of the macrocrystal, which is caused by lattice compression. The internal stresses which could cause the observed change in the frequency are ∼200 MPa.


Lattice Vibration Lattice Compression Band Shape Phonon Confinement Quartz Single Crystal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. I. Vettegren
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. I. Mamalimov
    • 1
  • G. A. Sobolev
    • 2
  • S. M. Kireenkova
    • 2
  • Yu. A. Morozov
    • 2
  • A. I. Smul’skaya
    • 2
  1. 1.Ioffe Physical-Technical InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Schmidt Institute of Physics of the EarthRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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