The high-pressure phase sequence in nanocrystalline zirconia

  • P. BouvierEmail author
  • V. Dmitriev
  • G. Lucazeau


X-ray diffraction and Raman data on the pressure induced phase transitions of a nanometric zirconia, ZrO2, are analyzed via a classical phenomenological Landau approach of the bulk. It is concluded that the initial tetragonal structure (D 4h 15), which is a metastable bulk state of zirconia at ambient conditions, evolves continuously towards the ideal cubic fluorite structure (O h 5) via an intermediate tetragonal form (D 4h 14). The proposed phenomenological model describes consistently all experimental peculiarities, including the hybridization and softening of the low-frequency Raman active modes along with lattice-parameter anomalies.


Zirconia Phase Transition Fluorite Ambient Condition Active Mode 
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  1. 1.Laboratoire d’Électrochimie et de Physico-Chimie des Matériaux et des InterfacesINPG-CNRSSt. Martin d’Héres CedexFrance

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