Self-Consistent Calculations of the Lattice Modes of Solid Nitrogen

  • J. C. Raich
  • N. S. Gillis


Recently considerable interest has been shown in the lattice modes of solid nitrogen. The librational and translational modes at k = 0 have been measured by Raman and infrared scattering.1,2 Solid nitrogen is observed in three phases: the α-phase, with an fcc molecular lattice, the hcp β-phase, and the body-centered tetragonal γ-phase. The space group for α-N2 is P213; however, the distortions from a Pa3 structure are very small.3 The α—β transition at zero pressure occurs at 35.6°K. This transition is accompanied by considerable anharmonicity in the librational modes.3,4 In the α phase all lines broaden substantially with increasing temperature. The frequency of the most intense line at about 32 cm−1 is found to decrease above about 20°K and to soften markedly near T αβ. Similar behavior is observed for the translational modes.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Raich
    • 1
  • N. S. Gillis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Sandia LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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