Infrared and raman spectra of single-crystal α-Lead Azide

Zafar Iqbal, W. Garrett, Chris W. Brown, S. S. Mitra

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The polarized transmission infrared spectra between 400 and 4000 cm -1 and the He-Ne laser excited Raman spectra between 30 and 1500 cm-1 of an oriented single crystal of α-lead azide (PbN 6), have been measured and the long-wavelength vibrational modes have been assigned by factor-group analysis. The observed splittings are in essential agreement with the reported space group D2h 16-Pnma. The Raman-active lattice modes are observed in the frequency range 30-210 cm-1. The appearance of peaks in the 1330-1360-cm -1 region due to the symmetric stretching vibration of the azide ion, in both the infrared and Raman spectra, confirms the presence of fairly asymmetric azide ions in the lattice. A probable relationship between a component of the bending mode frequency of the azide ion and the thermal instability of α-lead azide and related metal azides is pointed out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4528-4535
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1971
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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