Elasticity of single-crystal SmAlO3, GdAlO3 and ScAlO3 perovskites

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The adiabatic single-crystal elastic moduli of SmAlO3, GdAlO3 and ScAlO3, all with the orthorhombic perovskite structure, have been measured by Brillouin spectroscopy under ambient conditions. These 3 compounds display various degrees of crystallographic distortion from the ideal cubic perovskite structure. We find that longitudinal moduli in directions parallel to the axes of a pseudocubic subcell are nearly equal and insensitive to distortions of the crystal structure from cubic symmetry, whereas, the moduli C11 and C22, parallel to the orthorhombic axes, display pronounced anisotropy with the exception of ScAlO3. The shear moduli also correlate with distortion from cubic symmetry, as measured by rotation, or tilt angles, of the AlO6 octahedra. Our data support the observations of Liebermann et al. that perovskite-structure compounds define consistent elasticity trends relating bulk modulus and molar volume, and sound speed and mean atomic weight. These relationships have been used to estimate bulk and shear moduli for the high-pressure polymorphs of CaSiO3 and MgSiO3 with the perovskite structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-156
Number of pages12
JournalPhysics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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