Phonon Raman spectra of Bi2Sr2-xLaxCuO6+d single crystals with x values close to 0, 0.4, and 0.8 have been investigated. Room-temperature measurements were performed in the five main polarization geometries, including the c-axis polarized configuration. We identify the 4A1g symmetry modes that are Raman allowed within the ideal body-centered-tetragonal unit cell, as well as several disorder activated phonon bands from the BiO and/or SrO layers. For an increasing degree of La doping, the O(2)Sr A1g mode at 624 cm-1 softens by 12 cm-1 between x=0 and x=0.8. We attribute this softening to a weakening of the Cu-O(2)Sr-Bi bond due to a reduction in Cu and Bi valences when going from the overdoped (x=0) to the underdoped (x=0.8) regime.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1997 Aug 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics