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Arcanite: Crystal structure | Sample photo | Raman spectrum | Interpretation | References

Crystal structure of Arcanite



Crystal Data:

Crystal System: Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal

Point Group: 2/m 2/m 2/m

Cell Data:

Space Group: Pmcn, a = 5.76, b = 10.05, c = 7.46, Z = 4

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Density (calc.) = 2.68 and V = 431.84 Å3

Element color: K, S, O
Arcanite sample

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Raman spectrum and vibrations of Arcanite
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Interpretation of Raman spectrum of Arcanite

The Raman spectrum of the arcanite has the strongest intensity band at 985 cm-1, which was assigned to the symmetric stretching mode ν1 of SO4 tetrahedra. The ν2 mode (symmetric bending) appears at 457 cm-1, the ν3 mode (triply degenerate asymmetric stretching) at 1097 cm-1, 1108 cm-1 and 1146 cm-1. The ν4 mode (asymmetric bending) was found at 622 cm-1.

Arcanite Assignments
Buzgar et al., 20091 Montero et al., 1974
453 ν2 SO4
457 457
617 ν4 SO4
622 622
985 983 ν1 SO4
1094 1093 ν3 SO4
1108 1109
1146 1145

• The Mineralogy Database [link]

• Crystal data (.cif file) from the American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database [link]

1BUZGAR N., BUZATU A., SANISLAV I. V. (2009) - The Raman study on certain sulfates. Analele Stiintifice ale Universitatii “Al. I. Cuza” - Iasi, Tome 55, issue 1, 5-23 [link]

• MONTERO S., SCHMOLZ R. (1974) - Raman spectra of orthorhombic sulfate single crystals I: K2SO4, Rb2SO4, Cs2SO4 and Tl2SO4. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 2, p. 101-113 [link]