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

Crystal structure of Natrite



Crystal Data:

Crystal System: Monoclinic.

Point Group: 2/m

Cell Data:

Space Group: C 2/m, a = 8.906, b = 5.238, c = 6.045, Z = 4

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Density (calc.) = 2.54 and V = 276.82 Å3

Element color: Na, C, O
Natrite sample

Synthetic sample.

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Raman spectrum and vibrations of Natrite
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702 cm-1 - ν4b (E') 1080 cm-1 - ν1 (A'1) 1429 cm-1 - ν3a (E')

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Interpretation of Raman spectrum of Natrite

For natrite, the most intense Raman band, corresponding to the ν1 symmetric stretching vibration of the carbonate group, is at 1080 cm-1.

The 1429 cm-1 peak corresponds to the ν3 normal mode and line of 702 cm-1 is attributed to the ν4 symmetric bending mode. The Raman spectrum of Na2CO3 shows only one line of lattice mode, at 290 cm-1.

Buzgar et al., 20091 Beny, 1988 Assignment
290 111, 131, 149, 171, 189 T(Na,CO3)
702 701 ν4 symmetric deformation
ν2 asymmetric deformation
1080 1069
ν1 symmetric stretching
1429 1421
ν3 symmetric deformation

• The Mineralogy Database [link]

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

1BUZGAR N., APOPEI A. I. (2009) - The Raman study on certain carbonates. Analele Stiintifice ale Universitatii “Al. I. Cuza” - Iasi, Tome 55, issue 2, 97-112 [link]

• BENY C. (1988) - Societe Francaise de Mineralogie et de Cristallographie - Base donnees de spectres Raman. Natrite [link]