Structural, vibrational, and electrical properties of 1T-TiTe2 under hydrostatic pressure: Experiments and theory

V, Rajaji and Dutta, Utpal and P C, Sreeparvathy and Sarma, Saurav Ch and Sorb, Y A and Joseph, B and Sahoo, Subodha and Peter, Sebastian C and V, Kanchana and Narayana, Chandrabhas (2018) Structural, vibrational, and electrical properties of 1T-TiTe2 under hydrostatic pressure: Experiments and theory. Physical review B, 97. pp. 1-13. ISSN 1098-0121

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We report the structural, vibrational, and electrical transport properties up to ∼16 GPa of 1T -TiTe2, a prominent layered 2D system. We clearly show signatures of two isostructural transitions at ∼2 GPa and ∼4 GPa obtained from the minima in c/a ratio concomitant with the phonon linewidth anomalies of Eg and A1g modes around the same pressures, providing a strong indication of unusual electron-phonon coupling associated with these transitions. Resistance measurements present nonlinear behavior over similar pressure ranges shedding light on the electronic origin of these pressure-driven isostructural transitions. These multiple indirect signatures of an electronic transition at ∼2 GPa and ∼4 GPa are discussed in connection with the recent theoretical proposal for 1T -TiTe2 and also the possibility of an electronic topological transition from our electronic Fermi surface calculations. Between 4 GPa and ∼8 GPa, the c/a ratio shows a plateau suggesting a transformation from an anisotropic 2D layer to a quasi-3D crystal network. First-principles calculations suggest that the 2D to quasi-3D evolution without any structural phase transitions is mainly due to the increased interlayer Te-Te interactions (bridging) via the charge density overlap. In addition, we observed a first-order structural phase transition from the trigonal (P3¯m1) to monoclinic (C2/m) phase at higher pressure regions. We estimate the start of this structural phase transition to be ∼8 GPa and also the coexistence of two phases [trigonal (P3¯m1) and monoclinic (C2/m)] was observed from ∼8 GPa to ∼16 GPa.

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