An electron diffraction study of an inorganic spin-Peierls system CuGeO3 was performed. Weak superlattice reflections indexed by (h/2)k(l/2)(h, k, l: odd) are observed in electron diffraction patterns taken at about 10 K with the  electron incidence. The reflections are interpreted as characteristic of a superlattice structure of the space group Bbcm or Bbmm with cell dimensions a' ≃ 2a, b' ≃ b and c'≃ 2c and with dimerization of Cu atoms along the quasi-one-dimensional  or the  direction, which is strong evidence of the spin-Peierls transition. Strong diffuse streaks which run along the redirection through the fundamental reflections are observed at the same temperature. The streaks are attributed to low-frequency transverse acoustic waves of the oxygen octahedra and can be precursors to another phase transformation below the spin-Peierls transition.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)