Panchal, V., López-Moreno, S., Santamaría-Pérez, D., Errandonea, D., Manjón, F. J., Rodríguez-Hernandez, P., Muñoz, A., Achary, S. N., & Tyagi, A. K. (2011). Zircon to monazite phase transition in CeVO4: X-ray diffraction and Raman-scattering measurements. Physical Review B 84, 024111. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.024111.
X-ray diffraction and Raman-scattering measurements on cerium vanadate have been performed up to 12 and 16 GPa, respectively. Experiments reveal at 5.3 GPa the onset of a pressure-induced irreversible phase transition from the zircon to the monazite structure. Beyond this pressure, diffraction peaks and Raman-active modes of the monazite phase are measured. The zircon-to-monazite transition in CeVO4 is distinctive among the other rare-earth orthovanadates. We also observed softening of external translational T(Eg) and internal ?2(B2g) bending modes. We attribute it to mechanical instabilities of zircon phase against the pressure-induced distortion. We additionally report lattice-dynamical and total-energy calculations which are in agreement with the experimental results. Finally, the effect of nonhydrostatic stresses on the structural sequence is studied and the equations of state of different phases are reported.