Original paper

Raman spectra of ilmenite-type phases on the Mg4Si4O12-Mg3Al2Si3O12 join

Reynard, Bruno; Kubo, Atsushi; Akaogi, Masaki

Abstract

Raman spectra of ilmenite-type phases on the Mg4Si4O12-Mg3Al2Si3O12 join have been collected. With increasing Al content, bandwidths increase while band positions remain nearly constant, consistent with the occurrence of disorder in the solid solution. However, at least eight active Raman bands are observed up to the highest Al content, which is inconsistent with the seven bands expected for an R3c corundum-type structure. It implies that Al, Mg and Si are ordered at short range distance and that the occurrence of a fully disordered corundum-type phase is unlikely within the narrow P-T range of stability of the ilmenite-structure phases in this system, unless ordering occurs during temperature quenching as is the case in Mg-rich majorites. The present Raman spectra also provides a basis for identification of silicate ilmenites in shocked meteorites.

Keywords

ilmeniteraman spectroscopyhigh pressurephase transition