Crystals 2012, 2(2), 528-578; doi:10.3390/cryst2020528
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Comprehensive Optical Investigations of Charge Order in Organic Chain Compounds (TMTTF)2X

1 Physikalisches Institut, Universität Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 57, D-70550 Stuttgart, Germany 2 Dip. Chimica Generale ed Inorganica, Chimica Analitica e Chimica Fisica, Università di Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze, 43124-I Parma, Italy
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Received: 2 March 2012; in revised form: 30 April 2012 / Accepted: 1 May 2012 / Published: 23 May 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Conductors)
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Abstract: Charge ordering in the (TMTTF)2X salts with centrosymmetric anions (X = PF‾6 , AsF‾6 , SbF‾6 ) leads to a ferroelectric state around 100 K. For the first time and in great completeness, the intra- and intermolecular vibrational modes of (TMTTF)2X have been investigated by infrared and Raman spectroscopy as a function of temperature and pressure for different polarizations. In this original paper, we explore the development and amount of charge disproportionation and the coupling of the electronic degrees of freedom to the counterions and the underlying lattice. The methyl groups undergo changes with temperature that are crucial for the anion cage formed by them. We find that the coupling of the TMTTF molecules to the hexafluorine anions changes upon cooling and especially at the charge-order transition, indicating a distortion of the anion. Additional features are identified that are caused by the anharmonic potential. The spin-Peierls transition entails additional modifications in the charge distribution. To complete the discussion, we also add the vibrational frequencies and eigenvectors based on ab-initio quantum-chemical calculations.
Keywords: charge order; spin-Peierls transition; vibrational spectroscopy; infrared spectroscopy; Raman spectroscopy

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Dressel, M.; Dumm, M.; Knoblauch, T.; Masino, M. Comprehensive Optical Investigations of Charge Order in Organic Chain Compounds (TMTTF)2X. Crystals 2012, 2, 528-578.

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Dressel M, Dumm M, Knoblauch T, Masino M. Comprehensive Optical Investigations of Charge Order in Organic Chain Compounds (TMTTF)2X. Crystals. 2012; 2(2):528-578.

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Dressel, Martin; Dumm, Michael; Knoblauch, Tobias; Masino, Matteo. 2012. "Comprehensive Optical Investigations of Charge Order in Organic Chain Compounds (TMTTF)2X." Crystals 2, no. 2: 528-578.

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