Raman spectroscopic study of the mineral thorikosite Pb3(OH)(SbO3,AsO3)Cl2 : a mineral of archaeological significance

Frost, Ray L. & Bahfenne, Silmarilly (2011) Raman spectroscopic study of the mineral thorikosite Pb3(OH)(SbO3,AsO3)Cl2 : a mineral of archaeological significance. Spectroscopy Letters, 44(1), pp. 63-66.

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The mineral thorikosite Pb3(OH)(SbO3,AsO3)Cl2 is named after the ancient city of Thorikos, in the region of Attica, where the ancient mine sites dating back to the bronze ages are found.
Raman spectra of the antimonate bearing mineral thorikosite Pb3(OH)(SbO3,AsO3)Cl2 were studied, and related to the structure of the mineral. Two intense Raman peaks are observed at 596 and 730 cm-1 and are assigned to the Sb3+O3 and As3+O3 stretching vibrations. A peak at 1085 cm-1 is assigned to the Sb3+OH deformation mode. Raman band at 325 cm-1 is assigned to an OAsO bending vibration of the As3+O3 units and the bands at 269 and 275 cm-1 are attributed to the OSbO bending modes of the Sb3+O3 units. The intense Raman bands at 112 and 133 cm-1 are associated with PbCl stretching modes. Minerals such as nealite and thorikosite are minerals of archaeological significance. Yet no spectroscopic studies of these minerals have been undertaken.

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ID Code: 39633
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: thorikosite, nealite, coquandite, Raman spectroscopy, antimonite, archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/00387010903508580
ISSN: 0038-7010
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600) > Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy (030606)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Chemistry
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2011 21:49
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2011 14:10

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