Raman spectroscopic characterization of the copper, cobalt, and nickel selenites: Synthetic analogs of chalcomenite, cobaltomenite, and ahlfeldite

<p>Raman spectroscopy has been used to study synthetic analogs of the minerals chalcomenite, cobaltomenite, and ahlfeldite occurring in nature. The results obtained are compared with the spectra of these minerals. In general, the majority of vibrational bands of synthetic species are in good agreement with natural chalcomenite, cobaltomenite, and ahlfeldite. The noticeable discrepancies are found for the bands assigned to the deformation mode of selenite groups. A better signal-to-noise ratio realized with synthetic species aids in comprehensive analysis of the spectra, especially in the region of water bands.</p>