OH in naturally occurring corundum


A. Beran1 and George R. Rossman

Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA 91125-2500


1Permanent address: Institut für Mineralogie und Kristallographie, Universität Wien-Geozentrum, Austria




            OH bands arising from intrinsic hydrous defects have been observed in the infrared spectra of a number of corundum crystals from worldwide localities.  The OH defects are most prominent in blue sapphire crystals suggesting an association of OH with oxidation/reduction reactions involving iron. The absolute concentrations are generally 0.5 ppm or lower; the linear OH absorption coefficient for the most intense band centered at 3310 cm-1 never exceeds 0.005 cm-1. In addition to the intrinsic OH defects, a number of previously identified hydrous inclusions often contribute to absorptions in the OH stretching  region of corundum.


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