The Raman spectra of high-purity samples of YBa2Cu3Ox were studied as a function of oxygen content 6<x<7. The most important changes occurred in the spectral range corresponding to the stretching vibrations of Cu-O bonds. At the transition from the superconducting orthorhombic to the semiconducting tetragonal phase, x=6.5, the intensity of the highest-frequency mode at 632 cm-1 drops drastically as oxygen is removed from the Cu(1)-O(1) chains. The two Raman modes at 440 and 500 cm-1 merge into a single mode at 472 cm-1. The correlation between the phase transition and changes in the spectra is discussed.
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- Condensed Matter Physics