Abstract

In this work, the vibrational spectra of hexagonal hydroxylapatite OHAp (space group P63) and type A carbonated apatite [Ca10(PO4)6(CO3), space group P1] have been calculated with an ab initio approach by the density function method using the hybrid B3LYP functional and an all-electron polarized double-ζ quality Gaussian-type basis set using the CRYSTAL09 computer program. The effect on the vibrational properties due to improving the Ca pseudopotential, usually adopted in previous studies on hydroxylapatite, toward the present all-electron basis set has also been briefly addressed. The anharmonic correction for hydroxyl groups in OHAp has also been considered. The results of the modeling are in good agreement with the available FTIR and Raman data presented in the literature and can be useful to experimental researchers to assign unequivocally the bands in infrared and Raman spectra to specific fundamental vibrational modes.

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