Phonon linewidths in YNi2B2C

TitlePhonon linewidths in YNi2B2C
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsPintschovius L, Weber F, Reichardt W, Kreyssig A, Heid R, Reznik D, Stockert O, Hardil K
Journal TitlePramana-Journal of Physics
Date Published10/01
ISBN Number0304-4289
Accession NumberISI:000263069300011
Keywordsdensity functional theory, electron phonon coupling, inelastic neutron scattering, scattering

Phouons in a metal interact with conduction electrons which give rise to a finite linewidth. In the normal state, this leads to a Lorentzian shape of the phonon line. Density functional theory is able to predict the phonon linewidths as a function of wave vector for each branch of the phonon dispersion. An experimental verification of such predictions is feasible only for compounds with very strong electron-phonon coupling. YN2B2C was chosen as a test example because it is a conventional superconductor with a fairly high T-c (15.2 K). Inelastic neutron scattering experiments did largely confirm the theoretical predictions. Moreover, they revealed a strong temperature dependence of the linewidths of some phonons with particularly strong electron phonon coupling which can as yet only qualitatively be accounted for by theory. For such phonons, marked changes of the phonon frequencies and linewidths were observed from room temperature down to 15 K. Further changes were observed on entering into the superconducting state. These changes can, however, not be described simply by a change of the phonon linewidth.

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