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Suetomi, Yasuhiko
Fujita, Takahiro K.
Tanaka, Tomoo
Marcos A. Avila
NDC
Physics
abstract
To investigate the off-center rattling motion and its charge-carrier dependence in type-I clathrate compounds, we carried out ultrasonic measurements on type-I Ba8Ga16Sn30 and a reference compound, K8Ga8Sn38. We found elastic softening of C44 originating from a lattice instability due to the off-center rattling motion of Ba atom in Ba8Ga16Sn30. Elastic softening below 1 K suggests that the lattice instability remains at very low temperatures. We also found ultrasonic dispersion which has no mode selectivity. No-mode-selective ultrasonic dispersion in Ba8Ga16Sn30 would be caused by a strong electron-phonon coupling. No charge-carrier dependence is observed between n-type and p-type Ba8Ga16Sn30. The significant softening on the bulk modulus in Ba8Ga16Sn30 contrasts to the continuous hardening in K8Ga8Sn38, indicating the central role of the rattling motion in the softening.
journal title
Physical Review B
volume
Volume 85
issue
Issue 8
start page
085101-1
end page
085101-7
date of issued
2012
publisher
American Physical Society
issn
1098-0121
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publisher doi
language
eng
nii type
Journal Article
HU type
Journal Articles
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application/pdf
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(c) 2012 American Physical Society
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department
Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter