Phonons and their dispersion in model ferroelastics Hg 2Hal 2

E. M. Roginskii, A. A. Kvasov, Yu F. Markov, M. B. Smirnov

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Dispersion relations of the acoustic and optical phonon frequencies have been calculated and plotted, and the density of states of the phonon spectrum of Hg 2Cl 2 and Hg 2Br 2 crystals has been derived. The effect of hydrostatic pressure on the frequencies of acoustic and optical phonons and their dispersion has been theoretically analyzed. It has been found that an increase in the pressure leads to a strong softening of the slowest acoustic TA branch (the soft mode) at the X point of the Brillouin zone boundary, which is consistent with the phenomenological Landau theory and correlates with experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-904
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics of the Solid State
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012

Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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