We carried out Raman measurements on neutron-irradiated and Al-doped MgB2 samples. The Raman spectrum changes substantially in both cases and in a similar way, with the appearance of high-frequency spectral structures, whose spectral weight increases with increasing Al concentration and neutron irradiation fluence. In particular, in Al-doped samples the high-frequency peaks slightly harden with increasing Al concentration, due to the lattice compression, whereas in the neutron-irradiated samples, where no atomic substitution occurs, no frequency shift is detected. The appearance of high-frequency spectral structures in the irradiated samples, similar to those observed in Al-doped ones, is quite unexpected. By direct comparison of the Raman spectra with literature experimental phonon densities of states, we show that the modifications of the Raman spectrum in both irradiated and Al-doped samples are due to disorder-induced violations of the Raman selection rules. Theoretical calculations of the phonon density of states support this hypothesis, and demonstrate that the high-frequency structures arise mostly from contributions at q not equal 0 of the E-2g phonon mode.

Raman spectra of neutron-irradiated and Al-doped MgB2 / DI CASTRO, Daniele; E., Cappelluti; M., Lavagnini; A., Sacchetti; A., Palenzona; M., Putti; Postorino, Paolo. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER AND MATERIALS PHYSICS. - ISSN 1098-0121. - 74:10(2006), pp. 100505-1-100505-4. [10.1103/physrevb.74.100505]

Raman spectra of neutron-irradiated and Al-doped MgB2

DI CASTRO, Daniele;POSTORINO, Paolo
2006

Abstract

We carried out Raman measurements on neutron-irradiated and Al-doped MgB2 samples. The Raman spectrum changes substantially in both cases and in a similar way, with the appearance of high-frequency spectral structures, whose spectral weight increases with increasing Al concentration and neutron irradiation fluence. In particular, in Al-doped samples the high-frequency peaks slightly harden with increasing Al concentration, due to the lattice compression, whereas in the neutron-irradiated samples, where no atomic substitution occurs, no frequency shift is detected. The appearance of high-frequency spectral structures in the irradiated samples, similar to those observed in Al-doped ones, is quite unexpected. By direct comparison of the Raman spectra with literature experimental phonon densities of states, we show that the modifications of the Raman spectrum in both irradiated and Al-doped samples are due to disorder-induced violations of the Raman selection rules. Theoretical calculations of the phonon density of states support this hypothesis, and demonstrate that the high-frequency structures arise mostly from contributions at q not equal 0 of the E-2g phonon mode.
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