Anomalous phonon properties in the silicide superconductors CaAlSi and SrAlSi

S. Kuroiwa, T. Hasegawa, T. Kondo, N. Ogita, M. Udagawa, J. Akimitsu

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Abstract

Lattice-dynamical properties of CaAlSi and SrAlSi with a similar layer structure to MgB2 have been first investigated by both Raman-scattering and ab initio calculations. All Raman-active phonons with E′ symmetry have been clearly observed for both compounds. Their line shapes are asymmetric but their linewidths are ∼10 cm-1, which is very narrower than that of MgB2. In addition to the Raman-active modes, several extra peaks have been observed below 160 cm-1. These low-energy extra modes can be assigned to the out-of-plane vibrations of Al perpendicular to Al-Si basal plane. Since these peak intensities are strongly affected by the incident energy (resonance Raman process), the electronic state is important for them. Moreover, in both crystals of CaAlSi and SrAlSi, we point out the energy difference for the different propagation directions along the c axis and the c plane, in spite of the very close wave vector to the Brillouin-zone center. This energy difference cannot be explained by a usual Raman-scattering scenario at this stage.

Original languageEnglish
Article number184303
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume78
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 10 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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