Strong Influence of the diffuse component on the lattice dynamics in Pb(Mg_1/3Nb_2/3)O_3 release_3fwjd7rlcfejzhqtaxvodii2hq

by C. Stock, H. Luo, D. Viehland, J.F. Li, I. Swainson, R.J. Birgeneau,, G. Shirane

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The temperature and zone dependence of the lattice dynamics in Pb(Mg_1/3Nb_2/3)O_3 is characterized using neutron inelastic scattering. A strong correlation between the diffuse and phonon scattering is measured. The lattice dynamics in Brillouin zones where the diffuse scattering is strong is observed to display qualitatively different behavior than those zones where the diffuse scattering is weak. In the (220) and (200) zones, where there is a weak diffuse component, the dynamics are well described by coupled harmonic oscillators. Compared with SrTiO_3, the coupling is weak and isotropic, resulting in only a small transfer of spectral weight from one mode to another. A comparison of the scattering in these zones to the (110) zone, where a strong diffuse component is present, reveals a strong coupling of the diffuse (or central) component to the acoustic mode. We speculate that the coupling to the central peak is the reason for several recent conflicting interpretations of the lattice dynamics based on data from zones with a strong diffuse component.
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