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  1. Nonequilibrium phonon effects in midinfrared quantum cascade lasers

    Shi, Y. B., E-mail: yshi9@wisc.edu; Knezevic, I., E-mail: knezevic@engr.wisc.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1691 (United States)

    2014-09-28

    We investigate the effects of nonequilibrium phonon dynamics on the operation of a GaAs-based midinfrared quantum cascade laser over a range of temperatures (77–300 K) via a coupled ensemble Monte Carlo simulation of electron and optical-phonon systems. Nonequilibrium phonon effects are shown to be important below 200 K. At low temperatures, nonequilibrium phonons enhance injection selectivity and efficiency by drastically increasing the rate of interstage electron scattering from the lowest injector state to the next-stage upper lasing level via optical-phonon absorption. As a result, the current density and modal gain at a given field are higher and the threshold current density lower and considerably closer to experiment than results obtained with thermal phonons. By amplifying phonon absorption, nonequilibrium phonons also hinder electron energy relaxation and lead to elevated electronic temperatures.

  2. LO-phonon assisted polariton laser

    Maragkou, M.; Grundy, A. J. D.; Ostatnický, T.; Lagoudakis, P. G.

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate the role of LO-phonon assisted polariton relaxation in reducing the stimulation threshold in strongly coupled microcavities. When the energy of the relaxation bottleneck is one LO-phonon above the ground polariton state, we observe a ten-fold improvement of the polariton relaxation rate in the linear regime, and a two-fold reduction of the threshold to the non-linear polariton lasing regime.

  3. Dynamics of a vertical cavity quantum cascade phonon laser structure

    Maryam, W.; Akimov, A. V.; Campion, R. P.; Kent, Anthony

    2013-01-01

    Driven primarily by scientific curiosity, but also by the potential applications of intense sources of coherent sound, researchers have targeted the phonon laser (saser) since the invention of the optical laser over 50 years ago. Here we fabricate a vertical cavity structure designed to operate as a saser oscillator device at a frequency of 325 GHz. It is based on a semiconductor superlattice gain medium, inside a multimode cavity between two acoustic Bragg reflectors. We measure the acoustic...

  4. Dynamics of a vertical cavity quantum cascade phonon laser structure

    Maryam, W.; Akimov, A. V.; Campion, R. P.; Kent, A. J.

    2013-01-01

    Driven primarily by scientific curiosity, but also by the potential applications of intense sources of coherent sound, researchers have targeted the phonon laser (saser) since the invention of the optical laser over 50 years ago. Here we fabricate a vertical cavity structure designed to operate as a saser oscillator device at a frequency of 325 GHz. It is based on a semiconductor superlattice gain medium, inside a multimode cavity between two acoustic Bragg reflectors. We measure the acoustic output of the device as a function of time after applying electrical pumping. The emission builds in intensity reaching a steady state on a timescale of order 0.1 μs. We show that the results are consistent with a model of the dynamics of a saser cavity exactly analogous to the models used for describing laser dynamics. We also obtain estimates for the gain coefficient, steady-state acoustic power output and efficiency of the device. PMID:23884078

  5. Multi-phonon-assisted absorption and emission in semiconductors and its potential for laser refrigeration

    Khurgin, Jacob B

    2014-01-01

    Laser cooling of semiconductors has been an elusive goal for many years, and while attempts to cool the narrow gap semiconductors such as GaAs are yet to succeed, recently, net cooling has been attained in a wider gap CdS. This raises the question of whether wider gap semiconductors with higher phonon energies and stronger electron-phonon coupling are better suitable for laser cooling. In this work we develop a straightforward theory of phonon-assisted absorption and photoluminescence of semiconductors that involves more than one phonon and use to examine wide gap materials, such as GaN and CdS and compare them with GaAs. The results indicate that while strong electron-phonon coupling in both GaN and CdS definitely improves the prospects of laser cooling, large phonon energy in GaN may be a limitation, which makes CdS a better prospect for laser cooling.

  6. Laser structuring for control of coupling between THz light and phonon modes

    Wang, X W; Balcytis, A; Kasalynas, I; Jakstas, V; Janonis, V; Venckevicius, R; Buividas, R; Appadoo, D; Valusis, G; Juodkazis, S

    2016-01-01

    Modification of surface and volume of sapphire is shown to affect reflected and transmitted light at THz spectral range. Structural modifications were made using ultra-short 230 fs laser pulses at 1030 nm and 257.5 nm wavelengths forming surface ripples of ~250 nm and 60 nm period, respectively. Softening of the transverse optical phonon TO1 mode due to disorder was the most pronounced in reflection from laser ablated surface. It is shown that sub-surface periodic patterns of laser damage sites have also modified reflection spectrum due to coupling of THz radiation with phonons. Application potential of laser structuring and disordering for phononic engineering is discussed.

  7. Inter-Landau level scattering and LO-phonon emission in Terahertz quantum cascade laser

    Péré-Laperne, Nicolas; De Vaulchier, Louis-Anne; Guldner, Yves; Bastard, Gérald; Scalari, Giacomo; Giovannini, Marcella; Faist, Jérôme; Vasanelli, Angela; Dhillon, Sukhdeep; Sirtori, Carlo

    2007-01-01

    A Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser (THz QCL) structure based on a bound to continuum and LO-phonon extraction stage is studied under a strong magnetic field. Two series of power oscillations as a function of magnetic field are observed. Comprehensive simulations of the lifetimes allow the first series to be assigned to interface roughness (elastic) and the second to LO phonon scattering (inelastic) of hot carriers in an excited Landau level, previously unobserved in terahertz QCL. We demonstra...

  8. Low phonon energy Nd:LaF3 channel waveguide lasers fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy

    Bhutta, T.; Chardon, A.M.; Shepherd, D. P.; Daran, E.; Serrano, C.; Munoz-Yague, A.

    2001-01-01

    We report the first fabrication and laser operation of channel waveguides based on LaF3 planar thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. To our knowledge, this is the lowest phonon energy dielectric material to have shown guided-wave laser operation to date. A full characterization, in terms of spectroscopy, laser results, and propagation losses, is given for the planar thin films upon which the channel waveguides are based. Two channel-fabrication methods are then described, the first invo...

  9. Ultrafast electron diffraction from non-equilibrium phonons in femtosecond laser heated Au films

    Chase, T. [Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States); Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Trigo, M.; Reid, A. H.; Dürr, H. A. [Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States); Li, R.; Vecchione, T.; Shen, X.; Weathersby, S.; Coffee, R.; Hartmann, N.; Wang, X. J. [SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States); Reis, D. A. [Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States); Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); PULSE Institute, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States)

    2016-01-25

    We use ultrafast electron diffraction to detect the temporal evolution of non-equilibrium phonons in femtosecond laser-excited ultrathin single-crystalline gold films. From the time-dependence of the Debye-Waller factor, we extract a 4.7 ps time-constant for the increase in mean-square atomic displacements. The observed increase in the diffuse scattering intensity demonstrates that the energy transfer from laser-heated electrons to phonon modes near the X and K points in the Au fcc Brillouin zone proceeds with timescales of 2.3 and 2.9 ps, respectively, faster than the Debye-Waller average mean-square displacement.

  10. Ultrafast electron diffraction from non-equilibrium phonons in femtosecond laser heated Au films

    We use ultrafast electron diffraction to detect the temporal evolution of non-equilibrium phonons in femtosecond laser-excited ultrathin single-crystalline gold films. From the time-dependence of the Debye-Waller factor, we extract a 4.7 ps time-constant for the increase in mean-square atomic displacements. The observed increase in the diffuse scattering intensity demonstrates that the energy transfer from laser-heated electrons to phonon modes near the X and K points in the Au fcc Brillouin zone proceeds with timescales of 2.3 and 2.9 ps, respectively, faster than the Debye-Waller average mean-square displacement

  11. Effect of Pulse Width and Fluence of Femtosecond Laser on Electron-Phonon Relaxation Time

    FANG Ran-Ran; ZHANG Duan-Ming; WEI Hua; LI Zhi-Hua; YANG Feng-Xia; TAN Xin-Yu

    2008-01-01

    The electron-phonon relaxation time as functions of pulse width and fluence of femtosecond laser is studied based on the two-temperature model. The two-temperature model is solved using a finite difference method for copper target. The temperature distribution of the electron and the lattice along with space and time for a certain laser fluence is presented. The time-dependence of lattice and electron temperature of the surface for different pulse width and different laser fluence are also performed, respectively. Moreover, the variation of heat-affected zone per pulse with laser fluence is obtained. The satisfactory agreement between our numerical results and experimental data indicates that the electron-phonon relaxation time is reasonably accurate with the influences of pulse width and fluence of femtosecond laser.

  12. Structural transformations in silicon under exposure by femtosecond laser pulse: role of electron-hole plasma and phonon-phonon anharmonism

    It is experimentally shown for the first time that by the effect of the feed-up laser pulse of 100 fs duration on the silicon target the consecutive structural transitions of the substance into the new crystalline and liquid metallic phase occur both during the laser pulse feed-up and after 0.1-103 ps, depending on the material excitation conditions. The thresholds of the observed structural transitions are determined and the phonon nodes, responsible for therefore, are identified. The structural transitions dynamics in the silicon by the 01.-103 ps times is described within the frames of the model of the phonon modes instability, originating due to the plasma electron-hole effect and also due to the intra- and intermode phonon-phonon anharmonic interactions

  13. Highly Efficient Lasing Action of Nd3+- and Cr3+-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Ceramics Based on Phonon-Assisted Cross-Relaxation Using Solar Light Source

    Saiki, Taku; Nakatsuka, Masahiro; Imasaki, Kazuo

    2010-08-01

    We constructed a theory to explain the mechanism of laser generation with a high optical-optical conversion efficiency for Nd3+- and Cr3+-doped yttrium aluminum ceramics when sunlight or lamplight sources are used for pumping. As a result, a unique mechanism of laser action was found where the solar or lamp-light power could be converted to laser power with a high efficiency close to 80%, which has not previously been observed. The high conversion efficiency was not only considered to be based on one-to-one photon conversion but on two-photon excitation by a single photon with phonon assistance. Thus, the mechanism of lasing action should include a process where thermal energy is converted to photon energy. The theoretical results we obtained were consistent with those of the experiments.

  14. A phonon scattering assisted injection and extraction based terahertz quantum cascade laser

    Dupont, E; Fathololoumi, S; Wasilewski, Z. R.; Aers, G.; Laframboise, S. R.; Lindskog, M; Wacker, A.; Ban, D.; Liu, H. C.

    2012-01-01

    A novel lasing scheme for terahertz quantum cascade lasers, based on consecutive phonon-photon-phonon emissions per module, is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The charge transport of the proposed structure is modeled using a rate equation formalism. An optimization code based on a genetic algorithm was developed to find a four-well design in the $\\mathrm{GaAs/Al_{0.25}Ga_{0.75}As}$ material system that maximizes the product of population inversion and oscillator strength at 150 K. T...

  15. Rapid phase change induced by double picosecond laser pulses and the dynamics of acoustic phonons

    For a given phase change material and composition, the double laser pulses better than a single pulse for the crystallization process. We investigated the crystallization process in Si15Sb85 thin films induced by double picosecond pulses with constant fluence and variable intervals. The crystallization degree is a function of the intervals of double pump laser pulses. The crystallization time decreased with the increasing of the intervals of the pump pulses. We believe that acoustic phonons play a key role in the crystallization process. - Highlights: • The double pulse crystallization is easier than the single pulse crystallization. • The crystallization is a function of the intervals of double pump laser pulses. • The crystallization time decreases with the increase of the pump pulse intervals. • Acoustic phonons play a key role in the crystallization process

  16. Experimental Study of Photon-Phonon Interactions in an Explosive by Laser Probe Mass Spectrography

    Eloy, J.; Delpuech, A.

    1995-01-01

    We have shown in a series of previous papers the part of the molecular electronic structure played in the decomposition process of an explosive submitted to a shock wave. This part is important especially as regards energy transfer properties. This work is intented to investigate the process of these transfers by the study of photon-phonon interactions in this type of material. The experimental technique used for this purpose is laser probe mass spectrography. The first tested explosives are ...

  17. Enhanced performance of thin-disk lasers by pumping into the zero-phonon line.

    Weichelt, Birgit; Voss, Andreas; Abdou Ahmed, Marwan; Graf, Thomas

    2012-08-01

    Pumping Yb:YAG or Yb:LuAG into the zero-phonon line at 969 nm instead of using the common pump wavelength of 940 nm reduces the heat generation by 32%. In addition to the 3% increase of the Stokes efficiency, this significantly reduces the diffraction losses caused by the thermally induced phase distortions leading to a remarkable increase of the overall efficiency especially of fundamental-mode thin-disk lasers. Using this pumping scheme in an Yb:LuAG thin-disk laser, we achieved 742 W of nearly diffraction limited (M2≈1.5) output power at an unprecedented high optical efficiency of 58.5%. For multimode operation (M2≈15) the maximum optical efficiency of an Yb:YAG thin-disk laser was increased to 72%. PMID:22859080

  18. Temperature performance of terahertz quantum-cascade lasers with resonant-phonon active-regions

    Significant progress has recently been made toward improving the power output, beam quality and spectral characteristics of terahertz quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). However, the maximum operating temperature of the best-performing devices has become relatively stagnant and is in the range of 150–200 K for QCLs designed to emit in the frequency range of 2–4 THz. Such QCLs are primarily designed with resonant-phonon depopulation schemes. The requirement to cryogenically cool terahertz QCLs leads to stringent limitations on their use for various applications. Although significant advances have been made to model quantum transport in quantum cascade superlattices, the relative role of various electron transport mechanisms as a function of temperature is not clear. This article discusses temperature behavior of resonant-phonon terahertz QCLs with respect to a variety of active-region design schemes, and argues that precise understanding of high-temperature transport remains elusive for terahertz QCLs. The role of electron–phonon scattering, collisional-broadening, thermal leakage, and interface-roughness scattering towards the degradation of intersubband optical gain at higher temperatures is discussed for the popular terahertz QCL designs. (special issue article)

  19. Influence of screening on longitudinal-optical phonon scattering in quantum cascade lasers

    We theoretically investigate the influence of screening on electron-longitudinal optical phonon scattering in quantum cascade lasers. By employing ensemble Monte Carlo simulations, an advanced screening model based on the random-phase approximation is compared to the more elementary Thomas-Fermi and Debye models. For mid-infrared structures, and to a lesser extent also for terahertz designs, the inclusion of screening is shown to affect the simulated current and optical output power. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that by using the electron temperature rather than the lattice temperature, the Debye model can be significantly improved

  20. Influence of screening on longitudinal-optical phonon scattering in quantum cascade lasers

    Ezhov, Ivan; Jirauschek, Christian, E-mail: jirauschek@tum.de [Institute for Nanoelectronics, Technical University of Munich (TUM), D-80333 Munich (Germany)

    2016-01-21

    We theoretically investigate the influence of screening on electron-longitudinal optical phonon scattering in quantum cascade lasers. By employing ensemble Monte Carlo simulations, an advanced screening model based on the random-phase approximation is compared to the more elementary Thomas-Fermi and Debye models. For mid-infrared structures, and to a lesser extent also for terahertz designs, the inclusion of screening is shown to affect the simulated current and optical output power. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that by using the electron temperature rather than the lattice temperature, the Debye model can be significantly improved.

  1. Influence of screening on longitudinal-optical phonon scattering in quantum cascade lasers

    Ezhov, Ivan; Jirauschek, Christian

    2016-01-01

    We theoretically investigate the influence of screening on electron-longitudinal optical phonon scattering in quantum cascade lasers. By employing ensemble Monte Carlo simulations, an advanced screening model based on the random-phase approximation is compared to the more elementary Thomas-Fermi and Debye models. For mid-infrared structures, and to a lesser extent also for terahertz designs, the inclusion of screening is shown to affect the simulated current and optical output power. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that by using the electron temperature rather than the lattice temperature, the Debye model can be significantly improved.

  2. Terahertz lasers and amplifiers based on resonant optical phonon scattering to achieve population inversion

    Hu, Qing (Inventor); Williams, Benjamin S. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    The present invention provides quantum cascade lasers and amplifier that operate in a frequency range of about 1 Terahertz to about 10 Terahertz. In one aspect, a quantum cascade laser of the invention includes a semiconductor heterostructure that provides a plurality of lasing modules connected in series. Each lasing module includes a plurality of quantum well structure that collectively generate at least an upper lasing state, a lower lasing state, and a relaxation state such that the upper and the lower lasing states are separated by an energy corresponding to an optical frequency in a range of about 1 to about 10 Terahertz. The lower lasing state is selectively depopulated via resonant LO-phonon scattering of electrons into the relaxation state.

  3. High-gain KY(WO4)2:Yb3+ planar waveguide laser at the zero-phonon line

    Geskus, D.; Aravazhi, S.; Wörhoff, K.; Pollnau, M.

    2010-01-01

    When pumping at a short wavelength of 932 nm, the high gain obtained at the 981-nm zero-phonon line of a KY(WO4)2:Gd3+, Lu3+, Yb3+ planar waveguide resulted in efficient laser emission in an open cavity configuration.

  4. Time-Resolved X-Ray Diffraction from Coherent Phonons during a Laser-Induced Phase Transition

    Time-resolved x-ray diffraction with picosecond temporal resolution is used to observe scattering from impulsively generated coherent acoustic phonons in laser-excited InSb crystals. The observed frequencies and damping rates are in agreement with a model based on dynamical diffraction theory coupled to analytic solutions for the laser-induced strain profile. The results are consistent with a 12 ps thermal electron-acoustic phonon coupling time together with an instantaneous component from the deformation-potential interaction. Above a critical laser fluence, we show that the first step in the transition to a disordered state is the excitation of large amplitude, coherent atomic motion. (c) 1999 The American Physical Society

  5. Experimental demonstration of mode-selective phonon excitation of 6H-SiC by a mid-infrared laser with anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy

    Yoshida, Kyohei; Hachiya, Kan; Okumura, Kensuke; Mishima, Kenta; Inukai, Motoharu; Torgasin, Konstantin; Omer, Mohamed [Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Sonobe, Taro [Kyoto University Research Administration Office, Kyoto University, Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Zen, Heishun; Negm, Hani; Kii, Toshiteru; Masuda, Kai; Ohgaki, Hideaki [Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University, Gokasyo, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan)

    2013-10-28

    Mode-selective phonon excitation by a mid-infrared laser (MIR-FEL) is demonstrated via anti-Stokes Raman scattering measurements of 6H-silicon carbide (SiC). Irradiation of SiC with MIR-FEL and a Nd-YAG laser at 14 K produced a peak where the Raman shift corresponds to a photon energy of 119 meV (10.4 μm). This phenomenon is induced by mode-selective phonon excitation through the irradiation of MIR-FEL, whose photon energy corresponds to the photon-absorption of a particular phonon mode.

  6. Ballistic phonon and thermal radiation transport across a minute vacuum gap in between aluminum and silicon thin films: Effect of laser repetitive pulses on transport characteristics

    Yilbas, B. S.; Ali, H.

    2016-08-01

    Short-pulse laser heating of aluminum and silicon thin films pair with presence of a minute vacuum gap in between them is considered and energy transfer across the thin films pair is predicted. The frequency dependent Boltzmann equation is used to predict the phonon intensity distribution along the films pair for three cycles of the repetitive short-pulse laser irradiation on the aluminum film surface. Since the gap size considered is within the Casimir limit, thermal radiation and ballistic phonon contributions to energy transfer across the vacuum gap is incorporated. The laser irradiated field is formulated in line with the Lambert's Beer law and it is considered as the volumetric source in the governing equations of energy transport. In order to assess the phonon intensity distribution in the films pair, equivalent equilibrium temperature is introduced. It is demonstrated that thermal separation of electron and lattice sub-systems in the aluminum film, due to the short-pulse laser irradiation, takes place and electron temperature remains high in the aluminum film while equivalent equilibrium temperature for phonons decays sharply in the close region of the aluminum film interface. This behavior is attributed to the phonon boundary scattering at the interface and the ballistic phonon transfer to the silicon film across the vacuum gap. Energy transfer due to the ballistic phonon contribution is significantly higher than that of the thermal radiation across the vacuum gap.

  7. Dynamical Phenomena in an Optical-Wavelength Phonon Laser (Phaser): Nonlinear Resonances and Self-Organized Mode Alternation

    Makovetskii, D N

    2011-01-01

    This is a part of an overview of my early studies on nonlinear spin-phonon dynamics in solid state optical-wavelength phonon lasers (phasers) started in 1984. The main goal of this work is a short description and a qualitative analysis of experimental data on low-frequency nonlinear resonances revealed in a nonautonomous ruby phaser. Under phaser pumping modulation near these resonances, an unusual kind of self-organized motions in the ruby spin-phonon system was observed by me in 1984 for the first time. The original technique of optical-wavelength microwave-frequency acoustic stimulated emission (SE) detection and microwave-frequency power spectra (MFPS) analysis was used in these experiments (description of the technique see: D.N.Makovetskii, Cand. Sci. Diss., Kharkov, 1983). The real time evolution of MFPS was studied using this technique at scales up to several hours. The phenomenon of the self-organized periodic alternation of SE phonon modes was experimentally revealed at hyperlow frequencies from abou...

  8. Band structure of cavity-type hypersonic phononic crystals fabricated by femtosecond laser-induced two-photon polymerization

    Rakhymzhanov, A. M.; Gueddida, A.; Alonso-Redondo, E.; Utegulov, Z. N.; Perevoznik, D.; Kurselis, K.; Chichkov, B. N.; El Boudouti, E. H.; Djafari-Rouhani, B.; Fytas, G.

    2016-05-01

    The phononic band diagram of a periodic square structure fabricated by femtosecond laser pulse-induced two photon polymerization is recorded by Brillouin light scattering (BLS) at hypersonic (GHz) frequencies and computed by finite element method. The theoretical calculations along the two main symmetry directions quantitatively capture the band diagrams of the air- and liquid-filled structure and moreover represent the BLS intensities. The theory helps identify the observed modes, reveals the origin of the observed bandgaps at the Brillouin zone boundaries, and unravels direction dependent effective medium behavior.

  9. Random laser action from flexible biocellulose-based device

    dos Santos, Molíria V.; Dominguez, Christian T.; Schiavon, João V.; Barud, Hernane S.; de Melo, Luciana S. A.; Ribeiro, Sidney J. L.; Gomes, Anderson S. L.; de Araújo, Cid B.

    2014-02-01

    We demonstrate random lasing action in flexible bacterial cellulose (BC) membrane containing a laser-dye and either dielectric or metallic nanoparticles (NPs). The novel random laser system consists of BC nanofibers attached with Rhodamine 6G molecules and having incorporated either silica or silver NPs. The laser action was obtained by excitation of the samples with a 6 ns pulsed laser at 532 nm. Minimum laser threshold of ≈0.7 mJ/pulse was measured for the samples with silica NPs, whereas a laser threshold of 2.5 mJ/pulse for a system based on silver NPs was obtained. In both cases a linewidth narrowing from ≈50 to ≈4 nm was observed. Potential applications in biophotonics and life sciences are discussed for this proof-of-concept device.

  10. PHONON IMAGING

    Eisenmenger, W.

    1981-01-01

    Investigations of phonon propagation and scattering in solids use either coherent microwave phonons or incoherent phonons in the form of heat pulses1 generated by current flow through thin metallic films and bolometer detection, or monochromatic incoherent phonons generated and detected with superconducting tunneling junctions2. Applying these techniques to a perfect single crystal, quantitative measurements require knowledge on phonon propagation in anisotropic media. In contrast to optic pr...

  11. Phonon engineering for nanostructures.

    Aubry, Sylvie (Stanford University); Friedmann, Thomas Aquinas; Sullivan, John Patrick; Peebles, Diane Elaine; Hurley, David H. (Idaho National Laboratory); Shinde, Subhash L.; Piekos, Edward Stanley; Emerson, John Allen

    2010-01-01

    Understanding the physics of phonon transport at small length scales is increasingly important for basic research in nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanomechanics, and thermoelectrics. We conducted several studies to develop an understanding of phonon behavior in very small structures. This report describes the modeling, experimental, and fabrication activities used to explore phonon transport across and along material interfaces and through nanopatterned structures. Toward the understanding of phonon transport across interfaces, we computed the Kapitza conductance for {Sigma}29(001) and {Sigma}3(111) interfaces in silicon, fabricated the interfaces in single-crystal silicon substrates, and used picosecond laser pulses to image the thermal waves crossing the interfaces. Toward the understanding of phonon transport along interfaces, we designed and fabricated a unique differential test structure that can measure the proportion of specular to diffuse thermal phonon scattering from silicon surfaces. Phonon-scale simulation of the test ligaments, as well as continuum scale modeling of the complete experiment, confirmed its sensitivity to surface scattering. To further our understanding of phonon transport through nanostructures, we fabricated microscale-patterned structures in diamond thin films.

  12. Laser Incident Lessons Learned and Action List

    Yarotski, Dmitry Anatolievitch [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-02-29

    On Thursday November 19, 2015, LANL postdoc received an eye injury from a reflected, nonvisible laser beam (Class 4, pulsed, wavelength 800 nanometer). The setup is configured to split the laser output into two work areas in which qualified operators conduct research experiments. During this incident, the laser output beam was being projected to both experimental work areas, although only one experimental area was actively being used. The second laser beam directed to the second work area was blocked by an inappropriate device (Plexiglas, reflective, non-normal incidence) that reflected substantial portion of the beam toward the first setup. In preparation for the measurements, worker stepped on the stepstool and decided to remove the laser goggles to better see the micrometer readings which were difficult to see due to insufficient lighting. Immediately, he noticed a flash of light in his eye. The operator quickly replaced the laser eye-wear and then, using an infrared viewer, located a stray laser beam being reflected from the plexiglas beam block. The operator did not think he had sustained any injury and continued working. Later that day, however, he noticed a blurry spot in the vision of his left eye. He notified his supervisor on Friday morning, November 20, 2015, and was taken by CINT management to Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) medical facility for evaluation. SNL Medical did not find any abnormalities, but referred the operator to a local ophthalmologist for further evaluation. Further evaluations by the ophthalmologist on November 21 and November 23 identified a small spot of inflammation near the fovea on the retina in his left eye. The ophthalmologist stated that this spot would most likely heal on its own and that the blurry spot on the operator's vision would go away. A follow-up visit was scheduled. The employee was released back to work without restrictions.

  13. Ultrafast dynamics and laser action of organic semiconductors

    Vardeny, Zeev Valy

    2009-01-01

    Spurred on by extensive research in recent years, organic semiconductors are now used in an array of areas, such as organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), photovoltaics, and other optoelectronics. In all of these novel applications, the photoexcitations in organic semiconductors play a vital role. Exploring the early stages of photoexcitations that follow photon absorption, Ultrafast Dynamics and Laser Action of Organic Semiconductors presents the latest research investigations on photoexcitation ultrafast dynamics and laser action in pi-conjugated polymer films, solutions, and microcavities.In the first few chapters, the book examines the interplay of charge (polarons) and neutral (excitons) photoexcitations in pi-conjugated polymers, oligomers, and molecular crystals in the time domain of 100 fs-2 ns. Summarizing the state of the art in lasing, the final chapters introduce the phenomenon of laser action in organics and cover the latest optoelectronic applications that use lasing based on a variety of caviti...

  14. Bound-to-continuum terahertz quantum cascade laser with a single-quantum-well phonon extraction/injection stage

    A terahertz quantum cascade laser design that combines a wide gain bandwidth, large photon-driven transport and good high-temperature characteristics is presented. It relies on a diagonal transition between a bound state and doublet of states tunnel coupled to the upper state of a phonon extraction stage. The high optical efficiency of this design enables the observation of photon-driven transport over a wide current density range. The relative tolerance of the design to small variations in the barrier thicknesses made it suitable for testing different growth techniques and materials. In particular, we compared the performances of devices grown using molecular-beam epitaxy with those achieved using organometallic chemical vapor deposition. The low-threshold current density and the high slope efficiency makes this device an attractive active region for the development of single-mode quantum cascade lasers based on third-order-distributed feedback structures. Single-mode, high power was achieved with good continuous and pulsed wave operation.

  15. Bound-to-continuum terahertz quantum cascade laser with a single-quantum-well phonon extraction/injection stage

    Amanti, Maria I; Scalari, Giacomo; Terazzi, Romain; Fischer, Milan; Beck, Mattias; Faist, Jerome [Institute of Quantum Electronics, ETH Zurich (Switzerland); Rudra, Alok; Gallo, Pascal; Kapon, Eli [Laboratory of Physics of Nanostructures, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) (Switzerland)], E-mail: jerome.faist@phys.ethz.ch

    2009-12-15

    A terahertz quantum cascade laser design that combines a wide gain bandwidth, large photon-driven transport and good high-temperature characteristics is presented. It relies on a diagonal transition between a bound state and doublet of states tunnel coupled to the upper state of a phonon extraction stage. The high optical efficiency of this design enables the observation of photon-driven transport over a wide current density range. The relative tolerance of the design to small variations in the barrier thicknesses made it suitable for testing different growth techniques and materials. In particular, we compared the performances of devices grown using molecular-beam epitaxy with those achieved using organometallic chemical vapor deposition. The low-threshold current density and the high slope efficiency makes this device an attractive active region for the development of single-mode quantum cascade lasers based on third-order-distributed feedback structures. Single-mode, high power was achieved with good continuous and pulsed wave operation.

  16. Femtosecond laser-induced crystallization of amorphous Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} film and coherent phonon spectroscopy characterization and optical injection of electron spins

    Li Simian [State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technology, School of Physics and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Hebei Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Information and Geo-detection Technology Shijiazhuang University of Economics, Shijiazhuang 050031 (China); Huang Huan; Wang Yang; Wu Yiqun; Gan Fuxi [Key Laboratory of High Power Laser Materials, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China); Zhu Weiling; Wang Wenfang; Chen Ke; Yao Daoxin; Lai Tianshu [State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technology, School of Physics and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China)

    2011-09-01

    A femtosecond laser-irradiated crystallizing technique is tried to convert amorphous Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} film into crystalline film. Sensitive coherent phonon spectroscopy (CPS) is used to monitor the crystallization of amorphous Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} film at the original irradiation site. The CPS reveals that the vibration strength of two phonon modes that correspond to the characteristic phonon modes (A{sub 1g}{sup 1} and E{sub g}) of crystalline Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} enhances with increasing laser irradiation fluence (LIF), showing the rise of the degree of crystallization with LIF and that femtosecond laser irradiation is a good post-treatment technique. Time-resolved circularly polarized pump-probe spectroscopy is used to investigate electron spin relaxation dynamics of the laser-induced crystallized Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} film. Spin relaxation process indeed is observed, confirming the theoretical predictions on the validity of spin-dependent optical transition selection rule and the feasibility of transient spin-grating-based optical detection scheme of spin-plasmon collective modes in Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3}-like topological insulators.

  17. Laser air-jet engine: the action of shock waves at low laser pulse repetition rates

    The impact and thermal action of laser sparks on the reflector of a laser engine in which the propulsion is produced by repetitively pulsed radiation is estimated. It is shown that for a low pulse repetition rate, the thermal contact of a plasma with the reflector and strong dynamic resonance loads are inevitable. These difficulties can be surmounted by using the method based on the merging of shock waves at a high pulse repetition rate. (laser applications)

  18. Enhanced laser action of Perylene-Red doped polymeric materials

    Garcia-Moreno, I.; Costela, A.; Pintado-Sierra, Mercedes; Martin, Virginia; Sastre, Roberto

    2009-01-01

    The laser action of Perylene-Red doped in linear, crosslinked, fluorinated and sililated polymeric materials is reported. The purity of dye was found to be a key factor to enhance its solid-state laser behaviour. The samples were transversely pumped at 532 nm, with 5.5 mJ/pulse and 10 Hz repetition rate. Perylene-Red doped copolymers of methyl methacrylate with a 10 vol% proportion of 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl-methacrylate exhibited a lasing efficiency of 26% with a high photosta...

  19. Textural Properties of Silicon Materials Produced by Laser Action

    Dřínek, Vladislav; Fajgar, Radek; Schneider, Petr; Šnajdaufová, Hana; Šolcová, Olga

    Marseille : MADIREL, 2005. s.50. [International Symposium on the Characterisation of Porous Solids COPS VII /7./. 25.05.2005-28.05.2005, Aix-en-Provence] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA104/04/0963; GA ČR(CZ) GD203/03/H140 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : textural properties * laser action * experiments Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  20. Phonon-phonon interactions in photoexcited graphite studied by ultrafast electron diffraction

    Harb, M.; Enquist, H.; Jurgilaitis, A.; Tuyakova, F. T.; Obraztsov, A. N.; Larsson, J.

    2016-03-01

    We investigated phonon-phonon interactions in photoexcited single-crystalline graphite by ultrafast electron diffraction. Transient electron diffraction profiles from a 35 nm graphite film were observed following laser excitation. Changes in intensities of diffraction spots revealed a two-exponential relaxation process with decay of strongly coupled optical phonons, and the slow relaxation process to redistribution of phonon energy to the equilibrium thermal distribution.

  1. Surface phonons

    Wette, Frederik

    1991-01-01

    In recent years substantial progress has been made in the detection of surface phonons owing to considerable improvements in inelastic rare gas scattering tech­ niques and electron energy loss spectroscopy. With these methods it has become possible to measure surface vibrations in a wide energy range for all wave vectors in the two-dimensional Brillouin zone and thus to deduce the complete surface phonon dispersion curves. Inelastic atomic beam scattering and electron energy loss spectroscopy have started to play a role in the study of surface phonons similar to the one played by inelastic neutron scattering in the investigation of bulk phonons in the last thirty years. Detailed comparison between experimen­ tal results and theoretical studies of inelastic surface scattering and of surface phonons has now become feasible. It is therefore possible to test and to improve the details of interaction models which have been worked out theoretically in the last few decades. At this point we felt that a concise, co...

  2. "Social Laser": Action Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Social Energy

    Khrennikov, Andrei

    2015-01-01

    The problem of the "explanation" of recent social explosions, especially in the Middle East, but also in Southern Europe and the USA, have been debated actively in the social and political literature. We can mention the contributions of P. Mason, F. Fukuyama, E. Schmidt and J. Cohen, I. Krastev to this debate. We point out that the diversity of opinions and conclusions is really amazing. At the moment, there is no consistent and commonly acceptable theory of these phenomena. We present a model of social explosions based on a novel approach for the description of social processes, namely, the quantum-like approach. Here quantum theory is treated simply as an operational formalism - without any direct relation to physics. We explore the quantum-like laser model to describe the possibility of Action Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Social Energy (ASE).

  3. Phonons with orbital angular momentum

    Ayub, M. K. [Theoretical Plasma Physics Division, PINSTECH, P. O. Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); National Centre for Physics, Shahdra Valley Road, Quaid-i-Azam University Campus, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Ali, S. [National Centre for Physics, Shahdra Valley Road, Quaid-i-Azam University Campus, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Mendonca, J. T. [IPFN, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2011-10-15

    Ion accoustic waves or phonon modes are studied with orbital angular momentum (OAM) in an unmagnetized collissionless uniform plasma, whose constituents are the Boltzmann electrons and inertial ions. For this purpose, we have employed the fluid equations to obtain a paraxial equation in terms of ion density perturbations and discussed its Gaussian beam and Laguerre-Gauss (LG) beam solutions. Furthermore, an approximate solution for the electrostatic potential problem is presented, allowing to express the components of the electric field in terms of LG potential perturbations. The energy flux due to phonons is also calculated and the corresponding OAM is derived. Numerically, it is shown that the parameters such as azimuthal angle, radial and angular mode numbers, and beam waist, strongly modify the profiles of the phonon LG potential. The present results should be helpful in understanding the phonon mode excitations produced by Brillouin backscattering of laser beams in a uniform plasma.

  4. Phonons with orbital angular momentum

    Ion accoustic waves or phonon modes are studied with orbital angular momentum (OAM) in an unmagnetized collissionless uniform plasma, whose constituents are the Boltzmann electrons and inertial ions. For this purpose, we have employed the fluid equations to obtain a paraxial equation in terms of ion density perturbations and discussed its Gaussian beam and Laguerre-Gauss (LG) beam solutions. Furthermore, an approximate solution for the electrostatic potential problem is presented, allowing to express the components of the electric field in terms of LG potential perturbations. The energy flux due to phonons is also calculated and the corresponding OAM is derived. Numerically, it is shown that the parameters such as azimuthal angle, radial and angular mode numbers, and beam waist, strongly modify the profiles of the phonon LG potential. The present results should be helpful in understanding the phonon mode excitations produced by Brillouin backscattering of laser beams in a uniform plasma.

  5. Phonon manipulation with phononic crystals.

    Kim Bongsang; Hopkins, Patrick Edward; Leseman, Zayd C.; Goettler, Drew F.; Su, Mehmet F. (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM); El-Kady, Ihab Fathy; Reinke, Charles M.; Olsson, Roy H., III

    2012-01-01

    In this work, we demonstrated engineered modification of propagation of thermal phonons, i.e. at THz frequencies, using phononic crystals. This work combined theoretical work at Sandia National Laboratories, the University of New Mexico, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Carnegie Mellon University; the MESA fabrication facilities at Sandia; and the microfabrication facilities at UNM to produce world-leading control of phonon propagation in silicon at frequencies up to 3 THz. These efforts culminated in a dramatic reduction in the thermal conductivity of silicon using phononic crystals by a factor of almost 30 as compared with the bulk value, and about 6 as compared with an unpatterned slab of the same thickness. This work represents a revolutionary advance in the engineering of thermoelectric materials for optimal, high-ZT performance. We have demonstrated the significant reduction of the thermal conductivity of silicon using phononic crystal structuring using MEMS-compatible fabrication techniques and in a planar platform that is amenable to integration with typical microelectronic systems. The measured reduction in thermal conductivity as compared to bulk silicon was about a factor of 20 in the cross-plane direction [26], and a factor of 6 in the in-plane direction. Since the electrical conductivity was only reduced by a corresponding factor of about 3 due to the removal of conductive material (i.e., porosity), and the Seebeck coefficient should remain constant as an intrinsic material property, this corresponds to an effective enhancement in ZT by a factor of 2. Given the number of papers in literature devoted to only a small, incremental change in ZT, the ability to boost the ZT of a material by a factor of 2 simply by reducing thermal conductivity is groundbreaking. The results in this work were obtained using silicon, a material that has benefitted from enormous interest in the microelectronics industry and that has a fairly large thermoelectric power

  6. Shedding light: laser physics and mechanism of action.

    De Felice, E

    2010-02-01

    Lasers have affected health care in many ways. Clinical applications have been found in a number of medical and surgical specialities. In particular, applications of laser technology in phlebology has made it essential for vein physicians to obtain a fundamental knowledge of laser physics, laser operation and also to be well versed in laser safety procedures. This article reviews recommended text books and current literature to detail the basics of laser physics and its application to venous disease. Laser safety and laser side effects are also discussed. PMID:20118342

  7. Coherent phonon coupled with exciton in semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes using a few-cycle pulse laser

    Kobayashi, Takayoshi, E-mail: kobayashi@ils.uec.ac.jp [Advanced Ultrafast Laser Research Center and Department of Engineering Science, Faculty of Informatics and Engineering, University of Electro-Communications, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-8585 (Japan); JST, CREST, 5 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075 (Japan); Department of Electrophysics, National Chiao-Tung University, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China); Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, 2-6 Yamada-oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Nie, Zhaogang; Du, Juan; Xue, Bing [Advanced Ultrafast Laser Research Center and Department of Engineering Science, Faculty of Informatics and Engineering, University of Electro-Communications, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-8585 (Japan); JST, CREST, 5 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075 (Japan)

    2014-08-01

    The vibrational wavepackets dynamics of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are studied through the modulation of the transition probability in the visible spectral range of the systems. The modulations corresponding to the radial breathing mode (RBM), observed in the time traces for the four chiral systems (6,4), (6,5), (7,5), and (8,3), have been analyzed. The vibrational modes of the coherent phonon spectra are identified from the two-dimensional distribution of probe photon energy versus Fourier frequency. The present study pointed out that the observed probe photon energy dependence is due to both the imaginary and real parts of the third-order susceptibility, corresponding to derivative type dependence of the absorbed photon energy spectrum due to molecular-phase modulation, Raman (and Raman-like) gain and loss processes, and molecular phase modulation, respectively. - Highlights: • Vibrational dynamics are studied through the modulation of transition probability. • Probe λ dependence of amplitude is due to complex third-order susceptibility. • Coherent phonon dynamics are induced by Raman loss and gain. • Molecular phase modulation by vibration introduces a periodical shift of spectrum.

  8. Phononic crystal devices

    El-Kady, Ihab F.; Olsson, Roy H.

    2012-01-10

    Phononic crystals that have the ability to modify and control the thermal black body phonon distribution and the phonon component of heat transport in a solid. In particular, the thermal conductivity and heat capacity can be modified by altering the phonon density of states in a phononic crystal. The present invention is directed to phononic crystal devices and materials such as radio frequency (RF) tags powered from ambient heat, dielectrics with extremely low thermal conductivity, thermoelectric materials with a higher ratio of electrical-to-thermal conductivity, materials with phononically engineered heat capacity, phononic crystal waveguides that enable accelerated cooling, and a variety of low temperature application devices.

  9. Analgesic action of laser therapy (LLLT) in an animal model

    Daniel Pozza; Patricia Fregapani; João Weber; Marília Gerhardt de Oliveira; Marcos André de Oliveira; Nelson Ribeiro Neto; João Macedo Sobrinho

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the analgesic effect of laser therapy on healthy tissue of mice.STUDY DESIGN: Forty-five animals were divided in three groups of 15: A--infrared laser irradiation (830 nm, Kondortech, São Carlos, SP, Brazil); B--red laser irradiation (660 nm, Kondortech, São Carlos, SP, Brazil); C-- ham irradiation with laser unit off. After laser application, the mice remained immobilized for the injection of 30 microl of 2% formalin in the plantar pad of the irradiated hind paw. The ...

  10. Polaritons in cuprous oxide perturbed by LA-phonons

    Roslyak, Oleksiy; Birman, Joseph L.

    2007-01-01

    We present a comparative analysis of a 'conventional' phonoriton (coherent superposition of exciton-photon-phonon) and a polariton (coherent exciton-photon superposition) 'weakly' coupled to the LA-phonons bath. Depending on duration of the pumping laser field the phonon-induced decoherence results in two distinct types of excitation. Long ($ms$) laser pumping pulses form an 'equilibrium' polariton. The generic feature here is a pronounced photo-thermal bi-stability. i.e. formation of four di...

  11. Laser action in runaway electron pre-ionized diffuse discharges

    Panchenko, Alexei N.; Lomaev, Mikhail I.; Panchenko, Nikolai A.; Tarasenko, Viktor F.; Suslov, Alexei I.

    2015-12-01

    Formation features of run-away electron preionized diffuse discharge (REP DD) and REP DD properties in different experimental conditions are studied. It was shown that sufficient uniformity of REP DD allows its application as an excitation source of lasers on different gas mixtures at elevated pressure. Promising results of REP DD application for development of gas lasers are shown. Stimulated radiation in the IR, visible and UV spectral ranges was obtained in the diffuse discharge. Ultimate efficiency of non-chain HF(DF) chemical and nitrogen lasers on mixtures of SF6 with H2(D2) and N2 was achieved. New operation mode of nitrogen laser is demonstrated under REP DD excitation. Kinetic model of the REP DD in mixtures of nitrogen with SF6 is developed allowing to predict the radiation parameters of nitrogen laser at λ = 337,1 nm. Long-pulse operation of rare gas halide lasers was achieved.

  12. Properties of nanocones formed on a surface of semiconductors by laser radiation: quantum confinement effect of electrons, phonons, and excitons.

    Medvid, Artur; Onufrijevs, Pavels; Mychko, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    On the basis of the analysis of experimental results, a two-stage mechanism of nanocones formation on the irradiated surface of semiconductors by Nd:YAG laser is proposed for elementary semiconductors and solid solutions, such as Si, Ge, SiGe, and CdZnTe. Properties observed are explained in the frame of quantum confinement effect. The first stage of the mechanism is characterized by the formation of a thin strained top layer, due to redistribution of point defects in temperature-gradient field induced by laser radiation. The second stage is characterized by mechanical plastic deformation of the stained top layer leading to arising of nanocones, due to selective laser absorption of the top layer. The nanocones formed on the irradiated surface of semiconductors by Nd:YAG laser possessing the properties of 1D graded bandgap have been found for Si, Ge, and SiGe as well, however QD structure in CdTe was observed. The model is confirmed by "blue shift" of bands in photoluminescence spectrum, "red shift" of longitudinal optical line in Raman back scattering spectrum of Ge crystal, appearance of Ge phase in SiGe solid solution after irradiation by the laser at intensity 20 MW/cm2, and non-monotonous dependence of Si crystal micro-hardness as function of the laser intensity. PMID:22060172

  13. Properties of nanocones formed on a surface of semiconductors by laser radiation: quantum confinement effect of electrons, phonons, and excitons

    Medvid Artur

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract On the basis of the analysis of experimental results, a two-stage mechanism of nanocones formation on the irradiated surface of semiconductors by Nd:YAG laser is proposed for elementary semiconductors and solid solutions, such as Si, Ge, SiGe, and CdZnTe. Properties observed are explained in the frame of quantum confinement effect. The first stage of the mechanism is characterized by the formation of a thin strained top layer, due to redistribution of point defects in temperature-gradient field induced by laser radiation. The second stage is characterized by mechanical plastic deformation of the stained top layer leading to arising of nanocones, due to selective laser absorption of the top layer. The nanocones formed on the irradiated surface of semiconductors by Nd:YAG laser possessing the properties of 1D graded bandgap have been found for Si, Ge, and SiGe as well, however QD structure in CdTe was observed. The model is confirmed by "blue shift" of bands in photoluminescence spectrum, "red shift" of longitudinal optical line in Raman back scattering spectrum of Ge crystal, appearance of Ge phase in SiGe solid solution after irradiation by the laser at intensity 20 MW/cm2, and non-monotonous dependence of Si crystal micro-hardness as function of the laser intensity.

  14. Laser therapy of infectious diseases: results and mechanism of therapeutic action

    Ovsiannikov, Victor; Sologub, T.; Pustashova, N.; Kuznetsov, N.; Masterova, O.; Rakhmanova, A.; Sizova, N.; Karpushina, I. A.

    2001-10-01

    We used laser therapies for viral hepatitis since 1993 and for HIV-patients since 1995. For these purposes we developed the special infrared laser and proposed some schemes of laser action on organism. Our laser works in pulse-periodical regime on the wavelength 890 nm with an average power of laser radiation (10 divided by 60) mW. All laser action was produced transcutaneous only. We did not observe any side effects or negative results from laser therapy with our laser. The treatment of viral hepatitis was produced by means of irradiation a blood in cubital veins, liver and thymus (breast bone area). Laser therapy was produced both on the usual base and disintoxical therapies. More than 300 viral hepatitis patients had received the laser treatment and for the most of them it gave a positive results. The treatment of HIV-patients was produced by means of irradiation six areas of their organism, which are responsible for immune system work. All our HIV-patients (25 men) who received laser treatment live up to now.

  15. Laser device for the protection of biological objects from the damaging action of ionizing radiation

    The search for ideal protective agents for use in radiotherapy or post-exposure treatment of victims of radiation accidents is one of the actual problems of radiation protection. Laser irradiation device for the protection of biological objects from the action of ionizing radiation to be used in practice has been manufactured (invention patent RU 2 428 228 C2). This device is used to study the action of various doses of laser radiation and combined irradiation with laser and gamma-radiation, on peripheral blood parameters and number of bone marrow karyocytes of the experimental mice line C57BL/6. The mice were irradiated with ionizing and laser radiation, separately one by one in a special bench. The time interval between two types of irradiation did not exceed 30 min. First, the mice were exposed to γ-radiation then to laser radiation. It was shown that laser radiation can be applied to improve the recovery of hemato genesis after the action of ionizing radiation on biological objects. Then, experiments were conducted to study the action of γ- rays and the combined action of laser radiation and γ -rays on survival, weight and skin of experimental mice. The authors investigated also the action of gamma-rays and combined effects of 650 nm laser radiation and gamma-rays on general mitotic index of bone marrow cells of mice. The method of the laser radiation-protection of biological objects contributes to an increase in the viability of mice, prevents the damages of skin and also increases the mitotic activity of mice bone marrow cells. (authors)

  16. Phonon-Assisted Anti-Stokes Lasing in ZnTe Nanoribbons.

    Zhang, Qing; Liu, Xinfeng; Utama, M Iqbal Bakti; Xing, Guichuan; Sum, Tze Chien; Xiong, Qihua

    2016-01-13

    Phonon-assisted anti-Stokes emission and its stimulated emission in polar semiconductor ZnTe are demonstrated via the annihilation of phonons as a result of strong exciton-phonon coupling. The findings are not only important for developing high-power radiation-balanced lasers, but are also promising for manufacturing ultraefficient solid-state laser coolers. PMID:26573758

  17. Injectorless quantum cascade laser with two-phonon-resonance design using four alloys for emission wavelengths between 5 and 9 µm

    The wavelength-dependent threshold and power performance of an injectorless quantum cascade laser design using four alloys and the two-phonon-resonance depletion scheme were investigated. A 7 µm design, which reached threshold current densities as low as 0.45 kA cm−2 at 300 K and overall efficiencies above 2%, was taken as a reference. Variations in layer thickness and composition were applied to study the effects of coupling energy and transition time, increasing the output efficiency up to 5.7%. With regard to the transmission windows from 3 to 5 µm and 8 to 12 µm, the design scheme of the reference was also modified to emission wavelengths between 5 and 9 µm. All devices yield threshold current densities below 1.5 kA cm−2 at 300 K, and at least 550 mW of output power. The characteristic temperatures vary indirectly proportional to the emission wavelength from 100 K at 5 µm to 300 K at 9 µm

  18. Manipulation of Phonons with Phononic Crystals

    Leseman, Zayd Chad [Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-07-09

    There were three research goals associated with this project. First, was to experimentally demonstrate phonon spectrum control at THz frequencies using Phononic Crystals (PnCs), i.e. demonstrate coherent phonon scattering with PnCs. Second, was to experimentally demonstrate analog PnC circuitry components at GHz frequencies. The final research goal was to gain a fundamental understanding of phonon interaction using computational methods. As a result of this work, 7 journal papers have been published, 1 patent awarded, 14 conference presentations given, 4 conference publications, and 2 poster presentations given.

  19. Plasma and shock generation by indirect laser pulse action

    Kasperzcuk, A.; Borodziuk, S.; Demchenko, N. N.; Gus´kov, S.Y.; Jungwirth, Karel; Kálal, M.; Králiková, Božena; Krouský, Eduard; Limpouch, Jiří; Mašek, Karel; Pisarczyk, P.; Pisarczyk, T.; Pfeifer, Miroslav; Rohlena, Karel; Rozanov, V. B.; Skála, Jiří; Ullschmied, Jiří

    Melville: American Institut of Physics , 2005 - (Sadowski, M.; Dudeck, M.; Hartfus, H.; Pawelec, E.), s. 283-286. (AIP Conference Proceedings. 812). ISBN 0-7354-0304-X. ISSN 0094-243X. [PLASMA 2005. Opole-Turawa (PL), 06.09.2005-09.09.2005] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LC528 Grant ostatní: EC - LASER LAB-EUROPE(XE) RII3-CT-2003-506350 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100523; CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : plasma production by laser * plasma heating by laser * plasma shock waves Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2168843

  20. Biological Effects of Contact Action of 1470 vs. 810 nm Semiconductor Lasers in vitro

    Schumilova N.A.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the investigation is to identify the character of biological effects of contact action of semiconductor laser with a wavelength of 1470 nm on the tissues with different optical and mechanical properties compared to the exposure to laser radiation with a wavelength of 810 nm. Materials and Methods. The study was performed on a chicken muscle tissue, liver of the cattle, nasal polyp, removed nasal septum cartilage. While making a linear incision of the tissues by the laser with a speed of 2 mm/s assessment of the width of ablation and coagulation zones, and the crater depth with the following measurement under the microscopy conditions were carried on. Weighing of the tissue specimens before and after the spot action was performed. Standardization of the operating speed was achieved by using uniformly moving recorder chart. Results. Radiation power increment of 1470 nm wavelength laser contributes to the increase of the ablation and coagulation zone width to a greater degree compared to 810 nm laser. Exposure to 1470 nm laser with a power of 1 W causes the tissue to stick to the fiber. When power is 2 W, coagulation zone of soft tissues is comparable, and in some cases exceeds it after treatment by 810 nm laser. In relation to the crater depth, 1470 nm radiation is inferior to 810 nm radiation, but is superior in relation to vaporization abilities. Conclusion. For tissue ablation with 1470 nm laser a power of 2 W is optimal, as it provides a sparing superficial effect, and in a number of cases exceeds the action of 810 nm 7 W laser by its coagulation properties. Generation of a crater with a less depth after application of 1470 nm laser allows it to be recommended for superficial coagulation of vascular lesions.

  1. Phonon Transport in Graphene

    Denis L. Nika; Balandin, Alexander A.

    2012-01-01

    Properties of phonons - quanta of the crystal lattice vibrations - in graphene have attracted strong attention of the physics and engineering communities. Acoustic phonons are the main heat carriers in graphene near room temperature while optical phonons are used for counting the number of atomic planes in Raman experiments with few-layer graphene. It was shown both theoretically and experimentally that transport properties of phonons, i.e. energy dispersion and scattering rates, are substant...

  2. Study on modes of energy action in laser-induction hybrid cladding

    The shape and microstructure in laser-induction hybrid cladding were investigated, in which the cladding material was provided by means of three different methods including the powder feeding, cold pre-placed coating (CPPC) and thermal pre-placed coating (TPPC). Moreover, the modes of energy action in laser-induction hybrid cladding were also studied. The results indicate that the cladding material supplying method has an important influence on the shape and microstructure of coating. The influence is decided by the mode of energy action in laser-induction hybrid cladding. During the TPPC hybrid cladding of Ni-based alloy, the laser and induction heating are mainly performed on coating. During the CPPC hybrid cladding of Ni-based alloy, the laser and induction heating are mainly performed on coating and substrate surface, respectively. In powder feeding hybrid cladding, a part of laser is absorbed by the powder particles directly, while the other part of laser penetrating powder cloud radiates on the molten pool. Meanwhile, the induction heating is entirely performed on the substrate. In addition, the wetting property on the interface is improved and the metallurgical bond between the coating and substrate is much easier to form. Therefore, the powder feeding laser-induction hybrid cladding has the highest cladding efficiency and the best bond property among three hybrid cladding methods.

  3. Random Laser Action in Nd:YAG Crystal Powder

    Jon Azkargorta

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available This work explores the room temperature random stimulated emission at 1.064 μm of a Nd:YAG crystal powder (Neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet in a very simple pump configuration with no assistance from an internal mirror. The laser threshold energy as a function of pump beam area and pump wavelength has been measured, as well as the temporal dynamics of emission pulses. The absolute energy of stimulated emission and the absolute laser slope efficiency have been measured by using a method proposed by the authors. The results show a surprising high efficiency that takes the low Nd3+ ion concentration of the crystal powder into account.

  4. Experimental aspects concerning the laser action on the living tissue

    Ciuchita, Tavi; Antipa, Ciprian; Stanescu, Constantin S.; Anghel, Sorin; Calugareanu, Mircea

    2001-06-01

    The paper presents some experimental methods of the treatment and investigation aspects and results concerning the interaction of the low energy laser (LEL) with living tissue in the treatment of some skin diseases: lichen ruber planus (LP) and infectious finger pulpits (IFP), scalp alopecia (SA) and crural ulcers (CU). We concluded that LEL therapy is a useful complementary method in the treatments of these skin diseases .

  5. Length-scale dependent phonon interactions

    Srivastava, Gyaneshwar

    2014-01-01

    This book presents  a comprehensive description of phonons and their interactions in systems with different dimensions and length scales. Internationally-recognized leaders describe theories and measurements of phonon interactions  in relation to the design of materials with exotic properties such as metamaterials, nano-mechanical systems, next-generation electronic, photonic, and acoustic devices, energy harvesting, optical information storage, and applications of phonon lasers in a variety of fields. The emergence of techniques for control of semiconductor properties and geometry has enabled engineers to design structures in which functionality is derived from controlling electron behavior. As manufacturing techniques have greatly expanded the list of available materials and the range of attainable length scales, similar opportunities now exist for designing devices whose functionality is derived from controlling phonon behavior. However, progress in this area is hampered by gaps in our knowledge of phono...

  6. Study on laser action from UV-curable chiral nematic liquid crystals

    This paper describes the study on laser action from UV-curable chiral nematic liquid crystals (CLCs) doped with a fluorescent dye before and after photopolymerization of CLC host. When an optically active agent without crosslinkable moiety was doped in a UV-curable nematic liquid crystal, the laser action from the CLC cell was quite different before and after photopolymerization. Before the polymerization, optically pumping of dye-doped CLC cells with a linearly polarized laser beam gave rise to the laser emission with circular polarization at the band edge of CLC reflection as a consequence of the internal distributed feedback effect. Successively, photopolymerization of the CLC with 365 nm light brought about the thorough disappearance of the CLC reflection band probably due to the phase separation leading to the emergence of amplified spontaneous emission of fluorescent dye by optically pumping. In contrast, the dye-doped CLC cell including a crosslinkable agent with a cholesteryl residue enabled the mirrorless laser action after photopolymerization. This is because the selective reflection band of CLC host was retained by the planar structure of cholesteric polymer network

  7. Photon-phonon superradiation

    Andrianov, S.N.; Samartsev, V.V.; Sheibut, Y.E. [Zavoiskii Physicotechnical Institute, Tatarstan (Russian Federation)

    1995-09-01

    The theory of photon-phonon superradiation in extended samples of impurity molecular crystals was developed within the framework of the nonequilibrium statistical operator method. Optical superradiation on indirect transitions of anisotropic impurity molecules involving resonant phonons under conditions of their hermodynamic equilibrium was studied. Two-quantum superradiation on a Stokes indirect transition accompanied by emission of coherent photons and phonons with nonequilibrium initial phonon subsystem was also examined. Prerequisites to the effect were analyzed and its main properties were described. 16 refs., 3 figs.

  8. Vertical cavity surface emitting laser action of an all monolithic ZnO-based microcavity

    Kalusniak, S.; Sadofev, S.; Halm, S.; Henneberger, F.

    2010-01-01

    We report on room temperature laser action of an all monolithic ZnO-based vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) under optical pumping. The VCSEL structure consists of a 2{\\lambda} microcavity containing 8 ZnO/Zn(0.92)Mg(0.08)O quantum wells embedded in epitaxially grown Zn(0.92)Mg(0.08)O/Zn(0.65)Mg(0.35)O distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs). As a prerequisite, design and growth of high reflectivity DBRs based on ZnO and (Zn,Mg)O for optical devices operating in the ultraviolet and bl...

  9. Real time monitoring of drug action on T. cruzi parasites using a biospeckle laser method

    Ansari, M. Z.; Grassi, H. C.; Cabrera, H.; Andrades, E. D. J.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we report on a biospeckle laser method used to monitor a specific drug action on T. cruzi parasites. Experimental results from fast biospeckle monitoring of the parasites’ activity under the influence of the drug demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. We measure the speckle parameters such as spatiotemporal correlation and speckle grain size to assess the immediate action of the drug on the parasites during a very short incubation period. From a practical point of view, this aproach allows us to validate biospeckle as a fast, non-invasive and alternative method to test candidate drugs on T. cruzi parasites.

  10. Phonon-dislocation interaction

    Thermal conductivity measurements on LiF crystals in the temperature range 0.04 to 30 K have demonstrated that, throughout this range, thermal phonons interact with dislocations via a dynamic or resonant process which is highly frequency- and phonon-mode dependent. The results of earlier work are consistent with this interpretation

  11. Self-consistent description of spin-phonon dynamics in ferromagnets

    Nieves, P.; Serantes, D.; Chubykalo-Fesenko, O.

    2016-07-01

    Several recently reported exciting phenomena such as spin caloritronics or ultrafast laser-induced spin dynamics involve the action of temperature on spin dynamics. However, the inverse effect of magnetization dynamics on temperature change is very frequently ignored. Based on the density matrix approach, in this work we derive a self-consistent model for describing the magnetization and phonon temperature dynamics in ferromagnets in the framework of the quantum Landau-Lifshitz-Bloch equation. We explore potential applicability of our approach for two cases, inspired by magnetocaloric effect and magnetic fluid hyperthermia. In the first case, the spin-phonon dynamics is governed by the longitudinal relaxation in bulk systems close to the Curie temperature; while in the second case it is described by the transverse relaxation during the hysteresis cycle of individual nanoparticles well below the Curie temperature.

  12. Development and characterization of the Ion Laser InterAction Setup (ILIAS)

    The Ion Laser InterAction Setup ILIAS at the VERA-facility in Vienna is developed to explore laser photodetachment of negative ions in a gas-filled radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ) cooler. The aim of this project is a novel technique for element-selective negative ion beam purification in accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). For this purpose, the ion cooler has to be suited to decelerate and cool intense atomic and molecular negative ion beams with keV energies. In this talk I give an update on the current status and performance of the RFQ ion cooler. Recent experimental results will be discussed: This includes the suppression of a Cu¯ test beam by more than 99.999% by laser photodetachment, the suppression of MgO¯ vs. AlO¯ and comprehensive measurements of the ion residence time inside the RFQ ion cooler. (author)

  13. Gas-dynamic explosion of water microparticles under action high-power femtosecond laser pulses

    Zemlyanov, Alexander A.; Geints, Yuri E.; Apeksimov, Dmitrii V.

    2006-02-01

    Among the broad audience of problems of atmospheric nonlinear optics the important place is occupied with a problem about interaction of intensive laser radiation with water microparticles. Drops, being in a field of powerful light radiation, owing to effects of evaporation or explosion change the optical characteristics and influence on the optical properties of an environment. It results to that process and the distribution of intensive laser radiation in a particle is characterized by self-influence and is capable to change the internal power of a drop due to occurrence of areas of optical breakdown. In the report the model of destruction of water microparticles under action of supershort laser radiation is submitted. The physical contents of model is the effect of shock boiling up of a liquid at it gas-dynamic expansion from areas subject to optical breakdown.

  14. Phonon-induced polariton superlattices

    de Lima, Jr., M. M.; Poel, Mike van der; Santos, P. V.;

    2006-01-01

    We show that the coherent interaction between microcavity polaritons and externally stimulated acoustic phonons forms a tunable polariton superlattice with a folded energy dispersion determined by the phonon population and wavelength. Under high phonon concentration, the strong confinement of the...... optical and excitonic polariton components in the phonon potential creates weakly coupled polariton wires with a virtually flat energy dispersion....

  15. Phonon-induced polariton superlattices.

    de Lima, M M; van der Poel, M; Santos, P V; Hvam, J M

    2006-07-28

    We show that the coherent interaction between microcavity polaritons and externally stimulated acoustic phonons forms a tunable polariton superlattice with a folded energy dispersion determined by the phonon population and wavelength. Under high phonon concentration, the strong confinement of the optical and excitonic polariton components in the phonon potential creates weakly coupled polariton wires with a virtually flat energy dispersion. PMID:16907587

  16. Phonon-induced polariton superlattices

    Lima, Jr., Enio; Van Der Poel, Mike; Santos, P.V.; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2006-01-01

    We show that the coherent interaction between microcavity polaritons and externally stimulated acoustic phonons forms a tunable polariton superlattice with a folded energy dispersion determined by the phonon population and wavelength. Under high phonon concentration, the strong confinement of the optical and excitonic polariton components in the phonon potential creates weakly coupled polariton wires with a virtually flat energy dispersion.

  17. Birefringent phononic structures

    I. E. Psarobas

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Within the framework of elastic anisotropy, caused in a phononic crystal due to low crystallographic symmetry, we adopt a model structure, already introduced in the case of photonic metamaterials, and by analogy, we study the effect of birefringence and acoustical activity in a phononic crystal. In particular, we investigate its low-frequency behavior and comment on the factors which determine chirality by reference to this model.

  18. Squeezed Phonon Wave Packet Generation by Optical Manipulation of a Quantum Dot

    Daniel Wigger

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available In solid-state physics, the quantized lattice vibrations, i.e., the phonons, play a vital role. Phonons, much like photons, satisfy bosonic commutation relations, and therefore, various concepts well-known in quantum optics can be transferred to the emerging field of phononics. Examples are non-classical states and, in particular, squeezed states. We discuss the generation of phonon squeezing by optically exciting a quantum dot and show that by excitation with detuned continuous wave laser fields, sequences of squeezed phonon wave packets are created, which are emitted from the quantum dot region into the surrounding material.

  19. Deformation of a laser plasma corona under the action of a ponderomotive force and accompanying effects

    The pattern of deformation of the density profile of an inhomogeneous laser plasma flow due to the action of a ponderomotive force is identified. The dynamic pattern of generation of non-linear potential fields in the plasma, including caviton-trapped fields, is demonstrated. By isolating the dissipative mechanisms, it was possible to determine the proportion of the energy dissipated in the plasma as a result of the Cherenkov mechanism of interaction between the potential fields and electrons, and thus, the energy which results in the generation of hot electrons. It was shown that a comparatively low plasma flow rate qualitatively alters the pattern of interaction between laser radiation and a plasma. In particular, the formation of cavitons is impeded, the generation of short-wavelength longitudinal fields is suppressed, and the proportion of electromagnetic radiation energy absorbed as a result of the Cherenkov interaction is reduced, i.e., the energy transferred to the fast electrons is reduced. (author)

  20. Protective action of low-intensity laser radiation relative to the toxic effect of metals (experimental study in vitro)

    Dejneka, S. Y.

    1997-12-01

    The study of a possible cytotoxic effect of different doses of low-insensitive laser radiation and protective action of low-intensive laser radiation relative to the toxic effect of metals was carried out by means of the alternative method of investigation in vitro on cell cultura Hela. It was established that the investigated doses of low-intensive laser radiation had not produced any toxic effect on cell culture Hela, so the mentioned doses were not cytotoxic. It was revealed that laser radiation reduced the level of the cytotoxic effect of the studied metal salts on the cell culture, and possessed the protective action against the toxic effect of metals. This action has a clear-cut dose- related character.

  1. All-optical transistor action by off-resonant activation at laser threshold

    Andrews, David L

    2009-01-01

    The development of viable all-optical data processing systems has immense importance for both the computing and telecommunication industries, but device realization remains elusive. In this Letter, we propose an innovative mechanism deployed as a basis for all optical transistor action. In detail, it is determined that an optically pumped system, operating just below laser threshold, can exhibit a greatly enhanced output on application of an off-resonant beam of sufficient intensity. The electrodynamics of the underlying, nonlinear optical mechanism is analyzed, model calculations are performed, and the results are illustrated graphically.

  2. Phonon wave propagation in ballistic-diffusive regime

    Tang, Dao-Sheng; Hua, Yu-Chao; Nie, Ben-Dian; Cao, Bing-Yang

    2016-03-01

    Wide applications of ultra-short pulse laser technique in micromachining and thermophysical properties' measurements make the study on ultrafast transient thermal transport necessarily essential. When the characteristic time is comparable to the phonon relaxation time, phonons propagate in ballistic-diffusive regime and thermal wave occurs. Here, ultrafast transient phonon transport is systematically investigated based on the Monte Carlo (MC) simulations, the Cattaneo-Vernotte (C-V) model, and the phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE). It is found that remarkable differences exist between the C-V model and the MC simulations when describing the evolution of the thermal wave excited by the ultra-short heat pulse. The C-V model predicts a non-dispersive dissipative thermal wave, while the MC simulation with Lambert emission predicts a dispersive dissipative thermal wave. Besides, different phonon emissions can significantly influence the evolution of the thermal wave in the MC simulations. A modified C-V model with a time- and position-dependent effective thermal conductivity is derived based on the phonon BTE to characterize the evolution of the transport regime from ballistic to diffusive. The integrations on moments of the distribution function cause the loss of the information of the phonon distribution in wave vector space, making the macroscopic quantities incomplete when describing the ballistic transport processes and corresponding boundary conditions. Possible boundary conditions for the phonon BTE in practice are also discussed on different heating methods.

  3. Coherent control of acoustic phonons in semiconductor superlattices

    Bartels, Albrecht; Dekorsy, Thomas; Kurz, Heinrich; Köhler, Klaus

    1998-01-01

    Coherent acoustic phonons are generated in GaAs/AlAs superlattices by excitation with femtosecond laser pulses. Several modes of the acoustic phonon spectrum are observed, in agreement with the effect of zone folding in the mini-Brillouin zone of the superlattice. By applying successive pump pulses we are able to silence the first back-folded mode near q=0, while selectively enhancing the coherent amplitude of higher order backfolded modes. This increase in the spectroscopic sensitivity opens...

  4. Phonon dispersion in vanadium

    Complete text of publication follows. Phonon dispersion curves in Vanadium metal are investigated by neutron inelastic scattering using three-axis spectrometers. Due to extremely low coherent scattering amplitude of neutrons in natural isotope mixture of vanadium the phonon frequencies could be determined in the energy range below about 15 meV. Several phonon groups were measured with the polarised neutron scattering set-up. It is demonstrated that the intensity of coherent inelastic scattering observed in the non-spin-flip channel vanishes in the spin-flip channel. The phonon density of states is measured on a single crystal keeping the momentum transfer equal to a vector of reciprocal lattice where the coherent inelastic scattering is suppressed. Phonon dispersion curves in vanadium, as measured by neutron and earlier by X-ray scattering, are described in frames of a charge-fluctuation model involving monopolar and dipolar degrees of freedom. The model parameters are compared for different transition metals with body-centred cubic-structure. (author)

  5. Preface: Phonons 2007

    Perrin, Bernard

    2007-06-01

    The conference PHONONS 2007 was held 15-20 July 2007 in the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) Paris, France. CNAM is a college of higher technology for training students in the application of science to industry, founded by Henri Grégoire in 1794. This was the 12th International Conference on Phonon Scattering in Condensed Matter. This international conference series, held every 3 years, started in France at Sainte-Maxime in 1972. It was then followed by meetings at Nottingham (1975), Providence (1979), Stuttgart (1983), Urbana-Champaign (1986), Heidelberg (1989), Ithaca (1992), Sapporo (1995), Lancaster (1998), Dartmouth (2001) and St Petersburg (2004). PHONONS 2007 was attended by 346 delegates from 37 different countries as follows: France 120, Japan 45, Germany 25, USA 25, Russia 21, Italy 13, Poland 9, UK 9, Canada 7, The Netherlands 7, Finland 6, Spain 6, Taiwan 6, Greece 4, India 4, Israel 4, Ukraine 4, Serbia 3, South Africa 3, Argentina 2, Belgium 2, China 2, Iran 2, Korea 2, Romania 2, Switzerland 2, and one each from Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, Estonia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey. There were 5 plenary lectures, 14 invited talks and 84 oral contributions; 225 posters were presented during three poster sessions. The first plenary lecture was given by H J Maris who presented fascinating movies featuring the motion of a single electron in liquid helium. Robert Blick gave us a review on the new possibilities afforded by nanotechnology to design nano-electomechanical systems (NEMS) and the way to use them to study elementary and fundamental processes. The growing interest for phonon transport studies in nanostructured materials was demonstrated by Arun Majumdar. Andrey Akimov described how ultrafast acoustic solitons can monitor the optical properties of quantum wells. Finally, Maurice Chapellier told us how phonons can help tracking dark matter. These 328 presentations gave rise to 185 articles

  6. Phonon Localization in Heat Conduction

    Luckyanova, Maria N.; Mendoza, Jonathan; Lu, Hong; Huang, Shengxi; Zhou, Jiawei; Li, Mingda; Kirby, Brian J.; Grutter, Alexander J.; Puretzky, Alexander A.; Dresselhaus, Millie S.; Gossard, Arthur; Chen, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Departures in phonon heat conduction from diffusion have been extensively observed in nanostructures through their thermal conductivity reduction and largely explained with classical size effects neglecting phonon's wave nature. Here, we report localization-behavior in phonon heat conduction due to multiple scattering and interference of phonon waves, observed through measurements of the thermal conductivities of GaAs/AlAs superlattices with ErAs nanodots randomly distributed at the interface...

  7. Temperature Dependence of Brillouin Light Scattering Spectra of Acoustic Phonons in Silicon

    Somerville, Kevin; Klimovich, Nikita; An, Kyongmo; Sullivan, Sean; Weathers, Annie; Shi, Li; Li, Xiaoqin

    2015-03-01

    Thermal management represents an outstanding challenge in many areas of technology. Electrons, optical phonons, and acoustic phonons are often driven out of local equilibrium in electronic devices or during laser-material interaction processes. Interest in non-equilibrium transport processes has motivated the development of Raman spectroscopy as a local temperature sensor of optical phonons and intermediate frequency acoustic phonons, whereas Brillouin light scattering (BLS) has recently been explored as a temperature sensor of low-frequency acoustic phonons. Here, we report temperature dependent BLS spectra of silicon, with Raman spectra taken simultaneously for comparison. The origins of the observed temperature dependence of the BLS peak position, linewidth, and intensity are examined in order to evaluate their potential use as temperature sensors for acoustic phonons. We determine that the integrated BLS intensity can be used measure the temperature of specific acoustic phonon modes. This work is supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) Thermal Transport Processes Program under Grant CBET-1336968.

  8. Theoretical study on ultrafast dynamics of coherent acoustic phonons in semiconductor nanocrystals

    Huang, Tongyun; Han, Peng; Wang, Xinke; Feng, Shengfei; Sun, Wenfeng; Ye, Jiasheng; Zhang, Yan

    2016-05-01

    We present a theoretical study on the ultrafast dynamics of coherent acoustic phonons in semiconductor quantum dots using continuum model calculations. The excitonic states and the coherent acoustic vibrational modes of semiconductor quantum dots are calculated using the effective mass approximation and continuum elastic medium model, respectively. By solving the Liouville–von Neumann equation and the equation of motion, we obtain the oscillation of coherent acoustic phonon amplitude excited by a pump pulse laser. Owing to the ultrafast excitation of coherent phonons, both the amplitude and the phase of the coherent phonon oscillation are constant with time. This coherent phonon oscillation results in conservation of the coherence of the exciton state, which cannot exist in a system interacting with incoherent phonons. We further study the amplitude and the period of coherent acoustic phonon oscillation as a function of pump pulse energy detuning, quantum dot size, and material.

  9. Transport in phonon systems

    This book gives as systematic application of the methods of physical kinetics to phonon systems. The results presented are of direct relevance to materials whose transport and other properties are dominated by phonons. This class of materials includes most common dielectrics as well as such unusual substances as He-II, glasses and some semiconductors. The theory is presented in its rigorous mathematical formulation, and qualitative physical reasoning is given only to elucidate some of the results thus obtained. An introductory chapter, containing the derivation of phonon spectra in the harmonic approximation and the perturbative treatment of anharmonicity as well as the fundamentals of physical kinetics, makes the text accessible for those who enter this field as beginners. Subsequent chapters deal with heat transport, second sound, dielectric losses, sound attenuation, etc. The basic equations of phonon hydrodynamics and the superdiffusion equation are derived and solved for specific cases. The application of sophisticated field-theoretical methods (Kubo formula, Feynman diagrams) is limited and delegated to an appendix, because they only exceptionally go beyond what ordinary quantum-mechanical perturbation theory or the Boltzmann equation provide for the systems under consideration. Th0191thor's preference for the less formal approach gives the reader a grip of the physical significance of the assumptions involved and thus of the limits of validity of the theory. (Auth.)

  10. High energy phonons: overview

    Neutron scattering has been important in the measurement and interpretation of phonon dispersion relations. As these measurements are extended to higher energies they may yield new types of information or information about different types of systems. Several examples are discussed including: dispersion in high frequency internal modes, application to molecular crystals and the use of vibrational modes of hydrogen as a structural probe

  11. Continuous mode cooling and phonon routers for phononic quantum networks

    We study the implementation of quantum state transfer protocols in phonon networks, where, in analogy to optical networks, quantum information is transmitted through propagating phonons in extended mechanical resonator arrays or phonon waveguides. We describe how the problem of a non-vanishing thermal occupation of the phononic quantum channel can be overcome by implementing optomechanical multi- and continuous mode cooling schemes to create a ‘cold’ frequency window for transmitting quantum states. In addition, we discuss the implementation of phonon circulators and switchable phonon routers, which rely only on strong coherent optomechanical interactions and do not require strong magnetic fields or specific materials. Both techniques can be applied and adapted to various physical implementations, where phonons coupled to spin- or charge-based qubits are used for on-chip networking applications. (paper)

  12. Infrared-Phonon Polariton Resonance of the Nonlinear Susceptibility in GaAs

    Dekorsy, Thomas; Yakovlev, Vladislav A.; Seidel, Wolfgang; Helm, Manfred; Keilmann, Fritz

    2003-01-01

    Nonlinear probing of the fundamental lattice vibration of polar crystals is shown to reveal insight into higher-order cohesive lattice forces. With a free-electron laser tunable in the far infrared we experimentally investigate the dispersion of the second-order susceptibility due to the phonon resonance in GaAs. We observe a strong resonance enhancement of second harmonic light generation at half the optical phonon frequency, and in addition a minimum at a higher frequency below the phonon f...

  13. Resonant squeezing and the anharmonic decay of coherent phonons

    Fahy, Stephen; Murray, Éamonn D.; Reis, David A.

    2016-04-01

    We show that the anharmonic decay of large-amplitude coherent phonons in a solid generates strongly enhanced squeezing of the phonon modes near points of the Brillouin zone where energy conservation in the three-phonon decay process is satisfied. The squeezing process leads to temporal oscillations of the mean-square displacement of target modes in resonance with the coherent phonon, which are characteristic of coherent phonon decay and do not occur in the decay of a phonon in a well-defined number state. For realistic material parameters of optically excited group-V semimetals, we predict that this squeezing results in strongly enhanced oscillations of the x-ray diffuse scattering intensity at sharply defined values of the x-ray momentum transfer. Numerical simulations of the phonon dynamics and the x-ray diffuse scattering in optically excited bismuth, using harmonic and anharmonic force parameters calculated with constrained density functional theory, demonstrate oscillations of the diffuse scattering intensity of magnitude 10%-20% of the thermal background at points of the Brillouin zone, where resonance occurs. Such oscillations should be observable using time-resolved optical-pump and x-ray-probe facilities available at current x-ray free-electron laser sources.

  14. Dynamics of nonequilibrium electron-phonon system for semiconductors and metals in a strong electrical field

    Formation of non-stationary nonequilibrium electron and phonon distribution functions (DFs) is investigated at action on metal of a strong pulse electric field. For concreteness parameters are taken for the nickel having reference temperature of 20 K. It is shown: (i) electron distribution function occurs as a result of impacts to imperfections of a lattice; (ii) electron distribution function does not become thermodynamically equilibrium as electron-electron impacts in the given situation give essentially smaller contribution, than electron-phonon collisions, and collisions with a 'another's' subsystem do not result to thermalization; (v) electron and phonon distribution functions have high-energy 'tails' as at electron-phonon impacts the momentum is transferred by enough small transfer of energy, is born much phonons at Debye energy, i.e. phonon distribution function have maximum for Debye phonons.

  15. Phonon operators for deformed nuclei

    The mathematical formalism with the phonon operators independent of the signature of the angular momentum projection turns out to be inadequate for describing excited states of deformed nuclei. New phonon operators are introduced which depend on the signature of the angular momentum projection on the symmetry axis of a deformed nucleus. It is shown that the calculations with the new phonons take correctly into account the Pauli principle in two-phonon components of wave functions. The results obtained differ from those given by the phonons independent of the signature of the angular momentum projection. The new phonons must be used in deformed nuclei at taking systematically the Pauli principle into account and in calculations involving wave functions of excited states having components with more than one-phonon operator

  16. Phononic crystals fundamentals and applications

    Adibi, Ali

    2016-01-01

    This book provides an in-depth analysis as well as an overview of phononic crystals. This book discusses numerous techniques for the analysis of phononic crystals and covers, among other material, sonic and ultrasonic structures, hypersonic planar structures and their characterization, and novel applications of phononic crystals. This is an ideal book for those working with micro and nanotechnology, MEMS (microelectromechanical systems), and acoustic devices. This book also: Presents an introduction to the fundamentals and properties of phononic crystals Covers simulation techniques for the analysis of phononic crystals Discusses sonic and ultrasonic, hypersonic and planar, and three-dimensional phononic crystal structures Illustrates how phononic crystal structures are being deployed in communication systems and sensing systems.

  17. Suppression of nonlinear phonon relaxation in Yb:YAG thin disk via zero phonon line pumping.

    Smrž, Martin; Miura, Taisuke; Chyla, Michal; Nagisetty, Siva; Novák, Ondřej; Endo, Akira; Mocek, Tomáš

    2014-08-15

    A quantitative comparison of conventional absorption line (940 nm) pumping and zero phonon line (ZPL) (969 nm) pumping of a Yb:YAG thin disk laser is reported. Characteristics of an output beam profile, surface temperature, and deformation of a thin disk under the different pump wavelengths are evaluated. We found that a nonlinear phonon relaxation (NPR) of the excited state in Yb:YAG, which induces nonlinear temperature rise and large aspheric deformation, did not appear in the case of a ZPL pumped Yb:YAG thin disk. This means that the advantage of ZPL pumping is not only the reduction of quantum defect but also the suppression of NPR. The latter effect is more important for high power lasers. PMID:25121908

  18. Phonon Gas Model (PGM) workflow in the VLab Science Gateway

    da Silveira, P.; Zhang, D.; Wentzcovitch, R. M.

    2013-12-01

    This contribution describes a scientific workflow for first principles computations of free energy of crystalline solids using the phonon gas model (PGM). This model was recently implemented as a hybrid method combining molecular dynamics and phonon normal mode analysis to extract temperature dependent phonon frequencies and life times beyond perturbation theory. This is a demanding high throughout workflow and is currently being implemented in VLab Cyberinfrastructure [da Silveira et al., 2008], which has recently been integrated to the XSEDE. First we review the underlying PGM, its practical implementation, and calculation requirements. We then describe the workflow management and its general method for handling actions. We illustrate the PGM application with a calculation of MgSiO3-perovskite's anharmonic phonons. We conclude with an outlook of workflows to compute other material's properties that will use the PGM workflow. Research supported by NSF award EAR-1019853.

  19. Absence of phase-dependent noise in time-domain reflectivity studies of impulsively excited phonons

    Hussain, A.

    2010-06-17

    There have been several reports of phase-dependent noise in time-domain reflectivity studies of optical phonons excited by femtosecond laser pulses in semiconductors, semimetals, and superconductors. It was suggested that such behavior is associated with the creation of squeezed phonon states although there is no theoretical model that directly supports such a proposal. We have experimentally re-examined the studies of phonons in bismuth and gallium arsenide, and find no evidence of any phase-dependent noise signature associated with the phonons. We place an upper limit on any such noise at least 40–50 dB lower than previously reported.

  20. Phonon operators in deformed nuclei

    For the description of the excited states in deformed nuclei new phonon operators are introduced, which depend on the sign of the angular momentum projection onto the symmetry axis of a deformed nucleus. In the calculations with new phonons the Pauli principle is correctly taken into account in the two-phonon components of the wave functions. There is a difference in comparison with the calculation with phonons independent of the sign of the angular momentum projection. The new phonons should be used in deformed nuclei if the Pauli principle is consistently taken into account and in the calculations with the excited state wave functions having the components with more than one phonon operator

  1. Phonon sidebands in semiconductor luminescence

    Feldtmann, T.; Kira, M.; Koch, S.W. [Department of Physics and Materials Sciences Center, Philipps University, Marburg (Germany)

    2009-02-15

    A microscopic theory of LO-phonon assisted photoluminescence in semiconductors is presented. In order to systematically describe Coulomb and light-matter interaction, a cluster-expansion scheme is employed. The carrier-phonon coupling is treated non-perturbatively within the polaron picture. Luminescence equations are derived, which produces phonon sidebands to arbitrary order. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Temperature dependence of Brillouin light scattering spectra of acoustic phonons in silicon

    Electrons, optical phonons, and acoustic phonons are often driven out of local equilibrium in electronic devices or during laser-material interaction processes. The need for a better understanding of such non-equilibrium transport processes has motivated the development of Raman spectroscopy as a local temperature sensor of optical phonons and intermediate frequency acoustic phonons, whereas Brillouin light scattering (BLS) has recently been explored as a temperature sensor of low-frequency acoustic phonons. Here, we report the measured BLS spectra of silicon at different temperatures. The origins of the observed temperature dependence of the BLS peak position, linewidth, and intensity are examined in order to evaluate their potential use as temperature sensors for acoustic phonons

  3. Direct acoustic phonon excitation by intense and ultrashort terahertz pulses

    We report on the direct and resonant excitation of acoustic phonons in an AlGaAs intrinsic semiconductor using intense coherent and single cycle terahertz pulses created by two-color femtosecond laser pulse filamentation in air. While the electrons are left unperturbed, we follow the lattice dynamics with time-delayed optical photons tuned to the interband transition.

  4. Electron–phonon coupling in hybrid lead halide perovskites

    Wright, Adam D.; Verdi, Carla; Milot, Rebecca L.; Eperon, Giles E.; Pérez-Osorio, Miguel A.; Snaith, Henry J.; Giustino, Feliciano; Johnston, Michael B.; Herz, Laura M.

    2016-01-01

    Phonon scattering limits charge-carrier mobilities and governs emission line broadening in hybrid metal halide perovskites. Establishing how charge carriers interact with phonons in these materials is therefore essential for the development of high-efficiency perovskite photovoltaics and low-cost lasers. Here we investigate the temperature dependence of emission line broadening in the four commonly studied formamidinium and methylammonium perovskites, HC(NH2)2PbI3, HC(NH2)2PbBr3, CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3PbBr3, and discover that scattering from longitudinal optical phonons via the Fröhlich interaction is the dominant source of electron–phonon coupling near room temperature, with scattering off acoustic phonons negligible. We determine energies for the interacting longitudinal optical phonon modes to be 11.5 and 15.3 meV, and Fröhlich coupling constants of ∼40 and 60 meV for the lead iodide and bromide perovskites, respectively. Our findings correlate well with first-principles calculations based on many-body perturbation theory, which underlines the suitability of an electronic band-structure picture for describing charge carriers in hybrid perovskites. PMID:27225329

  5. Electron-phonon coupling in hybrid lead halide perovskites.

    Wright, Adam D; Verdi, Carla; Milot, Rebecca L; Eperon, Giles E; Pérez-Osorio, Miguel A; Snaith, Henry J; Giustino, Feliciano; Johnston, Michael B; Herz, Laura M

    2016-01-01

    Phonon scattering limits charge-carrier mobilities and governs emission line broadening in hybrid metal halide perovskites. Establishing how charge carriers interact with phonons in these materials is therefore essential for the development of high-efficiency perovskite photovoltaics and low-cost lasers. Here we investigate the temperature dependence of emission line broadening in the four commonly studied formamidinium and methylammonium perovskites, HC(NH2)2PbI3, HC(NH2)2PbBr3, CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3PbBr3, and discover that scattering from longitudinal optical phonons via the Fröhlich interaction is the dominant source of electron-phonon coupling near room temperature, with scattering off acoustic phonons negligible. We determine energies for the interacting longitudinal optical phonon modes to be 11.5 and 15.3 meV, and Fröhlich coupling constants of ∼40 and 60 meV for the lead iodide and bromide perovskites, respectively. Our findings correlate well with first-principles calculations based on many-body perturbation theory, which underlines the suitability of an electronic band-structure picture for describing charge carriers in hybrid perovskites. PMID:27225329

  6. Sub-Poissonian phonon statistics in an acoustical resonator coupled to a pumped two-level emitter

    Ceban, V., E-mail: victor.ceban@phys.asm.md; Macovei, M. A., E-mail: macovei@phys.asm.md [Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Institute of Applied Physics (Moldova, Republic of)

    2015-11-15

    The concept of an acoustical analog of the optical laser has been developed recently in both theoretical and experimental works. We here discuss a model of a coherent phonon generator with a direct signature of the quantum properties of sound vibrations. The considered setup is made of a laser-driven quantum dot embedded in an acoustical nanocavity. The system dynamics is solved for a single phonon mode in the steady-state and in the strong quantum dot—phonon coupling regime beyond the secular approximation. We demonstrate that the phonon statistics exhibits quantum features, i.e., is sub-Poissonian.

  7. Electron - phonon interaction in strongly correlated systems. Acoustical phonon case

    We investigate the interaction of strongly correlated electrons with acoustical phonons in the frame of Hubbard-Holstein model. The electron-phonon interaction and on-site Coulomb repulsion are considered to be strong. By using the Lang-Firsov canonical transformation this problem has been transformed to the problem of mobile polarons. A new diagram technique is used in order to handle the strong Coulomb repulsion of the electrons and the existence of phonon clouds surrounding the electrons. The generalized Wick theorems for chronological products of electron and phonon-clouds operators have been formulated. We have found the collective mode of phonon clouds that surround electrons and discussed the physics of the emission and absorption of this mode by the polarons. We have also discussed the difference in the behaviour of optical and acoustical phonon-clouds surrounding polarons during their movement through the crystal lattice. The aim of the present paper is to gain further insight into the mutual influence of strong on-site Coulomb repulsion and strong electron-phonon interaction using the single band Hubbard-Holstein model and a recently developed diagram approach. We consider now the most interesting case as regards superconductivity of coupling of correlated electrons with dispersion acoustical phonons. (authors)

  8. Acoustic Metamaterials and Phononic Crystals

    2013-01-01

    This comprehensive book presents all aspects of acoustic metamaterials and phononic crystals. The emphasis is on acoustic wave propagation phenomena at interfaces such as refraction, especially unusual refractive properties and negative refraction. A thorough discussion of the mechanisms leading to such refractive phenomena includes local resonances in metamaterials and scattering in phononic crystals.

  9. Tunable Topological Phononic Crystals

    Chen, Ze-Guo

    2016-05-27

    Topological insulators first observed in electronic systems have inspired many analogues in photonic and phononic crystals in which remarkable one-way propagation edge states are supported by topologically nontrivial band gaps. Such band gaps can be achieved by breaking the time-reversal symmetry to lift the degeneracy associated with Dirac cones at the corners of the Brillouin zone. Here, we report on our construction of a phononic crystal exhibiting a Dirac-like cone in the Brillouin zone center. We demonstrate that simultaneously breaking the time-reversal symmetry and altering the geometric size of the unit cell result in a topological transition that we verify by the Chern number calculation and edge-mode analysis. We develop a complete model based on the tight binding to uncover the physical mechanisms of the topological transition. Both the model and numerical simulations show that the topology of the band gap is tunable by varying both the velocity field and the geometric size; such tunability may dramatically enrich the design and use of acoustic topological insulators.

  10. Graviton laser

    Landry, A.; Paranjape, M. B.

    2016-01-01

    We consider the possibility of creating a graviton laser. The lasing medium would be a system of contained, ultra cold neutrons. Ultra cold neutrons are a quantum mechanical system that interacts with gravitational fields and with the phonons of the container walls. It is possible to create a population inversion by pumping the system using the phonons. We compute the rate of spontaneous emission of gravitons and the rate of the subsequent stimulated emission of gravitons. The gain obtainable...

  11. Coherent phonon oscillations in CsPbCl{sub 3} nanocrystals

    Nemec, P.; Maly, P. [Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Prague 2 (Czech Republic); Nitsch, K.; Nikl, M. [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Cukrovarnicka 6, 162 53 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)

    2004-11-01

    Coherent optical phonons in CsPbCl{sub 3} nanocrystals are generated by femtosecond laser pulse irradiation and measured in a pump-probe experiment as a transmission modulation in the time domain. The phonon dephasing times ranging from 3 ps to 8 ps (at 10 K) are independent of the laser wavelength. On the contrary, the phase of the coherent phonons depends significantly on the laser wavelength when tuned through the excitonic absorption band. This suggests a change of the coherent phonon generation mechanism from displacive-type to impulsive-type when the material is opaque and transparent, respectively. (copyright 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  12. Probe And Enhancement Of SBS Based Phonons In Infrared Fibers Using Waveguide Coupled External Radiation

    Yu, Chung; Chong, Yat C.; Fong, Chee K.

    1989-06-01

    Interaction of GHz and MHz radiation with CO2 laser propagation in a silver halide fiber using sBs based phonon coupling is furthet investigated. The external signal serves to both probe and enhance laser generated sBs phonons in the fiber. Efficient coupling of microwave radiation into the fiber is accomplished by placing the fiber in a hollow metallic waveguide, designed and constructed to transmit the dominant mode in the 0.9-2.0 GHz band. MHz radiation is conveniently coupled into the fiber using the guided microwave radiation as carrier. Phonon emissions from the fiber under CO2 laser pumping are first established on a spectrum analyzer; low frequency generators ale then tuned to match these frequencies and their maximum interaction recorded. Such interactions are systematically studied by monitoring the amplitude and waveform of the reflected and transmitted laser pulse at various power levels and frequencies of the externally coupled radiation. A plot of reflected laser power versus incident laser power reveals a distinct sBs generated phonon threshold. Variouslaunch directions of the GHz and MHz radiation with respect to the direction of laser propagation are realized to verify theory governing sBs interactions. The MHz radiation and its associated phonons in the fiber are convenient tools for probing sBs related phenomenon in infrared fibers.

  13. Increased laser action in commercial dyes from fluorination regardless of their skeleton

    The direct and simple fluorination of representative organic laser dyes with emission covering the entire visible spectrum, from blue to red, including Coumarin 460, Pyrromethene 546, Rhodamine 6G and Perylene Red, enhances laser efficiencies by a factor up to 1.8 with respect to the corresponding non-fluorinated parent dyes. More importantly, fluorination also significantly enhances the photostability of the dyes, even under drastic laser pumping conditions. (letter)

  14. Phonon dispersion relation in zircon

    The silicate mineral zircon is one of the major constituents of the earth's crust. The low thermal expansion, structural and chemical stability of zircon ZrSiO4 (space group I41/amd; Z=2) enable it as a host material for radioactive elements uranium and thorium in the earth's crust. Phonon spectrum is needed to understand the thermodynamic behaviour of this mineral. Lattice dynamical calculations of the phonon dispersion relation have been carried out and some acoustic phonons of zircon have also been measured

  15. Backward air lasing actions induced by femtosecond laser filamentation: influence of population inversion lifetime

    Xie, Hongqiang; chu, Wei; Zeng, Bin; Yao, Jinping; Jing, Chenrui; Li, Ziting; Cheng, Ya

    2015-01-01

    We experimentally investigate generation of backward 357 nm N2 laser in a gas mixture of N2/Ar using 800-nm femtosecond laser pulses, and examine the involved gain dynamics based on pump-probe measurements. Our findings show that a minimum lifetime of population inversion in the excited N2 molecules is required for generating intense backward nitrogen lasers, which is ~0.8 ns under our experimental conditions. The results shed new light on the mechanism for generating intense backward lasers from ambient air, which are highly in demand for high sensitivity remote atmospheric sensing application.

  16. Reliability of Raman measurements of thermal conductivity of single-layer graphene due to selective electron-phonon coupling: A first-principles study

    Vallabhaneni, Ajit K.; Singh, Dhruv; Bao, Hua; Murthy, Jayathi; Ruan, Xiulin

    2016-03-01

    Raman spectroscopy has been widely used to measure thermal conductivity (κ ) of two-dimensional (2D) materials such as graphene. This method is based on a well-accepted assumption that different phonon polarizations are in near thermal equilibrium. However, in this paper, we show that, in laser-irradiated single-layer graphene, different phonon polarizations are in strong nonequilibrium, using predictive simulations based on first principles density functional perturbation theory and a multitemperature model. We first calculate the electron cooling rate due to phonon scattering as a function of the electron and phonon temperatures, and the results clearly illustrate that optical phonons dominate the hot electron relaxation process. We then use these results in conjunction with the phonon scattering rates computed using perturbation theory to develop a multitemperature model and resolve the spatial temperature distributions of the energy carriers in graphene under steady-state laser irradiation. Our results show that electrons, optical phonons, and acoustic phonons are in strong nonequilibrium, with the flexural acoustic (ZA) phonons showing the largest nonequilibrium to other phonon modes, mainly due to their weak coupling to other carriers in suspended graphene. Since ZA phonons are the main heat carriers in graphene, we estimate that neglecting this nonequilibrium leads to underestimation of thermal conductivity in experiments at room temperature by a factor of 1.35 to 2.6, depending on experimental conditions and assumptions used. Underestimation is also expected in Raman measurements of other 2D materials when the optical-acoustic phonon coupling is weak.

  17. Optical investigations of powerful laser actions on massive and flyer targets

    In this paper we present experimental, theoretical, and computer simulation studies of craters formation produced by high power lasers in single and double layer targets. The experimental investigation was carried out using the PALS (Prague Asterix Laser System) facility working with two different laser beam wavelengths: λ1 = 1.315 μm and λ3 0.438 μm. Two types of targets made of Al were used: single massive targets and double targets consisting of a foil or disk (6 μm and 11 μm thick for both cases) placed in front of the massive target at the distance of 200-500 μm. Experiments with single massive targets were performed at laser intensities in the range of 1013-1015 W/cm2 by varying the laser beam diameter on the target surface from 70 μm up to 1200 μm (moving the target away from the focus). The double targets were illuminated by laser energies EL = 100-500 J always focused on diameter of 250 μm. In all experiments performed the laser pulse duration was equal to 400 ps. The 3-frame interferometry was employed to investigate the plasma dynamics by means of the electron density distribution time development as well as the disks and foil fragments velocity measurements. Dimensions and shapes of craters were obtained by crater replica technology and microscopy measurement. Experimental results were complemented by two-dimensional analytical theory and computer simulations to help their interpretation. This way the values of laser energy absorption coefficient, ablation loading efficiency and efficiency of energy transfer as well as two-dimensional shock wave generation at the laser-driven macro-particle impact were obtained from measured craters' parameters for both wavelengths of laser radiation. (author)

  18. Q-phonon scheme in the collective nuclear model

    The Q-phonon scheme developed in the framework of the algebraic collective nuclear model is discussed. It is shown that in the framework of this scheme the low-lying collective states of the even-even nuclei can be presented with an accuracy better than 90% of the norm using one or maximum two components of the Q-phonon basis constructed by an action of the fixed number of the quadrupole operators Q on the exact ground state of the system. Different applications of this approximate scheme are discussed. It is shown that using this scheme the relations between several E2-transition probabilities or between the energies of the collective states can be derived. It is shown also that the Q-phonon scheme can be used to extract an information about the equilibrium shapes of nuclei and their fluctuations from the data on the E2-transition probabilities

  19. Phonon spectra in quantum wires

    Ilić Dušan; Raković Dejan; Šetrajčić Jovan

    2007-01-01

    Green's function method, adjusted to bound crystalline structures, was applied to obtain the phonon dispersion law in quantum wires. The condition of the existence of small mechanical atom movements defining phonon spectra can be found by solving the secular equation. This problem was presented graphically for different boundary parameters. The presence of boundaries, as well as the change of boundary parameters, leads to the appearance of new properties of the layered structure. The most imp...

  20. Phononic crystals and acoustic metamaterials

    Ming-Hui Lu; Liang Feng; Yan-Feng Chen

    2009-01-01

    Phononic crystals have been proposed about two decades ago and some important characteristics such as acoustic band structure and negative refraction have stimulated fundamental and practical studies in acoustic materials and devices since then. To carefully engineer a phononic crystal in an acoustic “atom” scale, acoustic metamaterials with their inherent deep subwavelength nature have triggered more exciting investigations on negative bulk modulus and/or negative mass density. Acoustic surf...

  1. On possibility of high-power terahertz emission from target under the action of powerful laser pulses

    Didenko, A. N.; Rashchikov, V. I.; Fortov, V. E.

    2011-03-01

    The possibility of terahertz (THz) emission from a target irradiated by short (˜0.1 ns) high-intensity ( I ˜ 1018-1019 W/cm2) laser pulses has been studied by numerical simulations using a relativistic electromagnetic PIC code. The laser pulse action on the target generates plasma and the runaway electrons form a virtual cathode, which oscillates in the intrinsic field of electrons and the field of plasma ions. These oscillations account for the emission of radiation in a THz range. The generation efficiency is about three times as high as that in the absence of ions (according to the conventional reditron mechanism). Explanation of the observed phenomena is proposed.

  2. Theory of Raman Lasing due to Coupled Intersubband Plasmon-Phonon Modes in Asymmetric Coupled Double Quantum Wells

    Maung, S. M.; Katayama, S.

    2005-06-01

    A theory of Raman laser gain due to coupled intersubband (ISB) plasmon-optical phonon modes in asymmetric coupled double quantum wells (ACDQWs) is presented. Based on the charge-density-excitations (CDE) mechanism, we take into account the electron-electron and electron-phonon (confined LO phonon and interface (IF) phonons) interactions in the scattering cross-section. For Al0.35Ga0.65As/GaAs ACDQWs the calculated coupled mode energies which are responsible for the lasing Stokes emission are well consistent with recent experiments.

  3. Graviton laser

    Landry, A

    2016-01-01

    We consider the possibility of creating a graviton laser. The lasing medium would be a system of contained, ultra cold neutrons. Ultra cold neutrons are a quantum mechanical system that interacts with gravitational fields and with the phonons of the container walls. It is possible to create a population inversion by pumping the system using the phonons. We compute the rate of spontaneous emission of gravitons and the rate of the subsequent stimulated emission of gravitons. The gain obtainable is directly proportional to the density of the lasing medium and the fraction of the population inversion. The applications of a graviton laser would be interesting.

  4. Optical investigation of powerful laser actions on massive and flyer targets

    Pisarczyk, T.; Borodziuk, S.; Demchenko, N. N.; Gus´kov, S.Y.; Jungwirth, Karel; Kálal, M.; Kasperzcuk, A.; Králiková, Božena; Krouský, Eduard; Limpouch, Jiří; Mašek, Karel; Pisarczyk, P.; Pfeifer, Miroslav; Rohlena, Karel; Rozanov, V. B.; Skála, Jiří; Ullschmied, Jiří

    Melville: American Institut of Physics , 2005 - (Sadowski, M.; Dudeck, M.; Hartfus, H.; Pawelec, E.), 64-71. (AIP Conference Proceedings. 812). ISBN 0-7354-0304-X. ISSN 0094-243X. [PLASMA 2005. Opole-Turawa (PL), 06.09.2005-09.09.2005] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LC528 Grant ostatní: EC - LASER LAB-EUROPE(XE) RII3-CT-2003-506350 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100523; CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : plasma heating by laser * plasma diagnostics * laser ablation * laser fusion Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2168799

  5. Suppressing electron-phonon interactions in semiconductor quantum dot systems by engineering the electronic wavefunctions

    Nysteen, Anders; Nielsen, Per Kær; Mørk, Jesper

    2012-01-01

    proper matching between the electronic wavefuntion and the phonon-induced energy shift of valence and conduction band may be exploited to change the decoherence and decay properties of the QD by suppressing the phonon-induced processes. This effect may be addressed in a photoluminescence experiment......, where a CW laser excites a two-level QD which interacts with a non-Markovian reservoir of acoustical phonons, see Fig. 1a. We assume a simple harmonic confinement of the electronic carriers, resulting in Gaussian wavefunctions, (r) / exp[−r2/(2W2 )], withWe (Wg) being the width of the electron (hole......) wavefunction. In Fig. 1b we plot the stationary QD population vs. the laser frequency. We observe that for non-equal electron and hole wavefunction, the phonon-induced effect on the population surprisingly is fully suppressed at specific detunings. In a coupled QD–cavity system [2, 3], see Fig. 2a, this effect...

  6. Infrared-phonon-polariton resonance of the nonlinear susceptibility in GaAs.

    Dekorsy, T; Yakovlev, V A; Seidel, W; Helm, M; Keilmann, F

    2003-02-01

    Nonlinear probing of the fundamental lattice vibration of polar crystals is shown to reveal insight into higher-order cohesive lattice forces. With a free-electron laser tunable in the far infrared we experimentally investigate the dispersion of the second-order susceptibility due to the phonon resonance in GaAs. We observe a strong resonance enhancement of second harmonic light generation at half the optical phonon frequency, and in addition a minimum at a higher frequency below the phonon frequency. Measuring this frequency and comparison to a theoretical model allows the determination of competing higher-order lattice forces. PMID:12633374

  7. Ultrafast dynamics of carrier LO phonon system in high electric field in polar semiconductors

    Iida, M.; Katayama, S.

    2001-03-01

    The dynamics of carriers excited by an ultrashort laser pulse is simulated numerically in the presence of a strong electric field. The carrier density matrices (DMs) are treated within the equation of motion method by taking interaction with longitudinal optical (LO) phonons into account. It is shown that the temporal evolution of an electron DM exhibits a strong modification owing to LO phonon emissions in addition to interferences between the interband polarization and the optical pulse field in the external strong electric field.

  8. Analysis of the stress raising action of flaws in laser clad deposits

    Highlights: ► Laser clad defects are 0D-pores/inclusions, 1D-clad waviness or 2D-planar defects. ► Surface pore of laser clad bar initiates fatigue cracks. ► Side edge surface pores are more critical than in-clad surface pores. ► Smaller notch radius and angle of as-laser clad surface raises stress significantly. ► Planar inner defects grow faster towards surface. - Abstract: Fatigue cracking of laser clad cylindrical and square section bars depends upon a variety of factors. This paper presents Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of the different macro stress fields generated as well as stress raisers created by laser cladding defects for four different fatigue load conditions. As important as the defect types are their locations and orientations, categorized into zero-, one- and two-dimensional defects. Pores and inclusions become critical close to surfaces. The performance of as-clad surfaces can be governed by the sharpness of surface notches and planar defects like hot cracks or lack-of-fusion (LOF) are most critical if oriented vertically, transverse to the bar axis. The combination of the macro stress field with the defect type and its position and orientation determines whether it is the most critical stress raiser. Based on calculated cases, quantitative and qualitative charts were developed as guidelines to visualize the trends of different combinations

  9. Scattering of phonons by dislocations

    By 1950, an explicit effort had been launched to use lattice thermal conductivity measurements in the investigation of defect structures in solids. This technique has been highly successful, especially when combined with the measurements of other properties such as optical absorption. One exception has been the study of dislocations. Although dislocations have a profound effect on the phonon thermal conductivity, the mechanisms of the phonon-dislocation interaction are poorly understood. The most basic questions are still debated in the literature. It therefore is pointless to attempt a quantitative comparison between an extensive accumulation of experimental data on the one hand, and the numerous theoretical models on the other. Instead, this chapter will attempt to glean a few qualitative conclusions from the existing experimental data. These results will then be compared with two general models which incorporate, in a qualitative manner, most of the proposed theories of the phonon-dislocation interaction. Until very recently, measurement of thermal conductivity was the only means available to probe the interaction between phonons and defects at phonon frequencies above the standard ultrasonic range of approx. = 109 Hz. The introductory paragraphs provide a brief review of the thermal-conductivity technique and the problems which are encountered in practice. There is also a brief presentation of the theoretical models and the complications that may occur in more realistic situations

  10. Efficient materials processing by dual action of XUV/Vis-NIR ultrashort laser pulses

    Jakubczak, Krzysztof; Mocek, Tomáš; Polan, Jiří; Homer, Pavel; Rus, Bedřich; Kim, I.J.; Kim, C. M.; Park, S.B.; Kim, T.K.; Lee, G.H.; Nam, C. H.; Chalupský, Jaromír; Hájková, Věra; Juha, Libor; Sobota, Jaroslav; Fořt, Tomáš

    Bellingham: SPIE, 2009 - (Juha, L.; Bajt, S.; Sobierajski, R.), 73610A/1-73610A/5. (Proceedings of SPIE. 7361). ISBN 9780819476357. ISSN 0277-786x. [Damage to VUV, EUV, and X-Ray Optics II. Prague (CZ), 21.04.2009-23.04.2009] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN300100702; GA MŠk LC510; GA MŠk(CZ) LC528; GA MŠk LA08024; GA ČR GC202/07/J008 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100523; CEZ:AV0Z20650511 Keywords : High-order Harmonic Generation (HHG) * materials machining * nanopatterning * femtosecond laser pulses * Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS) Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.822433

  11. Bacterial action of carbon dioxide laser radiation in experimental dental root canals

    The ability of a carbon dioxide laser to sterilize the root canal of human teeth has been investigated. Three oral bacteria, Streptococcus sanguis, Streptococcus mutans, and Actinomyces viscosus, and three other bacteria, Bacillus cereus, Staphyloccus aureus, and Pseudomonoas aeruginosa were used as experimental organisms. Exposure of cells on glass slides to laser radiation showed there was little difference in the exposure required to kill these six organisms. Complete recovery of bacteria from the root canal was initially a problem and was only achieved when bacterial manipulations and removal were carried out in rapid succession, within 5 min of inoculation. However, the geometry of the instrumented canal and the laser alignment were major factors in achieving consistent cell death of oral bacteria in the root canals. Using sets of 10 teeth, four repeated exposures of 10 W for 1 s was found to sterilize 4 or more of the teeth

  12. Low intensity red laser action on Escherichia coli cultures submitted to stress conditions

    Clinical applications of low intensity lasers are based on the biostimulation effect and considered to occur mainly at cells under stressful conditions. Also, although the cytochrome is a chromophore to red and near infrared radiations, there are doubts whether indirect effects of these radiations could occur on the DNA molecule by oxidative mechanisms. Thus, this work evaluated the survival, filamentation and morphology of Escherichia coli cultures proficient and deficient in oxidative DNA damage repair exposed to low intensity red laser under stress conditions. Wild type and endonuclease III deficient E. coli cells were exposed to laser (658 nm, 1 and 8 J cm−2) under hyposmotic stress and bacterial survival, filamentation and cell morphology were evaluated. Laser exposure: (i) does not alter the bacterial survival in 0.9% NaCl, but increases the survival of wild type and decreases the survival of endonuclease III deficient cells under hyposmotic stress; (ii) increases filamentation in 0.9% NaCl but decreases in wild type and increases in endonuclease III deficient cells under hyposmotic stress; (iii) decreases the area and perimeter of wild type, does not alter these parameters in endonuclease III deficient cells under hyposmotic stress but increases the area of these in 0.9% NaCl. Low intensity red laser exposure has different effects on survival, filamentation phenotype and morphology of wild type and endonuclease III deficient cells under hyposmotic stress. Thus, our results suggest that therapies based on low intensity red lasers could take into account physiologic conditions and genetic characteristics of cells. (paper)

  13. Influence of ionizing radiation on optical hardness of transparent dielectrics to action of huge intensity laser light

    . Significant growth of total number of ions of all frequency rates of charge NΣ reduction of maximal energy Emax and frequency rates of a charge Zmax ions are observed. Correlation between parameters of superficial damage - threshold qs and the size of damage d and characteristics of ion plasma - NΣ, Zmax and Emax are also observed. Damages, as microscopic researches have shown, looked like the micro crater representing the fused layer with a flat bottom and melted edges. Such structure of craters is consequences of the thermal action accompanying damages by plasma. With growth of a doze γ -irradiations of investigated glasses the sizes of damage grow considerably with the increase in diameter d of formed the craters received at the same values q. It is shown that the increase in intensity of a laser radiation up to 1000 GWt/cm2 leads to the catastrophic damage of the surface leading to breaking of glass. Results of microscopic researches show that the damage of surface and volume of the investigated non- irradiated glasses begins locally in the separate from each other small size parts where the congestion of the absorbing defects breaking the structure of glass was formed. Those are initially present in structure of glass alien impurity inclusions, dislocations and vacancies, bubbles and pores and others of heterogeneity. Concentration of absorbing defects in glass considerably increases due to formation of the radiating defects caused by γ - irradiation. This leads to an additional power consumption of a laser radiation on heating and evaporation of substance of a target, and consequently to reduction of a part of laser radiation, too, which is spent for heating and ionization of plasma. This seems to be a reason for reduction Z max and Emax of emitted ion by plasma and strong growth of output of ions from plasma of γ - irradiated glass connected with recombined processes taking place in plasma. (author)

  14. Correction of eye refraction by nonablative laser action on thermomechanical properties of cornea and sclera

    A new approach is proposed for correcting the eye refraction by controlled variation of the mechanical properties of the sclera and cornea upon nondestructive laser heating. Experimental ex vivo studies of rabbit and pig eyes show that laser-induced local denaturation of the sclera changes the refraction of the cornea by 3 diopters on the average, and the subsequent nondestructive irradiation of the cornea increases its plasticity, which leads to a further increase in its radius of curvature and a decrease in refraction down to 7 diopters.

  15. Laser-assisted drug delivery: mode of action and use in daily clinical practice.

    Braun, Stephan Alexander; Schrumpf, Holger; Buhren, Bettina Alexandra; Homey, Bernhard; Gerber, Peter Arne

    2016-05-01

    Topical application of pharmaceutical agents is a basic principle of dermatological therapy. However, the effective barrier function of the skin significantly impairs the bioavailability of most topical drugs. Fractional ablative lasers represent an innovative strategy to overcome the epidermal barrier in a standardized, contact-free manner. The bioavailability of topical agents can be significantly enhanced using laser-assisted drug delivery (LADD). In recent years, the principle of LADD has become well established for various dermatological indications. Herein, we review the current literature on LADD and present potential future applications. PMID:27119468

  16. Random laser action in stoichiometric Nd3Ga5O12 garnet crystal powder

    Iparraguirre, I.; Azkargorta, J.; Kamada, K.; Yoshikawa, A.; Rodríguez-Mendoza, U. R.; Lavín, V.; Barredo-Zuriarrain, M.; Balda, R.; Fernández, J.

    2016-03-01

    This work explores the room temperature infrared random laser (RL) performance of Nd3+ ions in a new stoichiometric Nd3Ga5O12 crystal powder. The time-resolved measurements show that the RL pulse is able to follow the subnanosecond oscillations of the pump pulse profile. The pump threshold energy and the absolute stimulated emission energy have been measured using a method developed by the authors. The laser slope efficiency is the highest compared to other Nd3+ stoichiometric RL crystals.

  17. Action of a 904-nm diode laser in orthopedics and traumatology: a clinical study on 447 cases

    Tam, Giuseppe

    2001-10-01

    Objective: The evidence in medical literature is that a beneficial analgesic effect can only be obtained by employing laser radiation of relatively low power density and wavelengths which are able to penetrate tissue. For this reason the semiconductor, or laser diode (GaAs, 904 nm), is the most appropriate choice in pain-reduction therapy. Summary Background Data: Low power laser (or LLL) acts on the Prostaglandins synthesis, increases the endorphins synthesis in the Rolando gelatinous substance and in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. The L-Arginine, which is the classic substrate of nitric oxide, carries on vasodilatory and anti- inflammatory action. Methods: Treatment was carried out on 447 cases and 435 patients (250 women and 185 men) between 20th May 1987 and 31st December 1999. The patients, whose age ranged from 25 to 70, were suffering from rheumatic, degenerative and traumatic pathologies as well as cutaneous ulcers. The majority of patients had been seen by orthopaedists and rheumatologists and had undergone x-ray, ultrasound scan, etc. All patients had previously received drug-based treatment and/or physiotherapy, with poor results. Two thirds were experiencing acute symptomatic pain, while the others presented a chronic pathology with recurrent crises. We used a pulsed IR diode laser, GaAs emitting at 904 nm. Frequency of treatment: 1 application per day for 5 consecutive days, followed by a 2-day interval. The percentage reduction in symptoms or improvement in functional status were determined on the basis of objective analysis as it happens in the Legal and Insurance Medicine field. Results: Very good results were achieved especially with cases of symptomatic osteoarthritis of the cervical vertebrae, with sport-related injuries, epicondylitis, osteoarthritis of the knee, periarthritis and with cutaneous ulcers. The beneficial action of the LLLT in the latter pathology is linked to the increase in collagen and to fibroblast proliferation. The total

  18. Phonon spectra in quantum wires

    Ilić Dušan

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Green's function method, adjusted to bound crystalline structures, was applied to obtain the phonon dispersion law in quantum wires. The condition of the existence of small mechanical atom movements defining phonon spectra can be found by solving the secular equation. This problem was presented graphically for different boundary parameters. The presence of boundaries, as well as the change of boundary parameters, leads to the appearance of new properties of the layered structure. The most important feature is that, beside the allowed energy zones (which are continuous as in the bulk structure, zones of forbidden states appear. Different values of the boundary parameters lead to the appearance of lower and upper energy gaps, or dispersion branches spreading out of the bulk energy zone. The spectra of phonons in corresponding unbound structures were correlated to those in bound structures.

  19. Electron-Phonon Coupling and Energy Flow in a Simple Metal beyond the Two-Temperature Approximation

    Waldecker, Lutz; Bertoni, Roman; Ernstorfer, Ralph; Vorberger, Jan

    2016-04-01

    The electron-phonon coupling and the corresponding energy exchange are investigated experimentally and by ab initio theory in nonequilibrium states of the free-electron metal aluminium. The temporal evolution of the atomic mean-squared displacement in laser-excited thin freestanding films is monitored by femtosecond electron diffraction. The electron-phonon coupling strength is obtained for a range of electronic and lattice temperatures from density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations. The electron-phonon coupling parameter extracted from the experimental data in the framework of a two-temperature model (TTM) deviates significantly from the ab initio values. We introduce a nonthermal lattice model (NLM) for describing nonthermal phonon distributions as a sum of thermal distributions of the three phonon branches. The contributions of individual phonon branches to the electron-phonon coupling are considered independently and found to be dominated by longitudinal acoustic phonons. Using all material parameters from first-principles calculations except the phonon-phonon coupling strength, the prediction of the energy transfer from electrons to phonons by the NLM is in excellent agreement with time-resolved diffraction data. Our results suggest that the TTM is insufficient for describing the microscopic energy flow even for simple metals like aluminium and that the determination of the electron-phonon coupling constant from time-resolved experiments by means of the TTM leads to incorrect values. In contrast, the NLM describing transient phonon populations by three parameters appears to be a sufficient model for quantitatively describing electron-lattice equilibration in aluminium. We discuss the general applicability of the NLM and provide a criterion for the suitability of the two-temperature approximation for other metals.

  20. Molecular mechanism of therapeutic action of low-intensity visible laser radiation

    The presented data testify to possibility of reversible modification of a spatial structure and biocatalytic activity of enzyme (lactate dehydrogenase) under visible laser radiation effect on buffer solutions of enzyme and enzyme-substrate with long-wave maxima of absorption spectrum, located in UV-region

  1. Damping of coupled phonon--plasmon modes

    Falkovsky, L. A.

    2002-01-01

    The effect of free carriers on dispersion and damping of coupled phonon-plasmon modes is considered in the long-wave approximation. The electron and phonon scattering rate as well as Landau damping are taken into account.

  2. Phonon creation by gravitational waves

    We show that gravitational waves create phonons in a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). A traveling spacetime distortion produces particle creation resonances that correspond to the dynamical Casimir effect in a BEC phononic field contained in a cavity-type trap. We propose to use this effect to detect gravitational waves. The amplitude of the wave can be estimated applying recently developed relativistic quantum metrology techniques. We provide the optimal precision bound on the estimation of the wave's amplitude. Finally, we show that the parameter regime required to detect gravitational waves with this technique could be, in principle, within experimental reach in a medium-term timescale. (paper)

  3. Phonon creation by gravitational waves

    Sabín, Carlos; Ahmadi, Mehdi; Fuentes, Ivette

    2014-01-01

    We show that gravitational waves create phonons in a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). A traveling spacetime distortion produces particle creation resonances that correspond to the dynamical Casimir effect in a BEC phononic field contained in a cavity-type trap. We propose to use this effect to detect gravitational waves. The amplitude of the wave can be estimated applying recently developed relativistic quantum metrology techniques. We provide the optimal precision bound on the estimation of the wave's amplitude. Finally, we show that the parameter regime required to detect gravitational waves with this technique is within experimental reach.

  4. Phononic crystals and acoustic metamaterials

    Ming-Hui Lu

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Phononic crystals have been proposed about two decades ago and some important characteristics such as acoustic band structure and negative refraction have stimulated fundamental and practical studies in acoustic materials and devices since then. To carefully engineer a phononic crystal in an acoustic “atom” scale, acoustic metamaterials with their inherent deep subwavelength nature have triggered more exciting investigations on negative bulk modulus and/or negative mass density. Acoustic surface evanescent waves have also been recognized to play key roles to reach acoustic subwavelength imaging and enhanced transmission.

  5. Phonon Theory of Martensitic Transformation Precursors

    Jin, Yongmei M.; Wang, Yu. U.

    2014-01-01

    A phonon theory of precursor phenomena in martensitic phase transformations is developed. Extending Gr\\"uneisen theory of thermal expansion, this theory addresses the effects of deformation-dependent low-energy phonons on the structural, thermal, and elastic behaviors of pre-martensitic cubic crystals that undergo incomplete phonon softening. It reveals spontaneous symmetry breaking, pre-martensitic transformation, phonon domains, and tweed structure. The theory naturally explains the ubiquit...

  6. Topological Nature of the Phonon Hall Effect

    Zhang, Lifa; Ren, Jie; Wang, Jian-Sheng; Li, Baowen

    2010-01-01

    We provide a topological understanding on phonon Hall effect in dielectrics with Raman spinphonon coupling. A general expression for phonon Hall conductivity is obtained in terms of the Berry curvature of band structures. We find a nonmonotonic behavior of phonon Hall conductivity as a function of magnetic field. Moreover, we observe a phase transition in phonon Hall effect, which corresponds to the sudden change of band topology, characterized by the altering of integer Chern numbers. This c...

  7. First principles phonon calculations in materials science

    Togo, Atsushi; Tanaka, Isao

    2015-01-01

    Phonon plays essential roles in dynamical behaviors and thermal properties, which are central topics in fundamental issues of materials science. The importance of first principles phonon calculations cannot be overly emphasized. Phonopy is an open source code for such calculations launched by the present authors, which has been world-widely used. Here we demonstrate phonon properties with fundamental equations and show examples how the phonon calculations are applied in materials science.

  8. Selective coherent phonon mode generation in single wall carbon nanotubes

    Nugraha, Ahmad R T; Saito, Riichiro

    2016-01-01

    The ultrafast pulse-train technique is theoretically investigated to enhance a specific coherent phonon mode while suppressing the other phonon modes generated in single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). In particular, we focus on the selectivity of the radial breathing mode (RBM) and the G-band for a given SWNT. We find that if the repetition period matches with integer multiple of the RBM phonon period, the RBM amplitude could be enhanced while the amplitudes of the other modes are suppressed. As for the G-band, when we apply a repetition rate of half-integer multiple of the RBM period, the RBM could be suppressed because of destructive interference, while the G-band still survives. It is also possible to keep the G-band and suppress the RBM by applying a repetition rate that matches with integer multiple of the G-band phonon period. However, in this case we have to use a large number of laser pulses.

  9. Structure of the phonon vacuum state

    Mishev, S

    2012-01-01

    The action of the long-range residual force on the the expectation value of observables in the nuclear ground-states is evaluated by finding optimal values for the coefficients of the canonical transformation which connects the phonon vacuum state with the (quasi-)particle ground-state. After estimating the improvements over the predictions of the independent particle approximation we compare the ground-state wave functions obtained using the presented approach with those obtained using the conventional random phase approximation (RPA) and its extended version. The problem with overbinding of the nuclear ground state calculated using the RPA is shown to be removed if one sticks to the prescriptions of the present approach. The reason being that the latter conforms to the original variational formulation. Calculations are performed within the two-level Lipkin model in which we present results for the binding energies.

  10. Spectral Singularities and CPA-Laser Action in a Weakly Nonlinear PT-Symmetric Bilayer Slab

    Mostafazadeh, Ali

    2014-01-01

    We study optical spectral singularities of a weakly nonlinear PT-symmetric bilinear planar slab of optically active material. In particular, we derive the lasing threshold condition and calculate the laser output intensity. These reveal the following unexpected features of the system: 1. For the case that the real part of the refractive index $\\eta$ of the layers are equal to unity, the presence of the lossy layer decreases the threshold gain; 2. For the more commonly encountered situations when $\\eta-1$ is much larger than the magnitude of the imaginary part of the refractive index, the threshold gain coefficient is a function of $\\eta$ that has a local minimum. The latter is in sharp contrast to the threshold gain coefficient of a homogeneous slab of gain material which is a decreasing function of $\\eta$. We use these results to comment on the effect of nonlinearity on the prospects of using this system as a CPA-laser.

  11. Cluster formation through the action of a single picosecond laser pulse

    We demonstrate experimentally and describe theoretically the formation of carbon nanoclusters created by single picosecond laser pulses. We show that the average size of a nanocluster is determined exclusively by single laser pulse parameters and is independent of the gas fill (He, Ar, Kr, Xe) and pressure in a range from 20mTorr to 200 Torr. Simple kinetic theory allows estimates to be made of the cluster size, which are in qualitative agreement with the experimental data. We conclude that the role of the buffer gas is to induce a transition between thin solid film formation on the substrate and foam formation by diffusing the clusters through the gas, with no significant effect upon the average cluster size

  12. VIBRATIONAL FREQUENCIES VIA FROZEN PHONONS

    Harmon, B.; Weber, W.; Hamann, D

    1981-01-01

    We have used a first principles linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) method to calculate the total ground state energy for crystals of Si, Nb and Mo involving lattice distortions. From these calculations the equilibriunm lattice constant, cohesive energy, and bulk modulus as well as the vibrational frequencies for selected phonons were determined.

  13. EMRS Spring Meeting 2014 Symposium D: Phonons and fluctuations in low dimensional structures

    2014-11-01

    . Goettingen) poster title ''Phonon blocking in Multilayers produced by Pulsed Laser Deposition'', Jordi Gomis-Bresco et al. (ICN2) poster '' A 1D PhoXonic Crystal'', Barcelona and Benjamin J Robinson et al. (U. Lancaster) poster ''Scanning Thermal microscopy studies of 2D materials''. The symposium organisers are grateful to the Scientific Committee members, Prof. Bahram Djafari-Rouhani (France), Prof. Dr. Thomas Dekorsy (Germany), Prof. Anthony Kent (UK), Prof. Fabio Marchesoni (Italy), Dr. Natalio Mingo (France), Prof. Pascal Ruello, (France) and Prof. Javier Viejo-Rodriguez (Spain), for their help with all aspects of evaluation of the scientific level of the presentations in the symposium. The symposium was sponsored by the FP7 ICT FET Open Coordination Action EUPHONON (GA. 612086) and by the CNRS GDR ''Thermal Nanosciences and NanoEngineering''. The symposium organisers express their sincere thanks to the staff of the E-MRS for continuous support and timely advice in all organisational aspects. We are indebted to Dr. Erwan Guillotel (ICN2) for his assistance with the organisation of the symposium.

  14. Magnon-phonon interconversion in a dynamically reconfigurable magnetic material

    Guerreiro, Sergio C.; Rezende, Sergio M.

    2015-12-01

    The ferrimagnetic insulator yttrium iron garnet (YIG) is an important material in the field of magnon spintronics, mainly because of its low magnetic losses. YIG also has very low acoustic losses, and for this reason the conversion of a state of magnetic excitation (magnons) into a state of lattice vibration (phonons), or vice versa, broadens its possible applications in spintronics. Since the magnetic parameters can be varied by some external action, the magnon-phonon interconversion can be tuned to perform a desired function. We present a quantum theory of the interaction between magnons and phonons in a ferromagnetic material subject to a dynamic variation of the applied magnetic field. It is shown that when the field gradient at the magnetoelastic crossover region is much smaller than a critical value, an initial elastic excitation can be completely converted into a magnetic excitation, or vice versa. This occurs with conservation of linear momentum and spin angular momentum, implying that phonons created by the conversion of magnons have spin angular momentum and carry spin current. It is shown further that if the system is initially in a quantum coherent state, its coherence properties are maintained regardless of the time dependence of the field.

  15. Jet formation in spallation of metal film from substrate under action of femtosecond laser pulse

    Inogamov, N. A., E-mail: nailinogamov@googlemail.com [Russian Academy of Sciences, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics (Russian Federation); Zhakhovskii, V. V. [Dukhov All-Russia Research Institute of Automatics (Russian Federation); Khokhlov, V. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics (Russian Federation)

    2015-01-15

    It is well known that during ablation by an ultrashort laser pulse, the main contribution to ablation of the substance is determined not by evaporation, but by the thermomechanical spallation of the substance. For identical metals and pulse parameters, the type of spallation is determined by film thickness d{sub f}. An important gauge is metal heating depth d{sub T} at the two-temperature stage, at which electron temperature is higher than ion temperature. We compare cases with d{sub f} < d{sub T} (thin film) and d{sub f} ≫ d{sub T} (bulk target). Radius R{sub L} of the spot of heating by an optical laser is the next (after d{sub f}) important geometrical parameter. The morphology of film bulging in cases where d{sub f} < d{sub T} on the substrate (blistering) changes upon a change in radius R{sub L} in the range from diffraction limit R{sub L} ∼ λ to high values of R{sub L} ≫ λ, where λ ∼ 1 μm is the wavelength of optical laser radiation. When d{sub f} < d{sub T}, R{sub L} ∼ λ, and F{sub abs} > F{sub m}, gold film deposited on the glass target acquires a cupola-shaped blister with a miniature frozen nanojet in the form of a tip on the circular top of the cupola (F{sub abs} and F{sub m} are the absorbed energy and the melting threshold of the film per unit surface area of the film). A new physical mechanism leading to the formation of the nanojet is proposed.

  16. Ab initio calculations of phonon dispersion and lattice dynamics in TlGaTe{sub 2}

    Jafarova, Vusala; Orudzhev, Guseyn; Alekperov, Oktay; Mamedov, Nazim; Abdullayev, Nadir; Najafov, Arzu [Institute of Physics (Innovation Sector), 33 H. Javid ave, Baku 1143 (Azerbaijan); Paucar, Raul [Institute of Physics (Innovation Sector), 33 H. Javid ave, Baku 1143 (Azerbaijan); Chiba Institute of Technology, 2-17-1 Tsudanuma, Narashino, Chiba 275-0016 (Japan); Shim, YongGu [Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1 Gakuen-cho, Naka-ku, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Wakita, Kazuki [Chiba Institute of Technology, 2-17-1 Tsudanuma, Narashino, Chiba 275-0016 (Japan)

    2015-06-15

    This work reports the results of DFT-based calculations of phonon spectra of TlGaTe{sub 2}. The dispersion of phonon bands was calculated along the directions of Brillouin zone (BZ) that include symmetry points. The calculated phonon frequencies at the centre of BZ were compared with those obtained by Raman spectroscopy with the aid of a confocal laser microscopy system. A fairly good agreement between the calculated and experimental data was found. Complimentary, molar heat capacity at constant volume and Debye temperature were calculated in the range 5/500 K on the base of the obtained phonon density of states. The obtained temperature dependencies were compared with available experimental data.The results of comparison were satisfactory. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  17. Percutaneous laser lumbar disc decompression - mechanism of action, indications and contraindications.

    Maksymowicz, Wojciech; Barczewska, Monika; Sobieraj, Andrzej

    2004-06-30

    This article describes the development of minimally invasive methods in the treatment of lumbar discopathy, with particular attention to percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD). The authors discus the therapeutic operating mechanism of PLDD, emphasizing the importance of the thermal characteristics of laser light, which is responsible for the vaporization and ablation of a small amount of tissue from the nucleus pulposus. This causes a significant reduction in pressure in the closed structure of the disc, and consequently reduced compression exerted by the disk on the dural sac and the nerve roots. Improvement in the flow of cerebro-spinal fluid has also been observed on the level at which the operation is performed. On the basis of our own experience and the reports of other authors, we have specified indications and contra-indications for PLDD. Our conclusion is that PLDD is an effective treatment method for low back pain and ischialgia caused by protrusion or herniation of the nucleus pulposus, with elimination or significant reduction in symptoms in over 75% of those treated; reduction or resolution of neurological deficits that arise in the course of lumbar discopathy has also been observed. This method enables one-stage treatment of multi-level degenerative changes in the intervertebral disc. The only absolute contraindications for PLDD are the presence of sequestration, disturbances in blood coagulation, and bacterial infection. PMID:17675991

  18. Phonon-polariton in two-dimensional piezoelectric phononic crystals

    Yang Mingyi; Wu Liangchieh [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan 10617 (China); Tseng Jiunyi [Materials and Chemical Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan 31040 (China)], E-mail: jytseng@itri.org.tw

    2008-06-23

    The phonon-polariton behaviors of two-dimensional piezoelectric phononic crystals (PPCs) were studied using the plane wave expansion method. The governing equations combine Maxwell's equations and Newton's equations of motion. A mode-repulsion can be formed by strong coupling between electromagnetic (EM) waves and elastic waves in the vicinity of the center of the first Brillouin zone for PPC that comprises piezoelectric material and with opposite polarization in different periodically organized areas. Take a 2D ZnO PPC as a numerical example, it was decoupled into two independent groups. One refers to the mixed mode of the in-plane elastic waves and the transverse-magnetic (TM) mode EM waves. The other group refers to the mixed mode of the out-of-plane elastic waves and the transverse-electric (TE) mode EM waves. Coupling repulsion is also observed in these two groups.

  19. Edge phonons in black phosphorus.

    Ribeiro, H B; Villegas, C E P; Bahamon, D A; Muraca, D; Castro Neto, A H; de Souza, E A T; Rocha, A R; Pimenta, M A; de Matos, C J S

    2016-01-01

    Black phosphorus has recently emerged as a new layered crystal that, due to its peculiar and anisotropic crystalline and electronic band structures, may have important applications in electronics, optoelectronics and photonics. Despite the fact that the edges of layered crystals host a range of singular properties whose characterization and exploitation are of utmost importance for device development, the edges of black phosphorus remain poorly characterized. In this work, the atomic structure and behaviour of phonons near different black phosphorus edges are experimentally and theoretically studied using Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. Polarized Raman results show the appearance of new modes at the edges of the sample, and their spectra depend on the atomic structure of the edges (zigzag or armchair). Theoretical simulations confirm that the new modes are due to edge phonon states that are forbidden in the bulk, and originated from the lattice termination rearrangements. PMID:27412813

  20. Phonon engineering through crystal chemistry

    Toberer, Eric S.; Zevalkink, Alex; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2011-01-01

    Mitigation of the global energy crisis requires tailoring the thermal conductivity of materials. Low thermal conductivity is critical in a broad range of energy conversion technologies, including thermoelectrics and thermal barrier coatings. Here, we review the chemical trends and explore the origins of low thermal conductivity in crystalline materials. A unifying feature in the latest materials is the incorporation of structural complexity to decrease the phonon velocity and increase scatter...

  1. Wave front dislocations appearance under the laser beam self-action in liquid crystal

    Subota, Svitlana

    2005-07-01

    We present theoretical study of optical singularity birth and behaviour in an initially smooth wave front of the incident astigmatic Gaussian light beam. Linearly polarised light beam illuminates a homeotropically aligned nematic liquid crystal cell. Strong director anchoring at the cell walls is assumed. Director reorientation profile is found numerically solving Euler-Lagrange equations. We found the threshold intensity for light induced Fredeericksz-type transition. The threshold intensity of light beam is appeared to increase with increasing of beam asymmetry under the constant value of laser beam area and cell thickness. The results are compared with those calculated using Gaussian-like trial function. Utilizing the Huygens-Fresno principle we calculate the propagation of the distorted light beam after the liquid crystal cell. It is found that with distance increasing we can observe at first the dipole, then the quadrupole and then again the dipole of optical vortices whis unit charge. Thus, the trajectory of zero amplitude resembles a deformed rubber ring symmetrical in the xz-, yz-planes and stretched along z-axis.

  2. Wave front dislocations appearance under the laser beam self-action in liquid crystal

    We present theoretical study of optical singularity birth and behaviour in an initially smooth wave front of the incident astigmatic Gaussian light beam. Linearly polarised light beam illuminates a homeotropically aligned nematic liquid crystal cell. Strong director anchoring at the cell walls is assumed. Director reorientation profile is found numerically solving Euler-Lagrange equations. We found the threshold intensity for light induced Fredeericksz-type transition. The threshold intensity of light beam is appeared to increase with increasing of beam asymmetry under the constant value of laser beam area and cell thickness. The results are compared with those calculated using Gaussian-like trial function. Utilizing the Huygens-Fresno principle we calculate the propagation of the distorted light beam after the liquid crystal cell. It is found that with distance increasing we can observe at first the dipole, then the quadrupole and then again the dipole of optical vortices whis unit charge. Thus, the trajectory of zero amplitude resembles a deformed rubber ring symmetrical in the xz-, yz-planes and stretched along z-axis

  3. New Mid-IR Lasers Based on Rare-Earth-Doped Sulfide and Chloride Materials

    Nostrand, M

    2000-09-01

    Applications in remote-sensing and military countermeasures have driven a need for compact, solid-state mid-IR lasers. Due to multi-phonon quenching, non-traditional hosts are needed to extend current solid-state, room-temperature lasing capabilities beyond {approx} 4 {micro}m. Traditional oxide and fluoride hosts have effective phonon energies in the neighborhood of 1000 cm{sup -1} and 500 cm{sup -1}, respectively. These phonons can effectively quench radiation above 2 and 4 {micro}m, respectively. Materials with lower effective phonon energies such as sulfides and chlorides are the logical candidates for mid-IR (4-10 {micro}m) operation. In this report, laser action is demonstrated in two such hosts, CaGa{sub 2}S{sub 4} and KPb{sub 2}Cl{sub 5}. The CaGa{sub 2}S{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} laser operating at 4.3 {micro}m represents the first sulfide laser operating beyond 2 {micro}m. The KPb{sub 2}Cl{sub 5}:Dy{sup 3+} laser operating at 2.4 {micro}m represents the first operation of a chloride-host laser in ambient conditions. Laser action is also reported for CaGa{sub 2}S{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} at 2.4 {micro}m, CaGa{sub 2}S{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} at 1.4 {micro}m, and KPb{sub 2}Cl{sub 5}:Nd{sup 3+} at 1.06 {micro}m. Both host materials have been fully characterized, including lifetimes, absorption and emission cross sections, radiative branching ratios, and radiative quantum efficiencies. Radiative branching ratios and radiative quantum efficiencies have been determined both by the Judd-Ofelt method (which is based on absorption measurements), and by a novel method described herein which is based on emission measurements. Modeling has been performed to predict laser performance, and a new method to determine emission cross section from slope efficiency and threshold data is developed. With the introduction and laser demonstration of rare-earth-doped CaGa{sub 2}S{sub 4} and KPb{sub 2}Cl{sub 5}, direct generation of mid-IR laser radiation in a solid-state host has been demonstrated. In

  4. Wide-stopband aperiodic phononic filters

    Rostem, K.; Chuss, D. T.; Denis, K. L.; Wollack, E. J.

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrate that a phonon stopband can be synthesized from an aperiodic structure comprising a discrete set of phononic filter stages. Each element of the set has a dispersion relation that defines a complete bandgap when calculated under a Bloch boundary condition. Hence, the effective stopband width in an aperiodic phononic filter (PnF) may readily exceed that of a phononic crystal with a single lattice constant or a coherence scale. With simulations of multi-moded phononic waveguides, we discuss the effects of finite geometry and mode-converting junctions on the phonon transmission in PnFs. The principles described may be utilized to form a wide stopband in acoustic and surface wave media. Relative to the quantum of thermal conductance for a uniform mesoscopic beam, a PnF with a stopband covering 1.6–10.4 GHz is estimated to reduce the thermal conductance by an order of magnitude at 75 mK.

  5. Twisted phonons in Bose–Einstein condensates

    We consider elementary excitations in a Bose–Einstein condensate, carrying a finite amount of angular momentum. We show that these elementary excitations are modified Bogoliubov oscillations or phonons with a helical wave structure. These twisted phonon modes can contribute to the total vorticity in a quantum fluid, thus complementing the contribution of the traditional quantum vortices. Linear and nonlinear versions of twisted phonon modes will be discussed. New envelope soliton solutions are shown to exist in a condensate. (paper)

  6. Electron-phonon coupling in one dimension

    The Ward identity is derived for the electron-phonon coupling in one dimension and the spectrum of elementary excitations is calculated by assuming that the Fermi distribution is not strongly distorted by interaction. The electron-phonon vertex is renormalized in the case of the forward scattering and Migdal's theorem is discussed. A model is proposed for the giant Kohn anomaly. The dip in the phonon spectrum is obtained and found to be in agreement with the experimental data for KCP. (author)

  7. Nonlinear phononics using atomically thin membranes

    Midtvedt, Daniel; Isacsson, Andreas; Croy, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Phononic crystals and acoustic meta-materials are used to tailor phonon and sound propagation properties by facilitating artificial, periodic structures. Analogous to photonic crystals, phononic band gaps can be created, which influence wave propagation and, more generally, allow engineering of the acoustic properties of a system. Beyond that, nonlinear phenomena in periodic structures have been extensively studied in photonic crystals and atomic Bose-Einstein Condensates in optical lattices....

  8. Phonon-phonon interaction in CdGa{sub 2}Se{sub 2} single crystals

    Kerimova, T.G.; Abdullayev, N.A.; Kengerlinski, L.Y.; Mamedova, I.A.; Ibragimov, N.I. [Institute of Physics, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, H. Javid ave. 131, Baku-1143 (Azerbaijan)

    2015-06-15

    Raman scattering spectra of CdGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} single crystals were measured in temperature range 8-300 K. From the temperature dependence of optical phonons of B (196 cm{sup -1}) and E (246 cm{sup -1}) symmetry type, the lattice deformation and phonon-phonon interaction contributions to the temperature coefficient of phonon shift were calculated. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  9. Watching surface waves in phononic crystals.

    Wright, Oliver B; Matsuda, Osamu

    2015-08-28

    In this paper, we review results obtained by ultrafast imaging of gigahertz surface acoustic waves in surface phononic crystals with one- and two-dimensional periodicities. By use of quasi-point-source optical excitation, we show how, from a series of images that form a movie of the travelling waves, the dispersion relation of the acoustic modes, their corresponding mode patterns and the position and widths of phonon stop bands can be obtained by temporal and spatio-temporal Fourier analysis. We further demonstrate how one can follow the temporal evolution of phononic eigenstates in k-space using data from phononic-crystal waveguides as an example. PMID:26217053

  10. Coherent phonon dynamics of normal metal in ultrafast spectroscopy: Non-equilibrium gauge invariant Green's function approach

    Lee, Hyun C.

    2016-07-01

    The phonon dynamics of normal metal in the coherent regime of ultrafast spectroscopy is studied based on the non-equilibrium gauge invariant Green's function method. The non-equilibrium phonon self-energy is computed explicitly as a function of time in a gauge invariant way up to the second order of electric field of applied laser pulse. The extension beyond the coherent regime and the incorporation of correlation effects are discussed.

  11. Resonant Enhancement of Coherent Phonons in Carbon Nanotubes Observed with Sub-10fs Time Resolution

    Yanagi K.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Using wavelength-resolved pump-probe spectroscopy with a sub-10-fs laser, we investigated resonant enhancement of radial breathing mode and G-mode coherent phonons in carbon nanotubes (CNTs, and successfully distinguished the electronic states of CNTs with different chiralities.

  12. Synchronisation and desynchronisation of self-modulation oscillations in a ring chip laser under the action of a periodic signal and noise

    The effect of pump noise on the synchronisation of selfmodulation oscillations in a solid-state ring laser with periodic pump modulation is studied numerically and experimentally. It is found that, in contrast to desynchronisation that usually occurs under action of noise in the case of 1/1 synchronisation of self-oscillations by a periodic signal, the effect of noise on 1/2 synchronisation may be positive, namely, at a sufficiently low intensity, pump noise is favourable for synchronisation of self-oscillations, for narrowing of their spectrum, and for increasing the signal-to-noise ratio. (lasers)

  13. Phonon counting and intensity interferometry of a nanomechanical resonator.

    Cohen, Justin D; Meenehan, Seán M; MacCabe, Gregory S; Gröblacher, Simon; Safavi-Naeini, Amir H; Marsili, Francesco; Shaw, Matthew D; Painter, Oskar

    2015-04-23

    In optics, the ability to measure individual quanta of light (photons) enables a great many applications, ranging from dynamic imaging within living organisms to secure quantum communication. Pioneering photon counting experiments, such as the intensity interferometry performed by Hanbury Brown and Twiss to measure the angular width of visible stars, have played a critical role in our understanding of the full quantum nature of light. As with matter at the atomic scale, the laws of quantum mechanics also govern the properties of macroscopic mechanical objects, providing fundamental quantum limits to the sensitivity of mechanical sensors and transducers. Current research in cavity optomechanics seeks to use light to explore the quantum properties of mechanical systems ranging in size from kilogram-mass mirrors to nanoscale membranes, as well as to develop technologies for precision sensing and quantum information processing. Here we use an optical probe and single-photon detection to study the acoustic emission and absorption processes in a silicon nanomechanical resonator, and perform a measurement similar to that used by Hanbury Brown and Twiss to measure correlations in the emitted phonons as the resonator undergoes a parametric instability formally equivalent to that of a laser. Owing to the cavity-enhanced coupling of light with mechanical motion, this effective phonon counting technique has a noise equivalent phonon sensitivity of 0.89 ± 0.05. With straightforward improvements to this method, a variety of quantum state engineering tasks using mesoscopic mechanical resonators would be enabled, including the generation and heralding of single-phonon Fock states and the quantum entanglement of remote mechanical elements. PMID:25903632

  14. Phonon counting and intensity interferometry of a nanomechanical resonator

    Cohen, Justin D.; Meenehan, Seán M.; Maccabe, Gregory S.; Gröblacher, Simon; Safavi-Naeini, Amir H.; Marsili, Francesco; Shaw, Matthew D.; Painter, Oskar

    2015-04-01

    In optics, the ability to measure individual quanta of light (photons) enables a great many applications, ranging from dynamic imaging within living organisms to secure quantum communication. Pioneering photon counting experiments, such as the intensity interferometry performed by Hanbury Brown and Twiss to measure the angular width of visible stars, have played a critical role in our understanding of the full quantum nature of light. As with matter at the atomic scale, the laws of quantum mechanics also govern the properties of macroscopic mechanical objects, providing fundamental quantum limits to the sensitivity of mechanical sensors and transducers. Current research in cavity optomechanics seeks to use light to explore the quantum properties of mechanical systems ranging in size from kilogram-mass mirrors to nanoscale membranes, as well as to develop technologies for precision sensing and quantum information processing. Here we use an optical probe and single-photon detection to study the acoustic emission and absorption processes in a silicon nanomechanical resonator, and perform a measurement similar to that used by Hanbury Brown and Twiss to measure correlations in the emitted phonons as the resonator undergoes a parametric instability formally equivalent to that of a laser. Owing to the cavity-enhanced coupling of light with mechanical motion, this effective phonon counting technique has a noise equivalent phonon sensitivity of 0.89 +/- 0.05. With straightforward improvements to this method, a variety of quantum state engineering tasks using mesoscopic mechanical resonators would be enabled, including the generation and heralding of single-phonon Fock states and the quantum entanglement of remote mechanical elements.

  15. Phonon Bandgap Engineering of Strained Monolayer MoS2

    Jiang, Jin-Wu

    2014-01-01

    The phonon band structure of monolayer MoS2 is characteristic for a large energy gap between acoustic and optical branches, which protects the vibration of acoustic modes from being scattered by optical phonon modes. Therefore, the phonon bandgap engineering is of practical significance for the manipulation of phonon-related mechanical or thermal properties in monolayer MoS2. We perform both phonon analysis and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the tension effect on the phonon ban...

  16. Time-resolved lasing action from single and coupled photonic crystal nanocavity array lasers emitting in the telecom-band

    Englund, Dirk; Vuckovic, Jelena

    2008-01-01

    We measure the lasing dynamics of single and coupled photonic crystal nanocavity array lasers fabricated in the indium gallium arsenide phosphide material system. Under short optical excitation, single cavity lasers produce pulses as fast as 11 ps (FWHM), while coupled cavity lasers show significantly longer lasing duration which is not explained by a simple rate equations model. A Finite Difference Time Domain simulation including carrier gain and diffusion suggests that asynchronous lasing across the nanocavity array extends the laser's pulse duration.

  17. Splash, pop, sizzle: Information processing with phononic computing

    Sophia R. Sklan

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Phonons, the quanta of mechanical vibration, are important to the transport of heat and sound in solid materials. Recent advances in the fundamental control of phonons (phononics have brought into prominence the potential role of phonons in information processing. In this review, the many directions of realizing phononic computing and information processing are examined. Given the relative similarity of vibrational transport at different length scales, the related fields of acoustic, phononic, and thermal information processing are all included, as are quantum and classical computer implementations. Connections are made between the fundamental questions in phonon transport and phononic control and the device level approach to diodes, transistors, memory, and logic.

  18. Splash, pop, sizzle: Information processing with phononic computing

    Phonons, the quanta of mechanical vibration, are important to the transport of heat and sound in solid materials. Recent advances in the fundamental control of phonons (phononics) have brought into prominence the potential role of phonons in information processing. In this review, the many directions of realizing phononic computing and information processing are examined. Given the relative similarity of vibrational transport at different length scales, the related fields of acoustic, phononic, and thermal information processing are all included, as are quantum and classical computer implementations. Connections are made between the fundamental questions in phonon transport and phononic control and the device level approach to diodes, transistors, memory, and logic. 

  19. Phonon dispersion relation of liquid metals

    P B Thakor; P N Gajjar; A R Jani

    2009-06-01

    The phonon dispersion curves of some liquid metals, viz. Na ( = 1), Mg ( = 2), Al ( = 3) and Pb ( = 4), have been computed using our model potential. The charged hard sphere (CHS) reference system is applied to describe the structural information. Our model potential along with CHS reference system is capable of explaining the phonon dispersion relation for monovalent, divalent, trivalent and tetravalent liquid metals.

  20. Phonon interference effects in molecular junctions

    Markussen, Troels

    2013-01-01

    We study coherent phonon transport through organic, p-conjugated molecules. Using first principles calculations and Green's function methods, we find that the phonon transmission function in cross-conjugated molecules, like meta-connected benzene, exhibits destructive quantum interference features...

  1. Microfabricated phononic crystal devices and applications

    Phononic crystals are the acoustic wave analogue of photonic crystals. Here a periodic array of scattering inclusions located in a homogeneous host material forbids certain ranges of acoustic frequencies from existence within the crystal, thus creating what are known as acoustic bandgaps. The majority of previously reported phononic crystal devices have been constructed by hand, assembling scattering inclusions in a viscoelastic medium, predominantly air, water or epoxy, resulting in large structures limited to frequencies below 1 MHz. Recently, phononic crystals and devices have been scaled to VHF (30–300 MHz) frequencies and beyond by utilizing microfabrication and micromachining technologies. This paper reviews recent developments in the area of micro-phononic crystals including design techniques, material considerations, microfabrication processes, characterization methods and reported device structures. Micro-phononic crystal devices realized in low-loss solid materials are emphasized along with their potential application in radio frequency communications and acoustic imaging for medical ultrasound and nondestructive testing. The reported advances in batch micro-phononic crystal fabrication and simplified testing promise not only the deployment of phononic crystals in a number of commercial applications but also greater experimentation on a wide variety of phononic crystal structures. (topical review)

  2. Phononic crystals and elastodynamics: Some relevant points

    N. Aravantinos-Zafiris

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper we review briefly some of the first works on wave propagation in phononic crystals emphasizing the conditions for the creation of acoustic band-gaps and the role of resonances to the band-gap creation. We show that useful conclusions in the analysis of phononic band gap structures can be drawn by considering the mathematical similarities of the basic classical wave equation (Helmholtz equation with Schrödinger equation and by employing basic solid state physics concepts and conclusions regarding electronic waves. In the second part of the paper we demonstrate the potential of phononic systems to be used as elastic metamaterials. This is done by demonstrating negative refraction in phononic crystals and subwavelength waveguiding in a linear chain of elastic inclusions, and by proposing a novel structure with close to pentamode behavior. Finally the potential of phononic structures to be used in liquid sensor applications is discussed and demonstrated.

  3. Phononic crystals and elastodynamics: Some relevant points

    Aravantinos-Zafiris, N. [Dept. of Materials Science, University of Patras, Patras 26504 (Greece); Department of Sound and Musical Instruments Technology, Ionian Islands Technological Educational Institute, Lixouri, 28200 (Greece); Sigalas, M. M. [Dept. of Materials Science, University of Patras, Patras 26504 (Greece); Kafesaki, M. [Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL), Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH), P.O. Box 1387, 70013 Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Dept. of Materials Science and Technology, Univ. of Crete (Greece); Economou, E. N. [Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL), Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH), P.O. Box 1387, 70013 Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Crete (Greece)

    2014-12-15

    In the present paper we review briefly some of the first works on wave propagation in phononic crystals emphasizing the conditions for the creation of acoustic band-gaps and the role of resonances to the band-gap creation. We show that useful conclusions in the analysis of phononic band gap structures can be drawn by considering the mathematical similarities of the basic classical wave equation (Helmholtz equation) with Schrödinger equation and by employing basic solid state physics concepts and conclusions regarding electronic waves. In the second part of the paper we demonstrate the potential of phononic systems to be used as elastic metamaterials. This is done by demonstrating negative refraction in phononic crystals and subwavelength waveguiding in a linear chain of elastic inclusions, and by proposing a novel structure with close to pentamode behavior. Finally the potential of phononic structures to be used in liquid sensor applications is discussed and demonstrated.

  4. Phononic crystals and elastodynamics: Some relevant points

    In the present paper we review briefly some of the first works on wave propagation in phononic crystals emphasizing the conditions for the creation of acoustic band-gaps and the role of resonances to the band-gap creation. We show that useful conclusions in the analysis of phononic band gap structures can be drawn by considering the mathematical similarities of the basic classical wave equation (Helmholtz equation) with Schrödinger equation and by employing basic solid state physics concepts and conclusions regarding electronic waves. In the second part of the paper we demonstrate the potential of phononic systems to be used as elastic metamaterials. This is done by demonstrating negative refraction in phononic crystals and subwavelength waveguiding in a linear chain of elastic inclusions, and by proposing a novel structure with close to pentamode behavior. Finally the potential of phononic structures to be used in liquid sensor applications is discussed and demonstrated

  5. Characterization of phononic heterostructures by infrared thermography

    Exarchos, D. A.; Tragazikis, I.; Psarobas, I.; Matikas, T. E.

    2015-06-01

    This work deals with the development of a new class of metamaterials based on phononic composite structures that can offer vibration protection in a wide range of applications. Such phononic heterostructures is a class of phononic crystals that exhibit spectral gaps with lattice constants of a few orders of magnitude smaller than the relevant acoustic wavelength. The design of a phononic composite metamaterial is based on the formation of omnidirectional frequency gaps. This is very much relevant to the dimensionality of a finite slab of the crystal. In this respect, two dimensional structures are used to cut off acoustic waves. In this study, different infrared thermography techniques were used in order to assess the phononic structure's geometry, as well as to determine the thermal properties of the metamaterial.

  6. Nonlinear phononics using atomically thin membranes.

    Midtvedt, Daniel; Isacsson, Andreas; Croy, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Phononic crystals and acoustic metamaterials are used to tailor phonon and sound propagation properties by utilizing artificial, periodic structures. Analogous to photonic crystals, phononic band gaps can be created, which influence wave propagation and, more generally, allow engineering of the acoustic properties of a system. Beyond that, nonlinear phenomena in periodic structures have been extensively studied in photonic crystals and atomic Bose-Einstein condensates in optical lattices. However, creating nonlinear phononic crystals or nonlinear acoustic metamaterials remains challenging and only few examples have been demonstrated. Here, we show that atomically thin and periodically pinned membranes support coupled localized modes with nonlinear dynamics. The proposed system provides a platform for investigating nonlinear phononics. PMID:25204322

  7. Electron-phonon interaction and the generalized kinetic equation for systems interacting with high-intensity electromagnetic wave fields

    The generalized kinetic equation for an electron-phonon system subjected to the action of an intense electromagnetic wave field is derived on the basis of the Bogolubov method of elimination of boson operators, taking into account the electron-phonon collision effects. The conditions are considered under which the collision integral allows the introduction of the relaxation time, and the latter is calculated as a function of the frequency and intensity of the pumping field

  8. Lasers

    Passeron, Thierry

    2012-01-01

    Lasers are a very effective approach for treating many hyperpigmented lesions. They are the gold standard treatment for actinic lentigos and dermal hypermelanocytosis, such as Ota nevus. Becker nevus, hyperpigmented mosaicisms, and lentigines can also be succesfully treated with lasers, but they could be less effective and relapses can be observed. However, lasers cannot be proposed for all types of hyperpigmentation. Thus, freckles and café-aulait macules should not be treated as the relapse...

  9. Phonons dispersions in auxetic lattices

    Sparavigna, A [Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Turin (Italy)

    2007-12-15

    The modes of vibrations in auxetic structures are studied, with models where the two-dimensional lattice is represented by a planar mesh with rod-like particles connected by strings. An auxetic membrane can be obtained modifying a honeycomb one, according to a model proposed by Evans et al. in 1991 and used to explain a negative elastic Poisson's ratio. This property means that auxetic materials have a lateral extension, instead to shrink, when they are stretched. The models here proposed with rod-like particles inserted in the structure have interesting behaviour of acoustic and rotational branches of phonon dispersions. Complete bandgaps of vibrations can be obtained for a proper choice of lattice coupling parameters and distribution of masses in the unit cell of the lattice.

  10. Hyperbolic phonon-polaritons in boron nitride for near-field optical imaging and focusing

    Li, Peining; Lewin, Martin; Kretinin, Andrey V.; Caldwell, Joshua D.; Novoselov, Kostya S.; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Gaussmann, Fabian; Taubner, Thomas

    2015-06-01

    Hyperbolic materials exhibit sub-diffractional, highly directional, volume-confined polariton modes. Here we report that hyperbolic phonon polaritons allow for a flat slab of hexagonal boron nitride to enable exciting near-field optical applications, including unusual imaging phenomenon (such as an enlarged reconstruction of investigated objects) and sub-diffractional focusing. Both the enlarged imaging and the super-resolution focusing are explained based on the volume-confined, wavelength dependent propagation angle of hyperbolic phonon polaritons. With advanced infrared nanoimaging techniques and state-of-art mid-infrared laser sources, we have succeeded in demonstrating and visualizing these unexpected phenomena in both Type I and Type II hyperbolic conditions, with both occurring naturally within hexagonal boron nitride. These efforts have provided a full and intuitive physical picture for the understanding of the role of hyperbolic phonon polaritons in near-field optical imaging, guiding, and focusing applications.

  11. Ab initio phonon coupling and optical response of hot electrons in plasmonic metals

    Brown, Ana M; Narang, Prineha; Goddard, William A; Atwater, Harry A

    2016-01-01

    Ultrafast laser measurements probe the non-equilibrium dynamics of excited electrons in metals with increasing temporal resolution. Electronic structure calculations can provide a detailed microscopic understanding of hot electron dynamics, but a parameter-free description of pump-probe measurements has not yet been possible, despite intensive research, because of the phenomenological treatment of electron-phonon interactions. We present ab initio predictions of the electron-temperature dependent heat capacities and electron-phonon coupling coefficients of plasmonic metals. We find substantial differences from free-electron and semi-empirical estimates, especially in noble metals above transient electron temperatures of 2000 K, because of the previously-neglected strong dependence of electron-phonon matrix elements on electron energy. We also present first-principles calculations of the electron-temperature dependent dielectric response of hot electrons in plasmonic metals, including direct interband and phon...

  12. Electrons and Phonons in Semiconductor Multilayers

    Ridley, B. K.

    2014-08-01

    Introduction; 1. Simple models of the electron-phonon interaction; 2. Quantum confinement of carriers; 3. Quasicontinuum theory of lattice vibrations; 4. Bulk vibratory modes in an isotropic continuum; 5. Optical modes in a quantum well; 6. Superlattice modes; 7. Optical modes in various structures; 8. Electron-phonon interaction in a quantum well; 9. Other scattering mechanisms; 10. Quantum screening; 11. The electron distribution function; 12. Spin relaxation; 13. Electrons and phonons in the Wurtzite lattice; 14. Nitride heterostructures; 15. Terahertz sources; References; Index.

  13. Harvesting vibrations via 3D phononic isolators

    Psarobas, Ioannis E.; Yannopapas, Vassilios; Matikas, Theodore E.

    2016-05-01

    We report on the existence of unidirectional phononic band gaps that may span over extended regions of the Brillouin zone and can find application in trapping elastic (acoustic) waves in properly designed multilayered 3D structures. Phononic isolators operate as a result of asymmetrical wave transmission through a slab of a crystallographic phononic structure with broken mirror symmetry. Due to the use of lossless materials in the crystal, the absorption rate is dramatically enhanced when the proposed isolator is placed next to a vibrational harvesting cell. xml:lang="fr"

  14. Longitudinal polar optical phonons in InN/GaN single and double het- erostructures

    Ardali, Sukru; Tiras, Engin [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Anadolu University, Yunus Emre Campus, Eskisehir 26470 (Turkey); Gunes, Mustafa; Balkan, Naci [School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ (United Kingdom); Ajagunna, Adebowale Olufunso; Iliopoulos, Eleftherios; Georgakilas, Alexandros [Microelectronics Research Group, IESL, FORTH and Physics Department, University of Crete, P.O. Box 1385, 71110 Heraklion-Crete (Greece)

    2011-05-15

    Longitudinal optical phonon energy in InN epi-layers has been determined independently from the Raman spectroscopy and temperature dependent Hall mobility measurements. Raman spectroscopy technique can be used to obtain directly the LO energy where LO phonon scattering dominates transport at high temperature. Moreover, the Hall mobility is determined by the scattering of electrons with LO phonons so the data for the temperature dependence of Hall mobility have been used to calculate the effective energy of longitudinal optical phonons.The samples investigated were (i) single heterojunction InN with thicknesses of 1.08, 2.07 and 4.7 {mu}m grown onto a 40 nm GaN buffer and (ii) GaN/InN/AlN double heterojunction samples with InN thicknesses of 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8 {mu}m. Hall Effect measurements were carried out as a function of temperature in the range between T = 1.7 and 275 K at fixed magnetic and electric fields. The Raman spectra were obtained at room temperature. In the experiments, the 532 nm line of a nitrogen laser was used as the excitation source and the light was incident onto the samples along of the growth direction (c-axis). The results, obtained from the two independent techniques suggest the following: (1) LO phonon energies obtained from momentum relaxation experiments are generally slightly higher than those obtained from the Raman spectra. (2) LO phonon energy for the single heterojunctions does not depend on the InN thickness. (3) In double heterostructures, with smaller InN thicknesses and hence with increased strain, LO phonon energy increases by 3% (experimental accuracy is < 1%) when the InN layer thickness increases from 400 to 800 nm (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Effects of phonon-phonon coupling on properties of pygmy resonance in 124-132Sn

    Voronov V. V.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Starting from an effective Skyrme interaction we study effects of phonon-phonon coupling on the low-energy electric dipole response in 124-132Sn. The QRPA calculations are performed within a finite rank separable approximation. The inclusion of two-phonon configurations gives a considerable contribution to low-lying strength. Comparison with available experimental data shows a reasonable agreement for the low-energy E1 strength distribution.

  16. Coherent gigahertz phonons in Ge2Sb2Te5 phase-change materials

    Hase, Muneaki; Fons, Paul; Kolobov, Alexander V.; Tominaga, Junji

    2015-12-01

    Using ≈ 40 fs ultrashort laser pulses, we investigate the picosecond acoustic response from a prototypical phase change material, thin Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) films with various thicknesses. After excitation with a 1.53 eV-energy pulse with a fluence of ≈ 5 mJ cm-2, the time-resolved reflectivity change exhibits transient electronic response, followed by a combination of exponential-like strain and coherent acoustic phonons in the gigahertz (GHz) frequency range. The time-domain shape of the coherent acoustic pulse is well reproduced by the use of the strain model by Thomsen et al 1986 (Phys. Rev. B 34 4129). We found that the decay rate (the inverse of the relaxation time) of the acoustic phonon both in the amorphous and in the crystalline phases decreases as the film thickness increases. The thickness dependence of the acoustic phonon decay is well modeled based on both phonon-defect scattering and acoustic phonon attenuation at the GST/Si interface, and it is revealed that those scattering and attenuation are larger in crystalline GST films than those in amorphous GST films.

  17. Coherent phonon and surface-enhanced Raman scattering dynamics in solids

    Takeda, Jun, E-mail: jun@ynu.ac.jp [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Yokohama National University, Yokohama 240-8501 (Japan); Katayama, Ikufumi; Shudo, Ken-ichi [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Yokohama National University, Yokohama 240-8501 (Japan); Kitajima, Masahiro [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Yokohama National University, Yokohama 240-8501 (Japan); Department of Applied Physics, National Defense Academy, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 239-8686 (Japan); LxRay, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 663-8172 (Japan)

    2014-08-01

    We have demonstrated coherent phonon and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) dynamics of carbon-related materials: gold (Au) deposited graphite and benzenethiol (BT) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) adsorbed on Au film with roughness. Using ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy with the enhanced electric field via Au hemispheres or Au film with nanoscale roughness, transient behaviors of high frequency phonons located at surface/interface were sensitively detected. In Au deposited graphite, the electric field near graphite surface around Au nanoparticles, whose typical diameter is ∼10 nm, is strongly enhanced. As a result, the disorder-induced mode (D-mode) near the surface was clearly observed. In BT-SAM, the nanoscale roughness of the Au film might contribute to the amplitude enhancement of coherent vibrations up to the detected level. From these results, we believe that coherent SERS spectroscopy will open the door to observe coherent phonon dynamics even at the level of monolayer and single molecules for future. - Highlights: • Coherent phonon spectroscopy with 7.5 fs laser pulse is utilized to measure SERS dynamics. • Au nanostructures were used to enhance coherent vibrations in graphite/self-assembled monolayer. • D-mode coherent phonon in graphite was sensitively detected due to SERS via Au nanostructures. • High frequency vibrations in benzenethiol self-assembled monolayer were detected due to SERS.

  18. SURFACE PHONON AND CONFINED PHONON POLARITONS IN WURTIZTE NITRIDE THIN-FILM STRUCTURES

    L. ZHANG

    2008-01-01

    The polar phonon polariton modes in a wurtzite thin-film structure have been theoretically investigated in the present paper. It has been confirmed that there are two types of phonon polariton modes, i.e., the surface phonon polariton (SPP) modes and the confined phonon polariton (CPP) modes in wurtzite thin-film systems. The frequency ranges of the SPP and CPP modes have been discussed in detail. The dispersive equations for the two types of polarition modes are also deduced. Numerical calcu...

  19. Monolithic phononic crystals with a surface acoustic band gap from surface phonon-polariton coupling.

    Yudistira, D; Boes, A; Djafari-Rouhani, B; Pennec, Y; Yeo, L Y; Mitchell, A; Friend, J R

    2014-11-21

    We theoretically and experimentally demonstrate the existence of complete surface acoustic wave band gaps in surface phonon-polariton phononic crystals, in a completely monolithic structure formed from a two-dimensional honeycomb array of hexagonal shape domain-inverted inclusions in single crystal piezoelectric Z-cut lithium niobate. The band gaps appear at a frequency of about twice the Bragg band gap at the center of the Brillouin zone, formed through phonon-polariton coupling. The structure is mechanically, electromagnetically, and topographically homogeneous, without any physical alteration of the surface, offering an ideal platform for many acoustic wave applications for photonics, phononics, and microfluidics. PMID:25479504

  20. Single-photon indistinguishability: influence of phonons

    Nielsen, Per Kær; Lodahl, Peter; Jauho, Antti-Pekka;

    2012-01-01

    indistinguishability, absent in the approximate theories. The maximum arises due to virtual processes in the highly non-Markovian short-time regime, which dominate the decoherence for small QD-cavity coupling, and phonon-mediated real transitions between the upper and lower polariton branches in the long-time regime......Recent years have demonstrated that the interaction with phonons plays an important role in semiconductor based cavity QED systems [2], consisting of a quantum dot (QD) coupled to a single cavity mode [Fig. 1(a)], where the phonon interaction is the main decoherence mechanism. Avoiding decoherence...... effects is important in linear optical quantum computing [1], where a device emitting fully coherent indistinguishable single photons on demand, is the essential ingredient. In this contribution we present a numerically exact simulation of the effect of phonons on the degree of indistinguishability of...

  1. Toward stimulated interaction of surface phonon polaritons

    Kong, B. D.; Trew, R. J.; Kim, K. W., E-mail: kwk@ncsu.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7911 (United States)

    2013-12-21

    Thermal emission spectra mediated by surface phonon polariton are examined by using a theoretical model that accounts for generation processes. Specifically, the acoustic phonon fusion mechanism is introduced to remedy theoretical deficiencies of the near thermal equilibrium treatments. The model clarifies the thermal excitation mechanism of surface phonon polaritons and the energy transfer path under non-zero energy flow. When applied to GaAs and SiC semi-infinite surfaces, the nonequilibrium model predicts that the temperature dependence of the quasi-monochromatic peak can exhibit distinctly different characteristics of either sharp increase or slow saturation depending on the materials, which is in direct contrast with the estimate made by the near-equilibrium model. The proposed theoretical tool can accurately analyze the nonequilibrium steady states, potentially paving a pathway to demonstrate stimulated interaction/emission of thermally excited surface phonon polaritons.

  2. Phonon-mediated detection of particles

    Over the past five years particle physicists, nuclear physicists and astrophysicists have been increasingly interested in using phonons to detect particle interactions. In these detection attempts it is obviously critical to integrate the understanding that the phonon physicists have accumulated on the mechanisms governing the production, propagation and detection of those phonons. Vice versa, some of the issues raised by the particle detection problem may be of significant interest and the high sensitivity methods being developed may become important for phonon physics investigations. These were the motivations for a round table discussion between members of the two communities. This report attempts to summarize the themes of a very interesting discussion. 24 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab

  3. Acoustic Phonon Thermal Transport through a Nanostructure

    LI Wen-Xia; LIU Tian-Yu; LIU Chang-Long

    2006-01-01

    @@ Using the scattering matrix method, we investigate the thermal transport in a nanostructure at low temperatures.It is found that phonon transport exhibits some novel and interesting features: resonant transmission, resonant reflection, and small thermal conductance.

  4. Phononic crystals: Entering an acoustic phase

    Barreiro, Julio T.

    2015-03-01

    Electrons moving in a one-dimensional crystal can acquire a geometrical phase. Sound waves in phononic crystals are now shown to display the same effect -- underlining the similarity between conventional solids and acoustic metamaterials.

  5. Influence of phonons on semiconductor quantum emission

    Feldtmann, Thomas

    2009-07-06

    A microscopic theory of interacting charge carriers, lattice vibrations, and light modes in semiconductor systems is presented. The theory is applied to study quantum dots and phonon-assisted luminescence in bulk semiconductors and heterostructures. (orig.)

  6. Toward engineered quantum many-body phonon systems

    Soykal, Ö. O.; Tahan, Charles

    2013-01-01

    Arrays of coupled phonon cavities each including an impurity qubit in silicon are considered. We study experimentally feasible architectures that can exhibit quantum many-body phase transitions of phonons, e.g. Mott insulator and superfluid states, due to a strong phonon-phonon interaction (which is mediated by the impurity qubit-cavity phonon coupling). We investigate closed equilibrium systems as well as driven dissipative non-equilibrium systems at zero and non-zero temperatures. Our resul...

  7. Anharmonic effects on a phonon number measurement of a quantum mesoscopic mechanical oscillator

    Santamore, D H; Milburn, G J; Roukes, M L; Goan, Hsi-Sheng

    2004-01-01

    We generalize a proposal for detecting single phonon transitions in a single nanoelectromechanical system (NEMS) to include the intrinsic anharmonicity of each mechanical oscillator. In this scheme two NEMS oscillators are coupled via a term quadratic in the amplitude of oscillation for each oscillator. One NEMS oscillator is driven and strongly damped and becomes a transducer for phonon number in the other measured oscillator. We derive the conditions for this measurement scheme to be quantum limited and find a condition on the size of the anharmonicity. We also derive the relation between the phase diffusion back-action noise due to number measurement and the localization time for the measured system to enter a phonon number eigenstate. We relate both these time scales to the strength of the measured signal, which is an induced current proportional to the position of the readout oscillator.

  8. Phonon cooling by an optomechanical heat pump

    Dong, Ying; Bariani, F.; Meystre, P.

    2015-01-01

    We propose and analyze theoretically a cavity optomechanical analog of a heat pump that uses a polariton fluid to cool mechanical modes coupled to a single pre-cooled phonon mode via external modulation of the substrate of the mechanical resonator. This approach permits to cool phonon modes of arbitrary frequencies not limited by the cavity-optical field detuning deep into the quantum regime from room temperature.

  9. Phonon Cooling by an Optomechanical Heat Pump

    Dong, Ying; Bariani, F.; Meystre, P.

    2015-11-01

    We propose and analyze theoretically a cavity optomechanical analog of a heat pump that uses a polariton fluid to cool mechanical modes coupled to a single precooled phonon mode via external modulation of the substrate of the mechanical resonator. This approach permits us to cool phonon modes of arbitrary frequencies not limited by the cavity-optical field detuning deep into the quantum regime from room temperature.

  10. PHONON ECHOES IN BULK AND POWDERED MATERIALS

    Kajimura, K.

    1981-01-01

    Experimental and theoretical studies of phonon echoes in bulk and powdered materials are reviewed. Phonon echoes have been observed in many materials such as bulk piezoelectric crystals, paramagnets, glasses, doped semiconductors, and piezoelectric, magnetic, and metallic powders, etc. The echoes arise from a time reversal of the phase, like spin echoes, of a primary pulsed acoustic excitation due to a second acoustic or rf pulse. The phase reversal occurs through the nonlinear interactions o...

  11. Investigation of the degradation of the antireflection coatings of the nonlinear crystal under the action of the high average power laser radiation

    The analysis of the local heating role in the processes of the degradation of the antireflection coatings of the nonlinear crystals when they have been used in the CW and quasi-CW YAG lasers was carried out. The broad sample range of the oxide, nitride and fluoride films deposited on the LiNbO3, BaNaNbO5, LiIO3 KTP and BBO crystals was considered. Investigation of these samples was carried out under the intense heating of their surfaces by the action of the CO2 laser pulses. The analysis of the obtained results with account for the chemical reaction thermodynamics, thermotension and other factors is presented

  12. Physical and technological foundations of graphical treatment processes based on inner defects under the action of powerful pulses of laser radiation

    Davidov, Nicolay N.; Kudaev, Serge V.

    1999-01-01

    Researchers of damage formation in processes in glass are directed on studying the interaction mechanisms of powerful impulses of penetrating laser radiation with materials for the purpose of improvement of optical components resistance. However, the processes of glass structure defects formation as local areas with low factor of visible light admittance can find application in a final glassware processing. Application of treatment modes, using these effects, allows: to increase art expression of decorative glassware for furnish of buildings interior; to solve some problems of manufacturing counter devices, and also indication devices of electronic instruments. Mathematical models of defect formation processes in optically transparent materials under an action of powerful pulses of laser radiation are necessary for development of control principles of glass treatment.

  13. Photon-phonon anti-stokes upconversion of a photonically, electronically, and thermally isolated opal

    Stem, Michelle R.

    2016-05-01

    The purpose of the present research was to investigate an intense violet shift displayed by a non-toxic, natural silicate material with a highly ordered nanostructure. The material displayed an unexpected, nonlinear 2:3 photon-phonon anti-Stokes upconversion while photonically, electronically, and thermally isolated. Conducted aphotonically and at ambient temperatures, the specimen upconverted a low-power, 650 nm constant wave red laser to an internally highly dispersed 433 nm violet wavelength. The strong dispersion was largely due to nearly total internal reflection of the laser. The upconversion had an efficiency of about 78 %, based on specimen volume, with no detectable thermal variance. The 2:3 anti-Stokes upconversion displayed by this material is likely the result of a previously unknown photon-phonon evanescence response that amplified the energy of a portion of the incident laser photons. Thus, a portion of the incident laser photons were upconverted, and the material converted another portion into an amplified energy that caused the upconversion. Internal micro-lasing appeared to be a means of photon-phonon evanescent energy redistribution, enabling dispersed photonic upconversion. Additional analyses also found an unexpectedly rhythmic photonic structure in spectrophotometric scans, polariscopic color changing, and previously undocumented ultraviolet responses.

  14. Sensitivity of the system of cytochrome P-450 of poultry liver to the action of red laser light

    It is detected that irradiation of poultry embryos by red laser light (λ = 633 nm) at a doze of 1 - 6 mJ can influence a level of the cytochrome P-450 oxidized form in poultry liver. It is supposed that this level is changed due to variations in the content of lipid peroxide compounds in tissue under low-level red laser radiation and is one of the factors of regulation of the intensity of peroxide processes in tissues

  15. Resonant interactions between discrete phonons in quinhydrone driven by nonlinear electron-phonon coupling

    Rury, Aaron S.

    2016-06-01

    This study reports experimental, computational, and theoretical evidence for a previously unobserved coherent phonon-phonon interaction in an organic solid that can be described by the application of Fano's analysis to a case without the presence of a continuum. Using Raman spectroscopy of the hydrogen-bonded charge-transfer material quinhydrone, two peaks appear near 700 cm-1 we assign as phonons whose position and line-shape asymmetry depend on the sample temperature and light scattering excitation energy. Density functional theory calculations find two nearly degenerate phonons possessing frequencies near the values found in experiment that share similar atomic motion out of the aromatic plane of electron donor and acceptor molecules of quinhydrone. Further analytical modeling of the steady-state light scattering process using the Peierls-Hubbard Hamiltonian and time-dependent perturbation theory motivates assignment of the physical origin of the asymmetric features of each peak's line shape to an interaction between two discrete phonons via nonlinear electron-phonon coupling. In the context of analytical model results, characteristics of the experimental spectra upon 2.33 eV excitation of the Raman scattering process are used to qualify the temperature dependence of the magnitude of this coupling in the valence band of quinhydrone. These results broaden the range of phonon-phonon interactions in materials in general while also highlighting the rich physics and fundamental attributes specific to organic solids that may determine their applicability in next generation electronics and photonics technologies.

  16. Spectral signatures of spin–phonon and electron–phonon interactions in multiferroic iron borates

    Popova, M.N., E-mail: popova@isan.troitsk.ru [Institute of Spectroscopy, RAS, Moscow, Troitsk 142190 (Russian Federation); Boldyrev, K.N.; Klimin, S.A. [Institute of Spectroscopy, RAS, Moscow, Troitsk 142190 (Russian Federation); Stanislavchuk, T.N.; Sirenko, A.A. [Department of Physics, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102 (United States); Bezmaternykh, L.N. [Kirenskiy Institute of Physics, Siberian Branch of RAS, Krasnoyarsk 660036 (Russian Federation)

    2015-06-01

    High-resolution far-infrared reflection and polarized ellipsometry, as well as Raman scattering temperature-dependent measurements are used to study spin-phonon and electron-phonon interactions in rare-earth (RE) iron borates with the R32 structure of a natural mineral huntite, namely, in RFe{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} with R=Pr, Nd, and Sm. Pronounced peculiarities in the ω(T) dependences at the Néel temperature T{sub N}≈32 K are observed for all the compounds studied and the origin of these peculiarities is discussed. A coupling between lattice phonons and crystal-field excitations of a RE ion manifests itself by a renormalization of frequencies and intensities of coupled modes. Modeling of the spectra has revealed the value of about 15 cm{sup −1} for the electron–phonon coupling constant in PrFe{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4}. - Highlights: • Rare-earth iron borates exhibit peculiarities in the phonon frequencies at T{sub N}. • We propose mechanisms of the spin-phonon coupling in RFe{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4}. • A coupling of phonons and crystal-field excitations manifests itself in the spectra. • The electron-phonon coupling constant for PrFe{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} amounts to 14.6 cm{sup −1}.

  17. Spectral signatures of spin–phonon and electron–phonon interactions in multiferroic iron borates

    High-resolution far-infrared reflection and polarized ellipsometry, as well as Raman scattering temperature-dependent measurements are used to study spin-phonon and electron-phonon interactions in rare-earth (RE) iron borates with the R32 structure of a natural mineral huntite, namely, in RFe3(BO3)4 with R=Pr, Nd, and Sm. Pronounced peculiarities in the ω(T) dependences at the Néel temperature TN≈32 K are observed for all the compounds studied and the origin of these peculiarities is discussed. A coupling between lattice phonons and crystal-field excitations of a RE ion manifests itself by a renormalization of frequencies and intensities of coupled modes. Modeling of the spectra has revealed the value of about 15 cm−1 for the electron–phonon coupling constant in PrFe3(BO3)4. - Highlights: • Rare-earth iron borates exhibit peculiarities in the phonon frequencies at TN. • We propose mechanisms of the spin-phonon coupling in RFe3(BO3)4. • A coupling of phonons and crystal-field excitations manifests itself in the spectra. • The electron-phonon coupling constant for PrFe3(BO3)4 amounts to 14.6 cm−1

  18. 50W CW output power and 12mJ pulses from a quasi-2-level Yb:YAG ceramic rod laser end-pumped at the 969nm zero-phonon line

    Fries, Christian; Weitz, Marco; Theobald, Christian; v. Löwis of Menar, Patric; Bartschke, Jürgen; L'huillier, Johannes A.

    2015-02-01

    With the advent of high power and narrow bandwidth 969 nm pump diodes, direct pumping into the upper laser level of Yb:YAG and hence quasi-2-level lasers became possible. Pumping directly into the emitting level leads to higher quantum efficiency and reduction of non-radiative decay. Consequently, thermal load, thermal lensing and risk of fracture are reduced significantly. Moreover pump saturation and thermal population of uninvolved energy-levels in ground and excited states are benefical for a homogenous distribution of the pump beam as well as the reduction of reabsorption loss compared to 3-level systems, which allows for high-power DPSS lasers. Beside continuous-wave (cw) operation, nanosecond pulses with a repetition rate between 1 and 5 kHz are an attractive alternative to flashlamp-pumped systems (10-100 Hz) in various measurement applications that require higher data acquisition rates because of new faster detectors. Based on measurements of the absorption and a detailed numerical model for pump beam distribution, including beam propagation and saturation factors, power-scaling of a ceramic rod Yb:YAG oscillator was possible. Finally a cw output power of 50 W with 33 % pump efficiency at 1030 nm has been demonstrated (M2 < 1.2). Nanosecond pulses have been produced by cavity-dumping of this system. The cavity-dumped setup allowed for 3-10 ns pulses with a pulse energy of 12.5 mJ at 1 kHz (M2 < 1.1). In order to achieve these results a systematic experimental and numerical investigation on gain dynamics and the identification of different stable operating regimes has been carried out.

  19. Thermal conductivities of one-dimensional anharmonic/nonlinear lattices: renormalized phonons and effective phonon theory

    Nianbei Li

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Heat transport in low-dimensional systems has attracted enormous attention from both theoretical and experimental aspects due to its significance to the perception of fundamental energy transport theory and its potential applications in the emerging field of phononics: manipulating heat flow with electronic anologs. We consider the heat conduction of one-dimensional nonlinear lattice models. The energy carriers responsible for the heat transport have been identified as the renormalized phonons. Within the framework of renormalized phonons, a phenomenological theory, effective phonon theory, has been developed to explain the heat transport in general one-dimensional nonlinear lattices. With the help of numerical simulations, it has been verified that this effective phonon theory is able to predict the scaling exponents of temperature-dependent thermal conductivities quantitatively and consistently.

  20. Phonon Recycling for Ultrasensitive Kinetic Inductance Detectors

    Zmuidzinas, Jonas

    Initially proposed (Day et al. 2003; Zmuidzinas 2012) in 1999 by our Caltech/JPL group, and thanks to strong support from NASA, the superconducting (microwave) kinetic inductance detector (MKID or KID) technology continues to develop rapidly as it transitions into applications. The development effort worldwide is intensifying and NASA's continued support of KID development is essential in order to keep pace. Here we propose to investigate and demonstrate a new, low-TRL concept, which we call phonon recycling, that promises to open broad new avenues in KID design and performance. Briefly, phonon recycling allows the detector designer to tailor the responsivity and sensitivity of a KID to match the needs of the application by using geometry to restrict the rate at which recombination phonons are allowed to escape from the detector. In particular, phonon recycling should allow very low noise-equivalent power (NEP) to be achieved without requiring very low operating tem- peratures. Phonon recycling is analogous to the use of micromachined suspension legs to control the flow of heat in a bolometer, as measured by the thermal conductivity G. However, phonon recycling exploits the non-thermal distribution of recombination phonons as well as their very slow decay in crystals at low temperatures. These properties translate to geometrical and mechanical requirements for a phonon-recycled KID that are considerably more relaxed than for a bolometer operating at the same temperature and NEP. Our ultimate goal is to develop detector arrays suitable for a far-infrared (FIR) space mission, which will impose strict requirements on the array sensitivity, yield, uniformity, multiplexing density, etc. Through previous NASA support under the Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) program, we have successfully demonstrated the MAKO submillimeter camera at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory and have become familiar with these practical issues. If our demonstration of phonon recycling

  1. Symmetry-adapted phonon analysis of nanotubes

    Aghaei, Amin; Dayal, Kaushik; Elliott, Ryan S.

    2013-02-01

    The characteristics of phonons, i.e. linearized normal modes of vibration, provide important insights into many aspects of crystals, e.g. stability and thermodynamics. In this paper, we use the Objective Structures framework to make concrete analogies between crystalline phonons and normal modes of vibration in non-crystalline but highly symmetric nanostructures. Our strategy is to use an intermediate linear transformation from real-space to an intermediate space in which the Hessian matrix of second derivatives is block-circulant. The block-circulant nature of the Hessian enables us to then follow the procedure to obtain phonons in crystals: namely, we use the Discrete Fourier Transform from this intermediate space to obtain a block-diagonal matrix that is readily diagonalizable. We formulate this for general Objective Structures and then apply it to study carbon nanotubes of various chiralities that are subjected to axial elongation and torsional deformation. We compare the phonon spectra computed in the Objective Framework with spectra computed for armchair and zigzag nanotubes. We also demonstrate the approach by computing the Density of States. In addition to the computational efficiency afforded by Objective Structures in providing the transformations to almost-diagonalize the Hessian, the framework provides an important conceptual simplification to interpret the phonon curves. Our findings include that, first, not all non-optic long-wavelength modes are zero energy and conversely not all zero energy modes are long-wavelength; second, the phonon curves accurately predict both the onset as well as the soft modes for instabilities such as torsional buckling; and third, unlike crystals where phonon stability does not provide information on stability with respect to non-rank-one deformation modes, phonon stability in nanotubes is sufficient to guarantee stability with respect to all perturbations that do not involve structural modes. Our finding of characteristic

  2. LO-phonon-assisted polariton lasing in a ZnO-based microcavity

    Orosz, Laurent; Réveret, François; Médard, François; Disseix, Pierre; Leymarie, Joël; Leymarie, Joel; Mihailovic, Martine; Solnyshkov, Dimitri; Malpuech, Guillaume; Zúñiga-Pérez, Jesús; Semond, Fabrice; Leroux, Mathieu; Bouchoule, Sophie; Lafosse, Xavier; Mexis, Meletios

    2012-01-01

    International audience Polariton relaxation mechanisms are analyzed experimentally and theoretically in a ZnO-based polariton laser. A minimum lasing threshold is obtained when the energy difference between the exciton reservoir and the bottom of the lower polariton branch is resonant with the LO phonon energy. Tuning off this resonance increases the threshold, and exciton-exciton scattering processes become involved in the polariton relaxation. These observations are qualitatively reprodu...

  3. Ionizing particle detection based on phononic crystals

    Aly, Arafa H.; Mehaney, Ahmed; Eissa, Mostafa F.

    2015-08-01

    Most conventional radiation detectors are based on electronic or photon collections. In this work, we introduce a new and novel type of ionizing particle detector based on phonon collection. Helium ion radiation treats tumors with better precision. There are nine known isotopes of helium, but only helium-3 and helium-4 are stable. Helium-4 is formed in fusion reactor technology and in enormous quantities during Big Bang nucleo-synthesis. In this study, we introduce a technique for helium-4 ion detection (sensing) based on the innovative properties of the new composite materials known as phononic crystals (PnCs). PnCs can provide an easy and cheap technique for ion detection compared with conventional methods. PnC structures commonly consist of a periodic array of two or more materials with different elastic properties. The two materials are polymethyl-methacrylate and polyethylene polymers. The calculations showed that the energies lost to target phonons are maximized at 1 keV helium-4 ion energy. There is a correlation between the total phonon energies and the transmittance of PnC structures. The maximum transmission for phonons due to the passage of helium-4 ions was found in the case of making polyethylene as a first layer in the PnC structure. Therefore, the concept of ion detection based on PnC structure is achievable.

  4. Phonon dynamics of graphene on metals

    Taleb, Amjad Al; Farías, Daniel

    2016-03-01

    The study of surface phonon dispersion curves is motivated by the quest for a detailed understanding of the forces between the atoms at the surface and in the bulk. In the case of graphene, additional motivation comes from the fact that thermal conductivity is dominated by contributions from acoustic phonons, while optical phonon properties are essential to understand Raman spectra. In this article, we review recent progress made in the experimental determination of phonon dispersion curves of graphene grown on several single-crystal metal surfaces. The two main experimental techniques usually employed are high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) and inelastic helium atom scattering (HAS). The different dispersion branches provide a detailed insight into the graphene-substrate interaction. Softening of optical modes and signatures of the substrate‧s Rayleigh wave are observed for strong graphene-substrate interactions, while acoustic phonon modes resemble those of free-standing graphene for weakly interacting systems. The latter allows determining the bending rigidity and the graphene-substrate coupling strength. A comparison between theory and experiment is discussed for several illustrative examples. Perspectives for future experiments are discussed.

  5. Ionizing particle detection based on phononic crystals

    Aly, Arafa H., E-mail: arafa16@yahoo.com, E-mail: arafa.hussien@science.bsu.edu.eg; Mehaney, Ahmed; Eissa, Mostafa F. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef (Egypt)

    2015-08-14

    Most conventional radiation detectors are based on electronic or photon collections. In this work, we introduce a new and novel type of ionizing particle detector based on phonon collection. Helium ion radiation treats tumors with better precision. There are nine known isotopes of helium, but only helium-3 and helium-4 are stable. Helium-4 is formed in fusion reactor technology and in enormous quantities during Big Bang nucleo-synthesis. In this study, we introduce a technique for helium-4 ion detection (sensing) based on the innovative properties of the new composite materials known as phononic crystals (PnCs). PnCs can provide an easy and cheap technique for ion detection compared with conventional methods. PnC structures commonly consist of a periodic array of two or more materials with different elastic properties. The two materials are polymethyl-methacrylate and polyethylene polymers. The calculations showed that the energies lost to target phonons are maximized at 1 keV helium-4 ion energy. There is a correlation between the total phonon energies and the transmittance of PnC structures. The maximum transmission for phonons due to the passage of helium-4 ions was found in the case of making polyethylene as a first layer in the PnC structure. Therefore, the concept of ion detection based on PnC structure is achievable.

  6. Phonon dynamics of graphene on metals.

    Al Taleb, Amjad; Farías, Daniel

    2016-03-16

    The study of surface phonon dispersion curves is motivated by the quest for a detailed understanding of the forces between the atoms at the surface and in the bulk. In the case of graphene, additional motivation comes from the fact that thermal conductivity is dominated by contributions from acoustic phonons, while optical phonon properties are essential to understand Raman spectra. In this article, we review recent progress made in the experimental determination of phonon dispersion curves of graphene grown on several single-crystal metal surfaces. The two main experimental techniques usually employed are high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) and inelastic helium atom scattering (HAS). The different dispersion branches provide a detailed insight into the graphene-substrate interaction. Softening of optical modes and signatures of the substrate's Rayleigh wave are observed for strong graphene-substrate interactions, while acoustic phonon modes resemble those of free-standing graphene for weakly interacting systems. The latter allows determining the bending rigidity and the graphene-substrate coupling strength. A comparison between theory and experiment is discussed for several illustrative examples. Perspectives for future experiments are discussed. PMID:26886508

  7. A step closer to visualizing the electron___phonon interplay

    Chen, Y.L.; Lee, W.S.; Shen, Z.X.; /Stanford U., Appl. Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /SLAC, PULSE

    2011-01-04

    dynamic information. This pump-probe experiment is reminiscent of the standard method used by bell makers for hundreds of years to judge the quality of their products (hitting a bell then listening to how the sound would fade away), albeit the relevant time scale here is way beyond tens of femtoseconds. Traditionally, ultrafast spectroscopy was carried out to study gas-phase reactions, but it has also been applied to study condensed phase systems since the development of reliable solid-state ultrafast lasers approximately a decade ago. In addition, the ability to control pulse width, wavelength, and amplification of the output of Ti:Sapphire lasers has further increased the capability of this experimental method. During the past decade, many ultrafast pump-probe experiments have been carried out in various fields by using different probing methods, such as photo-resistivity, fluorescence yield, and photoemission, and they have revealed much new information complementary to the equilibrium spectroscopy methods used before. Carbone et al. used the photon-pump, electron (diffraction)-probe method. The pumping photon pulse first drives the electrons in the sample into an oscillating mode along its polarization direction. Then during the delay time, these excited electrons can transfer excess energy to the adjacent nuclei and cause crystal lattice vibration on their way back to the equilibrium state. An ultrashort electron pulse is shot at the sample at various time delays {Delta}t and the diffraction pattern is collected. Because the electron diffraction pattern is directly related to the crystal lattice structure and its motion, this technique provides a natural way to study the electron-phonon coupling problem. Furthermore, by adjusting the pump pulse's relative polarization with respect to the Cu-O bond direction, Carbone et al. were able to acquire the electron-phonon coupling strength along different directions. Focusing on the lattice dynamic along the c axis

  8. Evolution of Electrical Resistivity, Thermal Conductivity, and Temperature of a solid under the action of Intense Ultrashort Laser pulse

    Singh-Sandhu, A; Kumar, G R; Sandhu, Arvinder S.

    2002-01-01

    The dynamical properties of Cu in a regime relevant to femtosecond micro machining are obtained on picosecond time scales using pump-probe reflectivity study for 100fs, 1015 W cm-2 laser pulses. The electrical resistivity is obtained by solving Helmoltz equations. The dissipation mechanisms and scaling laws are obtained in high and low temperature limits. The 'resistivity saturation' effect in an unexplored regime intermediate to hot plasma and cold solid is studied in detail. The temperature evolution and thermal conductivity is obtained in the temporal range 0 to 30ps after the interaction of laser pulse with solid Cu.

  9. Using gold nanorods labelled with antibodies under the photothermal action of NIR laser radiation on Staphylococcus aureus

    Tuchina, E S; Petrov, P O; Kozina, K V; Tuchin, V V [N.G. Chernyshevsky Saratov State University, Saratov (Russian Federation); Ratto, F; Pini, R [Institute of Applied Physics ' Nello Carrara' , National Research Council, via Madonna del Piano 10 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); Centi, S [University of Florence, Dept. Experimental and Clinical Biomedical Sciences, viale Morgagni 50, 50134 Firenze (Italy)

    2014-07-31

    The effect of NIR laser radiation (808 nm) and gold nanorods on the cells of two strains of Staphylococcus aureus, one of them being methicillin-sensitive and the other being methicillinresistant, is studied. Nanorods having the dimensions 10 × 44 nm with the absorption maximum in the NIR spectral region, functionalised with human immunoglobulins IgA and IgG, are synthesised. It is shown that the use of nanoparticles in combination with NIR irradiation leads to killing up to 97% of the population of microorganisms. (laser biophotonics)

  10. Phonon tunneling through a double barrier system

    Villegas, Diosdado [Departamento de Física, Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas, CP 54830, Santa Clara, Villa Clara (Cuba); Instituto de Física, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, 18 Sur y San Claudio, Edif. 110A, Ciudad Universitaria, 72570 Puebla (Mexico); León-Pérez, Fernando de [Centro Universitario de la Defensa de Zaragoza, Ctra. de Huesca s/n, E-50090 Zaragoza (Spain); Pérez-Álvarez, R. [Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Av. Universidad 1001, CP 62209 Cuernavaca (Mexico); Arriaga, J., E-mail: arriaga@ifuap.buap.mx [Instituto de Física, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, 18 Sur y San Claudio, Edif. 110A, Ciudad Universitaria, 72570 Puebla (Mexico)

    2015-04-15

    The tunneling of optical and acoustic phonons at normal incidence on a double-barrier is studied in this paper. Transmission coefficients and resonance conditions are derived theoretically under the assumption that the long-wavelength approximation is valid. It is shown that the behavior of the transmission coefficients for the symmetric double barrier has a Lorentzian form close to resonant frequencies and that Breit–Wigner's formula have a general validity in one-dimensional phonon tunneling. Authors also study the so-called generalized Hartman effect in the tunneling of long-wavelength phonons and show that this effect is a numerical artifact resulting from taking the opaque limit before exploring the variation with a finite barrier width. This study could be useful for the design of acoustic devices.

  11. A Correlation Function for Phonon Eigenvectors

    It was shown by van Hove that the Fourier transform of the neutron scattering intensity is a space-time correlation function of the scattering density. In the special case of a single crystal as the scattering system, the coefficients of a Fourier series can be derived from the one-phonon scattering cross-sections corresponding to a phonon of a particular frequency. Evaluation of the Fourier series gives a space correlation function involving the eigenvectors of the mode of vibration being considered. The function is a special case of the van Hove function, closely related to the Patterson function which is used in X-ray crystallography. In the special case of a phonon of wave vector zero (q = 0) the function has a sufficiently simple interpretation that it may be of practical value. (author)

  12. Electron and Phonon Transport in Molecular Junctions

    Li, Qian

    transmission at the Fermi energy. We propose and analyze a way of using π   stacking to design molecular junctions to control heat transport. We develop a simple model system to identify optimal parameter regimes and then use density functional theory (DFT) to extract model parameters for a number of specific......Molecular electronics provide the possibility to investigate electron and phonon transport at the smallest imaginable scale, where quantum effects can be investigated and exploited directly in the design. In this thesis, we study both electron transport and phonon transport in molecular junctions...... DFT method. It is found that the thermal conductance of π-stacked systems can be reduced by 95%, compared with that in a single-molecule junction. Phonon transmission of π-stacked systems is reduced dramatically in the whole frequency range and the left transmission mainly remains below 5 THz....

  13. Phonon heat transport in gallium arsenide

    Richa Saini; Vinod Ashokan; B D Indu; R Kumar

    2012-03-01

    The lifetimes of quantum excitations are directly related to the electron and phonon energy linewidths of a particular scattering event. Using the versatile double time thermodynamic Green’s function approach based on many-body theory, an ab-initio formulation of relaxation times of various contributing processes has been investigated with newer understanding in terms of the linewidths of electrons and phonons. The energy linewidth is found to be an extremely sensitive quantity in the transport phenomena of crystalline solids as a collection of large number of scattering processes, namely, boundary scattering, impurity scattering, multiphonon scattering, interference scattering, electron–phonon processes and resonance scattering. The lattice thermal conductivities of three samples of GaAs have been analysed on the basis of modified Callaway model and a fairly good agreement between theory and experimental observations has been reported.

  14. Photoemission and photo-field-emission from photocathodes with arrays of silicon tips under continuous and pulsed lasers action

    The electron machines's development and improvement go through the discovery of new electron sources of high brightness. After reminding the interests in studying silicon cathodes with array of tips as electron sources, I describe, in the three steps model, the main phenomenological features related to photoemission and photoemission and photo-field-emission from a semi-conductor. the experimental set-ups used for the measurements reported in chapter four, five and six are described in chapter three. In chapter three. In chapter four several aspects of photo-field-emission in continuous and nanosecond regimes, studied on the Clermont-Ferrand's test bench are tackled. We have measured quantum efficacies of 0.4 percent in the red (1.96 eV). Temporal responses in the nanoseconds range (10 ns) were observed with the Nd: YLF laser. With the laser impinging at an oblique angle we obtained ratios of photocurrent to dark current of the order of twenty. The issue of the high energy extracted photocurrent saturation is addressed and I give a preliminary explanation. In collaboration with the L.A.L. (Laboratoire de l'Accelerateur Lineaire) some tests with shortened pulsed laser beam (Nd: YAG laser 35 ps) were performed. Satisfactory response times have been obtained within the limitation of the scope (400 ps). (authors). 101 refs. 93 figs., 27 tabs., 3 photos., 1 append

  15. Cryogenic phonon-mediated particle detectors for dark matter searches and neutrino physics

    This work describes the development of cryogenic phonon-mediated particle detectors for dark matter searches and neutrino detection. The detectors described in this work employ transition-edge sensors, which consist of a meander pattern of thin-film superconductor on a silicon substrate. When phonons from a particle interaction in the crystal impinge on the sensor in sufficient density, sections of the line are driven normal and provide a measurable resistance. A large fraction of the thesis describes work to fully characterize the phonon flux from particle interactions. In one set of experiments, ∼25% of the phonon energy from 59.54 keV gamma-ray events was found to propagate open-quotes ballisticallyclose quotes (i.e., with little or no scattering) across a 300 μm thick crystal of silicon. Gamma-rays produce electron recoils in silicon whereas with dark matter and neutrino experiments nuclear recoils are also of interest. Two experiments were done to measure the ballistic component that arises from neutron events, which interact via nuclear recoil. Measurements indicate that the fraction of energy that is ballistic is ∼50% greater for nuclear recoils than for electron recoils. Two novel detectors were fabricated and tested in an attempt to improve the sensitivity of the detectors. In the first detector, relatively large Al pads were linked by 2 μm wide Ti lines in a meander pattern. Phonons impinging on the Al pads create quasiparticles which diffuse in the Al pad until they are trapped in the lower gap Tl links. The sensitivity of the detector was found to be increased by this open-quotes funnelingclose quotes action. A second detector was built that incorporates 0.25 μm wide lines defined by direct electron-beam exposure of the photoresist. If the superconducting line is sufficiently narrow, single phonons are capable of driving sections normal which should improve the sensitivity and linearity of the detector

  16. Clinical and morphologic evaluation of Er:YAG laser action at the front of cervical dentinal hypersensitivity

    This work was achieved in vivo and in vitro to evaluate the efficiency of Er:YAG laser in the cervical dentinal hypersensitivity treatment (HSDC). The Clinical study was achieved in patients with HSDC. The treatment was realized in five sessions: the first for selection, the second for exams (clinic and X-Ray) and trying to remove the etiologic factors that could cause the HSDC. The third and fourth sessions were subjected to the radiation with that protocol: 60 mJ energy ,2 Hz frequency, 6 mm out of focus, under air cooling, 20 seconds each application which the same was repeated four times with one minute breaks, which scanning movements and without using anaesthetics. The fifth was evaluation. The patients were evaluated and registered in a subject scale of pain 0 to 3, in the beginning and end of each session of irradiation, and one month after the last session. The results showed that for the irradiated group occurs significant differences in the beginning of each session and between. For the control group did not occur significant differences in the beginning and after each session, but did show a difference between the sessions. As the control group as the irradiated group, had reduction of sensibility between the session. For the morphologic study nine teeth were selected, 7 molars and 2 pre-molars from operative dentistry discipline. Half of the surface was irradiated with Er:YAG laser, the same protocol used in vivo, and the other half was used as a control without receiving any laser irradiation. Subsequently, specimens were prepared for SEM examinations. The results showed that laser treated surfaces showed a reduction of dentine tubular diameter with partial or total closure of the dentine tubules. For the control group, it was observed bigger amounts smear layer and open dentine tubular. The results obtained indicated that the Er:YAG laser can contribute to the HSDC treatment. (author)

  17. Action of diode laser (830 nm) on cutaneous wound healing process: biometrical and histological study in rats

    In this research, it was analyzed the acceleration of the healing process of cutaneous lesions in mice, using a diode laser emitting in 830 nm. The 64 selected animals in this study were randomically divided into four groups of 16 animals each (G1, G2, G3 and G4). Biometric and histological comparisons were accomplished in the following periods: 3, 7 and 14 days after the surgery and laser application. Three laser irradiation configurations were used: a punctual contact (G2) and two non-contact and uniform (G3 and G4). For group G2, the laser intensity was 428 mW/cm2 , and for groups G3 and G4 it was 53 mW/cm2. The total doses were D = 3 J/cm2 for groups G2 and G4, and D = 1,3 J/cm2 for G3. The first group, G1, was considered control and thus not submitted to any treatment after the surgery. All irradiated lesions presented acceleration of the healing process with regard to the control group. However, our results clearly indicate that the smaller laser intensity (uniform irradiation) leaded to the best results. On the other hand, the smaller used dose also leaded to the more significant and expressive results. The combination of the intensity value of 53 mW/cm2 and the dose of 1,3 J/cm2 leaded to optimal results, regarding the Biometric and histological analysis, presenting faster lesion contraction, quicker neoformation of epithelial and conjunctive tissue (with more collagen fibers ). (author)

  18. A chip-integrated coherent photonic-phononic memory

    Merklein, Moritz; Vu, Khu; Madden, Stephen J; Eggleton, Benjamin J

    2016-01-01

    Controlling and manipulating quanta of coherent acoustic vibrations - phonons - in integrated circuits has recently drawn a lot of attention, as phonons can function as unique links between radiofrequency and optical signals and access quantum regimes. It has been shown that radiofrequency signals can be controlled and stored via piezo-electrically actuated coherent phonons. Coherent phonons, however, can also be directly excited by optical photons through strong acousto-optic coupling in integrated circuits that guide photons as well as phonons. These hypersound phonons have similar wavelength as the exciting optical field but travel at a 5-orders of magnitude lower velocity. This allows the realization of a coherent optical buffer, a long time desired yet elusive device for on-chip optical signal processing. In this letter we demonstrate a coherent on-chip memory storing the entire coherent information carried by light, phase and amplitude, as acoustic phonons. The photonic-phononic memory provides GHz-band...

  19. Situation with collective two-phonon states in deformed nuclei

    Within the quasiparticle-phonon nuclear model with the operators of phonons depending on the sign of the angular momentum projection, the Pauli principle is taken into account in the two-phonon components of the wave functions. The centroid energies of the collective two-phonon states in even-even deformed nuclei are calculated. It is shown that the inclusion of the Pauli principle leads to their shift by 1-3 MeV towards high energies. The shifts of three-phonon poles due to the Pauli principle are calculated in the three-phonon components of the wave functions. The collective two-phonon states, the centroid energies of which are 3-5 MeV, are expected to be strongly fragmented. The conclusion is confirmed that the collective two-phonon states should not exist in deformed nuclei. The situation in 168Er and in the 228Th isotopes is analysed

  20. Quantized phonon-enhanced spin fluctuations

    Koo, Je Huan, E-mail: koo@kw.ac.kr

    2015-01-15

    We investigate the phonon-enhanced spin flipping of f-electrons via s–f exchange interactions, as previously discussed by ourselves [Phys. Rev. B 61, 4289]. The electron–electron interaction U{sub sf} is an order of magnitude stronger than that of Kondo-type bare spin-flipping. Using the similar configuration of Hydrogen, we calculate the quantized energy eigenvalues of this spin fluctuation. We also compare our energy levels with experimental data obtained from inelastic neutron scatterings in which the data below 40 meV may be attributed to phonon modes.

  1. Phonon analogue of topological nodal semimetals

    Po, Hoi Chun; Bahri, Yasaman; Vishwanath, Ashvin

    2015-03-01

    Recently, Kane and Lubensky proposed a mapping between bosonic phonon problems on isostatic lattices to chiral fermion systems based on factorization of the dynamical matrix [Nat. Phys. 10, 39 (2014)]. The existence of topologically protected zero modes in such mechanical problems is related to their presence in the fermionic system and is dictated by a local index theorem. Here we adopt the proposed mapping to construct a two-dimensional mechanical analogue of a fermionic topological nodal semimetal that hosts a robust bulk node in its linearized phonon spectrum. Such topologically protected soft modes with tunable wavevector may be useful in designing mechanical structures with fault-tolerant properties.

  2. Phonon dispersion curves of CsCN

    N K Gaur; Preeti Singh; E G Rini; Jyotsna Galgale; R K Singh

    2004-08-01

    The motivation for the present work was gained from the recent publication on phonon dispersion curves (PDCs) of CsCN from the neutron scattering technique. We have applied the extended three-body force shell model (ETSM) by incorporating the effect of coupling between the translation modes and the orientation of cyanide molecules for the description of phonon dispersion curves of CsCN between the temperatures 195 and 295 K. Our results on PDCs in symmetric direction are in good agreement with the experimental data measured with inelastic neutron scattering technique.

  3. Phonon interference effects in molecular junctions

    We study coherent phonon transport through organic, π-conjugated molecules. Using first principles calculations and Green's function methods, we find that the phonon transmission function in cross-conjugated molecules, like meta-connected benzene, exhibits destructive quantum interference features very analogous to those observed theoretically and experimentally for electron transport in similar molecules. The destructive interference features observed in four different cross-conjugated molecules significantly reduce the thermal conductance with respect to linear conjugated analogues. Such control of the thermal conductance by chemical modifications could be important for thermoelectric applications of molecular junctions

  4. Phonon interference effects in molecular junctions

    Markussen, Troels, E-mail: troels.markussen@gmail.com [Center for Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD), Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark)

    2013-12-28

    We study coherent phonon transport through organic, π-conjugated molecules. Using first principles calculations and Green's function methods, we find that the phonon transmission function in cross-conjugated molecules, like meta-connected benzene, exhibits destructive quantum interference features very analogous to those observed theoretically and experimentally for electron transport in similar molecules. The destructive interference features observed in four different cross-conjugated molecules significantly reduce the thermal conductance with respect to linear conjugated analogues. Such control of the thermal conductance by chemical modifications could be important for thermoelectric applications of molecular junctions.

  5. Electronic structure, phonon spectra, and anisotropy of electron-phonon interaction in scandium

    Sichkar, S.M. [Institute of Metal Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 36 Vernadsky Str., 03142 Kiev (Ukraine); Antonov, V.N. [Institute of Metal Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 36 Vernadsky Str., 03142 Kiev (Ukraine); Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany)

    2012-11-15

    The anisotropy of transport function, electronic structure, Fermi surface, phonon spectra, electron-phonon spectral function, orbital dependence of the cyclotron masses, and extremal cross sections of the Fermi surface of Sc were investigated from first principles using the full potential linear muffin-tin orbital method. The calculations of the dynamic matrix were carried out within the framework of the linear response theory. A good agreement with experimental data of phonon spectra, electrical resistivity, cyclotron masses, and extremal cross sections of the Fermi surface in high symmetry directions was achieved. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. Phononic Thermal Conduction Engineering for Bolometers: From Phononic Crystals to Radial Casimir Limit

    Maasilta, I. J.; Puurtinen, T. A.; Tian, Y.; Geng, Z.

    2016-07-01

    We discuss two alternative and complementary means of controlling radial phonon conduction for bolometers in two dimensions: by using phononic crystals or by roughening the surface of the membranes (Casimir limit). For phononic crystals, we present new experiments with a modified geometry and a larger hole periodicity than before, achieving a low thermal conductance {˜ }2 pW/K at 150 mK. Calculations in the Casimir limit, on the other hand, show that for small detector dimensions thermal conductance below 1 fW/K seems achievable.

  7. Optical properties of costal cartilage and their variation in the process of non-destructive action of laser radiation with the wavelength 1.56 μm

    The optical properties of costal cartilage and their variation under the action of laser radiation with the wavelength 1.56 μm are studied. The laser action regime corresponds to that used for changing the cartilage shape. The dynamics of the passed scattered laser radiation was studied by means of the optical fibre system, and the optical properties of the cartilage tissue (on the basis of Monte Carlo modelling of light propagation) – using the setup with two integrating spheres. Under the influence of radiation, the characteristics of which corresponded to those used for the cartilage shape correction, no essential changes in the optical parameters were found. The results obtained in the course of studying the dynamics of optical signals in the process of costal cartilage irradiation can be used for developing control systems, providing the safety and efficiency of laser medical technologies. (biophotonics)

  8. Experimental studies of electron-phonon interactions in gallium nitride

    Stanton, Nicola Marie

    2001-01-01

    This thesis presents an experimental investigation of the electron-phonon interaction in GaN. Bulk epilayers, grown by MBE, and AIGaN/GaN heterostructures, grown by MOCVD, have been studied. The energy relaxation rate for hot electrons has been measured over a wide range of temperatures, allowing both acoustic and optic phonon emission to be studied in GaN epilayers. Direct phonon measurements, both studying the emission and absorption processes, have been performed. Detection of phonons e...

  9. Sub-Poissonian phononic population in a nanoelectromechanical system

    Merlo, Matteo; Haupt, Federica; Cavaliere, Fabio; Sassetti, Maura

    2007-01-01

    Population of a phononic mode coupled to a single-electron transistor in the sequential tunneling regime is discussed for the experimentally realistic case of intermediate electron-phonon coupling. Features like a sub-Poissonian bosonic distribution are found in regimes where electron transport drives the oscillator strongly out of equilibrium with only few phonon states selectively populated. The electron Fano factor is compared to fluctuations in the phonon distribution, showing that all po...

  10. Neutron-Phonon Interaction in Neutron Star Crusts

    Sedrakian, Armen

    1998-01-01

    The phonon spectrum of Coulomb lattice in neutron star crusts above the neutron drip density is affected by the interaction with the ambient neutron Fermi-liquid. For the values of the neutron-phonon coupling constant in the range $0.1 \\le \\lambda \\le 1$ an appreciable renormalization of the phonon spectrum occurs which can lead to a lattice instability manifested in an exponential growth of the density fluctuations. The BCS phonon exchange mechanism of superconductivity leads to neutron pair...

  11. Soft surfaces of nanomaterials enable strong phonon interactions

    Bozyigit, Deniz; Yazdani, Nuri; Yarema, Maksym; Yarema, Olesya; Lin, Weyde Matteo Mario; Volk, Sebastian; Vuttivorakulchai, Kantawong; Luisier, Mathieu; Juranyi, Fanni; Wood, Vanessa

    2016-03-01

    Phonons and their interactions with other phonons, electrons or photons drive energy gain, loss and transport in materials. Although the phonon density of states has been measured and calculated in bulk crystalline semiconductors, phonons remain poorly understood in nanomaterials, despite the increasing prevalence of bottom-up fabrication of semiconductors from nanomaterials and the integration of nanometre-sized components into devices. Here we quantify the phononic properties of bottom-up fabricated semiconductors as a function of crystallite size using inelastic neutron scattering measurements and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We show that, unlike in microcrystalline semiconductors, the phonon modes of semiconductors with nanocrystalline domains exhibit both reduced symmetry and low energy owing to mechanical softness at the surface of those domains. These properties become important when phonons couple to electrons in semiconductor devices. Although it was initially believed that the coupling between electrons and phonons is suppressed in nanocrystalline materials owing to the scarcity of electronic states and their large energy separation, it has since been shown that the electron–phonon coupling is large and allows high energy-dissipation rates exceeding one electronvolt per picosecond (refs 10, 11, 12, 13). Despite detailed investigations into the role of phonons in exciton dynamics, leading to a variety of suggestions as to the origins of these fast transition rates and including attempts to numerically calculate them, fundamental questions surrounding electron–phonon interactions in nanomaterials remain unresolved. By combining the microscopic and thermodynamic theories of phonons and our findings on the phononic properties of nanomaterials, we are able to explain and then experimentally confirm the strong electron–phonon coupling and fast multi-phonon transition rates of charge carriers to trap states. This improved understanding of

  12. Electron phonon interaction effect on the thermoelectric properties of superlattices

    Time of electrons radiation on acoustic phonons, electric conductivity factors and thermal emf of phonon entrainment of semiconductor superlattice with quasi-two-dimensional quantum well have been calculated. Rigidity of charge carriers scattering has been made allowance for. It is shown that thermal emf of a superlattice phonon entrainment can be an order higher than the relevant thermal emf of a massive semiconductor

  13. Electron Phonon Superconductivity in LaNiPO

    Subedi, Alaska P [ORNL; Singh, David J [ORNL; Du, Mao-Hua [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    We report first principles calculations of the electronic structure, phonon dispersions and electron phonon coupling of LaNiPO. These calculations show that this material can be explained as a conventional electron phonon superconductor in contrast to theFeAs based high temperature superconductors.

  14. Electron Phonon Superconductivity in LaNiPO

    We report first principles calculations of the electronic structure, phonon dispersions and electron phonon coupling of LaNiPO. These calculations show that this material can be explained as a conventional electron phonon superconductor in contrast to the FeAs based high temperature superconductors.

  15. Electron Phonon Superconductivity in LaNiOP

    A. Subedi; Singh, D. J.; Du, M. H.

    2008-01-01

    We report first principles calculations of the electronic structure, phonon dispersions and electron phonon coupling of LaNiPO. These calculations show that this material can be explained as a conventional electron phonon superconductor in contrast to the FeAs based high temperature superconductors.

  16. First principles calculation of lattice thermal conductivity of metals considering phonon-phonon and phonon-electron scattering

    Wang, Yan; Lu, Zexi; Ruan, Xiulin

    2016-06-01

    The effect of phonon-electron (p-e) scattering on lattice thermal conductivity is investigated for Cu, Ag, Au, Al, Pt, and Ni. We evaluate both phonon-phonon (p-p) and p-e scattering rates from first principles and calculate the lattice thermal conductivity (κL). It is found that p-e scattering plays an important role in determining the κL of Pt and Ni at room temperature, while it has negligible effect on the κL of Cu, Ag, Au, and Al. Specifically, the room temperature κLs of Cu, Ag, Au, and Al predicted from density-functional theory calculations with the local density approximation are 16.9, 5.2, 2.6, and 5.8 W/m K, respectively, when only p-p scattering is considered, while it is almost unchanged when p-e scattering is also taken into account. However, the κL of Pt and Ni is reduced from 7.1 and 33.2 W/m K to 5.8 and 23.2 W/m K by p-e scattering. Even though Al has quite high electron-phonon coupling constant, a quantity that characterizes the rate of heat transfer from hot electrons to cold phonons in the two-temperature model, p-e scattering is not effective in reducing κL owing to the relatively low p-e scattering rates in Al. The difference in the strength of p-e scattering in different metals can be qualitatively understood by checking the amount of electron density of states that is overlapped with the Fermi window. Moreover, κL is found to be comparable to the electronic thermal conductivity in Ni.

  17. Self-consistent theory of phonon renormalization and electron-phonon coupling near a 2D Kohn singularity

    Dolgov, O. V.; Andersen, O.K.; Mazin, I. I.

    2007-01-01

    We show that the usual expression for evaluating electron-phonon coupling and the phonon linewidth in 2D metals with a cylindrical Fermi surface cannot be applied near the wave vector corresponding to the Kohn singularity. Instead, the Dyson equation for phonons has to be solved self-consistently. If a self-consistent procedure is properly followed, there is no divergency in either the coupling constant or the phonon linewidth near the offending wave vectors, in contrast to the standard expre...

  18. Phonon Emission from Acoustic Black Hole

    Fang, Hengzhong; Zhou, Kaihu; Song, Yuming

    2012-08-01

    We study the phonon tunneling through the horizon of an acoustic black hole by solving the Hamilton-Jacobi equation. We also make use of the closed-path integral to calculate the tunneling probability, and an improved way to determine the temporal contribution is used. Both the results from the two methods agree with Hawking's initial analysis.

  19. Anomalous Doppler effects in bulk phononic crystal

    Doppler effects in simple cubic phononic crystal are studied theoretically and numerically. In addition to observing Doppler shifts from a moving source's frequencies inside the gap, we find that Doppler shifts can be multi-order, anisotropic, and the dominant order of shift depends on the band index that the source's frequency is in.

  20. Electron-phonon interactions in correlated systems

    There exist attempts to describe the superconducting mechanism operating in HTS as based on antiferromagnetic fluctuations. It is not our intention to dwell on the superconducting mechanism, even though this is very a important issue. The main aim is to discuss the problem of interplay between electron-phonon and electron-electron interactions in correlated systems. We believe such analysis can be of importance for various materials and not only HTS'S. We shall however mainly refer to experiments on this last class of superconductors. Severe complications are to be expected by studying the problem. As is well known electron correlations are very important in narrow band systems, where the relevant electronic scale EF is quite small. In those circumstances, the phonon energy scale ωD is of comparable magnitude, with the ratio ωD/EF of order 1 signalling a possible break down of the Migdal - Eliashberg description of the electron-phonon interaction in metals. Here we shall assume the validity of the Migdal-Eliashberg approximation and concentrate on the mutual influence of electron and phonon subsystems. In the next section we shall discuss experimental motivation for and theoretical work related to the present problem. Section 3 contains a brief discussion of our theory. It is a self-consistent theory a la Migdal with strong correlations treated with an auxiliary boson technique. We conclude with results and their discussion. (orig.)

  1. Phonon scattering in graphene over substrate steps

    Sevincli, Haldun; Brandbyge, Mads

    2014-01-01

    We calculate the effect on phonon transport of substrate-induced bends in graphene. We consider bending induced by an abrupt kink in the substrate, and provide results for different step-heights and substrate interaction strengths. We find that individual substrate steps reduce thermal conductance...

  2. Phonon affected transport through molecular quantum

    Loos, Jan; Koch, T.; Alvermann, A.; Bishop, A. R.; Fehske, H.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 21, č. 39 (2009), 395601/1-395601/18. ISSN 0953-8984 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : quantum dots * electron - phonon interaction * polarons Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.964, year: 2009

  3. Phononic band gap structures as optimal designs

    Jensen, Jakob Søndergaard; Sigmund, Ole

    2003-01-01

    In this paper we use topology optimization to design phononic band gap structures. We consider 2D structures subjected to periodic loading and obtain the distribution of two materials with high contrast in material properties that gives the minimal vibrational response of the structure. Both in...

  4. Generalized Kinetic Theory of Electrons and Phonons

    A. Rossani

    2002-01-01

    A Generalized Kinetic Theory was proposed in order to have the possibility to treat particles which obey a very general statistics. By adopting the same approach, we generalize here the Kinetic Theory of electrons and phonons. Equilibrium solutions and their stability are investigated.

  5. Hyperbolic phonon polaritons in hexagonal boron nitride

    Dai, Siyuan

    2015-03-01

    Uniaxial materials whose axial and tangential permittivities have opposite signs are referred to as indefinite or hyperbolic media. While hyperbolic responses are normally achieved with metamaterials, hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) naturally possesses this property due to the anisotropic phonons in the mid-infrared. Using scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy, we studied polaritonic phenomena in hBN. We performed infrared nano-imaging of highly confined and low-loss hyperbolic phonon polaritons in hBN. The polariton wavelength was shown to be governed by the hBN thickness according to a linear law persisting down to few atomic layers [Science, 343, 1125-1129 (2014)]. Additionally, we carried out the modification of hyperbolic response in heterostructures comprised of a mononlayer graphene deposited on hBN. Electrostatic gating of the top graphene layer allows for the modification of wavelength and intensity of hyperbolic phonon polaritons in bulk hBN. The physics of the modification originates from the plasmon-phonon coupling in the hyperbolic medium. Furthermore, we demonstrated the ``hyperlens'' for subdiffractional imaging and focusing using a slab of hBN.

  6. Illustrative numerical comparisons between phonon mean free paths and phonon thermal conductivity

    Measurements of thermal conductivity are often used as an interrogative technique to learn about phonon scattering processes in solids. In general the relationship between thermal conductivity lambda and a phonon mean free path l is complex and it is therefore necessary to make some simplifying assumptions in order to make this relationship tractable. These assumptions may lead to erroneous conclusions, many of which have appeared in the published literature. An intuitive insight is provided to the relationship between lambda and l

  7. Theoretical study of electron-phonon superconductivity

    Moussa, Jonathan Edward

    This theoretical study of superconductivity examines some of the limiting factors that constrain the Tc of conventional, phonon-mediated superconductors. For materials with wide-bandwidth metallic states, electronic instabilities that are theoretically challenging to deal with can be avoided. In this case, structural instability can still result from phonon softening caused by strong electron-phonon coupling of electrons at the Fermi level. Superconductivity is also limited by the total electron-phonon coupling available within a material given the hypothetical ability to arbitrarily dope the material. This limit is studied by deriving a generalization of the McMillan-Hopfield parameter, h˜ (E), which measures the strength of electron-phonon coupling including anisotropy effects and rigid-band doping of the Fermi level to E. I examine these bounds for some covalent superconductors including MgB2, where Tc has reached the limit set by total electron-phonon coupling strength, and boron-doped diamond, which is far from any bounds. To consider the possibility of increasing the Tc of boron-doped diamond, calculations of electron-phonon coupling are performed for boron-doped diamond structures without electronically compensating defects over a wide range of boron concentration. The effects of boron substitutional disorder are incorporated through the use of randomly generated supercells, leading to a disorder-broadened distribution of results. After averaging over disorder, this study predicts a maximum bulk Tc near 55 K for boron concentrations between 20% -- 30%, assuming the validity of the simple structural model used and a Coulomb pseudopotential of micro* = 0.12. Considering only the largest electron-phonon coupling values of the distribution, superconductivity may still percolate through the material at higher temperatures, up to 80 K, through the regions of large coupling. A synthesis path is proposed to experimentally access higher levels of boron concentration

  8. Non-linear propagation of laser beam and focusing due to self-action in optical fiber: Non-paraxial approach

    R K Khanna; R C Chouhan

    2003-10-01

    A somewhat more general analysis for solving spatial propagation characteristics of intense Gaussian beam is presented and applied to the laser beam propagation in step-index profile as well as parabolic profile dielectric fibers with Kerr non-linearity. Considering self-action due to saturating and non-saturating non-linearity in the refractive index, a general theory has been developed without any kind of power series expansion for the dielectric constant as is usually done in other theories that make use of paraxial approximation. Result of the steady state self-focusing analysis indicates that the Kerr non-linearity acts as a perturbation on the radial inhomogeneity due to fiber geometry. Analysis indicates that the paraxial rays and peripheral rays focus at different points, indicating aberration effect. Calculated critical power matches with the experimentally reported result.

  9. Equations of the quasiparticle-phonon nuclear model with the phonon scattering effects at finite temperature

    A generalization of the quasiparticle-phonon nuclear model (QPNM) for describing the interaction with (2p-2h) configurations at finite temperature is presented. By taking exactly into account the occupation numbers of one-phonon energy levels a closed system of approximate equations for Green functions with one- to two-phonon transition, phonon-ground state correlation and phonon scattering propagators in even-even spherical nuclei is explicitly derived. A one-to-one correspondence between this system and the system of QPNM equations of the coefficients of the excited state wave function is established. It is shown that in the zero temperature limit one obtains the standard basic equations employed so far within the QPNM. The numerical evaluation of the phonon scattering effects has shown that for temperatures T<1 MeV the zero temperature limit of the QPNM is a quite good approximation. The equivalence between the QPNM diagrams and the diagrams of the nuclear field theory and the theory of finite Fermi-systems is discussed

  10. Laser performance at 1064 nm in Nd3+ doped oxi-tellurite glasses

    Bell, Maria Jose; Anjos, Virgílio; Moreira, Lyane; Falci, Rodrigo; Kassab, Luciana; Silva, D.; Doualan, Jean Louis; Camy, Patrice; Moncorge, Richard

    2015-03-01

    The search for Nd3+ doped new solid-state laser hosts having specific thermo-mechanical and optical properties is very active. Among tellurites, the TeO2-ZnO glass combines good mechanical stability, chemical durability, high linear and nonlinear refractive indices, low phonon energies (~750 cm-1) and a wide transmission window (0.4-6 μm). Their high nonlinear optical properties can be used for the development of Kerr-lens mode-locked subpicosecond lasers. The present work concentrates on the luminescence properties and the laser performance of a TeO2-ZnO tellurite glasses doped with Nd3+. True continuous-wave laser action is achieved by pumping the sample with a CW Ti:Sapphire laser inside a standard two-mirror laser cavity. A low laser threshold of 8 mW and a laser slope efficiency of 21% could be obtained for an output coupler transmission of 2.7%, which is an encouraging improvement compared to what was reported in the past with other Nd-doped tellurite bulk glasses. Authors acknowledge the support of agencies CAPES, FAPEMIG National Institute of Photonics (INCT Project/CNPQ) and COFECUB.

  11. Chalcogenide glass microsphere laser

    Elliott, Gregor R.; Murugan, G.Senthil; Wilkinson, James S.; Zervas, Michalis N.; Hewak, Daniel W.

    2010-01-01

    Laser action has been demonstrated in chalcogenide glass microsphere. A sub millimeter neodymium-doped gallium lanthanum sulphide glass sphere was pumped at 808 nm with a laser diode and single and multimode laser action demonstrated at wavelengths between 1075 and 1086 nm. The gallium lanthanum sulphide family of glass offer higher thermal stability compared to other chalcogenide glasses, and this, along with an optimized Q-factor for the microcavity allowed laser action to be achieved. When...

  12. On the conformational changes in human serum albumin under the action of electric current and low-level laser irradiation

    An electric current decreases the diameter of monomeric globules and increases the number of large-size globules of human serum albumin. Low-level laser therapy leads to a photochemical process in the protein with a modification of its conformation. The physiotherapeutic curative effect of the electric current and low-level therapy is realized in the immediate change of the conformation takes place in the system 'water-protein' of living organism. The experimental data indicate the dependence of the properties of water and human serum albumin on the dose of electromagnetic fields

  13. Analytical solution for Klein-Gordon equation and action function of the solution for Dirac equation in counter-propagating laser waves

    Hu, Huayu

    2015-01-01

    Nonperturbative calculation of QED processes participated by a strong electromagnetic field, especially provided by strong laser facilities at present and in the near future, generally resorts to the Furry picture with the usage of analytical solutions of the particle dynamical equation, such as the Klein-Gordon equation and Dirac equation. However only for limited field configurations such as a plane-wave field could the equations be solved analytically. Studies have shown significant interests in QED processes in a strong field composed of two counter-propagating laser waves, but the exact solutions in such a field is out of reach. In this paper, inspired by the observation of the structure of the solutions in a plane-wave field, we develop a new method and obtain the analytical solution for the Klein-Gordon equation and equivalently the action function of the solution for the Dirac equation in this field, under a largest dynamical parameter condition that there exists an inertial frame in which the particl...

  14. Investigation of anti-Stokes Raman processes at phonon-polariton resonance: from Raman oscillation, frequency upconversion to Raman amplification.

    Ding, Yujie J

    2015-03-01

    Raman oscillation, frequency upconversion, and Raman amplification can be achieved in a second-order nonlinear medium at the phonon-polariton resonance. By beating two optical fields, a second-order nonlinear polarization is generated inside the medium. Such a polarization induces a spatially uniform nonpropagating electric field at the beat frequency, which in turn mixes with the input optical field at the lower frequency to generate or amplify the anti-Stokes optical field. Raman oscillation can be efficiently reached for the copropagating configuration. In comparison, efficient frequency upconversion and large amplifications are achievable for the counterpropagating configuration. These Raman processes can be used to effectively remove transverse-optical phonons before decaying to lower-frequency phonons, achieve laser cooling, and significantly enhance coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering. The counterpropagating configuration offers advantages for amplifying extremely weak signals. PMID:25723418

  15. Towards a microscopic understanding of the phonon bottleneck

    Garanin, D. A.

    2007-03-01

    The problem of the phonon bottleneck in the relaxation of two-level systems (spins) to a narrow group of resonant phonons via emission-absorption processes is investigated from first principles. It is shown that the kinetic approach based on the Pauli master equation is invalid because of the narrow distribution of the phonons exchanging their energy with the spins. This results in a long-memory effect that can be best taken into account by introducing an additional dynamical variable corresponding to the nondiagonal matrix elements responsible for spin-phonon correlation. The resulting system of dynamical equations describes the phonon-bottleneck plateau in the spin excitation, as well as a gap in the spin-phonon spectrum, for any finite concentration of spins. On the other hand, it does not accurately render the line shape of emitted phonons and still needs improving.

  16. Phonon density of states in nanocrystalline 57Fe

    Ranber Singh; S Prakash; R Meyer; P Entel

    2003-03-01

    The Born–von Karman model is used to calculate phonon density of states (DOS) of nanocrystalline bcc Fe. It is found that there is an anisotropic stiffening in the interatomic force constants and hence there is shrinking in the nearest-neighbour distances in the nanophase. This leads to additional vibrational modes above the bulk phonons near the bottom of the phonon band. It is found that the high energy phonon modes of nanophase Fe are the surface modes. The calculated phonon DOS closely agree with the experimental data except a peak at 37 meV. The calculated phonon dispersion relations are also compared with those of the bulk phonons and anomalous behaviour is discussed in detail. The specific heat in nanophase enhances as compared to bulk phase at low temperatures and the calculated Debye temperature agrees with the experimental results. It is predicted that the nanocrystalline Fe may consist of about 14 GPa pressure.

  17. Ultrafast spectroscopy of coherent phonon in carbon nanotubes using sub-5-fs visible pulses

    Kobayashi, Takayoshi

    2016-02-01

    In the last two decades, nano materials are attracting many scientists' interest for both basic and application viewpoints. In order to understand the properties of nano systems it is needed to understand the dynamic properties which control the specific properties of the systems. All the primary processes in nano systems are taking place in femtosecond regime. Our group has been able to stably generate visible to near-infrared sub-5-fs laser pulses using a noncollinear optical parametric amplifier (NOPA) by the combination of various novel techniques including non-collinear optical parametric amplifier, pulse compression by a prism pair and grating pair. We apply the sub-5-fs pulses to study real-time coherent phonon in a one-dimensional system of carbon nanotubes. We determine exciton-phonon coupling mechanisms by observing the breathing mode in semiconducting carbon nanotubes and show the effect of electronic transition affected by the vibrational mode.

  18. Ab initio determination of effective electron-phonon coupling factor in copper

    Ji, Pengfei

    2016-01-01

    The electron temperature T_e dependent electron density of states g({\\epsilon}), Fermi-Dirac distribution f({\\epsilon}), and electron-phonon spectral function {\\alpha}^2 F({\\Omega}) are computed as prerequisites before achieving effective electron-phonon coupling factor. The obtained is implemented into a molecular dynamics (MD) and two-temperature model (TTM) coupled simulation of femtosecond laser heating. By monitoring temperature evolutions of electron and lattice subsystems, the result utilizing G_(e-ph) from ab initio calculation, shows a faster decrease of T_e and increase of T_l than those using G_(e-ph) from phenomenological treatment. The approach of calculating G_(e-ph) and its implementation into MD-TTM simulation is applicable to other metals.

  19. Ultrafast spectroscopy of coherent phonon in carbon nanotubes using sub-5-fs visible pulses

    In the last two decades, nano materials are attracting many scientists’ interest for both basic and application viewpoints. In order to understand the properties of nano systems it is needed to understand the dynamic properties which control the specific properties of the systems. All the primary processes in nano systems are taking place in femtosecond regime. Our group has been able to stably generate visible to near-infrared sub-5-fs laser pulses using a noncollinear optical parametric amplifier (NOPA) by the combination of various novel techniques including non-collinear optical parametric amplifier, pulse compression by a prism pair and grating pair. We apply the sub-5-fs pulses to study real-time coherent phonon in a one-dimensional system of carbon nanotubes. We determine exciton-phonon coupling mechanisms by observing the breathing mode in semiconducting carbon nanotubes and show the effect of electronic transition affected by the vibrational mode

  20. Ab initio determination of effective electron-phonon coupling factor in copper

    Ji, Pengfei; Zhang, Yuwen

    2016-04-01

    The electron temperature Te dependent electron density of states g (ε), Fermi-Dirac distribution f (ε), and electron-phonon spectral function α2 F (Ω) are computed as prerequisites before achieving effective electron-phonon coupling factor Ge-ph. The obtained Ge-ph is implemented into a molecular dynamics (MD) and two-temperature model (TTM) coupled simulation of femtosecond laser heating. By monitoring temperature evolutions of electron and lattice subsystems, the result utilizing Ge-ph from ab initio calculation shows a faster decrease of Te and increase of Tl than those using Ge-ph from phenomenological treatment. The approach of calculating Ge-ph and its implementation into MD-TTM simulation is applicable to other metals.

  1. Ultrafast spectroscopy of coherent phonon in carbon nanotubes using sub-5-fs visible pulses

    Kobayashi, Takayoshi [Advanced Ultrafast Laser Research Center, The University of Electro-Communications, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585 (Japan); JST, CREST, 5 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075 Japan (Japan); Department of Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China); Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, 2-6 Yamada-oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan kobayashi@ils.uec.ac.jp (Japan)

    2016-02-01

    In the last two decades, nano materials are attracting many scientists’ interest for both basic and application viewpoints. In order to understand the properties of nano systems it is needed to understand the dynamic properties which control the specific properties of the systems. All the primary processes in nano systems are taking place in femtosecond regime. Our group has been able to stably generate visible to near-infrared sub-5-fs laser pulses using a noncollinear optical parametric amplifier (NOPA) by the combination of various novel techniques including non-collinear optical parametric amplifier, pulse compression by a prism pair and grating pair. We apply the sub-5-fs pulses to study real-time coherent phonon in a one-dimensional system of carbon nanotubes. We determine exciton-phonon coupling mechanisms by observing the breathing mode in semiconducting carbon nanotubes and show the effect of electronic transition affected by the vibrational mode.

  2. Nanomesh phononic structures for low thermal conductivity and thermoelectric energy conversion materials

    Yu, Jen-Kan; Mitrovic, Slobodan; Heath, James R.

    2016-08-16

    A nanomesh phononic structure includes: a sheet including a first material, the sheet having a plurality of phononic-sized features spaced apart at a phononic pitch, the phononic pitch being smaller than or equal to twice a maximum phonon mean free path of the first material and the phononic size being smaller than or equal to the maximum phonon mean free path of the first material.

  3. Magnon rainbows filtered through phonon clouds

    Boona, Stephen R.

    2016-06-01

    The study of heat flow in magnetic insulators is a topic of significant interest in spin caloritronics, especially for understanding the nuanced origins of the spin Seebeck effect (SSE). Recent work by Diniz and Costa (2016 New J. Phys. 18 052002) provides insight into this subject by presenting a microscopic model for the spectral dependence of magnon–phonon interactions in magnetic insulators, which has been a challenging puzzle for decades. Their new paper shows that phonon-mediated magnon-magnon interactions affect the lifetime of magnons differently depending on the magnon wavelength. As a result, low energy magnons transport spin more efficiently, and are more sensitive to applied magnetic fields. These results help explain some unexpected behavior in the SSE recently reported in several experiments.

  4. Phonons as building blocks in nuclear structure

    The structure of a nuclear system in terms of eigenmodes (phonons) of subsystems is investigated in three different approaches. In the frame of nuclear field theory the three identical particle system is analysed and the elimination of spurious states due to the violation of the Pauli principle is emphasized. In terms of weak coupling, a new approach of the shell model is proposed which is shown to be rapidly convergent with the number of basis vectors. Applications of three particle systems in the lead region are made. Lastly, a microscopic multiphonon theorie of collective K=0 states in deformed nuclei based on a Tamm Dancoff phonon is developed. The role of the Pauli principle as well as comparisons with boson expansion methods are deeply analysed

  5. Structural Properties and Phonon dispertion of NACl

    R. Khoda-Bakhsh

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available   Although many phenomena in condensed matter Physics can be understood on the basis of a model, there are also considerable number of physical properties of solid which can not be explained except in the framework of lattice dynamics.   We have calculated the phonon frequencies of Na Cl, using an approach which is a combination of frozen phonon and force constants methods in the framework of density functional pseudopotential theory. The dispersion relation curves, were calculated along symmetry direction Δ,  Σ  and  Ù. We also calculated Grunesein parameters for all modes at X and L points in Brillion zone. The calcutions are made in the framework of density functional and pseudopotential theory, using super cell method, with the valence orbitals expanded in plane waves.

  6. From Planck's quanta to phonon in solids

    Planck's 1900 published results on the black body radiation had the first application in the quantification of radiation. This quantum hypothesis explained several noteworthy light- matter interaction effects in 1905. These were the electron emission, Stokes law and gas ionization. As soon as two years later, A. Einstein derived an expression for the specific heat of solids, applying the quantum hypothesis to the mechanical oscillation of the atoms. In the present work, the main ideas which led to the concept of phonon are discussed. From an historical point of view, the developments due to Einstein, Born, Debye, among others are analyzed and most important properties of the phonons are presented. Finally, the importance of this entity in the theory of solids is explained, in particular regarding the thermal and optical properties as well as the electrical conductivity

  7. Tunable magneto-granular phononic crystals

    Allein, F.; Tournat, V.; Gusev, V. E.; Theocharis, G.

    2016-04-01

    This paper reports on the study of the dynamics of 1D magneto-granular phononic crystals composed of a chain of spherical steel beads inside a properly designed magnetic field. This field is induced by an array of permanent magnets, located in a holder at a given distance from the chain. The theoretical and experimental results of the band gap structure are displayed, including all six degrees of freedom for the beads, i.e., three translations and three rotations. Experimental evidence of transverse-rotational modes of propagation is presented; moreover, by changing the strength of the magnetic field, the dynamic response of the granular chain is tuned. The combination of non-contact tunability with the potentially strong nonlinear behavior of granular systems ensures the suitability of magneto-granular phononic crystals as nonlinear, tunable mechanical metamaterials for use in controlling elastic wave propagation.

  8. Phonon spectroscopy with superconducting tunnel junctions

    Superconducting tunnel junctions can be used as generators and detectors of monochromatic phonons of frequency larger than 80 GHz, as was first devised by Eisenmenger and Dayem (1967) and Kinder (1972a, 1973). In this report, we intend to give a general outline of this type of spectroscopy and to present the results obtained so far. The basic physics underlying phonon generation and detection are described in chapter I, a wider approach being given in the references therein. In chapter II, the different types of junctions are considered with respect to their use. Chapter III deals with the evaporation technique for the superconducting junctions. The last part of this report is devoted to the results that we have obtained on γ-irradiated LiF, pure Si and Phosphorous implanted Si. In these chapters, the limitations of the spectrometer are brought out and suggestions for further work are given

  9. Phonon-tunneling dissipation in mechanical resonators

    Full text: Micro- and nanoscale mechanical resonators have emerged as ubiquitous devices for application in a wide range of technical disciplines including communications, sensing, metrology, and fundamental scientific endeavors. In many instances, the performance of these devices is limited by the deleterious effects of mechanical damping. To further compound this limitation, the quantitative understanding of many damping mechanisms remains elusive. Here, we report a significant advancement towards predicting and controlling support-induced losses, a key dissipation mechanism in high quality- factor mechanical resonators. We have developed an efficient finite-element-enabled numerical solver, employing the recently introduced 'phonon tunneling' approach. Exploiting this solver we demonstrate the ability to predict the design-limited damping of generic mechanical resonators, yielding excellent agreement with experimental measurements on custom-fabricated monocrystalline resonators. Thus, our phonon-tunneling solver represents a major step towards accurate prediction of the mechanical quality factor in micro- and nanomechanical resonators. (author)

  10. Phonon arithmetic in a trapped ion system

    Um, Mark; Zhang, Junhua; Lv, Dingshun; Lu, Yao; An, Shuoming; Zhang, Jing-Ning; Nha, Hyunchul; Kim, M. S.; Kim, Kihwan

    2016-04-01

    Single-quantum level operations are important tools to manipulate a quantum state. Annihilation or creation of single particles translates a quantum state to another by adding or subtracting a particle, depending on how many are already in the given state. The operations are probabilistic and the success rate has yet been low in their experimental realization. Here we experimentally demonstrate (near) deterministic addition and subtraction of a bosonic particle, in particular a phonon of ionic motion in a harmonic potential. We realize the operations by coupling phonons to an auxiliary two-level system and applying transitionless adiabatic passage. We show handy repetition of the operations on various initial states and demonstrate by the reconstruction of the density matrices that the operations preserve coherences. We observe the transformation of a classical state to a highly non-classical one and a Gaussian state to a non-Gaussian one by applying a sequence of operations deterministically.

  11. Electron-phonon interaction and scattering in Si and Ge: Implications for phonon engineering

    We report ab-initio results for electron-phonon (e-ph) coupling and display the existence of a large variation in the coupling parameter as a function of electron and phonon dispersion. This variation is observed for all phonon modes in Si and Ge, and we show this for representative cases where the initial electron states are at the band gap edges. Using these e-ph matrix elements, which include all possible phonon modes and electron bands within a relevant energy range, we evaluate the imaginary part of the electron self-energy in order to obtain the associated scattering rates. The temperature dependence is seen through calculations of the scattering rates at 0 K and 300 K. The results provide a basis for understanding the impacts of phonon scattering vs. orientation and geometry in the design of devices, and in analysis of transport phenomena. This provides an additional tool for engineering the transfer of energy from carriers to the lattice

  12. Measuring Phonon Mean Free Path Distributions by Probing Quasiballistic Phonon Transport in Grating Nanostructures

    Zeng, Lingping; Collins, Kimberlee C.; Hu, Yongjie; Luckyanova, Maria N.; Maznev, Alexei A.; Huberman, Samuel; Chiloyan, Vazrik; Zhou, Jiawei; Huang, Xiaopeng; Nelson, Keith A.; Chen, Gang

    2015-11-01

    Heat conduction in semiconductors and dielectrics depends upon their phonon mean free paths that describe the average travelling distance between two consecutive phonon scattering events. Nondiffusive phonon transport is being exploited to extract phonon mean free path distributions. Here, we describe an implementation of a nanoscale thermal conductivity spectroscopy technique that allows for the study of mean free path distributions in optically absorbing materials with relatively simple fabrication and a straightforward analysis scheme. We pattern 1D metallic grating of various line widths but fixed gap size on sample surfaces. The metal lines serve as both heaters and thermometers in time-domain thermoreflectance measurements and simultaneously act as wire-grid polarizers that protect the underlying substrate from direct optical excitation and heating. We demonstrate the viability of this technique by studying length-dependent thermal conductivities of silicon at various temperatures. The thermal conductivities measured with different metal line widths are analyzed using suppression functions calculated from the Boltzmann transport equation to extract the phonon mean free path distributions with no calibration required. This table-top ultrafast thermal transport spectroscopy technique enables the study of mean free path spectra in a wide range of technologically important materials.

  13. Quantum mode phonon forces between chainmolecules

    Bohr, Jakob

    2001-01-01

    A phenomenological description of the contributions of phonons to molecular force is developed. It uses an approximation to consider macromolecules as solid continua. The molecular modes of a molecule can then be characterized by a Debye-like description of the partition function. The resulting b....... For the later case, a significant change in zero-point energy is found. This may be the underlying cause for cold denaturation of proteins. (C) 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc....

  14. Phonon-induced dynamic resonance energy transfer

    Lim, James; Tame, Mark; Yee, Ki Hyuk; Lee, Joong-Sung; Lee, Jinhyoung

    2013-01-01

    In a network of interacting quantum systems achieving fast coherent energy transfer is a challenging task. While quantum systems are susceptible to a wide range of environmental factors, in many physical settings their interactions with quantized vibrations, or phonons, of a supporting structure are the most prevalent. This leads to noise and decoherence in the network, ultimately impacting the energy-transfer process. In this work, we introduce a novel type of coherent energy-transfer mechan...

  15. Pressure-enabled phonon engineering in metals

    Lanzillo, Nicholas A.; Thomas, Jay B.; Watson, Bruce; Washington, Morris; Nayak, Saroj K.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the pressure response of the electrical properties of metals provides a fundamental way of manipulating material properties for potential device applications. In particular, the electrical resistivity of a metal, which is an intrinsic property determined primarily by the interaction strength between electrons and collective lattice vibrations (phonons), can be reduced when the metal is pressurized. In this article, we show that first-principles calculations of the resistivity, a...

  16. Discoveries in Phononic Crystals and Acoustic Metamaterials

    Wang, Pai

    2015-01-01

    Phononic crystals and acoustic metamaterials are heterogeneous materials that enable manipulation of elastic waves. An important characteristic of these heterogeneous systems is their ability to tailor the propagation of elastic waves due to the existence of band gaps -- frequency ranges of strong wave attenuation. In this Thesis, I report discoveries of three new types of band gaps: i) Band gaps induced by geometric frustration in periodic acoustic channel networks; ii) Band gap induced by h...

  17. Electron-phonon interaction and antiferromagnetic correlations

    Sangiovanni, G.; Gunnarsson, O.; Koch, E.; Castellani, C.; M. Capone

    2006-01-01

    We study effects of the Coulomb repulsion on the electron-phonon interaction (EPI) in a model of cuprates at zero and finite doping. We find that antiferromagnetic correlations strongly enhance EPI effects on the electron Green's function with respect to the paramagnetic correlated system, but the net effect of the Coulomb interaction is a moderate suppression of the EPI. Doping leads to additional suppression, due to reduced antiferromagnetic correlations. In contrast, the Coulomb interactio...

  18. Phonon linewidths in YNi2B2C

    L Pintschovius; F Weber; W Reichardt; A Kreyssig; R Heid; D Reznik; O Stockert; K Hradil

    2008-10-01

    Phonons in a metal interact with conduction electrons which give rise to a finite linewidth. In the normal state, this leads to a Lorentzian shape of the phonon line. Density functional theory is able to predict the phonon linewidths as a function of wave vector for each branch of the phonon dispersion. An experimental verification of such predictions is feasible only for compounds with very strong electron–phonon coupling. YN2B2C was chosen as a test example because it is a conventional superconductor with a fairly high c (15.2 K). Inelastic neutron scattering experiments did largely confirm the theoretical predictions. Moreover, they revealed a strong temperature dependence of the linewidths of some phonons with particularly strong electron–phonon coupling which can as yet only qualitatively be accounted for by theory. For such phonons, marked changes of the phonon frequencies and linewidths were observed from room temperature down to 15 K. Further changes were observed on entering into the superconducting state. These changes can, however, not be described simply by a change of the phonon linewidth.

  19. Electron-phonon properties of pnictide superconductors

    Boeri, L., E-mail: L.Boeri@fkf.mpg.d [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Dolgov, O.V. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Golubov, A.A. [Faculty of Science and Technology and MESA, Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)

    2009-05-01

    In this paper we discuss the normal and superconducting state properties of two pnictide superconductors, LaOFeAs and LaONiAs, using Migdal-Eliashberg theory and density functional perturbation theory. For pure LaOFeAs, the calculated electron-phonon coupling constant lambda=0.21 and logarithmic-averaged frequency omega{sub ln}=206K, give a maximum T{sub c} of 0.8 K, using the standard Migdal-Eliashberg theory. Inclusion of multi-band effects increases the T{sub c} only marginally. To reproduce the experimental T{sub c}, a 5-6 times larger coupling constant would be needed. Our results indicate that standard electron-phonon coupling is not sufficient to explain superconductivity in the whole family of Fe-As based superconductors. At the same time, the electron-phonon coupling in Ni-As based compounds is much stronger and its normal and superconducting state properties can be well described by standard Migdal-Eliashberg theory.

  20. Optimization of phononic filters via genetic algorithms

    A phononic crystal is commonly characterized by its dispersive frequency spectrum. With appropriate spatial distribution of the constituent material phases, spectral stop bands could be generated. Moreover, it is possible to control the number, the width, and the location of these bands within a frequency range of interest. This study aims at exploring the relationship between unit cell configuration and frequency spectrum characteristics. Focusing on 1D layered phononic crystals, and longitudinal wave propagation in the direction normal to the layering, the unit cell features of interest are the number of layers and the material phase and relative thickness of each layer. An evolutionary search for binary- and ternary-phase cell designs exhibiting a series of stop bands at predetermined frequencies is conducted. A specially formulated representation and set of genetic operators that break the symmetries in the problem are developed for this purpose. An array of optimal designs for a range of ratios in Young's modulus and density are obtained and the corresponding objective values (the degrees to which the resulting bands match the predetermined targets) are examined as a function of these ratios. It is shown that a rather complex filtering objective could be met with a high degree of success. Structures composed of the designed phononic crystals are excellent candidates for use in a wide range of applications including sound and vibration filtering

  1. Phonon induced magnetism in ionic materials

    Restrepo, Oscar D.; Antolin, Nikolas; Jin, Hyungyu; Heremans, Joseph P.; Windl, Wolfgang

    2014-03-01

    Thermoelectric phenomena in magnetic materials create exciting possibilities in future spin caloritronic devices by manipulating spin information using heat. An accurate understanding of the spin-lattice interactions, i.e. the coupling between magnetic excitations (magnons) and lattice vibrations (phonons), holds the key to unraveling their underlying physics. We report ab initio frozen-phonon calculations of CsI that result in non-zero magnetization when the degeneracy between spin-up and spin-down electronic density of states is lifted for certain phonon displacement patterns. For those, the magnetization as a function of atomic displacement shows a sharp resonance due to the electronic states on the displaced Cs atoms, while the electrons on indium form a continuous background magnetization. We relate this resonance to the generation of a two-level system in the spin-polarized Cs partial density of states as a function of displacement, which we propose to be described by a simple resonant-susceptibility model. Current work extends these investigations to semiconductors such as InSb. ODR and WW are supported by the Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF MRSEC at OSU (Grant DMR-0820414).HJ and JPH are supported by AFOSR MURI Cryogenic Peltier Cooling, Contract #FA9550-10-1-0533.

  2. Heat transport by phonons and the generation of heat by fast phonon processes in ferroelastic materials

    X. Ding

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Thermal conductivity of ferroelastic device materials can be reversibly controlled by strain. The nucleation and growth of twin boundaries reduces thermal conductivity if the heat flow is perpendicular to the twin wall. The twin walls act as phonon barriers whereby the thermal conductivity decreases linearly with the number of such phonon barriers. Ferroelastic materials also show elasto-caloric properties with a high frequency dynamics. The upper frequency limit is determined by heat generation on a time scale, which is some 5 orders of magnitude below the typical bulk phonon times. Some of these nano-structural processes are irreversible under stress release (but remain reversible under temperature cycling, in particular the annihilation of needle domains that are a key indicator for ferroelastic behaviour in multiferroic materials.

  3. NATO Advanced Study Institute on Nonequilibrium Phonon Dynamics

    1985-01-01

    Phonons are always present in the solid state even at an absolute temperature of 0 K where zero point vibrations still abound. Moreover, phonons interact with all other excitations of the solid state and, thereby, influence most of its properties. Historically experimental information on phonon transport came from measurements of thermal conductivity. Over the past two decades much more, and much more detailed, information on phonon transport and on many of the inherent phonon interaction processes have come to light from experiments which use nonequilibrium phonons to study their dynamics. The resultant research field has most recently blossomed with the development of ever more sophisticated experimental and theoretical methods which can be applied to it. In fact, the field is moving so rapidly that new members of the research community have difficulties in keeping up to date. This NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) was organized with the objective of overcoming the information barrier between those expert...

  4. Reduction of thermal conductivity by nanoscale 3D phononic crystal.

    Yang, Lina; Yang, Nuo; Li, Baowen

    2013-01-01

    We studied how the period length and the mass ratio affect the thermal conductivity of isotopic nanoscale three-dimensional (3D) phononic crystal of Si. Simulation results by equilibrium molecular dynamics show isotopic nanoscale 3D phononic crystals can significantly reduce the thermal conductivity of bulk Si at high temperature (1000 K), which leads to a larger ZT than unity. The thermal conductivity decreases as the period length and mass ratio increases. The phonon dispersion curves show an obvious decrease of group velocities in 3D phononic crystals. The phonon's localization and band gap is also clearly observed in spectra of normalized inverse participation ratio in nanoscale 3D phononic crystal. PMID:23378898

  5. Low energy Q-phonon excitations in nuclei

    One-, two-, and multi-Q-phonon excitations in heavy nuclei are discussed. We describe the Q-phonon scheme for low-lying, isoscalar, positive parity states in γ-soft nuclei and compare the predictions of the Q-phonon scheme to new data on the nucleus 132Ce. We report on the experimental proof for the quadrupole-octupole coupled two-phonon nature of the lowest-lying 1- state in the semi-magic N=82 nuclei 142Nd and 144Sm. Finally, low-lying proton-neutron asymmetric mixed-symmetry states are discussed in terms of the Q-phonon scheme. We report on recent lifetime measurements of the mixed-symmetry one-Q-phonon excitation, the 2ms+ state, in the nuclei 125,128Xe, 136Ba, and 144Nd. (c) 1999 American Institute of Physics

  6. Low energy Q-phonon excitations in nuclei

    One-, two-, and multi-Q-phonon excitations in heavy nuclei are discussed. We describe the Q-phonon scheme for low-lying, isoscalar, positive parity states in γ-soft nuclei and compare the predictions of the Q-phonon scheme to new data on the nucleus 132Ce. We report on the experimental proof for the quadrupole-octupole coupled two-phonon nature of the lowest-lying 1- state in the semi-magic N=82 nuclei 142Nd and 144Sm. Finally, low-lying proton-neutron asymmetric mixed-symmetry states are discussed in terms of the Q-phonon scheme. We report on recent lifetime measurements of the mixed-symmetry one-Q-phonon excitation, the 2ms+ state, in the nuclei 125,128Xe, 136Ba, and 144Nd

  7. Q-phonon approach for low lying dipole two-phonon states in spherical nuclei

    The properties of 1- two-phonon states and the characteristics of E1 transition probabilities between low-lying collective states in spherical nuclei were analyzed within the Q-phonon approach to the description of collective states. Several relations between observables were obtained. Microscopic calculations of the E1 01+→11- transition matrix elements were performed on the basis of RPA. A satisfactory description of the experimental data was obtained. The results of the calculations of the electric dipole transition matrix elements are presented

  8. Phononics: Manipulating heat flow with electronic analogs and beyond

    Li, Nianbei; Ren, Jie; Wang, Lei; Zhang, Gang; Hänggi, Peter; Li, Baowen

    2011-01-01

    The form of energy termed heat that typically derives from lattice vibrations, i.e. the phonons, is usually considered as waste energy and, moreover, deleterious to information processing. However, with this colloquium, we attempt to rebut this common view: By use of tailored models we demonstrate that phonons can be manipulated like electrons and photons can, thus enabling controlled heat transport. Moreover, we explain that phonons can be put to beneficial use to carry and process informati...

  9. Towards a microscopic understanding of phonon heat conduction

    Minnich, Austin J.

    2014-01-01

    Heat conduction by phonons is a ubiquitous process that incorporates a wide range of physics and plays an essential role in applications ranging from space power generation to LED lighting. Heat conduction has been studied for over two hundred years, yet many microscopic aspects of heat conduction have remained unclear in most crystalline solids, including which phonons carry heat and how natural and artificial structures scatter specific phonons. Fortunately, recent advances in both computat...

  10. Phonon-assisted decoherence and tunneling in quantum dot molecules

    Grodecka-Grad, Anna; Foerstner, Jens

    2011-01-01

    We study the influence of the phonon environment on the electron dynamics in a doped quantum dot molecule. A non-perturbative quantum kinetic theory based on correlation expansion is used in order to describe both diagonal and off-diagonal electron-phonon couplings representing real and virtual...... processes with relevant acoustic phonons. We show that the relaxation is dominated by phonon-assisted electron tunneling between constituent quantum dots and occurs on a picosecond time scale. The dependence of the time evolution of the quantum dot occupation probabilities on the energy mismatch between the...

  11. Lifetime of the phonons in the PLT ceramic

    Barba-Ortega, J., E-mail: jjbarba@unal.edu.co; Joya, M. R., E-mail: mrinconj@unal.edu.co [Departamento de Física, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, carrera 30 # 45-03, Bogotá 1149 (Colombia); Londoño, F. A., E-mail: flondono@fisica.udea.edu.co [Instituto de Física, Universidad de Antioquia, Calle 67 #53-108 Of.6-105, Medellin (Colombia)

    2014-11-05

    The lifetimes at higher temperatures on lanthanum-modified lead titanate (PLT) are mainly due to the anharmonic decay of optical phonons into low-energy phonons. The temperature-independent contributions from inherent crystal defects and from boundary scattering become comparable to the phonon scattering contribution at lower temperatures. The thermal interaction is large at higher temperatures which decreases the phonon mean free path, and so the decay lifetime decreases as the temperature of the system is increased. This leads to the increased line width at higher temperatures. We made an estimate of the lifetimes for different concentrations and temperatures in PLT.

  12. Determination of phonon decay rate in p-type silicon under Fano resonance by measurement of coherent phonons

    Kato, Keiko; Oguri, Katsuya; Sanada, Haruki; Tawara, Takehiko; Sogawa, Tetsuomi; Gotoh, Hideki

    2015-09-01

    We determine phonon decay rate by measuring the temperature dependence of coherent phonons in p-type Si under Fano resonance, where there is interference between the continuum and discrete states. As the temperature decreases, the decay rate of coherent phonons decreases, whereas that evaluated from the Raman linewidth increases. The former follows the anharmonic decay model, whereas the latter does not. The different temperature dependences of the phonon decay rate of the two methods originate from the way that the continuum state, which originates from the Fano resonance, modifies the time- and frequency-domain spectra. The observation of coherent phonons is useful for evaluating the phonon decay rate free from the interaction with the continuum state and clarifies that the anharmonic decay is dominant in p-type Si even under Fano resonance.

  13. Determination of phonon decay rate in p-type silicon under Fano resonance by measurement of coherent phonons

    Keiko Kato

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available We determine phonon decay rate by measuring the temperature dependence of coherent phonons in p-type Si under Fano resonance, where there is interference between the continuum and discrete states. As the temperature decreases, the decay rate of coherent phonons decreases, whereas that evaluated from the Raman linewidth increases. The former follows the anharmonic decay model, whereas the latter does not. The different temperature dependences of the phonon decay rate of the two methods originate from the way that the continuum state, which originates from the Fano resonance, modifies the time- and frequency-domain spectra. The observation of coherent phonons is useful for evaluating the phonon decay rate free from the interaction with the continuum state and clarifies that the anharmonic decay is dominant in p-type Si even under Fano resonance.

  14. Fano interference at the excitation of coherent phonons: Relation between the asymmetry parameter and the initial phase of coherent oscillations

    Misochko, O. V., E-mail: misochko@issp.ac.ru; Lebedev, M. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Solid State Physics (Russian Federation)

    2015-04-15

    The theoretical assertion that the Fano asymmetry parameter and the asymptotic initial phase of a harmonic oscillator interacting with a continuum are interrelated is experimentally verified. By an example of coherent fully symmetric A{sub 1g} phonons in bismuth that are excited by ultrashort laser pulses at liquid helium temperature, it is demonstrated that, for negative values of the asymmetry parameter, the asymptotic phase increases as the modulus of the parameter decreases.

  15. Electron-phonon interaction in boron-doped silicon nanocrystals: effect of Fano interference on combined light scattering

    The arrays of the silicon nanocrystals in the boron-doped amorphous silicon films are studied by the method of the light combined scattering spectroscopy. The nanocrystals were formed in the initial amorphous films under the pulse effect of the excimer laser. The effects of the electron-phonon interaction were experimentally identified in the silicon nanocrystal/amorphous matrix heterostructure. These effects may be described within the frames of the known Fano interference model

  16. Fano interference at the excitation of coherent phonons: Relation between the asymmetry parameter and the initial phase of coherent oscillations

    The theoretical assertion that the Fano asymmetry parameter and the asymptotic initial phase of a harmonic oscillator interacting with a continuum are interrelated is experimentally verified. By an example of coherent fully symmetric A1g phonons in bismuth that are excited by ultrashort laser pulses at liquid helium temperature, it is demonstrated that, for negative values of the asymmetry parameter, the asymptotic phase increases as the modulus of the parameter decreases

  17. Electron–phonon interactions in silicon: Mean free paths, related distributions and transport characteristics

    The mean free path (MFP) for electron–phonon interactions in pure silicon is an important characteristic needed both for low energy electron transport calculations using Boltzmann transport equation, and for Monte Carlo simulations. Full band calculations present a basic (though complicated) approach to the solution of the problem. Simpler approaches based on analytical presentation of the scattering rates have also been used; however they are valid for a restricted range of electron energies, below 2 eV. In this paper we introduce a hybrid method that utilizes the density of energy states calculated from the full band calculations for electron energies larger than 2 eV, allowing to extend the analytical approach for energies up to 5 eV, where the impact ionization becomes the dominant mechanism of electron interactions within bulk silicon. The resulting MFPs as function of electron energy and lattice temperature, together with the integral probability distribution for given energy losses by phonon emission (or energy gain by absorption of phonons) form the database for Monte Carlo calculations. Using this method, we calculate the electron diffusivity and mobility as function of the electron and lattice temperatures. These parameters are important for solution of the two temperature model, used for calculations of the track structure created by swift ions and nanosecond laser beams

  18. Ultrafast coherent exciton dynamics in individual quantum dots - phonons, coherent coupling, and CQED

    Excitons are the fundamental optical excitations of semiconductors, determining their optoelectronic properties important for present devices such as light emitting diodes and semiconductor lasers. The coherent dynamics of the excitonic excitation is dominated by coupling to phonons and photons. The three-dimensional confinement in quantum dots (QDs) creates a finite excitation volume, yielding a discrete excitonic spectrum and phonon-assisted transitions which are enhanced with decreasing volume. The zero-phonon transition dynamics can be dominated by radiative coupling at low temperatures [10.1103/PhysRevB.70.033301], and inserting the QDs into an optical cavity the quantum strong coupling regime of CQED can be reached [10.1038/NMAT2717]. Spatially separated excitons can be coupled via an optical cavity [arXiv1206.0592], or for weakly confined excitons via a two-dimensional continuum [10.1038/NPHOTON.2010.284]. I present measurements on QD ensembles and individual QDs using nonlinear optical spectroscopy[10.1393/ncr/i2010-10054-1], including using heterodyne detected photon echo and two-dimensional spectroscopy using heterodyne spectral interferometry [10.1364/OL.31.001151].

  19. Comparative study of the two-phonon Raman bands of silicene and graphene

    Popov, Valentin N.; Lambin, Philippe

    2016-06-01

    We present a computational study of the two-phonon Raman spectra of silicene and graphene within a density-functional non-orthogonal tight-binding model. Due to the presence of linear bands close to the Fermi energy in the electronic structure of both structures, the Raman scattering by phonons is resonant. We find that the Raman spectra exhibit a crossover behavior for laser excitation close to the π-plasmon energy. This phenomenon is explained by the disappearance of certain paths for resonant Raman scattering and the appearance of other paths beyond this energy. Besides that, the electronic joint density of states (DOS) is divergent at this energy, which is reflected on the behavior of the Raman bands of the two structures in a qualitatively different way. Additionally, a number of Raman bands, originating from divergent phonon DOS at the M point and at points, inside the Brillouin zone, is also predicted. The calculated spectra for graphene are in excellent agreement with available experimental data. The obtained Raman bands can be used for structural characterization of silicene and graphene samples by Raman spectroscopy.

  20. Acoustic phonon dynamics in thin-films of the topological insulator Bi2Se3

    Transient reflectivity traces measured for nanometer-sized films (6–40 nm) of the topological insulator Bi2Se3 revealed GHz-range oscillations driven within the relaxation of hot carriers photoexcited with ultrashort (∼100 fs) laser pulses of 1.51 eV photon energy. These oscillations have been suggested to result from acoustic phonon dynamics, including coherent longitudinal acoustic phonons in the form of standing acoustic waves. An increase of oscillation frequency from ∼35 to ∼70 GHz with decreasing film thickness from 40 to 15 nm was attributed to the interplay between two different regimes employing traveling-acoustic-waves for films thicker than 40 nm and the film bulk acoustic wave resonator (FBAWR) modes for films thinner than 40 nm. The amplitude of oscillations decays rapidly for films below 15 nm thick when the indirect intersurface coupling in Bi2Se3 films switches the FBAWR regime to that of the Lamb wave excitation. The frequency range of coherent longitudinal acoustic phonons is in good agreement with elastic properties of Bi2Se3

  1. Electron-phonon scattering dynamics in ferromagnetic metals and their influence on ultrafast demagnetization processes

    Essert, Sven; Schneider, Hans Christian

    2011-12-01

    We theoretically investigate spin-dependent carrier dynamics due to the electron-phonon interaction after ultrafast optical excitation in ferromagnetic metals. We calculate the electron-phonon matrix elements including the spin-orbit interaction in the electronic wave functions and the interaction potential. Using the matrix elements in Boltzmann scattering integrals, the momentum-resolved carrier distributions are obtained by solving their equation of motion numerically. We find that the optical excitation with realistic laser intensities alone leads to a negligible magnetization change, and that the demagnetization due to electron-phonon interaction is mostly due to hole scattering. Importantly, the calculated demagnetization quenching due to this Elliot-Yafet-type depolarization mechanism is not large enough to explain the experimentally observed result. We argue that the ultrafast demagnetization of ferromagnets does not occur exclusively via an Elliott-Yafet type process, i.e., scattering in the presence of the spin-orbit interaction, but is influenced to a large degree by a dynamical change of the band structure, i.e., the exchange splitting.

  2. Picosecond ultrasonic investigations of phonons in 2D nano-scaled lattices

    We time-resolved the acoustical response of lattices of aluminum nano-dots with a step of a few hundreds nanometers using tunable femtosecond laser pulses in a pump and probe scheme. We detected two kinds of modes, the first being the individual modes of the dots. The other modes are shown to be both dependent on the dot size and on the lattice and are thus interpreted as collective modes. Using several step sizes we show that we can plot the phonon dispersion relation. A simple analytical model very well reproduces the data from which we can describe completely the dependence of the lattice modes on the sample parameters

  3. Planar modes free piezoelectric resonators using a phononic crystal with holes.

    Aragón, J L; Quintero-Torres, R; Domínguez-Juárez, J L; Iglesias, E; Ronda, S; Montero de Espinosa, F

    2016-09-01

    By using the principles behind phononic crystals, a periodic array of circular holes made along the polarization thickness direction of piezoceramic resonators are used to stop the planar resonances around the thickness mode band. In this way, a piezoceramic resonator adequate for operation in the thickness mode with an in phase vibration surface is obtained, independently of its lateral shape. Laser vibrometry, electric impedance tests and finite element models are used to corroborate the performances of different resonators made with this procedure. This method can be useful in power ultrasonic devices, physiotherapy and other external medical power ultrasound applications where piston-like vibration in a narrow band is required. PMID:27387418

  4. Controlled exciton transfer between quantum dots with acoustic phonons taken into account

    Golovinski, P. A., E-mail: golovinski@bk.ru [Voronezh State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Laboratory of Physical Research (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-15

    A system of excitons in two quantum dots coupled by the dipole–dipole interaction is investigated. The excitation transfer process controlled by the optical Stark effect at nonresonant frequencies is considered and the effect of the interaction between excitons and acoustic phonons in a medium on this process is taken into account. The system evolution is described using quantum Heisenberg equations. A truncated set of equations is obtained and the transfer dynamics is numerically simulated. High-efficiency picosecond switching of the excitation transfer by a laser pulse with a rectangular envelope is demonstrated. The dependence of picosecond switching on the quantum-dot parameters and optical-pulse length is presented.

  5. Rabi oscillations in a quantum dot-cavity system coupled to a nonzero temperature phonon bath

    Larson, Jonas [ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, E-08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona (Spain); Moya-Cessa, Hector [INAOE, Coordinacion de Optica, Apdo. Postal 51 y 216, 72000 Puebla, Pue (Mexico)], E-mail: jolarson@kth.se

    2008-06-15

    We study a quantum dot strongly coupled to a single high-finesse optical microcavity mode. We use a rotating wave approximation (RWA) method, commonly used in ion-laser interactions, together with the Lamb-Dicke approximation to obtain an analytic solution of this problem. The decay of Rabi oscillations because of the electron-phonon coupling is studied at arbitrary temperature and analytical expressions for the collapse and revival times are presented. Analyses without the RWA are presented as means of investigating the energy spectrum.

  6. Conductivity of strongly pumped superconductors. An electron-phonon system far from equilibrium

    The study of nonequilibrium physics is of great interest, because one can capture novel phenomena and properties which are hidden at equilibrium, e.g., one can study relaxation processes. A common way to study the nonequilibrium dynamics of a sample is a pump-probe experiment. In a pump probe experiment an intense laser pulse, the so called pump pulse, excites the sample and takes it out of equilibrium. After a certain delay time a second pulse, the probe pulse, measures the actual state of the sample. In this thesis, we theoretically study the pump-probe response of superconductors. On the one hand we are interest in the effect of a pump pulse and on the other hand we want to provide the pump-probe response, such that experimental measurement can be easily interpreted. In order to do this, we use the density matrix formalism to compute the pump-probe response of the system. In the density matrix formalism equations of motion are set up for expectation values of interest. In order to study the dynamics induced by a pump pulse, we compute the temporal evolution of the quasiparticle densities and the mean phonon amplitude. We find that the induced dynamics of the system depends on characteristics of the pump pulse. For short pulses, the system is pushed into the nonadiabatic regime. In this regime, the order parameter is lowered during the pump pulse and shows a 1/(√(t))-decaying oscillation afterwards. In addition, coherent phonons are generated, which is resonantly enhanced if the frequency of the order parameter oscillation is equal to the phonon frequency. For long pulses, the system is pushed into the adiabatic regime. In this regime, the order parameter is lowered during the pulse and remains almost constant afterwards. Further, there is almost no generation of coherent phonons. For the pump-probe response we compute the conductivity induced by the probe pulse. The conductivity is a typical observable in real pump-probe experiments. Hence, it is possible to

  7. Conductivity of strongly pumped superconductors. An electron-phonon system far from equilibrium

    Krull, Holger

    2015-01-29

    The study of nonequilibrium physics is of great interest, because one can capture novel phenomena and properties which are hidden at equilibrium, e.g., one can study relaxation processes. A common way to study the nonequilibrium dynamics of a sample is a pump-probe experiment. In a pump probe experiment an intense laser pulse, the so called pump pulse, excites the sample and takes it out of equilibrium. After a certain delay time a second pulse, the probe pulse, measures the actual state of the sample. In this thesis, we theoretically study the pump-probe response of superconductors. On the one hand we are interest in the effect of a pump pulse and on the other hand we want to provide the pump-probe response, such that experimental measurement can be easily interpreted. In order to do this, we use the density matrix formalism to compute the pump-probe response of the system. In the density matrix formalism equations of motion are set up for expectation values of interest. In order to study the dynamics induced by a pump pulse, we compute the temporal evolution of the quasiparticle densities and the mean phonon amplitude. We find that the induced dynamics of the system depends on characteristics of the pump pulse. For short pulses, the system is pushed into the nonadiabatic regime. In this regime, the order parameter is lowered during the pump pulse and shows a 1/(√(t))-decaying oscillation afterwards. In addition, coherent phonons are generated, which is resonantly enhanced if the frequency of the order parameter oscillation is equal to the phonon frequency. For long pulses, the system is pushed into the adiabatic regime. In this regime, the order parameter is lowered during the pulse and remains almost constant afterwards. Further, there is almost no generation of coherent phonons. For the pump-probe response we compute the conductivity induced by the probe pulse. The conductivity is a typical observable in real pump-probe experiments. Hence, it is possible to

  8. Mode- and Direction-Dependent Mechanical Energy Dissipation in Single-Crystal Resonators due to Anharmonic Phonon-Phonon Scattering

    Iyer, Srikanth S.; Candler, Robert N.

    2016-03-01

    In this work, we determine the intrinsic mechanical energy dissipation limit for single-crystal resonators due to anharmonic phonon-phonon scattering in the Akhiezer (Ω τ ≪1 ) regime. The energy loss is derived using perturbation theory and the linearized Boltzmann transport equation for phonons, and includes the direction- and polarization-dependent mode-Grüneisen parameters in order to capture the strain-induced anharmonicity among phonon branches. This expression reveals the fundamental differences among the internal friction limits for different types of bulk-mode elastic waves. For cubic crystals, 2D-extensional modes have increased dissipation compared to width-extensional modes because the biaxial deformation opposes the natural Poisson contraction of the solid. Additionally, we show that shear-mode vibrations, which preserve volume, have significantly reduced energy loss because dissipative phonon-phonon scattering is restricted to pure-shear phonon branches, indicating that Lamé- or wineglass-mode resonators will have the highest upper limit on mechanical efficiency. Finally, we employ key simplifications to evaluate the quality factor limits for common mode shapes in single-crystal silicon devices, explicitly including the correct effective elastic storage moduli for different vibration modes and crystal orientations. Our expression satisfies the pressing need for a reliable analytical model that can predict the phonon-phonon dissipation limits for modern resonant microelectromechanical systems, where precise manufacturing techniques and accurate finite-element methods can be used to select particular vibrational mode shapes and crystal orientations.

  9. Discrete phonon spectrum and the phonon thermodynamic functions in the quantum box at low temperatures

    In this paper, we introduce an improvement of the Debye model for the phonon spectrum in a quantum box at low temperatures. This improvement is a direct consequence of the consideration of the discrete phonon spectrum in some special quantum boxes, names in this paper, quantum cubic cells (QCC in which the highest significant level, qT, is smaller than 100). We show that a discrete Planck spectrum may occur in nanometric QCC around the temperature 1K. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the total energy density and the heat capacity become functions of the product of cell size by temperature Pq, which are clear and measurable quantum effects in solid QCC. The limits of this quantum regime of the cubic cell are set as Pq is an element of [0.1, 1] and a reciprocity rule for the cell size and temperature is given. The thermodynamic functions for the phonon gas in QCC are recalculated taking into account their dependency on Pq. The calculation of the phonon average velocity, which plays a key role in the Debye model, is also reconsidered and simplified for quasi-isotropic cubic crystals. Finally, the theoretical formula of the Debye temperature for quasi-isotropic cubic solids is corrected (at low temperatures) and put in a form which depends on a single elastic constant. We show that this correction reduces the errors between the calculated and experimental Debye temperatures of some elements which crystallize in the cubic system. (author)

  10. Semi-Dirac points in phononic crystals

    Zhang, Xiujuan

    2014-01-01

    A semi-Dirac cone refers to a peculiar type of dispersion relation that is linear along the symmetry line but quadratic in the perpendicular direction. It was originally discovered in electron systems, in which the associated quasi-particles are massless along one direction, like those in graphene, but effective-mass-like along the other. It was reported that a semi-Dirac point is associated with the topological phase transition between a semi-metallic phase and a band insulator. Very recently, the classical analogy of a semi-Dirac cone has been reported in an electromagnetic system. Here, we demonstrate that, by accidental degeneracy, two-dimensional phononic crystals consisting of square arrays of elliptical cylinders embedded in water are also able to produce the particular dispersion relation of a semi-Dirac cone in the center of the Brillouin zone. A perturbation method is used to evaluate the linear slope and to affirm that the dispersion relation is a semi-Dirac type. If the scatterers are made of rubber, in which the acoustic wave velocity is lower than that in water, the semi-Dirac dispersion can be characterized by an effective medium theory. The effective medium parameters link the semi-Dirac point to a topological transition in the iso-frequency surface of the phononic crystal, in which an open hyperbola is changed into a closed ellipse. This topological transition results in drastic change in wave manipulation. On the other hand, the theory also reveals that the phononic crystal is a double-zero-index material along the x-direction and photonic-band-edge material along the perpendicular direction (y-direction). If the scatterers are made of steel, in which the acoustic wave velocity is higher than that in water, the effective medium description fails, even though the semi-Dirac dispersion relation looks similar to that in the previous case. Therefore different wave transport behavior is expected. The semi-Dirac points in phononic crystals described in

  11. Large scale phononic metamaterials for seismic isolation

    In this work, we numerically examine structures that could be characterized as large scale phononic metamaterials. These novel structures could have band gaps in the frequency spectrum of seismic waves when their dimensions are chosen appropriately, thus raising the belief that they could be serious candidates for seismic isolation structures. Different and easy to fabricate structures were examined made from construction materials such as concrete and steel. The well-known finite difference time domain method is used in our calculations in order to calculate the band structures of the proposed metamaterials

  12. Phonon scattering in graphene over substrate steps

    Sevinçli, H., E-mail: haldunsevincli@iyte.edu.tr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Izmir Institute of Technology, Gülbahçe Kampüsü, 35430 Urla, Izmir (Turkey); Department of Micro- and Nano-technology (DTU Nanotech), Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Brandbyge, M., E-mail: mads.brandbyge@nanotech.dtu.dk [Department of Micro- and Nano-technology (DTU Nanotech), Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Center for Nanostructured Graphene(CNG), Department of Micro- and Nano-technology, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark)

    2014-10-13

    We calculate the effect on phonon transport of substrate-induced bends in graphene. We consider bending induced by an abrupt kink in the substrate, and provide results for different step-heights and substrate interaction strengths. We find that individual substrate steps reduce thermal conductance in the range between 5% and 47%. We also consider the transmission across linear kinks formed by adsorption of atomic hydrogen at the bends and find that individual kinks suppress thermal conduction substantially, especially at high temperatures. Our analysis show that substrate irregularities can be detrimental for thermal conduction even for small step heights.

  13. Phonon scattering in graphene over substrate steps

    We calculate the effect on phonon transport of substrate-induced bends in graphene. We consider bending induced by an abrupt kink in the substrate, and provide results for different step-heights and substrate interaction strengths. We find that individual substrate steps reduce thermal conductance in the range between 5% and 47%. We also consider the transmission across linear kinks formed by adsorption of atomic hydrogen at the bends and find that individual kinks suppress thermal conduction substantially, especially at high temperatures. Our analysis show that substrate irregularities can be detrimental for thermal conduction even for small step heights.

  14. Spectroscopy of nonequilibrium electrons and phonons

    Shank, CV

    1992-01-01

    The physics of nonequilibrium electrons and phonons in semiconductors is an important branch of fundamental physics that has many practical applications, especially in the development of ultrafast and ultrasmall semiconductor devices. This volume is devoted to different trends in the field which are presently at the forefront of research. Special attention is paid to the ultrafast relaxation processes in bulk semiconductors and two-dimensional semiconductor structures, and to their study by different spectroscopic methods, both pulsed and steady-state. The evolution of energy and space distrib

  15. Nanowave devices for terahertz acoustic phonons

    Lanzillotti-Kimura, N. D.; Fainstein, A.; Lemaître, A.; Jusserand, B.

    2006-02-01

    The emergence of the area of nanophononics requires the development of terahertz (THz) acoustic devices with tailored properties. We describe nonperiodic planar nanostructures with specific THz phononic response and superior performance. We show that improved devices based on GaAs and AlAs layers can be designed using an optimization Nelder-Mead simplex method, and grown with state-of-the-art molecular beam epitaxy. We also demonstrate that high-resolution Raman scattering provides a powerful tool to characterize these devices. We illustrate the concept with results on acoustic THz edge and color filters.

  16. Measurement and control of electron-phonon interactions in graphene

    Remi, Sebastian

    Despite the weak interaction between electrons and atomic vibrations (phonons) in the one-atom thick crystal of carbon called graphene, the scattering of electrons off phonons limits coherent electron transport in pristine devices over mesoscopic length scales. The future of graphene as a replacement to silicon and other materials in advanced electronic devices will depend on the success of controlling and optimizing electronic transport. In this dissertation, we explore the electron-phonon interaction via Raman scattering, elucidating the effects of filling and emptying charge states on the phonons in both the metallic state and when levels are quantized by an applied perpendicular magnetic field. In zero magnetic field, the phonon energy shifts due to electronic screening by charge carriers. Previously, a logarithmic divergence of the phonon energy was predicted as a function of the charge carrier density. For the first time, we observe signatures of this logarithmic divergence at liquid He temperatures after vacuum annealing on single layers. We also measure the electron-phonon coupling strength, Fermi velocity, and broadening of electronic quantum levels from Raman scattering and correlate these parameters to electronic transport. In a strong perpendicular magnetic field, the energy bands split into discrete Landau levels. Here, we observe kinks and splitting of the optical phonon energy, even when the Landau level transitions are far from resonant with the phonons. We discover that the kinks are attributed to charge filling of Landau levels, as understood from a linearized model based on electron-phonon interactions. Moreover, we show that material parameters determined without magnetic fields also describe phonon behavior in high magnetic fields.

  17. Phonon hydrodynamics and its applications in nanoscale heat transport

    Guo, Yangyu; Wang, Moran

    2015-09-01

    Phonon hydrodynamics is an effective macroscopic method to study heat transport in dielectric solid and semiconductor. It has a clear and intuitive physical picture, transforming the abstract and ambiguous heat transport process into a concrete and evident process of phonon gas flow. Furthermore, with the aid of the abundant models and methods developed in classical hydrodynamics, phonon hydrodynamics becomes much easier to implement in comparison to the current popular approaches based on the first-principle method and kinetic theories involving complicated computations. Therefore, it is a promising tool for studying micro- and nanoscale heat transport in rapidly developing micro and nano science and technology. However, there still lacks a comprehensive account of the theoretical foundations, development and implementation of this approach. This work represents such an attempt in providing a full landscape, from physical fundamental and kinetic theory of phonons to phonon hydrodynamics in view of descriptions of phonon systems at microscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic levels. Thus a systematical kinetic framework, summing up so far scattered theoretical models and methods in phonon hydrodynamics as individual cases, is established through a frame of a Chapman-Enskog solution to phonon Boltzmann equation. Then the basic tenets and procedures in implementing phonon hydrodynamics in nanoscale heat transport are presented through a review of its recent wide applications in modeling thermal transport properties of nanostructures. Finally, we discuss some pending questions and perspectives highlighted by a novel concept of generalized phonon hydrodynamics and possible applications in micro/nano phononics, which will shed more light on more profound understanding and credible applications of this new approach in micro- and nanoscale heat transport science.

  18. Imaging and spectroscopy of defect luminescence and electron-phonon coupling in single SiO2 nanoparticles.

    Chizhik, Anna M; Chizhik, Alexey I; Gutbrod, Raphael; Meixner, Alfred Johann; Schmidt, Torsten; Sommerfeld, Jana; Huisken, Friedrich

    2009-09-01

    Silicon nanocrystals were synthesized by CO(2) laser pyrolysis of SiH(4). The fresh silicon nanopowder was oxidized in water to obtain SiO(2) nanoparticles (NPs) exhibiting strong red-orange photoluminescence. Samples of SiO(2) NPs embedded in low concentration in a thin polymer layer were prepared by spin-coating a dedicated solution on quartz cover slides. Using an argon ion laser at 488 nm with higher-order laser modes (azimuthally and radially polarized doughnut modes) for excitation, the three-dimensional orientation of the nanoparticles' transition dipole moment was investigated in a confocal microscope. The linear transition dipole moment was found to be rather stable and randomly oriented. However, dynamical effects such as fluorescence intermittency and transition dipole moment flipping could also be observed. The spectral analysis of single SiO(2) NPs revealed double-peak spectra consisting of a narrow zero-phonon line and a broader phonon band being associated with the excitation of longitudinal optical phonons in the SiO(2) NP. PMID:19653645

  19. Stimulated emission of phonons in an acoustic cavity

    Tilstra, Lieuwe Gijsbert

    2002-01-01

    This thesis will present experiments on stimulated emission of phonons in dilute ruby following complete population inversion of the Zeeman-split E(2E) Kramers doublet by selective pulsed optical pumping into its upper component. The resulting phonon avalanches are detected by use of the R1 luminesc

  20. Stimulated emission of phonons in a ruby fiber

    Fokker, P. A.; Koster, W. D.; Dijkhuis, J. I.; De Wijn, H. W.; Lu, L.; Meltzer, R. S.; Yen, W. M.

    1997-01-01

    Avalanches of resonant phonons generated by stimulated emission within the optically excited Ē(2E) doublet are observed in a 400-μm thick fiber of single-crystalline ruby. In comparison with bulk ruby, the avalanches develop fully in a shorter time because the phonons are confined to the active medi

  1. Coherent Acoustic Phonons in Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystal Superlattices.

    Poyser, Caroline L; Czerniuk, Thomas; Akimov, Andrey; Diroll, Benjamin T; Gaulding, E Ashley; Salasyuk, Alexey S; Kent, Anthony J; Yakovlev, Dmitri R; Bayer, Manfred; Murray, Christopher B

    2016-01-26

    The phonon properties of films fabricated from colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals play a major role in thermal conductance and electron scattering, which govern the principles for building colloidal-based electronics and optics including thermoelectric devices with a high ZT factor. The key point in understanding the phonon properties is to obtain the strength of the elastic bonds formed by organic ligands connecting the individual nanocrystallites. In the case of very weak bonding, the ligands become the bottleneck for phonon transport between infinitively rigid nanocrystals. In the opposite case of strong bonding, the colloids cannot be considered as infinitively rigid beads and the distortion of the superlattice caused by phonons includes the distortion of the colloids themselves. We use the picosecond acoustics technique to study the acoustic coherent phonons in superlattices of nanometer crystalline CdSe colloids. We observe the quantization of phonons with frequencies up to 30 GHz. The frequencies of quantized phonons depend on the thickness of the colloidal films and possess linear phonon dispersion. The measured speed of sound and corresponding wave modulus in the colloidal films point on the strong elastic coupling provided by organic ligands between colloidal nanocrystals. PMID:26696021

  2. Quasiparticle-phonon coupling in inelastic proton scattering

    Multistep-processes in inelastic proton scattering from 89Y are analyzed by using CCBA and DWBA on a quasiparticle phonon nuclear structure model. Indirect excitations caused by quasiparticle phonon coupling effects are found to be very important for the transition strengths and the shape of angular distributions. Core excitations are dominant for the higher order steps of the reaction. (author)

  3. Electron-phonon interaction on optical spectra of nanoelectronic devices

    Kim, Q.

    2002-01-01

    Information obtained on the solid-state lattice dynamics by electron-phonon interaction between lattice phonons and electrons could open up to learn more about lattice dynamics and to apply it in nanoelectronic devices including software reliability, nano-size capacitors, master clock sources, as well as non-contact temperature probes on nano-electronic and photonicdevices.

  4. Phonon excitation and instabilities in biased graphene nanoconstrictions

    Gunst, Tue; Lu, Jing Tao; Hedegård, Per;

    2013-01-01

    We investigate how a high current density perturbs the phonons in a biased graphene nanoconstriction coupled to semi-infinite electrodes. The coupling to electrode phonons, electrode electrons under bias, Joule heating, and current-induced forces is evaluated using first principles density functi...

  5. One- and two-phonon capture processes in quantum dots

    Magnúsdóttir, Ingibjörg; Uskov, Alexander; Bischoff, Svend;

    2002-01-01

    Multiphonon capture processes are investigated theoretically and found to contribute efficiently to the carrier injection into quantum dots. It is shown that two-phonon capture contributes where single-phonon capture is energetically inhibited and can lead to electron capture times of a few...

  6. An Artificial Ising System with Phononic Excitations

    Ghaffari, Hamed; Griffith, W. Ashley; Benson, Philip; Nasseri, M. H. B.; Young, R. Paul

    Many intractable systems and problems can be reduced to a system of interacting spins. Here, we report mapping collective phononic excitations from different sources of crystal vibrations to spin systems. The phononic excitations in our experiments are due to micro and nano cracking (yielding crackling noises due to lattice distortion). We develop real time mapping of the multi-array senores to a network-space and then mapping the excitation- networks to spin-like systems. We show that new mapped system satisfies the quench (impulsive) characteristics of the Ising model in 2D classical spin systems. In particular, we show that our artificial Ising system transits between two ground states and approaching the critical point accompanies with a very short time frozen regime, inducing formation of domains separated by kinks. For a cubic-test under a true triaxial test (3D case), we map the system to a 6-spin ring under a transversal-driving field where using functional multiplex networks, the vector components of the spin are inferred (i.e., XY model). By visualization of spin patterns of the ring per each event, we demonstrate that ``kinks'' (as defects) proliferate when system approach from above to its critical point. We support our observations with employing recorded acoustic excitations during distortion of crystal lattices in nano-indentation tests on different crystals (silicon and graphite), triaxial loading test on rock (poly-crystal) samples and a true 3D triaxial test.

  7. Low Frequency Thermal Conductivity in Micro Phononic Crystals

    Anjos, Virgilio; Arantes, Alison

    2015-03-01

    We study theoretically the cumulative thermal conductivity of a micro phononic crystal at low temperature regime. The phononic crystal considered presents carbon microtubes inclusions arranged periodically in a two-dimensional square lattice embebed in soft elastic matrix. Moderate and high impedance mismatch are considered concerning the material composition. The low frequency phonon spectra (up to tens of GHz) are obtained solving the generalized wave equation for inhomogeneous media within the Plane Wave Expansion method. We consider low temperatures in order to increase the participation of GHz thermal phonons. We observed suppression in the cumulative thermal conductivity at the band gap region and thus a reduction of thermal conductivity of the phononic crystal when compared with the bulk matrix. The authors would like to thank the Brazilian agencies, National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq), Foundation for Research Support of Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) and CAPES for their support.

  8. Modelling exciton–phonon interactions in optically driven quantum dots

    We provide a self-contained review of master equation approaches to modelling phonon effects in optically driven self-assembled quantum dots. Coupling of the (quasi) two-level excitonic system to phonons leads to dissipation and dephasing, the rates of which depend on the excitation conditions, intrinsic properties of the QD sample, and its temperature. We describe several techniques, which include weak-coupling master equations that are perturbative in the exciton–phonon coupling, as well as those based on the polaron transformation that can remain valid for strong phonon interactions. We additionally consider the role of phonons in altering the optical emission characteristics of quantum dot devices, outlining how we must modify standard quantum optics treatments to account for the presence of the solid-state environment. (topical review)

  9. Heterobarrier for converting hot-phonon energy to electric potential

    Shin, Seungha; Melnick, Corey; Kaviany, Massoud

    2013-02-01

    We show that hot phonons emitted in energy conversion or resistive processes can be converted to electric potential in heterobarrier structures. Using phonon and electron interaction kinetics and self-consistent ensemble Monte Carlo, we find the favorable conditions for unassisted absorption of hot phonons and design graded heterobarriers for their direct conversion into electric energy. Tandem barriers with nearly optical-phonon height allow for substantial potential gain without current loss. We find that 19% of hot phonons can be harvested with an optimized GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs barrier structure over a range of current and electron densities, thus enhancing the overall energy conversion efficiency and reducing waste heat.

  10. Controlling elastic waves with small phononic crystals containing rigid inclusions

    Peng, Pai

    2014-05-01

    We show that a two-dimensional elastic phononic crystal comprising rigid cylinders in a solid matrix possesses a large complete band gap below a cut-off frequency. A mechanical model reveals that the band gap is induced by negative effective mass density, which is affirmed by an effective medium theory based on field averaging. We demonstrate, by two examples, that such elastic phononic crystals can be utilized to design small devices to control low-frequency elastic waves. One example is a waveguide made of a two-layer anisotropic elastic phononic crystal, which can guide and bend elastic waves with wavelengths much larger than the size of the waveguide. The other example is the enhanced elastic transmission of a single-layer elastic phononic crystal loaded with solid inclusions. The effective mass density and reciprocal of the modulus of the single-layer elastic phononic crystal are simultaneously near zero. © CopyrightEPLA, 2014.

  11. Atypical Exciton-Phonon Interactions in WS2 and WSe2 Monolayers Revealed by Resonance Raman Spectroscopy.

    Del Corro, E; Botello-Méndez, A; Gillet, Y; Elias, A L; Terrones, H; Feng, S; Fantini, C; Rhodes, Daniel; Pradhan, N; Balicas, L; Gonze, X; Charlier, J-C; Terrones, M; Pimenta, M A

    2016-04-13

    Resonant Raman spectroscopy is a powerful tool for providing information about excitons and exciton-phonon coupling in two-dimensional materials. We present here resonant Raman experiments of single-layered WS2 and WSe2 using more than 25 laser lines. The Raman excitation profiles of both materials show unexpected differences. All Raman features of WS2 monolayers are enhanced by the first-optical excitations (with an asymmetric response for the spin-orbit related XA and XB excitons), whereas Raman bands of WSe2 are not enhanced at XA/B energies. Such an intriguing phenomenon is addressed by DFT calculations and by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation. These two materials are very similar. They prefer the same crystal arrangement, and their electronic structure is akin, with comparable spin-orbit coupling. However, we reveal that WS2 and WSe2 exhibit quite different exciton-phonon interactions. In this sense, we demonstrate that the interaction between XC and XA excitons with phonons explains the different Raman responses of WS2 and WSe2, and the absence of Raman enhancement for the WSe2 modes at XA/B energies. These results reveal unusual exciton-phonon interactions and open new avenues for understanding the two-dimensional materials physics, where weak interactions play a key role coupling different degrees of freedom (spin, optic, and electronic). PMID:26998817

  12. Role of direct electron-phonon coupling across metal-semiconductor interfaces in thermal transport via molecular dynamics

    Motivated by significant interest in metal-semiconductor and metal-insulator interfaces and superlattices for energy conversion applications, we developed a molecular dynamics-based model that captures the thermal transport role of conduction electrons in metals and heat transport across these types of interface. Key features of our model, denoted eleDID (electronic version of dynamics with implicit degrees of freedom), are the natural description of interfaces and free surfaces and the ability to control the spatial extent of electron-phonon (e-ph) coupling. Non-local e-ph coupling enables the energy of conduction electrons to be transferred directly to the semiconductor/insulator phonons (as opposed to having to first couple to the phonons in the metal). We characterize the effect of the spatial e-ph coupling range on interface resistance by simulating heat transport through a metal-semiconductor interface to mimic the conditions of ultrafast laser heating experiments. Direct energy transfer from the conduction electrons to the semiconductor phonons not only decreases interfacial resistance but also increases the ballistic transport behavior in the semiconductor layer. These results provide new insight for experiments designed to characterize e-ph coupling and thermal transport at the metal-semiconductor/insulator interfaces

  13. Role of direct electron-phonon coupling across metal-semiconductor interfaces in thermal transport via molecular dynamics

    Lin, Keng-Hua; Strachan, Alejandro [School of Materials Engineering and Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States)

    2015-07-21

    Motivated by significant interest in metal-semiconductor and metal-insulator interfaces and superlattices for energy conversion applications, we developed a molecular dynamics-based model that captures the thermal transport role of conduction electrons in metals and heat transport across these types of interface. Key features of our model, denoted eleDID (electronic version of dynamics with implicit degrees of freedom), are the natural description of interfaces and free surfaces and the ability to control the spatial extent of electron-phonon (e-ph) coupling. Non-local e-ph coupling enables the energy of conduction electrons to be transferred directly to the semiconductor/insulator phonons (as opposed to having to first couple to the phonons in the metal). We characterize the effect of the spatial e-ph coupling range on interface resistance by simulating heat transport through a metal-semiconductor interface to mimic the conditions of ultrafast laser heating experiments. Direct energy transfer from the conduction electrons to the semiconductor phonons not only decreases interfacial resistance but also increases the ballistic transport behavior in the semiconductor layer. These results provide new insight for experiments designed to characterize e-ph coupling and thermal transport at the metal-semiconductor/insulator interfaces.

  14. Search for the 3-phonon state of 40Ca

    We study collective vibrational states of the nucleus: giant resonances and multiphonon states. It has been shown that multiphonon states, which are built with several superimposed giant resonances, can be excited in inelastic heavy ion scattering near the grazing angle. No three photon states have been observed until now. An experiment has been performed at GANIL, aiming at the observation of the 3-phonon state built with the giant quadrupole resonance (GQR) in 40Ca, with the reaction 40Ca + 40Ca at 50 A.Me.V. The ejectile was identified in the SPEG spectrometer. Light charged particles were detected in 240 CsI scintillators of the INDRA 4π array. The analysis confirms the previous results about the GQR and the 2-phonon state in 40Ca. For the first time, we have measured an important direct decay branch of the GQR by alpha particles. Applying the so-called 'missing energy method' to events containing three protons measured in coincidence with the ejectile, we observe a direct decay branch revealing the presence of a 3-phonon state in the excitation energy region expected for the triple GQR. Dynamical processes are also studied in the inelastic channel, emphasizing a recently discovered mechanism named towing-mode. We observe for the first time the towing-mode of alpha particles. The energies of multiphonon states in 40Ca and 208Pb have been computed microscopically including some anharmonicities via boson mapping methods. The basis of the calculation has been extended to the 3-phonon states. Our results show large anharmonicities (several MeV), due to the coupling of 3-phonon states to 2-phonon states. The extension of the basis to 4-phonon states has been performed for the first time. The inclusion of the 4 phonon states in the calculation did not affect the previous observations concerning the 2-phonon states. Preliminary results on the anharmonicities of the 3-phonon states are presented. (author)

  15. Entropy, non-classical property of the trapped ion system driven by running-wave lasers

    刘翔; 方卯发

    2002-01-01

    We study the dynamical behaviour of the ionic inversion in a trapped ion system in running-wave lasers, and wediscuss the properties of entanglement between the ion and phonons and the statistics of the vibrational phonon field.It is shown that the appearance of the super-revivals of the ion inversion is dependent on the initial parameters of thevibrational phonon field. The Schrolinger cat and sub-Poissonian statistics of the phonon field can be also exhibited inthis system for suitable initial values.

  16. Emission Spectral Control of a Silicon Light Emitting Diode Fabricated by Dressed-Photon-Phonon Assisted Annealing Using a Short Pulse Pair

    Tadashi Kawazoe

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We fabricated a high-efficiency infrared light emitting diode (LED via dressed-photon-phonon (DPP assisted annealing of a p-n homojunctioned bulk Si crystal. The center wavelength in the electroluminescence (EL spectrum of this LED was determined by the wavelength of a CW laser used in the DPP-assisted annealing. We have proposed a novel method of controlling the EL spectral shape by additionally using a pulsed light source in order to control the number of phonons for the DPP-assisted annealing. In this method, the Si crystal is irradiated with a pair of pulses having an arrival time difference between them. The number of coherent phonons created is increased (reduced by tuning (detuning this time difference. A Si-LED was subjected to DPP-assisted annealing using a 1.3 μm (hν=0.94 eV CW laser and a mode-locked pulsed laser with a pulse width of 17 fs. When the number of phonons was increased, the EL emission spectrum broadened toward the high-energy side by 200 meV or more. The broadening towards the low-energy side was reduced to 120 meV.

  17. Phonon impacts on entangled photon pair generation from the biexciton cascade in a quantum dot: phonon coherent state representation

    A full quantum microscopic theory is developed to analyze a biexciton radiative cascade coupled to bulk acoustic phonons in a quantum dot. By considering the phonon sub-system in coherent state representation a new approach is proposed for investigating the phonon effects. Via this approach it is possible to obtain an exact analytical result for the phonon kernel in this system. This approach is introduced in the context of an example: the process of generating polarization-entangled photon pairs from the biexciton cascade in a quantum dot. We calculate the exact density matrix (using quantum state tomography) of photons and their concurrence. We show that the exchange interaction and temperature have remarkable effects on the degree of entanglement of the emitted photons. The approach introduced provides an exact analytical result for finite discrete electron states interacting with phonons. (paper)

  18. Phonon deformation potentials of the E2(high) phonon mode of AlxGa1-xN

    Micro-Raman spectroscopy was applied to study the E2(high) phonon deformation potentials in AlxGa1-xN material, which are required to convert phonon frequency shifts into stress values. AlxGa1-xN layers were grown by molecular beam epitaxy directly on (111)-oriented Si substrates. Mechanical bending was applied to introduce biaxial stress in the AlxGa1-xN layers and Raman shifts were measured as a function of the applied deformation. The Si phonon mode provided a reference for the applied stress and allowed determination of phonon deformation potential values for AlxGa1-xN. Deformation potentials of the GaN- and AlN-like E2(high) phonon mode of AlGaN alloys were found to be similar to the corresponding values of binary compounds

  19. Surface phonon polaritons on anisotropic piezoelectric superlattices

    Chao, Yuanxi; Sheng, Jiteng; Sedlacek, Jonathon A.; Shaffer, James P.

    2016-01-01

    A theoretical study of surface phonon polaritons (SPhPs) on periodically poled lithium niobate and periodically poled lithium tantalate surfaces is presented. We calculate the dielectric response for six different superlattice orientations and the associated SPhP dispersion relations. Our study of SPhPs accounts for the anisotropic nature of the dielectric response of the semi-infinite piezoelectric superlattices. We find that two different types of SPhPs can be supported. The first type consists of real surface dipole oscillations coupled to photons. The second type consists of virtual surface dipole oscillations driven by the incident photons. The dependence of the SPhPs on temperature and superlattice geometry is addressed. The use of these metamaterial excitations is discussed in the context of hybrid quantum systems.

  20. Self-consistent phonons in disordered systems

    The time is now ripe for the development of a microscopic theory of the disordered systems in the context of phonons. The adiabatic approximation has helped to separate the electronic motion from that of the ions. In the microscopic dielectric formulation we have been able to obtain the interatomic forces for ordered systems by incorporating the effect of the electronic motion. The nature of the electronic states in disordered systems is now better understood with realistic coherent potential approximation calculations. Therefore, it will not be too ambitious to construct an average dielectric function for a disordered system. Then we can obtain a properly screened pair potential in terms of this dielectric function. In view of the availability of super fast computers, the development of the microscopic theories are expected to get a new direction. (author). 36 refs

  1. Double Dirac cones in phononic crystals

    Li, Yan

    2014-07-07

    A double Dirac cone is realized at the center of the Brillouin zone of a two-dimensional phononic crystal (PC) consisting of a triangular array of core-shell-structure cylinders in water. The double Dirac cone is induced by the accidental degeneracy of two double-degenerate Bloch states. Using a perturbation method, we demonstrate that the double Dirac cone is composed of two identical and overlapping Dirac cones whose linear slopes can also be accurately predicted from the method. Because the double Dirac cone occurs at a relatively low frequency, a slab of the PC can be mapped onto a slab of zero refractive index material by using a standard retrieval method. Total transmission without phase change and energy tunneling at the double Dirac point frequency are unambiguously demonstrated by two examples. Potential applications can be expected in diverse fields such as acoustic wave manipulations and energy flow control.

  2. Phonon-Mediated Nonclassical Interference in Diamond

    England, Duncan G.; Fisher, Kent A. G.; MacLean, Jean-Philippe W.; Bustard, Philip J.; Heshami, Khabat; Resch, Kevin J.; Sussman, Benjamin J.

    2016-08-01

    Quantum interference of single photons is a fundamental aspect of many photonic quantum processing and communication protocols. Interference requires that the multiple pathways through an interferometer be temporally indistinguishable to within the coherence time of the photon. In this Letter, we use a diamond quantum memory to demonstrate interference between quantum pathways, initially temporally separated by many multiples of the optical coherence time. The quantum memory can be viewed as a light-matter beam splitter, mapping a THz-bandwidth single photon to a variable superposition of the output optical mode and stored phononic mode. Because the memory acts both as a beam splitter and as a buffer, the relevant coherence time for interference is not that of the photon, but rather that of the memory. We use this mechanism to demonstrate nonclassical single-photon and two-photon interference between quantum pathways initially separated by several picoseconds, even though the duration of the photons themselves is just ˜250 fs .

  3. Variable-Range Hopping through Marginally Localized Phonons

    Banerjee, Sumilan; Altman, Ehud

    2016-03-01

    We investigate the effect of coupling Anderson localized particles in one dimension to a system of marginally localized phonons having a symmetry protected delocalized mode at zero frequency. This situation is naturally realized for electrons coupled to phonons in a disordered nanowire as well as for ultracold fermions coupled to phonons of a superfluid in a one-dimensional disordered trap. To determine if the coupled system can be many-body localized we analyze the phonon-mediated hopping transport for both the weak and strong coupling regimes. We show that the usual variable-range hopping mechanism involving a low-order phonon process is ineffective at low temperature due to discreteness of the bath at the required energy. Instead, the system thermalizes through a many-body process involving exchange of a diverging number n ∝-log T of phonons in the low temperature limit. This effect leads to a highly singular prefactor to Mott's well-known formula and strongly suppresses the variable range hopping rate. Finally, we comment on possible implications of this physics in higher dimensional electron-phonon coupled systems.

  4. Phonon self-energy in superconductors: Effect of vibrating impurities

    Sergeev, A.; Preis, Ch.; Keller, J.

    2000-09-01

    The phonon self-energy due to the interaction with electrons is studied for superconductors with s- and d-wave pairing. Addition of impurities not only changes the electronic states, but it also generates a channel of the electron-phonon interaction due to electron scattering from vibrating impurities. Impurity-induced electron-phonon coupling results in significant modifications of the phonon self-energy. For a d-wave superconductor the phonon attenuation coefficient (the imaginary part of the phonon self-energy) has been calculated in the Born approximation and in the unitary limit for electron-impurity scattering. In the case of weak electron-impurity potential, the attenuation decreases if temperature reduces below Tc, while an increase of the attenuation in the superconducting state has been found in the unitary limit. The theory shows a good agreement with measured disorder-dependent coupling of the B1g phonon mode to superconducting electrons in high-Tc samples: the Born approximation well describes temperature dependence of the attenuation in YBaCuO single crystals, the unitary limit corresponds to polycrystals and twinned crystals.

  5. Theory of superconductors in coherent longitudinal phonon field

    The effect of injection of coherent longitudinal phonons into superconductors is investigated on the basis of the theory of nonequilibrium superconductors developed by Eliashberg. The two basic experiments about this effect, which were explained from different points of view, are explained for a unified point of view. They are (i) the change in the I-V characteristics of S-I-S tunnel junctions due to coherent phonon injection, i.e., phonon-induced tunneling, which was observed by Lax and Vernon, and Abeles and Goldstein, and (ii) an increase in the critical current I/sub c/ in bridge and point-contact junctions, which was observed by Tredwell and Jacobsen. The phonon-induced tunneling was explained in terms of the theory by Tien and Gordon for the photon-induced tunneling. The increase in I/sub c/ was attributed to an enhanced superconductivity, a theory which was first discussed by Eliashberg for superconductors in an electromagnetic field. We found that the Eliashberg effect always exists, but the phonon-induced tunneling is observed only when the space average of the phonon field, i.e., the deformation potential phi (r, t), is nonzero in the superconductor. The tunneling current is given by the superposition of both the effects. We have computed the excess tunneling current due to the Eliashberg effect. If we inject coherent longitudinal phonons parallel to the tunnel junction, they induce a space- and time-varying scalar (deformation) potential propagating with the phonons. We investigated whether we can extend the Josephson equation for the phase difference phi, i.e., phi-dot = 2eV/h, to the space- and time-varying potential difference V due to the phonons. We found that this type of extension is not justified, contrary to the photon-field case

  6. Real-time observation of coherent acoustic phonons generated by an acoustically mismatched optoacoustic transducer using x-ray diffraction

    The spectrum of laser-generated acoustic phonons in indium antimonide coated with a thin nickel film has been studied using time-resolved x-ray diffraction. Strain pulses that can be considered to be built up from coherent phonons were generated in the nickel film by absorption of short laser pulses. Acoustic reflections at the Ni–InSb interface leads to interference that strongly modifies the resulting phonon spectrum. The study was performed with high momentum transfer resolution together with high time resolution. This was achieved by using a third-generation synchrotron radiation source that provided a high-brightness beam and an ultrafast x-ray streak camera to obtain a temporal resolution of 10 ps. We also carried out simulations, using commercial finite element software packages and on-line dynamic diffraction tools. Using these tools, it is possible to calculate the time-resolved x-ray reflectivity from these complicated strain shapes. The acoustic pulses have a peak strain amplitude close to 1%, and we investigated the possibility to use this device as an x-ray switch. At a bright source optimized for hard x-ray generation, the low reflectivity may be an acceptable trade-off to obtain a pulse duration that is more than an order of magnitude shorter

  7. Dispersive hole growth kinetics and fluence broadening of the zero-phonon hole of impurities in amorphous hosts

    A detailed treatment of the relationship between the dispersive growth kinetics of the zero-phonon hole (ZPH) of an impurity molecule in an amorphous host and burn fluence broadening of the ZPH is presented. Focus is on non-photochemical hole burning (NPHB). The equation used for simulations accounts for dispersion due to a distribution of tunneling parameters (λ-distribution), the angle between the laser polarization and the transition dipole (α-distribution), and off-resonant absorption of the zero-phonon line (ω-distribution). Two cases are considered: burned laser linewidth narrow relative to the homogeneous width of the zero-phonon line; and the reverse situation. Results are presented for two model systems whose parameter values are similar to those of aluminum phthalocyanine tetrasulphonate (APT) in hyperquenched glassy water and in hyperquenched glassy ethanol. For comparison, results are presented for the case where the hole growth kinetics are non-dispersive (single-exponential). It is found that at the early stage of burning fluence broadening is considerably more severe for a dispersive system than for a non-dispersive system. A straightforward explanation for this is given. The results are compared with those of earlier works on dispersive hole growth kinetics and fluence broadening. The results reveal the types of experiment needed to understand the aforementioned relationship, a requirement for determination of the homogeneous width of the ZPH that reflects the dynamics of the system

  8. Strong and Coherent Coupling between Localized and Propagating Phonon Polaritons

    Gubbin, Christopher R.; Martini, Francesco; Politi, Alberto; Maier, Stefan A.; De Liberato, Simone

    2016-06-01

    Following the recent observation of localized phonon polaritons in user-defined silicon carbide nanoresonators, here we demonstrate strong and coherent coupling between those localized modes and propagating phonon polaritons bound to the surface of the nanoresonator's substrate. In order to obtain phase matching, the nanoresonators have been fabricated to serve the double function of hosting the localized modes, while also acting as a grating for the propagating ones. The coherent coupling between long lived, optically accessible localized modes, and low-loss propagative ones, opens the way to the design and realization of phonon-polariton based coherent circuits.

  9. The lower branch of plasmon-phonon coupled modes

    Fischler, W.; Bratschitsch, R.; Höpfel, R. A.; Zandler, G.; Strasser, G.; Unterrainer, K.

    2000-08-01

    Coherent plasmon-phonon coupled modes in intrinsic bulk GaAs are investigated for excitation energies around the band gap. The frequencies of the coherent terahertz plasmons lie on the lower branch of the plasmon-phonon coupled modes. Their damping times show a strong increase for high excitation densities. Taking advantage of strong absorption saturation during the excitation process, one can adjust the degree of coupling between coherent LO phonons and plasmons by tuning the excitation energy by a few millielectronvolts. Ensemble Monte Carlo simulations confirm the existence of an oscillatory built-in electric field after optical excitation of electron-hole pairs.

  10. Coupling of molecular vibrons with contact phonon reservoirs

    In this paper we describe a computational method for coupling localized molecular vibrations with contact phonons using a Green's function formalism. The phonon Green's function is constructed from the dynamical matrix of the contact-molecule-contact coupled system. Within this formalism we identify the imaginary part of the self-energy as the vibron lifetime for decay into contact phonons. This first-principles calculation allows us to compute the microscopic energy dissipation and the heat transport from the molecule to the contacts. This is a fundamental step for the evaluation of the power dissipated in molecular devices and for studying the thermal stability of molecular devices

  11. Confined and interface phonons in combined cylindrical nanoheterosystem

    O.M.Makhanets

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The spectra of all types of phonons existing in a complicated combined nanoheterosystem consisting of three cylindrical quantum dots embedded into the cylindrical quantum wire placed into vacuum are studied within the dielectric continuum model. It is shown that there are confined optical (LO and interface phonons of two types: top surface optical (TSO and side surface optical (SSO modes of vibration in such a nanosystem. The dependences of phonon energies on the quasiwave numbers and geometrical parameters of quantum dots are investigated and analysed.

  12. Phonons: the second type of quantum excitations discovered

    After the discovery of the quantum nature of the electromagnetic radiation by Planck in 1900, the concept of photons was introduced by Einstein in 1905. In 1907 Einstein also introduced quantized lattice vibrations (today called phonons) in order to explain the temperature dependence of the specific heat of crystals. In recent years, the availability of isotopically pure elements has facilitated the growth of crystals with variable isotopic concentration. With these crystals, several quantum effects concerning the zero-point vibrational amplitudes of phonons have been investigated. Among them we discuss here the anharmonic renormalization of phonon lineshapes. (orig.)

  13. The effects of electron-phonon interactions on bandgaps

    I compute the spectral functions of a 1D Holstein polaron moving in a modulated potential, to examine the effects of electron-phonon interactions on band gaps. The imaginary time Green function is computed using diagrammatic quantum Monte Carlo, which exactly sums the diagrammatic series. From the imaginary time Green function, spectral functions are computed. The electron-phonon interaction flattens the electronic dispersion and leads to an increase in the gap at momentum k = π/2. At strong coupling, polaron sidebands form in the gap. These results demonstrate the strong effect that electron-phonon interactions can have on band gaps.

  14. Phonon Quasidiffusion in Cryogenic Dark Matter Search Large Germanium Detectors

    Leman, S W; McCarthy, K A; Pyle, M; Resch, R; Sadoulet, B; Sundqvist, K M; Brink, P L; Cherry, M; Silva, E Do Couto E; Figueroa-Feliciano, E; Mirabolfathi, N; Serfass, B; Tomada, A

    2011-01-01

    We present results on quasidiffusion studies in large, 3 inch diameter, 1 inch thick [100] high purity germanium crystals, cooled to 50 mK in the vacuum of a dilution refrigerator, and exposed with 59.5 keV gamma-rays from an Am-241 calibration source. We compare data obtained in two different detector types, with different phonon sensor area coverage, with results from a Monte Carlo. The Monte Carlo includes phonon quasidiffusion and the generation of phonons created by charge carriers as they are drifted across the detector by ionization readout channels.

  15. Modelling exciton–phonon interactions in optically driven quantum dots

    Nazir, Ahsan; McCutcheon, Dara

    2016-01-01

    We provide a self-contained review of master equation approaches to modelling phonon effects in optically driven self-assembled quantum dots. Coupling of the (quasi) two-level excitonic system to phonons leads to dissipation and dephasing, the rates of which depend on the excitation conditions...... additionally consider the role of phonons in altering the optical emission characteristics of quantum dot devices, outlining how we must modify standard quantum optics treatments to account for the presence of the solid-state environment....

  16. Non-equilibrium phonon generation and detection in microstructure devices

    Hertzberg, J. B.

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate a method to excite locally a controllable, non-thermal distribution of acoustic phonon modes ranging from 0 to ∼200 GHz in a silicon microstructure, by decay of excited quasiparticle states in an attached superconducting tunnel junction (STJ). The phonons transiting the structure ballistically are detected by a second STJ, allowing comparison of direct with indirect transport pathways. This method may be applied to study how different phonon modes contribute to the thermal conductivity of nanostructures. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.

  17. Deterministic Single-Phonon Source Triggered by a Single Photon

    Söllner, Immo; Midolo, Leonardo; Lodahl, Peter

    2016-06-01

    We propose a scheme that enables the deterministic generation of single phonons at gigahertz frequencies triggered by single photons in the near infrared. This process is mediated by a quantum dot embedded on chip in an optomechanical circuit, which allows for the simultaneous control of the relevant photonic and phononic frequencies. We devise new optomechanical circuit elements that constitute the necessary building blocks for the proposed scheme and are readily implementable within the current state-of-the-art of nanofabrication. This will open new avenues for implementing quantum functionalities based on phonons as an on-chip quantum bus.

  18. The optical phonon spectrum of SmFeAsO

    Marini, C.; Mirri, C.; Profeta, G; Lupi, S.; Di Castro, D; Sopracase, R.; Postorino, P.; Calvani, P.; Perucchi, A.; Massidda, S.; Tropeano, G. M.; Putti, M.; Martinelli, A.; A. Palenzona(INFM-LAMIA/CNR, Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale); Dore, P.

    2008-01-01

    We measured the Raman and the Infrared phonon spectrum of SmFeAsO polycrystalline samples. We also performed Density Functional Theory calculations within the pseudopotential approximation to obtain the structural and dynamical lattice properties of both the SmFeAsO and the prototype LaFeAsO compounds. The measured Raman and Infrared phonon frequencies are well predicted by the optical phonon frequencies computed at the Gamma point, showing the capability of the employed ab-initio methods to ...

  19. Isotopic effects on the phonon modes in boron carbide.

    Werheit, H; Kuhlmann, U; Rotter, H W; Shalamberidze, S O

    2010-10-01

    The effect of isotopes ((10)B-(11)B; (12)C-(13)C) on the infrared- and Raman-active phonons of boron carbide has been investigated. For B isotopes, the contributions of the virtual crystal approximation, polarization vector and isotopical disorder are separated. Boron and carbon isotope effects are largely opposite to one another and indicate the share of the particular atoms in the atomic assemblies vibrating in specific phonon modes. Some infrared-active phonons behave as expected for monatomic boron crystals. PMID:21403227

  20. Effect of Anharmonicity on the Phonon Spectrum near its Discontinuity

    The method based on Green's function is used in investigating the effect of anharmonicity on the phonon spectrum near its discontinuity. In contrast to the usual case, the effect that phonon branches, which are independent in the harmonic approximation, have on one another requires the solution of the Dyson system of equations. The authors consider cases of significant and irregular discontinuity and show that for irregular discontinuity the excitations which arise can have a widely varying lifetime and frequency renormalization with respect to both value and temperature dependence. In particular, the one-phonon coherent neutron scattering cross section near the spectrum discontinuity is analysed. (author)

  1. Deterministic Single-Phonon Source Triggered by a Single Photon

    Söllner, Immo; Lodahl, Peter

    2016-01-01

    We propose a scheme that enables the deterministic generation of single phonons at GHz frequencies triggered by single photons in the near infrared. This process is mediated by a quantum dot embedded on-chip in an opto-mechanical circuit, which allows for the simultaneous control of the relevant photonic and phononic frequencies. We devise new opto-mechanical circuit elements that constitute the necessary building blocks for the proposed scheme and are readily implementable within the current state-of-the-art of nano-fabrication. This will open new avenues for implementing quantum functionalities based on phonons as an on-chip quantum bus.

  2. Electron-phonon heat exchange in layered nano-systems

    Anghel, Dragos-Victor; Cojocaru, Sergiu

    2015-01-01

    We analyze the heat power $P$ between electrons and phonons in thin metallic films deposited on free-standing dielectric membranes in a temperature range in which the phonon gas has a quasi two-dimensional distribution. The quantization of the electrons wavenumbers in the direction perpendicular to the film surfaces lead to the formation of quasi two-dimensional electronic sub-bands. The electron-phonon coupling is treated in the deformation potential model and, if we denote by $T_e$ the elec...

  3. Active-region designs in quantum cascade lasers

    This paper analyses the development of active-region designs in quantum cascade lasers. Active-region designs have been demonstrated to date that employ various radiative transitions (vertical, diagonal, interminiband and interband). The lower laser level is depopulated through nonradiative transitions, such as one- or two-phonon (and even three-phonon) relaxation or bound state → continuum transitions. Advances in active-region designs and energy diagram optimisation in the past few years have led to significant improvements in important characteristics of quantum cascade lasers, such as their output power, emission bandwidth, characteristic temperature and efficiency. (invited paper)

  4. Magnetic-Field-Assisted Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser Operating up to 225 K

    Wade, A.; Fedorov, G.; Smirnov, D.; Kumar, S.; Williams, B. S.; Hu, Q.; Reno, J. L.

    2008-01-01

    Advances in semiconductor bandgap engineering have resulted in the recent development of the terahertz quantum cascade laser1. These compact optoelectronic devices now operate in the frequency range 1.2-5 THz, although cryogenic cooling is still required2.3. Further progress towards the realization of devices operating at higher temperatures and emitting at longer wavelengths (sub-terahertz quantum cascade lasers) is difficult because it requires maintaining a population inversion between closely spaced electronic sub-bands (1 THz approx. equals 4 meV). Here, we demonstrate a magnetic-field-assisted quantum cascade laser based on the resonant-phonon design. By applying appropriate electrical bias and strong magnetic fields above 16 T, it is possible to achieve laser emission from a single device over a wide range of frequencies (0.68-3.33 THz). Owing to the suppression of inter-landau-level non-radiative scattering, the device shows magnetic field assisted laser action at 1 THz at temperatures up to 215 K, and 3 THz lasing up to 225 K.

  5. Phonon frequency shift and effect of correlation on the electron-phonon interaction in heavy fermion systems

    B Ojha; P Nayak; S N Behera

    2000-02-01

    The electron–phonon interaction in the periodic Anderson model (PAM) is considered. The PAM incorporates the effect of onsite Coulomb interaction () between -electrons. The influence of Coulomb correlation on the phonon response of the system is studied by evaluating the phonon spectral function for various parameters of the model. The numerical evaluation of the spectral function is carried out in the long wavelength limit at finite temperatures keeping only linear terms in . The observed behaviour is found to agree well with the general features obtained experimentally for some heavy fermion (HF) systems.

  6. Controlling electron-phonon scattering with metamaterial plasmonic structures

    Kempa, Krzysztof; Wu, Xueyuan; Kong, Jiantao; Broido, David

    Electron-plasmon scattering can be faster than electron-phonon scattering. While in metals plasmons occur in the UV range, phonons dominate behavior at much lower frequencies (far IR range), and this typically decouples these phenomena. In metamaterial plasmonic structures, however, plasma effects can be tuned down to the far IR range, allowing for their interference with phonons. It was recently shown, that such interference can protect hot electron energy induced in a solar cell, from dissipation into heat. In this work we explore the possibility of using such an effect to control the electron-phonon interaction and transport in semiconductors. We demonstrate, that this could lead to a novel path to enhancing the electrical and thermal conductivities and the thermoelectric figure of merit.

  7. Surface phonon-polaritons: To scatter or not to scatter

    Staude, Isabelle; Rockstuhl, Carsten

    2016-08-01

    A rewritable platform for subwavelength optical components is demonstrated by combining surface phonon-polaritons, sustained in a polar dielectric layer, with the switching functionality provided by a phase-change material.

  8. Effect of pressure on the phonon properties of europium chalcogenides

    U K Sakalle; P K Jha; S P Sanyal

    2000-06-01

    Lattice vibrational properties of europium chalcogenides have been investigated at high pressure by using a simple lattice dynamical model theory viz. the three-body force rigid ion model (TRIM) which includes long range three-body interaction arising due to charge transfer effects. The dispersion curves for the four Eu-chalcogenides agree reasonably well with the available experimental data. Variation of LO, TO, LA and TA phonons with pressure have also been studied at the symmetry points of the brillouin zone (BZ) for Euchalcogenides for the first time by using a lattice dynamical model theory. We have also calculated the one phonon density of states and compared them with the first order Raman scattering results. The calculation of one phonon density of states for Eu-chalcogenides has also been extended up to the phase transition pressure. We observed a pronounced shift in phonon spectrum as pressure is increased.

  9. Electron-phonon interaction in the Hubbard model

    Superconductivity existence in the Hubbard model is studied, taking into account both electron-phonon and electron-electron interactions. Using Sarker's functional integral formalism a system of equations for the dynamical order parameters is derived. (author). 7 refs

  10. Understanding phonon transport in thermoelectric materials using ab initio approaches

    Broido, David

    Good thermoelectric materials have low phonon thermal conductivity, kph. Accurate theories to describe kph are important components in developing predictive models of thermoelectric efficiency that can help guide synthesis and measurement efforts. We have developed ab initio approaches to calculate kph, in which phonon modes and phonon scattering rates are computed using interatomic force constants determined from density functional theory, and a full solution of the Boltzmann transport equation for phonons is implemented. A recent approach to calculate interatomic force constants using ab initio molecular dynamics has yielded a good description of the thermal properties of Bi2Te3. But, the complexity of new promising candidate thermoelectric materials introduces computational challenges in assessing their thermal properties. An example is germanane, a germanium based hydrogen-terminated layered semiconductor, which we will discuss in this talk.

  11. Phonon transport in single-layer Boron nanoribbons

    Zhang, Zhongwei; Peng, Qing; Chen, Yuanping

    2016-01-01

    Inspired by the successful synthesis of several allotropes, boron sheets have been one of the hottest spot areas of focus in various fields. Here, we study phonon transport in three types of boron nanoribbons with zigzag and armchair edges by using a non-equilibrium Green's function combined with first principles methods. Diverse transport properties are found in the nanoribbons. At the room temperature, their highest thermal conductance can be comparable with that of graphene, while the lowest thermal conductance is less than half of graphene's. The three boron sheets exhibit different anisotropic transport characteristics. Two of these sheets have stronger phonon transport abilities along the zigzag edges than the armchair edges, while in the case of the third, the results are reversed. With the analysis of phonon dispersion, bonding charge density, and simplified models of atomic chains, the mechanisms of the diverse phonon properties are discussed. Because all boron allotropes consists of hexagonal and tr...

  12. The phononic crystals: An unending quest for tailoring acoustics

    Kushwaha, Manvir S.

    2016-07-01

    Periodicity (in time or space) is a part and parcel of every living being: one can see, hear and feel it. Everyday examples are locomotion, respiration and heart beat. The reinforced N-dimensional periodicity over two or more crystalline solids results in the so-called phononic band gap crystals. These can have dramatic consequences on the propagation of phonons, vibrations and sound. The fundamental physics of cleverly fabricated phononic crystals can offer a systematic route to realize the Anderson localization of sound and vibrations. As to the applications, the phononic crystals are envisaged to find ways in the architecture, acoustic waveguides, designing transducers, elastic/acoustic filters, noise control, ultrasonics, medical imaging and acoustic cloaking, to mention a few. This review focuses on the brief sketch of the progress made in the field that seems to have prospered even more than was originally imagined in the early nineties.

  13. On the Cauchy Problem Describing an Electron-Phonon Interaction

    Jo(a)o-Paulo DIAS; Mário FIGUEIRA; Filipe OLIVEIRA

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, a model is derived to describe a quartic anharmonic interatomic interaction with an external potential involving a pair electron-phonon. The authors study the corresponding Cauchy Problem in the semilinear and quasilinear cases.

  14. Phonon Vibrations and Superconductivity of a Bi-based Superconductor

    Lee, Jooseop; Stone, Matthew; Yildrim, Taner; Huq, Ashfia; Ehlers, Georg; Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu; Lee, Seunghun; University of Virginia Team; Oak Ridge National Laboratory Team; NIST CenterNeutron Research Team; Tokyo Metropolitan University Team

    2013-03-01

    Elastic and Inelastic neutron scattering experiments have been carried out on polycrystalline samples of the newly discovered layered superconductor LaO0.5F0.5BiS2, and its nonsuperconducting parent compound LaOBiS2 to determine their crystal structures and lattice vibrational modes. The Bragg peaks from the superconducting sample shows large broadening in width in the powder diffraction pattern. For the lattice vibrations, significant difference was observed upon F doping. Using the density functional perturbation theory, we identified all phonon modes, and show the major change in the phonon spectrum comes mainly from the change in the Oxygen mode. Even though strong electron phonon coupling constant was estimated, no significant difference in the phonon spectrum from BiS2 superconducting layer was found above and below Tc.

  15. Influence of mass contrast in alloy phonon scattering

    Shiga, Takuma; Shiomi, Junichiro

    2015-01-01

    We have investigated the effect of mass contrast on alloy phonon scattering in mass-substituted Lennard-Jones crystals. By calculating the mass-difference phonon scattering rate using a modal analysis method based on molecular dynamics, we have identified the applicability and limits of the widely-used mass-difference perturbation model in terms of magnitude and sign of the mass difference. The result of a phonon -mode-dependent analysis reveals that the critical phonon frequency, above which the mass-difference perturbation theory fails, decreases with the magnitude of the mass difference independently of its sign. This gives rise to a critical mass contrast, above which the mass-difference perturbation model noticeably underestimates the lattice thermal conductivity.

  16. Fluid phonons, protoinflationary dynamics and large-scale gravitational fluctuations

    Giovannini, Massimo

    2013-01-01

    We explore what can be said on the effective temperature and sound speed of a statistical ensemble of fluid phonons present at the onset of a conventional inflationary phase. The phonons are the actual normal modes of the gravitating and irrotational fluid that dominates the protoinflationary dynamics. The bounds on the tensor to scalar ratio result in a class of novel constraints involving the slow roll parameter, the sound speed of the phonons and the temperature of the plasma prior to the onset of inflation. If the current size of the Hubble radius coincides with the inflationary event horizon redshifted down to the present epoch, the sound speed of the phonons can be assessed from independent measurements of the tensor to scalar ratio and of the tensor spectral index.

  17. Representative longitudinal optical phonon modes in polar semiconductor quantum dots

    Highlights: ► We model the exciton-longitudinal optical phonon coupling for cylinder quantum dot. ► We predict a representative optical phonon mode for GaAs/AlAs quantum dot. ► Huang–Rhys factors increases with radius decreasing of GaAs/AlAs quantum dot. - Abstract: Existence of representative longitudinal optical (LO) phonon modes is theoretically discussed for the case of polar semiconductor cylindrical quantum dots embedded in a semiconductor matrix. The approach is developed within the dielectric continuum model considering the Fröhlich interaction between electrons and the confined LO phonons. The theory is applied to cylindrical GaAs/AlAs quantum dots within an adiabatic treatment.

  18. Electron-phonon relaxation time in ultrathin tungsten silicon film

    Sidorova, M; Korneev, A; Chulkova, G; Korneeva, Yu; Mikhailov, M; Devizenko, Yu; Kozorezov, A; Goltsman, G

    2016-01-01

    Using amplitude-modulated absorption of sub-THz radiation (AMAR) method, we studied electron-phonon relaxation in thin disordered films of tungsten silicide. We found a response time ~ 800 ps at critical temperature Tc = 3.4 K, which scales as minus 3 in the temperature range from 1.8 to 3.4 K. We discuss mechanisms, which can result in a strong phonon bottle-neck effect in a few nanometers thick film and yield a substantial difference between the measured time, characterizing response at modulation frequency, and the inelastic electron-phonon relaxation time. We estimate the electron-phonon relaxation time to be in the range ~ 100-200 ps at 3.4 K.

  19. Coherent coupling between localised and propagating phonon polaritons

    Gubbin, Christopher R.; De Martini, Francesco; Politi, Alberto; Maier, Stefan A.; De Liberato, Simone

    2015-01-01

    Following the recent observation of localised phonon polaritons in user-defined silicon carbide nano-resonators, here we demonstrate coherent coupling between those localised modes and propagating phonon polaritons bound to the surface of the nano-resonator's substrate. In order to obtain phase-matching, the nano-resonators have been fabricated to serve the double function of hosting the localised modes, while also acting as grating for the propagating ones. The coherent coupling between long...

  20. Direct visualization of the Gouy phase by focusing phonon polaritons.

    Feurer, T; Stoyanov, Nikolay S; Ward, David W; Nelson, Keith A

    2002-06-24

    We report the generation of aberration-free cylindrical phonon-polariton wave packets in uniaxial LiTaO3 crystals by nonresonant impulsive stimulated Raman scattering. The unique properties of phonon polaritons with a typical carrier frequency in the THz regime allow direct measurement of the spatiotemporal amplitude and phase distributions. We demonstrate that under these conditions the phase anomaly (Gouy phase) may be visualized directly through spatiotemporal imaging as the cylindrical wave propagates through its focus. PMID:12097128

  1. Optical phonon scattering of cavity polaritons in an electroluminescent device

    Delteil, A.; Vasanelli, A.; Jouy, P.; Barate, D.; Moreno, J. C.; Teissier, R; Baranov, A. N.; Sirtori, C.

    2011-01-01

    A signature of the scattering between microcavity polaritons and longitudinal optical phonons has been observed in the electroluminescence spectrum of an intersubband device operating in the light-matter strong coupling regime. By electrical pumping we resonantly populate the upper polariton branch at different energies as a function of the applied bias. The electroluminescent signal arising from these states is seconded by a phonon replica from the lower branch.

  2. Localization of phonon-polaritons in disordered polar media

    Satanin, Arkadii; Joe, Yong; Kim, Chang Sub; Vasilevskiy, Mikhail

    2005-01-01

    The localization of the hybrid modes of phonons and photons in polar matter is investigated in the presence of random scatterers theoretically. We employ the self-consistent generalized Born-Huang approach to derive effective equations describing the phonon-polariton fields. Based on these equations, the density of states and various localization properties are exploited in two-dimensional systems both analytically and numerically within the framework of the Anderson model with a non-Hermi...

  3. Phonon-mediated Josephson oscillations in excitonic and polaritonic condensates

    Magnusson, E. B.; Flayac, H.; Malpuech, G.; Shelykh, I.A.

    2010-01-01

    We analyze theoretically the role of the exciton-phonon interactions in phenomena related to the Josephson effect between two spatially separated exciton and exciton-polariton condensates. We consider the role of the dephasing introduced by phonons in such phenomena as Josephson tunneling, self-trapping and spontaneous polarization separation. In the regime of cw pumping we find a remarkable bistability effect arising from exciton- exciton interactions as well as regimes of self- sustained re...

  4. Thermodynamic functions and phonon spectrum of germanium tetraiodide

    Specific heat of GeI4 is measured by adiabatic method within temperature range 6-305 K. Using the data obtained thermodynamic properties (entropy, enthalpy and reduced Gibbs energy) are calculated. Calculations are carried out to obtain characteristic temperatures related with second and fourth moments of function of phonon states density as well as with infinite moment characterizing boundary frequency of phonon spectra. (author)

  5. Molecular transistor coupled to phonons and Luttinger-liquid leads

    Takei, So; Kim, Yong Baek; Mitra, Aditi

    2004-01-01

    We study the effects of electron-phonon interactions on the transport properties of a molecular quantum dot coupled to two Luttinger-liquid leads. In particular, we investigate the effects on the steady state current and DC noise characteristics. We consider both equilibrated and unequilibrated on-dot phonons. The density matrix formalism is applied in the high temperature approximation and the resulting semi-classical rate equation is numerically solved for various strengths of electron-elec...

  6. Inelastic x-ray scattering from phonons under multibeam conditions

    We report on an experimental observation of a previously neglected multibeam contribution to the inelastic x-ray scattering cross section. Its manifestation is a substantial modification of the apparent phonon selection rules when two (or more) reciprocal lattice points are simultaneously intercepted by the Ewald sphere. The observed multibeam contributions can be treated semi-quantitatively in the frame of Renninger's 'simplest approach'. A few corollaries, relevant for experimental work on inelastic scattering from phonons, are presented

  7. Theory of Phonon Hall Effect in Paramagnetic Dielectrics

    Sheng, L.; Sheng, D. N.; Ting, C. S.

    2006-01-01

    Based upon spin-lattice interaction, we propose a theoretical model for the phonon Hall effect in paramagnetic dielectrics. The thermal Hall conductivity is calculated by using the Kubo formula. Our theory reproduces the essential experimental features of the phonon Hall effect discovered recently in ionic dielectric Tb$_3$Ga$_5$O$_{12}$, including the sign, magnitude and linear magnetic field dependence of the thermal Hall conductivity.

  8. The inverted pendulum, interface phonons and optic Tamm states

    Combe, Nicolas

    2011-01-01

    The propagation of waves in periodic media is related to the parametric oscilla tors. We transpose the possibility that a parametric pendulum oscillates in the vicinity of its unstable equilibrium positions to the case of waves in lossless unidimensional periodic media. This concept formally applies to any kind of wa ve. We apply and develop it to the case of phonons in realizable structures and evidence new classes of phonons. Discussing the case of electromagnetic waves, we show that our co...

  9. On the amplification of acoustic phonons in carbon nanotube

    Dompreh, K. A.; Mensah, N. G.; Sakyi-Arthur, D.; Mensah, S. Y.

    2016-01-01

    We present a theoretical study of acoustic phonons amplification in Carbon Nanotubes (CNT). The phenomenon is via Cerenkov emission (CE) of acoustic phonons using intraband transitions proposed by Mensah et. al.,~\\cite{1} in Semiconductor Superlattices (SSL) and confirmed in ~\\cite{2}. From this, an asymmetric graph of $\\Gamma^{CNT}$ on $\\frac{V_d}{V_s}$ and $\\Omega\\tau$ were obtained where amplification ($\\Gamma_{amp}^{CNT}$) $>>$ absorption ($\\Gamma_{abs}^{CNT}$). The ratio, $\\frac{\\vert \\G...

  10. Correlations of collective observables and the phonon structure of nuclei

    A ''horizontal'' view of nuclear structures is described in which various observables are correlated over broad mass ranges. This approach leads to a number of remarkable correlations, to new understanding of the evolution of structure, to a challenge to microscopic theories, and to new signatures of structure that will be especially useful with radioactive beam experiments. In particular, this and other evidence suggests a nearly universal and pervasive role of phonon and multi-phonon excitations in nuclei

  11. Nanophotonic cavity optomechanics with propagating phonons in microwave Ku band

    Li, Huan; Tadesse, Semere A.; Liu, Qiyu; Li, Mo

    2015-01-01

    Sideband-resolved coupling between multiple photonic nanocavities and propagating mechanical waves in microwave Ku-band is demonstrated. Coherent and strong photon-phonon interaction is manifested with optomechanically induced transparency and absorption, and phase-coherent interaction in multiple cavities. Inside an echo chamber it is shown that a phonon pulse can interact with an embedded nanocavity for multiple times. Our device provides a scalable platform to optomechanically couple phono...

  12. Interaction of phonons at superfluid helium-solid interfaces

    I.N. Adamenko; Nemchenko, E. K.

    2014-01-01

    A new method of obtaining the interaction Hamiltonian of phonons at superfluid helium-solid interface is proposed in the work. Equations of hydrodynamic variables are obtained in terms of second quantization if helium occupies a half-space. The contributions of all processes to the heat flux from solid to superfluid helium are calculated based on the obtained Hamiltonian. The angular distribution of phonons emitted by a solid is found in different processes. It is shown that all the exit angl...

  13. Spectral phonon conduction and dominant scattering pathways in graphene

    Singh, Dhruv; Murthy, Jayathi; Fisher, Timothy

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we examine the lattice thermal conductivity and dominant phonon scattering mechanisms of graphene. The interatomic interactions are modeled using the Tersoff interatomic potential and perturbation theory is applied to calculate the transition probabilities for three-phonon scattering. The matrix elements of the perturbing Hamiltonian are calculated using the anharmonic interatomic force constants obtained from the interatomic potential as well. The linearized Boltzmann transpor...

  14. Ablative microstructuring with plasma-based XUV lasers and efficient processing of materials by dual action of XUV/NIR–VIS ultrashort pulses

    Mocek, Tomáš; Jakubczak, Krzysztof; Kozlová, Michaela; Polan, Jiří; Homer, Pavel; Hřebíček, J.; Sawicka, Magdalena; Kim, I.J.; Park, S.B.; Kim, C. M.; Lee, G.H.; Kim, T.K.; Nam, C. H.; Chalupský, Jaromír; Hájková, Věra; Juha, Libor; Sobota, Jaroslav; Fořt, Tomáš; Rus, Bedřich

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 165, 6-10 (2010), s. 551-558. ISSN 1042-0150 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN300100702; GA MŠk(CZ) LC528; GA MŠk LA08024; GA ČR GC202/07/J008 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100523; CEZ:AV0Z20650511 Keywords : XUV lasers * ablation * microstructuring * laser-induced periodic surface structures Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers Impact factor: 0.660, year: 2010

  15. Terahertz radiation from coherent phonons excited in semiconductors

    Tani, M.; Fukasawa, R.; Abe, H.; Matsuura, S.; Sakai, K.; Nakashima, S.

    1998-03-01

    Terahertz radiation emitted by coherent phonons in Te, PbTe, and CdTe has been investigated by using an ultrafast photoconductive sampling detector. Pronounced coherent radiation originating from the longitudinal optical (LO) phonon oscillations of infrared-active modes was observed for all samples, irrespective of the different crystal structures. In addition, spectral dips at the transverse optical (TO) phonon frequencies, which could not be explained by absorption in the emitting volume, were observed for all samples. The model calculations indicate that the emission rate of the radiation into the air to that into the dielectric (semiconductor) side is scaled by 1/{1+(nd2+κd2)nd3} (nd and κd are the real and imaginary part of the complex refractive index, respectively). Thus, the enhanced emission of radiation by the coherent LO phonons and the spectral dips at the TO phonon frequencies can be explained by the respective increase and reduction of the emission efficiency of the radiation to the air due to the small and large value of the dielectric constant |ɛd(ω)|=nd2+κd2 near the LO and TO phonon frequencies, respectively.

  16. Plasmon-polar-phonon coupling at semiconductor surfaces

    Takeshi, Inaoka

    1991-11-01

    We investigate the plasmon-polar-phonon coupling at semiconductor surfaces by means of decomposing the induced charge density distribution into three components, namely, the component due to carrier density fluctuation, that originating from longitudinal optical phonon polarisation and that which arises right on the surface owing to termination of the phonon and background polarisation at the surface. We are concerned with n-type degenerate polar semiconductors. Carrier electrons are described as a semi-infinite degenerate electron gas, which is treated within the infinite barrier model and the random-phase approximation. The optical phonon polarisation is described by the Lorentzian oscillator model. Analysing the phase relation and the amplitude ratio of the above three components of the induced charge density distribution and evaluating each contribution of these three components to the energy loss intensity elucidate the character in plasmon-polar-phonon coupling at the surface. Each of the three distinct coupled surface modes has its own characteristic mode structure. In parallel with this analysis of coupling at the surface, we also explore the plasmon-polar-phonon coupling in the bulk on the basis of the same decomposing scheme for the induced charge density distribution. Each of the three distinct surface modes has the same character as the bulk modes on the corresponding one of the three bulk dispersion branches. This confirms the result of our previous work, namely, that each of the three distinct surface modes originates from one of the three bulk dispersion branches.

  17. Experimental studies of electron-phonon interactions in gallium nitride

    Stanton, N M

    2001-01-01

    This thesis presents an experimental investigation of the electron-phonon interaction in GaN. Bulk epilayers, grown by MBE, and AIGaN/GaN heterostructure grown by MOCVD, have been studied. The energy relaxation rate for hot electrons has been measured over a wide range of temperatures, allowing both acoustic and optic phonon emission to be studied in GaN epilayers. Direct phonon measurements, both studying the emission and absorption processes, have been performed. Detection of phonons emitted when hot electrons relax their excess energy complements the measurements of relaxation rates. Absorption of acoustic phonons by the epilayers, using both fixed and extended metal film phonon sources, allowed investigation into the effectiveness of the 2k sub F cutoff in the low mobility layers. The experimental findings are compared with the predictions of theory. AIGaN/GaN heterostructures were characterised and measurements of the energy relaxation rate in the temperature range 4K-40K obtained. Excellent agreement wi...

  18. Engineering thermal conductance using a two-dimensional phononic crystal

    Maasilta, Ilari

    2014-03-01

    Controlling thermal transport has become very relevant in recent years, in light of the strong push to develop novel energy harvesting techniques based on thermoelectricity, the need to improve the heat dissipation out of semiconductor devices, and the push to increase the sensitivity of bolometric radiation detectors. Traditionally, this control has been achieved by tuning the scattering of phonons by including various types of scattering centers in the material (nanoparticles, impurities etc.). Recently we have taken another approach and demonstrated that one can also use coherent bandstructure effects to control phonon thermal conductance, with the help of periodically nanostructured phononic crystals. Working at around 1 Kelvin where the wavelength of the dominant thermal phonons is more than two orders of magnitude longer than at room temperature, we have created phononic crystals with a period of 1 μm that strongly reduce the thermal conduction. In addition, we performed theoretical calculations that accurately determine the ballistic thermal conductance in a phononic crystal device, showing full quantitative agreement with the experiments.

  19. Phonon anharmonicity and negative thermal expansion in SnSe

    Bansal, Dipanshu; Hong, Jiawang; Li, Chen W.; May, Andrew F.; Porter, Wallace; Hu, Michael Y.; Abernathy, Douglas L.; Delaire, Olivier

    2016-08-01

    The anharmonic phonon properties of SnSe in the P n m a phase were investigated with a combination of experiments and first-principles simulations. Using inelastic neutron scattering (INS) and nuclear resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (NRIXS), we have measured the phonon dispersions and density of states (DOS) and their temperature dependence, which revealed a strong, inhomogeneous shift and broadening of the spectrum on warming. First-principles simulations were performed to rationalize these measurements, and to explain the previously reported anisotropic thermal expansion, in particular the negative thermal expansion within the Sn-Se bilayers. Including the anisotropic strain dependence of the phonon free energy, in addition to the electronic ground state energy, is essential to reproduce the negative thermal expansion. From the phonon DOS obtained with INS and additional calorimetry measurements, we quantify the harmonic, dilational, and anharmonic components of the phonon entropy, heat capacity, and free energy. The origin of the anharmonic phonon thermodynamics is linked to the electronic structure.

  20. A model for longitudinal optical phonons and electron-phonon coupling in GaAs/GaAlAs multilayer structure

    Guillemot, C.; Clerot, F.

    A new model for long-wavelength longitudinal optical phonons in GaAsGaAlAs multi-layer structures is presented. Depending on the layer, the relative ionic displacements are written on the basis of GaAs or GaAs-type longitudinal optical phonons and treated in the framework of the Born-Huang model generalized to include isotropic dispersion effects in the Brillouin zone centre. For double heterostructures, a finite number of quantized confined modes is found. Interplay between the long range Coulomb interaction, which couples the vibrations of adjacent GaAs layers, and confinement effects, which prevent the displacements of adjacent GaAs layers to overlap, is evidenced in the case of superlattices. The strength of the electron-phonon coupling in double heterostructures stays within a factor of 2 of the electron-bulk phonon effective coupling strength for practical values of the parameters.

  1. Neodymium doped chalcogenide glass fibre laser

    Samson, B.N.; Schweizer, T.; Moore, R C; Hewak, D.W.; Payne, D.N.

    1997-01-01

    We report on laser action in a Neodymium doped Gallium Lanthanum Sulphide glass fibre. Laser action at 1080nm was obtained in a 22mm long multimode glass fibre with a neodymium doped core, fabricated by the rod-in-tube technique. The laser was pumped continuous wave with a Ti:sapphire laser at 815nm and showed a self-pulsing behaviour

  2. Resolution limit of a phononic crystal superlens

    Robillard, J.-F.; Bucay, J.; Deymier, P. A.; Shelke, A.; Muralidharan, K.; Merheb, B.; Vasseur, J. O.; Sukhovich, A.; Page, J. H.

    2011-06-01

    We report on the subwavelength imaging capabilities of a phononic crystal (PC) flat lens consisting of a triangular array of steel cylinders in methanol, all surrounded by water. The image resolution of the PC flat lens beats the Rayleigh diffraction limit because bound modes in the lens can be excited by evanescent waves emitted by the source. These are modes that only propagate in the direction parallel to the water-lens interface. These modes resonantly amplify evanescent waves that contribute to the reconstruction of an image. By employing the finite difference time domain method and ultrasonic experiments, we also explore the effect on the image resolution and focal point on various structural and operational parameters, such as source frequency, geometry of the lens, source position, and time. The mechanisms by which these factors affect resolution are discussed in terms of the competition between the contribution of propagative modes to focusing and the ability of the source to excite bound modes of the PC lens.

  3. Sharp bends of phononic crystal surface modes

    Cicek, Ahmet; Salman, Aysevil; Adem Kaya, Olgun; Ulug, Bulent

    2015-12-01

    Sharp bending of surface waves at the interface of a two-dimensional phononic crystal (PnC) of steel cylinders in air and the method of using a diagonally offset cylindrical scatterer are numerically demonstrated by finite-element method simulations. The radii of the diagonally offset scatterer and the cylinder at the PnC corner, along with the distance between them, are treated as optimization parameters in the genetic algorithm optimization of sharp bends. Surface wave transmittance of at most 5% for the unmodified sharp bend is significantly enhanced to approximately 75% as a result of optimization. A series of transmittance peaks whose maxima increase exponentially, as their widths reduce, with increasing frequency is observed for the optimized sharp bend. The transmittance peaks appear at frequencies corresponding to integer plus half-beat periods, depending on the finite surface length. The optimal parameters are such that the cylinder radius at the PnC corner is not significantly modified, whereas a diagonally offset scatterer having a diameter of almost two periods and a shortest distance of about 0.7 periods between them is required for the strongest transmittance peak. Utilization of PnC surface sharp bends as acoustic ring resonators is demonstrated.

  4. Sharp bends of phononic crystal surface modes

    Sharp bending of surface waves at the interface of a two-dimensional phononic crystal (PnC) of steel cylinders in air and the method of using a diagonally offset cylindrical scatterer are numerically demonstrated by finite-element method simulations. The radii of the diagonally offset scatterer and the cylinder at the PnC corner, along with the distance between them, are treated as optimization parameters in the genetic algorithm optimization of sharp bends. Surface wave transmittance of at most 5% for the unmodified sharp bend is significantly enhanced to approximately 75% as a result of optimization. A series of transmittance peaks whose maxima increase exponentially, as their widths reduce, with increasing frequency is observed for the optimized sharp bend. The transmittance peaks appear at frequencies corresponding to integer plus half-beat periods, depending on the finite surface length. The optimal parameters are such that the cylinder radius at the PnC corner is not significantly modified, whereas a diagonally offset scatterer having a diameter of almost two periods and a shortest distance of about 0.7 periods between them is required for the strongest transmittance peak. Utilization of PnC surface sharp bends as acoustic ring resonators is demonstrated. (paper)

  5. Comparative study of the action of two different types of bleaching agents activated by two different types of irradiation fonts: xenon plasma arc lamp and 960 nm diode laser

    This in vitro study compares two different types of tooth bleaching agents stimulated with two different irradiation fonts. These fonts accelerate the action of the bleaching agents upon the enamel surface by heating up the materials. We used the xenon plasma arc lamp and a 960 nm fiber-coupled diode laser to irradiate the two materials containing 35% of hydrogen peroxide (Opus White and Opalescence extra). The color of the teeth was measured with a spectrophotometer using the CIELAB color system that gives the numeric values of L*a*b*. (author)

  6. Many particle approach to resonance Raman scattering in crystals: Strong electron-phonon interaction and multi-phonon processes

    Graphical abstract: Raman scattering (RS) of light by crystals was studied theoretically taking into account the electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions. The partial diagonalization of the Hamiltonian using unitary transformation was fulfilled. It allowed the structure of the many phonon repetition of bands to be described as a function of the electron-phonon interaction constant. It is shown that the spectral relations obtained for the scattering intensity can describe both the RS and the resonance RS (RRS) processes. Numerical modelling calculations for different parameters were carried out and comparisons with the experimental data for CdS and ZnO crystals were made. Highlights: → Raman scattering of light by crystals studied theoretically. → Electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions taken into account. → Structure of many phonon repetition of bands described. → Both Raman and resonance Raman scattering covered. → Comparisons with experimental data for CdS and ZnO crystals. - Abstract: Raman scattering (RS) of light by crystals was studied theoretically taking into account the electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions. The partial diagonalization of the Hamiltonian using unitary transformation was fulfilled. It allowed the structure of the many phonon repetition of bands to be described as a function of the electron-phonon interaction constant. It is shown that the spectral relations obtained for the scattering intensity can describe both the RS and the resonance RS (RRS) processes. Numerical modelling calculations for different parameters were carried out and comparisons with the experimental data for CdS and ZnO crystals were made.

  7. Polarization dependent behavior of CdS around the first and second LO-phonon modes

    Frausto-Reyes, C., E-mail: cfraus@cio.mx [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica AC, Unidad Aguascalientes, Prolong., Constitucion 607, Fracc. Reserva Loma Bonita, CP 20200, Apartado Postal 507, Ags. (Mexico); Molina-Contreras, J.R., E-mail: rmolina@correo.ita.mx [Departamento de Ingenieria Electrica y Electronica, Instituto Tecnologico de Aguascalientes, Av. Lopez Mateos 1081 Oriente, Fracc. Bonna Gens, CP 20256, Aguascalientes, Ags. (Mexico); Lopez-Alvarez, Y.F. [Departamento de Ingenieria Electrica y Electronica, Instituto Tecnologico de Aguascalientes, Av. Lopez Mateos 1081 Oriente, Fracc. Bonna Gens, CP 20256, Aguascalientes, Ags. (Mexico); Medel-Ruiz, C.I.; Perez Ladron de Guevara, H. [Universidad de Guadalajara, Centro Universitario de los Lagos, Av. Enrique Diaz de Leon s/n, Fracc. Paseos de la Montana, CP 47460, Lagos de Moreno, Jal. (Mexico); Ortiz-Morales, M. [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica AC, Unidad Aguascalientes, Prolong., Constitucion 607, Fracc. Reserva Loma Bonita, CP 20200, Apartado Postal 507, Ags. (Mexico)

    2010-10-25

    The present work report studies on resonant Raman experimental line shape for CdS around the first and second LO-phonon modes. The application of our method to the study of LO-phonon modes of CdS suggests that the scattered intensity is dominated by the surface and dependent on polarization. Results showed that the Raman spectra for CdS, roughly fall into three groups: a broad line-wing with apparent maxima around 194 cm{sup -1} in the range of 140 and 240 cm{sup -1} which can be ascribed to overtone scattering from acoustic phonons; a band near the 1LO phonon mode which can be attributed to a combination of one-phonon scattering and peak acoustic phonon and finally, a band near the 2LO phonon mode which can be attributed to a combination of two-phonon scattering and peak acoustic phonon.

  8. Polarization dependent behavior of CdS around the first and second LO-phonon modes

    The present work report studies on resonant Raman experimental line shape for CdS around the first and second LO-phonon modes. The application of our method to the study of LO-phonon modes of CdS suggests that the scattered intensity is dominated by the surface and dependent on polarization. Results showed that the Raman spectra for CdS, roughly fall into three groups: a broad line-wing with apparent maxima around 194 cm-1 in the range of 140 and 240 cm-1 which can be ascribed to overtone scattering from acoustic phonons; a band near the 1LO phonon mode which can be attributed to a combination of one-phonon scattering and peak acoustic phonon and finally, a band near the 2LO phonon mode which can be attributed to a combination of two-phonon scattering and peak acoustic phonon.

  9. Thermal characterization of nanoscale phononic crystals using supercell lattice dynamics

    Bruce L. Davis

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The concept of a phononic crystal can in principle be realized at the nanoscale whenever the conditions for coherent phonon transport exist. Under such conditions, the dispersion characteristics of both the constitutive material lattice (defined by a primitive cell and the phononic crystal lattice (defined by a supercell contribute to the value of the thermal conductivity. It is therefore necessary in this emerging class of phononic materials to treat the lattice dynamics at both periodicity levels. Here we demonstrate the utility of using supercell lattice dynamics to investigate the thermal transport behavior of three-dimensional nanoscale phononic crystals formed from silicon and cubic voids of vacuum. The periodicity of the voids follows a simple cubic arrangement with a lattice constant that is around an order of magnitude larger than that of the bulk crystalline silicon primitive cell. We consider an atomic-scale supercell which incorporates all the details of the silicon atomic locations and the void geometry. For this supercell, we compute the phonon band structure and subsequently predict the thermal conductivity following the Callaway-Holland model. Our findings dictate that for an analysis based on supercell lattice dynamics to be representative of the properties of the underlying lattice model, a minimum supercell size is needed along with a minimum wave vector sampling resolution. Below these minimum values, a thermal conductivity prediction of a bulk material based on a supercell will not adequately recover the value obtained based on a primitive cell. Furthermore, our results show that for the relatively small voids and void spacings we consider (where boundary scattering is dominant, dispersion at the phononic crystal unit cell level plays a noticeable role in determining the thermal conductivity.

  10. Bulk viscosity coefficients due to phonons in superfluid neutron stars

    Manuel, Cristina; Tolos, Laura [Institut de Ciències del Espai (IEEC/CSIC), Facultat de Ciències, Campus Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Torre C5, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Tarrús, Jaume, E-mail: cmanuel@ieec.uab.es, E-mail: tarrus@ecm.ub.edu, E-mail: tolos@ice.csic.es [Departament d' Estructura i Constituents de la Matèria, Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 647, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2013-07-01

    We calculate the three bulk viscosity coefficients as arising from the collisions among phonons in superfluid neutron stars. We use effective field theory techniques to extract the allowed phonon collisional processes, written as a function of the equation of state of the system. The solution of the dynamical evolution of the phonon number density allows us to calculate the bulk viscosity coefficients as function of the phonon collisional rate and the phonon dispersion law, which depends on the neutron pairing gap. Our method of computation is rather general, and could be used for different superfluid systems, provided they share the same underlying symmetries. We find that the behavior with temperature of the bulk viscosity coefficients is dominated by the contributions coming from the collinear regime of the 2↔3 phonon processes. For typical star radial pulsation frequencies of ω ∼ 10{sup 4}s{sup −1}, we obtain that the bulk viscosity coefficients at densities n∼>4n{sub 0} are within 10% from its static value for T∼<10{sup 9} K and for the case of strong neutron superfluidity in the core with a maximum value of the {sup 3}P{sub 2} gap above 1 MeV, while, otherwise, the static solution is not a valid approximation to the bulk viscosity coefficients. Compared to previous results from Urca and modified Urca reactions, we conclude that at T ∼ 10{sup 9}K phonon collisions give the leading contribution to the bulk viscosities in the core of the neutron stars, except for n ∼ 2n{sub 0} when the opening of the Urca processes takes place.

  11. Phonon Dispersion Relations in Alkali Metals

    It has been shown in this paper that the phonon dispersion curves of sodium in the [100], [110] and [111] symmetry directions can be explained well on the basis of a simple model, where one has to consider only central force constants between nearest and next nearest neighbours. The tangential force constant between the nearest neighbours is very much smaller as compared to the radial force constant, while for the next nearest neighbours the radial and tangential force constants are comparable. The calculation is carried out on the basis of the model suggested by de Launay, where it is shown that the conduction electrons exert a volume force for longitudinal modes. The stiffness constant of the electron gas is its bulk modulus which in de Launay's model is equal to the Cauchy discrepancy (C12-C14) for the cubic crystals. The three force constants α1, α2 and α1' can be determined from the measured elastic constants and the secular equation can be solved to give the dispersion curves. The dispersion curves have also been obtained using the calculated values of the bulk modulus of the electron gas after considering not only the exchange and correlation energies but also the Fermi kinetic energy. These also agree fairly well with experiment. The measured elastic constants as well as calculated bulk modulus of the electron gas indicate that the Cauchy relation C12 = C44 holds good approximately in alkali metals. This result is rather surprising as it requires that the interaction between the atoms be central in nature in spite of the metallic binding. A justification for this has been given by Cochran. A model with four force constants is being worked out. They can be determined from the three elastic constants and calculated bulk modulus of the electron gas. (author)

  12. Phonon transport in perovskite SrTiO3 from first principles

    Feng, Lei; Shiomi, Junichiro

    2015-01-01

    We investigate phonon transport in perovskite strontium titanate (SrTiO3) which is stable above its phase transition temperature (~105 K) by using first-principles molecular dynamics and anharmonic lattice dynamics. Unlike conventional ground-state-based perturbation methods that give imaginary phonon frequencies, the current calculation reproduces stable phonon dispersion relations observed in experiments. We find the contribution of optical phonons to overall lattice thermal conductivity is larger than 60%, markedly different from the usual picture with dominant contribution from acoustic phonons. The mode- and pseudopotential-dependence analysis suggests the strong attenuation of acoustic phonons transport originated from strong anharmonic coupling with the transversely-polarized ferroelectric modes.

  13. Multi-phonon dynamics of the ultra-fast photoinduced transition of (EDO-TTF){sub 2}SbF{sub 6}

    Lorenc, Maciej; Moisan, Nicolas; Servol, Marina; Cailleau, Herve; Collet, Eric [Institut de Physique de Rennes, UMR CNRS-University Rennes 1 campus Beaulieu, Rennes, 35042 (France); Koshihara, Shin-ya; Shao, Xiangfeng; Yamochi, Hideki [Non-equilibrium Dynamics Project, ERATO-JST, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Maesato, Mitsuhiko; Saito, Gunzi [Division of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501 (Japan); Nakano, Yoshiaki, E-mail: eric.collet@univ-rennes1.f [Research Center for Low Temperature and Materials Sciences, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8502 (Japan)

    2009-02-01

    We report here the first observation of the photoinduced insulating-to-metal phase transition in the (EDO-TTF){sub 2}SbF{sub 6} salt, which occurs on the picosecond time-scale. The time-resolved optical experiments performed with 80 fs time-resolution demonstrate that the dynamical process involves several low-frequency phonons, as the crystalline structure is destabilized upon laser excitation.

  14. Optical phonon characteristics of an orthorhombic-transformed polymorph of CaTa2O6 single crystal fibre

    Infrared-reflectivity spectroscopy and micro-Raman scattering were used to determine the optical phonon features of orthorhombic calcium tantalite (CaTa2O6) single crystal fibres. The fibres, obtained by the Laser-Heated Pedestal Growth method, grew into an ordered cubic structure (Pm 3-bar ). Long-time annealing was used to induce a polymorphic transformation to an aeschynite orthorhombic structure (Pnma space group). The phase transformation led to the appearance of structural domains and micro-cracks, responsible for diffuse scattering and depolarization of the scattered light in the visible range, but not in the infrared region. Thus, polarized infrared spectroscopy could be performed within oriented single domains, with an appropriate microscope, allowing us to determine all relevant polar phonons of the orthorhombic CaTa2O6. The obtained phononic dielectric response, ϵr = 22.4 and  = 86 × 103 GHz, shows the appropriateness of the material for microwave applications. Totally symmetric Raman modes could be resolved by polarization, after re-polishing the cracked sample surface. (papers)

  15. Thermally triggered phononic gaps in liquids at THz scale.

    Bolmatov, Dima; Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Zav'yalov, Dmitry; Stoupin, Stanislav; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Cai, Yong Q

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we present inelastic X-ray scattering experiments in a diamond anvil cell and molecular dynamic simulations to investigate the behavior of phononic excitations in liquid Ar. The spectra calculated using molecular dynamics were found to be in a good agreement with the experimental data. Furthermore, we observe that, upon temperature increases, a low-frequency transverse phononic gap emerges while high-frequency propagating modes become evanescent at the THz scale. The effect of strong localization of a longitudinal phononic mode in the supercritical phase is observed for the first time. The evidence for the high-frequency transverse phononic gap due to the transition from an oscillatory to a ballistic dynamic regimes of motion is presented and supported by molecular dynamics simulations. This transition takes place across the Frenkel line thermodynamic limit which demarcates compressed liquid and non-compressed fluid domains on the phase diagram and is supported by calculations within the Green-Kubo phenomenological formalism. These results are crucial to advance the development of novel terahertz thermal devices, phononic lenses, mirrors, and other THz metamaterials. PMID:26763899

  16. Reduction of thermal conductivity in phononic nanomesh structures

    Yu, Jen-Kan

    2010-07-25

    Controlling the thermal conductivity of a material independently of its electrical conductivity continues to be a goal for researchers working on thermoelectric materials for use in energy applications1,2 and in the cooling of integrated circuits3. In principle, the thermal conductivity κ and the electrical conductivity σ may be independently optimized in semiconducting nanostructures because different length scales are associated with phonons (which carry heat) and electric charges (which carry current). Phonons are scattered at surfaces and interfaces, so κ generally decreases as the surface-to-volume ratio increases. In contrast, σ is less sensitive to a decrease in nanostructure size, although at sufficiently small sizes it will degrade through the scattering of charge carriers at interfaces. Here, we demonstrate an approach to independently controlling κ based on altering the phonon band structure of a semiconductor thin film through the formation of a phononic nanomesh film. These films are patterned with periodic spacings that are comparable to, or shorter than, the phonon mean free path. The nanomesh structure exhibits a substantially lower thermal conductivity than an equivalently prepared array of silicon nanowires, even though this array has a significantly higher surface-to-volume ratio. Bulk-like electrical conductivity is preserved. We suggest that this development is a step towards a coherent mechanism for lowering thermal conductivity. © 2010 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  17. Phonon-limited transport coefficients in extrinsic graphene

    Munoz, Enrique

    2013-03-01

    The effect of electron-phonon scattering processes over the thermoelectric properties of extrinsic graphene was studied. Electron-phonon interaction is formulated in the second quantization language, for chiral Dirac spinor fields and phonon Bose fields, within the deformation potential approximation. Electrical and thermal resistivity, as well as the thermopower, were calculated within the Bloch theory approximations. Analytical expressions for the different transport coefficients were obtained from a variational solution of the Boltzmann transport equation. The phonon-limited electrical resistivity ρe - ph shows a linear in temperature dependence at high temperatures, and follows a ρe - ph ~T4 at low temperatures, in agreement with experiments. The phonon-limited thermal resistivity at low temperatures exhibits a ~ T dependence and achieves a nearly constant value at high temperatures. The predicted Seebeck coefficient at very low temperature is Q (T) ~π2kB T / (3 eEF) , which shows a n - 1 / 2 dependence with the carrier density, in agreement with experiments. E M aknowledges financial support from Fondecyt Grant 11100064

  18. Strong coupling of single emitters interacting with phononic infrared antennae

    A single emitter can couple with electromagnetic modes of dielectric cavities or metallic particles. In a similar manner, it can couple with a phononic mode supported by a nearby infrared antenna. We consider an emitter with a sufficiently large dipole moment coupled to a SiC bowtie structure supporting strongly localized phononic modes. We show that vacuum Rabi oscillations and large spectral anticrossing are possible, indicating that the emitter–phononic system is in the strong coupling regime. Pure dephasing degrades the response remarkably little. As expected for a quantum but not for a classical formalism, the frequency of the vacuum Rabi oscillations depends on the initial state. We also discuss the possibility of exciting hybrid modes with contributions from the emitter and from more than one of the phononic modes supported by the antenna. Phononic structures appear attractive to study such complex hybridization, as they can support several strongly confined modes with quality factors larger than one hundred in a relatively small spectral window. (paper)

  19. Electron-phonon heat exchange in layered nano-systems

    Anghel, D. V.; Cojocaru, S.

    2016-02-01

    We analyze the heat power P from electrons to phonons in thin metallic films deposited on free-standing dielectric membranes in a temperature range in which the phonon gas has a quasi two-dimensional distribution. The quantization of the electrons wavenumbers in the direction perpendicular to the film surfaces lead to the formation of quasi two-dimensional electronic sub-bands. The electron-phonon coupling is treated in the deformation potential model. If we denote by Te the electrons temperature and by Tph the phonons temperature, we find that P ≡P (0)(Te) -P (1)(Te ,Tph). Due to the quantization of the electronic states, both P (0) and P (1), plotted vs (Te , d) show very strong oscillations with d, forming sharp crests almost parallel to Te. From valley to crest, both P (0) and P (1) increase by more than one order of magnitude. In the valleys between the crests, P ∝ Te3.5-Tph3.5 in the low temperature limit, whereas on the crests P does not have a simple power law dependence on temperature. The strong modulation of P with the thickness of the film may provide a way to control the electron-phonon heat power and the power dissipation in thin metallic films. On the other hand, the surface imperfections of the metallic films can smoothen these modulations.

  20. Phonon dispersion relation in zircon: an inelastic neutron scattering study

    Full text: The silicate mineral zircon ZrSiO4 (space group I41/amd ; Z=2) is a host mineral for radioactive elements uranium and thorium in the earth's crust. Zircon undergoes a zircon to scheelite type phase transition at high pressure and temperature. Phonon spectrum is needed to develop a reliable interatomic potential model for the calculation of thermodynamic properties of zircon at high temperature and pressure. We earlier reported the low energy part (5-32 MeV) of the phonon dispersion curves along (100) and (001) directions from a natural single crystal of zircon (volume 4 cc) using triple axis spectrometer at Dhruva. The measurements at high energies requires good energy resolution and intensity. Continuing our work on zircon we have measured the phonon dispersion relation up to 50 MeV from the same single crystal at ISIS, UK using PRISMA spectrometer which is a multi analyser crystal spectrometer employing the time of flight technique. The low energy part of the phonon spectrum measured at Trombay is in good agreement with that measured at ISIS, UK. An independent lattice dynamical model is used for the calculations of one phonon inelastic structure factors for the selection of Bragg points for the inelastic measurements. The measurements are in good agreement with our lattice dynamical calculations

  1. Phonon anomalies and electron-phonon coupling of metal surfaces and thin films; Phononenanomalien und Elektron-Phonon-Kopplung an Metalloberflaechen und duennen Schichten

    Flach, B.

    2000-01-01

    This thesis has two topics: One is the investigation of an adsorbate induced phonon anomaly on W(110) and Mo{sub 1-x}Re{sub x}(110) (x = 5, 15, 25%) with inelastic helium atom scattering (HAS). The other one is the study of the growth, morphology and dynamics of ultra-thin lithium films deposited on W(110). In 1992 a giant phonon anomaly was found by J. Luedecke on the hydrogen saturated W(110) and Mo(110) surfaces. The anomaly consists of a deep and sharp indentation in the phonon dispersion curves in which the phonon energy nearly drops to zero ({omega}{sub 1}). In addition, a small and broad dip in the surface Rayleigh mode is observed ({omega}{sub 2}). The anomaly appears in the anti {gamma}-H- as well as in the anti {gamma}-S-direction of the surface Brillouin zone (SBZ). Since its first discovery, numerous other experimental and theoretical studies have followed. In the present work the effects is reinvestigated and experimental parameters, such as the crystal temperature and the incident energy, were changed in order to study their influence on the anomalous phonon behavior. In the case of H/Mo(110) the substrate was changed as well by alloying with small amounts of rhenium. In the present experiments a strong crystal temperature dependence of the {omega}{sub 2}-branch was found which leads to lower energies at the 'dip' for smaller temperatures, while the {omega}{sub 1}-anomaly remains unchanged. Such behavior agrees well with the picture that the {omega}{sub 2}-branch is due to a Kohn anomaly. (orig.)

  2. Near-forward Raman selection rules of the phonon-polariton created by alloying in (Zn,Be)Se

    Dicko, H.; Pages, O.; Firszt, F.; Strzalkowski, K.; Paszkowicz, W.; Maillard, A.; Jobard, C.; Broch, L.

    2016-01-01

    The Raman selection rules of the (ZnSe, BeSe) mixed phonon polariton created by alloying in the three mode (1ZnSe, 2BeSe) ZnBeSe system, whose dramatic S like dispersion covers the large frequency gap between the ZnSe and BeSe spectral ranges, is studied in its wave vector dependence by near forward scattering. Both the collapse regime away from the Brillouin zone centre and the reinforcement regime near the Brillouin zone centre are addressed, using appropriate laser lines and Be contents. W...

  3. Imaging of Anomalous Internal Reflections of Hyperbolic Phonon-Polaritons in Hexagonal Boron Nitride

    Giles, Alexander J.; Dai, Siyuan; Glembocki, Orest J.; Kretinin, Andrey V.; Sun, Zhiyuan; Ellis, Chase T.; Tischler, Joseph G.; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Fogler, Michael M.; Novoselov, Kostya S.; Basov, Dimitri. N.; Caldwell, Joshua D.

    2016-06-01

    We use scanning near-field optical microscopy to study the response of hexagonal boron nitride nanocones at infrared frequencies, where this material behaves as a hyperbolic medium. The obtained images are dominated by a series of hot rings that occur on the sloped sidewalls of the nanocones. The ring positions depend on the incident laser frequency and the nanocone shape. Both dependences are consistent with directional propagation of hyperbolic phonon polariton rays that are launched at the edges and zigzag through the interior of the nanocones, sustaining multiple internal reflections off the sidewalls. Additionally, we observe a strong overall enhancement of the near-field signal at discrete resonance frequencies. These resonances attest to low dielectric losses that permit coherent standing waves of the sub-diffractional polaritons to form. We comment on potential applications of such shape-dependent resonances and the field concentration at the hot rings.

  4. Probing thermomechanics at the nanoscale: impulsively excited pseudosurface acoustic waves in hypersonic phononic crystals.

    Nardi, Damiano; Travagliati, Marco; Siemens, Mark E; Li, Qing; Murnane, Margaret M; Kapteyn, Henry C; Ferrini, Gabriele; Parmigiani, Fulvio; Banfi, Francesco

    2011-10-12

    High-frequency surface acoustic waves can be generated by ultrafast laser excitation of nanoscale patterned surfaces. Here we study this phenomenon in the hypersonic frequency limit. By modeling the thermomechanics from first-principles, we calculate the system's initial heat-driven impulsive response and follow its time evolution. A scheme is introduced to quantitatively access frequencies and lifetimes of the composite system's excited eigenmodes. A spectral decomposition of the calculated response on the eigemodes of the system reveals asymmetric resonances that result from the coupling between surface and bulk acoustic modes. This finding allows evaluation of impulsively excited pseudosurface acoustic wave frequencies and lifetimes and expands our understanding of the scattering of surface waves in mesoscale metamaterials. The model is successfully benchmarked against time-resolved optical diffraction measurements performed on one-dimensional and two-dimensional surface phononic crystals, probed using light at extreme ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths. PMID:21910426

  5. Intentional Action and Action Slips.

    Heckhausen, Heinz; Beckmann, Jurgen

    1990-01-01

    An explanation of action slips is offered that examines controlled actions in the context of an intentional behavior theory. Actions are considered guided by mentally represented intentions, subdivided into goal intentions and contingent instrumental intentions. Action slips are categorized according to problem areas in the enactment of goal…

  6. Laser cooling and control of excitations in superfluid helium

    Harris, G. I.; McAuslan, D. L.; Sheridan, E.; Sachkou, Y.; Baker, C.; Bowen, W. P.

    2016-08-01

    Superfluidity is a quantum state of matter that exists macroscopically in helium at low temperatures. The elementary excitations in superfluid helium have been probed with great success using techniques such as neutron and light scattering. However, measurements of phonon excitations have so far been limited to average thermodynamic properties or the driven response far out of thermal equilibrium. Here, we use cavity optomechanics to probe the thermodynamics of phonon excitations in real time. Furthermore, strong light-matter interactions allow both laser cooling and amplification. This represents a new tool to observe and control superfluid excitations that may provide insight into phonon-phonon interactions, quantized vortices and two-dimensional phenomena such as the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. The third sound modes studied here also offer a pathway towards quantum optomechanics with thin superfluid films, including the prospect of femtogram masses, high mechanical quality factors, strong phonon-phonon and phonon-vortex interactions, and self-assembly into complex geometries with sub-nanometre feature size.

  7. Biochemical Changes in Saliva of Patients with Chronic Generalized Parodontitis under Combined Action of Alternating Running Magnetic Field and Laser Radiation

    O.Yu. Guseva

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Biochemical changes in oral fluid of patients with chronic generalized parodontitis were investigated; the most informative indices were found out, they were used for estimating complex therapy effectiveness by means of low intensive helium — neon laser radiation and alternating running magnetic field

  8. Anharmonic phonons and magnons in BiFeO3

    The phonon density of states (DOS) and magnetic excitation spectrum of polycrystalline BiFeO3 were measured for temperatures 200 < T < 750K, using inelastic neutron scattering (INS). Our results indicate that the magnetic spectrum of BiFeO3 closely resembles that of similar Fe perovskites, such as LaFeO3, despite the cycloid modulation in BiFeO3. We do not find any evidence for a spin gap. A strong T-dependence of the phonon DOS was found, with a marked broadening of the whole spectrum, providing evidence of strong anharmonicity. This anharmonicity is corroborated by large amplitude motions of Bi and O ions observed with neutron diffraction. These results highlight the importance of spin-phonon coupling in this material.

  9. Anharmonic phonons and magnons in BiFeO3

    Delaire, Olivier A [ORNL; Ma, Jie [ORNL; Stone, Matthew B [ORNL; Huq, Ashfia [ORNL; Gout, Delphine J [ORNL; Brown, Craig [National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Wang, Kefeng [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing; Ren, Zhifeng [Boston College, Chestnut Hill

    2012-01-01

    The phonon density of states (DOS) and magnetic excitation spectrum of polycrystalline BiFeO3 were measured for temperatures 200 < T < 750K , using inelastic neutron scattering (INS). Our results indicate that the magnetic spectrum of BiFeO3 closely resembles that of similar Fe perovskites, such as LaFeO3, despite the cycloid modulation in BiFeO3. We do not find any evidence for a spin gap. A strong T-dependence of the phonon DOS was found, with a marked broadening of the whole spectrum, providing evidence of strong anharmonicity. This anharmonicity is corroborated by large amplitude motions of Bi and O ions observed with neutron diffraction. These results highlight the importance of spin-phonon coupling in this material.

  10. Phonon Properties of Materials from Neutron Resonance Doppler Broadening Measurements

    Eric Lynn, J.

    2002-12-01

    At low temperatures the Doppler broadened widths of neutron resonances are strongly affected by the phonon characteristics of the material used for making the cross-section measurement. The Doppler width can be expressed in terms of the moments of the phonon spectrum carried by the atomic species with the resonant cross-section. Cross-section measurements made with tungsten and tantalum metals are reviewed here and compared with phonon information obtained by other methods. Applications of the method to a plutonium-gallium alloy and to some lanthanum barium cuprates are described briefly. We discuss possible extensions of the technique and how an epithermal flight path at the SNS may be advantageous.

  11. Thermal energy transport in a surface phonon-polariton crystal

    Ordonez-Miranda, Jose; Tranchant, Laurent; Joulain, Karl; Ezzahri, Younes; Drevillon, Jérémie; Volz, Sebastian

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate that the energy transport of surface phonon polaritons can efficiently be observed in a crystal made up of a three-dimensional assembly of spheroidal nanoparticles of silicon carbide. The ultralow phonon thermal conductivity of this nanostructure, along with its high surface area-to-volume ratio, allows the predominance of the polariton energy over that generated by phonons. The polariton dispersion relation, propagation length, and thermal conductance are numerically determined as functions of the size, shape, and temperature of the nanoparticles. It is shown that the thermal conductance of a crystal with prolate nanoparticles at 500 K and a minor (major) axis of 50 nm (5 μ m ) is 0.5 nW K-1 , which is comparable to the quantum of thermal conductance of polar nanowires. We also show that a nanoparticle size dispersion of up to 200 nm does not change significantly the polariton energy, which supports the technological feasibility of the proposed crystal.

  12. Phonon-mediated magnetic polaritons
in the infrared region.

    Wang, L P; Zhang, Z M

    2011-03-14

    Magnetic polaritons that couple electromagnetic waves with magnetic excitation can be used for tailoring the radiative properties of materials in energy-harvesting and other applications. Previous studies used metallic microstructures to induce magnetic responses. With rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA), transmission enhancement with a SiC slit array and coherent thermal emission with a SiC deep grating is theoretically demonstrated in the infrared within the phonon absorption band. The field distributions and the agreement in the resonance frequencies predicted from both RCWA and LC circuit models strongly suggest that magnetic polaritons exist in the SiC microstructures. This type of magnetic polariton is mediated by vibration of atoms in polar materials (i.e., optical phonons), rather than by free electrons in metals. Our results suggest that phonon-mediated magnetic polaritons have promising applications such as filters and selective coherent emitters in the infrared spectral region. PMID:21445214

  13. Oxyfluoroborate host glass for upconversion application: phonon energy calculation

    Abdel-Baki, Manal; El-Diasty, Fouad

    2016-04-01

    Reducing the glass phonon energy is an essential procedure to achieve high efficient radiative upconversion process. The degree of covalence of chemical bonds is responsible for the high oscillator strength of intracenter transitions in rare-earth ions. So, conversion covalent to ionic glass character is proposed as a structure-sensitive criterion that controls the phonon energy of the glasses. A series of oxyfluoro aluminum-borate host glasses used for upconversion application is prepared by the conventional melt-quenching technique. Through lithium oxide substitution by lithium fluoride, the ionic-covalent property of Li+ ion successes to regulate the band gap energies of the studied glasses. Furthermore, a new method to determine the glass phonon energy is offered.

  14. Coupling of molecular vibrons with contact phonon reservoirs

    Romano, G; Pecchia, A; Di Carlo, A [Department of Electronics Engineering, University of Rome ' Tor Vergata' , Via del Politecnico 1, 00133, Rome (Italy)

    2007-05-30

    In this paper we describe a computational method for coupling localized molecular vibrations with contact phonons using a Green's function formalism. The phonon Green's function is constructed from the dynamical matrix of the contact-molecule-contact coupled system. Within this formalism we identify the imaginary part of the self-energy as the vibron lifetime for decay into contact phonons. This first-principles calculation allows us to compute the microscopic energy dissipation and the heat transport from the molecule to the contacts. This is a fundamental step for the evaluation of the power dissipated in molecular devices and for studying the thermal stability of molecular devices.

  15. Spin-phonon coupling in scandium doped gallium ferrite

    We embarked on a study of Scandium (Sc) doped (onto Ga site) gallium ferrite (GaFeO3) and found remarkable magnetic properties. In both doped as well as parent compounds, there were three types of Fe3+ ions (depending on the symmetry) with the structure conforming to space group Pna21 (Sp. Grp. No. 33) below room temperature down to 5 K. We also found that all Fe3+ ions occupy octahedral sites, and carry high spin moment. For the higher Sc substituted sample (Ga1−xScxFeO3: x = 0.3), a canted magnetic ordered state is found. Spin-phonon coupling below Néel temperature was observed in doped compounds. Our results indicated that Sc doping in octahedral site modifies spin-phonon interactions of the parent compound. The spin-phonon coupling strength was estimated for the first time in these Sc substituted compounds

  16. Competing soft phonon modes in TbTe3

    We report high energy resolution inelastic x-ray measurements of competing soft phonon modes in the vicinity of the charge-density-wave (CDW) phase transition in TbTe3. We investigated two phonon modes having each a transverse polarization within the basal plane of the nearly tetragonal unit cell (a=4.308, b=25.57, c=4.314) but are dispersing along the reciprocal (100) and the (001) directions. Only the latter one is expected to go soft at qCDW = (0,0,0.296) and TCDW = 332 K. We found that both phonon modes go soft approaching TCDW from high temperatures. The softenings are identical down to T = 350 K, and only for T CDW. Our results are corroborated by lattice dynamical calculations demonstrating the degeneracy between the two crystallographic axes with respect to the formation of CDW order.

  17. Photonic-phononic orbital angular momentum in Brillouin parametric conversion

    Zhu, Zhihan; Mu, Chunyuan; Li, Hongwei

    2014-01-01

    Orbital angular momentum (OAM) is a fundamental photonic degree of freedom, showed by Allen and co-workers. Its most attractive feature is an inherently infinite dimensionality, which in recent years has obtained several ground-breaking demonstrations for high information-density communication and processing, both in classical and quantum. Here, by seeking the reason for photonic OAM non-conservation in stimulated Brillouin amplification, we report the first demonstration of the evolution law for OAM in Brillouin process. The parameter of OAM can conveniently transfer between the phonons and different polarized photons due to the photonic spin angular momentum conservation. Our results have revealed a parametric conversion mechanism of Brillouin process for Photonic-phononic OAM, demonstrated the role of phononic OAM and the vortex acoustic wave in this process, and suggested this mechanism may find important applications in OAM-based information communication and processing.

  18. Phonon routing in integrated optomechanical cavity-waveguide systems

    Fang, Kejie; Luan, Xingsheng; Painter, Oskar

    2015-01-01

    The mechanical properties of light have found widespread use in the manipulation of gas-phase atoms and ions, helping create new states of matter and realize complex quantum interactions. The field of cavity-optomechanics strives to scale this interaction to much larger, even human-sized mechanical objects. Going beyond the canonical Fabry-Perot cavity with a movable mirror, here we explore a new paradigm in which multiple cavity-optomechanical elements are wired together to form optomechanical circuits. Using a pair of optomechanical cavities coupled together via a phonon waveguide we demonstrate a tunable delay and filter for microwave-over-optical signal processing. In addition, we realize a tight-binding form of mechanical coupling between distant optomechanical cavities, leading to direct phonon exchange without dissipation in the waveguide. These measurements indicate the feasibility of phonon-routing based information processing in optomechanical crystal circuitry, and further, to the possibility of re...

  19. Electromagnetic excitation of phonons at C(001) surfaces

    Perez-Sanchez, F L [Escuela de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma ' Benito Juarez' de Oaxaca, Avenida Universidad S/N, Ex-Hacienda de Cinco Senores, Ciudad Universitaria, Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, 68120 (Mexico); Perez-Rodriguez, F, E-mail: fperez@sirio.ifuap.buap.m [Instituto de Fisica, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Apartado Post. J-48, Puebla 72570 (Mexico)

    2009-09-02

    The photon-phonon coupling at C(001)-(2 x 1) surfaces and its manifestation in far-infrared reflectance anisotropy spectra (FIR-RAS) are theoretically investigated. We solve the coupled system of equations for the electromagnetic field and lattice vibrations, described within the adiabatic bond charge model (ABCM), with the method of expansion into bulk phonon and photon modes. The calculated FIR-RAS exhibit resonances associated with zone-center surface phonons in good agreement with available HREELS experiments and predictions of vibrational modes for diamond (001)-(2 x 1) surfaces from ABCM and ab initio calculations. Interestingly, the reflectance anisotropy spectra for a C(001)-(2 x 1) surface turn out to be qualitatively different from the spectra for a Si(001)-(2 x 1) surface, reported previously.

  20. Reconciling perturbative approaches in phonon-assisted transport junctions

    Agarwalla, Bijay Kumar; Segal, Dvira

    2016-02-01

    We present consistent results for molecular conduction using two central-complementary approaches: the non-equilibrium Green's function technique and the quantum master equation method. Our model describes electronic conduction in a donor-acceptor junction in which electron transfer is coupled to nuclear motion, modeled by a harmonic vibrational mode. This primary mode is further coupled to secondary phonon modes, a thermal bath. Assuming weak electron-phonon coupling but an arbitrary large molecule-metal hybridization, we compute several non-equilibrium transport quantities: the mean phonon number of the primary mode, charge current statistics. We further present scaling relations for the cumulants valid in the large voltage regime. Our analysis illustrates that the non-equilibrium Green's function technique and the quantum master equation method can be worked out consistently, when taking into account corresponding scattering processes.

  1. Infrared phonon activity and Fano interference in multilayer graphenes

    Recent optical measurements in bilayer graphene have reported a strong dependence on phonon peak intensity, as well on the asymmetric Fano lineshape, on the charge doping and on the bandgap, tuned by gate voltage. In this paper, we show how these features can be analyzed and predicted on a microscopic quantitative level using the charge-phonon theory applied to the specific case of graphene systems. We present a phase diagram where the infrared activity of both the symmetric (E g) and antisymmetric (E u) phonon modes is evaluated as a function of doping and gap. We also show how a switching mechanism between these two modes can occur, governing the dominance of the optical response of one mode with respect to the other. The theory presented here can be also generalized to bulk graphite and to multilayer systems with different stacking orders, providing a useful roadmap for the characterization of graphenic systems by optical infrared means. (paper)

  2. Reprint of : Absorbing/Emitting Phonons with one dimensional MOSFETs

    Bosisio, Riccardo; Gorini, Cosimo; Fleury, Geneviève; Pichard, Jean-Louis

    2016-08-01

    We consider nanowires in the field effect transistor device configuration. Modeling each nanowire as a one dimensional lattice with random site potentials, we study the heat exchanges between the nanowire electrons and the substrate phonons, when electron transport is due to phonon-assisted hops between localized states. Shifting the nanowire conduction band with a metallic gate induces different behaviors. When the Fermi potential is located near the band center, a bias voltage gives rise to small local heat exchanges which fluctuate randomly along the nanowire. When it is located near one of the band edges, the bias voltage yields heat currents which flow mainly from the substrate towards the nanowire near one boundary of the nanowire, and in the opposite direction near the other boundary. This opens interesting perspectives for heat management at submicron scales: arrays of parallel gated nanowires could be used for a field control of phonon emission/absorption.

  3. Reconciling perturbative approaches in phonon-assisted transport junctions.

    Agarwalla, Bijay Kumar; Segal, Dvira

    2016-02-21

    We present consistent results for molecular conduction using two central-complementary approaches: the non-equilibrium Green's function technique and the quantum master equation method. Our model describes electronic conduction in a donor-acceptor junction in which electron transfer is coupled to nuclear motion, modeled by a harmonic vibrational mode. This primary mode is further coupled to secondary phonon modes, a thermal bath. Assuming weak electron-phonon coupling but an arbitrary large molecule-metal hybridization, we compute several non-equilibrium transport quantities: the mean phonon number of the primary mode, charge current statistics. We further present scaling relations for the cumulants valid in the large voltage regime. Our analysis illustrates that the non-equilibrium Green's function technique and the quantum master equation method can be worked out consistently, when taking into account corresponding scattering processes. PMID:26896971

  4. Rotational character change of the one-phonon and two-phonon $\\gamma$ vibration in odd-$A$ nuclei

    Matsuzaki, Masayuki

    2014-01-01

    \\item[Background] The $\\gamma$ vibration is the most typical low-lying collective motion prevailing the nuclear chart. But only few one-phonon rotational bands in odd-$A$ nuclei have been known. Furthermore, two-phonon states, even the band head, have been observed in a very limited number of nuclides not only of odd-$A$ but even-even. \\item[Purpose] Among them, that in $^{105}$Mo is unique in that Coriolis effects are expected to be stronger than in $^{103}$Nb and $^{105}$Nb on which theoretical studies were reported. Then the purpose of the present work is to study $^{105}$Mo paying attention to rotational character change of the one-phonon and two-phonon bands in comparison with the present author's previous studies on $^{103}$Nb and $^{105}$Nb. \\item[Method] The particle-vibration coupling model based on the cranking model and the random-phase approximation is used to calculate the vibrational states in rotating odd-$A$ nuclei. \\item[Results] The present model reproduces the observed yrast zero-phonon and...

  5. Effect of optical waveguiding mechanism on the lasing action of chirped InAs/AlGaInAs/InP quantum dash lasers

    Khan, Mohammed Zahed Mustafa

    2013-03-04

    We report on the atypical emission dynamics of InAs/AlGaInAs/InP quantum dash (Qdash) lasers employing varying AlGaInAs barrier thickness (multilayer-chirped structure). The analysis is carried out via fabry-perot (FP) ridge (RW) and stripe waveguide (SW) laser characterization corresponding to the index and gain guided waveguiding mechanisms, respectively, and at different current pulse width operations. The laser emissions are found to emerge from the size dispersion of the Qdash ensembles across the four Qdash-barrier stacks, and governed by their overlapping quasi-zero dimensional density of states (DOS). The spectral characteristics demonstrated prominent dependence on the waveguiding mechanism at quasi-continuous wave (QCW) operation (long pulse width). The RW geometry showed unusual spectral split in the emission spectra on increasing current injection while the SW geometry showed typical broadening of lasing spectra. These effects were attributed to the highly inhomogeneous active region, the nonequilibrium carrier distribution and the energy exchange between Qdash groups across the Qdash-barrier stacks. Furthermore, QCW operation showed a progressive red shift of emission spectra with injection current, resulted from active region heating and carrier depopulation, which was observed to be minimal in the short pulse width (SPW) operation. Our investigation sheds light on the device physics of chirped Qdash laser structure and provides guidelines for further optimization in obtaining broad-gain laser diodes. © (2013) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

  6. Phonon scattering and transmission at silicon-helium interfaces

    Using a 2D thermal conductivity technique, the phonon scattering and transmission probabilities have been measured from 0.05K to 2.5K for silicon in contact with liquid 4He. For polished surfaces at low temperature, the diffuse scattering probability is less than 0.5%, and the classical Acoustic Mismatch Model of Khalatnikov correctly describes the observed transmission probability. At higher temperatures, the residual roughness of the surface causes additional diffuse phonon scattering which leads to enhanced transmission across the interface. Samples with thermal oxide films on the surfaces have additional diffuse scattering, which can be adequately described by assuming the films scatter phonons with the same probability as bulk a-SiO2. Samples with either 60 angstrom or 300 angstrom Au films have diffuse scattering probabilities and transmission probabilities that are practically identical, confirming the hypothesis of Klitsner that thin Au films scatter phonons because of the open-quotes mud-flatclose quotes film morphology, a form of scattering that will not depend strongly on film thickness. The transmission probability is only 25-30% of that predicted by Diffuse Mismatch Model however, and this discrepancy has not been adequately explained. Samples with 2D Au diffraction gratings on them exhibited coherent resonant scattering of the phonons, but little phonon transmission. Samples which had been roughened by sandblasting or chemical etching had very high diffuse scattering probabilities, but the transmission probability for the sandblasted sample was much smaller than for the etched sample because of the subsurface damage caused the physical sandblasting process. Of the samples measured, only the etched sample showed a large transmission probability at low temperatures. Summarizing, the author has confirmed the veracity of the Acoustic Mismatch Model for the thermal boundary resistance at an ideal solid surface in contact with liquid helium

  7. Design Concepts of Terahertz Quantum Cascade lasers: Proposal for Terahertz Laser Efficiency Improvements

    Kubis, Tillmann; Mehrotra, Saumitra Raj; Klimeck, Gerhard

    2010-01-01

    Conceptual disadvantages of typical resonant phonon terahertz quantum cascade lasers THz-QCLs are analyzed. Alternative designs and their combination within a concrete device proposal are discussed to improve the QCL performance. The improvements are 1 indirect pumping of the upper laser level, 2 diagonal optical transitions, 3 complete electron thermalization, and 4 materials with low effective electron masses. The nonequilibrium Green’s function method is applied to predict statio...

  8. Broadband Phonon Scattering in PbTe-based Materials Driven Near the Peierls Phase Transition by Strain or Alloying

    Savic, Ivana; Murphy, Ronan; Murray, Eamonn; Fahy, Stephen

    Efficient thermoelectric energy conversion is highly desirable as 60% of the consumed energy is wasted as heat. Low lattice thermal conductivity is one of the key factors leading to high thermoelectric efficiency of a material. However, the major obstacle in the design of such materials is the difficulty in efficiently scattering phonons across the frequency spectrum. Using first principles calculations, we predict that driving PbTe materials close to a Peierls-like phase transition could be a powerful strategy to solve this problem. We illustrate this concept by applying tensile [001] strain to PbTe and its alloys with another rock-salt IV-VI material, PbSe; and by alloying PbTe with a IV-VI Peierls-distorted material, GeTe. This induces extremely soft optical modes, which increase acoustic-optical phonon coupling and decrease phonon lifetimes at all frequencies. We show that PbTe, Pb(Se,Te) and (Pb,Ge)Te alloys driven near the phase transition in the described manner could have the lattice thermal conductivity considerably lower than that of PbTe. The proposed concept may open new opportunities for the development of more efficient thermoelectric materials. This work was supported by Science Foundation Ireland and the Marie-Curie Action COFUND under Starting Investigator Research Grant 11/SIRG/E2113.

  9. Hot carrier and hot phonon coupling during ultrafast relaxation of photoexcited electrons in graphene

    Iglesias, J. M.; Martín, M. J.; Pascual, E.; Rengel, R., E-mail: raulr@usal.es [Department of Applied Physics, University of Salamanca, Salamanca 37008 (Spain)

    2016-01-25

    We study, by means of a Monte Carlo simulator, the hot phonon effect on the relaxation dynamics in photoexcited graphene and its quantitative impact as compared with considering an equilibrium phonon distribution. Our multi-particle approach indicates that neglecting the hot phonon effect significantly underestimates the relaxation times in photoexcited graphene. The hot phonon effect is more important for a higher energy of the excitation pulse and photocarrier densities between 1 and 3 × 10{sup 12 }cm{sup −2}. Acoustic intervalley phonons play a non-negligible role, and emitted phonons with wavelengths limited up by a maximum (determined by the carrier concentration) induce a slower carrier cooling rate. Intrinsic phonon heating is damped in graphene on a substrate due to the additional cooling pathways, with the hot phonon effect showing a strong inverse dependence with the carrier density.

  10. Electrons in anharmonic phonon fields of low-dimensional high-Tc superconductors

    A general mathematical formulation is developed for calculating the electron response function of layered superconductors. A model Hamiltonian for the low-dimensional superconducting system is developed which includes (i) bare electron interactions, (ii) harmonic phonon fields, (iii) electron-phonon interactions, (iv) anharmonic phonons and (v) effects of localized phonon fields. Quantum dynamics of electrons is studied adopting the Green's function theory via this advanced Hamiltonian in order to describe the many-body problem. This work remarkably describes that the electron-phonon coupling coefficient shows its inevitable presence in all sectors of phonon fields, namely, the fields of (i) anharmonic phonons (ii) localized phonons and (iii) the impurity-anharmonicity interaction. The expressions for electron density of states and electron heat capacity are also obtained in the new framework. (orig.)

  11. Optical-phonon-induced frictional drag in coupled two-dimensional electron gases

    Hu, Ben Yu-Kuang

    1998-01-01

    The role of optical phonons in frictional drag between two adjacent but electrically isolated two-dimensional electron gases is investigated. Since the optical phonons in III-V materials have a considerably larger coupling to electrons than acoustic phonons (which are the dominant drag mechanism at...... low T and large separations), it might be expected that the optical phonons will contribute a large effect at high temperatures. The two key differences between optical-and acoustic-phonon-mediated drag are (i) the optical-phonon-mediated interlayer interaction is short-ranged due to the negligible...... group velocity at the Brillouin zone center, and (ii) the typical momentum transfer for an optical-phonon-mediated scattering is relatively large. These considerations make optical-phonon-mediated drag difficult to see in single-subband GaAs systems, but it may be possible to see the effect in double...

  12. Phonon relaxation of subgap levels in superconducting quantum point contacts

    Superconducting quantum point contacts (SQPC) are known to possess two subgap states per each propagating mode. The phonon relaxation in SQPC is considered for the case, when the superconducting phases on the contact terminal ase assumed to be rigidly fixed. The direct relaxation rate of subgap states in SQPC with the emission of an acoustic phonon is calculated at low temperature T. If the reflection in the contact is small, the relaxation time may become much longer than the characteristic lifetime of a bulk quasiparticle. The relaxation rate does not vanish T → 0, but it is strongly suppressed in the case of a nearly ballistic contact

  13. Inelastic x-ray scattering from phonons under multibeam conditions

    Bosak, Alexey; Krisch, Michael

    2007-03-01

    We report on an experimental observation of a previously neglected multibeam contribution to the inelastic x-ray scattering cross section. Its manifestation is a substantial modification of the apparent phonon selection rules when two (or more) reciprocal lattice points are simultaneously intercepted by the Ewald sphere. The observed multibeam contributions can be treated semi-quantitatively in the frame of Renninger’s “simplest approach.” A few corollaries, relevant for experimental work on inelastic scattering from phonons, are presented.

  14. Topology optimization of two-dimensional asymmetrical phononic crystals

    Dong, Hao-Wen [Institute of Engineering Mechanics, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Su, Xiao-Xing [School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Wang, Yue-Sheng, E-mail: yswang@bjtu.edu.cn [Institute of Engineering Mechanics, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Zhang, Chuanzeng [Department of Civil Engineering, University of Siegen, D-57068 Siegen (Germany)

    2014-01-17

    The multiple elitist genetic algorithm with the adaptive fuzzy fitness granulation (AFFG) is used to design the phononic crystals with large relative bandgap width (BGW) for combined out-of-plane and in-plane wave modes. Without assumption on the symmetry of the unit-cell, we obtain an asymmetrical phononic crystal with the relative BGW which is quite larger than that of the optimized symmetrical structure. With the help of AFFG, the number of the fitness function evaluations is reduced by over 50% and the procedure converges 5 times faster than the conventional evolutionary algorithm to reach the same final fitness values.

  15. Band gap engineering in simultaneous phononic and photonic crystal slabs

    Djafari Rouhani, B.; Pennec, Y.; Vasseur, J.O.; Hassouani, Y.El; Li, C.; Akjouj, A. [Universite de Lille1 Sciences et Technologies, Cite Scientifique, Institut d' Electronique, de Microelectronique et de Nanotechnologie, UMR CNRS 8520, Villeneuve d' Ascq (France); Boudouti, E.H.El; Bria, D. [Universite de Lille1 Sciences et Technologies, Cite Scientifique, Institut d' Electronique, de Microelectronique et de Nanotechnologie, UMR CNRS 8520, Villeneuve d' Ascq (France); Universite d' Oujda, Laboratoire de Dynamique et d' Optique des Materiaux, Faculte des Sciences, Oujda (Morocco)

    2011-06-15

    We discuss the simultaneous existence of phononic and photonic band gaps in two types of phononic crystals slabs, namely periodic arrays of nanoholes in a Si membrane and of Si nanodots on a SiO{sub 2} membrane. In the former geometry, we investigate in detail both the boron nitride lattice and the square lattice with two atoms per unit cell (these include the square, triangular and honeycomb lattices as particular cases). In the latter geometry, some preliminary results are reported for a square lattice. (orig.)

  16. The inverted pendulum, interface phonons and optic Tamm states

    Combe, Nicolas

    2011-01-01

    The propagation of waves in periodic media is related to the parametric oscillators. We transpose the possibility that a parametric pendulum oscillates in the vicinity of its unstable equilibrium positions to the case of waves in lossless unidimensional periodic media. This concept formally applies to any kind of wave. We apply and develop it to the case of phonons in realizable structures and evidence new classes of phonons. Discussing the case of electromagnetic waves, we show that our concept is related to optic Tamm states one but extends it to periodic Optic Tamm state.

  17. Electronic Contributions to the Phonon Damping in Metals

    An imaginary part of the dielectric matrix is derived based on a first order perturbation expansion of the valence electron states in a local potential model of the crystal. The results are used to estimate the electronic contributions to the phonon damping in aluminum and lead. The corrections which have been obtained are of the same order of magnitude at small phonon momenta as the damping earlier calculated for the free electrons. However, the discrepancies between the theoretical and experimental results still remain. The major contribution to damping seems to originate in anharmonic effects, even at 80 deg K

  18. Phonon effects in STJ X-ray detectors

    Andrianov, V.A. E-mail: andrva@srdlan.npi.msu.su; Dmitriev, P.N.; Koshelets, V.P.; Kozin, M.G.; Romashkina, I.L.; Sergeev, S.A.; Shpinel, V.S

    2000-04-07

    Influence of the phonon effects on the output signal of superconducting tunnel X-ray detectors was studied for junctions of two types: the standard Nb/Al/AlO{sub x}/Nb junctions and the multilayer asymmetric Nb/Al/AlO{sub x}/Al/Nb/NbN junctions with the proximity Al trapping layer. It was shown that phonon exchange can change the shape, the amplitude and the polarity of the signal. The most pronounced effects were observed in asymmetric junctions for the signals from the electrode with higher gap.

  19. Unraveling the acoustic electron-phonon interaction in graphene

    Kaasbjerg, Kristen; Thygesen, Kristian S.; Jacobsen, Karsten W.

    2012-01-01

    Using a first-principles approach we calculate the electron-phonon couplings in graphene for the transverse and longitudinal acoustic phonons. Analytic forms of the coupling matrix elements valid in the long-wavelength limit are found to give an almost quantitative description of the first...... that the intrinsic effective acoustic deformation potential of graphene is Ξeff=6.8 eV and that the temperature dependence of the mobility μ~T-α in the Bloch-Gru¨neisen regime increases beyond an α=4 dependence even in the absence of screening when the true coupling matrix elements are considered. The α>4...

  20. Photons, phonons, and plasmons with orbital angular momentum in plasmas

    Chen, Qiang; Liu, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Exact eigen modes with orbital angular momentum (OAM) in the complex media of unmagnetized homogeneous plasma are studied. Three exact eigen modes with OAM are discovered, i.e., photons, phonons, and plasmons. It is found that an OAM photon can be excited by two familiar Bessel modes without OAM. For the phonons and plasmons, their OAM are carried by the electrons and ions. The OAM modes in plasmas and their characteristics can be explored for various potential applications in plasma physics and accelerator physics.

  1. Symmetry of the Gap Deduced from the Phonon Renormalization

    The influence of the gap anisotropy on the superconductivity induced renormalization of q = 0 phonons is studied. An analytical expression for the shift and the broadening of the phonon lines is derived in second order of the electron-lattice coupling. The full k-dependency of the gap function is taken into account. The renormalization is calculated numerically for different anisotropies of the gap (s-wave, d-wave...) And compared to Raman experiments. The value of the hole-lattice coupling in the high-Tc materials can be estimated

  2. Optical Conductivity of Graphene Sheet Including Electron-Phonon Interaction

    Hamze Mousavi

    2012-01-01

    Using an expression of optical conductivity, based on the linear response theory, the Green's function technique and within the Holstein Hamiltonian model, the effect of electron-phonon interaction on the optical conductivity of graphene plane is studied. It is found that the electron-phonon coupling increases the optical conductivity of graphene sheet in the low frequency region due to decreasing quasiparticle weight of electron excitation while the optical conductivity reduces in the high frequency region. The latter is due to role of electrical field's frequency.

  3. Band structures and localization properties of aperiodic layered phononic crystals

    Yan Zhizhong, E-mail: zzyan@bit.edu.cn [Department of Applied Mathematics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Zhang Chuanzeng [Department of Civil Engineering, University of Siegen, D-57078 Siegen (Germany)

    2012-03-15

    The band structures and localization properties of in-plane elastic waves with coupling of longitudinal and transverse modes oblique propagating in aperiodic phononic crystals based on Thue-Morse and Rudin-Shapiro sequences are studied. Using transfer matrix method, the concept of the localization factor is introduced and the correctness is testified through the Rytov dispersion relation. For comparison, the perfect periodic structure and the quasi-periodic Fibonacci system are also considered. In addition, the influences of the random disorder, local resonance, translational and/or mirror symmetries on the band structures of the aperiodic phononic crystals are analyzed in this paper.

  4. Homogenization of Two-Dimensional Phononic Crystals at Low Frequencies

    NI Qing; CHENG Jian-Chun

    2005-01-01

    @@ Effective velocities of elastic waves propagating in two-dimensional phononic crystal at low frequencies are analysed theoretically, and exact analytical formulas for effective velocities of elastic waves are derived according to the method presented by Krokhin et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 91 (2003) 264302]. Numerical calculations for phononic crystals consisted of array of Pb cylinders embedded in epoxy show that the composites have distinct anisotropy at low filling fraction. The anisotropy increases as the filling fraction increases, while as the filling fraction closes to the limitation, the anisotropy decreases.

  5. YPHON: A package for calculating phonons of polar materials

    Wang, Yi; Chen, Long-Qing; Liu, Zi-Kui

    2014-11-01

    In our recent works, we have developed a mixed-space approach within the framework of direct method for the first-principle calculation of phonon properties. It makes full use of the accuracy of the force constants calculated in the real space and the dipole-dipole interactions in the reciprocal space, making the accurate phonon calculation possible with the direct method for polar materials. In this paper, an efficient C++ implementation of the mixed-space approach, YPHON, is provided as open source, including demos and Linux scripts for extracting input data to YPHON from the output of VASP.5. The functions of the current package include the calculations of: (1) the phonon dispersions; (2) the phonon density of states; (3) the neutron scattering section weighted phonon density of state; (4) the phonons of the high symmetry structure using the force constants from low symmetry structure; (5) the phonon dispersions of random alloys; and (6) the analysis of the vibrational modes using the point group theory. Catalogue identifier: AETS_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AETS_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 567815 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 9763594 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: C++, Linux scripts. Computer: Linux systems with a g++ or C++ compiler. Operating system: Linux. RAM: Ranges from a few Mbytes to a few Gbytes, dynamically depending on the system size. Classification: 7.8. External routines: GSL-the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) is a numerical library for C and C++ programmers. VASP.5 or later for the calculations of force constants and dielectric constants and Born effective charge for polar materials. Nature of problem: This package has the purpose of computing

  6. Topologically Protected Edge States in Gyroscopic Phononic Crystals

    Wang, Pai; Bertodi, Katia

    2015-03-01

    We report some design considerations in realization and observation of topologically non-trivial phononic bandgaps in metamaterials. Symmetry breaking mechanisms can potentially lead to the phononic analogue of electronic quantum hall effect. The goal is to achieve topologically protected one-way propagation of surface elastic waves that are robust against back-scattering/localization. Both theoretical and practical challenges in creating elastic media with broken time-reversal symmetry will be discussed. The candidate design of gyroscopic lattices will be highlighted. The robustness of reflection-immune unidirectional elastic wave has promising applications in surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices that are widely used in modern technologies.

  7. Phase seeding of a terahertz quantum cascade laser

    Oustinov, Dimitri; Jukam, Nathan; Rungsawang, Rakchanok; Madéo, Julien; Barbieri, Stefano; Filloux, Pascal; Sirtori, Carlo; Marcadet, Xavier; Tignon, Jérôme; Dhillon, Sukhdeep

    2010-01-01

    International audience The amplification of spontaneous emission is used to initiate laser action. Since the phase of spontaneous emission is random, the phase of the coherent laser emission (the carrier phase) will also be random each time laser action begins. This prevents phase resolved detection of the laser field. Here, we demonstrate how the carrierphase can be fixed in a semiconductor laser: a quantum cascade laser. This is performed by injection seeding a quantum cascade laser with...

  8. Influence of interface roughness scattering on output characteristics of GaAs/AlGaAs quantum cascade laser in a magnetic field

    We present a detailed theoretical analysis of LO-phonon and interface roughness scattering influence on the operation of GaAs/AlGaAs quantum cascade laser in the presence of an intense external magnetic field. The lifetime of the upper state, population inversion and optical gain show strong oscillations as a function of the magnetic field. These oscillations and their magnitude are found to be a result of the combined action of the two studied mechanisms and strongly influenced by temperature. At elevated temperatures, electrons in the relevant laser states absorb/emit more LO-phonons which results in reduction in the optical gain. We show that the decrease in the optical gain is moderated by the occurrence of interface roughness scattering, which remains unchanged with increasing temperature. Incorporation of the interface roughness scattering mechanism into the model did not create new resonant peaks of the optical gain. However, it resulted in shifting the existing peaks positions and overall reduction in the optical gain.

  9. Influence of interface roughness scattering on output characteristics of GaAs/AlGaAs quantum cascade laser in a magnetic field

    Zezelj, M; Stankovic, I [Scientific Computing Laboratory, Institute of Physics Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Belgrade (Serbia); Milanovic, V; Radovanovic, J, E-mail: milan.zezelj@ipb.ac.rs [School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 73, 11120 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2011-08-17

    We present a detailed theoretical analysis of LO-phonon and interface roughness scattering influence on the operation of GaAs/AlGaAs quantum cascade laser in the presence of an intense external magnetic field. The lifetime of the upper state, population inversion and optical gain show strong oscillations as a function of the magnetic field. These oscillations and their magnitude are found to be a result of the combined action of the two studied mechanisms and strongly influenced by temperature. At elevated temperatures, electrons in the relevant laser states absorb/emit more LO-phonons which results in reduction in the optical gain. We show that the decrease in the optical gain is moderated by the occurrence of interface roughness scattering, which remains unchanged with increasing temperature. Incorporation of the interface roughness scattering mechanism into the model did not create new resonant peaks of the optical gain. However, it resulted in shifting the existing peaks positions and overall reduction in the optical gain.

  10. Theoretical Investigation of Phonon Polaritons in SiC Micropillar Resonators

    Gubbin, Christopher R.; Maier, Stefan A.; De Liberato, Simone

    2016-01-01

    Of late there has been a surge of interest in localised phonon polariton resonators which allow for sub-diffraction confinement of light in the mid-infrared spectral region by coupling to optical phonons at the surface of polar dielectrics. Resonators are generally etched on deep substrates which support propagative surface phonon polariton resonances. Recent experimental work has shown that understanding the coupling between localised and propagative surface phonon polaritons in these system...

  11. Theoretical study of the transverse acoustic phonons of GaSb at high pressure

    S Shinde; M Talati; Prafulla K Jha; S P Sanyal

    2004-08-01

    We have investigated the phonon dispersion curves and one-phonon density of states up to the pressure of 8 GPa using a theoretical model, namely the rigid ion model. The transverse acoustic phonons as a function of pressure have been compared with the recently measured inelastic neutron scattering data which show a strong softening near the zone boundaries. The calculated one-phonon density of states show pronounced shift in the peak positions with the increase in pressure.

  12. Effect of phonon interaction on the ground state of even-even spherical nuclei

    The equations for calculating the energy and the structure of the excited states with the wave function containing one- and two-phonon components are obtained. The phonon correlations in the ground state of the nucleus due to the interaction of the phonon modes excitation are taken into account. The numerical estimations of the phonon correlations influence on the energy of the lowest excited states are given

  13. The formation of carbonic and silicon dioxide structured films through the decomposition of molecules on the surface of ionic crystals under the action of IR femtosecond laser radiation

    Kompanets, V. O.; Laptev, V. B.; Pigul’skii, S. V.; Ryabov, E. A.; Chekalin, S. V.; Blank, V. D.; Denisov, V. N.; Kravchuk, K. S.; Kulnitskiy, B. A.; Perezhogin, I. A.

    2016-06-01

    This study relates to the formation of carbon and silicon dioxide films that occurs as a result of the decomposition of organic and silicon-containing molecules on the surface of ionic crystals under IR femtosecond laser radiation of moderate intensity (~1011 W cm‑2) without molecular decomposition in the gas phase. We found that transparent graphite oxide films formed in the case of CO2 molecule decomposition.

  14. Clinical evaluation of the low intensity laser antialgic action of GaAlAs (λ=785 nm) in the treatment of the temporomandibular disorders

    The therapy with laser emitting low intensity has been currently used in the most diverse fields of medicine as therapeutic conduct for pain. It is a non invasive, painless, non-thermal and aseptic type therapy, without any collateral effects, having a good cost/benefit relationship. However, for the therapy with low-intensity laser to result in positive effects, a correct diagnosis is fundamental, as well as a protocol of adequate application. n odontology, the majority of patients diagnosed with temporomandibular disorders (TMD), present pain and limitations in the movements of the jaw. In this work, a GaAlAs laser emitting low intensity, was used, λ=785 nm, in patients having a dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint with a complaint of pain. Twenty patients were divided into two groups. The group treated received laser therapy in the temporomandibular articulations and in the muscles affected. The dose applied was 45 J/cm2, while the ten patients in the control group received 0 J/cm2, in a total of nine applications, carried out three times a week, during three weeks. he evaluation of the patients was made through clinical examinations of manual palpation of the masseter, temporal, cervical, posterior neck and sternocleidomastoid muscles, and measurements of opening and laterality of the mouth. The results obtained showed a diminishing of the pain and an increase of the mandibular mobility in the patients treated, when compared to the control group. These results point to this therapy as being an important tool in the treatment of pain in patients with a dysfunction in the TMJ, indicating this therapeutic modality as a co-adjuvant in these treatments. (author)

  15. Excitation of plasmons and phonons by two transverse electromagnetic waves beating in a plasma

    The beating of two transverse electromagnetic waves in a plasma on a longitudinal wave (plasmon, phonon) is demonstrated experimentally with a double microwave bench in the X band. The detection of the coupling is made by two methods: (a) a direct absorption method on one pump wave; (b) an heterodyne scattering of a third wave in near absorption condition. These methods are optimal in the sense that the first one allows the detection of the whole action transfer between the pumps (Manley-Rowe relations for convective damping), while in the second case the scattered wave is the spatially antiphase conjugate of pump wave 2 for a wave 3 close to pump wave 1

  16. Relaxation between electrons and surface phonons of a homogeneously photoexcited metal film

    Navinder Singh

    2004-11-01

    The energy relaxation between the hot degenerate electrons of a homogeneously photoexcited metal film and the surface phonons (phonon wave vectors in two dimensions) is considered under Debye approximation. The state of electrons and phonons is described by equilibrium Fermi and Bose functions with different temperatures. Two cases for electron scattering by the metal surface, namely specular and diffuse scattering, are considered.

  17. Theoretical investigation of the phonon-polariton mode in Czochralski-grown piezoelectric superlattice

    Bai, Wen-Chao; Lan, Zhong-Jian; Zhang, Han-Zhuang; Zhang, Han; Jiang, Li

    2016-09-01

    The properties of phonon-polaritons in Czochralski-grown piezoelectric superlattice (CPSL), are studied theoretically. We propose the phonon-polariton mode of CPSL. The mechanism for polariton coupling is analyzed. We discuss the factors that influence the properties of the phonon-polariton. Some potential applications are also discussed.

  18. Propagation of nonequilibrium phonons in aluminum-oxide ceramics fabricated by cold isostatic pressing

    Propagation of slightly nonequilibrium phonons in aluminum-oxide ceramics fabricated by cold isostatic pressing has been studied. Assuming that phonon propagation in ceramic grains is ballistic, we have analyzed characteristics of the phonon scattering and drawn some conclusions about the nature of grain boundaries

  19. Phonon dispersion in Cr/sub 70/Fe/sub 30/ measured by neutron inelastic scattering

    Lloyd, R.G.; Cussen, L.D.; Mitchell, P.W.

    1988-04-01

    The phonon dispersion relation for the substitutional alloy Cr/sub 70/Fe/sub 30/ has been measured using neutron inelastic scattering and the results have been fitted to a 6 neighbour Born-von Karman (longitudinal and transverse springs) model. A calculated phonon density of states is presented. No evidence was found for a strong magnetic influence on the phonon energies.

  20. Clinical and morphologic evaluation of Er:YAG laser action at the front of cervical dentinal hypersensitivity; Avaliacao clinica e morfologica da acao do laser de Er:YAG frente a hipersensibilidade dentinaria cervical

    Rocha, Dalva Maria

    2001-07-01

    This work was achieved in vivo and in vitro to evaluate the efficiency of Er:YAG laser in the cervical dentinal hypersensitivity treatment (HSDC). The Clinical study was achieved in patients with HSDC. The treatment was realized in five sessions: the first for selection, the second for exams (clinic and X-Ray) and trying to remove the etiologic factors that could cause the HSDC. The third and fourth sessions were subjected to the radiation with that protocol: 60 mJ energy ,2 Hz frequency, 6 mm out of focus, under air cooling, 20 seconds each application which the same was repeated four times with one minute breaks, which scanning movements and without using anaesthetics. The fifth was evaluation. The patients were evaluated and registered in a subject scale of pain 0 to 3, in the beginning and end of each session of irradiation, and one month after the last session. The results showed that for the irradiated group occurs significant differences in the beginning of each session and between. For the control group did not occur significant differences in the beginning and after each session, but did show a difference between the sessions. As the control group as the irradiated group, had reduction of sensibility between the session. For the morphologic study nine teeth were selected, 7 molars and 2 pre-molars from operative dentistry discipline. Half of the surface was irradiated with Er:YAG laser, the same protocol used in vivo, and the other half was used as a control without receiving any laser irradiation. Subsequently, specimens were prepared for SEM examinations. The results showed that laser treated surfaces showed a reduction of dentine tubular diameter with partial or total closure of the dentine tubules. For the control group, it was observed bigger amounts smear layer and open dentine tubular. The results obtained indicated that the Er:YAG laser can contribute to the HSDC treatment. (author)