Lattice dynamics of hcp He4 at high pressure

J. Eckert, W. Thomlinson, G. Shirane

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The neutron-inelastic-scattering technique was used to measure the phonon dispersion relations in two high-density crystals of hcp He4 with molar volumes of 11.61 and 9.41 cm3/mol. These densities are on the order of twice that of He4 at 30 bars. The crystals were grown from the melt in the fcc phase, and cooled across the fcc-hcp phase transition. The observed phonon spectra show anharmonic effects much less prominent than those observed in earlier measurements at 21 cm3/mol. In particular, multiphonon interference effects were not found to be very pronounced, while multiphonon scattering appeared to influence phonon line shapes strongly for large wave-vector and energy transfers. Elastic constants dėtermined from the initial slopes of the dispersion curves were found to be in good agreement with those calculated by Goldman using the first-order self-consistent-phonon theory. The dependence on volume of the phonon energies is discussed with reference to the earlier studies at 21.1 and 16.0 cm3/mol. No significant dispersion of mode Grüneisen parameters was found unlike the case of fcc He. Grüneisen parameters were found to depend on volume approximately in a manner given by Ahlers for the thermodynamic Grüneisen parameter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3074-3081
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1978


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