The phononic and charge density wave behavior of entire rare-earth tritelluride series with chemical pressure and temperature

Kentaro Yumigeta, Yashika Attarde, Jan Kopaczek, Mohammed Y. Sayyad, Yuxia Shen, Mark Blei, Seyed Tohid Rajaei Moosavy, Ying Qin, Renee Sailus, Sefaattin Tongay

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Abstract

Here, we present comprehensive phononic and charge density wave properties (CDW) of rare-earth van der Waals tritellurides through temperature dependent angle-resolved Raman spectroscopy measurements. All the possible rare-earth tritellurides (RTe3) ranging from R = La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Tm were synthesized through a chemical vapor transport technique to achieve high quality crystals with excellent CDW characteristics. Raman spectroscopy studies successfully identify the emergence of the CDW state and transition temperature (TCDW), which offers a non-destructive method to identify their CDW response with micron spatial resolution. Temperature dependent Raman measurements further correlate how the atomic mass of metal cations and the resulting chemical pressure influence its CDW properties and offer detailed insight into the strength of CDW amplitude mode-phonon coupling during the CDW transition. Angle-resolved Raman measurements offer the first insights into the CDW-phonon symmetry interplay by monitoring the change in the symmetry of phonon mode across the CDW transition. Overall results introduce the library of RTe3 CDW materials and establish their characteristics through the non-destructive angle-resolved Raman spectroscopy technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111112
JournalAPL Materials
Volume10
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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