Experimental study of the dynamics of Zn2Mg Laves phase

S. Francoual, M. de Boissieu, R. Currat, K. Shibata, Y. Sidis, B. Hennion, A. P. Tsai

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A way to address the problem of phonons in quasicrystals (QCs) is to compare their dynamical response with that of approximant crystalline structures. Although the Zn2Mg Laves phase is not a periodic approximant of a QC phase, its structure is a periodic packing of Friauf polyhedra which are basic units involved in the construction of larger icosahedral atomic clusters found in Frank-Kasper type quasicrystals. We report on the experimental study of the lattice dynamics of the Zn2Mg hexagonal phase using inelastic neutron scattering with a particular attention devoted to the behavior of transverse acoustic (TA) modes. For TA modes propagating along the (T) direction, polarized along the c axis, there is a strong bending of the dispersion curve. Whereas the broadening rate is rather slow, going like q2, a strong coupling of the acoustic mode with an higher energy optical mode takes place. For TA modes propagating along the (Δ) direction, polarized in the hexagonal plane, the dispersion relation reaches much higher energy: the broadening rate is however steeper, going like q4, most likely due to a mixing of several excitations in the spectral response. In any case, the width of acoustic and optical excitations is found much smaller than in quasicrystals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3182-3187
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number32-40
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Oct 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Acoustic properties and phonons
  • Diffraction and scattering measurements
  • Phase and equilibria
  • Phonons
  • Quasicrystals
  • Structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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