Phonon band structures and resonant scattering in Na8Si46 and Cs8Sn44 clathrates

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1209/epl/i2001-00515-8
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TypeArticle
Journal titleEPL (Europhysics Letters)
ISSN0295-5075
Volume56
Issue2
Pages261267; # of pages: 7
AbstractThe low and glasslike thermal conductivity of metal-doped semiconductor clathrate compounds makes them potentially high-efficiency thermoelectric materials. The cause of this unique and remarkable property has been postulated to be due to resonant scattering of lattice phonons by localized vibrations of the dopants. We present theoretical evidence in support of this hypothesis through the analysis of electronic and vibrational interactions between dopant atoms with the host framework. In particular, the contrasting behavior of two clathrates: the glasslike thermal conductivity in Na8Si46 and the normal behavior in Cs8Sn44 can be rationalized.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
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NPARC number12330231
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