The density of phonon states in the thermoelectric material Yb 14MnSb11 has been studied first by inelastic neutron scattering and second in an element-specific way by nuclear inelastic x-ray scattering. The low sound velocity of 1880(50) m/s as obtained from the density of phonon states can be identified as an important reason for the low heat transport in this system. The high melting temperature of Yb 14MnSb11 contrasts with the low energy of all phonons (<25 meV) and relates to an unusual lack of softening of phonon modes with temperature, when comparing the phonon density of states observed at ambient temperatures and at 1200 K. We have also measured the density of phonon states of the related Eu14MnSb11 compound and of the thermoelectric Zintl phase Zn4Sb3 in order to compare with related thermodynamic properties of Yb14MnSb11 and to elucidate the different mechanisms of the heat conductivity reduction in Zintl phases.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Nov 16 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials