Observation of Γ-point phonon frequency in ultrathin metallic films confirmed by ab initio calculation and lattice dynamics

Tanei, H.; Kusakabe, K.; Ogi, H.; Nakamura, N.; Hirao, M.
July 2009
Applied Physics Letters;7/6/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 1, p011902
Academic Journal
Vibrations in ultrathin metallic films excited by ultrafast light pulses have been studied based on continuum mechanics. However, this paper shows that they are Γ-point phonon vibrations of plate-phonon modes. Ab initio and lattice dynamics calculations are made to compare Γ-point phonon vibrational frequencies with measurements obtained by the picosecond ultrasound spectroscopy. The standing-wave frequencies of specific Γ-point phonon modes of the slab model show good agreement with measurements without any fitting parameters. This study informs us of a limitation of the continuum-mechanics theory for explaining the mechanics of ultrathin metallic films.


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