The 31st QLC seminar
Speaker：Prof. M. de Boissieu（Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble INP, SIMaP, Grenoble France）
Date & Time : Friday, June 17, 2022. 10:00～11:30
Place：IMRAM West 1st Building (B06) Seminar Room (2F), Katahira campus, Tohoku University
Title：Thermal conductivity and lattice dynamics in structurally complex materials
The lattice thermal conductivity of many different materials are displaying a ‘glass like behavior’ , with a relatively small value of the lattice thermal conductivity at ambient temperature and an almost independent temperature dependence in the range 20 to 300 K. This is the case for disordered crystals , for clatharates , but also for aperiodic crystals  such as the icosahedral quasicrystal i-AlPdMn , and the Rb2ZnCl4 phase that displays an incommensurately modulated phase between 190 and 300 K . The detailed understanding of this behavior and the relationship between the phonon spectrum/phonon lifetime and the thermal conductivity is still a matter of debate.
In this presentation I will introduce the two main aspects of structural complexity, namely number of atom in the unit cell and disorder. On one hand, the structural complexity may be characterized by the number of atoms in the unit cell, which goes to infinity in the case of aperiodic crystals. On the other hand disorder may occur as chemical site disorder or lattice displacement. By reviewing some recent results in this field I will show the relative importance of structure and disorder . A simple model of a phonon lattice gaz, as developed for Ge based clathrates  will be used to interpret some of the data.
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Committee Chair : Taku J SATO (Tohoku University)