We present polarization- and temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopic study of hexagonal tungsten bronze, K0.3WO3. The observed asymmetry in phonon line shapes indicate the presence of strong lattice anharmonicity arising due to the nonstoichiometry of the material. We observed a broad multipeak Raman feature at low frequency due to the local modes of K atoms known as local structural excitations. The observed vibrational features indicate a second-order phase transition around T=200 K accompanied by a frequency softening of low-frequency phonon modes. The observed phonon anomalies hint a physical picture involving a continuous symmetry change toward a charge-ordered state below 200 K. These observations indicate that K0.3WO3 may exhibit a weak charge-density-wave ground state at low temperatures.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Physical Review. B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Jan-2010|
- HEXAGONAL TUNGSTEN BRONZES
- SUPERCONDUCTING PROPERTIES
- EXCITATION SPECTRUM
- DENSITY WAVES