We report a comparative Raman spectroscopic study of the quasi-one-dimensional charge-density-wave (CDW) systems A(0.3)MoO(3) (A = K, Rb). Temperature- and polarization-dependent experiments reveal charge-coupled vibrational Raman features. The strongly temperature-dependent collective amplitudon modes in the two materials differ by about 3 cm(-1), thus revealing the role of the alkali atom. We discuss the observed vibrational features in terms of the CDW ground state accompanied by a change in the crystal symmetry. A frequency-kink in some modes seen in K(0.3)MoO(3) between T = 80 and 100K supports the first-order lock-in transition, unlike the case of Rb(0.3)MoO(3). The unusually sharp Raman lines (limited by the instrumental response) at very low temperatures and their temperature evolution suggests that the decay of the low-energy phonons is strongly influenced by the presence of the temperature-dependent CDW gap.
|Tijdschrift||New Journal of Physics|
|Nummer van het tijdschrift||2|
|Status||Published - 26-feb.-2008|