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    • Lattice dynamics of MgSiO3 perovskite

      Narayani Choudhury S L Chaplot K R Rao Subrata Ghose

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      A lattice dynamical study of the geophysically important mineral MgSiO3 in its orthorhombic perovskite phase, with space group Pnma (D2h16) has been carried out using a rigid ion model, with the potential consisting of Coulombic and short-ranged interactions. With the help of program DISPR, the ionic charges and radii were optimized using the equilibrium conditions. The resulting potential model is employed to predict the elastic constants and the phonon dispersion relations. The computed long wavelength optic modes are in good agreement with the corresponding experimental Raman and infrared active bands. The phonon density of states has been obtained and is used to evaluate the specific heat, the mean square displacements and thermal parameters of atoms.

    • Inelastic neutron scattering and lattice dynamics studies in complex solids

      Mala N Rao R Mittal Narayani Choudhury S L Chaplot

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      At Trombay, lattice dynamics studies employing coherent inelastic neutron scattering (INS) experiments have been carried out at the two research reactors, CIRUS and Dhruva. While the early work at CIRUS involved many elemental solids and ionic molecular solids, recent experiments at Dhruva have focussed on certain superconductors (cuprates and intermetallics), geophysically important minerals (Al2SiO5, ZrSiO4, MnCO3) and layered halides (BaFCl, ZnCl2). In most of the studies, theoretical modelling of lattice dynamics has played a significant role in the interpretation and analysis of the results from experiments. This talk summarises the developments and current activities in the field of inelastic neutron scattering and lattice dynamics at Trombay.

    • Inelastic neutron scattering and lattice dynamics of minerals

      Narayani Choudhury S L Chaplot

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      We review current research on minerals using inelastic neutron scattering and lattice dynamics calculations. Inelastic neutron scattering studies in combination with first principles and atomistic calculations provide a detailed understanding of the phonon dispersion relations, density of states and their manifestations in various thermodynamic properties. The role of theoretical lattice dynamics calculations in the planning, interpretation and analysis of neutron experiments are discussed. These studies provide important insights in understanding various anomalous behaviour including pressure-induced amorphization, phonon and elastic instabilities, prediction of novel high pressure phase transitions, high pressure{temperature melting, etc.

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