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Electron-momentum dependence of electron-phonon coupling underlies dramatic phonon renormalization in YNi2B2C

Weber, Frank; Kurzhals, Philipp [Beteiligte*r]; Kremer. Geoffroy [Beteiligte*r]; Jaouen, Thomas [Beteiligte*r]; Nicholson, Christopher W. [Beteiligte*r]; Heid, Rolf [Beteiligte*r]; Nagel, Peter [Beteiligte*r]; Castellan, John-Paul [Beteiligte*r]; Ivanov, Alexandre [Beteiligte*r]; Muntwiler, Matthias [Beteiligte*r]; Rumo, Maxime [Beteiligte*r]; Salzmann, Bjoern [Beteiligte*r]; Strocov, Vladimir N. [Beteiligte*r]; Reznik, Dmitry [Beteiligte*r]; Monney, Claude [Beteiligte*r]

Abstract (englisch):

Electron-phonon coupling, i.e., the scattering of lattice vibrations by electrons and vice versa, is ubiquitous in solids and can lead to emergent ground states such as superconductivity and charge-density wave order. A broad spectral phonon line shape is often interpreted as a marker of strong electron-phonon coupling associated with Fermi surface nesting, i.e., parallel sections of the Fermi surface connected by the phonon momentum. Alternatively broad phonons are known to arise from strong atomic lattice anharmonicity. Here, we show that strong phonon broadening can occur in the absence of both Fermi surface nesting and lattice anharmonicity, if electron-phonon coupling is strongly enhanced for specific values of electron-momentum, k. We use inelastic neutron scattering, soft x-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements and ab-initio lattice dynamical and electronic band structure calculations to demonstrate this scenario in the highly anisotropic tetragonal electron-phonon superconductor YNi$_2$B$_2$C. This new scenario likely applies to a wide range of compounds.

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Quantenmaterialien und -technologien (IQMT)
Publikationstyp Forschungsdaten
Publikationsdatum 03.12.2021
Erstellungsdatum 29.11.2021
Identifikator DOI (KIT): 10.5445/IR/1000140477
KITopen-ID: 1000140477
Lizenz Creative Commons Namensnennung 4.0 International

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