Calculating the Lattice Dynamics in the RFe3(BO3)4 Crystals in the Quasi-Harmonic Approximation
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The frequencies of lattice vibrations in the RFe3(BO3)4 (R = Pr, Nd, Tb, Dy, or Ho) crystals in the high-temperature R32 phase and their temperature dependence have been calculated using the quasi-harmonic approximation. It has been found that, at the boundary point Λ of the Brillouin zone, the frequency of the unstable vibration mode the structural phase transition R32 → P3121 is related to strong changes with temperature in the TbFe3(BO3)4, DyFe3(BO3)4, and HoFe3(BO3)4 crystals. With increasing temperature, the frequency of the soft mode stabilizes and takes a real value. No significant changes in the phonon spectra, including the boundary point Λ, with increasing temperature for the PrFe3(BO3)4 and NdFe3(BO3)4 crystals have been observed.
Keywords:lattice dynamics structural instability ab initio calculations phase transitions
This study was supported by the Russian Science Foundation, project no. 17-72-10122.
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