Collective dynamics in liquid GeTe was investigated by inelastic x-ray scattering at 2≤Q≤31nm-1. The dynamic structure factor shows clear inelastic excitations. The excitation energies at low Q disperse with increasing Q, consistent with the behavior of a longitudinal-acoustic excitation. The dispersion curve has a flat-topped region around the pseudo-Brillouin-zone boundary, similar to what is observed in liquid Bi [Inui, Phys. Rev. B 92, 054206 (2015)PRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.92.054206]. The dynamic structure factor shows a low-frequency excitation, and its coupling with the longitudinal-acoustic mode plays an important role for a flat-topped dispersion. From these results, it is inferred that atomic dynamics in liquid GeTe is strongly affected by a Peierls distortion similar to liquid Bi. By comparing the momentum transfer dependence of the excitation energy and quasielastic linewidth to partial structure factors obtained by our own ab initio molecular dynamics simulation for liquid GeTe, the quasielastic and inelastic components were found to be correlated with Te-Te and Ge-(Ge,Te) partial structure factors, respectively.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics