Volume 77, Number 5, March 2007
Article Number 56004
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties
Published online 26 February 2007
EPL, 77 (2007) 56004
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/77/56004

Observation of phasons in the magnetic shape memory alloy $\chem{Ni_{2}MnGa}$

S. M. Shapiro1, P. Vorderwisch2, K. Habicht2, K. Hradil3 and H. Schneider3

1  Brookhaven National Laboratory - PO Box 5000, Upton, NY
2  Hahn-Meitner Institut - Berlin, Germany
3  Georg-August-Universität - Göttingen, Germany

received 9 November 2006; accepted in final form 17 January 2007; published March 2007
published online 26 February 2007

An inelastic neutron scattering study of the lattice dynamics of the martensite phase of the ferromagnetic shape memory alloy, Ni2MnGa, reveals the presence of well-defined phasons associated with the charge density wave (CDW) resulting from Fermi surface (FS) nesting. The velocity and the temperature dependence of the phason are measured as well as the anomalous [110]-TA2 phonon.

61.12.-q - Neutron diffraction and scattering.
71.45.Lr - Charge-density-wave systems.
81.30.Kf - Martensitic transformations.

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