Volume 120, Number 5, December 2017
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties|
|Published online||21 February 2018|
Pressure-induced electronic and structural phase transitions in Dirac semimetal Cd3As2: Raman study
1 Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science - Bangalore-560012, India
2 Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids - 01187 Dresden, Germany
3 Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica - Taipei 11529, Taiwan
Received: 20 November 2017
Accepted: 30 January 2018
We report on the high-pressure Raman study of , a three-dimensional Dirac semimetal, up to 19 GPa at room temperature. Our study shows that light scattering by intervalley and intravalley density fluctuations give rise to electronic Raman scattering (ERS), with Lorentzian-like lineshape at low frequency. The strength and linewidth of the ERS are pressure dependent and exhibit a significant drop at , signifying a breakdown of the Dirac semimetal to a semiconducting phase. The first phase transition at Pc1 is also clearly identified by the significant changes in the pressure derivatives of phonon frequencies and linewidths. Pressure dependence of phonon parameters also reveal a second phase transition at , being reported for the first time. This semiconductor-to-semiconductor transition coincides with the abrupt changes seen in the activation energy (band gap) of the semiconductor phase.
PACS: 78.30.-j – Infrared and Raman spectra / 73.40.Qv – Metal-insulator-semiconductor structures (including semiconductor-to-insulator) / 71.38.-k – Polarons and electron-phonon interactions
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