Resonant Oscillation of Misch-Metal Atoms in Filled Skutterudites

Yaguo Wang, Purdue University - Main Campus
Xianfan Xu, Birck Nanotechnology Center, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University
Jihui Yang, Materials and Processes Lab, GM R&D Center

Date of this Version



PRL 102, 175508 (2009)

This document has been peer-reviewed.



We investigate vibrational behaviors in misch-metal filled antimony skutterudites in the time domain. At higher filling ratios of guest atoms, the vibration frequency approaches that of the cage structure and the amplitude becomes stronger. Furthermore, the reduction of lattice thermal conductivity over a wide temperature range can be explained using the measured resonant vibrational frequency. These findings reveal that the reduction of the lattice thermal conductivity is a result of scattering of acoustic phonons due to the resonant interaction between guest atoms and lattice phonons.


Nanoscience and Nanotechnology