Acoustic damping and dispersion in vitreous germanium oxide Article - Septembre 2012

Guillaume Guimbretiere, Benoit Ruffle, René Vacher

Guillaume Guimbretiere, Benoit Ruffle, René Vacher, « Acoustic damping and dispersion in vitreous germanium oxide  », Physical Review B : Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (1998-2015), septembre 2012, p. 094304. ISSN 1098-0121

Abstract

New Brillouin scattering measurements of velocity and attenuation of sound in the hypersonic regime are presented. The data are analyzed together with the literature results at sonic and ultrasonic frequencies. As usual, thermally activated relaxation of structural entities describes the attenuation at sonic and ultrasonic frequencies. As already shown in vitreous silica, we conclude that the damping by network viscosity, resulting from relaxation of thermal phonons, must be taken into account to describe the attenuation at hypersonic frequencies. In addition, the bare velocity obtained by subtracting to the experimental data the effect of the two above mechanisms is constant for temperatures below 250 K, but increases almost linearly above, up to the glass transition temperature. This might indicate the presence of a progressive local polyamorphic transition, as already suggested for vitreous silica.

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