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Local Vibrations in Disordered Solids Studied via Single-Molecule Spectroscopy: Comparison with Neutron, Nuclear, Raman Scattering, and Photon Echo Data

Yu. G. Vainer, A. V. Naumov and L. Kador

2008, in: Physical Review B Phys. Rev. B (2008) Bd.:77 Hnr.: 22 S.: 224202-1 - 224202-11

The energy spectrum of low-frequency vibrational modes (LFMs) in three disordered organic solids - amorphous polyisobutylene (PIB), toluene and deuterated toluene glasses, weakly doped with fluorescent chromophore molecules of tetra-tert-butylterrylene (TBT) has been measured via single-molecule (SM) spectroscopy. Analysis of the individual temperature dependences of linewidths of single TBT molecules allowed us to determine the values of the vibrational mode frequencies and the SM-LFM coupling constants for vibrations in the local environment of the molecules. The measured LFM spectra were compared with the “Boson peak” as measured in pure PIB by inelastic neutron scattering, in pure toluene glass by low-frequency Raman scattering, in doped toluene glass by nuclear inelastic scattering, and with photon echo data. The comparative analysis revealed close agreement between the spectra of the local vibrations as measured in the present study and the literature data of the Boson peak in PIB and toluene. The analysis has also the important result that weak doping of the disordered matrices with nonpolar probe molecules whose chemical composition is similar to that of the matrix molecules does not influence the observed vibrational dynamics markedly. The experimental data displaying temporal stability on the time scale of a few hours of vibrational excitation parameters in local surroundings was obtained for the first time both for polymer and molecular glass.

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: apl.Prof.Dr. Lothar Kador

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