Elastic relaxations associated with the Pm\bar {3}m –R\bar {3}c transition in LaAlO3: III. Superattenuation of acoustic resonances

Carpenter, M. A. and Buckley, A. and Taylor, P. A. and Darling, T. W. (2010) Elastic relaxations associated with the Pm\bar {3}m –R\bar {3}c transition in LaAlO3: III. Superattenuation of acoustic resonances. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 22 (3). 035405. DOI 10.1088/0953-8984/22/3/035405

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Abstract

Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy has been used to characterize elastic softening and anelastic dissipation processes associated with the Pm\bar {3} m \leftrightarrow R\bar 3 c transition in single crystal and ceramic samples of LaAlO3. Softening of the cubic structure ahead of the transition point is not accompanied by an increase in dissipation but follows different temperature dependences for the bulk modulus, \frac {1} {3}(C_{11}+2C_{12}) , and the shear components, \frac {1} {2}(C_{11}-C_{12}) and C44, as if the tilting instability contains two slightly different critical temperatures. The transition itself is marked by the complete disappearance of resonance peaks (superattenuation), which then reappear below [?]700 K in spectra from single crystals. Comparisons with low frequency, high stress data from the literature indicate that the dissipation is not due to macroscopic displacement of needle twins. An alternative mechanism, local bowing of twin walls under low dynamic stress, is postulated. Pinning of the walls with respect to this displacement process occurs below [?]350 K. Anelasticity maps, analogous to plastic deformation mechanism maps, are proposed to display dispersion relations and temperature/frequency/stress fields for different twin wall related dissipation mechanisms. These allow comparisons to be made of anelastic loss mechanisms under mechanical stress with elastic behaviour observed by means of Brillouin scattering at high frequencies which might also be related to microstructure.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 09AREP; IA59;
Subjects: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Divisions: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Volume: 22
Page Range: 035405
Identification Number: 10.1088/0953-8984/22/3/035405
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2010 12:20
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:56
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/1328

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