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The in t e r p r e t a tion of polyc rys t alline coh e r e n t inela s tic
n e u t ro n sc a t t e rin g fro m alu miniu m
Roac h, D, Ross, DK, Gale, JD a n d Taylor, JW
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Tit l e The in t e r p r e t a tion of polycrys t alline coh e r e n t inel as tic n e u t ro n sc a t t e rin g fro m alu miniu m
Aut h or s Roac h, D, Ross, DK, Gale, JD a n d Taylor, JW
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The interpretation of polycrystalline coherent inelastic neutron scattering from aluminium
Daniel L. Roach, D. Keith Ross, Julian D. Gale and Jon W. Taylor
J. Appl. Cryst. (2013). 46, 1755–1770
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The interpretation of polycrystalline coherent inelastic neutron scattering from aluminium
Daniel L. Roach,a* D. Keith Ross,a Julian D. Galeb and Jon W. Taylorc
aPhysics and Materials Research Centre, University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford, Greater
Manchester M5 4WT, United Kingdom, bNanochemistry Research Institute, Department of
Chemistry, Curtin University, PO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia WA6845, Australia, and cISIS Facility, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0QX,
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A new approach to the interpretation and analysis of coherent inelastic neutron scattering from polycrystals (poly-CINS) is presented. This article describes a simulation of the one-phonon coherent inelastic scattering from a lattice model of an arbitrary crystal system. The one-phonon component is characterized by sharp features, determined, for example, by boundaries of the (Q, !) regions where one-phonon scattering is allowed. These features may be identified with the same features apparent in the measured total coherent inelastic cross section, the other components of which (multiphonon or multiple scattering) show no sharp features. The parameters of the model can then be relaxed to improve the fit between model and experiment. This method is of particular interest where no single crystals are available. To test the approach, the poly- CINS has been measured for polycrystalline aluminium using the MARI spectrometer (ISIS), because both lattice dynamical models and measured dispersion curves are available for this material. The models used include a simple Lennard-Jones model fitted to the elastic constants of this material plus a number of embedded atom method force fields. The agreement obtained suggests that the method demonstrated should be effective in developing models for other materials where single-crystal dispersion curves are not available.
1. Introduction Traditionally, inelastic neutron scattering measurements have involved either incoherent inelastic neutron scattering from polycrystals or coherent inelastic scattering (CINS) from single crystals. The reason that CINS from polycrystals has not been employed to a significant extent in the past is that the process of integrating the scattering intensity over crystallite orientations tends to obscure the useful information that is easily available from the direct measurement of dispersion curves for single crystals measured using a triple-axis spec- trometer. However, many important materials can only be obtained in polycrystalline forms, and hence it is of interest to investigate ways of interpreting the coherent inelastic scat- tering from such samples. One early attempt to do this using coherent inelastic scattering from polycrystalline graphite was made by one of the authors (Ross, 1973). Since this time, software development and advances in computing power have made it possible (though still demanding) to generate models and to fit them to the data.
There are already several software packages able to calcu- late the key quantity required in neutron scattering, namely the dynamic structure factor, S(Q, !), using the one-phonon eigenvectors as determined via density functional theory (DFT) or other methods. Notable examples are the PHONON
(http://wolf.ifj.edu.pl/phonon/) and McStas (Lefmann & Nielsen, 1999) packages, and efforts have been made to broaden the selection of scattering kernels to include calcu- lated spectral contributions from multiple-phonon scattering, multiple scattering and instrument resolution functions (Willendrup et al., 2004; DANSE project, http://wiki.danse.us) to facilitate direct comparison with the measured data. However, these ‘whole spectrum’ methods have significant limitations. The computational expense associated with the calculation of the eigenvectors of a system is an order N3
problem, where N is the number of atoms in a basis set describing the lattice; as the number of atoms in a system increases, so the system rapidly becomes too large for the application of ab initio methods for the determination of the dynamical matrix. This is further compounded by the reci- procal space sampling requirements for a given model; as the size of the basis set of atoms used to describe the system increases, so the sampling requirements (in terms of k points sampled in reciprocal space) also increases. These two factors alone represent an effective limit to the size of the system for which S(Q, !) may be modelled using these ab initio methods.
In the present work we focus on the calculation of poly- crystalline coherent inelastic neutron scattering (poly-CINS) one-phonon cross sections using interatomic potential-based
methods, as these are relatively computationally efficient and are widely applicable to many systems (including those with large unit cells) and as the force-constant parameters involved provide a convenient starting point for least-squares optimi- zation of the starting values. Specifically, the method has been implemented within the program GULP (Gale & Rohl, 2003), designed for lattice dynamical calculations based on force field descriptions, via a new module known as Scatter. However, the approach described could equally well be used in conjunction with DFT packages such as CASTEP (Clark et al., 2005) or SIESTA (Sanchez-Portal et al., 1995), from which phonon eigenvectors may be generated.
The present method differs from a ‘whole spectrum’ approach in that it concerns itself with the identification of prominent one-phonon scattering features appearing in experimental neutron scattering from polycrystals; other contributions (multiphonon, multiple scattering, resolution broadening) would have to be included in the theoretical neutron spectra to provide a full intensity profile for matching to experimental data on a point by point basis. One-phonon processes showing sharp coherent scattering features domi- nate in the low-Q region of (Q, !) space and can be observed experimentally with the best experimental resolution.
An outline of the Scatter code has already been published (Roach et al., 2007), but the methodology behind its applica- tion to the interpretation and analysis of poly-CINS is new to this work. It is tested here for the rather simple aluminium system.
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