Brillouin zone center phonon modes in ZnGa2O4

Megan Stokey, Rafał Korlacki, Sean Knight, Matthew Hilfiker, Zbigniew Galazka, Klaus Irmscher, Vanya Darakchieva, Mathias Schubert

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations


Infrared-active lattice mode properties of melt-grown high-quality single bulk crystals of ZnGa2O4 are investigated by combined spectroscopic ellipsometry and density functional theory computation analysis. The normal spinel structure crystals are measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry at room temperature in the range of 100 cm-1-1200 cm-1. The complex-valued dielectric function is determined from a wavenumber-by-wavenumber approach, which is then analyzed by the four-parameter semi-quantum model dielectric function approach augmented by impurity mode contributions. We determine four infrared-active transverse and longitudinal optical mode pairs, five localized impurity mode pairs, and the high frequency dielectric constant. All four infrared-active transverse and longitudinal optical mode pairs are in excellent agreement with results from our density functional theory computations. With the Lyddane-Sachs-Teller relationship, we determine the static dielectric constant, which agrees well with electrical capacitance measurements performed on similarly grown samples. We also provide calculated parameters for all Raman-active and for all silent modes and, thereby, provide a complete set of all symmetry predicted Brillouin zone center modes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number052104
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 3 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


Dive into the research topics of 'Brillouin zone center phonon modes in ZnGa2O4'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this