Cuscó, R., Edgar, J. H., Liu, S., Li, J., & Artús, L. (2020). Isotopic Disorder: The Prevailing Mechanism in Limiting the Phonon Lifetime in Hexagonal BN. Physical Review Letters, 124(16), 167402.


The phonon linewidth of isotopically controlled hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) single crystals has been determined by Raman scattering. The scattering by isotopic mass disorder induces a phonon broadening that is largest for boron 11 fractions around 0.65. Lowest-order perturbation theory does not suffice to explain the dependence of the isotopic broadening on isotopic composition. A multiple-scattering theory based on the coherent potential approximation provides a good quantitative account of the phonon shift and broadening with isotopic composition observed in the experiments. Isotopic-disorder scattering is shown to have a prominent role in limiting the optical-phonon lifetime in h-BN

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