Collective Excitations in Liquid Hydrogen Observed by Coherent Neutron Scattering

Kim da Costa Carneiro, M. Nielsen, J. P. McTague

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    Coherent scattering of neutrons by liquid parahydrogen shows the existence of well-defined collective excitations in this liquid. Qualitative similarity with the scattering from liquid helium is found. Furthermore, in the range of observed wave vectors, 0.7 Å-1 ≤κ≤3.1 Å-1, extending from the first through the third Brillouin zones in the solid, S(κ,ω) is remarkably similar to the scattering law expected from a polycrystal. For κ≤2.3 Å-1 the observed spectra satisfy the one-phonon sum rule with mean square displacement 〈u2〉=1.0 Å2.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number11
    Pages (from-to)481-485
    Publication statusPublished - 1973


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