Elastic-neutron-scattering experiments, performed on a single crystal of Tl0.3MoO3, show the formation of a periodic distortion below the metal-semiconductor transition at about 170 K. Similar to the isostructural blue bronzes K0.3MoO3 and Rb0.3MoO3, this periodic distortion is characterized by a temperature-dependent wave vector q=(0,qb(T),0.5) referring to the high-temperature space group C2/m. The incommensurate component qb(T) decreases continuously from 0.267 at the transition temperature to 0.253 at about 100 K, below which it remains constant down to 10 K. Unlike the K and Rb analogs for which there is still some debate on whether there is a commensurate- incommensurate transition at 100 K, the Tl blue bronze is clearly incommensurate down to low temperatures. While the magnetic susceptibility shows a substantial anomaly around 50 K, detailed neutron-scattering studies in this temperature region reveal no significant effect on the charge-density wave.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics