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Studies on phonon modes in a molecular dimer-Mott insulator $$beta^{prime}$$-(BEDT-TTF)$$_2$$ICl$$_2$$ by inelastic neutron scattering

Kawamura, Seiko   ; Matsuura, Masato*; Iguchi, Satoshi*; Sasaki, Takahiko*; Taniguchi, Hiromi*; Kubota, Aiko*; Sato, Kazuhiko*; Inamura, Yasuhiro  ; Kikuchi, Tatsuya*  ; Nakajima, Kenji  

It has been reported that in a molecular dimer-Mott insulator $$beta^{prime}$$-(BEDT-TTF)$$_2$$ICl$$_2$$ shows a relaxor-like dielectric response. The system exhibits a glassy ferroelectric state associated with charge disproportionation within the dimer, where a hole ($$S$$ = 1/2) is localized, below $$T_c$$ = 62K, and a long-range antiferromagnetic order below $$T_{rm N}$$ = 22K. For such molecule-based materials, it is expected that low-energy phonon modes are coupled with spin/charge degrees of freedom. In order to observe the phonon modes in this system, we have performed inelastic neutron scattering measurements in a wide wave-vector and energy region using a chopper spectrometer AMATERAS at J-PARC MLF. The lowest energy mode shows remarkable temperature dependence of its intensity, while any softening is not observed. The result suggests that this phonon mode reflects changes in the spin/charge dynamics.

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