Static and dynamic Jahn-Teller effect in the alkali metal fulleride salts A4 C60 (A=K,Rb,Cs)

G. Klupp, K. Kamarás, N. M. Nemes, C. M. Brown, J. Leão

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We report the temperature dependent mid- and near-infrared spectra of K4 C60, Rb4 C60, and Cs4 C60. The splitting of the vibrational and electronic transitions indicates a molecular symmetry change of C60 4- which brings the fulleride anion from D2h to either a D3d or a D5d distortion. In contrast to Cs4 C60, low temperature neutron diffraction measurements did not reveal a structural phase transition in either K4 C60 and Rb4 C60. This proves that the molecular transition is driven by the molecular Jahn-Teller effect, which overrides the distorting potential field of the surrounding cations at high temperature. In K4 C60 and Rb4 C60 we suggest a transition from a static to a dynamic Jahn-Teller state without changing the average structure. We studied the librations of these two fullerides by temperature dependent inelastic neutron scattering and conclude that both pseudorotation and jump reorientation are present in the dynamic Jahn-Teller state.

Original languageEnglish
Article number085415
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 28 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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