Microscopic origin of infrared activity in graphite

Gun Sang Jeon, G. D. Mahan

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We investigate the phonon dispersion of graphite within a generalized bond-charge model with emphasis on the microscopic origin of the infrared active mode. The resulting dispersion is in good agreement with experiments, particularly with the full optical spectra obtained by the recent x-ray scattering experiment. The computed strengths of the infrared peak are found to be comparable to the experimental values. We show that the dipole moment responsible for the infrared activity is induced by the interlayer Coulomb interaction between π -bond electrons.

Original languageEnglish
Article number184306
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number18
StatePublished - 2005


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