International
Tables for
Crystallography
Volume D
Physical properties of crystals
Edited by A. Authier

International Tables for Crystallography (2013). Vol. D, ch. 2.4, p. 350

Section 2.4.4.1. Kinematics

R. Vachera* and E. Courtensa

aLaboratoire des Verres, Université Montpellier 2, Case 069, Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier CEDEX, France
Correspondence e-mail:  rene.vacher@ldv.univ-montp2.fr

2.4.4.1. Kinematics

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Brillouin scattering occurs when an incident photon at frequency interacts with the crystal to either produce or absorb an acoustic phonon at , while a scattered photon at is simultaneously emitted. Conservation of energy gives where positive corresponds to the anti-Stokes process. Conservation of momentum can be written where Q is the wavevector of the emitted phonon, and , are those of the scattered and incident photons, respectively. One can define unit vectors q in the direction of the wavevectors k by where n and are the appropriate refractive indices, and is the vacuum wavelength of the radiation. Equation (2.4.4.3b) assumes that so that is not appreciably changed in the scattering. The incident and scattered waves have unit polarization vectors and , respectively, and corresponding indices n and . The polarization vectors are the principal directions of vibration derived from the sections of the ellipsoid of indices by planes perpendicular to and , respectively. We assume that the electric vector of the light field Eopt is parallel to the displacement Dopt. This is exactly true for many cases listed in the tables below. In the other cases (such as skew directions in the orthorhombic group) this assumes that the birefringence is sufficiently small for the effect of the angle between and to be negligible. A full treatment, including this effect, has been given by Nelson et al. (1972 ).

After substituting (2.4.4.3) in (2.4.4.2) , the unit vector in the direction of the phonon wavevector is given by The Brillouin shift is related to the phonon velocity V by Since , from (2.4.4.5) and (2.4.4.3) , (2.4.4.4) one finds where is the angle between and .

References

Nelson, D. F., Lazay, P. D. & Lax, M. (1972). Brillouin scattering in anisotropic media: calcite. Phys. Rev. B, 6, 3109–3120.