We have performed inelastic and quasielastic neutron-scattering experiments ?IQENS? on the highly lithium doped fulleride Li12C60 covering the T range from 150 to 600 K, across a tetragonal to cubic fcc phase transition which was shown to occur around T?550 K by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. In this work we focus on the dynamics of the Li ions and C60 molecular units. The QENS data suggest a dynamical model in which the Li ions diffuse in the confined environment of the octahedral void of the pristine C60 molecule, in agree- ment with the structural information that we have obtained on the same compound. These results are discussed together with our previously reported analysis of the changes in the vibrational density of states across the phase transition. The emerging picture is that Li12C60 at high temperature ?fcc phase? has the same dynamical features as pure C60 with the addition of Li localized diffusion within the octahedral void, while the low- temperature tetragonal phase is characterized by a broadening and disappearance of many dynamical features, i.e., of the Li diffusion and of the C60 librations and molecular modes.
Lithium diffusion and C60 dynamics by quasielastic and inelastic neutron scattering in Li12C60 fulleride / CRISTOFOLINI L.; FACCI P; FONTANA M P; CICOGNANI G; DIANOUX J. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER AND MATERIALS PHYSICS. - ISSN 1098-0121. - 61:5(2000), pp. 3404-3409. [10.1103/PhysRevB.61.3404]
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