Ukrainian Journal of Physical Optics 

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Role of Low-Frequency Modes in the Formation of Dielectric Function of b-Alanine Molecular Crystal

1Dovbeshko G., 2Gridyakina A., 3Romanyuk V.

1Institute of Physics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 46 Prospect Nauki, Kyiv 03039, Ukraine
2Kiev-Mohyla Academy, 6 Skovoroda str., Kyiv 02070, Ukraine
3Institute for Physics of Semiconductors of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 41 Prospect Nauki, Kyiv 03028, Ukraine

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Dielectric permeability e0 of b-alanine (b-Ala) single crystals is studied with the IR spectroscopy technique and the appropriate calculations. We have calculated the dielectric permeability from the reflectance spectra, using the dispersive analysis and the harmonic multi-oscillator model. The calculations of e0 from the reflectance spectra of (010) b-Ala crystal plane in the 400-4000 cm-1 region have earlier shown that it is impossible to achieve the e0 values experimentally measured in the microwave region (e0c=5.3, e0a=4.0). The calculated data differ two times from those experimentally measured for one of the directions. The polarized IR reflectance spectra of ?-Ala single crystal and the transmittance spectra of the corresponding powder are detected in the 100-5300 cm-1 region. The account for the low-frequency modes (400, 321, 218, 180 cm-1) finally gives a possibility to obtain a good agreement between the calculated and experimental results. The large contribution to e0, which is mainly due to the oscillator at 218 cm-1, is essential only for one of the alternative polarizations (E || the small axis of the (010) crystal plane). It seems to be associated with the H-bonded inter-molecular vibrations.

Key words: Dielectric function, model of non-interacting oscillators, b-alanine.
PACS: 81.10.Dn, 87.64.Rr,42.70.Jk

doi 10.3116/16091833/4/1/27/2003

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