Thermal properties of boron and borides

David G. Cahill, Henry E. Fischer, S. K. Watson, R. O. Pohl, G. A. Slack

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The influence of point defects on the thermal conductivity of polycrystalline -B has been measured from 1 to 1000 K. Above 300 K, samples containing 2 at. % Hf and Zr have thermal conductivities close to that of amorphous boron, indicating very strong phonon scattering. A thermal conductivity of equal magnitude has also been measured near and below room temperature for nearly stoichiometric single crystals of the theoretical composition YB68. On the basis of a comparison with earlier measurements to temperatures as low as 0.1 K, it is concluded that the thermal conductivity of crystalline YB68 is indeed very similar, if not identical, to that expected for amorphous boron over the entire temperature range of measurement (0.1-300 K). Measurements of the specific heat of nearly stoichiometric YB68 between 1.5 and 30 K also reveal a linear-specific-heat anomaly of the same magnitude as is characteristic for amorphous solids, in fair agreement with earlier measurements by Bilir et al. It is concluded that the lattice vibrations of crystalline YB68 are glasslike.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3254-3260
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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