Abstract

We present the results of an inelastic neutron scattering study of a crystalline polymorph of SiO2 (α-quartz), and a number of silicate glasses (pure silica, SiO2, and three glasses in the alkali silicate series (K,Li)2Si2O5). We demonstrate the presence of the Boson peak in the inelastic spectra of both the crystalline and amorphous materials and argue that it arises simply from the dispersion characteristics of transverse acoustic modes. Furthermore, we investigate the role of the lower-energy floppy modes in the inelastic spectra, and show that they are controlled by chemical effects.

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