Time-resolved Raman Spectroscopy of Optical Phonons in Graphite: Phonon Anharmonic Coupling and Anomalous Stiffening

Research paper by Hugen Yan, Daohua Song

Indexed on: 20 Aug '09Published on: 20 Aug '09Published in: Physics - Materials Science


Time-resolved Raman spectroscopy has been applied to probe the anharmonic coupling and electron-phonon interaction of optical phonons in graphite. From the decay of the transient anti-Stokes scattering of the G-mode following ultrafast excitation, we measured a lifetime of 2.2+/-0.1ps for zone-center optical phonons. We also observed a transient stiffening of G-mode phonons, an effect attributed to the reduction of the electron-phonon coupling for high electronic temperatures.