We introduce coherent inelastic neutron scattering with isotope substitution as a technique for measuring site-speciﬁc information on the vibrational dynamics of amorphous solids. The technique is used to extract experimentally the partial vibrational density of states Gα(E) for both Ge and Se in the prototypical networkforming glass GeSe2, whereα speciﬁes the chemical species and E denotes the energy. The efﬁcacy of the approximationsusedininterpretingtheexperimentaldataisvalidatedbyusingaﬁrst-principlesmodel,forwhich the set of true partial vibrational density of states is directly accessible. Our approach offers an opportunity for exploring accurately the vibrational dynamics of disordered materials.
Whittaker, D. A. J., Giacomazzi, L., Adroja, D., Bennington, S. M., Pasquarello, A., & Salmon, P. S. (2018). Partial vibrational density of states for amorphous solids from inelastic neutron scattering. Physical Review B, 98(6), 1-10. . https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.98.064205