Optical excitation of plasmons in a quasi-one-dimensional conductor

P. F. Williams, M. A. Butler, D. L. Rousseau, Aaron N. Bloch

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We have carefully determined the optical spectrum of K2Pt(CN)4Br0.3 3H2 O near the reflectivity edge. Our data reveal, in addition to the expected monotonic background, a broad peak in 2() above a threshold coinciding with the zero of 1() near 16 000 cm-1. We assign this band to indirect excitation of plasmons. Details of the excitation of plasmons are discussed with particular attention being paid to the problems presented by the one-dimensional character of the material. It is concluded that the electronic structure of this material cannot be adequately described by either a free-electron model or a one-band tight-binding model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1109-1112
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1974
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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