The last two decades have seen tremendous progress in quantitative understanding of several major phonon scattering mechanisms (phonon-phonon, phonon-boundary, phonon-defects), as they are the determinant factors in lattice thermal transport, which is critical for the proper functioning of various electronic and energy conversion devices. However, the roles of another major scattering mechanism, electron-phonon (e-ph) interactions, remain elusive. This is largely due to the lack of solid experimental evidence for the effects of e-ph scattering in the lattice thermal conductivity for the material systems studied thus far. Here we show distinct signatures in the lattice thermal conductivity observed below the charge density wave transition temperatures in NbSe 3 nanowires, which cannot be recaptured without considering e-ph scattering. Our findings can serve as the cornerstone for quantitative understanding of the e-ph scattering effects on lattice thermal transport in many technologically important materials. \ 2018 American Chemical Society.
Yang, L., Tao, Y., Liu, J., Liu, C., Zhang, Q., Akter, M., Zhao, Y., Xu, T. T., Xu, Y., Mao, Z., Chen, Y., & Li, D. (2019). Distinct Signatures of Electron-Phonon Coupling Observed in the Lattice Thermal Conductivity of NbSe 3 Nanowires. Nano letters, 19(1), 415-421. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b04206