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[en] Full text: Solar cell technology is an active area of research with the quest to improve the efficiency of solar cells to above the current value of 44%. Hot carrier solar cells are particular types of cells which may enable higher efficiencies to be obtained. However, these are only feasible where there is a sufficiently large band gap in the phonon dispersion of the bulk material to minimise energy loss to thermalisation, thus keeping the electrons ‘hot’. Binary compounds with a large mass difference between the two constituent atoms, and high level of crystal symmetry such as titanium hydride, can have such a gap in their phonon dispersion. Titanium hydride is an interesting photovoltaic material with a broad range of properties, which vary depending on the proportion of hydride present. Theoretical studies show TiH2 has a phonon band gap of 95 meV in the bulk phase, however, experimentally this compound exists as a powder because the hydrogenation process causes large stresses in the lattice which are strong enough to crack the bulk sample. For solar cell absorber materials, a bulk sample is preferred and these can be manufactured by hydrogenating very pure Ti metal. We have previously studied TiH1.65 using X-ray powder diffraction and inelastic neutron scattering and found that while the width of the acoustic and optical phonon bands is different from those of TiH2, it did have a phonon band gap of 65 meV i.e. large enough to block Klemens’ decay. We present here an extension of this work with Fourier Transform Infra-red (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy, along with X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) data from the photovoltaic materials, TiH2 and ZrH2.