The physics of crystals
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Einstein's view of a crystal as an assembly of immense numbers of quantized oscillators having a common set of vibration frequencies is not only the logical and correct view of the matter but also proves itself when fully developed to be an eminently successful view. It gives us a deep and quantitative insight into the thermal behaviour of solids. The nature of the vibration spectra of crystals indicated by it is confirmed in detail by the results of spectroscopic studies with diverse materials and by various techniques and with especial completeness by studies on the diffusion of light in crystals.
The ideas underlying the specific-heat theories of Debye and Born are irreconcilable with the observed spectroscopic behaviour of crystals and especially with the effects exhibited in their second-order spectra of light-scattering.
KeywordsNormal Mode Vibration Spectrum Optical Polarisability Atomic Vibration Thermal Agitation
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