Electron-Phonon Interactions and Phase Transitions

  • Tormod Riste

Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Alan Luther
    Pages 88-106
  3. F. J. Di Salvo
    Pages 107-136
  4. W. L. McMillan
    Pages 137-141
  5. E. F. Steigmeier, G. Harbeke, H. Auderset
    Pages 150-152
  6. H. Thomas
    Pages 245-270
  7. K.-H. Höck, H. Thomas
    Pages 271-276
  8. R. T. Harley
    Pages 277-296
  9. S. R. P. Smith, M. T. Hutchings
    Pages 327-330
  10. G. Shirane
    Pages 393-408
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 409-416

About this book


This NATO Advanced Study Institute was the fourth in a series devoted to the subject of phase transitions and instabilities with particular attention to structural phase transforma~ions. Beginning wi th the first Geilo institute in 19'(1 we have seen the emphasis evolve from the simple quasiharmonic soft mode description within the Landau theory, through the unexpected spectral structure re­ presented by the "central peak" (1973), to such subjects as melting, turbulence and hydrodynamic instabilities (1975). Sophisticated theoretical techniques such as scaling laws and renormalization group theory developed over the same period have brought to this wide range of subjects a pleasing unity. These institutes have been instrumental in placing structural transformations clearly in the mainstream of statistical physics and critical phenomena. The present Geilo institute retains some of the counter cul­ tural flavour of the first one by insisting whenever possible upon peeking under the skirts of even the most successful phenomenology to catch a glimpse of the underlying microscopic processes. Of course the soft mode remains a useful concept, but the major em­ phasis of this institute is the microscopic cause of the mode softening. The discussions given here illustrate that for certain important classes of solids the cause lies in the electron phonon interaction. Three major types of structural transitions are considered. In the case of metals and semimetals, the electron phonon interaction relie6 heavily on the topology of the Fermi surface.


Cross section Neutron Renormalization group electron enology metals phase phase transition physics renormalization spectra statistical physics structure topology turbulence

Editors and affiliations

  • Tormod Riste
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Atomic EnergyKjellerNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4615-8923-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-8921-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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