In America

  • Victor Ya. Frenkel


Again Frenkel left his home for a long time, and again his frequent and regular letters provide us with the possibility to give him the floor. These letters are the mirror of his soul, and his impetuous, passionate, benevolent personality arises vividly from their pages.


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  1. 1).
    Ed. E.I. Rashba, M.D. Struge. — Amsterdam: North Holland, 1982.Google Scholar
  2. 2).
    Prediction of Excitons (on the 90th anniversary of the birth of J.I. Frenkel). UFN, 1984, v. 144, # 2, p. 347 (in Russian).Google Scholar
  3. 3).
    I can refer, on this matter, to my conversation with I.E. Tamm who told me that he valued his paper on the exchange nature of nuclear forces (1934) much more highly than the papers on the theory of the Vavilov-Cherenkov radiation which earned him (and I.M. Frank) the Nobel Prize.Google Scholar
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    S.I. Pekar in: «J.I. Frenkel. Memoirs. Letters. Documents.» Leningrad: Nauka, 1986, p. 198 (in Russian).Google Scholar
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    I.M. Lifshits. Quasi-particles in contemporary physics. In: «To the Depth of the Atom». Moscow: Nauka, 1964, p. 219 (in Russian).Google Scholar
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    On this subject see: C.T. Walkes, G.A. Slack. «Who named the-on’s?» Am. J. Phys., 1970, v. 38, # 12, p. 1380.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    «photos» means light in Latin; «phone» means sound.Google Scholar
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    J. Frenkel. On the transformation of light into heat in solids. I. Phys. Rev., 1931, v. 37, # 1, p. 17.zbMATHGoogle Scholar
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    From the Latin word «excito» meaning «I excite».Google Scholar
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    J.I. Frenkel. Introduction to the Theory of Metals. Fizmatgiz, Moscow, 1959, p. 156 (in Russian).Google Scholar
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    J. Frenkel. «On the transformation of light into heat in solids». II. Phys. Rev., 1931, v. 37, # 10. p. 1276.Google Scholar
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    See the cited paper by Rashba and also: B.P. Zakharchenya «The discovery of the exciton-theory and experiment». Fizika i Tekhnika Poluprovodnikov, 1984, v. 18, # 11, pp. 1940–1943; A.A. Kaplyansky. Excitons in semiconductors. In: «Physics: Problems, History, People». Leningrad, Nauka, 1986, pp. 5-19 (all in Russian).Google Scholar
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    Wolfgang Pauli. «Wissenschaftliche Briefwechsel mit Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg u.a. Band II: 1929–1958». Springer Verlag, 1982, S. 45 und 89 (in German).Google Scholar
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    J.C. Slater. «Solid State and Molecular Theory. A Scientific Biography». New York, 1957, p. 158.Google Scholar
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    On the absorption of light and trapping of electrons and positive holes in crystalline dielectrics. Phys. Z. Sowietun., 1936, Bd. 9, H. 2/3, S. 158-86.Google Scholar
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    Ch. Kittel. «Introduction to Solid State Physics» (Russian version: M.: Nauka, 1963, p. 559).zbMATHGoogle Scholar
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    For more details we refer the reader for more details to: Polarons and Excitons. Ed. by C.G. Cuper and C.D. Whitefield. Edinburgh and London, 1961; R. Knox. Theory of Excitons. New York, Acad. Press, 1963; D.L. Dexter, R. Knox. Excitons. New York, Interscience Publ., 1965.Google Scholar

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  • Victor Ya. Frenkel
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  1. 1.A.E. Ioffe Physico-Technical InstituteSt. Petersburg K-21Russia

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