Crystal Structure and Ionic Vibrations

  • Eleftherios N. EconomouEmail author
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


We show that how elastic the scattering of external particles (usually photons or neutrons) by a crystal allows us to determine experimentally the lattice structure. We also show that the inelastic scattering of thermal neutrons due to phonon absorption or emission reveals the phononic dispersion relation; a comparison with the corresponding theoretical results is presented. Explicit expressions for these elastic and inelastic cross-sections are obtained.


Elastic Constant Bulk Modulus Inelastic Scattering Periodic System Reciprocal Lattice 
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Further Reading

  1. See the book by Ashcroft and Mermin [SS75] Chaps. 22, 23, 24, and Appendices L, M, N and the book by Kittel [SS74], Chap. 2.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) Department of PhysicsUniversity of CreteHeraklionGreece

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