Phonon Absorption Due to Two-Level Systems in Metallic Glasses

  • N. Thomas
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences book series (SSSOL, volume 51)


Phonons in metallic glasses at low temperatures are scattered by two-level systems (TLS) arising from atomic tunnelling states [1, 2]. The TLS themselves are heavily damped by inelastic scattering of conduction electrons [1,2], and phonon absorption by these TLS cannot realistically be treated using elementary perturbation theory. A more sophisticated theory has been developed [3] to describe resonant phonon scattering by heavily damped TLS and this is extended here to include relaxation absorption.




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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Thomas
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentBirmingham UniversityBirminghamEngland

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