Phonon-Induced Thermal Properties

  • Karl W. Böer
  • Udo W. PohlEmail author
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Phonons are responsible for all thermal properties of a solid, such as its heat content and transport. The anharmonic part of lattice oscillations causes thermal expansion. All these are integral contributions of the phonon spectrum; only at low temperatures, where part of the spectrum can be frozen-out, do they become partially spectrum selective. Thermal conductivity is determined by various mechanisms of phonon scattering.


Debye specific heat Dulong-Petit law Einstein specific heat Heat capacity Phonon scattering Specific heat Thermal conductivity Thermal expansion Thermal transport 


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  1. 1.NaplesUSA
  2. 2.Institut für Festkörperphysik, EW5-1Technische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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