Collective excitations in periodic, elastic arrangements of atoms or molecules in condensed matter, like solids and some liquids. They are quasiparticle quantum modes of vibration of elastic structures of interacting particles.

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Phonon softening explanation

Is there a simple, intuitive answer of why phonons soften with strain? I am aware of the Grüneisen parameter but it just tells us there is a negative sign.
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What effects arises due to hybridisation of phonon branches?

The phonon dispersion is usually given as the vibration frequency on its momentum space. Usually, there are 3 acoustic phonon modes and 3(N-1) optical modes, where 'N' is the number of atoms in the ...
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Problem with derivation of phonons in crystal

In this derivation of phonon solutions, everywhere, we are forcefully assuming the wavelike characteristics along the length of the chain. While all we can deduce for finding out the fundamental ...
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which unit cell to use for dynamic structure factor in neutron scattering?

I'm trying to calculate the dynamic structure factor for inelastic neutron scattering, but I get a function which doesn't obey certain symmetries of the crystal lattice and which changes depending on ...
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How is Mössbauer spectroscopy so resistant to thermal motion?

Mössbauer spectroscopy detects tiny shifts (on the order of $\mu$eV or meV) in a gamma ray's energy due to the chemical environment of the nucleus. The scan consists of moving a source of excited ...
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Energy gap in phonons and violation of perturbation theory

In a 1 dimensional chain of similar ions which are connected to each other with similar springs there is just one corresponding frequency for each wave vector. But solving the problem of one ...
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Why is superconductance not observed at regular ambient temperatures?

I have done some reading on superconductance and understand that the reason it happens is due to the formation of Cooper pairs resulting from the attractive momentary charge concentration resulting ...
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What do we know about the strength of the electron-phonon coupling in high-temperature superconductors?

I would like to clarify the situation of the electron-phonon coupling in high-temperature superconductors (or considering only the cuprates). The main question is what do we know about the strength of ...
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what is the relationship between phonon frequency and normal modes frequency in crystal

I want to know what is the relationship between phonon frequency and normal modes frequency in crystal? is the same? Thanks in advance Farrokh
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Localized Phonon Vibrational Modes and Thermal Conductivity

I chanced upon this 1D chain Mass Impurity model: At the end of all the derivations, it concludes that Case 1: $ 0 < M_0 < M$ The impurity is lighter than the host atoms. The frequencies ...
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Effect of Phonon Density change

I am trying to figure out the phonon density change effect on anharmonic decay of phonons. How this two phenomena could be related and what could be the possible effect in such case. Moreover ...
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Maximum Phonon Frequency

If I am given the maximum Phonon energy in a monotonic lattice, how would i go about finding the max frequency ? Would this be taking the max energy and dividing by h-bar to give the max frequency ? ...
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What is a clear definition of vibrons?

What is a clear definition of vibrons? Vibrons are localized Phonons and I need more information about them. It is somewhat vague to me. Can you give some references, please?
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How to calcualte density of state from computed phonon dispersion?

I have numerically computed phonon dispersion using small displacement method by solving dynamical matrix along high symmetry direction [100], [110] and [111] for f.c.c lattice. Now I want to ...
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What could be the anharmonicity effect if phonon interact with a tilted interface?

If Phonon propagates through c-axis grown structure and at the end reach a tilted interface of GaN, what phenomena will appear there? How anharmonicity is going to effect the phonon propagation ...
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How should I be thinking about phonons?

I have started learning solid state physics and i am struggling with the concept of phonons. I understand how the vibrational wave can be quantised (because of quantum oscillators) and thought of as ...
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In solids, is it phonons, or is it the oscillations of electrons in bands, that emit most of the blackbody radiation?

In solids (most any object we see), which tends to emit most of the blackbody radiation: phonons (atomic, or molecular dipole, lattice vibrations) or oscillating electrons in their energy bands?
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What could be the effect of solid-air interface shape change (square, oval, triangular etc) on phonon propagation at nanoscale range?

I am trying to figure out the solid-air interfacial transmittance of phonon for different shaped interface. Huge acoustic impedance mismatch between solid and air is the challenge to do so. Now I want ...
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Coupling of matter field with gauge boson and Goldstone boson:

What's the fundamental difference between the way a gauge boson gets coupled to a matter field, preferably a Fermionic field and the way a Goldstone boson gets coupled to the matter field ? In ...
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Do tensor product tables for irreducible representations apply for non-symmorphic space groups?

I'm reading Dresselhaus's book on group theory for solid-state physics, but I'm having trouble understanding how to get irreducible representations for phonons away from $\mathbf{k} = \mathbf{0}$ for ...
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Pin point sound wave on phonon dispersion

Imagine a sound wave of 1 Mhz is pushed into a material, in order to plot this on a phonon dispersion relation (E-K plot) - should I convert the 1 Mhz into wavelength(lambda) and find the equivalent ...
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How do phonons and spinwaves interact? [closed]

What governs the coupling of acoustic phonons to transverse and longitudinal spinwaves? Is there a simple picture?
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what is quasi-particle and its behaviour in solid?

I came across the term on several occasion while reading solid state physics and statistical mechanics. Didn't understand quite well. It'll be help if it's explained.
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Phonon spectrum

I had a question regarding phonon spectrum in condensed matter. Consider a cubic lattice with '$p$' atoms per primitive cell. Consider the lattice plane used for derivation of the phonon spectrum to ...
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Why the lifetime of acoustic phonons is larger than that of optical phonons?

for example, in GaAs, the LA phonon lifetime can be ~850 ns, while LO phonon lifetime is only about 5 ps. Why such huge difference occurs? Thanks!
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should transverse and longitudinal phonon velocities be equal for this mass spring system?

Let's say we have a cubic lattice of identical masses $m$, each connected to its 6 nearest neighbors by identical spring constants $k$. Essentially, the problem is I get an eigenvalue problem with ...
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Are there materials that strongly (macroscopically) vibrate under light of certain frequencies? If so why?

Picture an imperfect plane of loose particulate matter like sand or silt. Are there materials where if I shine light (not isotropically) on the plane I could get the particles to vibrate with large ...
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Are acoustic phonon frequencies always linear in k?

I'm confused by a discussion in Ashcroft and Mermin's textbook on pg. 512-513. They say that if we have a bunch of ions in a solid and neglect the effect of the conduction electrons, then waves will ...
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Difference between mechanical modes and phonons

As stated in this review article: Mechanical modes are long compared to the interatomic spacing. It is natural to make the distinction between nanomechanical modes and phonons: The former are ...
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Classical string as a limit case of elastic quantum states superposition

The usuall way to "half-popularly" show that the quantum mechanics formalism is not unconnected to the classical mechanics is to demonstrate a classical case as a limit of a quantum case. The main ...
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The meaning of phonon

I learnt that phonon is quantum something of vibration. But I cannot understand what 'phonon concentration' and 'phonon scattering' mean, and how they relate to the temperature or carrier mobility. ...
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Monte Carlo, Non-polar optical phonon scattering?

I have a question on electron and non-polar optical phonon scattering in GaAs. Is it allowed to consider intravalley electron non-polar optical phonon scattering in L-valley of GaAs? I found in the ...
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phonons with next-nearest harmonic interactions

Given an account of the propagation of atomic vibrations along a monatomic chain of atoms, mass $m$, in which the spacing between atoms is $a$ and in which atoms, distance $na$ from each other are ...
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What's phonon mean free path

This is probably a naive question but still. Phonons are quasiparticles that emerge when we quantize motion of a lattice. In this sense, they have no location in space, they are just energy quanta of ...
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How does a sonic black hole (or dumb hole) work?

I came across this term and I heard they used sonic black holes to detect something analogous to hawking radiation, but I have failed to find sources which explain how exactly they work and how they ...
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How do phonons affect the work function?

How do phonons affect the work function? Could phonons that are directed towards a single atom, such as in a body-centered cubic crystal, increase the amount of thermal excitation and thus decrease ...
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What is a single-phonon?

From what I understood from wikipedia, as well as some other resources, each phonon corresponds to a normal mode oscillation, and the creation operator to create a phonon of wavevector $k$ is: $$ ...
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phonon dispersion with random masses

In order to see how phonons should be affected by disorder, I've been playing around with a model involving a 1D chain of masses linked by springs, where the spring strengths are all the same but the ...
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How does phonon scattering change the distribution function?

For a one-dimensional structure, we know that the modified distribution function has the following energy dependency in equilibrium: \begin{equation} Z(\varepsilon)\,f(\varepsilon) = ...
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Can someone explain LO-TO Splitting?

LO-TO splitting occurs in an ionic (i.e. polar) solid such as GaAs or NaCl. What happens is that the degeneracy of the transverse optical (TO) and longitudinal optical (LO) phonons at $k=0$ is broken ...
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When do optical phonon branches arise?

As far as I understand from what I'm studying, only when you have more than one kind of atom in the lattice structure, will the phonon have an optical branch, or else it should not have an optical ...
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Quantization of energy of phonons

when taking into account of energy of photons, the relationship $E=nh\nu$ stands because it is said that the Energy is proportional to the frequency of the electromagnetic wave, however when the ...
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Help with the analytical solution for the dispersion relation of an elastic wave with wave vector k

I was studying Phonons and Lattice vibrations and came across the equation. I want the mathematical solution for this. $$M\frac{d^2u_n}{dt^2}=C[u_{n+1}+u_{n-1}-2u_n]$$ from here it is argued that ...
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Has a phonon, a formal quasi-particle, ever been observed as a point particle?

Phonons are a nice tool to simplify the quantum-mechanical description of lattice vibrations by identifying the ladder operator of normal modes as creation operators of a certain quasi-particle. In ...
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Phonon modes in one-dimensional monoatomic chain

I am familirazing myself with the lattice dynamics reading Ashkroft-Mermin (p2 ch 22). My question is what it the mathematics behind the deriviation $U^{harm}=1/2 K \sum_{n} [u(na)-u([n+1]a)]^2$ ...
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Is it possible to efficiently extract phonons from a lattice?

The population inversion generated in lasers occurs in multi-level atomic systems. As an example, the Nd:YAG energy diagram is shown below. The pump pushes the Nd ions up to the upper levels, and ...
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What is the relationship between Raman peaks and phonon vibration modes?

I've seen Raman spectra, such as here, where peaks at certain wavenumbers were identified with phonon vibration modes (TO, LO, TA, LA). What is the relationship behind this, and how could I make such ...
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Why is the number of phonon modes in a solid restricted to a finite value?

Kittel's Thermal Physics (Amazon link) makes the statement: There is no limit to the number of possible electromagnetic modes in a cavity, but the number of elastic modes in a finite solid is ...
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What does a 'complex displacement' of phonon mode mean?

I'm trying to interpret the phonon mode output file from a phonopy/vasp calculation, and this webpage talks about the 'complex displacement' of atoms in the system, and I'm not quite sure what it ...