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Lattice vibrations and specific heat of zinc blende

Rajagopal, AK and Srinivasan, R (1960) Lattice vibrations and specific heat of zinc blende. In: Zeitschrift für Physik, 158 (4). pp. 471-482.

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The dispersion relations, frequency distribution function and specific heat of zinc blende have been calculated using Houston's method on (1) A short range force (S. R.) model of the type employed in diamond by Smith and (2) A long range model assuming an effective charge Ze on the ions. Since the elastic constant data on ZnS are not in agreement with one another the following values were used in these calculations: {Mathematical expression}. As compared to the results on the S. R. model, the Coulomb force causes 1. A splitting of the optical branches at (000) and a larger dispersion of these branches; 2. A rise in the acoustic frequency branches the effect being predominant in a transverse acoustic branch along [110]; 3. A bridging of the gap of forbidden frequencies in the S. R. model; 4. A reduction of the moments of the frequency distribution function and 5. A flattening of the Θ- T curve. By plotting (Θ/Θ0) vs. T., the experimental data of Martin and Clusius and Harteck are found to be in perfect coincidence with the curve for the short range model. The values of the elastic constants deduced from the ratio Θ0 (Theor)/Θ0 (Expt) agree with those of Prince and Wooster. This is surprising as several lines of evidence indicate that the bond in zinc blende is partly covalent and partly ionic. The conclusion is inescapable that the effective charge in ZnS is a function of the wave vector {Mathematical expression}.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Zeitschrift für Physik
Publisher: Springer
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Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2010 05:28
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 06:09
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/28528

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