Atomic Mechanics of Solids - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444883742, 9780444600349

Atomic Mechanics of Solids

1st Edition

Authors: A.K. Macpherson
eBook ISBN: 9780444600349
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 16th November 1990
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Table of Contents

1. Structure of Solids. Introduction. Crystal structures. Predictable properties. Binding energies. X-ray crystallography. 2. Lattice Dynamics. Lattice vibrations. Dipolar models. Lattice specific heat. Thermal expansion. Cohesion and elastic constants. Phonons. 3. Interatomic Potentials. Two-body potential. Three-body potentials. Molecular orbital methods. Derivation of potentials. Verification of potentials. 4. Transport Properties. Gas equations. Electron gas electrical conductivity. Thermal conductivity. Phonon electrical conductivity and thermal electrical effects. Mass diffusivity. Superconductivity. 5. Crystal Defects. Point defects. Dislocations. Surfaces. 6. Green's Functions. Green's function in elementary quantum mechanics. Many-body Green's functions. A simple example of many-body Green's functions. Applications of Green's functions. 7. Molecular Dynamics. The method of molecular dynamics. Boundary conditions. Hard sphere models. Applications of the method. Appendix to Chapter 7 Fortran Code for the Molecular-Dynamics method. 8. Monte Carlo Methods. Classical Monte Carlo method. Dynamic Monte Carlo methods. Quantum Monte Carlo methods. Applications of the Monte Carlo method. 9. Experimental Methods. Microscopy. Ion spectroscopy. Vibrational and electron spectroscopy. Resonance methods. Other experimental methods. (An Introduction and References are given with each chapter.)


This volume brings together some of the presently available theoretical techniques which will be useful in the design of solid-state materials. At present, it is impossible to specify the atomic composition of a material and its macroscopic physical properties. However, the future possibilities for such a science are being laid today. This is coming about due to the development of fast, cheap computers which will be able to undertake the calculations which are necessary.

Since this field of science is fairly new, it is not yet quite clear which direction of analysis will eventually prove to be the most successful. In this respect the author has included the most relevant promising subject areas, based on seven years of research experience in the field. An extensive literature already exists for most of the areas covered here, thus when more detailed analysis can be found elsewhere, the assumptions made are discussed, and only an outline of the method involved is presented. Comprehensive indexes are provided to assist the reader in further studies. This is a potentially important field which is slowly getting underway and only needs a significant development to attract a broader scientific interest. The work will be of considerable interest to program managers needing to assess this new field.


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A.K. Macpherson Author

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Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA