Preface. 1. Path-integral quantum Monte Carlo studies of the vibrational properties of crystals (A.R. McGurn). 2. Lattice dynamical applications of variational effective potentials in the Feynman path-integral formulation of statistical mechanics (E.R. Cowley, G.K. Horton). 3. Unusual anharmonic local mode systems (A.J. Sievers, J.B. Page). 4. Influence of isotopic and substitutional atoms on the propagation of phonons in anisotropic media (T. Paszkiewicz, M. Wilczyński). 5. Phonons in semiconductor alloys (J.D. Dow et al.). 6. Electronic screening in metals: from phonons to plasmons (A.G. Eguiluz, A.A. Quong). Author index. Subject index.
The first two volumes in this series published twenty years ago contained chapters devoted to anharmonic properties of solids, ab initio calculations of phonons in metals and insulators, and surface phonons. In the intervening years each of these important areas of lattice dynamics has undergone significant developments. This volume is therefore concerned with reviewing the current status of these areas.
Chapter one deals with the path-integral quantum Monte-Carlo method as a numerical simulation approach and looks at how this has been applied successfully to the determination of low temperature thermodynamic properties of anharmonic crystals and to certain dynamical properties as well. Chapter two is concerned with the calculation of static and dynamic properties of anharmonic crystals in the quantum regime. Chapter three discusses intrinsic anharmonic localized modes that have been intensively studied recently. Two topics, ab initio calculations of phonons in metals, and surface phonons are dealt with in the next chapter. The remaining two chapters are devoted to topics that have not been treated in previous volumes. One is phonon transport and the second is phonons in disordered crystals.
The work described in the six chapters of this volume testifies to the continuing vitality of the field of dynamical properties of solids nearly a century after its founding.
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Alexei Maradudin is a Research Professor of Physics at the University of California, Irvine. A condensed matter theorist, his research interests focus on phenomena occurring at surfaces and interfaces. These include studies of linear and nonlinear surface waves of various types, their propagation across rough surfaces, and their scattering by surface and subsurface defects; weak localization effects in the multiple scattering of light from, and its transmission through, randomly rough surfaces; inverse problems in rough surface scattering; and surface photonic crystals. He has published 400 articles devoted to these research areas.
Institute for Surface and Interface Science, University of California, Irvine, USA