Electrical and Thermal Conductivity

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Electrical and Thermal Conductivity
Main Topics from Chapters 3-5 Due to time, not all topics will be on test. Some problems ask to discuss the meaning or implication. Lattice Dynamics (Monatomic, Diatomic, Mass Defect, 2D Lattices) Strain (compliance, reduced notation, tensors) Harmonic Oscillator (Destruction/Creation, Hamiltonian & Number Operators, Expectation Values) Energy Density and Heat Capacity (phonons, electrons and photons) Quasiparticle Interactions (e-e, e-phonon, e-photon, defect interations) Electrical and Thermal Conductivity

Lattice Vibrations When a wave propagates along one direction, 1D problem. Use harmonic oscillator approx., meaning amplitude vibration small. The vibrations take the form of collective modes which propagate. Phonons are quanta of lattice vibrations. Longitudinal Waves Transverse Waves

Monatomic Linear Chain
The force on the nth atom; a a The force to the right; The force to the left; Un-1 Un Un+1 The total force = Force to the right – Force to the left Thus, Newton’s equation for the nth atom is Diatomic benzet Eqn’s of motion of all atoms are of this form, only the value of ‘n’ varies

Brillouin Zones of the Reciprocal Lattice
Reciprocal Space Lattice: 2p/a 3rd Brillouin Zone 2nd Brillouin Zone 1st Brillouin Zone (BZ=WS) Each BZ contains identical information about the lattice There is no point in saying that 2 adjacent atoms are out of phase by more than  (e.g., 1.2 =-0.8 ) Modes outside first Brillouin zone can be mapped to first BZ

Are These Waves Longitudinal or Transverse?
Four examples of standing waves in a linear crystal corresponding to q = 1, 2, 4, and N. q is maximum when alternating atoms are vibrating in opposite directions. A portion from a very long crystal is shown. From Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices, Third Edition, S.O. Kasap (© McGraw-Hill, 2005)

Diatomic Chain(2 atoms in primitive basis)
2 different types of atoms of masses m1 and m2 are connected by identical springs (n-2) (n-1) (n) (n+1) (n+2) K K K K m2 a) m1 m1 m m2 a b) Un-1 Un Un+1 Un+2 Un-2 Since a is the repeat distance, the nearest neighbors separations is a/2 Two equations of motion must be written; One for mass m1, and One for mass m2.

A when the two atoms oscillate in antiphase
As there are two values of ω for each value of k, the dispersion relation is said to have two branches Optical Branch л / a 2 –л k w A B C Upper branch is due to the positive sign of the root. Acoustical Branch Negative sign:   k for small k. Dispersion-free propagation of sound waves At C, M oscillates and m is at rest. At B, m oscillates and M is at rest. This result remains valid for a chain containing an arbitrary number of atoms per unit cell. A when the two atoms oscillate in antiphase

Number and Type of Branches
Every crystal has 3 acoustic branches, 1 longitudinal and 2 transverse Every additional atom in the primitive basis contributes 3 further optical branches (again 2 transverse and 1 longitudinal)

2D Lattice Write down the equation(s) of motion Ul,m+1 Ulm Ul-1,m
K Ulm Ul-1,m Ul+1,m What if I asked you to include second nearest neighbors with a different spring constant? 2D Lattice Ul,m-1

Identify the values of  at k=0 and at the edges.
Ul,m+1 C Similar to the electronic bands on the test, plot w vs k for the [10] and [11] directions. Identify the values of  at k=0 and at the edges. Ulm Ul-1,m Ul+1,m Got here in 50 minute class Ul,m-1 2D Lattice

Specific Heat or Heat Capacity Classical Picture of Heat Capacity
The heat energy required to raise the temperature a certain amount The thermal energy is the dominant contribution to the heat capacity in most solids. In non-magnetic insulators, it is the only contribution. Classical Picture of Heat Capacity When the solid is heated, the atoms vibrate around their sites like a set of harmonic oscillators. Therefore, the average energy per atom, regarded as a 3D oscillator, is 3kT, and consequently the energy per mole is = Dulong-Petit law: states that specific heat of any solid is independent of temperature and the same result (3R~6cal/K-mole) for all materials!

Thermal Energy & Heat Capacity Einstein Model
Energy of oscillator Average energy of a harmonic oscillator and hence of a lattice mode at temperature T The probability of the oscillator being in this level as given by the Boltzman factor

Mean energy of a harmonic oscillator High Temperature Limit
<< Low Temperature Limit exponential term gets bigger Zero Point Energy is independent of frequency of oscillation. This is a classical limit because the energy steps are now small compared with thermal/vibrational energy

Heat Capacity C (Einstein)
Heat capacity found by differentiating average phonon energy where The difference between classical and Einstein models comes from zero point energy. Area = T(K) The Einstein model near T= 0 did not agree with experiment, but was better than classical model. Taking into account the distribution of vibration frequencies in a solid this discrepancy can be accounted for. Points:Experiment Curve: Einstein Prediction

Debye approximation has two main steps
Approx. dispersion relation of any branch by a linear extrapolation Ensure correct number of modes by imposing a cut-off frequency , above which there are no modes. The cut-off freqency is chosen to make the total number of lattice modes correct. Since there are 3N lattice vibration modes in a crystal having N atoms, we choose so that: Einstein approximation to the dispersion Debye approximation to the dispersion

Density of states (DOS) per unit frequency range g()
The number of modes/states with frequencies  and +d will be g()d. # modes with wavenumber from k to k+dk= for 1D monoatomic lattice

The energy of lattice vibrations will then be found by integrating the energy of single oscillator over the distribution of vibration frequencies. Thus for 1D Mean energy of a harmonic oscillator It would be better to find 3D DOS in order to compare the results with experiment.

3D Example: The number of allowed states per unit energy range for free electron?
Each k state represents two possible electron states, one for spin up, the other is spin down.

kx,ky,kz(all have positive values)
Octant of the crystal: kx,ky,kz(all have positive values) The number of standing waves; L L Another view

The Heat Capacity of a Cold Fermi Gas (Metal)
Close to EF, we can ignore the variation in the density of states: g()  g(EF). By heating up a metal (kBT << EF), we take a group of electrons at the energy -  (with respect to EF), and “lift them up” to . The number of electrons in this group g(EF)f()d and each electron increased its energy by 2 : kBT The small heat capacity of metals is a direct consequence of the Pauli principle. Most of the electrons cannot change their energy.

Otherwise metals would have infinite conductivity
On average, I go about  seconds between collisions electron Bam! Random Collisions phonon with phonons and impurities The thermal vibration of the lattice (phonons) will prevent the atoms from ever all being on their correct sites at the same time. The presence of impurity atoms and other point defects will upset the lattice periodicity Electrons colliding with phonons (T > 0) Electrons colliding with impurities imp is independent of T

r(E) is the ‘density of states available at energy E’.
Fermi’s Golden Rule r(E) is the ‘density of states available at energy E’. Transition rate: Quantum levels of the non-perturbed system Transition is induced Perturbation is applied See Fermi‘s Golden Rule paper in Additional Material on the course homepage

This process is stimulated absorption (or simply absorption).
When the ground state finds itself in the presence of a photon of the appropriate frequency, the perturbing field can induce the necessary oscillations, causing the mix to occur. This leads to the promotion of the system to the upper energy state and the annihilation of the photon. This process is stimulated absorption (or simply absorption). Einstein pointed out that the Fermi Golden Rule correctly describes the absorption process. - degeneracy of state f

⇒ Quantum Oscillator Atoms still have energy at T=0.
What is <x2> for the ground state of the quantum harmonic oscillator? (1D Case) For 3D quantum oscillator, the result is multiplied by 3:

These quantized normal modes of vibration are called
PHONONS PHONONS are massless quantum mechanical particles which have no classical analogue. They behave like particles in momentum space or k space. Phonons are one example of many like this in many different areas of physics. Such quantum mechanical particles are often called “Quasiparticles” Examples of other Quasiparticles: Photons: Quantized Normal Modes of electromagnetic waves. Magnons: Quantized Normal Modes of magnetic excitations in magnetic solids Excitons: Quantized Normal Modes of electron-hole pairs

Conditions for: elastic scattering
Phonon spectroscopy = Conditions for: elastic scattering in Constraints: Conservation laws of Momentum Energy In all interactions involving phonons, energy must be conserved and crystal momentum must be conserved to within a reciprocal lattice vector.

Stress tensor 𝜎, Compliance C, Stiffness S
birefringence Elastic anisotropy Deformation tensor Stress tensor 𝜎, Compliance C, Stiffness S Message: Wave propagation in anisotropic media is quite different from isotropic media: There are in general 21 independent elastic constants (instead of 2 in the isotropic case), which can be reduced still further by considering the symmetry conditions found in different crystal structures. There is shear wave splitting (analogous to optical birefringence, different polarizations in diff. directions) Waves travel at different speeds depending in the direction of propagation

The cubic axes are equivalent, so the diagonal components for normal and shear distortions must be equal. And cubic is not elastically isotropic because a deformation along a cubic axis differs from the stress arising from a deformation along the diagonal. e.g., [100] vs. [111] Zener Anisotropy Ratio: x=(a-b)/2 or