As illustrated by two classic results from the literature (Figure 6-1), the thermal conductivities of both insulators and pure metals increase rapidly as their temperatures are decreased (within the cryogenic range) and pass through maxima before dropping to zero at zero K. They do so for entirely different sets of reasons, to be outlined below with reference to Figure 6-2.


Thermal Conductivity Lattice Thermal Conductivity Electronic Thermal Conductivity Thermal Conductivity Temperature Dependence Kapitza Resistance 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. W. Collings
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  1. 1.Materials DepartmentBattelle Memorial InstituteColumbusUSA

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