Cohesive Properties of Solids

  • Jean-Louis Calais
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 24)


The adjective “cohesive” refers to those properties which depend the way the constituents of a solid are held together. The traditional division of solids in ionic, valence, molecular crystals and metals is based mainly on qualitative aspects of the cohesive properties. It is of interest and indeed also possible to make quantitative calculations of a number of cohesive properties such as cohesive energies, lattice constants, compressibilities, elastic constants etc. It is also possible in certain cases to predict theoretically which one of several possible crystal structures has the lowest energy and therefore is the one found. The study of cohesive properties is of essential importance for connecting lattice dynamics to the theory of the electronic structure.


Cohesive Energy Spin Orbital Ionic Crystal Cohesive Property Wannier Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Louis Calais
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  1. 1.Quantum Chemistry GroupUniversity of UppsalaUppsalaSweden

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