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From Atoms (or Molecules) to Solids (or Liquids)

  • Eleftherios N. EconomouEmail author
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics, volume 1)

Abstract

Solids are made from a huge number of atoms close-packed, quite often periodically arranged, and undergoing small vibrations around their equilibrium positions. The same information as in molecules are sought in solids in order to deduce their various macroscopic properties. Similar theoretical and calculational tools as in molecules are employed to obtain quantities such density, compressibility, velocity of sound, specific heat, conductivity, etc.

Keywords

Condensed matter Periodicity Bloch theorem Defects Bulk and Shear moduli 

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© Eleftherios N. Economou 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Crete, FORTH IESLIraklionGreece

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