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The quantum of acoustic or vibrational energy, considered as a quasiparticle and used especially in mathematical models to calculate thermal and vibrational properties of solids.


(General Physics) physics a quantum of vibrational energy in the acoustic vibrations of a crystal lattice
[C20: from phono- + -on]


(ˈfoʊ nɒn)

a quantum of sound or vibratory elastic energy, being the mechanical analogue of a photon.
[1932; < Greek phōn(ḗ) sound + -on1]
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Using group cohomology techniques we will establish a theoretical framework for topological phonons in three dimensions.
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The team of researchers used a series of mathematical calculations to study the properties of phonons, which is the name given to the vibrations within the lattice of Coulomb crystals.
Thermal contact could then be made with the perfectly absorbing first cavity, and the energy contained within the phonons from the second cavity could be released, such that the second cavity becomes eventually filled with black radiation through the action of the first cavity [16].
Unlike in electron transport phonons are not possible to be transferred via a tunneling effect.
The author has organized the main body of his text in eleven chapters devoted to chiral fermions in graphene, the intrinsic coherence of graphene, quantized states in graphene ribbons, phonons and raman scattering in graphene, and a wide variety of other related subjects.
The aim of present paper is to investigate the effects of non-framework cations, their hydration capacity and the role of phonons (acoustical and optical) on the thermodynamic characteristics of Type-A zeolite using Quantum mechanical theory and Fermi Dirac Statistics.
absorb and emit phonons when bombarded by sound waves.
The study is the first ever to prove that acoustic phonons -- the elemental particles that transmit both heat and sound -- have magnetic properties.
Matin, from the Raja Ramanna Center for Advanced Technology, Indore, India, and colleagues, found that it is the competition between these local magnetic fluctuations and the interaction between electrons and collective excitations, referred to as phonons, which determine the superconductivity.
This result is the first demonstration of active control of phonons using external stimulation in MEMS-based PnCs.
Abstract: Polymers are usually considered thermal insulators, because the amorphous arrangement of the molecular chains reduces the mean free path of heat-conducting phonons.