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Electron or laser beam (a) (b) phonon pulse crystal crystal detector Fig. 7 Ballistic propagation of phonons at low temperatures. a Scheme of an experiment to measure the propagation time of the phonons. On the left hand side of the crystal the phonons are generated by means of a heat pulse applied to the source S, and subsequently they are detected on the right hand side of the crystal with the detector D. A thin metal layer deposited on the crystal surface can act as a source by means of the application of an electric current pulse.

15) one ﬁnds the total energy Utot by summation over all pairs: Fig. 6 9 < = X X 1 r r : ¼ N4e À : j 2 Rqij Rqij ; j ð2:16Þ P The i-th atom is arbitrarily selected, and the sum j ðÀÞ runs over all j ≠ i. For all possible values of i one obtains the factor N. Since in this way every atom is pﬃﬃﬃ pﬃﬃﬃ counted twice, the factor ½ must be applied. (The numbers ρij = 1, 2, 3, …, 2, 3, …, etc. are introduced in order to make the ﬁnal result independent of the special substance). 6 ¼ 14:454: ð2:17Þ In the cubic face-centered lattice there are twelve nearest neighbors.

The abstract momentum space (k-space) with the reciprocal lattice is divided into Brillouin zones. The boundaries of the Brillouin zones are found by erecting a plane in perpendicular direction at exactly the middle of a connecting straight line to a point of the reciprocal lattice. If one uses larger and larger reciprocal lattice vectors in this construction, one obtains the ﬁrst, second, third, etc. Brillouin zone. In Fig. 9 we show as an example the ﬁrst Brillouin zone in the two-dimensional case of the two fundamental vectors A and B oriented perpendicular to each other.