Phononic Heat Conduction in Disordered Crystals

Dhar, Abhishek
July 2011
AIP Conference Proceedings;7/16/2011, Vol. 1349 Issue 1, p6
Academic Journal
We investigate the question as to whether disordered harmonic crystals in two and three dimensions have a finite thermal conductivity. A heuristic argument using localization theory and kinetic theory is given to estimate the system size dependence of the current. Numerical results testing these predictions are then discussed. The numerical studies are based on the Landauer formula using phonon transmission and also on nonequilibrium simulations. The role of ballistic and diffusive phonon modes and the effect of boundary conditions are critically analyzed.


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