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Molecular Dynamics Study on Phonon Dynamics in Single-Crystal Silicon and Argon

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Peng Xiao, Mitsuhiro Matsumoto, Tomohisa Kunisawa

Kyoto University, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

Paper No. HT2007-32661, pp. 81-86; 6 pages
  • ASME/JSME 2007 Thermal Engineering Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2007 InterPACK Conference
  • ASME/JSME 2007 Thermal Engineering Heat Transfer Summer Conference, Volume 1
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 8–12, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4274-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3801-3
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Modern semiconductor industry and nanotechnology have profoundly impacted the study on thermal transport in dielectric solids such as single-crystal silicon. For these heat conduction phenomena whose characteristic length and time shrink into nano scale, it is efficient to utilize phonon dynamics as a promising approach to investigate the fundamental features of heat transfer at nano scale as well as the distinguished thermal properties of nano-materials. A new computational method is proposed to explore phonon dynamics in single-crystals on the basis of classical Molecular Dynamics technique. This method utilizes the Fourier-Laplace transformation of molecular trajectory, with anharmonicity of molecular vibrations accounted in the investigation on phonon dynamics. Instantaneous mode-dependent energy of phonons and density of vibration state is obtained at each simulated time step. Mode-dependent phonon relaxation is simulated and verified with perturbation method, which gives a way to measure relaxation time of single-mode phonon. The feasibility of the proposed scheme is confirmed by a series of simulations which are carried out in this paper on 1) monatomic crystal of argon with FCC structure and 2) diatomic crystal of silicon with diamond structure, under Lennard-Jones 6-12 potential and Tersoff-1989 model, respectively.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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