umklapp process

by aaaa202
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aaaa202 is offline
Oct30-13, 03:52 PM
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This occur when two phonons interact and the sum of their momenta add to a new wavevector outside the new Brillioun zone. The resulting wavevector is then mapped back into the Brillioun zone by subtraction of a suitable reciprocal lattice vector.
I don't think I understand the physics in all of this. I understand the idea but what is physically going on in this process and where does the leftover momentum go?
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UltrafastPED is offline
Oct30-13, 04:11 PM
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The left over energy absorbed by the crystal; the momentum is not "real momentum" - it is crystal momentum, which is not conserved.

DrDu is offline
Oct31-13, 01:59 AM
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Well, of course also real momentum is conserved. It is taken up completely by the lattice.

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