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Hertz level of solid state matter

  1. Feb 27, 2012 #1
    Is there a general level of vibration that describes most solid state matter that we can touch? Perhaps in hertz?
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  3. Feb 29, 2012 #2
    This is important in the theory of specific heat capacity of solids at low temperatures. Einstein had a go but got it wrong. Debye did a better job. Later work showed there was no unique frequency but a spectrum of frequencies. Later still quantum mechanics was applied and we got phonons (the vibrational equivalent of the photon). Look up Debye and specific heat capacity in a search engine for details
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