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Homework Help: Two Atoms Basis Lattice Problem

  1. Jan 13, 2013 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    For a lattice with a two atoms basis, the two dispersion relations valid for Ka = ±∏

    w2 = 2C/M2 and w2 = 2C/M1

    Show that under these conditions the lattice acts as two independent lattices (one lattice per each atom) with one of the lattices moving while the other is at rest.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I really don't know where to begin when dealing with this problem. I presume it's dependent on an oscillatory function, but I'm completely lost as to what defines two independent lattices.
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  3. Jan 14, 2013 #2


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    You need to read about lattice vibrations. First see a one-dimensional lattice, a linear chain of two different kinds of atom.

    http://users.physik.fu-berlin.de/~pascual/Vorlesung/SS09/slides/EPIV-09SS-SolSt_K3-Lattice%20vibrations.pdf [Broken]

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