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What is the debye temperature?

  1. Apr 7, 2010 #1
    can someone please tell me what the debye termperature is, in words. why is it important? and is it actually a temperature?

    thanks
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 7, 2010 #2
    It gives a relative idea for a temperature scale above which vibrations within a solid behave basically according to the Dulong-Petit law and the heat capacity is 3Nk. Below the Debye temperature quantum effects are important and the heat capacity is reduced from the high temperature value.
     
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