Tuesday, July 30, 2013

1305.2455 (Koushik Viswanathan et al.)

Theory of electron scattering by crystal lattice strains and

Koushik Viswanathan, Srinivasan Chandrasekar
A theory for conduction electron scattering by inhomogeneous crystal lattice strains is developed, based on the differential geometric treatment of deformations in solids. The resulting fully covariant Schr\"odinger equation shows that the electrons can be described as moving in a non-Euclidean background space in the continuum limit of the deformed lattice. Unlike previous work, the formalism is applicable to cases involving purely elastic strains as well as discrete and continuous distributions of dislocations --- in the latter two cases it clearly demarcates the effects of the dislocation strain field and core and differentiates between elastic and plastic strain contributions respectively. The electrical resistivity due to the strain field of edge dislocations is then evaluated using perturbation theory and the Boltzmann transport equation. The resulting numerical estimate for Cu shows good agreement with experimental values, indicating that the electrical resistivity of edge dislocations is not entirely due to the core, contrary to current models. Possible application to the study of strain effects in constrained quantum systems is also discussed.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.2455

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