**Department of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4111**

**Physics 731 HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT #4** **Due: Oct. 5, 1999**

Read Ashcroft & Mermin (AM), chap. 22.

1. AM 22–1

2. AM 22–2

3. AM 22–3

4. AM 22–5, parts a, b, and c only.

5. [Essentially Kittel (7^{th}) 4–7]: Consider a simple model of soft phonon modes: Consider a line of ions of equal mass but alternating in charge, with e_{m} = (-1)^{m}e as the charge on the m^{th} ion. Their interatomic potential is the sum of two contributions: 1) a short-range interaction of force constant K_{1R} = g that acts between nearest neighbors only, and 2) a Coulomb interaction between all ions.

- Show that the contribution of the Coulomb interaction to the atomic force constants is K
_{mc}= 2 (-1)^{m}e^{2}/m^{3}a^{3}, where a is the equilibrium nearest-neighbor distances. - Using the general 1–D dispersion relation w
^{2}= (2/M)S_{m}³ 1 K_{m}(1 - cos mka) [eqn. (22.90)], show that the dispersion relation for this specific system can be written as - Show that w
^{2}is negative (i.e. the mode is unstable, or "soft") at the zone boundary ka = p if s > 0.475 [i.e. 4/{7z (3)}, where z is the Riemann zeta function]. - Show that the speed of sound at small ka is imaginary if s > 1/(2 ln 2) @ 0.721.

where w _{0}^{2} = 4g /M and s = e^{2}/g a^{3}.

Also look carefully at problem 22–4. The three results are interesting and important, but somewhat tedious to derive. Solutions will also be provided to the following problem, which you should not turn in but may find interesting:

Consider a monatomic chain of N+1 atoms with interatomic separation *a*, as discussed in class. Supposed rather than periodic [B-vK] boundary conditions, we use fixed boundary conditions: u(0) º 0 and u(Na) º 0. What are the allowed independent values of *k*? How many are there? (Note that these solutions are standing waves rather than traveling waves.) Compare and reconcile your findings with those for periodic boundary conditions.