Relations between Characteristics of Point Defects and Bulk Properties of Solids a Criticism of the Varotsos‐Alexopoulos Model

D. L. Bekf, G. Neumann, I. Szabó

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Using the similarity of the effective potentials seen by ions in solids general relations between characteristics of point defects (i.e. the volume vi, the entropy si and the energy Qi of formation, migration, and activation) and bulk properties of solids are derived. It is shown that the basic assumption of the Varotsos‐Alexopoulos‐model (VA‐model) is not necessarily valid. Using dimensional analysis the validity conditions of this model are expressed in a form of partial differential equation from which relations “derived” by Varotsos and Alexopoulos are obtained. Their relations are different from the here obtained results because the ratios of vi, si, and Qi are proportional to expressions containing only bulk parameters of the solid, while in the relations obtained by us there are proportionality factors depending on i, i.e. these constants are different for the formation, migration, and activation (formation plus migration) processes. It is also shown that the basic assumption of the VA‐model is not valid for a harmonic solid. Experimental data for f.c.c. metals definitely confirm these results instead of those obtained by Varotsos and Alexopoulos.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-395
Number of pages11
Journalphysica status solidi (b)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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