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Date of Award

3-1979

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Physics

Supervisor

Professor D. Walton

Abstract

The attenuation of thermal phonons and acoustically generated phonons at different power levels are compared in α-quartz. The average attenuation at 1.67 GHz at room temperature was 27.3 db/cm ± 2.7% and at a frequency of 1.856 GHz, it was 32.5 db/cm ± 2.1%. Woodruff and Ehrenreich's theory was used to calculate the lifetime of thermal phonons from acoustic attenuation data. The relaxation time for thermal phonons at 300ºK was found to be 8.34x10‾¹² sec.

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