Mechanical Engineering Faculty Contributions

Article

2-2018

Publication Title

New Journal of Physics

1367-2630

20

2

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/aaa4a8

Abstract

In the regime of strong nonlinearity, the validity of conventional perturbation based phonon transport theories is questionable. In particular, the renormalized phonons instead of phonons are responsible for heat transport in nonlinear lattices. In this work, we directly study the temperature and frequency dependent Mean Free Path (MFP) of renormalized phonons with the newly developed numerical tuning fork method. The typical 1D nonlinear lattices such as Fermi-Pasta-Ulam $\beta$ (FPU-$\beta$) lattice and $\phi^4$ lattice are investigated in details. It is found that the MFPs are inversely proportional to the frequencies of renormalized phonons rather than the square of phonon frequencies predicted by existing phonon scattering theory.