This up-to-date review closes an important gap in the literature by providing a comprehensive description of the M?auer effect in lattice dynamics, along with a collection of applications in metals, alloys, amorphous solids, molecular crystals, thin films, and nanocrystals. It is the first to systematically compare M?auer spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation to conventional M?auer spectroscopy, discussing in detail its advantages and capabilities, backed by the latest theoretical developments and experimental examples. Intended as a self-contained volume that may be used as a complete reference or textbook, it adopts new pedagogical approaches with several non-traditional and refreshing theoretical expositions, while all quantitative relations are derived with the necessary details so as to be easily followed by the reader. Two entire chapters are devoted to the study of the dynamics of impurity atoms in solids, while a thorough description of the Mannheim model as a theoretical method is presented and its predictions compared to experimental results. Finally, an in-depth analysis of absorption of M?auer radiation is presented, based on recent research by one of the authors, resulting in an exact expression of fractional absorption, otherwise unavailable in the literature.
The whole is supplemented by elaborate appendices containing constants and parameters.
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Author Biography - Yi-Long Chen
Yi-Long Chen is a full professor and head of the Mossbauer Spectroscopy Laboratory in the Physics Department of Wuhan University in Wuhan, China. He graduated in 1961 from Kharkov National University in Kharkov, Ukraine. His research interests include Mossbauer effect and its applications as well as nuclear electronics. He has authored and co-authored about 30 research papers on Mossbauer spectroscopy in addition to other publications. Professor Chen is a member of the Chinese Physical Society and the National Professional Committee of Mossbauer Spectroscopy. De-Ping Yang is the department chair and associate professor of physics at the College of the Holy cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics from the University of Connecticut in 1988, and joined the Holy Cross faculty in 1994. His research activities are mostly related to hyperfine interactions using nuclear magnetic resonance and Mossbauer spectroscopy in materials ranging from magnetic materials and nonstructured alloys to model membranes for biological systems. Professor Yang also works as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University in Boston and is a member of the American Physical Society and Phi Beta Kappa.