Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published in Physical Review Letters Volume 57, Number 18, 3 November 1986. Copyright © 1986 The American Physical Society. Used by permission.


In our recent Letter we introduced an ab initio model for spherically symmetric charge relaxation of ions in a crystal, called potential-induced breathing (PIB), and demonstrated its importance in the calculation of elastic constants. We also investigated the splitting of the longitudinal optic (LO) and transverse optic (TO) mode frequencies, which results from the macroscopic field associated with longitudinal modes. In the discussion immediately before and after Eq. (5) we argued, incorrectly, that the only contributions to the LO-TO splitting from PIB were from terms involving Sk, the derivative of the self-energy of the kth ion with respect to the electrostatic potential at the kth-ion site. In fact, other terms within the PIB model contribute as well. Further study has shown that the treatment of macroscopic field effects in the PIB model is not straightforward. This will be discussed in a future paper (R. E. Cohen, L. L. Boyer, and M. J. Mehl, to be published).

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