Relaxation phenomena caused by equilibration of point defects

Y. Kraftmakher

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Relaxation phenomena due to equilibration of point defects in metals are reviewed. The relaxation effect in specific heat observed in tungsten and platinum confirms that in both cases the nonlinear increase in the high-temperature specific heat has to be attributed to point-defect formation. Relaxation phenomena observed by measurements of electrical resistivity and positron annihilation are also considered. The comparison of the data seems to be favorable for the conclusion that all the phenomena are of one origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)983-991
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Thermophysics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1994


  • electrical resistivity
  • high temperatures
  • modulation calorimetry
  • point defects in metals
  • relaxation phenomena
  • specific heat


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